Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX30 vs Olympus TG-820

Winner
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX30

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Olympus TG-820 iHS

73

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX30

Large screen
Screen size
3.3"
High resolution screen
Screen resolution
1,229k dots
Really small
Size
Ultra compact 96x59x15 mm
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens
 

Reasons to buy the Olympus TG-820

3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
Screen resolution
High resolution screen
1,030k dots

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Advantages of the Olympus TG-820

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3D
Takes 3D photos
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
6,400 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The TG-820's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
Fastest shutter speed
Faster max shutter speed
1/2000s vs 1/1600s
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20% faster max shutter speed
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Advantages of the Sony DSC-TX30

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Screen type
Has an OLED screen
OLED vs LCD
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OLED screens are often brighter and more vibrant than typical LCD screens
Touch screen
Has a touch screen
Yes vs No
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Fewer buttons to worry about and direct interaction with camera menus
Aperture
Wider aperture
f/3.5 vs f/3.9
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At its widest zoom, the DSC-TX30's lens captures marginally more light (0.3 f-stops)
Size
Smaller
96x59x15 mm vs 96x63x23 mm
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Around 40% smaller
Screen size
Larger screen
3.3" vs 3.0"
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Around 10% larger screen
Image stabilization
Better image stabilization
Lens vs Sensor shift
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Less risk of blur
Screen resolution
Higher resolution screen
1,229k dots vs 1,030k dots
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Around 20% higher resolution screen
Wide angle
Better wide angle
26 mm vs 28 mm
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Around 10% better wide angle
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
10 fps vs 5 fps
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2x faster continuous shooting
Thickness
Thinner
0.6" vs 0.9"
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More than 30% thinner
Battery life
Longer battery life
250 shots vs 220 shots
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More than 10% more shots per battery charge
Weight
Slightly lighter
140 g vs 155 g
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Around 10% lighter
Lowest price
Cheaper
$198.00 vs $309.99
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The best price we've seen is $112 cheaper (around 40% less)
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Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent waterproof cameras, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent compacts

              Common Strengths
              Screen resolution Very high resolution screens Help
              TG-820:1,030k dots
              DSC-TX30:1,229k dots
              HDR In-camera HDR Help
              Combines multiple exposures
              Size Fairly small Help
              TG-820:96x63x23 mm
              DSC-TX30:96x59x15 mm
              Panorama In-camera panoramas Help
              Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              Waterproof Waterproof Help
              Great at the beach
              Thickness Thin Help
              TG-820:0.9"
              DSC-TX30:0.6"
              Common Weaknesses
              Longest exposure Short max exposure time Help
              4 seconds
              Aperture Very narrow widest aperture size Help
              TG-820:f/3.9
              DSC-TX30:f/3.5
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              5x

              Compared to recent waterproof cameras

              Common Strengths
              Built-in flash Each has a built-in flash Help
              Usually standard
              Screen size Larger than average screens Help
              TG-820:3.0"
              DSC-TX30:3.3"
              Weight Light weight Help
              TG-820:155 g
              DSC-TX30:140 g
              Common Weaknesses
              GPS No built-in GPS Help
              Missing geo-tagging
              High-speed framerate No high speed movie support Help
              Not supported
              External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
              Limited to the in-camera mic
              Battery life Few shots per battery charge Help
              TG-820:220 shots
              DSC-TX30:250 shots
              Wide angle Poor wide angle Help
              TG-820:28 mm
              DSC-TX30:26 mm

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix AW120

              Nikon Coolpix AW120

              Waterproof

              $189 - $347

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX200V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX200V

              Waterproof

              $250

              Light sensitivity Significantly higher maximum light sensitivity
              GPS Has a built-in GPS
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              Olympus Stylus Tough TG-3

              Olympus Stylus Tough TG-3

              Waterproof

              $480

              Aperture Has a much wider aperture
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Panasonic Lumix TS5

              Panasonic Lumix TS5

              Waterproof

              $169

              Battery life Has a significantly longer battery life
              GPS Has a built-in GPS
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Olympus Tough TG-850 iHS

              Olympus Tough TG-850 iHS

              Waterproof

              $177

              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Canon PowerShot D30

              Canon PowerShot D30

              Waterproof

              $299 - $330

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Fujifilm FinePix XP70

              Fujifilm FinePix XP70

              Waterproof

              $100 - $169

              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier

              Olympus TG-820 iHS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus Tough TG-830 iHS

              Olympus Tough TG-830 iHS

              Waterproof

              $248

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              GPS Has a GPS
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS4

              Panasonic Lumix TS4

              Waterproof

              $290

              Aperture Wider aperture
              GPS Has a GPS
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Fujifilm FinePix XP150

              Fujifilm FinePix XP150

              Waterproof

              $349

              GPS Has a GPS
              Battery life Significantly longer battery life
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Nikon Coolpix AW100

              Nikon Coolpix AW100

              Waterproof

              $239

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              GPS Has a GPS
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX30 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX20

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX20

              Waterproof

              $199

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Wide angle Slightly better wide angle
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              Screen resolution Lower resolution screen
              GoPro HERO3 Black Edition

              GoPro HERO3 Black Edition

              Waterproof

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Wide angle Much better wide angle
              Built-in flash No built-in flash
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Nikon Coolpix AW110

              Nikon Coolpix AW110

              Waterproof

              $240 - $312

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              3D Takes 3D photos
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              Size Significantly larger

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