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

Winner
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX30

88

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
Fastest shutter speed
Fast shutter speed
1/2000 of a second
Built-in flash
Built-in flash
Usually standard
Screen resolution
High resolution screen
1,030k dots

galleries

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differences

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
Wide angle
Better wide angle
26 mm vs 28 mm
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Around 10% better wide angle
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
Continuous shooting
Shoots significantly faster
10 fps vs 5 fps
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2x faster continuous shooting
Screen resolution
Higher resolution screen
1,229k dots vs 1,030k dots
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Around 20% higher resolution screen
Thickness
Significantly 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
Lighter
140 g vs 155 g
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Around 10% lighter
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$198.00 vs $238.30
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The best price we've seen is $40 cheaper (around 20% 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-8201,030k dots
              DSC-TX301,229k dots
              Movie format Full HD (1080p) video Help
              TG-8201080p @ 30fps
              DSC-TX301080p @ 60fps
              Size Fairly small Help
              TG-82096x63x23 mm
              DSC-TX3096x59x15 mm
              HDR In-camera HDR Help
              Combines multiple exposures
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              Panorama In-camera panoramas Help
              Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
              Waterproof Waterproof Help
              Great at the beach
              Thickness Thin Help
              TG-8200.9"
              DSC-TX300.6"
              Weight Light weight Help
              TG-820155 g
              DSC-TX30140 g
              Common Weaknesses
              Longest exposure Short max exposure time Help
              4 seconds
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              5x
              Aperture Very narrow widest aperture size Help
              TG-820f/3.9
              DSC-TX30f/3.5

              Compared to recent waterproof cameras

              Common Strengths
              Screen size Larger than average screens Help
              TG-8203.0"
              DSC-TX303.3"
              Common Weaknesses
              GPS No built-in GPS Help
              Missing geo-tagging
              Battery life Few shots per battery charge Help
              TG-820220 shots
              DSC-TX30250 shots
              High-speed framerate No high speed movie support Help
              Not supported
              Wide angle Poor wide angle Help
              TG-82028 mm
              DSC-TX3026 mm

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix AW120

              Nikon Coolpix AW120

              Waterproof

              $240 - $347

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Olympus Stylus Tough TG-3

              Olympus Stylus Tough TG-3

              Waterproof

              $356

              Aperture Has a much wider aperture
              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Panasonic Lumix TS5

              Panasonic Lumix TS5

              Waterproof

              $157 - $249

              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
              GoPro HERO3 Black Edition

              GoPro HERO3 Black Edition

              Waterproof

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Movie format Records very high quality movies
              HDR Lacks a built-in HDR feature
              Panorama Lacks built-in panoramas
              Olympus Tough TG-850 iHS

              Olympus Tough TG-850 iHS

              Waterproof

              $160

              Wide angle Has a much 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 - $300

              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
              Olympus Stylus Tough TG-860

              Olympus Stylus Tough TG-860

              Waterproof

              $279

              Wide angle Has a much wider wide angle lens
              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker

              Olympus TG-820 iHS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus Tough TG-830 iHS

              Olympus Tough TG-830 iHS

              Waterproof

              $279

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              GPS Has a GPS
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Olympus TG-620

              Olympus TG-620

              Waterproof

              $210

              Thickness Slightly thinner
              Lowest price Slightly cheaper
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS4

              Panasonic Lumix TS4

              Waterproof

              $350

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Image stabilization Better image stabilization
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX30 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX20

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX20

              Waterproof

              $210

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              Screen resolution Lower resolution screen
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX200V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX200V

              Waterproof

              $290

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Lowest price More expensive
              Sony Cybershot DSC-TX10

              Sony Cybershot TX10

              Waterproof

              $245

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              Screen resolution Lower resolution screen
              Nikon Coolpix AW110

              Nikon Coolpix AW110

              Waterproof

              $245 - $319

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

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