Updated (February, 2012): Compare the Olympus TG-310 vs Olympus TG-620

Olympus TG-610

Winner
Olympus TG-610

72

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Olympus TG-310

64

Olympus TG310

Runner-up
     

Reasons to buy the Olympus TG-610

Large screen
Screen size
3.0"
High resolution screen
Screen resolution
920k dots
Really small
Size
Compact 99x64x26 mm
Barely any delay taking photos
Shutter lag
530 ms shutter lag
 

Reasons to buy the Olympus TG310

Size
Really small
Compact 96x63x22 mm
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
670 ms shutter lag
Thickness
Thin
0.9"
Weight
Light-weight
155 g
 

differences

Advantages of the Olympus TG310

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Aperture
Wider aperture
f/3.5 vs f/3.9
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At its widest zoom, the TG310's lens captures marginally more light (0.3 f-stops)
Size
Smaller
96x63x22 mm vs 99x64x26 mm
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Around 20% smaller
Macro focus
Better macro capability
2 cm vs 3 cm
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Focus on subjects more than 30% closer to the lens
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
5.9 fps vs 3.4 fps
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More than 70% faster continuous shooting
Weight
Lighter
155 g vs 190 g
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Around 20% lighter
Thickness
Thinner
0.9" vs 1"
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More than 10% thinner
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Advantages of the Olympus TG-610

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Screen resolution
Much higher resolution screen
920k dots vs 230k dots
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4x higher resolution screen
Screen size
Larger screen
3.0" vs 2.7"
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More than 10% larger screen
Lowest price
Cheaper
$363.74 vs $518.44
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The best price we've seen is $155 cheaper (around 30% less)
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              similarities

              Compared to recent compacts

              Common Strengths
              Waterproof Waterproof Help
              Great at the beach
              Common Weaknesses
              Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
              TG310:670 ms
              TG-610:530 ms
              Sensor type Lower-end sensor types Help
              CCD
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Supports RAW No RAW support Help
              Less editing fidelity
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              1,600 ISO
              Wide angle Poor wide angle Help
              28 mm
              Movie format Both shoot high resolution HD movies Help
              720p @ 30fps
              Aperture Very narrow widest aperture size Help
              TG310:f/3.5
              TG-610:f/3.9
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              TG310:3.6x
              TG-610:5x

              Compared to recent waterproof cameras

              Common Strengths
              Built-in flash Each has a built-in flash Help
              Usually standard
              Size Fairly small Help
              TG310:96x63x22 mm
              TG-610:99x64x26 mm
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              Sensor shift
              Thickness Thin Help
              TG310:0.9"
              TG-610:1"
              Common Weaknesses
              GPS No built-in GPS Help
              Missing geo-tagging
              External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
              Limited to the in-camera mic
              High-speed framerate No high speed movie support Help
              Not supported

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus Stylus Tough 8010

              Olympus Stylus Tough 8010

              Waterproof

              $329

              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
              Olympus Tough TG-810

              Olympus Tough TG-810

              Waterproof

              $249

              GPS Has a built-in GPS
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Size Is slightly larger
              Olympus Stylus Tough 6020

              Olympus Stylus Tough 6020

              Waterproof

              Weight Is slightly lighter
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
              Olympus Stylus Tough-3000

              Olympus Stylus Tough-3000

              Waterproof

              $162

              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Olympus Stylus Tough TG-2 iHS

              Olympus Stylus Tough TG-2 iHS

              Waterproof

              $310

              Aperture Has a much wider aperture
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Olympus Stylus 850 SW

              Olympus Stylus 850 SW

              Waterproof

              $390

              Macro focus Significantly worse macro focusing
              True resolution Takes slightly lower resolution photos
              Fujifilm FinePix XP70

              Fujifilm FinePix XP70

              Waterproof

              $149 - $178

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Macro focus Much worse macro focusing
              Size Is slightly larger

              Olympus TG-310 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus TG-320

              Olympus Tough TG-320

              Waterproof

              $361

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Continuous shooting Shoots slower
              Macro focus Worse macro capability
              Nikon Coolpix S32

              Nikon Coolpix S32

              Waterproof

              $97 - $200

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              Size Much larger
              True resolution Significantly lower true resolution

              Olympus TG-610 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix L810

              Nikon Coolpix L810

              Super zoom

              $195

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Size Much larger
              Thickness Much thicker
              Olympus FE-360

              Olympus FE-360

              Compact

              $200

              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Size Smaller
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              Wide angle Significantly worse wide angle
              Placeholder

              Casio GV-20

              Waterproof

              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              Screen size Much smaller screen
              Size Much larger
              Olympus Stylus Tough 6010

              Olympus Stylus Tough 6010

              Waterproof

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Size Smaller
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              Screen size Smaller screen

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