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

Olympus TG-610

Winner
Olympus TG-610

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Olympus TG-310

62

Olympus TG310

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Reasons to buy the Olympus TG-610

High resolution screen
Screen resolution
920k dots
 

Reasons to buy the Olympus TG310

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
Significantly cheaper
$235.89 vs $518.44
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The best price we've seen is $283 cheaper (2.2x 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
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              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 6020

              Olympus Stylus Tough 6020

              Waterproof

              $118

              Weight Is slightly lighter
              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
              Olympus TG-320

              Olympus Tough TG-320

              Waterproof

              $186

              Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
              3D Captures 3D images
              Olympus Tough TG-810

              Olympus Tough TG-810

              Waterproof

              $249

              GPS Has a built-in GPS
              Fastest shutter speed Has a faster max shutter speed
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Size Is slightly larger
              Olympus Stylus Tough TG-3

              Olympus Stylus Tough TG-3

              Waterproof

              $349 - $399

              Aperture Has a much wider aperture
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Olympus Tough TG-850 iHS

              Olympus Tough TG-850 iHS

              Waterproof

              $249

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Wide angle Has a significantly wider wide angle lens
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Panasonic Lumix TS25

              Panasonic Lumix TS25

              Waterproof

              $139 - $180

              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Image stabilization Has better image stabilization
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro focusing
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
              Olympus Stylus Tough TG-2 iHS

              Olympus Stylus Tough TG-2 iHS

              Waterproof

              $275

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

              Olympus TG-310 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus Stylus Tough-3000

              Olympus Stylus Tough-3000

              Waterproof

              Size Slightly larger

              Olympus TG-610 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G2

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $916 with 14-42mm lens

              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              3D Takes 3D photos
              Size Much larger
              Image stabilization No image stabilization

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