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

Olympus TG-610

Winner
Olympus TG-610

75

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Olympus TG-310

67

Olympus TG310

Runner-up
     
 

Reasons to buy the Olympus TG-610

Screen size
Large screen
3.0"
Screen resolution
High resolution screen
920k dots
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
530 ms shutter lag
 

Reasons to buy the Olympus TG310

Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
670 ms shutter lag
Macro focus
Great macro
2 cm
 
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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
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        Compared to recent compacts

        Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
        Waterproof Waterproof Help
        Great at the beach
        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 Common Weaknesses
        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"
        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 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 8010

        Olympus Stylus Tough 8010

        Waterproof

        $349

        Weight Is slightly heavier
        Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS10

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS10

        Waterproof

        $224

        Image stabilization Has better image stabilization
        Shutter lag Has significantly less shutter lag
        Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
        Wide angle Has a significantly narrower wide angle lens
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS20

        Panasonic Lumix TS20

        Waterproof

        $119 - $215

        Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
        Size Is slightly smaller
        Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
        Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
        Olympus TG-320

        Olympus Tough TG-320

        Waterproof

        $203

        Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
        3D Captures 3D images
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3

        Waterproof

        $372

        Movie format Records higher quality movies
        Image stabilization Has better image stabilization
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is slightly heavier
        Nikon Coolpix S32

        Nikon Coolpix S32

        Waterproof

        $97 - $188

        Movie format Records higher quality movies
        Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
        Thickness Is thicker
        Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing

        Olympus TG-310 Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Olympus Stylus Tough-3000

        Olympus Stylus Tough-3000

        Waterproof

        $162

        Size Slightly larger
        Fujifilm FinePix XP50

        Fujifilm FinePix XP50

        Waterproof

        $109 - $169

        Movie format Higher resolution movies
        Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
        Macro focus Much worse macro capability
        Aperture Narrower aperture
        Olympus TG-1 iHS

        Olympus TG-1 iHS

        Waterproof

        $580

        Aperture Much wider aperture
        Screen type Has an OLED screen
        Size Larger
        Weight Significantly heavier

        Olympus TG-610 Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Olympus TG-620

        Olympus TG-620

        Waterproof

        $175

        Movie format Higher resolution movies
        Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
        Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
        Olympus Stylus Tough 6010

        Olympus Stylus Tough 6010

        Waterproof

        Aperture Wider aperture
        Size Smaller
        Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
        Screen size Smaller screen
        Olympus Stylus Tough 6020

        Olympus Stylus Tough 6020

        Waterproof

        $405

        Size Smaller
        Macro focus Better macro capability
        Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
        Screen size Smaller screen

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