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

Olympus TG-610 vs Olympus TG310

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Olympus TG-610

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Olympus TG-310

60

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Olympus TG-610

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

Reasons to buy the Olympus TG310

Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
670 ms shutter lag

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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
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
5.9 fps vs 3.4 fps
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More than 70% faster continuous shooting
Macro focus
Better macro capability
2 cm vs 3 cm
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Focus on subjects more than 30% closer to the lens
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
$392.20 vs $518.44
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The best price we've seen is $126 cheaper (more than 20% less)
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              similarities

              Compared to recent compacts

              Common Strengths
              Waterproof Waterproof Help
              Great at the beach
              Common Weaknesses
              Lowest price Very expensive Help
              TG310:$518.44
              TG-610:$392.20
              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
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              1,600 ISO
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              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
              Thickness Thin Help
              TG310:0.9"
              TG-610:1"
              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

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus Tough TG-850 iHS

              Olympus Tough TG-850 iHS

              Waterproof

              $177

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Wide angle Has a significantly wider wide angle lens
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Olympus Stylus Tough 8010

              Olympus Stylus Tough 8010

              Waterproof

              $340

              Fastest shutter speed Has a faster max shutter speed
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
              Nikon Coolpix AW100

              Nikon Coolpix AW100

              Waterproof

              $239

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
              Olympus Stylus Tough 6020

              Olympus Stylus Tough 6020

              Waterproof

              Weight Is slightly lighter
              Fastest shutter speed Has a faster max shutter speed
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
              Panasonic Lumix TS25

              Panasonic Lumix TS25

              Waterproof

              $140 - $141

              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Image stabilization Has better image stabilization
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
              Olympus Stylus Tough TG-3

              Olympus Stylus Tough TG-3

              Waterproof

              $350 - $480

              Aperture Has a much wider aperture
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Olympus Stylus Tough 8000

              Olympus Stylus Tough 8000

              Waterproof

              Image stabilization Has better image stabilization
              Fastest shutter speed Has a faster max shutter speed
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Movie format Records lower quality movies

              Olympus TG-310 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot IXUS 145

              Canon PowerShot IXUS 145

              Travel zoom

              $125

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Size Smaller
              Image stabilization Worse image stabilization
              Continuous shooting Shoots slower
              Nikon Coolpix S32

              Nikon Coolpix S32

              Waterproof

              $108

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              Size Much larger
              True resolution Significantly lower true resolution
              Olympus Tough TG-830 iHS

              Olympus Tough TG-830 iHS

              Waterproof

              $248

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Size Significantly larger
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Olympus Stylus Tough-3000

              Olympus Stylus Tough-3000

              Waterproof

              Size Slightly larger

              Olympus TG-610 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus Tough TG-810

              Olympus Tough TG-810

              Waterproof

              $344

              GPS Has a GPS
              Fastest shutter speed Much faster max shutter speed
              Continuous shooting Shoots slower
              Weight Heavier
              Olympus TG-620

              Olympus TG-620

              Waterproof

              $183

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Olympus Stylus Tough TG-2 iHS

              Olympus Stylus Tough TG-2 iHS

              Waterproof

              Aperture Much wider aperture
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Screen resolution Lower resolution screen
              Size Larger
              Fujifilm FinePix XP70

              Fujifilm FinePix XP70

              Waterproof

              $100 - $199

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Macro focus Much worse macro capability

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