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

57

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Reasons to buy the Olympus TG-610

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

Reasons to buy the Olympus TG310

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

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
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
Significantly cheaper
$240.60 vs $518.44
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The best price we've seen is $278 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
              TG310670 ms
              TG-610530 ms
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Sensor type Lower-end sensor types Help
              CCD
              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
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              TG3103.6x
              TG-6105x
              Aperture Very narrow widest aperture size Help
              TG310f/3.5
              TG-610f/3.9

              Compared to recent waterproof cameras

              Common Strengths
              Built-in flash Each has a built-in flash Help
              Usually standard
              Size Fairly small Help
              TG31096x63x22 mm
              TG-61099x64x26 mm
              Thickness Thin Help
              TG3100.9"
              TG-6101"
              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 TG-320

              Olympus Tough TG-320

              Waterproof

              Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
              3D Captures 3D images
              Continuous shooting Doesn't shoot as fast continuously
              Olympus Stylus Tough 8010

              Olympus Stylus Tough 8010

              Waterproof

              $498

              Fastest shutter speed Has a faster max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Olympus Stylus Tough TG-3

              Olympus Stylus Tough TG-3

              Waterproof

              $344 - $350

              Aperture Has a much wider aperture
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Olympus Stylus Tough TG-2 iHS

              Olympus Stylus Tough TG-2 iHS

              Waterproof

              Aperture Has a much wider aperture
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Olympus Stylus Tough 6000

              Olympus Stylus Tough 6000

              Waterproof

              $299

              Image stabilization Has better image stabilization
              Fastest shutter speed Has a faster max shutter speed
              Movie format Records lower quality movies
              Olympus Stylus 1030 SW

              Olympus Stylus 1030 SW

              Waterproof

              $540

              Fastest shutter speed Has a faster max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Weight Is slightly heavier

              Olympus TG-310 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix S30

              Nikon Coolpix S30

              Waterproof

              $136

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Lowest price Much cheaper
              Size Much larger
              True resolution Significantly lower true resolution
              Olympus Stylus Tough-3000

              Olympus Stylus Tough-3000

              Waterproof

              Size Slightly larger
              Thickness Slightly thicker
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX20

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX20

              Waterproof

              $210

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Panasonic Lumix TS25

              Panasonic Lumix TS25

              Waterproof

              $141 - $170

              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Macro focus Worse macro capability

              Olympus TG-610 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus Tough TG-810

              Olympus Tough TG-810

              Waterproof

              $249

              GPS Has a GPS
              Fastest shutter speed Much faster max shutter speed
              Continuous shooting Shoots slower
              Weight Heavier
              Olympus Tough TG-850 iHS

              Olympus Tough TG-850 iHS

              Waterproof

              $250

              Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Size Larger
              Olympus TG-620

              Olympus TG-620

              Waterproof

              $185

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Olympus Tough TG-830 iHS

              Olympus Tough TG-830 iHS

              Waterproof

              $249

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Size Larger

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