Updated (March, 2011): Compare the Olympus TG-310 vs Olympus Tough TG-810

Olympus TG310 vs Olympus Stylus Tough 8010

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Reasons to buy the Olympus TG310

Barely any delay taking photos
Shutter lag
670 ms shutter lag
Light-weight
Weight
155 g
 

Reasons to buy the Olympus Stylus Tough 8010

Size
Really small
Compact 95x62x22 mm
Thickness
Thin
0.9"
Fastest shutter speed
Fast shutter speed
1/2000 of a second

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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)
Continuous shooting
Shoots significantly faster
5.9 fps vs 0.3 fps
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More than 19.5x faster continuous shooting
Weight
Lighter
155 g vs 215 g
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Around 30% lighter
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Advantages of the Olympus Tough 8010

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Macro focus
Better macro capability
1 cm vs 2 cm
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Focus on subjects 2x closer to the lens
Size
Slightly smaller
95x62x22 mm vs 96x63x22 mm
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Around 10% smaller
Thickness
Slightly thinner
0.9" vs 0.9"
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Almost the same
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Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent waterproof cameras, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent compacts

              Common Strengths
              Size Fairly small Help
              TG31096x63x22 mm
              Tough 801095x62x22 mm
              Thickness Thin Help
              0.9"
              Waterproof Waterproof Help
              Great at the beach
              Common Weaknesses
              Lowest price Very expensive Help
              TG310$518.44
              Tough 8010$508.67
              Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
              TG310670 ms
              Tough 80101680 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
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              230k dots
              Screen size Very small screens Help
              2.7"
              Wide angle Poor wide angle Help
              28 mm
              Movie format HD (720p) video Help
              TG310720p @ 30fps
              Tough 8010720p
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              TG3103.6x
              Tough 80105x
              Aperture Very narrow widest aperture size Help
              TG310f/3.5
              Tough 8010f/3.9

              Compared to recent waterproof cameras

              Common Strengths
              Built-in flash Each has a built-in flash Help
              Usually standard
              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 Stylus Tough TG-3

              Olympus Stylus Tough TG-3

              Waterproof

              $344

              Aperture Has a much wider aperture
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Olympus TG-320

              Olympus Tough TG-320

              Waterproof

              Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
              3D Captures 3D images
              Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              Olympus Stylus Tough 6020

              Olympus Stylus Tough 6020

              Waterproof

              $858

              Weight Is slightly lighter
              Lowest price Is much more expensive
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
              Olympus TG-610

              Olympus TG-610

              Waterproof

              $240

              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              Screen resolution Has a much higher resolution screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX20

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX20

              Waterproof

              $210

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              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 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
              Panasonic Lumix TS25

              Panasonic Lumix TS25

              Waterproof

              $141 - $169

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

              Olympus Stylus Tough 8010 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus Tough TG-810

              Olympus Tough TG-810

              Waterproof

              $249

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Screen size Larger screen
              Size Larger
              Macro focus Worse macro capability
              Olympus Stylus Tough 8000

              Olympus Stylus Tough 8000

              Waterproof

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Image stabilization Better image stabilization
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Macro focus Worse macro capability
              Olympus Tough TG-850 iHS

              Olympus Tough TG-850 iHS

              Waterproof

              $243

              Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Size Significantly larger
              Thickness Thicker
              Canon PowerShot D10

              Canon PowerShot D10

              Waterproof

              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Image stabilization Better image stabilization
              Size Much larger
              Wide angle Significantly worse wide angle

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