Updated (January, 2013): Compare the Olympus TG-310 vs Panasonic Lumix FT25

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Olympus TG-310

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Olympus TG310

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Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix FT20

Size
Really small
Super compact 101x58x19 mm
Thickness
Thin
0.7"
 

Reasons to buy the Olympus TG310

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)
Macro focus Better macro capability 2 cm vs 5 cm
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Focus on subjects 2.5x closer to the lens
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 5.9 fps vs 1.3 fps
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More than 4.5x faster continuous shooting
Lowest price Cheaper $149.00 vs $248.41
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The best price we've seen is $99 cheaper (more than 40% less)
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Advantages of the Panasonic FT20

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Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Wide angle Better wide angle 25 mm vs 28 mm
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More than 10% better wide angle
Size Smaller 101x58x19 mm vs 96x63x22 mm
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Around 20% smaller
Image stabilization Better image stabilization Lens vs Sensor shift
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Less risk of blur
Thickness Thinner 0.7" vs 0.9"
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Around 20% thinner
Weight Slightly lighter 142 g vs 155 g
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Around 10% lighter
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              similarities

              Compared to recent compacts

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Waterproof Waterproof Help
              Great at the beach
              Thickness Thin Help
              TG310:0.9"
              FT20:0.7"
              Sensor type Lower-end sensor types Help
              CCD
              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 resolution Low resolution screens Help
              230k dots
              Screen size Very small screens Help
              2.7"
              High-speed framerate No high speed movie support Help
              Not supported
              Movie format Both shoot high resolution HD movies Help
              720p @ 30fps
              Aperture Very narrow widest aperture size Help
              TG310:f/3.5
              FT20:f/3.9
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              TG310:3.6x
              FT20:4x

              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
              FT20:101x58x19 mm
              Weight Light weight Help
              TG310:155 g
              FT20:142 g
              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
              Wide angle Poor wide angle Help
              TG310:28 mm
              FT20:25 mm

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TF1

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TF1

              Waterproof

              $196

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is slightly larger
              Olympus TG-320

              Olympus Tough TG-320

              Waterproof

              $278

              3D Captures 3D images
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT1

              Waterproof

              Longest exposure Much longer exposures
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Olympus TG-620

              Olympus TG-620

              Waterproof

              $210

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
              Size Is slightly larger
              Fujifilm FinePix XP50

              Fujifilm FinePix XP50

              Waterproof

              $185

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Fujifilm FinePix XP22

              Fujifilm FinePix XP22

              Waterproof

              GPS Has a built-in GPS
              Thickness Is thicker
              Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
              Olympus Stylus Tough TG-3

              Olympus Stylus Tough TG-3

              Waterproof

              $347 - $349

              Aperture Has a much wider aperture
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker

              Olympus TG-310 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix S32

              Nikon Coolpix S32

              Waterproof

              $107 - $188

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              Size Much larger
              True resolution Significantly lower true resolution
              Olympus TG-610

              Olympus TG-610

              Waterproof

              $249 - $250

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Screen size Larger screen
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Size Larger
              Canon PowerShot A1100 IS

              Canon PowerShot A1100 IS

              Compact

              $375

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

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT20 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix FT25

              Panasonic Lumix FT25

              Waterproof

              $188

              Longest exposure Much longer exposures
              Lowest price Cheaper
              Size Slightly larger
              Battery life Slightly shorter battery life
              Nikon Coolpix AW110

              Nikon Coolpix AW110

              Waterproof

              $215

              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              3D Takes 3D photos
              Size Significantly larger
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Fujifilm FinePix XP70

              Fujifilm FinePix XP70

              Waterproof

              $160 - $258

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              Size Significantly larger
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX20

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX20

              Waterproof

              $225

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Battery life Slightly shorter battery life
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter max exposures
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT4

              Panasonic Lumix FT4

              Waterproof

              Aperture Wider aperture
              3D Takes 3D photos
              Size Significantly larger
              Wide angle Worse wide angle

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              Olympus TG-310 Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT20

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