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

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Olympus TG310

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Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix FT20

Wide angle
Wide angle lens
25 mm
Size
Really small
Super compact 101x58x19 mm
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
Thickness
Thin
0.7"
 

Reasons to buy the Olympus TG310

Macro focus
Great macro
2 cm
 
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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)
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 $178.61 vs $248.41
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The best price we've seen is $70 cheaper (around 30% less)
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Advantages of the Panasonic FT20

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Wide angle Better wide angle 25 mm vs 28 mm
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More than 10% better wide angle
Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
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
              Sensor type Lower-end sensor types Help
              CCD
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              1,600 ISO
              3D Neither camera can take 3D photos Help
              No 3d support
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              230k dots
              Screen size Very small screens Help
              2.7"
              Movie format Both shoot high resolution HD movies Help
              720p @ 30fps
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              TG310:3.6x
              FT20:4x
              Aperture Very narrow widest aperture size Help
              TG310:f/3.5
              FT20:f/3.9

              Compared to recent waterproof cameras

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Size Fairly small Help
              TG310:96x63x22 mm
              FT20:101x58x19 mm
              Thickness Thin Help
              TG310:0.9"
              FT20:0.7"
              Weight Light weight Help
              TG310:155 g
              FT20:142 g
              GPS No built-in GPS Help
              Missing geo-tagging
              Screen type No OLED screens Help
              LCD
              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
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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix FT25

              Panasonic Lumix FT25

              Waterproof

              $175 - $202

              Longest exposure Much longer exposures
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
              Olympus TG-320

              Olympus Tough TG-320

              Waterproof

              $249

              3D Captures 3D images
              Thickness Is thicker
              Battery life Has a significantly shorter battery life
              Olympus TG-630 iHS

              Olympus TG-630 iHS

              Waterproof

              $125

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Size Is slightly larger
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT3

              Waterproof

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              3D Captures 3D images
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Olympus mju Tough 3000

              Olympus mju Tough 3000

              Waterproof

              Light sensitivity (boost) Lacks boost light sensitivity
              Thickness Is thicker
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX20

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX20

              Waterproof

              $202

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              Fujifilm FinePix XP50

              Fujifilm FinePix XP50

              Waterproof

              $275

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker

              Olympus TG-310 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus TG-610

              Olympus TG-610

              Waterproof

              $220

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Size Larger
              Fujifilm FinePix XP30

              Fujifilm FinePix XP30

              Waterproof

              $299

              GPS Has a GPS
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Macro focus Much worse macro capability
              Olympus VG-120

              Olympus VG120

              Compact

              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro capability
              Image stabilization Worse image stabilization
              Olympus mju Tough 6010

              Olympus mju Tough 6010

              Waterproof

              Size Slightly smaller
              Thickness Slightly thinner
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Weight Heavier

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT20 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Fujifilm FinePix XP60

              Fujifilm FinePix XP60

              Waterproof

              $146

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              3D Takes 3D photos
              Size Significantly larger
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT4

              Panasonic Lumix FT4

              Waterproof

              $268 - $606

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Size Significantly larger
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Panasonic Lumix FT5

              Panasonic Lumix FT5

              Waterproof

              $382 - $390

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Size Significantly larger
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT10

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT10

              Waterproof

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster
              Wide angle Much worse wide angle
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching

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