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

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Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix FT20

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

Reasons to buy the Olympus TG310

Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
670 ms shutter lag
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
Significantly 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
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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
Image stabilization
Better image stabilization
Lens vs Sensor shift
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Less risk of blur
Size
Smaller
101x58x19 mm vs 96x63x22 mm
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Around 20% smaller
Thickness
Thinner
0.7" vs 0.9"
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Around 20% thinner
Lowest price
Cheaper
$226.70 vs $518.44
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The best price we've seen is $292 cheaper (2.3x less)
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
              Waterproof Waterproof Help
              Great at the beach
              Thickness Thin Help
              TG310:0.9"
              FT20:0.7"
              Common Weaknesses
              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"
              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
              Built-in flash Each has a built-in flash Help
              Usually standard
              Size Fairly small Help
              TG310:96x63x22 mm
              FT20:101x58x19 mm
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              TG310:Sensor shift
              FT20:Lens
              Common Weaknesses
              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
              High-speed framerate No high speed movie support Help
              Not supported
              Wide angle Poor wide angle Help
              TG310:28 mm
              FT20:25 mm

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix FT25

              Panasonic Lumix FT25

              Waterproof

              $249

              Longest exposure Much longer exposures
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
              Fujifilm FinePix XP70

              Fujifilm FinePix XP70

              Waterproof

              $149 - $178

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon Coolpix S32

              Nikon Coolpix S32

              Waterproof

              $97 - $200

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Olympus mju Tough 8000

              Olympus mju Tough 8000

              Waterproof

              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              Light sensitivity (boost) Lacks boost light sensitivity
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX30

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX30

              Waterproof

              $198 - $212

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
              Olympus TG-320

              Olympus Tough TG-320

              Waterproof

              $361

              3D Captures 3D images
              Battery life Has a significantly shorter battery life
              Size Is slightly larger
              Olympus Tough TG-850 iHS

              Olympus Tough TG-850 iHS

              Waterproof

              $248

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

              Olympus TG-310 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus mju Tough 8010

              Olympus mju Tough 8010

              Waterproof

              Macro focus Better macro capability
              Size Slightly smaller
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Continuous shooting Shoots slower
              Olympus mju Tough 3000

              Olympus mju Tough 3000

              Waterproof

              $286

              Lowest price Cheaper
              Size Slightly larger
              Olympus TG-610

              Olympus TG-610

              Waterproof

              $364

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Screen size Larger screen
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Size Larger
              Olympus mju Tough 6020

              Olympus mju Tough 6020

              Waterproof

              Macro focus Better macro capability
              Size Slightly smaller
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Continuous shooting Shoots slightly slower
              Olympus Stylus 850 SW

              Olympus Stylus 850 SW

              Waterproof

              $390

              Size Smaller
              Lowest price Cheaper
              Wide angle Much worse wide angle
              Image stabilization No image stabilization

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT20 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT4

              Panasonic Lumix FT4

              Waterproof

              $331

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Aperture Wider aperture
              Size Significantly larger
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Canon PowerShot D30

              Canon PowerShot D30

              Waterproof

              $299 - $329

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Size Significantly larger
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT3

              Waterproof

              $170

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Aperture Wider aperture
              Size Significantly larger
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching

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