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

Panasonic Lumix FT20 vs Olympus TG310

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Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix FT20

Wide angle lens
Wide angle
25 mm
Really small
Size
Super compact (101×58×19 mm)
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Lens
In-camera panoramas
Panorama
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
 

Reasons to buy the Olympus TG310

Macro focus
Great macro
2.0 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
Much better macro capability
2.0 cm vs 5.0 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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Wide angle
Significantly 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
Image stabilization
Better image stabilization
  1. Lens
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  1. Sensor shift
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Less risk of blur
Size
Smaller
101×58×19 mm vs 96×63×23 mm
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Around 20% smaller
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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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
              TG31096×63×23 mm
              FT20101×58×19 mm
              Thickness Thin Help
              TG3100.9"
              FT200.7"
              Weight Light weight Help
              TG310155 g
              FT20142 g
              Waterproof Waterproof Help
              Great at the beach
              Common Weaknesses
              Sensor type Lower-end sensor types Help
              CCD
              Supports RAW No RAW support Help
              Less editing fidelity
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              1,600 ISO
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Screen size Very small screens Help
              2.7"
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Movie format Both shoot high resolution HD movies Help
              720p @ 30fps
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              230k dots
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              TG3103.6x
              FT204x
              Aperture Very narrow widest aperture size Help
              TG310f/3.5
              FT20f/3.9

              Compared to recent waterproof cameras

              Common Strengths

              Snapsort is not aware of any interesting strengths shared by these two products.

              Common Weaknesses
              GPS No built-in GPS Help
              Missing geo-tagging
              High-speed framerate No high speed movie support Help
              Not supported

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix FT25

              Panasonic Lumix FT25

              Waterproof

              $324

              Longest exposure Much longer exposures
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro focusing
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS30 (Lumix DMC-FT30)

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS30 (Lumix DMC-FT30)

              Waterproof

              Light sensitivity Significantly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
              Olympus TG-320

              Olympus Tough TG-320

              Waterproof

              3D Captures 3D images
              Fastest shutter speed Has a faster max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Battery life Has a significantly shorter battery life
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT10

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT10

              Waterproof

              Fastest shutter speed Has a faster max shutter speed
              Longest exposure Much longer exposures
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro focusing
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT4

              Panasonic Lumix FT4

              Waterproof

              $326

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              3D Captures 3D images
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Fujifilm FinePix XP22

              Fujifilm FinePix XP22

              Waterproof

              GPS Has a built-in GPS
              Fastest shutter speed Has a faster max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
              Fujifilm FinePix XP60

              Fujifilm FinePix XP60

              Waterproof

              $178

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Light sensitivity Significantly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier

              Olympus TG-310 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix S33

              Nikon Coolpix S33

              Compact

              $99 - $127

              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              Aperture Wider aperture
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Size Larger
              Olympus Stylus Tough TG-3

              Olympus Stylus Tough TG-3

              Waterproof

              $369

              Aperture Much wider aperture
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Size Significantly larger
              Weight Significantly heavier
              Olympus mju Tough 3000

              Olympus mju Tough 3000

              Waterproof

              Size Slightly larger
              Thickness Slightly thicker
              Fujifilm FinePix XP50

              Fujifilm FinePix XP50

              Waterproof

              $180

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              Macro focus Much worse macro capability
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Olympus TG-820 iHS

              Olympus TG-820

              Waterproof

              $403

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Continuous shooting Shoots slightly slower

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT20 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix FT5

              Panasonic Lumix FT5

              Waterproof

              $230 - $250

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              3D Takes 3D photos
              Wide angle Significantly worse wide angle
              Size Significantly larger
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT3

              Waterproof

              $276

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              3D Takes 3D photos
              Wide angle Significantly worse wide angle
              Size Significantly larger
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT2

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT2

              Waterproof

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Longest exposure Much longer exposures
              Wide angle Significantly worse wide angle
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Nikon Coolpix AW100

              Nikon Coolpix AW100

              Waterproof

              $370

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Wide angle Significantly worse wide angle
              Size Larger

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