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
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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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 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
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 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"
        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
        Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
        TG310:Sensor shift
        FT20:Lens
        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 XP50

        Fujifilm FinePix XP50

        Waterproof

        $109 - $169

        Movie format Records higher quality movies
        Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is slightly heavier
        Nikon Coolpix AW120

        Nikon Coolpix AW120

        Waterproof

        $229 - $594

        Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
        Movie format Records higher quality movies
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is significantly heavier
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT10

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT10

        Waterproof

        $277

        Shutter lag Has much less shutter lag
        Longest exposure Much longer exposures
        Weight Is slightly heavier
        Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT4

        Panasonic Lumix FT4

        Waterproof

        $329

        Movie format Records higher quality movies
        3D Captures 3D images
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is slightly heavier
        Olympus TG-320

        Olympus Tough TG-320

        Waterproof

        $203

        3D Captures 3D images
        Thickness Is thicker
        Battery life Has a significantly shorter battery life
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT3

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT3

        Waterproof

        $170

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

        Olympus TG-310 Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Olympus mju Tough 3000

        Olympus mju Tough 3000

        Waterproof

        $286

        Size Slightly larger
        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 TG-1 iHS

        Olympus TG-1 iHS

        Waterproof

        $580

        Aperture Much wider aperture
        Screen type Has an OLED screen
        Size Larger
        Weight Significantly heavier

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT20 Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Fujifilm FinePix XP70

        Fujifilm FinePix XP70

        Waterproof

        $150 - $192

        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

        $210

        Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
        3D Takes 3D photos
        Battery life Slightly shorter battery life
        Longest exposure Slightly shorter max exposures
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT2

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT2

        Waterproof

        $322

        Aperture Wider aperture
        Longest exposure Much longer exposures
        Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
        Wide angle Worse wide angle

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        Olympus TG-310 Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT20
        Olympus TG-310 Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT20

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