Updated (January, 2012): Compare the Olympus TG-310 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT20

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Reasons to buy the Olympus TG310

Size
Really small
Compact 96x63x22 mm
Macro focus
Great macro
2 cm
Weight
Light-weight
155 g
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT10

Size
Really small
Compact 100x64x22 mm
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
360 ms shutter lag
Thickness
Thin
0.9"
 
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differences

Advantages of the Olympus TG310

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Wide angle Significantly better wide angle 28 mm vs 35 mm
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20% better wide angle
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 slightly faster 5.9 fps vs 4.6 fps
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Around 30% faster continuous shooting
Weight Lighter 155 g vs 172 g
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Around 10% lighter
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Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-FT10

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Image stabilization Better image stabilization Lens vs Sensor shift
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Less risk of blur
Lowest price Cheaper $277.45 vs $518.44
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The best price we've seen is $241 cheaper (around 50% less)
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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
              0.9"
              Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
              TG310:670 ms
              DMC-FT10:360 ms
              Sensor type Lower-end sensor types Help
              CCD
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              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"
              Wide angle Poor wide angle Help
              TG310:28 mm
              DMC-FT10:35 mm
              Movie format Both shoot high resolution HD movies Help
              720p @ 30fps
              Aperture Very narrow widest aperture size Help
              f/3.5
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              TG310:3.6x
              DMC-FT10:4x

              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
              DMC-FT10:100x64x22 mm
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              TG310:Sensor shift
              DMC-FT10: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

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Fujifilm FinePix XP50

              Fujifilm FinePix XP50

              Waterproof

              $169

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              Longest exposure Much shorter exposures
              Thickness Is thicker
              Olympus mju Tough 3000

              Olympus mju Tough 3000

              Waterproof

              $286

              Longest exposure Much shorter exposures
              Light sensitivity (boost) Lacks boost light sensitivity
              Olympus TG-610

              Olympus TG-610

              Waterproof

              $379

              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              Screen resolution Has a much higher resolution screen
              Longest exposure Much shorter exposures
              Thickness Is thicker
              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-320

              Olympus Tough TG-320

              Waterproof

              $203

              Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
              3D Captures 3D images
              Longest exposure Much shorter exposures
              Continuous shooting Doesn't shoot as fast continuously
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT4

              Panasonic Lumix FT4

              Waterproof

              $319

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT20

              Panasonic Lumix FT20

              Waterproof

              $227

              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Size Is slightly smaller
              Longest exposure Much shorter exposures
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing

              Olympus TG-310 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus Tough TG-810

              Olympus Tough TG-810

              Waterproof

              $249

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Screen size Larger screen
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Size Larger
              Nikon 1 AW1

              Nikon 1 AW1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $697 with 11-2mm lens

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Size Much larger
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Olympus Tough TG-850 iHS

              Olympus Tough TG-850 iHS

              Waterproof

              $199 - $250

              Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Size Larger
              Weight Heavier

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT10 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Sony Cybershot DSC-H70

              Sony Cybershot H70

              Travel zoom

              $125

              Wide angle Much better wide angle
              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Size Larger
              Continuous shooting Shoots slower
              Panasonic Lumix FT25

              Panasonic Lumix FT25

              Waterproof

              $231

              Wide angle Much better wide angle
              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT1

              Waterproof

              Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
              Aperture Wider aperture
              Continuous shooting Shoots slower
              Weight Heavier

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