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

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT10 vs Olympus TG310

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Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT10

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Lens
Long exposures
Longest exposure
60 seconds
 

Reasons to buy the Olympus TG310

Wide angle
Wide angle lens
28 mm
Macro focus
Great macro
2.0 cm

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Advantages of the Olympus TG310

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Wide angle
Much better wide angle
28 mm vs 35 mm
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20% better wide angle
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 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
  1. Lens
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Less risk of blur
Thickness
Slightly thinner
0.9" vs 0.9"
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Almost the same
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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
              DMC-FT10100×64×22 mm
              Thickness Thin Help
              0.9"
              Waterproof Waterproof Help
              Great at the beach
              Common Weaknesses
              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
              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"
              Movie format Both shoot high resolution HD movies Help
              720p @ 30fps
              Wide angle Poor wide angle Help
              TG31028 mm
              DMC-FT1035 mm
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              230k dots
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              TG3103.6x
              DMC-FT104x
              Aperture Very narrow widest aperture size Help
              f/3.5

              Compared to recent waterproof cameras

              Common Strengths
              Weight Light weight Help
              TG310155 g
              DMC-FT10172 g
              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 DMC-FT20

              Panasonic Lumix FT20

              Waterproof

              $318

              Wide angle Has a significantly wider wide angle lens
              Size Is slightly smaller
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Longest exposure Much shorter exposures
              Olympus TG-320

              Olympus Tough TG-320

              Waterproof

              $181

              Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
              3D Captures 3D images
              Longest exposure Much shorter exposures
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              Panasonic Lumix FT25

              Panasonic Lumix FT25

              Waterproof

              $324

              Wide angle Has a significantly wider wide angle lens
              Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro focusing
              Samsung WP10

              Samsung WP10

              Waterproof

              Size Is slightly smaller
              Macro focus Slightly closer macro focusing
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Longest exposure Much shorter exposures
              Canon PowerShot D30

              Canon PowerShot D30

              Waterproof

              $270 - $299

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
              Longest exposure Much shorter exposures
              Thickness Is thicker
              Olympus TG-820 iHS

              Olympus TG-820

              Waterproof

              $260

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
              Longest exposure Much shorter exposures
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT1

              Waterproof

              Fastest shutter speed Has a faster max shutter speed
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro focusing

              Olympus TG-310 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              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 TG-610

              Olympus TG-610

              Waterproof

              $210

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Size Larger
              Canon Digital IXUS 95 IS

              Canon Digital IXUS 95 IS

              Compact

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Image stabilization Better image stabilization
              Wide angle Much worse wide angle
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Nikon Coolpix S33

              Nikon Coolpix S33

              Waterproof

              $127 - $130

              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              Aperture Wider aperture
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Size Larger
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $647 body only

              $578 - $747 with 18-55mm lens

              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Screen size Much larger screen
              Size Much larger
              Image stabilization No image stabilization

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT10 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix FT5

              Panasonic Lumix FT5

              Waterproof

              $230

              Wide angle Much better wide angle
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Size Significantly larger
              Thickness Thicker
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT3

              Waterproof

              $273

              Wide angle Much better wide angle
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Size Larger
              Thickness Thicker
              Fujifilm FinePix F10 Zoom

              Fujifilm FinePix F10 Zoom

              Compact

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Sensor size Larger sensor
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT2

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT2

              Waterproof

              Wide angle Much better wide angle
              Aperture Wider aperture
              Continuous shooting Shoots slower
              Size Slightly larger

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