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
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
360 ms shutter lag
Thickness
Thin
0.9"
Longest exposure
Long exposures
60 seconds
 
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differences

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 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
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 Common Weaknesses
        Waterproof Waterproof Help
        Great at the beach
        Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
        You could stitch photos in post
        Sensor type Lower-end sensor types Help
        CCD
        HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
        You could do HDR manually
        Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
        1,600 ISO
        3D Neither camera can take 3D photos Help
        No 3d support
        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
        Zoom Poor zoom Help
        TG310:3.6x
        DMC-FT10:4x
        Aperture Very narrow widest aperture size Help
        f/3.5

        Compared to recent waterproof cameras

        Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
        Size Fairly small Help
        TG310:96x63x22 mm
        DMC-FT10:100x64x22 mm
        Thickness Thin Help
        0.9"
        GPS No built-in GPS Help
        Missing geo-tagging
        Screen type No OLED screens Help
        LCD
        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

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT20

        Panasonic Lumix FT20

        Waterproof

        $248

        Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
        Size Is slightly smaller
        Longest exposure Much shorter exposures
        Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
        Panasonic Lumix FT25

        Panasonic Lumix FT25

        Waterproof

        $172 - $202

        Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
        Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
        Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
        Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT1

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT1

        Waterproof

        Weight Is slightly heavier
        Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
        Olympus Stylus Tough TG-3

        Olympus Stylus Tough TG-3

        Waterproof

        $349

        Aperture Has a much wider aperture
        Movie format Records higher quality movies
        Longest exposure Much shorter exposures
        Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
        Olympus mju Tough 3000

        Olympus mju Tough 3000

        Waterproof

        Longest exposure Much shorter exposures
        Light sensitivity (boost) Lacks boost light sensitivity
        Olympus Tough TG-850 iHS

        Olympus Tough TG-850 iHS

        Waterproof

        $229

        Movie format Records higher quality movies
        Wide angle Has a much wider wide angle lens
        Longest exposure Much shorter exposures
        Thickness Is thicker
        Nikon Coolpix S30

        Nikon Coolpix S30

        Waterproof

        $142

        Longest exposure Much shorter exposures
        Thickness Is thicker

        Olympus TG-310 Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Olympus TG-320

        Olympus Tough TG-320

        Waterproof

        $249

        3D Takes 3D photos
        Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
        Continuous shooting Shoots slower
        Macro focus Worse macro capability
        Nikon Coolpix AW110

        Nikon Coolpix AW110

        Waterproof

        $240 - $380

        Screen type Has an OLED screen
        Movie format Higher resolution movies
        Aperture Narrower aperture
        Size Larger

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT10 Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Panasonic Lumix FT5

        Panasonic Lumix FT5

        Waterproof

        $382 - $390

        Wide angle Much better wide angle
        Movie format Higher resolution movies
        Size Significantly larger
        Thickness Thicker
        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX30

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX30

        Waterproof

        $198 - $298

        Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
        Wide angle Much better wide angle
        Longest exposure Much shorter max exposures

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