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
Thickness
Thin
0.9"
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 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
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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"
        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
        Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
        TG310:670 ms
        DMC-FT10:360 ms
        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"
        High-speed framerate No high speed movie support Help
        Not supported
        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
        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

        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
        Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
        Nikon Coolpix S32

        Nikon Coolpix S32

        Waterproof

        $107 - $188

        Movie format Records higher quality movies
        Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
        Longest exposure Much shorter exposures
        Thickness Is thicker
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT1

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT1

        Waterproof

        Weight Is slightly heavier
        Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
        Fujifilm FinePix XP22

        Fujifilm FinePix XP22

        Waterproof

        Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
        GPS Has a built-in GPS
        Longest exposure Much shorter exposures
        Macro focus Significantly worse macro focusing
        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TF1

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TF1

        Waterproof

        $180

        Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
        Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
        Longest exposure Much shorter exposures
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT3

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT3

        Waterproof

        Movie format Records higher quality movies
        3D Captures 3D images
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is slightly heavier
        Olympus TG-820 iHS

        Olympus TG-820

        Waterproof

        $220

        Movie format Records higher quality movies
        Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
        Longest exposure Much shorter exposures
        Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture

        Olympus TG-310 Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Olympus TG-320

        Olympus Tough TG-320

        Waterproof

        $200

        3D Takes 3D photos
        Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
        Continuous shooting Shoots slower
        Macro focus Slightly worse macro capability
        Olympus TG-630 iHS

        Olympus TG-630 iHS

        Waterproof

        $194

        Movie format Higher resolution movies
        Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
        Aperture Narrower aperture
        Continuous shooting Shoots slightly slower
        Olympus mju Tough 3000

        Olympus mju Tough 3000

        Waterproof

        Size Slightly larger

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT10 Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Olympus SP-510 UZ

        Olympus SP-510 UZ

        Super zoom

        Aperture Wider aperture
        Supports RAW Shoots RAW
        Size Much larger
        Image stabilization No image stabilization
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT4

        Panasonic Lumix FT4

        Waterproof

        Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
        3D Takes 3D photos
        Size Larger
        Thickness Thicker
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT2

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT2

        Waterproof

        Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
        Aperture Wider aperture
        Continuous shooting Shoots slower
        Size Slightly larger
        Panasonic Lumix FT25

        Panasonic Lumix FT25

        Waterproof

        $188

        Wide angle Much better wide angle
        Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
        Aperture Narrower aperture

        appearance

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