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

Olympus TG310

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Reasons to buy the Olympus TG310

Macro focus
Great macro
2 cm
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT10

Longest exposure
Long exposures
60 seconds
 
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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"
        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
        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
        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

        Nikon Coolpix AW120

        Nikon Coolpix AW120

        Waterproof

        $297 - $548

        Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
        Movie format Records higher quality movies
        Longest exposure Much shorter exposures
        Weight Is slightly heavier
        Fujifilm FinePix XP50

        Fujifilm FinePix XP50

        Waterproof

        $200

        Movie format Records higher quality movies
        Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
        Longest exposure Much shorter exposures
        Thickness Is thicker
        Nikon Coolpix AW100

        Nikon Coolpix AW100

        Waterproof

        $135 - $300

        Movie format Records higher quality movies
        Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
        Longest exposure Much shorter exposures
        Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TF1

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TF1

        Waterproof

        $160 - $185

        Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
        Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
        Longest exposure Much shorter exposures
        Continuous shooting Doesn't shoot as fast continuously
        Nikon Coolpix AW110

        Nikon Coolpix AW110

        Waterproof

        $214 - $380

        Movie format Records higher quality movies
        Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
        Longest exposure Much shorter exposures
        Weight Is slightly heavier
        Olympus Tough TG-810

        Olympus Tough TG-810

        Waterproof

        $249

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

        Olympus TG-310 Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Olympus mju Tough 3000

        Olympus mju Tough 3000

        Waterproof

        Size Slightly larger
        Olympus TG-320

        Olympus Tough TG-320

        Waterproof

        $162

        3D Takes 3D photos
        Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
        Continuous shooting Shoots slower
        Macro focus Slightly worse macro capability
        Fujifilm FinePix XP70

        Fujifilm FinePix XP70

        Waterproof

        $167 - $260

        Movie format Higher resolution movies
        Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
        Aperture Narrower aperture
        Macro focus Much worse macro capability
        Sony CyberShot DSC-H300

        Sony CyberShot DSC-H300

        Super zoom

        $198

        Zoom Much more zoom
        External mic jack Has an external mic jack
        Size Much larger
        Thickness Much thicker
        Olympus TG-820 iHS

        Olympus TG-820

        Waterproof

        $190

        Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
        3D Takes 3D photos
        Aperture Narrower aperture
        Continuous shooting Shoots slightly slower

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT10 Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Panasonic Lumix FT5

        Panasonic Lumix FT5

        Waterproof

        $543

        Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
        3D Takes 3D photos
        Size Significantly larger
        Thickness Thicker
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT1

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT1

        Waterproof

        Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
        Aperture Wider aperture
        Continuous shooting Shoots slower
        Weight Heavier
        Panasonic Lumix FT25

        Panasonic Lumix FT25

        Waterproof

        $179

        Wide angle Much better wide angle
        Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
        Aperture Narrower aperture
        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 DMC-FT20

        Panasonic Lumix FT20

        Waterproof

        $248

        Wide angle Much better wide angle
        Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
        Aperture Narrower aperture
        Continuous shooting Shoots slower

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