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

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Reasons to buy the Olympus TG310

Great macro
Macro focus
2 cm
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT10

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
360 ms shutter lag
Longest exposure
Long exposures
60 seconds
 

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
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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
              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
              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 flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              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
              Size Fairly small Help
              TG310:96x63x22 mm
              DMC-FT10:100x64x22 mm
              Built-in flash Each has a built-in flash Help
              Usually standard
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              TG310:Sensor shift
              DMC-FT10:Lens
              Common Weaknesses
              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

              Olympus Stylus Tough TG-3

              Olympus Stylus Tough TG-3

              Waterproof

              $349 - $379

              Aperture Has a much wider aperture
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Longest exposure Much shorter exposures
              Thickness Is thicker
              Olympus mju Tough 3000

              Olympus mju Tough 3000

              Waterproof

              $258

              Lowest price Is significantly less expensive
              Fastest shutter speed Has a faster max shutter speed
              Longest exposure Much shorter exposures
              Light sensitivity (boost) Lacks boost light sensitivity
              Olympus TG-320

              Olympus Tough TG-320

              Waterproof

              Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
              3D Captures 3D images
              Longest exposure Much shorter exposures
              Continuous shooting Doesn't shoot as fast continuously
              Panasonic Lumix FT25

              Panasonic Lumix FT25

              Waterproof

              $287

              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro focusing
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT20

              Panasonic Lumix FT20

              Waterproof

              $217

              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Size Is slightly smaller
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Longest exposure Much shorter exposures
              Nikon Coolpix AW120

              Nikon Coolpix AW120

              Waterproof

              $189 - $347

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

              Nikon Coolpix AW110

              Nikon Coolpix AW110

              Waterproof

              $241 - $314

              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              3D Takes 3D photos
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Size Larger
              Olympus mju  550WP

              Olympus mju 550WP

              Waterproof

              Size Slightly smaller
              Wide angle Much worse wide angle
              Macro focus Much worse macro capability
              Nikon Coolpix S32

              Nikon Coolpix S32

              Waterproof

              $97

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              Size Much larger
              True resolution Significantly lower true resolution

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT10 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony DSC WX100

              Sony DSC WX100

              Travel zoom

              $253

              Wide angle Much better wide angle
              3D Takes 3D photos
              Waterproof Not waterproof
              Longest exposure Much shorter max exposures
              Fujifilm FinePix F10 Zoom

              Fujifilm FinePix F10 Zoom

              Compact

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Sensor size Larger sensor
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              True resolution Significantly lower true resolution
              Sony Cybershot DSC-TX10

              Sony Cybershot TX10

              Waterproof

              $245

              Wide angle Much better wide angle
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Longest exposure Much shorter max exposures
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX20

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX20

              Waterproof

              $210

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

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