Updated (February, 2012): Compare the Olympus TG-620 vs Olympus Stylus Tough 6020

Olympus TG-610

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Reasons to buy the Olympus TG-610

Screen size
Large screen
3.0"
Screen resolution
High resolution screen
920k dots
Size
Really small
Compact 99x64x26 mm
Thickness
Thin
1"
 

Reasons to buy the Olympus Stylus Tough 6020

Size
Really small
Compact 95x62x22 mm
Thickness
Thin
0.9"
Weight
Light-weight
122 g
 
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differences

Advantages of the Olympus TG-610

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Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen 920k dots vs 230k dots
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4x higher resolution screen
Screen size Larger screen 3.0" vs 2.7"
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More than 10% larger screen
Longest exposure Slightly longer exposures 4s vs 1/4s
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16x longer exposures
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Advantages of the Olympus Tough 6020

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Size Smaller 95x62x22 mm vs 99x64x26 mm
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More than 20% smaller
Macro focus Better macro capability 1 cm vs 3 cm
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Focus on subjects 3x closer to the lens
Weight Significantly lighter 122 g vs 190 g
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Around 40% lighter
Thickness Thinner 0.9" vs 1"
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Around 20% thinner
Continuous shooting Shoots slightly faster 5 fps vs 3.4 fps
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Around 50% faster continuous shooting
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        similarities

        Compared to recent compacts

        Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
        Waterproof Waterproof Help
        Great at the beach
        Longest exposure Short max exposure time Help
        TG-610:4s
        Tough 6020:1/4s
        Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
        You could stitch photos in post
        Sensor type Lower-end sensor types Help
        CCD
        Supports RAW No RAW support Help
        Less editing fidelity
        HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
        You could do HDR manually
        Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
        1,600 ISO
        Aperture Very narrow widest aperture size Help
        f/3.9
        Wide angle Poor wide angle Help
        28 mm
        Movie format HD (720p) video Help
        TG-610:720p @ 30fps
        Tough 6020:720p
        Zoom Poor zoom Help
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        Compared to recent waterproof cameras

        Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
        Built-in flash Each has a built-in flash Help
        Usually standard
        Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
        Sensor shift
        Size Fairly small Help
        TG-610:99x64x26 mm
        Tough 6020:95x62x22 mm
        Thickness Thin Help
        TG-610:1"
        Tough 6020:0.9"
        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 TG-320

        Olympus Tough TG-320

        Waterproof

        $211

        Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
        Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
        Weight Is slightly heavier
        Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
        Olympus TG-620

        Olympus TG-620

        Waterproof

        $220

        Movie format Records higher quality movies
        Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
        Weight Is slightly heavier
        Olympus TG-310

        Olympus TG310

        Waterproof

        $204

        Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
        Weight Is slightly heavier
        Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
        Olympus Stylus Tough TG-3

        Olympus Stylus Tough TG-3

        Waterproof

        $349

        Aperture Has a much wider aperture
        Movie format Records higher quality movies
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is much heavier
        Olympus Stylus Tough 8010

        Olympus Stylus Tough 8010

        Waterproof

        $349

        Weight Is significantly heavier
        Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
        Olympus Stylus Tough 6000

        Olympus Stylus Tough 6000

        Waterproof

        Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
        Image stabilization Has better image stabilization
        Weight Is slightly heavier
        Movie format Records lower quality movies
        Nikon Coolpix AW100

        Nikon Coolpix AW100

        Waterproof

        $250

        Movie format Records higher quality movies
        High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
        Weight Is slightly heavier
        Size Is slightly larger

        Olympus TG-610 Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Olympus Tough TG-810

        Olympus Tough TG-810

        Waterproof

        $441

        GPS Has a GPS
        Continuous shooting Shoots slower
        Weight Heavier
        Canon EOS 6D

        Canon EOS 6D

        Pro DSLR

        $1,598 - $1,899 body only

        $2,499 with 24-105mm lens

        Sensor size Much larger sensor
        Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
        Size Much larger
        Built-in flash No built-in flash
        Olympus SP-810 UZ

        Olympus SP-810 UZ

        Super zoom

        $319

        Zoom Much more zoom
        Aperture Significantly wider aperture
        Size Much larger
        Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen

        Olympus Stylus Tough 6020 Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Nikon Coolpix AW120

        Nikon Coolpix AW120

        Waterproof

        $289 - $297

        Aperture Significantly wider aperture
        Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
        Size Larger
        Weight Significantly heavier
        Placeholder

        Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z6

        Super zoom

        Aperture Significantly wider aperture
        Zoom More zoom
        Size Much larger
        Screen size Much smaller screen
        Fujifilm FinePix XP10

        Fujifilm FinePix XP10

        Waterproof

        Wide angle Significantly worse wide angle
        Image stabilization No image stabilization
        Canon PowerShot A3300 IS

        Canon PowerShot A3300 IS

        Compact

        $200

        Aperture Significantly wider aperture
        Screen size Larger screen
        Macro focus Worse macro capability
        Waterproof Not waterproof

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        SURF DUDE (3:26 PM, December 10, 2011)
        THE 6020 IS NOT WATERPROOF.. WATER CAME IN DOOR AND BROKE CAMERA 3 TIMES IN A MATTER OF 8 MONTHS.  RUINED CAMERA.  ALSO AUTOFOCUS IN MOVIES ISN'T GOOD AND PICTURES DON'T FOCUS PROPERLY ALL THE TIME AND IT'S SLOW TO TAKE A PICTURE..
        THE 8020 LOOKS LIKE IT HAS A BETTER LOCKING DOOR.