Updated (January 2013): Compare the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3 vs Panasonic Lumix TS5

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3 vs Panasonic Lumix TS4

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Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Lens
Takes 3D photos
3D
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
Built-in GPS
GPS
Great for travel
Long exposures
Longest exposure
60 seconds
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix TS4

Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Lens
3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
GPS
Built-in GPS
Great for travel

Items often bought with the DMC-TS3 or TS4

galleries

Explore our gallery of 31 sample photos taken by the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3.
Explore our gallery of 3 sample photos taken by the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS4.

differences

Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-TS3

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Lowest price
Cheaper
$285.21 vs $425.00
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The best price we've seen is $140 cheaper (more than 30% less)
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Advantages of the Panasonic TS4

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Panorama
Can create panoramas in-camera
Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Size
Slightly smaller
103×64×27 mm vs 104×64×28 mm
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Almost the same
Thickness
Slightly thinner
1.1" vs 1.1"
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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
              3D Both can take 3D photos, many cameras like these don't Help
              View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
              GPS Built-in GPS Help
              Great for travel
              Movie format Full HD (1080p) video Help
              DMC-TS31080p @ 30fps
              TS41080p @ 60fps
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              1. Lens
              Longest exposure Very long exposure times Help
              60 seconds
              Waterproof Waterproof Help
              Great at the beach
              Common Weaknesses
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              1/1300 of a second
              Sensor type Lower-end sensor types Help
              CCD
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              1,600 ISO
              Macro focus Poor macro capabilities Help
              5.0 cm
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              3.7 fps
              Screen size Very small screens Help
              2.7"
              Wide angle Poor wide angle Help
              28 mm
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              230k dots
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              4.6x

              Compared to recent waterproof cameras

              Common Strengths
              Size Fairly small Help
              DMC-TS3104×64×28 mm
              TS4103×64×27 mm
              Thickness Thin Help
              1.1"
              Common Weaknesses
              High-speed framerate No high speed movie support Help
              Not supported

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix TS5

              Panasonic Lumix TS5

              Waterproof

              $275 - $289

              Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Size Is slightly larger
              Nikon Coolpix S33

              Nikon Coolpix S33

              Waterproof

              $117 - $161

              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Longest exposure Much shorter exposures
              GPS Doesn't have a built-in GPS
              Panasonic Lumix TS25

              Panasonic Lumix TS25

              Waterproof

              $152

              Wide angle Has a significantly wider wide angle lens
              Size Is significantly smaller
              Longest exposure Much shorter exposures
              GPS Doesn't have a built-in GPS
              GoPro HERO3 Black Edition

              GoPro HERO3 Black Edition

              Waterproof

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Movie format Records very high quality movies
              GPS Doesn't have a built-in GPS
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Nikon Coolpix AW100

              Nikon Coolpix AW100

              Waterproof

              $260

              Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Longest exposure Much shorter exposures
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Olympus Stylus Tough TG-3

              Olympus Stylus Tough TG-3

              Waterproof

              $369

              Aperture Has a significantly wider aperture
              Wide angle Has a significantly wider wide angle lens
              Longest exposure Much shorter exposures
              Thickness Is thicker
              Olympus TG-820 iHS

              Olympus TG-820

              Waterproof

              $250

              Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
              Screen resolution Has a much higher resolution screen
              Longest exposure Much shorter exposures
              GPS Doesn't have a built-in GPS

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3.

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS4 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus Tough TG-4

              Olympus Tough TG-4

              Waterproof

              $335 - $379

              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
              Size Larger
              Image stabilization Worse image stabilization
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              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS6 (DMC-FT6)

              Waterproof

              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Size Larger

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              discussion

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              Showing 8 comments

              Warren Long (10:26 PM, May 23, 2012)
              Looking at my TS4 now:
              Regular Rec Modes:
              iA intelligent Auto
              Program AE
              Manual Exposure
              Sports
              Snow
              Beach & Snorkeling
              Underwater
              Miniature
              SCN (expanded in bit)
              3D Photo

              SCN Modes:
              Portrait
              SoftSkin
              Scenery
              Panorama (fun, 4 directions, machine gun image firing, while panning in direction)
              night portrait
              night scenery
              handheld night shot
              food
              baby1
              baby2
              pet
              sunset
              high sensitivity
              through glass

              Warren
               
              guest (9:58 PM, May 23, 2012)
              And also, whether the loss of any of the TS3 modes listed above are to be greatly missed or not…
               
              guest (9:55 PM, May 23, 2012)
              It would be great if someone could post the complete list of scene modes the TS4 DOES have.
               
              Avatar for Snapsort Snapsort (2:39 PM, April 16, 2012)
              Looks like you are right, sorry about that we will fix that up soon.
              Thanks for letting us know.
               
              AlanW (5:59 PM, April 15, 2012)
              The information above about High Dynamic Range (HDR) is INCORRECT.  The TS4 has REMOVED "High Dynamic". 

              Here's the complete list of scene modes which were in the TS3 but are NOT in the TS4: "High Dynamic"  (HDR), Transform, Self Portrait, Party, Candle Light, Hi-Speed Burst, Flash Burst, Starry Sky, Fireworks, Aerial Photo, Pin Hole, Film Grain, Photo Frame. 
               
              Warren Long (5:33 AM, April 06, 2012)
              My TS3 just died, so I reluctantly upgraded to a TS4.  I take LOTS of photos, and in spite of the small number of listed improvements of the TS4 over the TS3, I have noticed a bunch of significant things that don't seem to be mentioned.  Things like movie starts much faster, no longer has a 1 second delay.  GPS is much more sensitive, and gets lock much faster.  I am pleased.
               
              Weevil (9:55 PM, March 17, 2012)
              If we don't take into account the difference in price, would the TS3 be still the winner ? Also what are the difference in the speaker/micophone?
               
              Palindrom50 (1:50 PM, February 26, 2012)
              I have never seen such a small difference in hardware and in the look of a new model in comparison to the previous one