Updated (January, 2013): Compare the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS4 vs Panasonic Lumix TS5

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Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3

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

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix TS4

3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
GPS
Built-in GPS
Great for travel
Longest exposure
Long exposures
60 seconds
 
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Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-TS3

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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 103x64x27 mm vs 104x63x27 mm
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Almost the same
Thickness Slightly thinner 1.1" vs 1.1"
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Almost the same
Lowest price Slightly cheaper $293.75 vs $371.99
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The best price we've seen is $78 cheaper (more than 20% less)
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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
              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
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              Lens
              Waterproof Waterproof Help
              Great at the beach
              Longest exposure Very long exposure times Help
              60 seconds
              Sensor type Lower-end sensor types Help
              CCD
              Supports RAW No RAW support Help
              Less editing fidelity
              Light sensitivity (boost) Poor boost ISO Help
              6,400 ISO
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              1,600 ISO
              Macro focus Poor macro capabilities Help
              5 cm
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              230k dots
              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
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              4.6x

              Compared to recent waterproof cameras

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Built-in flash Each has a built-in flash Help
              Usually standard
              Thickness Thin Help
              1.1"
              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

              Panasonic Lumix TS5

              Panasonic Lumix TS5

              Waterproof

              $265 - $330

              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Nikon Coolpix AW120

              Nikon Coolpix AW120

              Waterproof

              $229 - $594

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Longest exposure Much shorter exposures
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Olympus Stylus Tough TG-3

              Olympus Stylus Tough TG-3

              Waterproof

              $349 - $880

              Aperture Has a significantly wider aperture
              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Longest exposure Much shorter exposures
              Thickness Is thicker
              Panasonic Lumix TS25

              Panasonic Lumix TS25

              Waterproof

              $135 - $169

              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Size Is slightly smaller
              Longest exposure Much shorter exposures
              GPS Doesn't have a built-in GPS
              Nikon Coolpix AW100

              Nikon Coolpix AW100

              Waterproof

              $269

              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Longest exposure Much shorter exposures
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Sony Cybershot DSC-TX10

              Sony Cybershot TX10

              Waterproof

              $250

              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              Longest exposure Much shorter exposures
              GPS Doesn't have a built-in GPS
              Nikon Coolpix AW110

              Nikon Coolpix AW110

              Waterproof

              $347

              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Longest exposure Much shorter exposures
              Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS2

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS2

              Waterproof

              $400

              Size Smaller
              Thickness Thinner
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Movie format Lower resolution movies

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS4 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX30

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX30

              Waterproof

              $198 - $396

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              GPS No built-in GPS

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              discussion

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              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