Updated (February, 2012): Compare the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS4 vs Pentax Optio WG-2 GPS

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3 vs Pentax Optio WG-1 GPS

Winner
Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3

71

Pentax Optio WG-1 GPS

64

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3

Full HD
Movie format
1080p @ 30fps
Takes 3D photos
3D
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
Long exposures
Longest exposure
60 seconds
Built-in GPS
GPS
Great for travel
 

Reasons to buy the Pentax Optio WG-1 GPS

Macro focus
Great macro
1 cm
GPS
Built-in GPS
Great for travel

galleries

Explore our gallery of 31 sample photos taken by the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3. Explore our gallery of 7 sample photos taken by the Pentax Optio WG-1 GPS.

differences

Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-TS3

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Movie format
Higher resolution movies
1080p @ 30fps vs 720p @ 30fps
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video
Image stabilization
Better image stabilization
Lens vs Digital
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Less risk of blur
3D
Takes 3D photos
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Aperture
Wider aperture
f/3.3 vs f/3.5
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At its widest zoom, the DMC-TS3's lens captures marginally more light (0.2 f-stops)
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
3.7 fps vs 0.7 fps
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Around 5.5x faster continuous shooting
Longest exposure
Much longer exposures
60s vs 4s
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15x longer exposures
Size
Slightly smaller
104x63x27 mm vs 115x58x28 mm
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Almost the same
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Advantages of the Pentax WG-1 GPS

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Macro focus
Significantly better macro capability
1 cm vs 5 cm
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Focus on subjects 5x closer to the lens
Weight
Lighter
167 g vs 197 g
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Around 20% lighter
Fastest shutter speed
Faster max shutter speed
1/1500s vs 1/1300s
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More than 10% faster max shutter speed
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recommendations

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
              GPS Built-in GPS Help
              Great for travel
              Waterproof Waterproof Help
              Great at the beach
              Common Weaknesses
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              DMC-TS31/1300s
              WG-1 GPS1/1500s
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Sensor type Lower-end sensor types Help
              CCD
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              1,600 ISO
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Wide angle Poor wide angle Help
              28 mm
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              230k dots
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              DMC-TS33.7 fps
              WG-1 GPS0.7 fps
              Screen size Very small screens Help
              2.7"
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              DMC-TS34.6x
              WG-1 GPS5x

              Compared to recent waterproof cameras

              Common Strengths
              Size Fairly small Help
              DMC-TS3104x63x27 mm
              WG-1 GPS115x58x28 mm
              Thickness Thin Help
              1.1"
              Common Weaknesses
              High-speed framerate No high speed movie support Help
              Not supported

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              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
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              Nikon Coolpix AW100

              Nikon Coolpix AW100

              Waterproof

              $280

              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix TS5

              Panasonic Lumix TS5

              Waterproof

              $299

              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              Size Larger
              Weight Heavier
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS30 (Lumix DMC-FT30)

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS30 (Lumix DMC-FT30)

              Waterproof

              Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
              Size Significantly smaller
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Panasonic Lumix TS25

              Panasonic Lumix TS25

              Waterproof

              $170

              Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
              Size Significantly smaller
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS4

              Panasonic Lumix TS4

              Waterproof

              $369

              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Size Slightly smaller
              Lowest price Significantly more expensive
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS6 (Lumix DMC-FT6)

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS6 (Lumix DMC-FT6)

              Waterproof

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

              Pentax Optio WG-1 GPS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Pentax Optio W90

              Pentax Optio W90

              Waterproof

              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Size Smaller
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Sony NEX-7

              Sony NEX-7

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $580 body only

              $498 - $589 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Much higher true resolution
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Size Larger
              Canon ELPH 300 HS

              Canon ELPH 300 HS

              Compact

              $220

              Wide angle Much better wide angle
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Macro focus Worse macro capability
              Canon EOS Rebel T1i

              Canon Rebel T1i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $825 body only

              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Size Much larger
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Canon EOS Rebel T2i

              Canon Rebel T2i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $700 with 18-55mm lens

              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Size Much larger
              Image stabilization No image stabilization

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              Avatar for Lostfrog Lostfrog (8:58 PM, August 06, 2011)
              Soooo, popularity makes DMC-TS3 higher ranked but Macro mode on the pentax is NOT a strength?  Even has macro flash on front of the camera! Gimme a break.