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

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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 Pentax Optio WG-1 GPS

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

Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-TS3

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3D Takes 3D photos Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
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
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 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
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        similarities

        Compared to recent compacts

        Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
        GPS Built-in GPS Help
        Great for travel
        Waterproof Waterproof Help
        Great at the beach
        Sensor type Lower-end sensor types Help
        CCD
        Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
        You could stitch photos in post
        Light sensitivity (boost) Poor boost ISO Help
        6,400 ISO
        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
        Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
        DMC-TS3:3.7 fps
        WG-1 GPS:0.7 fps
        Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
        230k dots
        Screen size Very small screens Help
        2.7"
        High-speed framerate No high speed movie support Help
        Not supported
        Wide angle Poor wide angle Help
        28 mm
        Zoom Poor zoom Help
        DMC-TS3:4.6x
        WG-1 GPS:5x

        Compared to recent waterproof cameras

        Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
        Built-in flash Each has a built-in flash Help
        Usually standard
        External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
        Limited to the in-camera mic
        Movie format Poor movies Help
        DMC-TS3:1080p @ 30fps
        WG-1 GPS:720p @ 30fps

        competitors

        Shared Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Nikon Coolpix AW100

        Nikon Coolpix AW100

        Waterproof

        $238 - $300

        Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
        Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
        Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS4

        Panasonic Lumix TS4

        Waterproof

        $348

        Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
        Weight Is slightly heavier
        Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
        Olympus TG-820 iHS

        Olympus TG-820

        Waterproof

        $299

        Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
        Screen resolution Has a much higher resolution screen
        GPS Doesn't have a built-in GPS
        Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
        Olympus Tough TG-830 iHS

        Olympus Tough TG-830 iHS

        Waterproof

        $247 - $249

        Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
        Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
        Weight Is slightly heavier
        Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS2

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS2

        Waterproof

        Size Is slightly smaller
        Thickness Is thinner
        GPS Doesn't have a built-in GPS
        Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
        Pentax Optio WG-2 GPS

        Pentax Optio WG-2 GPS

        Waterproof

        Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
        Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
        Weight Is slightly heavier
        Size Is slightly larger

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3 Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Panasonic Lumix TS5

        Panasonic Lumix TS5

        Waterproof

        $299 - $348

        Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
        Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
        Size Larger
        Weight Heavier
        Panasonic Lumix TS25

        Panasonic Lumix TS25

        Waterproof

        $150 - $180

        Size Significantly smaller
        Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
        Aperture Narrower aperture
        3D Doesn't take 3D photos

        Pentax Optio WG-1 GPS Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Fujifilm FinePix X100

        Fujifilm FinePix X100

        Boutique

        $793 - $900

        Sensor size Much larger sensor
        Aperture Much wider aperture
        Size Much larger
        Wide angle Significantly worse wide angle
        Olympus Stylus Tough TG-2 iHS

        Olympus Stylus Tough TG-2 iHS

        Waterproof

        $382 - $448

        Aperture Much wider aperture
        Screen type Has an OLED screen
        Size Larger
        Weight Heavier
        Canon PowerShot D10

        Canon PowerShot D10

        Waterproof

        $496

        Aperture Wider aperture
        Image stabilization Better image stabilization
        Size Much larger
        Wide angle Significantly worse wide angle
        Sony NEX-7

        Sony NEX-7

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $1,156 with 18-55mm lens

        Sensor size Much larger sensor
        True resolution Much higher true resolution
        Image stabilization No image stabilization
        Size Larger
        Olympus Stylus Tough 8010

        Olympus Stylus Tough 8010

        Waterproof

        $289

        Size Significantly smaller
        Image stabilization Better image stabilization
        Aperture Narrower aperture
        GPS No built-in GPS

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        discussion

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        Avatar for Chris Sandok Chris Sandok (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.