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

72

Pentax Optio WG-1 GPS

66

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
1.0 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 6 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
3D
Takes 3D photos
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Image stabilization
Better image stabilization
  1. Lens
vs
  1. 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
104×64×28 mm vs 116×59×29 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
Much better macro capability
1.0 cm vs 5.0 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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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
              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
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              1,600 ISO
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Screen size Very small screens Help
              2.7"
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Wide angle Poor wide angle Help
              28 mm
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              DMC-TS33.7 fps
              WG-1 GPS0.7 fps
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              230k dots
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              DMC-TS34.6x
              WG-1 GPS5x

              Compared to recent waterproof cameras

              Common Strengths
              Size Fairly small Help
              DMC-TS3104×64×28 mm
              WG-1 GPS116×59×29 mm
              Thickness Thin Help
              1.1"
              Common Weaknesses
              High-speed framerate No high speed movie support Help
              Not supported

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix AW100

              Nikon Coolpix AW100

              Waterproof

              $370

              Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
              Olympus TG-820 iHS

              Olympus TG-820

              Waterproof

              $403

              Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
              Screen resolution Has a much higher resolution screen
              GPS Doesn't have a built-in GPS
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
              Sony Cybershot DSC-TX10

              Sony Cybershot TX10

              Waterproof

              $244

              Wide angle Has a significantly wider wide angle lens
              Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
              GPS Doesn't have a built-in GPS
              Olympus TG-1 iHS

              Olympus TG-1 iHS

              Waterproof

              $510

              Aperture Has a significantly wider aperture
              Wide angle Has a significantly wider wide angle lens
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Pentax Optio WG-1

              Pentax Optio WG-1

              Waterproof

              $529

              GPS Doesn't have a built-in GPS
              Olympus Tough TG-810

              Olympus Tough TG-810

              Waterproof

              $230

              Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
              Screen resolution Has a much higher resolution screen
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro focusing

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix TS5

              Panasonic Lumix TS5

              Waterproof

              $254 - $289

              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              Size Larger
              Weight Heavier
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS4

              Panasonic Lumix TS4

              Waterproof

              $425

              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Size Slightly smaller
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS2

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS2

              Waterproof

              $416

              Size Smaller
              Thickness Thinner
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              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 DMC-TS6 (Lumix DMC-FT6)

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS6 (Lumix DMC-FT6)

              Waterproof

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

              Pentax Optio WG-1 GPS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              GoPro HERO3 Black Edition

              GoPro HERO3 Black Edition

              Waterproof

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Wide angle Much better wide angle
              Built-in flash No built-in flash
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Canon PowerShot G12

              Canon PowerShot G12

              Pro digicam

              $985

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Image stabilization Better image stabilization
              Size Much larger
              Weight Much heavier
              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
              Sony NEX-7

              Sony NEX-7

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $840 body only

              $650 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Much higher true resolution
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Size Larger
              Nikon D40X

              Nikon D40X

              Entry-level DSLR

              $851 with 18-55mm lens

              Interchangeable lenses Has interchangeable lenses
              External flash Supports an external flash
              Size Much larger
              Image stabilization No image stabilization

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