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

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3

Winner
Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3

71

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Pentax Optio WG-1 GPS

64

Pentax Optio WG-1 GPS

Runner-up
     

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3

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 Pentax Optio WG-1 GPS

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

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
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
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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
              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
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              230k dots
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              DMC-TS3:3.7 fps
              WG-1 GPS:0.7 fps
              Screen size Very small screens Help
              2.7"
              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
              Built-in flash Each has a built-in flash Help
              Usually standard
              Thickness Thin Help
              1.1"
              Common Weaknesses
              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

              $199 - $427

              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro focusing
              Nikon Coolpix AW100

              Nikon Coolpix AW100

              Waterproof

              $274

              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS2

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS2

              Waterproof

              $400

              Size Is slightly smaller
              GPS Doesn't have a built-in GPS
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro focusing
              Olympus TG-820 iHS

              Olympus TG-820

              Waterproof

              $238

              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

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix TS25

              Panasonic Lumix TS25

              Waterproof

              $128 - $169

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

              Olympus Stylus Tough TG-3

              Waterproof

              $349

              Aperture Much wider aperture
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Size Larger
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS4

              Panasonic Lumix TS4

              Waterproof

              $250

              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Size Slightly smaller
              Olympus Tough TG-810

              Olympus Tough TG-810

              Waterproof

              $249

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Screen size Larger screen
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Nikon Coolpix AW110

              Nikon Coolpix AW110

              Waterproof

              $266

              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Longest exposure Much shorter max exposures

              Pentax Optio WG-1 GPS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony NEX-7

              Sony NEX-7

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $1,199 body only

              $788 with 18-200mm lens

              Sensor size Much larger sensor
              True resolution Much higher true resolution
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Size Larger
              Pentax WG-10

              Pentax WG-10

              Waterproof

              $333

              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $625 body only

              $679 - $1,025 with 18-55mm lens

              Sensor size Much larger sensor
              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Size Much larger
              Weight Much heavier
              Canon Rebel T3

              Canon Rebel T3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $389 - $418 body only

              $399 - $400 with 18-55mm lens

              Sensor size Much larger sensor
              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Size Much larger
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Canon PowerShot ELPH 320 HS

              Canon ELPH 320 HS

              Compact

              $180 - $250

              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Macro focus Worse macro capability

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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.