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

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3

Winner
Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3

68

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Pentax Optio WG-1 GPS

62

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
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
 

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
Image stabilization
Better image stabilization
Lens vs Digital
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Less risk of blur
Movie format
Higher resolution movies
1080p @ 30fps vs 720p @ 30fps
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video
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-TS3:1/1300s
              WG-1 GPS:1/1500s
              Sensor type Lower-end sensor types Help
              CCD
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              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 flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              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

              $222 - $427

              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              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
              Thickness Is thinner
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              GPS Doesn't have a built-in GPS
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $648 body only

              $550 - $620 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              Screen resolution Has a much higher resolution screen
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Waterproof Is not waterproof
              Olympus Stylus Tough 8010

              Olympus Stylus Tough 8010

              Waterproof

              $329

              Size Is slightly smaller
              Thickness Is thinner
              Light sensitivity (boost) Lacks boost light sensitivity
              Weight Is slightly heavier

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix TS25

              Panasonic Lumix TS25

              Waterproof

              $139 - $180

              Size Significantly smaller
              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Nikon Coolpix AW120

              Nikon Coolpix AW120

              Waterproof

              $189 - $347

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Longest exposure Much shorter max exposures
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS4

              Panasonic Lumix TS4

              Waterproof

              $290

              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Size Slightly smaller
              Olympus Stylus Tough TG-3

              Olympus Stylus Tough TG-3

              Waterproof

              $349 - $369

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

              Pentax Optio WG-1 GPS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus TG-1 iHS

              Olympus TG-1 iHS

              Waterproof

              $530

              Aperture Much wider aperture
              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              Weight Heavier
              Canon PowerShot A1300

              Canon PowerShot A1300

              Compact

              $400

              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              Size Smaller
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Macro focus Worse macro capability
              Pentax Optio WG-2 GPS

              Pentax Optio WG-2 GPS

              Waterproof

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              Size Larger
              Weight Heavier
              Canon ELPH 300 HS

              Canon ELPH 300 HS

              Compact

              $229

              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Macro focus Worse macro capability
              Canon Rebel T3

              Canon Rebel T3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $349 - $380 body only

              $399 - $429 with 18-55mm lens

              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Interchangeable lenses Has interchangeable lenses
              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.