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

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Pentax Optio WG-1 GPS

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Pentax Optio WG-1 GPS

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Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens
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 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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        similarities

        Compared to recent compacts

        Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
        GPS Built-in GPS Help
        Great for travel
        Waterproof Waterproof Help
        Great at the beach
        Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
        You could stitch photos in post
        Sensor type Lower-end sensor types Help
        CCD
        Supports RAW No RAW support Help
        Less editing fidelity
        Light sensitivity (boost) Poor boost ISO Help
        6,400 ISO
        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"
        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
        Thickness Thin Help
        1.1"
        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

        Nikon Coolpix AW100

        Nikon Coolpix AW100

        Waterproof

        $250 - $297

        Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
        Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
        Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
        Olympus Tough TG-810

        Olympus Tough TG-810

        Waterproof

        $299 - $329

        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
        Sony Cybershot DSC-TX10

        Sony Cybershot TX10

        Waterproof

        $258 - $279

        Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
        Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
        GPS Doesn't have a built-in GPS
        Nikon Coolpix AW110

        Nikon Coolpix AW110

        Waterproof

        $213

        Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
        Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
        Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
        Nikon Coolpix AW120

        Nikon Coolpix AW120

        Waterproof

        $289 - $543

        Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
        Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
        Weight Is slightly heavier

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3 Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS4

        Panasonic Lumix TS4

        Waterproof

        $352

        Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
        Size Slightly smaller
        Panasonic Lumix TS5

        Panasonic Lumix TS5

        Waterproof

        $298 - $348

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

        Panasonic Lumix TS25

        Waterproof

        $138 - $180

        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
        Fujifilm FinePix XP70

        Fujifilm FinePix XP70

        Waterproof

        $145 - $195

        Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
        Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
        3D Doesn't take 3D photos
        Aperture Narrower aperture

        Pentax Optio WG-1 GPS Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Canon EOS Rebel T1i

        Canon Rebel T1i

        Entry-level DSLR

        $800 body only

        $700 with 18-55mm lens

        Sensor size Much larger sensor
        Autofocus Faster autofocus
        Size Much larger
        Weight Much heavier
        Olympus Stylus Tough 8010

        Olympus Stylus Tough 8010

        Waterproof

        $199

        Size Significantly smaller
        Image stabilization Better image stabilization
        Aperture Narrower aperture
        GPS No built-in GPS
        Sony NEX-5N

        Sony NEX-5N

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        Sensor size Much larger sensor
        Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
        Built-in flash No built-in flash
        Image stabilization No image stabilization
        Pentax Optio W90

        Pentax Optio W90

        Waterproof

        Size Smaller
        Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
        Image stabilization No image stabilization
        GPS No built-in GPS
        Olympus PEN E-PL1

        Olympus PEN E-PL1

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $400 with 14-42mm lens

        Sensor size Much larger sensor
        Interchangeable lenses Has interchangeable lenses
        Size Much larger
        Weight Much heavier

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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.