Updated (January, 2012): Compare the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS4 vs Sony Cybershot DSC-TX10

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Reasons to buy the Sony Cybershot TX10

Screen resolution
High resolution screen
921k dots
Size
Really small
Ultra compact 95x56x17 mm
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
Sensor type
CMOS Sensor
Better in low light
 

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
 
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differences

Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-TS3

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GPS Has a GPS Yes vs No
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Automatically geotags your photos when traveling
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)
Longest exposure Much longer exposures 60s vs 2s
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30x longer exposures
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Advantages of the Sony TX10

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Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen 921k dots vs 230k dots
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More than 4x higher resolution screen
Size Significantly smaller 95x56x17 mm vs 104x63x27 mm
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Around 50% smaller
Touch screen Has a touch screen Yes vs No
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Fewer buttons to worry about and direct interaction with camera menus
Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
HDR Has in-camera HDR Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Screen size Larger screen 3.0" vs 2.7"
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More than 10% larger screen
Wide angle Better wide angle 25 mm vs 28 mm
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More than 10% better wide angle
Macro focus Significantly better macro capability 1 cm vs 5 cm
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Focus on subjects 5x closer to the lens
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 10 fps vs 3.7 fps
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More than 2.5x faster continuous shooting
Thickness Significantly thinner 0.7" vs 1.1"
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Around 40% thinner
Weight Lighter 133 g vs 197 g
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More than 30% lighter
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 3,200 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The TX10's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
Lowest price Slightly cheaper $278.95 vs $371.99
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The best price we've seen is $93 cheaper (around 30% less)
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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 Common Weaknesses
              3D Both can take 3D photos, many cameras like these don't Help
              View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              Lens
              Waterproof Waterproof Help
              Great at the beach
              Supports RAW No RAW support Help
              Less editing fidelity
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              DMC-TS3:4.6x
              TX10:4x

              Compared to recent waterproof cameras

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Built-in flash Each has a built-in flash Help
              Usually standard
              Thickness Thin Help
              DMC-TS3:1.1"
              TX10:0.7"
              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
              Wide angle Poor wide angle Help
              DMC-TS3:28 mm
              TX10:25 mm

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix AW100

              Nikon Coolpix AW100

              Waterproof

              $269

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon Coolpix AW120

              Nikon Coolpix AW120

              Waterproof

              $229 - $340

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Panasonic Lumix TS25

              Panasonic Lumix TS25

              Waterproof

              $135 - $169

              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro focusing
              Nikon Coolpix AW110

              Nikon Coolpix AW110

              Waterproof

              $247 - $266

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              GoPro HERO3 Black Edition

              GoPro HERO3 Black Edition

              Waterproof

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Image stabilization Doesn't have image stabilization
              Olympus TG-820 iHS

              Olympus TG-820

              Waterproof

              $238

              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Thickness Is thicker
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix TS5

              Panasonic Lumix TS5

              Waterproof

              $265 - $279

              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Size Larger
              Weight Heavier
              Olympus Stylus Tough TG-3

              Olympus Stylus Tough TG-3

              Waterproof

              $349 - $880

              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

              $294

              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Size Slightly smaller

              Sony Cybershot DSC-TX10 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX30

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX30

              Waterproof

              $198 - $219

              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Wide angle Slightly worse wide angle
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX20

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX20

              Waterproof

              $210

              Lowest price Slightly cheaper
              Longest exposure Slightly longer exposures
              Sony Cybershot DSC-TX100V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX100v

              Compact

              $294

              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Kodak EasyShare Z1275

              Kodak EasyShare Z1275

              Compact

              $310

              Aperture Wider aperture
              True resolution Higher true resolution
              Macro focus Much worse macro capability
              Wide angle Much worse wide angle
              Sony Cybershot DSC-TX55

              Sony Cybershot DSC-TX55

              Ultra compact

              $350

              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              Macro focus Worse macro capability
              Wide angle Slightly worse wide angle

              appearance

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              discussion

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              Sjonni (8:28 PM, December 01, 2011)
              Touch screen on a waterproof camera... no thanks. Really like the small size sony, but it's a total failure to have a touch screen on an outdoor camera, specially in cold temperatures and rain. The lumix is superior as an outdoors camera, more rugged and has buttons that always work.
               
              Guest (8:41 AM, September 25, 2011)
              Epic fail. The Sony is only good to 16 feet depth vs the 40 feet for the Panasonic. That is 24 big reasons not to buy the Sony. Case closed, this review didn't take into account the most important factor for underwater use. 
               
              John (11:57 AM, June 16, 2011)
              just bought the sony cam last night and it is shit! woke up today and took it out of the charger and the screen doesnt turn on. the touch still works cause i hear the bbeps but the screen is F#$ked. Junk! they probably wont even give me my money back at Sh!tty futurehop
               
              Avatar for Snapsort Snapsort (6:15 PM, April 29, 2011)
              Hey Mike. I am glad you found a camera you like, but I think you have fallen for the myth that more megapixels equals better image quality. In all honestly 2 MP might be enough for a lot of people, you will be able to print out 4 x 3 print and it will look good. Unless you are planning to print our a poster the size of a billboard you do not need these crazy high megapixel cameras.
              Hope that helps and enjoy your new camera.
               
              Mike (4:55 PM, April 29, 2011)
              I bought both camera's to do a comparison. I love the form factor of the Sony, so I really tried to like it. The touch screen is actually very nice. The durability of the Panasonic is a huge plus if you are going to use it underwater. In my image quality showdown, I would have expected the 16.2 mp CMOS of the Sony to handily beat the 12.1mp of the Panasonic. WRONG!!! With both cameras at their highest resolution (best image quality), the Panasonic blew the Sony out of the water. The Sony was better in extreme darkness, but otherwise it was significantly poorer quality (sharpness, & overall image quality). The Panasonic was much better in still pictures and video's. It wasn't even close. I was shocked.... The Sony is going back, and I'm keeping the Panasonic...
               
              Duncan (3:19 PM, March 25, 2011)
              Sony... EPIC FAIL! The sony is a toughcam for girls who drink to much on their nights out... The Panasonic... Thats a camera that can go through hell and back and live to tell the story!