Updated (February 2012): Compare the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS20 vs Pentax Optio WG-2 GPS

Pentax Optio WG-2 GPS vs Panasonic Lumix TS20

Winner
Pentax Optio WG-2 GPS

70

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS20

63

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Pentax Optio WG-2 GPS

Large screen
Screen size
3"
High ISO
Light sensitivity
6,400 ISO
Rapid fire
Continuous shooting
10 fps
CMOS Sensor
Sensor type
Better in low light
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix TS20

Size
Really small
Super compact (101×58×19 mm)
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Lens
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions

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Advantages of the Panasonic TS20

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Size
Much smaller
101×58×19 mm vs 122×61×30 mm
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2x smaller
Wide angle
Significantly better wide angle
25 mm vs 28 mm
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More than 10% better wide angle
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
HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Focus points
Significantly more focus points
23 vs 9
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Thickness
Significantly thinner
0.7" vs 1.2"
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Around 40% thinner
Weight
Lighter
142 g vs 198 g
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Around 30% lighter
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$209.99 vs $271.28
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The best price we've seen is $61 cheaper (more than 20% less)
Longest exposure
Slightly longer exposures
8s vs 4s
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2x longer exposures
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Advantages of the Pentax WG-2 GPS

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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
Screen size
Significantly larger screen
3" vs 2.7"
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More than 10% larger screen
Sensor type
Has a CMOS-family sensor
CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Continuous shooting
Shoots much faster
10 fps vs 1.3 fps
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More than 7.5x faster continuous shooting
Aperture
Wider aperture
f/3.5 vs f/3.9
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At its widest zoom, the WG-2 GPS's lens captures marginally more light (0.3 f-stops)
GPS
Has a GPS
Yes vs No
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Automatically geotags your photos when traveling
Macro focus
Significantly better macro capability
1.0 cm vs 5.0 cm
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Focus on subjects 5x closer to the lens
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
6,400 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The WG-2 GPS's maximum light sensitivity is 4 f-stops better
Screen resolution
Higher resolution screen
460k dots vs 230k dots
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2x higher resolution screen
Fastest shutter speed
Much faster max shutter speed
1/4000s vs 1/1300s
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3.1x 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
              Panorama In-camera panoramas Help
              Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
              Waterproof Waterproof Help
              Great at the beach
              Common Weaknesses
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Aperture Very narrow widest aperture size Help
              TS20f/3.9
              WG-2 GPSf/3.5
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              TS204x
              WG-2 GPS5x

              Compared to recent waterproof cameras

              Common Strengths
              Thickness Thin Help
              TS200.7"
              WG-2 GPS1.2"
              Common Weaknesses
              Battery life Few shots per battery charge Help
              260 shots
              High-speed framerate No high speed movie support Help
              Not supported

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix TS5

              Panasonic Lumix TS5

              Waterproof

              $275 - $289

              Battery life Has a significantly longer battery life
              Longest exposure Much longer exposures
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon Coolpix AW120

              Nikon Coolpix AW120

              Waterproof

              $250

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS4

              Panasonic Lumix TS4

              Waterproof

              $425

              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Longest exposure Much longer exposures
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Fujifilm FinePix XP70

              Fujifilm FinePix XP70

              Waterproof

              $139

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon Coolpix AW100

              Nikon Coolpix AW100

              Waterproof

              $260

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS20 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix TS25

              Panasonic Lumix TS25

              Waterproof

              $159

              Lowest price Slightly cheaper
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
              Placeholder

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS30 (DMC-FT30)

              Waterproof

              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Size Slightly larger
              Battery life Slightly shorter battery life
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3

              Waterproof

              $285

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Aperture Wider aperture
              Wide angle Significantly worse wide angle
              Size Significantly larger
              Nikon Coolpix S33

              Nikon Coolpix S33

              Waterproof

              $127 - $161

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              Wide angle Much worse wide angle
              Size Significantly larger
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS2

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS2

              Waterproof

              $293

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Longest exposure Much longer exposures
              Wide angle Significantly worse wide angle
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos

              Pentax Optio WG-2 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
              Pentax WG-3

              Pentax WG-3

              Waterproof

              $280

              Aperture Much wider aperture
              Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
              Size Larger
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Olympus Tough TG-4

              Olympus Tough TG-4

              Waterproof

              $335 - $379

              Aperture Much wider aperture
              Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Continuous shooting Shoots significantly slower
              Pentax WG-10

              Pentax WG-10

              Waterproof

              $212

              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Image stabilization Better image stabilization
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen

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