Updated (January, 2013): Compare the Panasonic Lumix TS25 vs Pentax Optio WG-2 GPS

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS20

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Panasonic Lumix TS20

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Reasons to buy the Pentax Optio WG-2 GPS

Built-in flash
Built-in flash
Usually standard
Light sensitivity
High ISO
6,400 ISO
Sensor type
CMOS Sensor
Better in low light
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix TS20

Built-in flash
Built-in flash
Usually standard
Size
Really small
Super compact 101x58x19 mm
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
 
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differences

Advantages of the Panasonic TS20

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Size Much smaller 101x58x19 mm vs 122x61x30 mm
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2x smaller
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
HDR Has in-camera HDR Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Wide angle Better wide angle 25 mm vs 28 mm
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More than 10% better wide angle
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
Focus points More focus points 23 vs 9
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Set focus accurately within the frame
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
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)
Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Screen size Larger screen 3.0" vs 2.7"
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More than 10% larger screen
Macro focus Significantly better macro capability 1 cm vs 5 cm
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Focus on subjects 5x closer to the lens
Screen resolution Higher resolution screen 460k dots vs 230k dots
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2x higher resolution screen
GPS Has a GPS Yes vs No
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Automatically geotags your photos when traveling
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 10 fps vs 1.3 fps
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More than 7.5x faster continuous shooting
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 2 f-stops better
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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
        Panorama In-camera panoramas Help
        Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
        Waterproof Waterproof Help
        Great at the beach
        Supports RAW No RAW support Help
        Less editing fidelity
        Aperture Very narrow widest aperture size Help
        TS20:f/3.9
        WG-2 GPS:f/3.5
        Zoom Poor zoom Help
        TS20:4x
        WG-2 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
        TS20:0.7"
        WG-2 GPS:1.2"
        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
        TS20:25 mm
        WG-2 GPS:28 mm

        competitors

        Shared Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS4

        Panasonic Lumix TS4

        Waterproof

        $290

        Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
        Longest exposure Much longer exposures
        Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
        Thickness Is thicker
        Nikon Coolpix AW100

        Nikon Coolpix AW100

        Waterproof

        $250

        High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
        Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
        Weight Is slightly heavier
        Olympus Stylus Tough TG-2 iHS

        Olympus Stylus Tough TG-2 iHS

        Waterproof

        $339

        Aperture Has a much wider aperture
        High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
        Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
        Thickness Is thicker
        Olympus Tough TG-810

        Olympus Tough TG-810

        Waterproof

        $441

        Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
        Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
        Thickness Is thicker

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS20 Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Panasonic Lumix TS25

        Panasonic Lumix TS25

        Waterproof

        $129 - $169

        3D Doesn't take 3D photos
        HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS2

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS2

        Waterproof

        Aperture Wider aperture
        Longest exposure Much longer exposures
        3D Doesn't take 3D photos
        Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
        Olympus TG-320

        Olympus Tough TG-320

        Waterproof

        $211

        Aperture Wider aperture
        Macro focus Better macro capability
        HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
        Wide angle Worse wide angle
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3

        Waterproof

        $372

        Aperture Wider aperture
        Movie format Higher resolution movies
        Size Significantly larger
        Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
        Nikon Coolpix S32

        Nikon Coolpix S32

        Waterproof

        $107 - $109

        Aperture Wider aperture
        Movie format Higher resolution movies
        Size Much larger
        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
        GoPro HD Hero 2

        GoPro HD Hero 2

        Waterproof

        Wide angle Much better wide angle
        External mic jack Has an external mic jack
        Built-in flash No built-in flash
        Image stabilization No image stabilization
        Pentax WG-3

        Pentax WG-3

        Waterproof

        $287

        Aperture Much wider aperture
        HDR Has in-camera HDR
        Size Larger
        Weight Heavier
        Pentax WG-4

        Pentax WG-4

        Waterproof

        $247

        Aperture Much wider aperture
        HDR Has in-camera HDR
        Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
        Size Larger
        Canon PowerShot D20

        Canon PowerShot D20

        Waterproof

        $229 - $300

        Supports 24p Supports 24p
        High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
        Aperture Narrower aperture
        Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity

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