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
Size
Really small
Compact 122x61x30 mm
Light sensitivity
High ISO
6,400 ISO
Sensor type
CMOS Sensor
Better in low light
 

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
Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
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)
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

        $294

        Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
        Longest exposure Much longer exposures
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is slightly heavier
        Fujifilm FinePix XP50

        Fujifilm FinePix XP50

        Waterproof

        $109 - $169

        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is slightly heavier
        Nikon Coolpix AW100

        Nikon Coolpix AW100

        Waterproof

        $269

        High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
        Weight Is slightly heavier
        Size Is slightly larger
        Nikon Coolpix AW110

        Nikon Coolpix AW110

        Waterproof

        $347

        High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
        Screen type Has an OLED screen
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is slightly heavier
        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX30

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX30

        Waterproof

        $198 - $396

        Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
        Screen resolution Has a much higher resolution screen

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS20 Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Panasonic Lumix TS25

        Panasonic Lumix TS25

        Waterproof

        $135 - $169

        3D Doesn't take 3D photos
        HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
        Fujifilm FinePix XP70

        Fujifilm FinePix XP70

        Waterproof

        $150 - $192

        Movie format Higher resolution movies
        Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
        3D Doesn't take 3D photos
        Size Significantly larger
        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX20

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX20

        Waterproof

        $210

        Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
        Touch screen Has a touch screen
        Battery life Slightly shorter battery life
        Lowest price Slightly more expensive
        Nikon Coolpix AW120

        Nikon Coolpix AW120

        Waterproof

        $229 - $594

        Aperture Significantly wider aperture
        Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
        3D Doesn't take 3D photos
        Size Significantly larger
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS2

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS2

        Waterproof

        $400

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

        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

        $265

        Aperture Much wider aperture
        HDR Has in-camera HDR
        Size Larger
        Weight Heavier
        GoPro HD Hero 2

        GoPro HD Hero 2

        Waterproof

        $527

        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
        Ricoh WG-4

        Ricoh WG-4

        Waterproof

        Aperture Much wider aperture
        HDR Has in-camera HDR
        Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
        GPS No built-in GPS
        Canon Rebel T3i

        Canon Rebel T3i

        Entry-level DSLR

        $499 - $550 body only

        $549 - $575 with 18-55mm lens

        Sensor size Much larger sensor
        Autofocus Faster autofocus
        Size Much larger
        Weight Much heavier

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        Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS20 Pentax Optio WG-2 GPS
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS20 Pentax Optio WG-2 GPS

        discussion

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