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

Pentax Optio WG-2 GPS

Winner
Pentax Optio WG-2 GPS

73

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS20

65

Panasonic Lumix TS20

Runner-up
     

Reasons to buy the Pentax Optio WG-2 GPS

Built-in flash
Built-in flash
Usually standard
High ISO
Light sensitivity
6,400 ISO
CMOS Sensor
Sensor type
Better in low light
Great macro
Macro focus
1 cm
 

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
 

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
Help
Less risk of blur
HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
Help
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
GPS
Has a GPS
Yes vs No
Help
Automatically geotags your photos when traveling
Screen resolution
Higher resolution screen
460k dots vs 230k dots
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2x higher resolution screen
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
              Panorama In-camera panoramas Help
              Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
              Waterproof Waterproof Help
              Great at the beach
              Common Weaknesses
              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
              Built-in flash Each has a built-in flash Help
              Usually standard
              Thickness Thin Help
              TS20:0.7"
              WG-2 GPS:1.2"
              Common Weaknesses
              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

              Fujifilm FinePix XP70

              Fujifilm FinePix XP70

              Waterproof

              $120 - $159

              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX30

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX30

              Waterproof

              $198 - $212

              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              Screen resolution Has a much higher resolution screen
              Panasonic Lumix TS5

              Panasonic Lumix TS5

              Waterproof

              $199 - $427

              Battery life Has a significantly longer battery life
              Longest exposure Much longer exposures
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Nikon Coolpix AW120

              Nikon Coolpix AW120

              Waterproof

              $189 - $297

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS4

              Panasonic Lumix TS4

              Waterproof

              $250

              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Longest exposure Much longer exposures
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Ricoh WG-4

              Ricoh WG-4

              Waterproof

              Aperture Has a much wider aperture
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Canon PowerShot D30

              Canon PowerShot D30

              Waterproof

              $299 - $329

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS20 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix TS25

              Panasonic Lumix TS25

              Waterproof

              $128 - $169

              Lowest price Cheaper
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
              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
              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

              $248

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

              GoPro HD Hero 2

              Waterproof

              $562

              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
              Nikon Coolpix AW100

              Nikon Coolpix AW100

              Waterproof

              $274

              Size Smaller
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Continuous shooting Shoots slower
              Pentax K-5 IIs

              Pentax K-5 IIs

              Entry-level DSLR

              $497 - $697 body only

              $793 with 18-55mm lens

              Sensor size Much larger sensor
              Battery life Much longer battery life
              Size Much larger
              Weight Much heavier

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