Updated (January, 2013): Compare the Panasonic Lumix TS5 vs Pentax Optio WG-2

Panasonic Lumix TS4

Winner
Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS4

71

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Pentax Optio WG-2

68

Pentax Optio WG-2

Runner-up
     

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix TS4

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens
In-camera panoramas
Panorama
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
Takes 3D photos
3D
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
Built-in GPS
GPS
Great for travel
 

Reasons to buy the Pentax Optio WG-2

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

differences

Advantages of the Panasonic TS4

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Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
3D
Takes 3D photos
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Panorama
Can create panoramas in-camera
Yes vs No
Help
Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Size
Smaller
103x64x27 mm vs 122x61x30 mm
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More than 20% smaller
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 TS4's lens captures marginally more light (0.2 f-stops)
Battery life
Longer battery life
310 shots vs 260 shots
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Around 20% more shots per battery charge
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
3.7 fps vs 1 fps
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More than 3.5x faster continuous shooting
Focus points
More focus points
23 vs 9
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Longest exposure
Much longer exposures
60s vs 4s
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15x longer exposures
Thickness
Thinner
1.1" vs 1.2"
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10% thinner
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Advantages of the Pentax WG-2

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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
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
6,400 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The WG-2's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
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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
              Waterproof Waterproof Help
              Great at the beach
              Common Weaknesses
              Supports RAW No RAW support Help
              Less editing fidelity
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              TS4:3.7 fps
              WG-2:1 fps
              Wide angle Poor wide angle Help
              28 mm
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              TS4:4.6x
              WG-2:5x

              Compared to recent waterproof cameras

              Common Strengths
              Built-in flash Each has a built-in flash Help
              Usually standard
              Thickness Thin Help
              TS4:1.1"
              WG-2:1.2"
              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
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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix AW120

              Nikon Coolpix AW120

              Waterproof

              $189 - $297

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3

              Waterproof

              $372

              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro focusing
              Olympus Stylus Tough TG-3

              Olympus Stylus Tough TG-3

              Waterproof

              $349

              Aperture Has a significantly wider aperture
              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Olympus Tough TG-850 iHS

              Olympus Tough TG-850 iHS

              Waterproof

              $257

              Wide angle Has a significantly wider wide angle lens
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS20

              Panasonic Lumix TS20

              Waterproof

              $215

              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Size Is significantly smaller
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro focusing
              Movie format Records lower quality movies
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX20

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX20

              Waterproof

              $210

              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Ricoh WG-4

              Ricoh WG-4

              Waterproof

              Aperture Has a significantly wider aperture
              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS4 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix TS5

              Panasonic Lumix TS5

              Waterproof

              $199 - $326

              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Size Larger
              Weight Heavier
              Panasonic Lumix TS25

              Panasonic Lumix TS25

              Waterproof

              $128 - $169

              Size Smaller
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX30

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX30

              Waterproof

              $198 - $212

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Olympus TG-820 iHS

              Olympus TG-820

              Waterproof

              $238

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              GPS No built-in GPS

              Pentax Optio WG-2 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Pentax WG-10

              Pentax WG-10

              Waterproof

              $333

              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Pentax Optio WG-1

              Pentax Optio WG-1

              Waterproof

              $485

              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Size Smaller
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Pentax WG-3

              Pentax WG-3

              Waterproof

              $248

              Aperture Much wider aperture
              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Size Larger
              Weight Heavier
              Canon PowerShot S110

              Canon PowerShot S110

              Pro digicam

              $179 - $199

              Aperture Much wider aperture
              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Macro focus Worse macro capability
              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Super zoom

              $150 - $197

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Size Much larger
              Thickness Much thicker

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              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS4 Pentax Optio WG-2

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