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

Panasonic Lumix TS4 vs Pentax Optio WG-2

Winner
Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS4

72

Pentax Optio WG-2

69

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix TS4

Full HD
Movie format
1080p @ 60fps
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Lens
In-camera panoramas
Panorama
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
Takes 3D photos
3D
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
 

Reasons to buy the Pentax Optio WG-2

Screen size
Large screen
3"
Light sensitivity
High ISO
6,400 ISO
Sensor type
CMOS Sensor
Better in low light
Macro focus
Great macro
1.0 cm

galleries

Explore our gallery of 3 sample photos taken by the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS4.
Explore our gallery of 9 sample photos taken by the Pentax Optio WG-2.

differences

Advantages of the Panasonic TS4

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Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. 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
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Size
Smaller
103×64×27 mm vs 122×61×30 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
Lowest price
Cheaper
$349.99 vs $472.00
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The best price we've seen is $122 cheaper (around 30% less)
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Advantages of the Pentax WG-2

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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
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
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 4 f-stops better
Fastest shutter speed
Much faster max shutter speed
1/4000s vs 1/1300s
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3.1x faster max shutter speed
Weight
Slightly lighter
192 g vs 197 g
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Almost the same
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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
              Movie format Full HD (1080p) video Help
              TS41080p @ 60fps
              WG-21080p @ 30fps
              Waterproof Waterproof Help
              Great at the beach
              Common Weaknesses
              Lowest price Very expensive Help
              TS4$349.99
              WG-2$472.00
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Wide angle Poor wide angle Help
              28 mm
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              TS43.7 fps
              WG-21 fps
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              TS44.6x
              WG-25x

              Compared to recent waterproof cameras

              Common Strengths

              Snapsort is not aware of any interesting strengths shared by these two products.

              Common Weaknesses
              High-speed framerate No high speed movie support Help
              Not supported

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus TG-820 iHS

              Olympus TG-820

              Waterproof

              $403

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Size Is slightly smaller
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
              Fujifilm XP80

              Fujifilm XP80

              Waterproof

              $131 - $160

              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Lowest price Is significantly less expensive
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS4 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix TS5

              Panasonic Lumix TS5

              Waterproof

              $289 - $299

              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              Size Larger
              Weight Heavier
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3

              Waterproof

              $390

              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Size Slightly larger
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS6 (Lumix DMC-FT6)

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS6 (Lumix DMC-FT6)

              Waterproof

              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Size Larger
              Panasonic Lumix TS25

              Panasonic Lumix TS25

              Waterproof

              $169

              Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
              Size Smaller
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Nikon Coolpix AW100

              Nikon Coolpix AW100

              Waterproof

              $300

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos

              Pentax Optio WG-2 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Pentax WG-10

              Pentax WG-10

              Waterproof

              $221

              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen
              Ricoh WG-4

              Ricoh WG-4

              Waterproof

              Aperture Much wider aperture
              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Size Larger
              Weight Heavier
              Pentax Optio WG-1

              Pentax Optio WG-1

              Waterproof

              $529

              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Size Smaller
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen
              Canon PowerShot G1X Mark II

              Canon PowerShot G1X Mark II

              Boutique

              $749

              Sensor size Much larger sensor
              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Size Much larger
              Weight Much heavier
              Ricoh WG-30

              Ricoh WG-30

              Waterproof

              $174 - $194

              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Battery life Longer battery life
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen
              Screen resolution Lower resolution screen

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