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

66

Pentax Optio WG-2

63

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
Fastest shutter speed
Fast shutter speed
1/4000 of a second

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
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
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
Lowest price
Much cheaper
$349.99 vs $650.00
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The best price we've seen is $300 cheaper (around 50% less)
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
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
Screen resolution
Higher resolution screen
460k dots vs 230k dots
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2x higher resolution screen
Macro focus
Significantly better macro capability
1 cm vs 5 cm
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Focus on subjects 5x closer to the lens
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$650.00
              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 Tough TG-850 iHS

              Olympus Tough TG-850 iHS

              Waterproof

              $160

              Wide angle Has a much wider wide angle lens
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Fujifilm FinePix XP70

              Fujifilm FinePix XP70

              Waterproof

              $110 - $180

              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              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

              $157

              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Size Larger
              Weight Heavier
              Olympus Stylus Tough TG-3

              Olympus Stylus Tough TG-3

              Waterproof

              $369

              Aperture Much wider aperture
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Size Larger
              Panasonic Lumix TS25

              Panasonic Lumix TS25

              Waterproof

              $169

              Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
              Size Significantly smaller
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Olympus TG-820 iHS

              Olympus TG-820

              Waterproof

              $310

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Image stabilization Worse image stabilization
              Nikon Coolpix AW120

              Nikon Coolpix AW120

              Waterproof

              $245

              Wide angle Much better wide angle
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Longest exposure Much shorter max exposures

              Pentax Optio WG-2 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Pentax Optio WG-1

              Pentax Optio WG-1

              Waterproof

              $447

              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

              $265

              Aperture Much wider aperture
              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Size Larger
              Weight Heavier
              Ricoh WG-4

              Ricoh WG-4

              Waterproof

              Aperture Much wider aperture
              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Size Larger
              Weight Heavier
              Ricoh WG-30

              Ricoh WG-30

              Waterproof

              $190 - $200

              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Lowest price Much cheaper
              Screen size Smaller screen
              Screen resolution Lower resolution screen
              Pentax Q10

              Pentax Q10

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $160 body only

              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Interchangeable lenses Has interchangeable lenses
              Waterproof Not waterproof
              Thickness Thicker

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              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS4 Pentax Optio WG-2
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS4 Pentax Optio WG-2

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