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

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Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix TS4

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

Reasons to buy the Pentax Optio WG-2

Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 30fps
Screen size
Large screen
3.0"
Light sensitivity
High ISO
6,400 ISO
Sensor type
CMOS Sensor
Better in low light
 
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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
Longest exposure Much longer exposures 60s vs 4s
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15x longer exposures
Focus points More focus points 23 vs 9
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Thickness Thinner 1.1" vs 1.2"
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10% thinner
Lowest price Slightly cheaper $289.95 vs $329.88
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The best price we've seen is $40 cheaper (more than 10% less)
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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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              similarities

              Compared to recent compacts

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Waterproof Waterproof Help
              Great at the beach
              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 Common Weaknesses
              Built-in flash Each has a built-in flash Help
              Usually standard
              Thickness Thin Help
              TS4:1.1"
              WG-2:1.2"
              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
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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix AW120

              Nikon Coolpix AW120

              Waterproof

              $289 - $340

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Nikon Coolpix AW100

              Nikon Coolpix AW100

              Waterproof

              $250

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
              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
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX20

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX20

              Waterproof

              $209

              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20

              Panasonic Lumix ZS20

              Travel zoom

              $300 - $399

              Zoom Has much more zoom
              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Waterproof Is not waterproof
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              Canon PowerShot D20

              Canon PowerShot D20

              Waterproof

              $229 - $300

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Size Is slightly larger

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS4 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix TS5

              Panasonic Lumix TS5

              Waterproof

              $293 - $298

              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Size Larger
              Weight Heavier
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3

              Waterproof

              $372

              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Size Slightly larger
              Panasonic Lumix TS25

              Panasonic Lumix TS25

              Waterproof

              $129 - $169

              Size Smaller
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS20

              Panasonic Lumix TS20

              Waterproof

              $121

              Size Significantly smaller
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS2

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS2

              Waterproof

              Size Smaller
              Thickness Thinner
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Movie format Lower resolution movies

              Pentax Optio WG-2 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Pentax WG-10

              Pentax WG-10

              Waterproof

              $232 - $271

              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Pentax WG-20

              Pentax WG-20

              Waterproof

              $235

              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

              $377

              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Size Smaller
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Pentax Optio W90

              Pentax Optio W90

              Waterproof

              Size Significantly smaller
              Thickness Thinner
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Pentax WG-3

              Pentax WG-3

              Waterproof

              $287

              Aperture Much wider aperture
              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Size Larger
              Weight Heavier

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

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