Updated (February 2012): Compare the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS4 vs Pentax Optio WG-2

Panasonic Lumix TS4 vs Pentax Optio WG-2

Winner
Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS4

69

Pentax Optio WG-2

65

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix TS4

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
Many focus points
Focus points
23
 

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

Items often bought with the Panasonic TS4 or Pentax WG-2

galleries

Explore our gallery of 3 sample photos taken by the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS4.
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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
Lowest price
Much cheaper
$425.00 vs $5,316.53
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The best price we've seen is $4,892 cheaper (12.5x less)
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
Focus points
Significantly more focus points
23 vs 9
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Set focus accurately within the frame
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
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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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
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
Screen resolution
Higher resolution screen
460k dots vs 230k dots
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2x higher resolution screen
Fastest shutter speed
Much faster max shutter speed
1/4000s vs 1/1300s
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3.1x faster max shutter speed
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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$425.00
              WG-2$5,316.53
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              TS43.7 fps
              WG-21 fps
              Wide angle Poor wide angle Help
              28 mm
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              TS44.6x
              WG-25x

              Compared to recent waterproof cameras

              Common Strengths
              Thickness Thin Help
              TS41.1"
              WG-21.2"
              Common Weaknesses
              High-speed framerate No high speed movie support Help
              Not supported

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix TS5

              Panasonic Lumix TS5

              Waterproof

              $275 - $289

              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro focusing
              Olympus Tough TG-4

              Olympus Tough TG-4

              Waterproof

              $335 - $379

              Aperture Has a significantly wider aperture
              Wide angle Has a significantly wider wide angle lens
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              GoPro HERO3 Black Edition

              GoPro HERO3 Black Edition

              Waterproof

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Movie format Records very high quality movies
              Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash
              Olympus Stylus Tough TG-3

              Olympus Stylus Tough TG-3

              Waterproof

              $369

              Aperture Has a significantly wider aperture
              Wide angle Has a significantly wider wide angle lens
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon Coolpix AW100

              Nikon Coolpix AW100

              Waterproof

              $260

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
              Olympus TG-820 iHS

              Olympus TG-820

              Waterproof

              $250

              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
              Nikon Coolpix AW120

              Nikon Coolpix AW120

              Waterproof

              $249

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Wide angle Has a much wider wide angle lens

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS4 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3

              Waterproof

              $285

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

              Panasonic Lumix TS25

              Waterproof

              $152

              Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
              Size Significantly smaller
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Placeholder

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS6 (DMC-FT6)

              Waterproof

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

              Pentax Optio WG-2 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Ricoh WG-30

              Ricoh WG-30

              Waterproof

              $150 - $175

              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Lowest price Much cheaper
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen
              Screen resolution Lower resolution screen
              Pentax Optio WG-1

              Pentax Optio WG-1

              Waterproof

              $212

              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Lowest price Much cheaper
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen
              Ricoh WG-5 GPS

              Ricoh WG-5 GPS

              Waterproof

              $273 - $279

              Aperture Much wider aperture
              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Size Larger
              Weight Heavier
              Pentax WG-10

              Pentax WG-10

              Waterproof

              $211

              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Lowest price Much cheaper
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen
              Ricoh WG-M1

              Ricoh WG-M1

              Waterproof

              $140

              Wide angle Much better wide angle
              Lowest price Much cheaper
              Built-in flash No built-in flash
              Screen size Much smaller screen

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