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

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Pentax Optio WG-2

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Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix TS4

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
GPS
Built-in GPS
Great for travel
 

Reasons to buy the Pentax Optio WG-2

Screen size
Large screen
3.0"
Light sensitivity
High ISO
6,400 ISO
Sensor type
CMOS Sensor
Better in low light
Macro focus
Great macro
1 cm
 
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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 Cheaper $289.95 vs $357.02
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The best price we've seen is $67 cheaper (around 20% 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
              Not supported

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3

              Waterproof

              $372

              Macro focus Significantly worse macro focusing
              Pentax WG-4

              Pentax 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
              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
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX30

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX30

              Waterproof

              $198 - $212

              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              Screen resolution Has a much higher resolution screen
              Olympus Tough TG-850 iHS

              Olympus Tough TG-850 iHS

              Waterproof

              $249 - $269

              Wide angle Has a significantly wider wide angle lens
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies

              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 TS25

              Panasonic Lumix TS25

              Waterproof

              $129 - $169

              Size Smaller
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Nikon Coolpix AW120

              Nikon Coolpix AW120

              Waterproof

              $289 - $340

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Longest exposure Much shorter max exposures
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS20

              Panasonic Lumix TS20

              Waterproof

              $130

              Size Significantly smaller
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Pentax Optio WG-2 GPS

              Pentax Optio WG-2 GPS

              Waterproof

              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              Screen size Larger screen
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Image stabilization Worse image stabilization

              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

              $275 - $396

              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

              $236

              Aperture Much wider aperture
              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Size Larger
              Weight Heavier
              Pentax Optio W90

              Pentax Optio W90

              Waterproof

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

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              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS4 Pentax Optio WG-2
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