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

Pentax Optio WG-2 GPS vs Panasonic Lumix TS4

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Reasons to buy the Pentax Optio WG-2 GPS

High ISO
Light sensitivity
6,400 ISO
CMOS Sensor
Sensor type
Better in low light
Great macro
Macro focus
1.0 cm
Fast shutter speed
Fastest shutter speed
1/4000 of a second
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix TS4

Size
Really small
Compact (103×64×27 mm)
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Lens
3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
Focus points
Many focus points
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Explore our gallery of 3 sample photos taken by the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS4.

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Advantages of the Panasonic TS4

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3D
Takes 3D photos
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Image stabilization
Better image stabilization
  1. Lens
vs
  1. Digital
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Less risk of blur
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
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
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 GPS

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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
Continuous shooting
Shoots significantly faster
10 fps vs 3.7 fps
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More than 2.5x faster continuous shooting
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 GPS'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
Lowest price
Cheaper
$272.14 vs $425.00
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The best price we've seen is $153 cheaper (around 40% less)
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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
              GPS Built-in GPS Help
              Great for travel
              Movie format Full HD (1080p) video Help
              TS41080p @ 60fps
              WG-2 GPS1080p @ 30fps
              Panorama In-camera panoramas Help
              Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
              Waterproof Waterproof Help
              Great at the beach
              Common Weaknesses
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Wide angle Poor wide angle Help
              28 mm
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              TS44.6x
              WG-2 GPS5x

              Compared to recent waterproof cameras

              Common Strengths
              Thickness Thin Help
              TS41.1"
              WG-2 GPS1.2"
              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

              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro focusing
              Olympus Tough TG-4

              Olympus Tough TG-4

              Waterproof

              $330 - $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
              GPS Doesn't have a built-in GPS
              Panorama Lacks built-in panoramas
              Olympus Stylus Tough TG-3

              Olympus Stylus Tough TG-3

              Waterproof

              $353

              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
              Canon PowerShot D20

              Canon PowerShot D20

              Waterproof

              $319

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon Coolpix AW120

              Nikon Coolpix AW120

              Waterproof

              $180

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

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS4 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

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              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
              Panasonic Lumix TS25

              Panasonic Lumix TS25

              Waterproof

              $190

              Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
              Size Significantly smaller
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3

              Waterproof

              $285

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

              Pentax Optio WG-2 GPS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Pentax WG-3

              Pentax WG-3

              Waterproof

              $307

              Aperture Much wider aperture
              Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
              Size Larger
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Fujifilm FinePix XP150

              Fujifilm FinePix XP150

              Waterproof

              $325

              Image stabilization Better image stabilization
              Size Smaller
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen
              Macro focus Much worse macro capability

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