Updated (January, 2013): Compare the Panasonic Lumix TS5 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 cm
Fast shutter speed
Fastest shutter speed
1/4000 of a second
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix TS4

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens
3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
Longest exposure
Long exposures
60 seconds
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama

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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
Lens vs Digital
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Less risk of blur
Size
Smaller
103x64x27 mm vs 122x61x30 mm
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More than 20% smaller
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
Focus points
More focus points
23 vs 9
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Set focus accurately within the frame
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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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 GPS's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
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 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
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
              GPS Built-in GPS Help
              Great for travel
              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
              Wide angle Poor wide angle Help
              28 mm
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              TS44.6x
              WG-2 GPS5x

              Compared to recent waterproof cameras

              Common Strengths
              Built-in flash Each has a built-in flash Help
              Usually standard
              Common Weaknesses
              High-speed framerate No high speed movie support Help
              Not supported
              External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
              Limited to the in-camera mic

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              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

              $344 - $350

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

              Nikon Coolpix AW100

              Waterproof

              $249

              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
              Ricoh WG-4

              Ricoh WG-4

              Waterproof

              Aperture Has a much wider aperture
              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon PowerShot D30

              Canon PowerShot D30

              Waterproof

              $246 - $300

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Panorama Lacks built-in panoramas
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX30

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX30

              Waterproof

              $198

              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              Screen resolution Has a much higher resolution screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              GPS Doesn't have a built-in GPS
              Nikon Coolpix AW110

              Nikon Coolpix AW110

              Waterproof

              $241 - $313

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS4 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix TS5

              Panasonic Lumix TS5

              Waterproof

              $172

              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Size Larger
              Weight Heavier
              Nikon Coolpix AW120

              Nikon Coolpix AW120

              Waterproof

              $189 - $347

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Longest exposure Much shorter max exposures
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3

              Waterproof

              $390

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

              Panasonic Lumix TS25

              Waterproof

              $141 - $170

              Size Smaller
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS6 (Lumix DMC-FT6)

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS6 (Lumix DMC-FT6)

              Waterproof

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

              Pentax Optio WG-2 GPS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Pentax WG-3

              Pentax WG-3

              Waterproof

              $264

              Aperture Much wider aperture
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Size Larger
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $599 - $699 body only

              $870 - $899 with 18-135mm lens

              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Size Much larger
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $539 body only

              $549 - $599 with 18-55mm lens

              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Size Much larger
              Thickness Much thicker
              Canon EOS Rebel T6i

              Canon EOS Rebel T6i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $749 body only

              $899 with 18-55mm lens

              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              True resolution Much higher true resolution
              Size Much larger
              Thickness Much thicker

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