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

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS4

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Panasonic Lumix TS4

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Reasons to buy the Pentax Optio WG-2 GPS

Built-in flash
Built-in flash
Usually standard
Light sensitivity
High ISO
6,400 ISO
Sensor type
CMOS Sensor
Better in low light
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix TS4

Built-in flash
Built-in flash
Usually standard
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
 
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differences

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
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 GPS's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 10 fps vs 3.7 fps
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More than 2.5x faster continuous shooting
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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 Common Weaknesses
        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
        Supports RAW No RAW support Help
        Less editing fidelity
        HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
        You could do HDR manually
        Wide angle Poor wide angle Help
        28 mm
        Zoom Poor zoom Help
        TS4:4.6x
        WG-2 GPS: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 GPS: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

        GoPro HERO3 Black Edition

        GoPro HERO3 Black Edition

        Waterproof

        Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
        Movie format Records higher quality movies
        GPS Doesn't have a built-in GPS
        Panorama Lacks a built in panoramas
        Olympus Stylus Tough TG-3

        Olympus Stylus Tough TG-3

        Waterproof

        $349 - $880

        Aperture Has a significantly wider aperture
        Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is slightly heavier
        GoPro HD Hero 2

        GoPro HD Hero 2

        Waterproof

        $527

        Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
        Wide angle Has a much wider wide angle lens
        Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
        Thickness Is thicker
        Nikon Coolpix AW100

        Nikon Coolpix AW100

        Waterproof

        $269

        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 - $396

        Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
        Screen resolution Has a much higher resolution screen
        GPS Doesn't have a built-in GPS
        Olympus TG-820 iHS

        Olympus TG-820

        Waterproof

        $199 - $238

        Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
        Size Is slightly smaller
        GPS Doesn't have a built-in GPS
        Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
        Canon PowerShot D20

        Canon PowerShot D20

        Waterproof

        $229 - $320

        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

        $265 - $330

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

        Nikon Coolpix AW120

        Waterproof

        $229 - $594

        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 TS25

        Panasonic Lumix TS25

        Waterproof

        $135 - $169

        Size Smaller
        Wide angle Better wide angle
        3D Doesn't take 3D photos
        Aperture Narrower aperture
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3

        Waterproof

        $372

        Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
        Size Slightly larger

        Pentax Optio WG-2 GPS Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Pentax WG-3

        Pentax WG-3

        Waterproof

        $265

        Aperture Much wider aperture
        HDR Has in-camera HDR
        Size Larger
        Weight Heavier
        Ricoh WG-4

        Ricoh WG-4

        Waterproof

        Aperture Much wider aperture
        HDR Has in-camera HDR
        Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
        GPS No built-in GPS
        Canon Rebel T3i

        Canon Rebel T3i

        Entry-level DSLR

        $499 - $550 body only

        $549 - $575 with 18-55mm lens

        Sensor size Much larger sensor
        Autofocus Faster autofocus
        Size Much larger
        Weight Much heavier
        Olympus Stylus Tough TG-2 iHS

        Olympus Stylus Tough TG-2 iHS

        Waterproof

        $348

        Aperture Much wider aperture
        Screen type Has an OLED screen
        Continuous shooting Shoots slower
        Weight Heavier

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

        discussion

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