• 1/2.33 inch 28.2mm2
  • 16.1 megapixels
  • 28mm - 128mm (35mm eq.)
  • 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 16.0 megapixels
  • 25mm - 100mm (35mm eq.)

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Differences

Panasonic TS5 advantages over Olympus TG-3

  • Longer exposure
    30 vs 4 sec
    Long exposures for night shots
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    10.0 fps vs 5.0 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)

Olympus TG-3 advantages over Panasonic TS5

  • Larger lens aperture
    f/2.0 vs f/3.3
    Take photos in low-light or isolate your subject
  • GPS
    GPS vs None
    Geotag your photos
  • Newer
    10 months vs 2 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • Hot shoe
    Hot shoe vs None
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    100 vs 7 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Slow-motion videos
    Yes vs No
    Shoot slow-motion videos
  • Wider angle lens
    25 mm vs 28 mm
    Capture more of the scene
  • Faster shutter
    1/2000 vs 1/1300 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • In-camera panoramas
    Both provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Both provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Wi-Fi
    Both provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use an external screen to monitor or review video
  • Internal flash
    Both provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash

Common Weaknesses

  • Focus peaking
    Neither provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Tiltable Screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • RAW file ability
    Neither provide
    Gives you more flexibility to develop your photos later
  • Touchscreen
    Neither provide
    Select your focus point more intuitively.
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Neither provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Neither provide
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Manual focus
    Neither provide
    AF is for the weak. Real photographers focus manually.
  • External Mic Jack
    Neither provide
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Dual card slots
    Neither provide
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Integrated ND filter
    Neither provide
    Shoot in daylight with a large aperture or slow shutter
  • Bulb shutter
    Neither provide
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures

User reviews

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Review Excerpt

  • Advanced Wi-Fi and Near-Field Communications for easy image sharing and even remote shooting (a first for a waterproof compact); Improved ruggedness; Manual exposure mode; Fast cycle times; 10fps continuous burst shooting at full resolution; Full 1080p HD video at up to 60p; Excellent battery life.

  • Mediocre still image quality; Slow startup; Slower-than-average autofocus; Choppy MP4 (most Web-friendly format) video quality.

The Competition

Compared to Pentax WG-2

Panasonic TS5
Pentax WG-2
  • $266
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • In-camera panoramas
  • Wi-Fi
  • $362
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Manual focus
  • Faster shutter
Olympus TG-3
Pentax WG-2
  • $352
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Larger lens aperture
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $362
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More lens zoom
  • Manual focus

Compared to Olympus TG-850

Panasonic TS5
Olympus TG-850
  • $266
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Wi-Fi
  • Longer battery life
  • $247
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Newer
Olympus TG-3
Olympus TG-850
  • $352
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Larger lens aperture
  • Wi-Fi
  • $247
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Tiltable Screen
  • More lens zoom

Compared to Panasonic TS6

Panasonic TS5
Panasonic TS6
  • $266
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • $294
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • GPS
  • Newer
Olympus TG-3
Panasonic TS6
  • $352
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Larger lens aperture
  • Hot shoe
  • $294
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Longer exposure
  • Faster JPEG shooting

Compared to Ricoh WG-5 GPS

Panasonic TS5
Ricoh WG-5 GPS
  • $266
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Wi-Fi
  • Longer battery life
  • $310
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Larger lens aperture
  • GPS
Olympus TG-3
Ricoh WG-5 GPS
  • $352
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Slower slow-motion
  • Wi-Fi
  • $310
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Manual focus
  • Faster shutter

Compared to Olympus TG-4

Panasonic TS5
Olympus TG-4
  • $266
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Longer exposure
  • Faster JPEG shooting
  • $376
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Larger lens aperture
  • RAW file ability
Olympus TG-3
Olympus TG-4
  • $352
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • $376
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • RAW file ability
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