• 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 12.0 megapixels
  • 25.00mm - 100.00mm (35mm eq.)
  • 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 16.0 megapixels
  • 25.00mm - 100.00mm (35mm eq.)

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Differences

Olympus TG-1 advantages over Pentax WG-3

  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 1.55 vs 1.34 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 350 vs 240 shots
    Capture more photos
  • More dots on screen
    610k vs 460k dots
    Can mean greater resolution or a brighter screen

Pentax WG-3 advantages over Olympus TG-1

  • Manual focus
    Yes vs No
    AF is for the weak. Real photographers focus manually.
  • More pixels
    16.0 vs 12.0 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Faster shutter
    1/4000 vs 1/2000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Waterproof
    Both provide
    Take photos underwater without destroying your camera!
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Both provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Internal flash
    Both provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video

Common Weaknesses

  • Focus peaking
    Neither provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Neither provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • Touchscreen
    Neither provide
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • In-camera panoramas
    Neither provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Tiltable Screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • RAW file ability
    Neither provide
    Gives you more flexibility to develop your photos later
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Neither provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • NFC
    Neither provide
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Neither provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Neither provide
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Integrated ND filter
    Neither provide
    Shoot in daylight with a large aperture or slow shutter
  • External Mic Jack
    Neither provide
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Hot shoe
    Neither provide
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Bulb shutter
    Neither provide
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures
  • Slow-motion videos
    Neither provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

User reviews

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Review Excerpt

  • Quality, grippable design; Bright and fast f/2.0 lens; Speedy autofocus, startup and shot-to-shot times; Built-in manometer and GPS.

  • Wide-angle photos typically underexposed; Moderate pincushion and barrel distortion; Muted colors; OLED monitor clips highlights.

The Competition

Compared to Olympus TG-2

Olympus TG-1
Olympus TG-2
  • $400
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Shoots 60p video
  • $383
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • In-camera panoramas
  • Built-in GPS
Pentax WG-3
Olympus TG-2
  • $189
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Manual focus
  • More pixels
  • $383
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Bigger pixels
  • In-camera panoramas

Compared to Pentax WG-3 GPS

Olympus TG-1
Pentax WG-3 GPS
  • $400
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Bigger pixels
  • Fast startup
  • $229
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • In-camera panoramas
  • Built-in GPS
Pentax WG-3
Pentax WG-3 GPS
  • $189
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • $229
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • In-camera panoramas
  • Built-in GPS

Compared to Ricoh WG-4 GPS

Olympus TG-1
Ricoh WG-4 GPS
  • $400
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Bigger pixels
  • Longer stills battery life
  • $380
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • In-camera panoramas
  • Built-in GPS
Pentax WG-3
Ricoh WG-4 GPS
  • $189
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • $380
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • In-camera panoramas
  • Built-in GPS

Compared to Ricoh WG-4

Olympus TG-1
Ricoh WG-4
  • $400
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Bigger pixels
  • Longer stills battery life
  • $330
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • In-camera panoramas
Pentax WG-3
Ricoh WG-4
  • $189
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • $330
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • In-camera panoramas
  • Slow-motion videos

Compared to Ricoh WG-5 GPS

Olympus TG-1
Ricoh WG-5 GPS
  • $400
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Bigger pixels
  • Longer stills battery life
  • $297
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • In-camera panoramas
  • Built-in GPS
Pentax WG-3
Ricoh WG-5 GPS
  • $189
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • $297
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • In-camera panoramas
  • Built-in GPS
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