DPreview, what would be interesting is a "long term" review on some of these cameras, as well as repair/service options for them. I own one of these Panasonics, the TS3, and the thing lasted just under two years before it died (Update: after 3 months in storage, it suddenly started working again!). Turns out that a few people I've met had the same or similar model - and ran into the same problem. OTOH, I know at least one person with one of the Pentax models and it's still going strong after several years of service.
CanadianCoolpix: Since it goes up to the year 2000, I would have included the Olympus C-2100 UZ. This camera was way ahead of its time. It had everything, including a 10X optical zoom with stabilization. Electronic viewfinder.
Peiasdf: The color on the car is off vs. bayer picture. I guess phone users don't really care for color accuracy.
Admittedly I was looking more at noise rather than colour resolution. Wouldn't equal size/amount of pixels result in equal noise across R G and B for every exposure?
This might open up another subject entirely, but I wonder why hexagonal image arrays didn't take off? This seems to be the best way to get an equal number of R, G, and B sensors into the array, which should produce the best results.
Streicher: As I understand the TS3 already featured both a compass and an altimeter ( see http://shop.panasonic.com/shop/model/DMC-TS3S ), so I have a hard time seeing exactly what it is that has been added hardware wise. Any ideas?
That's correct. I have the TS3 and it has both of those features. Even the images in this report look exactly like the TS3 (except for the litle "TS4" lettering, of course).