On my vacation, I got a new Olympus TG-3 because I liked the feature set. But when I compare the pictures to the output of my wife's Canon Ixus 800 there is much more noise and I would even say that the 6MP Canon makes better images than the Olympus 16MP. I just compared a low light picture of a plant in front of me and the Canon has much sharper images and much more detail in the picture when I zoom into maximum detail. Also the automatic setting of the Olympus produces worse images than the default P(rogrammable?) mode.
I was thinking that the noise is my main critic point. What would be the best way to reduce it (I don't need 16MP preserved anyway). - set it to 8MP? - have the images automatically resized after importing to computer? - settings? any other ideas?