As well as being compared against other waterproofs and compacts, the Nikon Coolpix AW100 is also often compared to entry-level DSLRs, super zooms and travel zooms. The Nikon Coolpix AW100's top rivals come from Olympus (such as the Tough TG-810 and the Tough TG-850 iHS ) and Nikon (such as the Coolpix AW110 and the Coolpix A100)

compared toWaterproof competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Nikon AW100 compared to other waterproof competitors include: it has a slightly larger screen (3" vs 2.7"), has a CMOS-family sensor (CMOS vs CCD) and has a built-in GPS.

However, on average it has a slightly narrower aperture (f/3.9 vs f/3.3), doesn't have an OLED screen (LCD vs OLED), has a slightly shorter battery life (250 shots vs 310 shots), is older (august 2011 vs january 2012) and has a slower max shutter speed (1/1500 of a second vs 1/4000 of a second).

Olympus Tough TG-810

Olympus Tough TG-810
5 months older

Significant advantages of the TG-810 (vs the AW100)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the TG-810 (vs the AW100)

  • None found

common strengths of the TG-810 and AW100

  • None found

Nikon Coolpix AW110

Nikon Coolpix AW110
1 year newer
$230

Significant advantages of the AW110 (vs the AW100)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the AW110 (vs the AW100)

  • None found

common strengths of the AW110 and AW100

  • None found

Fujifilm FinePix XP20

Fujifilm FinePix XP20
4 months newer

Significant advantages of the XP20 (vs the AW100)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the XP20 (vs the AW100)

  • None found

common strengths of the XP20 and AW100

  • None found

Canon PowerShot D10

Canon PowerShot D10
2 years older

Significant advantages of the D10 (vs the AW100)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the D10 (vs the AW100)

  • None found

common strengths of the D10 and AW100

  • None found

Panasonic Lumix TS4

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS4
5 months newer

Significant advantages of the TS4 (vs the AW100)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the TS4 (vs the AW100)

  • None found

common strengths of the TS4 and AW100

  • None found

Nikon Coolpix AW120

Nikon Coolpix AW120
2 years newer
$514

Significant advantages of the AW120 (vs the AW100)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the AW120 (vs the AW100)

  • None found

common strengths of the AW120 and AW100

  • None found

compared toCompact competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Nikon AW100 compared to other compact competitors include: it has a slightly wider wide angle lens (28 mm vs 35 mm), has better image stabilization (lens vs digital), has a CMOS-family sensor (CMOS vs CCD), is thinner (0.9" vs 1.4") and has a built-in GPS.

However, on average it has a slightly narrower aperture (f/3.9 vs f/3.2), takes slightly lower resolution photos (9.7 MP vs 13.4 MP), has a marginally smaller sensor (1/2.3" 6.17x4.55mm vs 1" 13.2x8.8mm), has a slower max shutter speed (1/1500 of a second vs 1/2000 of a second) and slightly shorter exposures (4 seconds vs 30 seconds).

Fujifilm FinePix XP120

Fujifilm FinePix XP120
5 years newer
$94 - $114

Significant advantages of the FinePix XP120 (vs the AW100)

  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 920k dots vs 460k dots
  • Significantly faster max shutter speed: 1/2000 of a second vs 1/1500 of a second

Significant disadvantages of the FinePix XP120 (vs the AW100)

  • No built-in GPS
  • Worse image stabilization:
    1. Sensor shift
    vs
    1. Lens
  • Shorter battery life: 210 shots vs 250 shots

common strengths of the FinePix XP120 and AW100

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Larger than average screens: 3" vs 3"
  • Thin: 1.1" vs 0.9"

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W300

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W300
3 years older

Significant advantages of the DSC-W300 (vs the AW100)

  • Significantly wider aperture: f/2.8 vs f/3.9
  • Significantly longer battery life: 300 shots vs 250 shots
  • Has a viewfinder: Tunnel vs None

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-W300 (vs the AW100)

  • Much worse wide angle: 35 mm vs 28 mm
  • Has a CCD-family sensor: CCD vs CMOS
  • No built-in GPS

common strengths of the DSC-W300 and AW100

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Fairly small: Compact (94×59×27 mm) vs Compact (110×65×23 mm)
  • Good image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Lens

Nikon Coolpix A100

Nikon Coolpix A100
4 years newer
$100

Significant advantages of the Coolpix A100 (vs the AW100)

  • Lighter: 119 g vs 178 g
  • Significantly faster max shutter speed: 1/2000 of a second vs 1/1500 of a second

Significant disadvantages of the Coolpix A100 (vs the AW100)

  • Has a CCD-family sensor: CCD vs CMOS
  • Worse image stabilization:
    1. Digital
    vs
    1. Lens
  • No built-in GPS

common strengths of the Coolpix A100 and AW100

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Fairly small: Super compact (95×59×20 mm) vs Compact (110×65×23 mm)
  • Very thin: 0.8" vs 0.9"

Nikon Coolpix S1200pj

Nikon Coolpix S1200pj
similar age
$499

Significant advantages of the S1200pj (vs the AW100)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the S1200pj (vs the AW100)

  • Has a CCD-family sensor: CCD vs CMOS
  • Significantly narrower aperture: f/5 vs f/3.9
  • No built-in GPS

common strengths of the S1200pj and AW100

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Larger than average screens: 3" vs 3"
  • Fairly small: Compact (107×63×23 mm) vs Compact (110×65×23 mm)

Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100
9 months newer
$403 - $448

Significant advantages of the DSC-RX100 (vs the AW100)

  • Much wider aperture: f/1.8 vs f/3.9
  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,229k dots vs 460k dots
  • Much higher true resolution: 20 MP vs 9.7 MP

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-RX100 (vs the AW100)

  • No built-in GPS
  • Much thicker: 1.4" vs 0.9"
  • Not waterproof

common strengths of the DSC-RX100 and AW100

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Larger than average screens: 3" vs 3"
  • Good image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Lens

Nikon Coolpix P1

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6 years older

Significant advantages of the P1 (vs the AW100)

  • Significantly wider aperture: f/2.7 vs f/3.9
  • Significantly faster max shutter speed: 1/2000 of a second vs 1/1500 of a second

Significant disadvantages of the P1 (vs the AW100)

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Lens
  • Much worse wide angle: 35 mm vs 28 mm
  • Has a CCD-family sensor: CCD vs CMOS

common strengths of the P1 and AW100

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Light weight: 185 g vs 178 g

compared toEntry-level DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Nikon AW100 compared to entry-level DSLR competitors include: it records higher quality movies (1080p @ 30fps vs 720p @ 24fps), records high-speed movies (240 fps vs none), has image stabilization (lens vs none), has much less shutter lag (230 ms vs 276 ms) and is newer (august 2011 vs april 2009).

However, on average it has a much lower resolution screen (460k dots vs 1,037k dots), takes much lower resolution photos (9.7 MP vs 24 MP), doesn't record movies in 24p, doesn't shoot as fast continuously (3 fps vs 5 fps) and doesn't have a screen which flips out.

Nikon D5300

Nikon D5300
2 years newer
$474 (body only)
$459 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D5300 (vs the AW100)

  • Much higher true resolution: 24 MP vs 9.7 MP
  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,037k dots vs 460k dots
  • Has a viewfinder: Pentamirror vs None

Significant disadvantages of the D5300 (vs the AW100)

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Lens
  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 240 fps
  • Much larger: Prosumer size (124×99×76 mm) vs Compact (110×65×23 mm)

common strengths of the D5300 and AW100

  • Built-in GPS

Nikon D5000

Nikon D5000
2 years older
$306 (body only)
$731 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D5000 (vs the AW100)

  • Much higher true resolution: 12.2 MP vs 9.7 MP
  • Has a viewfinder: Pentamirror vs None
  • Supports 24p

Significant disadvantages of the D5000 (vs the AW100)

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Lens
  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 240 fps
  • Much lower resolution screen: 230k dots vs 460k dots

common strengths of the D5000 and AW100

  • None found

compared toSuper zoom competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Nikon AW100 compared to super zoom competitors include: it is significantly smaller (compact (110×65×23 mm) vs large (140×103×137 mm)), has better image stabilization (lens vs sensor shift), is thinner (0.9" vs 5.4"), is significantly lighter (178 g vs 899 g) and has a built-in GPS.

However, on average it has a much narrower aperture (f/3.9 vs f/2.8), has significantly less zoom (5x vs 83.3x), has a significantly narrower wide angle lens (28 mm vs 24 mm), has a slightly lower resolution screen (460k dots vs 921k dots) and slightly lower maximum light sensitivity (3,200 ISO vs 12,800 ISO).

Nikon Coolpix P900

Nikon Coolpix P900
3 years newer
$458 - $597

Significant advantages of the P900 (vs the AW100)

  • Much wider aperture: f/2.8 vs f/3.9
  • Significantly more zoom: 83.3x vs 5x
  • Significantly better wide angle: 24 mm vs 28 mm

Significant disadvantages of the P900 (vs the AW100)

  • Much larger: Large (140×103×137 mm) vs Compact (110×65×23 mm)
  • Much thicker: 5.4" vs 0.9"
  • Much heavier: 899 g vs 178 g

common strengths of the P900 and AW100

  • Built-in GPS

Nikon Coolpix P100

Nikon Coolpix P100
1 year older
$489

Significant advantages of the P100 (vs the AW100)

  • Much wider aperture: f/2.8 vs f/3.9
  • Has a flip-out screen
  • Shoots faster: 10 fps vs 3 fps

Significant disadvantages of the P100 (vs the AW100)

  • No built-in GPS
  • Larger: Prosumer size (114×83×99 mm) vs Compact (110×65×23 mm)
  • Worse image stabilization:
    1. Sensor shift
    vs
    1. Lens

common strengths of the P100 and AW100

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size (114×83×99 mm) vs Compact (110×65×23 mm)
  • Light weight: 481 g vs 178 g
  • Thin: 3.9" vs 0.9"

compared toTravel zoom competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Nikon AW100 compared to travel zoom competitors include: it has a built-in GPS and is waterproof.

However, on average it has a slightly narrower wide angle lens (28 mm vs 25 mm), has a significantly narrower aperture (f/3.9 vs f/3.1), has a slightly smaller screen (3" vs 3.5"), has a slightly lower resolution screen (460k dots vs 820k dots) and doesn't have a touch screen.

Nikon Coolpix S810c

Nikon Coolpix S810c
2 years newer

Significant advantages of the S810c (vs the AW100)

  • Significantly better wide angle: 25 mm vs 28 mm
  • Has an OLED screen: OLED vs LCD
  • Significantly wider aperture: f/3.3 vs f/3.9

Significant disadvantages of the S810c (vs the AW100)

  • Not waterproof

common strengths of the S810c and AW100

  • Built-in GPS

Canon PowerShot SX230 HS

Canon PowerShot SX230 HS
6 months older
$399

Significant advantages of the SX230 HS (vs the AW100)

  • Significantly wider aperture: f/3.1 vs f/3.9
  • Much faster max shutter speed: 1/3200 of a second vs 1/1500 of a second

Significant disadvantages of the SX230 HS (vs the AW100)

  • Not waterproof

common strengths of the SX230 HS and AW100

  • Built-in GPS

Nikon Coolpix A1000

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7 years newer
$477

Significant advantages of the Coolpix A1000 (vs the AW100)

  • Significantly better wide angle: 24 mm vs 28 mm
  • Much higher resolution screen: 921k dots vs 460k dots
  • Wider aperture: f/3.4 vs f/3.9

Significant disadvantages of the Coolpix A1000 (vs the AW100)

  • No built-in GPS
  • Not waterproof

common strengths of the Coolpix A1000 and AW100

  • None found