Updated (January, 2013): Compare the Canon PowerShot D20 vs Nikon Coolpix AW110

Nikon Coolpix AW100 vs Canon PowerShot D20

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Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix AW100

In-camera HDR
HDR
Combines multiple exposures
Thin
Thickness
0.9"
Built-in flash
Built-in flash
Usually standard
High speed movies
High-speed framerate
240 fps
 

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot D20

Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
Built-in flash
Built-in flash
Usually standard
High-speed framerate
High speed movies
240 fps
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Lens

galleries

Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Canon PowerShot D20.
Explore our gallery of 21 sample photos taken by the Nikon Coolpix AW100.

differences

Advantages of the Canon D20

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Supports 24p
Supports 24p
Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
Battery life
Longer battery life
280 shots vs 250 shots
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More than 10% more shots per battery charge
Longest exposure
Longer exposures
15s vs 4s
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Around 4x longer exposures
Fastest shutter speed
Slightly faster max shutter speed
1/1600s vs 1/1500s
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Around 10% faster max shutter speed
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Advantages of the Nikon AW100

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Size
Significantly smaller
110×65×23 mm vs 112×71×28 mm
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Around 30% smaller
HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Weight
Lighter
178 g vs 228 g
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More than 20% lighter
Thickness
Thinner
0.9" vs 1.1"
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Around 20% thinner
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recommendations

Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent waterproof cameras, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent compacts

              Common Strengths
              High-speed framerate Extremely high speed movies Help
              240 fps
              Movie format Full HD (1080p) video Help
              D201080p @ 24fps
              AW1001080p @ 30fps
              GPS Built-in GPS Help
              Great for travel
              Screen size Larger than average screens Help
              3"
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              1. Lens
              Macro focus Good macro capabilities Help
              1.0 cm
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              Panorama In-camera panoramas Help
              Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
              Waterproof Waterproof Help
              Great at the beach
              Common Weaknesses
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              D201/1600s
              AW1001/1500s
              Wide angle Poor wide angle Help
              28 mm
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              3,200 ISO
              Aperture Very narrow widest aperture size Help
              f/3.9
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              5x

              Compared to recent waterproof cameras

              Common Strengths
              Thickness Thin Help
              D201.1"
              AW1000.9"
              Common Weaknesses
              Lowest price Very expensive Help
              $299.99

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot D30

              Canon PowerShot D30

              Waterproof

              $249 - $330

              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon Coolpix AW110

              Nikon Coolpix AW110

              Waterproof

              $238 - $324

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Nikon Coolpix AW130

              Nikon Coolpix AW130

              Compact

              $279 - $297

              Aperture Has a significantly wider aperture
              Wide angle Has a much wider wide angle lens
              Waterproof Is not waterproof
              Thickness Is thicker
              GoPro HERO3 Black Edition

              GoPro HERO3 Black Edition

              Waterproof

              Aperture Has a significantly wider aperture
              Movie format Records very high quality movies
              GPS Doesn't have a built-in GPS
              Panorama Lacks built-in panoramas
              Nikon Coolpix AW120

              Nikon Coolpix AW120

              Waterproof

              $170

              Aperture Has a significantly wider aperture
              Wide angle Has a much wider wide angle lens
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX30

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX30

              Waterproof

              $188 - $198

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              GPS Doesn't have a built-in GPS
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Panasonic Lumix TS5

              Panasonic Lumix TS5

              Waterproof

              $289 - $299

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker

              Canon PowerShot D20 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot D10

              Canon PowerShot D10

              Waterproof

              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Weight Lighter
              Wide angle Much worse wide angle
              Movie format Lower resolution movies

              Nikon Coolpix AW100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              GoPro HD Hero 2

              GoPro HD Hero 2

              Waterproof

              $342

              Wide angle Much better wide angle
              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Built-in flash No built-in flash
              Image stabilization No image stabilization

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              discussion

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              Ahmad Belal (9:46 AM, February 02, 2013)
              I bought the Black Nikon AW100 couple of months & I didn't regret it. The reason that made me get it is that I kinda want a normal-looking Camera. The colors and the design of the Canon D20 (especially the "Shark bite" on its side) doesn't make it look good when using it in day-to-day photos.

              I so wanted to try the 24p movies of the Canon, but I really enjoy the performance of the AW100 and how light and "pocketable" (if that's even a word) it is :)
               
              Chris Bender (1:23 PM, June 20, 2012)
              Thanks for the honesty, I've been on the fence between these two cameras and I think I'm leaning toward the Canon D20 because I actually like a camera that's a little larger. When underwater or if you have gloves on buttons are easier to press if they are bigger.
               
              Ahmad Belal (8:51 PM, June 03, 2012)
              This is extremely unfair to the Canon D20... You guys haven't even reviewed it...

              For me, after A LOT of research, the comparison between those 2 cameras is a tie.

              For a semi professional user... It will be the size and the price are advantages for the Nikon against the 24p movies and the longer battery life for the Canon... Anything else they are almost equal...