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

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Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix AW100

HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
GPS
Built-in GPS
Great for travel
 

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot D20

Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
GPS
Built-in GPS
Great for travel
Longest exposure
Long exposures
15 seconds
 
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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
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Advantages of the Nikon AW100

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Size Smaller 110x64x22 mm vs 112x71x28 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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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 Common Weaknesses
              High-speed framerate Very high speed movies Help
              240 fps
              GPS Built-in GPS Help
              Great for travel
              Macro focus Good macro capabilities Help
              1 cm
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              Lens
              Panorama In-camera panoramas Help
              Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              Waterproof Waterproof Help
              Great at the beach
              Supports RAW No RAW support Help
              Less editing fidelity
              Aperture Very narrow widest aperture size Help
              f/3.9
              Wide angle Poor wide angle Help
              28 mm
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              5x

              Compared to recent waterproof cameras

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Built-in flash Each has a built-in flash Help
              Usually standard
              Screen size Larger than average screens Help
              3.0"
              Thickness Thin Help
              D20:1.1"
              AW100:0.9"
              External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
              Limited to the in-camera mic

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix AW120

              Nikon Coolpix AW120

              Waterproof

              $229 - $594

              Aperture Has a significantly wider aperture
              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon Coolpix AW110

              Nikon Coolpix AW110

              Waterproof

              $347

              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              Canon PowerShot D30

              Canon PowerShot D30

              Waterproof

              $299 - $343

              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              GoPro HERO3 Black Edition

              GoPro HERO3 Black Edition

              Waterproof

              Aperture Has a significantly wider aperture
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              GPS Doesn't have a built-in GPS
              Panorama Lacks a built in panoramas
              Olympus TG-820 iHS

              Olympus TG-820

              Waterproof

              $199 - $238

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              GPS Doesn't have a built-in GPS
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Fujifilm FinePix XP70

              Fujifilm FinePix XP70

              Waterproof

              $150 - $192

              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              GPS Doesn't have a built-in GPS
              Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
              Panasonic Lumix TS25

              Panasonic Lumix TS25

              Waterproof

              $135 - $169

              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Size Is slightly smaller
              GPS Doesn't have a built-in GPS
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor

              Canon PowerShot D20 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX30

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX30

              Waterproof

              $198 - $396

              Size Much smaller
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Canon PowerShot D10

              Canon PowerShot D10

              Waterproof

              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Weight Lighter
              Size Much larger
              Wide angle Significantly worse wide angle

              Nikon Coolpix AW100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus Tough TG-810

              Olympus Tough TG-810

              Waterproof

              $249

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies

              appearance

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              Canon PowerShot D20 Nikon Coolpix AW100
              Canon PowerShot D20 Nikon Coolpix AW100

              discussion

              Canon PowerShot D20
              PowerShot D20
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              Nikon Coolpix AW100
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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...