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Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix AW100

Screen size
Large screen
3.0"
High-speed framerate
High speed movies
240 fps
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens
Sensor type
CMOS Sensor
Better in low light
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix S30

We are not aware of any reasons to consider buying the Nikon Coolpix S30 over the Nikon Coolpix AW100.
 
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Advantages of the Nikon AW100

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Movie format Higher resolution movies 1080p @ 30fps vs 720p @ 30fps
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video
Image stabilization Better image stabilization Lens vs Digital
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Less risk of blur
Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
HDR Has in-camera HDR Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Screen size Larger screen 3.0" vs 2.7"
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More than 10% larger screen
High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies 240 fps vs None
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Capture events too fast for the naked eye and play them back in super-slow motion
True resolution Significantly higher true resolution 9.7 MP vs 6 MP
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Capture more than 60% more detail in your photos
Macro focus Significantly better macro capability 1 cm vs 5 cm
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Focus on subjects 5x closer to the lens
GPS Has a GPS Yes vs No
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Automatically geotags your photos when traveling
Screen resolution Higher resolution screen 460k dots vs 230k dots
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2x higher resolution screen
Wide angle Slightly better wide angle 28 mm vs 29 mm
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Almost the same
Sensor size Larger sensor 1/2.3" 6.2x4.6mm vs 1/3" 4.8x3.6mm
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More than 60% larger sensor
Size Slightly smaller 110x64x22 mm vs 102x65x40 mm
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Around 40% smaller
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 3,200 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The AW100's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
Thickness Thinner 0.9" vs 1.6"
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More than 40% thinner
Continuous shooting Shoots slightly faster 3 fps vs 1.5 fps
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2x faster continuous shooting
Battery life Slightly longer battery life 250 shots vs 240 shots
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Almost the same
Weight Slightly lighter 178 g vs 214 g
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Around 20% lighter
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Advantages of the Nikon S30

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Aperture Wider aperture f/3.3 vs f/3.9
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At its widest zoom, the S30's lens captures marginally more light (0.5 f-stops)
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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 digicams

        Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
        Waterproof Waterproof Help
        Great at the beach
        Viewfinder No viewfinders Help
        Can only preview photos on the screen
        Supports RAW No RAW support Help
        Less editing fidelity
        Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
        AW100:3 fps
        S30:1.5 fps
        Battery life Few shots per battery charge Help
        AW100:250 shots
        S30:240 shots
        Wide angle Poor wide angle Help
        AW100:28 mm
        S30:29 mm
        Zoom Poor zoom Help
        AW100:5x
        S30:3x
        Aperture Very narrow widest aperture size Help
        AW100:f/3.9
        S30:f/3.3

        Compared to recent waterproof cameras

        Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
        Built-in flash Each has a built-in flash Help
        Usually standard
        Screen type No OLED screens Help
        LCD
        Movie format Poor movies Help
        AW100:1080p @ 30fps
        S30:720p @ 30fps

        competitors

        Shared Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Nikon Coolpix AW120

        Nikon Coolpix AW120

        Waterproof

        $289 - $340

        Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
        Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
        Canon PowerShot D20

        Canon PowerShot D20

        Waterproof

        $199 - $300

        Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
        Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
        Nikon Coolpix S32

        Nikon Coolpix S32

        Waterproof

        $107 - $109

        Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
        Thickness Is thicker
        Macro focus Significantly worse macro focusing
        Fujifilm FinePix XP200

        Fujifilm FinePix XP200

        Waterproof

        $285

        Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
        High-speed framerate Records even higher-speed movies
        Macro focus Much worse macro focusing
        Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
        Sony Cybershot DSC-TX10

        Sony Cybershot TX10

        Waterproof

        $279

        Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
        Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
        Canon PowerShot D10

        Canon PowerShot D10

        Waterproof

        $496

        Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
        Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
        Thickness Is thicker

        Nikon Coolpix AW100 Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Nikon Coolpix AW110

        Nikon Coolpix AW110

        Waterproof

        $207

        Screen type Has an OLED screen
        3D Takes 3D photos
        GoPro HERO3 Black Edition

        GoPro HERO3 Black Edition

        Waterproof

        Movie format Higher resolution movies
        Wide angle Much better wide angle
        Built-in flash No built-in flash
        Image stabilization No image stabilization
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3

        Waterproof

        $372

        3D Takes 3D photos
        Aperture Wider aperture
        Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
        Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
        Fujifilm FinePix XP70

        Fujifilm FinePix XP70

        Waterproof

        $160 - $199

        Continuous shooting Shoots faster
        Movie format Higher resolution movies
        Macro focus Much worse macro capability
        Screen size Smaller screen
        Fujifilm FinePix XP50

        Fujifilm FinePix XP50

        Waterproof

        $250

        Macro focus Much worse macro capability
        Screen size Smaller screen

        Nikon Coolpix S30 Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Nikon Coolpix S31

        Nikon Coolpix S31

        Waterproof

        $119

        Battery life Slightly longer battery life
        Weight Slightly lighter
        Nikon Coolpix S2600

        Nikon Coolpix S2600

        Compact

        $169

        Wide angle Better wide angle
        Size Smaller
        Macro focus Much worse macro capability
        Waterproof Not waterproof
        Nikon Coolpix S3600

        Nikon Coolpix S3600

        Travel zoom

        $87 - $97

        Image stabilization Better image stabilization
        Wide angle Better wide angle
        Aperture Narrower aperture
        Waterproof Not waterproof
        Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

        Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

        Travel zoom

        $179 - $204

        Movie format Higher resolution movies
        Image stabilization Better image stabilization
        Aperture Narrower aperture
        Waterproof Not waterproof
        Kodak Easyshare Sport C123

        Kodak EasyShare Sport C123

        Waterproof

        True resolution Significantly higher true resolution
        Sensor size Larger sensor
        Image stabilization No image stabilization
        Aperture Narrower aperture

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