Updated (February 2014): Compare the Nikon Coolpix AW100 vs Nikon Coolpix S32

Nikon Coolpix AW100 vs Nikon Coolpix S30

Winner
Nikon Coolpix AW100

68

Nikon Coolpix S30

56

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix AW100

High speed movies
High-speed framerate
240 fps
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Lens
In-camera HDR
HDR
Combines multiple exposures
In-camera panoramas
Panorama
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
 

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.

Items often bought with the AW100 or S30

galleries

Explore our gallery of 21 sample photos taken by the Nikon Coolpix AW100.
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differences

Advantages of the Nikon AW100

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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
Image stabilization
Better image stabilization
  1. Lens
vs
  1. 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
Screen size
Significantly larger screen
3" vs 2.7"
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More than 10% larger screen
GPS
Has a GPS
Yes vs No
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Automatically geotags your photos when traveling
Macro focus
Much better macro capability
1.0 cm vs 5.0 cm
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Focus on subjects 5x closer to the lens
HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Panorama
Can create panoramas in-camera
Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Movie format
Higher resolution movies
1080p @ 30fps vs 720p @ 30fps
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video
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
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
Size
Slightly smaller
110×65×23 mm vs 102×65×40 mm
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Around 40% smaller
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
3 fps vs 1.5 fps
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2x faster continuous shooting
Sensor size
Larger sensor
1/2.3" 6.17x4.55mm vs 1/3" 4.8x3.6mm
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More than 60% larger sensor
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
3,200 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The AW100's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
Thickness
Thinner
0.9" vs 1.6"
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More than 40% thinner
Fastest shutter speed
Significantly faster max shutter speed
1/1500s vs 1/1000s
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More than 30% faster max shutter speed
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
Longest exposure
Slightly longer exposures
4s vs 1s
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4x longer exposures
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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)
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$145.00 vs $260.00
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The best price we've seen is $115 cheaper (more than 40% less)
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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 digicams

              Common Strengths
              Waterproof Waterproof Help
              Great at the beach
              Weight Light weight Help
              AW100178 g
              S30214 g
              Common Weaknesses
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              AW1001/1500s
              S301/1000s
              Longest exposure Short max exposure time Help
              AW1004s
              S301s
              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
              AW1003 fps
              S301.5 fps
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              AW1003,200 ISO
              S301,600 ISO
              Battery life Few shots per battery charge Help
              AW100250 shots
              S30240 shots
              Wide angle Poor wide angle Help
              AW10028 mm
              S3029 mm
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              AW1005x
              S303x

              Compared to recent waterproof cameras

              Common Strengths

              Snapsort is not aware of any interesting strengths shared by these two products.

              Common Weaknesses

              Snapsort is not aware of any interesting weaknesses shared by these two products.

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix S33

              Nikon Coolpix S33

              Waterproof

              $117 - $161

              Fastest shutter speed Has a faster max shutter speed
              Fujifilm XP80

              Fujifilm XP80

              Waterproof

              $130 - $199

              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
              Nikon Coolpix S32

              Nikon Coolpix S32

              Waterproof

              $99

              Fastest shutter speed Has a faster max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Macro focus Much worse macro focusing
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3

              Waterproof

              $285

              3D Captures 3D images
              Longest exposure Much longer exposures
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Macro focus Much worse macro focusing
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS4

              Panasonic Lumix TS4

              Waterproof

              $425

              3D Captures 3D images
              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Fujifilm FinePix XP50

              Fujifilm FinePix XP50

              Waterproof

              $130

              Fastest shutter speed Has a faster max shutter speed
              Macro focus Much worse macro focusing
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
              Panasonic Lumix TS5

              Panasonic Lumix TS5

              Waterproof

              $275 - $289

              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              3D Captures 3D images
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Macro focus Much worse macro focusing

              Nikon Coolpix AW100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix AW120

              Nikon Coolpix AW120

              Waterproof

              $249

              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Weight Slightly heavier
              Nikon Coolpix AW110

              Nikon Coolpix AW110

              Waterproof

              $179

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

              GoPro HERO3 Black Edition

              Waterproof

              Wide angle Much better wide angle
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Built-in flash No built-in flash
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Olympus Stylus Tough TG-860

              Olympus Stylus Tough TG-860

              Waterproof

              $249

              Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
              Aperture Wider aperture
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Olympus Tough TG-4

              Olympus Tough TG-4

              Waterproof

              $335 - $379

              Aperture Much wider aperture
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              GPS No built-in GPS

              Nikon Coolpix S30 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix P900

              Nikon Coolpix P900

              Super zoom

              $597

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Size Much larger
              Weight Much heavier
              Nikon Coolpix S31

              Nikon Coolpix S31

              Waterproof

              $250

              Fastest shutter speed Much faster max shutter speed
              Battery life Slightly longer battery life
              Lowest price Slightly more expensive
              Kodak Easyshare Sport C123

              Kodak EasyShare Sport C123

              Waterproof

              $122

              True resolution Significantly higher true resolution
              Sensor size Larger sensor
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Nikon Coolpix S01

              Nikon Coolpix S01

              Ultra compact

              $137

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Size Smaller
              Screen size Smaller screen
              Waterproof Not waterproof

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              Nikon Coolpix AW100 Nikon Coolpix S30

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