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Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix AW100

High-speed framerate
High speed movies
240 fps
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
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.
 
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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
Screen size Larger screen 3.0" vs 2.7"
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More than 10% larger screen
HDR Has in-camera HDR Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
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
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
Macro focus Significantly better macro capability 1 cm vs 5 cm
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Focus on subjects 5x closer to the lens
Screen resolution Higher resolution screen 460k dots vs 230k dots
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2x higher resolution screen
GPS Has a GPS Yes vs No
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Automatically geotags your photos when traveling
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)
Lowest price Cheaper $159.11 vs $250.00
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The best price we've seen is $91 cheaper (around 40% less)
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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 AW110

              Nikon Coolpix AW110

              Waterproof

              $213

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
              Nikon Coolpix AW120

              Nikon Coolpix AW120

              Waterproof

              $297 - $543

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Canon PowerShot D20

              Canon PowerShot D20

              Waterproof

              $229 - $300

              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
              Fujifilm FinePix XP70

              Fujifilm FinePix XP70

              Waterproof

              $129 - $240

              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Macro focus Much worse macro focusing
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
              Panasonic Lumix TS25

              Panasonic Lumix TS25

              Waterproof

              $138 - $180

              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro focusing
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
              Fujifilm FinePix XP50

              Fujifilm FinePix XP50

              Waterproof

              $250

              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Macro focus Much worse macro focusing
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX30

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX30

              Waterproof

              $198 - $214

              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              Screen resolution Has a much higher resolution screen

              Nikon Coolpix AW100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              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

              $470

              Aperture Wider aperture
              3D Takes 3D photos
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Sony Cybershot DSC-TX10

              Sony Cybershot TX10

              Waterproof

              $258 - $279

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              GPS No built-in GPS

              Nikon Coolpix S30 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix S32

              Nikon Coolpix S32

              Waterproof

              $107 - $188

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              Wide angle Slightly worse wide angle
              Battery life Slightly shorter battery life
              Nikon Coolpix S31

              Nikon Coolpix S31

              Waterproof

              $195

              Battery life Slightly longer battery life
              Weight Slightly lighter
              Lowest price Slightly more expensive
              Nikon Coolpix S810c

              Nikon Coolpix S810c

              Travel zoom

              $347

              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              Screen size Much larger screen
              Waterproof Not waterproof
              Lowest price More expensive
              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Super zoom

              $197 - $227

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
              Size Larger
              Weight Significantly heavier

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