Updated (February, 2014): Compare the Nikon Coolpix AW110 vs Nikon Coolpix S32

Nikon Coolpix AW100 vs Nikon Coolpix S30

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Nikon Coolpix AW100

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Nikon Coolpix S30

58

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix AW100

High speed movies
High-speed framerate
240 fps
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens
High true resolution
True resolution
9.7 MP
CMOS Sensor
Sensor type
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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Explore our gallery of 21 sample photos taken by the Nikon Coolpix AW100. Explore our gallery of 1 sample photo taken by the Nikon Coolpix S30.

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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
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
Much higher true resolution
9.7 MP vs 6 MP
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Capture more than 60% more detail in your photos
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
Macro focus
Significantly better macro capability
1.0 cm vs 5.0 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" 6.17x4.55mm 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 1 f-stop better
Size
Slightly smaller
110x64x22 mm vs 102x65x40 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
Thickness
Thinner
0.9" vs 1.6"
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More than 40% thinner
Fastest shutter speed
Much 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
Cheaper
$139.00 vs $279.95
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The best price we've seen is $141 cheaper (2x less)
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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
              Waterproof Waterproof Help
              Great at the beach
              Common Weaknesses
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              AW1001/1500s
              S301/1000s
              Viewfinder No viewfinders Help
              Can only preview photos on the screen
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              AW1003 fps
              S301.5 fps
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Battery life Few shots per battery charge Help
              AW100250 shots
              S30240 shots
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              AW1003,200 ISO
              S301,600 ISO
              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 S32

              Nikon Coolpix S32

              Waterproof

              $239

              Fastest shutter speed Has a faster max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX30

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX30

              Waterproof

              $198 - $229

              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              Canon PowerShot D30

              Canon PowerShot D30

              Waterproof

              $249 - $330

              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
              Canon PowerShot D10

              Canon PowerShot D10

              Waterproof

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Fastest shutter speed Has a faster max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
              Panasonic Lumix TS25

              Panasonic Lumix TS25

              Waterproof

              $169

              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro focusing

              Nikon Coolpix AW100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix AW110

              Nikon Coolpix AW110

              Waterproof

              $241 - $328

              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              3D Takes 3D photos
              Nikon Coolpix AW130

              Nikon Coolpix AW130

              Compact

              $297

              Aperture Much wider aperture
              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Nikon Coolpix AW120

              Nikon Coolpix AW120

              Waterproof

              $300

              Aperture Much wider aperture
              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Weight Slightly heavier
              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
              Canon PowerShot D20

              Canon PowerShot D20

              Waterproof

              $300

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Battery life Longer battery life
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
              Size Slightly larger

              Nikon Coolpix S30 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix S31

              Nikon Coolpix S31

              Waterproof

              $138

              Fastest shutter speed Much faster max shutter speed
              Battery life Slightly longer battery life
              Nikon Coolpix S33

              Nikon Coolpix S33

              Compact

              $127

              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster
              Wide angle Slightly worse wide angle
              Waterproof Not waterproof
              Fujifilm FinePix XP50

              Fujifilm FinePix XP50

              Waterproof

              $190

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              True resolution Much higher true resolution
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro capability
              Canon PowerShot SX530 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX530 HS

              Super zoom

              $299 - $300

              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Size Significantly larger
              Thickness Significantly thicker
              Nikon Coolpix L27

              Nikon Coolpix L27

              Compact

              $75

              True resolution Much higher true resolution
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Macro focus Much worse macro capability
              Waterproof Not waterproof

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