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

Nikon Coolpix AW100

Winner
Nikon Coolpix AW100

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Nikon Coolpix S30

59

Nikon Coolpix S30

Runner-up
     

Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix AW100

Large screen
Screen size
3.0"
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens
CMOS Sensor
Sensor type
Better in low light
In-camera HDR
HDR
Combines multiple exposures
 

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.
 

differences

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
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
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
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
$110.00 vs $274.00
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The best price we've seen is $164 cheaper (2.5x 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
              Common Weaknesses
              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
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              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
              Built-in flash Each has a built-in flash Help
              Usually standard
              Common Weaknesses
              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

              $189 - $297

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

              Canon PowerShot D20

              Waterproof

              $169 - $320

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

              Nikon Coolpix S32

              Waterproof

              $97 - $300

              Thickness Is thicker
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro focusing
              Panasonic Lumix TS25

              Panasonic Lumix TS25

              Waterproof

              $128 - $169

              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro focusing
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
              Fujifilm FinePix XP70

              Fujifilm FinePix XP70

              Waterproof

              $120 - $159

              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Macro focus Much worse macro focusing
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
              Fujifilm FinePix XP50

              Fujifilm FinePix XP50

              Waterproof

              $119

              Macro focus Much worse macro focusing
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS4

              Panasonic Lumix TS4

              Waterproof

              $250

              3D Captures 3D images
              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro focusing

              Nikon Coolpix AW100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix AW110

              Nikon Coolpix AW110

              Waterproof

              $266

              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
              Nikon 1 AW1

              Nikon 1 AW1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $697 with 11-2mm lens

              High-speed framerate Higher speed movies
              Sensor size Much larger sensor
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Size Larger

              Nikon Coolpix S30 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix S31

              Nikon Coolpix S31

              Waterproof

              $299

              Battery life Slightly longer battery life
              Weight Slightly lighter
              Lowest price More expensive
              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
              Canon PowerShot IXUS 145

              Canon PowerShot IXUS 145

              Travel zoom

              $141

              Macro focus Significantly better macro capability
              True resolution Significantly higher true resolution
              Waterproof Not waterproof
              Battery life Slightly shorter battery life
              Nikon Coolpix S01

              Nikon Coolpix S01

              Ultra compact

              $65

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

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