Updated (January, 2013): Compare the Nikon Coolpix AW110 vs Nikon Coolpix L20

Nikon Coolpix AW100 vs Nikon Coolpix L20

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Nikon Coolpix AW100

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Nikon Coolpix L20

34

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 L20

Weight
Light-weight
135 g
Built-in flash
Built-in flash
Usually standard

galleries

Explore our gallery of 21 sample photos taken by the Nikon Coolpix AW100.
Explore our gallery of 30 sample photos taken by the Nikon Coolpix L20.

differences

Advantages of the Nikon AW100

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Wide angle
Much better wide angle
28 mm vs 38 mm
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Around 30% better wide angle
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Lens
vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
Movie format
Higher resolution movies
1080p @ 30fps vs 480p @ 30fps
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Shoots high resolution Full HD (1080p) video
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
Panorama
Can create panoramas in-camera
Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Sensor type
Has a CMOS-family sensor
CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
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
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
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
Waterproof
Waterproof
Yes vs No
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Great for vacations and holidays at the beach, or around the pool
Thickness
Thinner
0.9" vs 1.1"
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More than 20% thinner
Size
Slightly smaller
110×65×23 mm vs 61×97×29 mm
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Around 10% smaller
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Advantages of the Nikon L20

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Aperture
Significantly wider aperture
f/3.1 vs f/3.9
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At its widest zoom, the L20's lens captures slightly more light (0.7 f-stops)
Weight
Lighter
135 g vs 178 g
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More than 20% lighter
Lowest price
Significantly cheaper
$70.00 vs $299.99
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The best price we've seen is $230 cheaper (4.3x less)
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recommendations

Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent compacts, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent compacts

              Common Strengths

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

              Common Weaknesses
              Wide angle Poor wide angle Help
              AW10028 mm
              L2038 mm
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              AW1003,200 ISO
              L201,600 ISO
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              AW1005x
              L203.6x

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix AW110

              Nikon Coolpix AW110

              Waterproof

              $240 - $327

              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Weight Is slightly heavier

              Nikon Coolpix AW100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix AW130

              Nikon Coolpix AW130

              Compact

              $269 - $297

              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Wide angle Much better wide angle
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Nikon Coolpix AW120

              Nikon Coolpix AW120

              Waterproof

              $209

              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Wide angle Much better wide angle
              Size Larger
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              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
              Canon PowerShot D30

              Canon PowerShot D30

              Waterproof

              $249 - $330

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Battery life Longer battery life
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
              GoPro HD Hero 2

              GoPro HD Hero 2

              Waterproof

              $343

              Wide angle Much better wide angle
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Built-in flash No built-in flash
              Image stabilization No image stabilization

              Nikon Coolpix L20 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix L22

              Nikon Coolpix L22

              Compact

              $317

              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Weight Heavier
              Lowest price Significantly more expensive
              Nikon Coolpix L28

              Nikon Coolpix L28

              Compact

              $70

              Wide angle Much better wide angle
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro capability
              Aperture Slightly narrower aperture
              Nikon Coolpix L16

              Nikon Coolpix L16

              Compact

              Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
              Aperture Wider aperture
              Macro focus Much worse macro capability
              Screen size Smaller screen
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ8

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ8

              Compact

              $267

              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Wide angle Much better wide angle
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen
              Size Larger
              Nikon Coolpix L25

              Nikon Coolpix L25

              Compact

              $150

              Wide angle Much better wide angle
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              True resolution Significantly lower true resolution
              Aperture Slightly narrower aperture

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