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

42

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
CMOS Sensor
Sensor type
Better in low light
In-camera HDR
HDR
Combines multiple exposures
 

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
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
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 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
Thickness
Thinner
0.9" vs 1.1"
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More than 20% thinner
Waterproof
Waterproof
Yes vs No
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Great for vacations and holidays at the beach, or around the pool
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 $389.99
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The best price we've seen is $320 cheaper (5.6x less)
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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
              Screen size Larger than average screens Help
              3"
              Common Weaknesses
              Supports RAW No RAW support Help
              Less editing fidelity
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              AW1003,200 ISO
              L201,600 ISO
              Wide angle Poor wide angle Help
              AW10028 mm
              L2038 mm
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              AW1005x
              L203.6x

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              No significant shared competitors found.

              Nikon Coolpix AW100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix AW130

              Nikon Coolpix AW130

              Waterproof

              $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 AW110

              Nikon Coolpix AW110

              Waterproof

              $310

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              Size Larger
              Thickness Thicker
              Nikon Coolpix AW120

              Nikon Coolpix AW120

              Waterproof

              $270

              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
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3

              Waterproof

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Aperture Wider aperture
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen

              Nikon Coolpix L20 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix L32

              Nikon Coolpix L32

              Compact

              $97

              Wide angle Much better wide angle
              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Aperture Slightly narrower aperture
              Weight Heavier
              Kodak EasyShare C143

              Kodak EasyShare C143

              Compact

              $160

              Wide angle Much better wide angle
              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen
              Macro focus Much worse macro capability
              Nikon Coolpix S2600

              Nikon Coolpix S2600

              Compact

              $174

              Wide angle Much better wide angle
              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen
              Macro focus Much worse macro capability
              Nikon Coolpix L26

              Nikon Coolpix L26

              Compact

              $108

              Wide angle Much better wide angle
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Macro focus Much worse macro capability
              Aperture Slightly narrower aperture
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $289 body only

              $400 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Size Much larger
              Weight Much heavier

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