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

Really small
Size
Compact 110x64x22 mm
High speed movies
High-speed framerate
240 fps
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens
CMOS Sensor
Sensor type
Better in low light
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix L20

Aperture
Wide aperture
f/3.1
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
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
Screen resolution
Higher resolution screen
460k dots vs 230k dots
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2x higher resolution screen
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
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 1.1"
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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
110x64x22 mm vs 61x97x29 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
Cheaper
$195.00 vs $264.95
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The best price we've seen is $70 cheaper (around 30% 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

              No significant shared competitors found.

              Nikon Coolpix AW100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix AW110

              Nikon Coolpix AW110

              Waterproof

              $245 - $319

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

              Nikon Coolpix AW120

              Waterproof

              $240 - $347

              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Wide angle Much better wide angle
              Size Larger
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Nikon Coolpix AW130

              Nikon Coolpix AW130

              Compact

              $327 - $347

              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Wide angle Much better wide angle
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              GPS No built-in GPS
              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 D20

              Canon PowerShot D20

              Waterproof

              $300

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

              Nikon Coolpix L20 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ20

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ20

              Super zoom

              $225

              Wide angle Much better wide angle
              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Size Much larger
              Thickness Much thicker
              Nikon Coolpix L28

              Nikon Coolpix L28

              Compact

              $100

              Wide angle Much better wide angle
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro capability
              Aperture Slightly narrower aperture
              Nikon Coolpix L22

              Nikon Coolpix L22

              Compact

              $240

              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Weight Heavier
              Lowest price More expensive
              Nikon Coolpix S3100

              Nikon Coolpix S3100

              Ultra compact

              $110

              Wide angle Much better wide angle
              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Screen size Smaller screen
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro capability
              Samsung S860

              Samsung S860

              Compact

              $81

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Size Smaller
              Screen size Much smaller screen
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro capability

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