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

Nikon Coolpix AW100

Winner
Nikon Coolpix AW100

44

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Nikon Coolpix L20

35

Nikon Coolpix L20

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Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix AW100

Built-in flash
Built-in flash
Usually standard
Really small
Size
Compact 110x64x22 mm
High speed movies
High-speed framerate
240 fps
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix L20

Built-in flash
Built-in flash
Usually standard
Size
Really small
Compact 61x97x29 mm
Weight
Light-weight
135 g
 

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
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
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
Screen resolution
Higher resolution screen
460k dots vs 230k dots
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2x higher resolution screen
Waterproof
Waterproof
Yes vs No
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Great for vacations and holidays at the beach, or around the pool
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
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
$190.55 vs $329.00
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The best price we've seen is $138 cheaper (more than 40% less)
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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
              Supports RAW No RAW support Help
              Less editing fidelity
              Wide angle Poor wide angle Help
              AW100:28 mm
              L20:38 mm
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              AW100:5x
              L20:3.6x

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              No significant shared competitors found.

              Nikon Coolpix AW100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix AW120

              Nikon Coolpix AW120

              Waterproof

              $189 - $297

              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              Size Larger
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Nikon Coolpix AW110

              Nikon Coolpix AW110

              Waterproof

              $266

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              Size Larger
              Thickness Slightly thicker
              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

              $169 - $320

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Battery life Longer battery life
              Size Larger
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
              Nikon Coolpix S32

              Nikon Coolpix S32

              Waterproof

              $97 - $200

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Continuous shooting Shoots slightly faster
              Size Much larger
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies

              Nikon Coolpix L20 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Placeholder

              Kodak EasyShare C300

              Digicam

              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              Wide angle Slightly better wide angle
              Screen size Much smaller screen
              Size Significantly larger
              Samsung SL30

              Samsung SL30

              Compact

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Size Smaller
              Screen size Smaller screen
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $272 - $387 body only

              $410 with 18-55mm lens

              Sensor size Much larger sensor
              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Size Much larger
              Weight Much heavier
              Nikon Coolpix L110

              Nikon Coolpix L110

              Super zoom

              $290

              Wide angle Much better wide angle
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Size Much larger
              Thickness Much thicker
              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Super zoom

              $150 - $246

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Wide angle Much better wide angle
              Size Much larger
              Thickness Much thicker

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              discussion

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