Updated (January, 2013): Compare the Nikon Coolpix AW110 vs Olympus TG-820 iHS

Olympus Tough TG-810 vs Nikon Coolpix AW100

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Reasons to buy the Olympus Tough TG-810

High resolution screen
Screen resolution
920k dots
Built-in flash
Built-in flash
Usually standard
Built-in GPS
GPS
Great for travel
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix AW100

High-speed framerate
High speed movies
240 fps
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens
Sensor type
CMOS Sensor
Better in low light
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures

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Explore our gallery of 21 sample photos taken by the Nikon Coolpix AW100. Explore our gallery of 2 sample photos taken by the Olympus Tough TG-810.

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
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
Image stabilization
Better image stabilization
Lens vs Digital, Sensor shift
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Less risk of blur
Macro focus
Better macro capability
1 cm vs 3 cm
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Focus on subjects 3x closer to the lens
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
3 fps vs 0.7 fps
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Around 4.5x faster continuous shooting
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
Weight
Lighter
178 g vs 221 g
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Around 20% lighter
Size
Slightly smaller
110x64x22 mm vs 100x65x26 mm
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Almost the same
Thickness
Thinner
0.9" vs 1"
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More than 10% thinner
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Advantages of the Olympus TG-810

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Screen resolution
Significantly higher resolution screen
920k dots vs 460k dots
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2x higher resolution screen
Fastest shutter speed
Faster max shutter speed
1/2000s vs 1/1500s
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More than 20% faster max shutter speed
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$249.00 vs $279.95
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The best price we've seen is $31 cheaper (more than 10% 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 compacts

              Common Strengths
              GPS Built-in GPS Help
              Great for travel
              Waterproof Waterproof Help
              Great at the beach
              Common Weaknesses
              Longest exposure Short max exposure time Help
              4 seconds
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              AW1003 fps
              TG-8100.7 fps
              Wide angle Poor wide angle Help
              28 mm
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              AW1003,200 ISO
              TG-8101,600 ISO
              Aperture Very narrow widest aperture size Help
              f/3.9
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              5x

              Compared to recent waterproof cameras

              Common Strengths
              Size Fairly small Help
              AW100110x64x22 mm
              TG-810100x65x26 mm
              Screen size Larger than average screens Help
              3.0"
              Thickness Thin Help
              AW1000.9"
              TG-8101"
              Common Weaknesses

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

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              GoPro HERO3 Black Edition

              GoPro HERO3 Black Edition

              Waterproof

              Aperture Has a significantly wider aperture
              Movie format Records very high quality movies
              GPS Doesn't have a built-in GPS
              Image stabilization Doesn't have image stabilization
              Canon PowerShot D20

              Canon PowerShot D20

              Waterproof

              $300

              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Longest exposure Slightly longer exposures
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Olympus TG-820 iHS

              Olympus TG-820

              Waterproof

              $260

              Size Is slightly smaller
              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              GPS Doesn't have a built-in GPS
              Olympus Stylus Tough TG-3

              Olympus Stylus Tough TG-3

              Waterproof

              $350

              Aperture Has a much wider aperture
              Wide angle Has a significantly wider wide angle lens
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS4

              Panasonic Lumix TS4

              Waterproof

              $369

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              3D Captures 3D images
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Fujifilm FinePix XP70

              Fujifilm FinePix XP70

              Waterproof

              $110 - $180

              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              GPS Doesn't have a built-in GPS
              Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3

              Waterproof

              $189

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              3D Captures 3D images
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker

              Nikon Coolpix AW100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix AW110

              Nikon Coolpix AW110

              Waterproof

              $243 - $331

              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              3D Takes 3D photos
              Size Larger
              Thickness Thicker
              Nikon Coolpix AW130

              Nikon Coolpix AW130

              Compact

              $297 - $327

              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

              $300

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

              Olympus Tough TG-810 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus Stylus Tough 8010

              Olympus Stylus Tough 8010

              Waterproof

              $567

              Size Smaller
              Macro focus Better macro capability
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              Screen size Smaller screen
              Olympus Tough TG-850 iHS

              Olympus Tough TG-850 iHS

              Waterproof

              $160

              Wide angle Much better wide angle
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Olympus Stylus Tough TG-2 iHS

              Olympus Stylus Tough TG-2 iHS

              Waterproof

              Aperture Much wider aperture
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Screen resolution Lower resolution screen
              Size Larger
              Olympus TG-610

              Olympus TG-610

              Waterproof

              Continuous shooting Shoots faster
              Weight Lighter
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Fastest shutter speed Much slower max shutter speed

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              Nikon Coolpix AW100 Olympus Tough TG-810

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