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

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Reasons to buy the Olympus Tough TG-810

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

Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix AW100

Built-in flash
Built-in flash
Usually standard
High-speed framerate
High speed movies
240 fps
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens
Sensor type
CMOS Sensor
Better in low light
 
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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 Sensor shift, Digital
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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
Weight Lighter 178 g vs 221 g
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Around 20% lighter
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
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 3 fps vs 0.7 fps
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Around 4.5x faster continuous shooting
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
Lowest price Cheaper $250.00 vs $441.07
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The best price we've seen is $191 cheaper (more than 40% less)
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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
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              similarities

              Compared to recent compacts

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              GPS Built-in GPS Help
              Great for travel
              Waterproof Waterproof Help
              Great at the beach
              Longest exposure Short max exposure time Help
              4 seconds
              Supports RAW No RAW support Help
              Less editing fidelity
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              AW100:3 fps
              TG-810:0.7 fps
              Aperture Very narrow widest aperture size Help
              f/3.9
              Wide angle Poor wide angle Help
              28 mm
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              5x

              Compared to recent waterproof cameras

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Built-in flash Each has a built-in flash Help
              Usually standard
              Screen size Larger than average screens Help
              3.0"
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              AW100:Lens
              TG-810:Sensor shift, Digital
              Thickness Thin Help
              AW100:0.9"
              TG-810:1"
              External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
              Limited to the in-camera mic

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix AW120

              Nikon Coolpix AW120

              Waterproof

              $289 - $297

              Aperture Has a significantly wider aperture
              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon Coolpix AW110

              Nikon Coolpix AW110

              Waterproof

              $203

              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              Fujifilm FinePix XP50

              Fujifilm FinePix XP50

              Waterproof

              $250

              GPS Doesn't have a built-in GPS
              Macro focus Much worse macro focusing
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3

              Waterproof

              $372

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              3D Captures 3D images
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Pentax Optio WG-2 GPS

              Pentax Optio WG-2 GPS

              Waterproof

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Thickness Is thicker
              Image stabilization Has worse image stabilization
              Olympus Stylus Tough TG-3

              Olympus Stylus Tough TG-3

              Waterproof

              $349

              Aperture Has a much wider aperture
              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Olympus Stylus Tough TG-2 iHS

              Olympus Stylus Tough TG-2 iHS

              Waterproof

              $339

              Aperture Has a much wider aperture
              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier

              Nikon Coolpix AW100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot D20

              Canon PowerShot D20

              Waterproof

              $229 - $300

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Battery life Longer battery life
              Size Larger
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
              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
              Fujifilm FinePix XP200

              Fujifilm FinePix XP200

              Waterproof

              $285

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Size Significantly larger
              Macro focus Much worse macro capability
              Fujifilm FinePix XP70

              Fujifilm FinePix XP70

              Waterproof

              $155 - $199

              Continuous shooting Shoots faster
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Macro focus Much worse macro capability
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies

              Olympus Tough TG-810 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus Stylus Tough 8010

              Olympus Stylus Tough 8010

              Waterproof

              $349

              Size Smaller
              Macro focus Better macro capability
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              Screen size Smaller screen
              Olympus TG-610

              Olympus TG-610

              Waterproof

              $276

              Continuous shooting Shoots faster
              Weight Lighter
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Canon PowerShot A3300 IS

              Canon PowerShot A3300 IS

              Compact

              $200

              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Size Smaller
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Canon Rebel SL1

              Canon Rebel SL1

              Entry-level DSLR

              $599 - $600 body only

              $599 - $844 with 18-55mm lens

              Sensor size Much larger sensor
              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Size Much larger
              Image stabilization No image stabilization

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