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

Nikon Coolpix AW100 vs Olympus Tough TG-810

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Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix AW100

High speed movies
High-speed framerate
240 fps
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Lens
In-camera HDR
HDR
Combines multiple exposures
In-camera panoramas
Panorama
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
 

Reasons to buy the Olympus Tough TG-810

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

galleries

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.

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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
Image stabilization
Better image stabilization
  1. Lens
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  1. Digital
  2. Sensor shift
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Less risk of blur
HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Macro focus
Better macro capability
1.0 cm vs 3.0 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 2 f-stops better
Weight
Lighter
178 g vs 221 g
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Around 20% lighter
Size
Slightly smaller
110×65×23 mm vs 100×65×26 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
$239.95 vs $279.95
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The best price we've seen is $40 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
              AW100110×65×23 mm
              TG-810100×65×26 mm
              Screen size Larger than average screens Help
              3"
              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

              Nikon Coolpix AW110

              Nikon Coolpix AW110

              Waterproof

              $244 - $331

              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              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
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3

              Waterproof

              $390

              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
              Olympus TG-820 iHS

              Olympus TG-820

              Waterproof

              $403

              Size Is slightly smaller
              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              GPS Doesn't have a built-in GPS
              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 Stylus Tough TG-2 iHS

              Olympus Stylus Tough TG-2 iHS

              Waterproof

              Aperture Has a much wider aperture
              Wide angle Has a significantly wider wide angle lens
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Fujifilm FinePix XP60

              Fujifilm FinePix XP60

              Waterproof

              $166

              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              GPS Doesn't have a built-in GPS
              Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life

              Nikon Coolpix AW100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix AW130

              Nikon Coolpix AW130

              Compact

              $269 - $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 AW120

              Nikon Coolpix AW120

              Waterproof

              $270

              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Wide angle Much better wide angle
              Size Larger
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Canon PowerShot D30

              Canon PowerShot D30

              Waterproof

              $249 - $330

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Battery life Longer battery life
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
              Fujifilm FinePix XP150

              Fujifilm FinePix XP150

              Waterproof

              $325

              Battery life Longer battery life
              Fastest shutter speed Faster max shutter speed
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Macro focus Much worse macro capability

              Olympus Tough TG-810 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus Stylus Tough 8010

              Olympus Stylus Tough 8010

              Waterproof

              Size Smaller
              Macro focus Better macro capability
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              Screen size Smaller screen
              Olympus TG-620

              Olympus TG-620

              Waterproof

              $166

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              GPS No built-in GPS

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