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

Olympus TG-820

Winner
Olympus TG-820 iHS

82

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Nikon Coolpix AW100

74

Nikon Coolpix AW100

Runner-up
     
 

Reasons to buy the Olympus TG-820

Built-in flash
Built-in flash
Usually standard
Screen resolution
High resolution screen
1,030k dots
Size
Really small
Compact 96x63x23 mm
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix AW100

Built-in flash
Built-in flash
Usually standard
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
Macro focus
Great macro
1 cm
 
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Advantages of the Nikon AW100

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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
GPS Has a GPS Yes vs No
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Automatically geotags your photos when traveling
Image stabilization Better image stabilization Lens vs Sensor shift
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Less risk of blur
Battery life Longer battery life 250 shots vs 220 shots
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More than 10% more shots per battery charge
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Advantages of the Olympus TG-820

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Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen 1,030k dots vs 460k dots
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More than 2x higher resolution screen
3D Takes 3D photos Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Size Smaller 96x63x23 mm vs 110x64x22 mm
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More than 10% smaller
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 6,400 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The TG-820's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
Continuous shooting Shoots slightly faster 5 fps vs 3 fps
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Around 70% faster continuous shooting
Weight Lighter 155 g vs 178 g
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More than 10% lighter
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        similarities

        Compared to recent compacts

        Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
        HDR In-camera HDR Help
        Combines multiple exposures
        Macro focus Good macro capabilities Help
        1 cm
        Sensor type Better sensor types Help
        Better in low light
        Panorama In-camera panoramas Help
        Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
        Waterproof Waterproof Help
        Great at the beach
        Thickness Thin Help
        0.9"
        Longest exposure Short max exposure time Help
        4 seconds
        Supports RAW No RAW support Help
        Less editing fidelity
        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"
        Size Fairly small Help
        AW100:110x64x22 mm
        TG-820:96x63x23 mm
        Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
        AW100:Lens
        TG-820:Sensor shift
        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
        HDR Lacks a built in HDR feature
        Canon PowerShot D20

        Canon PowerShot D20

        Waterproof

        $229 - $300

        Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
        Longest exposure Slightly longer exposures
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is significantly heavier
        GoPro HERO3 Black Edition

        GoPro HERO3 Black Edition

        Waterproof

        Aperture Has a significantly wider aperture
        Movie format Records higher quality movies
        HDR Lacks a built in HDR feature
        Panorama Lacks a built in panoramas
        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
        Fujifilm FinePix XP50

        Fujifilm FinePix XP50

        Waterproof

        $250

        Macro focus Much worse macro focusing
        Screen size Has a slightly smaller screen
        Fujifilm FinePix XP70

        Fujifilm FinePix XP70

        Waterproof

        $155 - $199

        Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
        Macro focus Much worse macro focusing
        Screen size Has a slightly smaller screen
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS4

        Panasonic Lumix TS4

        Waterproof

        $400

        Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
        Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
        Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
        Thickness Is thicker

        Nikon Coolpix AW100 Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Nikon Coolpix AW110

        Nikon Coolpix AW110

        Waterproof

        $200

        Screen type Has an OLED screen
        3D Takes 3D photos
        Size Larger
        Thickness Slightly thicker
        GoPro HD Hero 2

        GoPro HD Hero 2

        Waterproof

        Wide angle Much better wide angle
        Aperture Significantly wider aperture
        Built-in flash No built-in flash
        Image stabilization No image stabilization
        Nikon 1 AW1

        Nikon 1 AW1

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $697 with 11-2mm lens

        High-speed framerate Higher speed movies
        Sensor size Much larger sensor
        Size Much larger
        Image stabilization No image stabilization

        Olympus TG-820 iHS Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Olympus Tough TG-830 iHS

        Olympus Tough TG-830 iHS

        Waterproof

        $300

        High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
        GPS Has a GPS
        Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
        3D Doesn't take 3D photos
        Olympus Tough TG-850 iHS

        Olympus Tough TG-850 iHS

        Waterproof

        $199 - $269

        Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
        Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
        Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
        3D Doesn't take 3D photos
        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX30

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX30

        Waterproof

        $198 - $212

        Screen type Has an OLED screen
        Touch screen Has a touch screen
        3D Doesn't take 3D photos
        Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
        Canon PowerShot SD870 IS

        Canon PowerShot SD870 IS

        Compact

        Aperture Significantly wider aperture
        Image stabilization Better image stabilization
        Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
        Movie format Lower resolution movies

        appearance

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        discussion

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