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

Olympus TG-820

Winner
Olympus TG-820 iHS

76

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Nikon Coolpix AW100

72

Nikon Coolpix AW100

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Reasons to buy the Olympus TG-820

Screen resolution
High resolution screen
1,030k dots
Size
Really small
Compact 96x63x23 mm
Light sensitivity
High ISO
6,400 ISO
Sensor type
CMOS Sensor
Better in low light
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix AW100

Sensor type
CMOS Sensor
Better in low light
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
Thickness
Thin
0.9"
 
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differences

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
Lowest price Cheaper $129.00 vs $189.99
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The best price we've seen is $61 cheaper (more than 30% less)
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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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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 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"
              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
              Size Fairly small Help
              AW100:110x64x22 mm
              TG-820:96x63x23 mm
              Screen type No OLED screens Help
              LCD
              External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
              Limited to the in-camera mic

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix AW110

              Nikon Coolpix AW110

              Waterproof

              $220 - $380

              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon Coolpix AW120

              Nikon Coolpix AW120

              Waterproof

              $297 - $548

              Aperture Has a significantly wider aperture
              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Weight Is slightly 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 Tough TG-830 iHS

              Olympus Tough TG-830 iHS

              Waterproof

              $229 - $299

              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon PowerShot D20

              Canon PowerShot D20

              Waterproof

              $239 - $300

              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Longest exposure Slightly longer exposures
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS4

              Panasonic Lumix TS4

              Waterproof

              $200

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Olympus Stylus Tough TG-2 iHS

              Olympus Stylus Tough TG-2 iHS

              Waterproof

              $399 - $448

              Aperture Has a much wider aperture
              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker

              Nikon Coolpix AW100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3

              Waterproof

              $372

              Aperture Wider aperture
              3D Takes 3D photos
              Screen size Smaller screen
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              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

              Olympus TG-820 iHS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus Tough TG-850 iHS

              Olympus Tough TG-850 iHS

              Waterproof

              $229

              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
              Olympus TG-620

              Olympus TG-620

              Waterproof

              $184

              Thickness Slightly thinner
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Olympus Stylus Tough TG-3

              Olympus Stylus Tough TG-3

              Waterproof

              $319 - $349

              Aperture Much wider aperture
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Size Significantly larger
              Olympus TG-630 iHS

              Olympus TG-630 iHS

              Waterproof

              $149

              Battery life Longer battery life
              Thickness Slightly thinner
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Weight Slightly heavier

              appearance

              Nikon Coolpix AW100 Olympus TG-820 iHS
              Nikon Coolpix AW100 Olympus TG-820 iHS
              Nikon Coolpix AW100 Olympus TG-820 iHS

              discussion

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