Updated (January 2013): Compare the Nikon Coolpix AW100 vs Olympus Tough TG-830 iHS

Nikon Coolpix AW100 vs Olympus Tough TG-830 iHS

Winner
Nikon Coolpix AW100

71

Olympus Tough TG-830 iHS

66

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix AW100

Really small
Size
Compact (110×65×23 mm)
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Lens
Great macro
Macro focus
1.0 cm
Thin
Thickness
0.9"
 

Reasons to buy the Olympus Tough TG-830 iHS

Screen size
Large screen
3"
High-speed framerate
High speed movies
240 fps
GPS
Built-in GPS
Great for travel

Items often bought with the Nikon AW100 or Olympus TG-830 iHS

galleries

Explore our gallery of 21 sample photos taken by the Nikon Coolpix AW100.
Explore our gallery of 16 sample photos taken by the Olympus Tough TG-830 iHS.

differences

Advantages of the Nikon AW100

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Size
Smaller
110×65×23 mm vs 110×67×28 mm
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More than 20% smaller
Macro focus
Better macro capability
1.0 cm vs 3.0 cm
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Focus on subjects 3x closer to the lens
Thickness
Thinner
0.9" vs 1.1"
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Around 20% thinner
Weight
Lighter
178 g vs 214 g
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Around 20% lighter
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$260.00 vs $319.96
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The best price we've seen is $60 cheaper (around 20% less)
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Advantages of the Olympus TG-830 iHS

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Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
6,400 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The TG-830 iHS 's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
Fastest shutter speed
Faster max shutter speed
1/2000s vs 1/1500s
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More than 20% faster max shutter speed
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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
              High-speed framerate Extremely high speed movies Help
              240 fps
              GPS Built-in GPS Help
              Great for travel
              Movie format Full HD (1080p) video Help
              AW1001080p @ 30fps
              TG-830 iHS 1080p @ 60fps
              HDR In-camera HDR Help
              Combines multiple exposures
              Panorama In-camera panoramas Help
              Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              Waterproof Waterproof Help
              Great at the beach
              Common Weaknesses
              Longest exposure Short max exposure time Help
              4 seconds
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Wide angle Poor wide angle Help
              28 mm
              Aperture Very narrow widest aperture size Help
              f/3.9
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              5x

              Compared to recent waterproof cameras

              Common Strengths
              Screen size Larger than average screens Help
              3"
              Thickness Thin Help
              AW1000.9"
              TG-830 iHS 1.1"
              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

              $179

              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Olympus Stylus Tough TG-860

              Olympus Stylus Tough TG-860

              Waterproof

              $247 - $249

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Wide angle Has a much wider wide angle lens
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Olympus Tough TG-850 iHS

              Olympus Tough TG-850 iHS

              Waterproof

              $262

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Wide angle Has a much wider wide angle lens
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Olympus Tough TG-4

              Olympus Tough TG-4

              Waterproof

              $330 - $379

              Aperture Has a much wider aperture
              Wide angle Has a significantly wider wide angle lens
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Fujifilm XP80

              Fujifilm XP80

              Waterproof

              $130 - $199

              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              GPS Doesn't have a built-in GPS
              Fujifilm FinePix XP70

              Fujifilm FinePix XP70

              Waterproof

              $149

              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
              Olympus Stylus Tough TG-3

              Olympus Stylus Tough TG-3

              Waterproof

              $353

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

              Nikon Coolpix AW100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix AW120

              Nikon Coolpix AW120

              Waterproof

              $180

              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Wide angle Much better wide angle
              Size Larger
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Nikon Coolpix S33

              Nikon Coolpix S33

              Waterproof

              $117 - $161

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              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

              Olympus Tough TG-830 iHS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

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              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS30 (DMC-FT30)

              Waterproof

              Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
              Size Significantly smaller
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX30

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX30

              Waterproof

              $228 - $258

              Size Much smaller
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              GPS No built-in GPS

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