Updated (January, 2013): Compare the Nikon Coolpix AW110 vs Olympus Tough TG-830 iHS

Nikon Coolpix AW100

Winner
Nikon Coolpix AW100

71

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Olympus Tough TG-830 iHS

66

Olympus Tough TG-830 iHS

Runner-up
     

Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix AW100

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens
In-camera HDR
HDR
Combines multiple exposures
Great macro
Macro focus
1 cm
Built-in GPS
GPS
Great for travel
 

Reasons to buy the Olympus Tough TG-830 iHS

HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
GPS
Built-in GPS
Great for travel
 

differences

Advantages of the Nikon AW100

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Size
Smaller
110x64x22 mm vs 110x67x28 mm
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More than 20% smaller
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 214 g
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Around 20% lighter
Thickness
Thinner
0.9" vs 1.1"
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Around 20% thinner
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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 1 f-stop better
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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
              High-speed framerate Very high speed movies Help
              240 fps
              GPS Built-in GPS Help
              Great for travel
              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
              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
              Built-in flash Each has a built-in flash Help
              Usually standard
              Screen size Larger than average screens Help
              3.0"
              Thickness Thin Help
              AW100:0.9"
              TG-830 iHS :1.1"
              Common Weaknesses
              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

              $189 - $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

              $266

              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              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
              GoPro HERO3 Black Edition

              GoPro HERO3 Black Edition

              Waterproof

              Aperture Has a significantly wider aperture
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              GPS Doesn't have a built-in GPS
              HDR Lacks a built in HDR feature
              Canon PowerShot D20

              Canon PowerShot D20

              Waterproof

              $169 - $320

              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Longest exposure Slightly longer exposures
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Panasonic Lumix TS25

              Panasonic Lumix TS25

              Waterproof

              $128 - $169

              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Size Is slightly smaller
              GPS Doesn't have a built-in GPS
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Fujifilm FinePix XP70

              Fujifilm FinePix XP70

              Waterproof

              $120 - $159

              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

              Nikon Coolpix AW100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3

              Waterproof

              $372

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Aperture Wider aperture
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              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 Tough TG-830 iHS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus Tough TG-850 iHS

              Olympus Tough TG-850 iHS

              Waterproof

              $257

              Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Olympus TG-820 iHS

              Olympus TG-820

              Waterproof

              $238

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Olympus TG-630 iHS

              Olympus TG-630 iHS

              Waterproof

              Size Significantly smaller
              Macro focus Better macro capability
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Olympus Stylus Tough TG-2 iHS

              Olympus Stylus Tough TG-2 iHS

              Waterproof

              $310

              Aperture Much wider aperture
              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              Size Slightly larger
              Weight Slightly heavier

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