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

Nikon Coolpix AW100 vs Olympus Tough TG-830 iHS

Winner
Nikon Coolpix AW100

63

Olympus Tough TG-830 iHS

59

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix AW100

Really small
Size
Compact 110x64x22 mm
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens
Thin
Thickness
0.9"
High speed movies
High-speed framerate
240 fps
 

Reasons to buy the Olympus Tough TG-830 iHS

Light sensitivity
High ISO
6,400 ISO
High-speed framerate
High speed movies
240 fps
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
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
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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
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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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
              HDR In-camera HDR Help
              Combines multiple exposures
              GPS Built-in GPS Help
              Great for travel
              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
              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
              AW1000.9"
              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 - $347

              Aperture Has a significantly wider aperture
              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Light sensitivity Slightly lower maximum light sensitivity
              Nikon Coolpix AW110

              Nikon Coolpix AW110

              Waterproof

              $241 - $313

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Olympus Stylus Tough TG-3

              Olympus Stylus Tough TG-3

              Waterproof

              $344 - $350

              Aperture Has a much wider aperture
              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              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
              HDR Lacks a built-in HDR feature
              Canon PowerShot D20

              Canon PowerShot D20

              Waterproof

              $300

              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Fujifilm FinePix XP70

              Fujifilm FinePix XP70

              Waterproof

              $110 - $180

              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              GPS Doesn't have a built-in GPS
              Olympus TG-820 iHS

              Olympus TG-820

              Waterproof

              $238

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              3D Captures 3D images
              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

              $347

              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS4

              Panasonic Lumix TS4

              Waterproof

              $350

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

              Olympus Tough TG-830 iHS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus Tough TG-850 iHS

              Olympus Tough TG-850 iHS

              Waterproof

              $250

              Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Panasonic Lumix TS5

              Panasonic Lumix TS5

              Waterproof

              $172

              Aperture Wider aperture
              3D Takes 3D photos
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity

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