Updated (January 2013): Compare the Nikon Coolpix AW110 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT4

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT3 vs Nikon Coolpix AW100

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Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT3

Takes 3D photos
3D
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
Long exposures
Longest exposure
60 seconds
Built-in flash
Built-in flash
Usually standard
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Lens
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix AW100

Screen size
Large screen
3"
High-speed framerate
High speed movies
240 fps
Sensor type
CMOS Sensor
Better in low light
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures

galleries

Explore our gallery of 21 sample photos taken by the Nikon Coolpix AW100.
Explore our gallery of 4 sample photos taken by the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT3.

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
Screen size
Significantly larger screen
3" vs 2.7"
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More than 10% larger screen
Macro focus
Much better macro capability
1.0 cm vs 5.0 cm
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Focus on subjects 5x closer to the lens
Sensor type
Has a CMOS-family sensor
CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Panorama
Can create panoramas in-camera
Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Screen resolution
Higher resolution screen
460k dots vs 230k dots
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2x higher resolution screen
Size
Smaller
110×65×23 mm vs 104×64×28 mm
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More than 10% smaller
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
3,200 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The AW100's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
Thickness
Thinner
0.9" vs 1.1"
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Around 20% thinner
Weight
Lighter
178 g vs 197 g
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Around 10% lighter
Fastest shutter speed
Faster max shutter speed
1/1500s vs 1/1300s
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More than 10% faster max shutter speed
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Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-FT3

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3D
Takes 3D photos
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Aperture
Wider aperture
f/3.3 vs f/3.9
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At its widest zoom, the DMC-FT3's lens captures marginally more light (0.5 f-stops)
Battery life
Longer battery life
310 shots vs 250 shots
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More than 20% more shots per battery charge
Longest exposure
Much longer exposures
60s vs 4s
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15x longer exposures
Continuous shooting
Shoots slightly faster
3.7 fps vs 3 fps
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More than 20% faster continuous shooting
Lowest price
Cheaper
$276.18 vs $369.99
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The best price we've seen is $94 cheaper (around 30% less)
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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
              Movie format Both shoot high resolution HD movies Help
              1080p @ 30fps
              GPS Built-in GPS Help
              Great for travel
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              1. Lens
              Waterproof Waterproof Help
              Great at the beach
              Common Weaknesses
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              AW1001/1500s
              DMC-FT31/1300s
              Supports RAW No RAW support Help
              Less editing fidelity
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              AW1003,200 ISO
              DMC-FT31,600 ISO
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Wide angle Poor wide angle Help
              28 mm
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              AW1003 fps
              DMC-FT33.7 fps
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              AW1005x
              DMC-FT34.6x

              Compared to recent waterproof cameras

              Common Strengths
              Size Fairly small Help
              AW100110×65×23 mm
              DMC-FT3104×64×28 mm
              Thickness Thin Help
              AW1000.9"
              DMC-FT31.1"
              Common Weaknesses

              Snapsort is not aware of any interesting weaknesses shared by these two products.

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix AW130

              Nikon Coolpix AW130

              Compact

              $297

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Wide angle Has a much wider wide angle lens
              Waterproof Is not waterproof
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon Coolpix AW110

              Nikon Coolpix AW110

              Waterproof

              $313

              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
              Nikon Coolpix AW120

              Nikon Coolpix AW120

              Waterproof

              $180

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Wide angle Has a much wider wide angle lens
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Panasonic Lumix FT5

              Panasonic Lumix FT5

              Waterproof

              $230 - $250

              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT4

              Panasonic Lumix FT4

              Waterproof

              $326

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Fujifilm FinePix XP70

              Fujifilm FinePix XP70

              Waterproof

              $139

              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
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT20

              Panasonic Lumix FT20

              Waterproof

              $318

              Wide angle Has a significantly wider wide angle lens
              Size Is slightly smaller
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              GPS Doesn't have a built-in GPS

              Nikon Coolpix AW100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              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
              Fujifilm FinePix XP50

              Fujifilm FinePix XP50

              Waterproof

              $180

              Lowest price Cheaper
              Fastest shutter speed Faster max shutter speed
              Macro focus Much worse macro capability
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT3 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT2

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT2

              Waterproof

              Size Smaller
              Thickness Thinner
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS30 (Lumix DMC-FT30)

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS30 (Lumix DMC-FT30)

              Waterproof

              Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
              Size Significantly smaller
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS6 (Lumix DMC-FT6)

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS6 (Lumix DMC-FT6)

              Waterproof

              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Size Larger

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              Nikon Coolpix AW100 Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT3

              discussion

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              Nathee_01 (11:17 AM, December 23, 2011)
              ครายคิดว่ะ...เหนือกว่าตรงไหน...?
               
              MonkeyAss (0:41 PM, October 05, 2011)
              hm... can't decide