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

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Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix AW100

High-speed framerate
High speed movies
240 fps
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
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT3

3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
GPS
Built-in GPS
Great for travel
Longest exposure
Long exposures
60 seconds
 
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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
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 size Larger screen 3.0" vs 2.7"
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More than 10% larger screen
Macro focus Significantly better macro capability 1 cm vs 5 cm
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Focus on subjects 5x closer to the lens
Screen resolution Higher resolution screen 460k dots vs 230k dots
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2x higher resolution screen
Size Smaller 110x64x22 mm vs 104x63x27 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 1 f-stop 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
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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
Lowest price Cheaper $169.89 vs $279.00
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The best price we've seen is $109 cheaper (around 40% 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 Common Weaknesses
              GPS Built-in GPS Help
              Great for travel
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              Lens
              Waterproof Waterproof Help
              Great at the beach
              Supports RAW No RAW support Help
              Less editing fidelity
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              AW100:3 fps
              DMC-FT3:3.7 fps
              Wide angle Poor wide angle Help
              28 mm
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              AW100:5x
              DMC-FT3:4.6x

              Compared to recent waterproof cameras

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Built-in flash Each has a built-in flash Help
              Usually standard
              Thickness Thin Help
              AW100:0.9"
              DMC-FT3:1.1"
              External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
              Limited to the in-camera mic

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix AW120

              Nikon Coolpix AW120

              Waterproof

              $229 - $340

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon Coolpix AW110

              Nikon Coolpix AW110

              Waterproof

              $247 - $266

              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
              Panasonic Lumix FT5

              Panasonic Lumix FT5

              Waterproof

              $290 - $298

              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              GoPro HERO3 Black Edition

              GoPro HERO3 Black Edition

              Waterproof

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              GPS Doesn't have a built-in GPS
              Image stabilization Doesn't have image stabilization
              Canon PowerShot D20

              Canon PowerShot D20

              Waterproof

              $170 - $320

              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT4

              Panasonic Lumix FT4

              Waterproof

              $319

              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Panasonic Lumix FT25

              Panasonic Lumix FT25

              Waterproof

              $231

              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Size Is slightly smaller
              GPS Doesn't have a built-in GPS
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro focusing

              Nikon Coolpix AW100 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Fujifilm FinePix XP70

              Fujifilm FinePix XP70

              Waterproof

              $145 - $169

              Continuous shooting Shoots faster
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Macro focus Much worse macro capability
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Olympus Tough TG-830 iHS

              Olympus Tough TG-830 iHS

              Waterproof

              $279 - $309

              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Size Larger
              Macro focus Worse macro capability

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT3 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT2

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT2

              Waterproof

              $322

              Size Smaller
              Thickness Thinner
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Movie format Lower resolution movies

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              discussion

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              Showing 2 comments

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