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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Screen size Larger screen 3.0" vs 2.7"
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More than 10% larger screen
Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
HDR Has in-camera HDR Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
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 resolution Higher resolution screen 460k dots vs 230k dots
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2x higher resolution screen
Macro focus Better macro capability 1 cm vs 5 cm
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Focus on subjects 5x closer to the lens
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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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)
3D Takes 3D photos Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
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
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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
        Screen type No OLED screens Help
        LCD
        External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
        Limited to the in-camera mic

        competitors

        Shared Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Nikon Coolpix AW110

        Nikon Coolpix AW110

        Waterproof

        $225 - $380

        Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
        Screen type Has an OLED screen
        Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
        Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
        Nikon Coolpix AW120

        Nikon Coolpix AW120

        Waterproof

        $297 - $548

        Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
        Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
        Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
        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
        Panasonic Lumix FT5

        Panasonic Lumix FT5

        Waterproof

        $543

        Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
        Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
        Lowest price Is much more expensive
        Thickness Is thicker
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT4

        Panasonic Lumix FT4

        Waterproof

        Thickness Is thicker
        Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
        Panasonic Lumix FT25

        Panasonic Lumix FT25

        Waterproof

        $181

        Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
        Size Is slightly smaller
        GPS Doesn't have a built-in GPS
        Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
        Fujifilm FinePix XP70

        Fujifilm FinePix XP70

        Waterproof

        $165 - $219

        Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
        GPS Doesn't have a built-in GPS
        Macro focus Much worse macro focusing

        Nikon Coolpix AW100 Competitors

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        Disadvantages

        Canon PowerShot D20

        Canon PowerShot D20

        Waterproof

        $234 - $300

        Supports 24p Supports 24p
        Battery life Longer battery life
        Size Significantly larger
        HDR Lacks in-camera HDR

        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

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        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