Updated (January 2012): Compare the Nikon Coolpix AW100 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS4

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3 vs Nikon Coolpix AW100

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Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3

Takes 3D photos
3D
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
Long exposures
Longest exposure
60 seconds
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Lens
Built-in GPS
GPS
Great for travel
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix AW100

Screen size
Large screen
3"
Size
Really small
Compact (110×65×23 mm)
High-speed framerate
High speed movies
240 fps
Sensor type
CMOS Sensor
Better in low light

Items often bought with the Panasonic DMC-TS3 or Nikon AW100

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Explore our gallery of 21 sample photos taken by the Nikon Coolpix AW100.
Explore our gallery of 31 sample photos taken by the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3.

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
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
Macro focus
Significantly better macro capability
1.0 cm vs 5.0 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
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
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$260.00 vs $285.21
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The best price we've seen is $25 cheaper (around 10% less)
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Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-TS3

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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-TS3's lens captures marginally more light (0.5 f-stops)
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
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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
              GPS Built-in GPS Help
              Great for travel
              Movie format Both shoot high resolution HD movies Help
              1080p @ 30fps
              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-TS31/1300s
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              AW1003,200 ISO
              DMC-TS31,600 ISO
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              AW1003 fps
              DMC-TS33.7 fps
              Wide angle Poor wide angle Help
              28 mm
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              AW1005x
              DMC-TS34.6x

              Compared to recent waterproof cameras

              Common Strengths
              Size Fairly small Help
              AW100110×65×23 mm
              DMC-TS3104×64×28 mm
              Thickness Thin Help
              AW1000.9"
              DMC-TS31.1"
              Common Weaknesses

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

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              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 TS5

              Panasonic Lumix TS5

              Waterproof

              $275

              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Battery life Has a significantly longer battery life
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon Coolpix S33

              Nikon Coolpix S33

              Waterproof

              $127 - $161

              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Fastest shutter speed Has a faster max shutter speed
              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 very high quality movies
              GPS Doesn't have a built-in GPS
              Image stabilization Doesn't have image stabilization
              Fujifilm XP80

              Fujifilm XP80

              Waterproof

              $163 - $199

              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Thickness Is thicker
              GPS Doesn't have a built-in GPS
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS4

              Panasonic Lumix TS4

              Waterproof

              $425

              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Olympus Stylus Tough TG-860

              Olympus Stylus Tough TG-860

              Waterproof

              $249

              Wide angle Has a much wider wide angle lens
              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier

              Nikon Coolpix AW100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix AW110

              Nikon Coolpix AW110

              Waterproof

              $179

              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              3D Takes 3D photos
              Size Larger
              Thickness Thicker
              Olympus Tough TG-4

              Olympus Tough TG-4

              Waterproof

              $338 - $379

              Aperture Much wider aperture
              Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Size Significantly larger

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS2

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS2

              Waterproof

              $293

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

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              Nikon Coolpix AW100 Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3

              discussion

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              Showing 8 comments

              BFox (5:26 PM, June 28, 2012)
              I own the Panasonic.  Great pics, but on our second use we took it snorkeling and it stopped working.  We took the instruction book and did everything it said to do to insure that it was water-tight, but it failed after 5 pictures.  We sent it in through Panasonic's warranty program and they called to let me know that it's not covered so I need to pay $180 to have it fixed.  They are stating that I did not follow the instructions for waterproofing.  $300 for 5 pictures is pretty expensive, so I am going back to Nikon.
               
              Asmith (3:42 PM, February 17, 2012)
              I have an aw100.  Really like it but the shake feature cannot be turned off (you can adjust the sensitivity) but it still didn't work for me. This is a huge disadvantage when passing the camera around to share photos or in a high vibration environment.  I'm thinking about taking it back and getting the Panasonic.  Any thoughts.  Some specs are different but are they ones that matter to picture quality except at the extremes?
              I'm a pretty big Nikon fan having had several of their SLRs in the past this is pretty disappointing.  
               
              Stig (11:55 AM, January 31, 2012)
              I had 4 Panasonic compact cameras before I got the AW100.
              I liked the quality of the photo for the Panasonic. All 4 had problems
              with me, traveling all over the world, taking them swimming, too.
              Panasonic are not so robust a camera, in fact all 4 stopped working, due to
              shock, water, use. I find that Panasonic is not a high quality product,
              not made by a company that knows about photo. Just thing, its not possible to
              attach a cord around the neck, only a strap for the hand. So poor.

              Now I am pleased with the AW100, which is more robust, can be carried around the
              neck, is absolutely waterproof - so far. Especially the photos taken by night
              are fantastic, and the camera is much smaller. Yet - the battery will only last for
              one days shooting.

              Stig, Denmark
               
              Avatar for Snapsort Snapsort (3:13 PM, January 16, 2012)
              Thanks for pointing that out Nhann, a mistake on our part.  We normally use "weather sealed" just for DSLRs, and "waterproof" for point and shoot cameras.  We'll get this fixed up!
               
              Nhann (10:56 AM, January 16, 2012)
              Comparison states that a common weakness of these 2 cameras is that neither is weather sealed and need to be sheltered from weather... They are both fully sealed units that can be taken underwater... I think the site researchers and editors need to lift their game after making such a blatant and basic error.
               
              Heltonsjw (11:25 PM, December 11, 2011)
              Which is best for underwater use, snorkeling, diving etc?
               
              Gusgentzsch (4:49 AM, December 10, 2011)
              What I learned/reviewed from the Internet I ordered the Nikon from Costco.
              Had a Nikon 40 years ago, it was the best. I think this will be even better.
               
              Guest (6:15 PM, December 08, 2011)
              They both have GPS!