Updated (August 2011): Compare the Nikon Coolpix AW100 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3 vs Nikon Coolpix AW100

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3

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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"
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 31 sample photos taken by the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3.

competitors

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3 Competitors

Panasonic Lumix TS5

Panasonic Lumix TS5

Waterproof

$249 - $282

Screen size Much larger screen
Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
Size Larger
Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS30

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS30

Waterproof

$138

Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
Size Significantly smaller
Aperture Narrower aperture
Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS4

Panasonic Lumix TS4

Waterproof

$400

Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
Size Slightly smaller

Nikon Coolpix AW100 Competitors

Nikon AW130

Nikon AW130

Waterproof

$275 - $347

Aperture Significantly wider aperture
Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
Nikon Coolpix AW110

Nikon Coolpix AW110

Waterproof

$244

Screen type Has an OLED screen
3D Takes 3D photos
Size Larger
Nikon Coolpix AW120

Nikon Coolpix AW120

Waterproof

$305

Aperture Significantly wider aperture
Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
Size Larger

discussion

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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!