Updated (January, 2013): Compare the Nikon Coolpix AW110 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS4

Nikon Coolpix AW100

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Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix AW100

High speed movies
High-speed framerate
240 fps
CMOS Sensor
Sensor type
Better in low light
In-camera HDR
HDR
Combines multiple exposures
Great macro
Macro focus
1 cm
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3

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

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
Lowest price
Cheaper
$274.00 vs $371.99
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The best price we've seen is $98 cheaper (around 30% 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
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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
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              Lens
              Waterproof Waterproof Help
              Great at the beach
              Common Weaknesses
              Supports RAW No RAW support Help
              Less editing fidelity
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              AW100:3 fps
              DMC-TS3:3.7 fps
              Wide angle Poor wide angle Help
              28 mm
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              AW100:5x
              DMC-TS3:4.6x

              Compared to recent waterproof cameras

              Common Strengths
              Built-in flash Each has a built-in flash Help
              Usually standard
              Thickness Thin Help
              AW100:0.9"
              DMC-TS3:1.1"
              Common Weaknesses
              External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
              Limited to the in-camera mic

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix AW120

              Nikon Coolpix AW120

              Waterproof

              $189 - $297

              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

              $266

              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
              Panasonic Lumix TS5

              Panasonic Lumix TS5

              Waterproof

              $199 - $427

              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Battery life Has a significantly longer battery life
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Panasonic Lumix TS25

              Panasonic Lumix TS25

              Waterproof

              $128 - $177

              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
              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
              Olympus Stylus Tough TG-3

              Olympus Stylus Tough TG-3

              Waterproof

              $349

              Aperture Has a significantly wider aperture
              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS4

              Panasonic Lumix TS4

              Waterproof

              $395

              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Thickness Is thicker
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro focusing

              Nikon Coolpix AW100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot D20

              Canon PowerShot D20

              Waterproof

              $169 - $320

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Battery life Longer battery life
              Size Larger
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
              Nikon Coolpix S32

              Nikon Coolpix S32

              Waterproof

              $97 - $150

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Continuous shooting Shoots slightly faster
              Size Much larger
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3.

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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!