Updated (January, 2013): Compare the Nikon Coolpix AW110 vs Panasonic Lumix FT25

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Panasonic Lumix FT20

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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
Macro focus
Great macro
1 cm
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix FT20

Size
Really small
Super compact 101x58x19 mm
Thickness
Thin
0.7"
Weight
Light-weight
142 g
 
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differences

Advantages of the Nikon AW100

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Movie format Higher resolution movies 1080p @ 30fps vs 720p @ 30fps
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video
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
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
GPS Has a GPS Yes vs No
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Automatically geotags your photos when traveling
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
Continuous shooting Shoots slightly faster 3 fps vs 1.3 fps
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Around 2.5x faster continuous shooting
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Advantages of the Panasonic FT20

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Size Smaller 101x58x19 mm vs 110x64x22 mm
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More than 30% smaller
Wide angle Better wide angle 25 mm vs 28 mm
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More than 10% better wide angle
Weight Lighter 142 g vs 178 g
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More than 20% lighter
Thickness Thinner 0.7" vs 0.9"
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Around 20% thinner
Battery life Slightly longer battery life 260 shots vs 250 shots
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Almost the same
Longest exposure Slightly longer exposures 8s vs 4s
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2x longer exposures
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        similarities

        Compared to recent compacts

        Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
        Panorama In-camera panoramas Help
        Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
        Waterproof Waterproof Help
        Great at the beach
        Thickness Thin Help
        AW100:0.9"
        FT20:0.7"
        Supports RAW No RAW support Help
        Less editing fidelity
        Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
        AW100:3 fps
        FT20:1.3 fps
        Aperture Very narrow widest aperture size Help
        f/3.9
        Zoom Poor zoom Help
        AW100:5x
        FT20:4x

        Compared to recent waterproof cameras

        Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
        Built-in flash Each has a built-in flash Help
        Usually standard
        Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
        Lens
        Size Fairly small Help
        AW100:110x64x22 mm
        FT20:101x58x19 mm
        External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
        Limited to the in-camera mic
        Wide angle Poor wide angle Help
        AW100:28 mm
        FT20:25 mm

        competitors

        Shared Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Nikon Coolpix AW110

        Nikon Coolpix AW110

        Waterproof

        $211

        Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
        Screen type Has an OLED screen
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is slightly heavier
        Nikon Coolpix AW120

        Nikon Coolpix AW120

        Waterproof

        $289 - $340

        Aperture Has a significantly wider aperture
        Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is significantly heavier
        Panasonic Lumix FT25

        Panasonic Lumix FT25

        Waterproof

        $182

        Longest exposure Much longer exposures
        Macro focus Significantly worse macro focusing
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT3

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT3

        Waterproof

        $412

        Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
        3D Captures 3D images
        Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
        Thickness Is thicker
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT4

        Panasonic Lumix FT4

        Waterproof

        Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
        3D Captures 3D images
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is slightly heavier
        Panasonic Lumix FT5

        Panasonic Lumix FT5

        Waterproof

        $298

        Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
        Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is significantly heavier
        Fujifilm FinePix XP50

        Fujifilm FinePix XP50

        Waterproof

        $100

        Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is slightly heavier

        Nikon Coolpix AW100 Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        GoPro HERO3 Black Edition

        GoPro HERO3 Black Edition

        Waterproof

        Movie format Higher resolution movies
        Wide angle Much better wide angle
        Built-in flash No built-in flash
        Image stabilization No image stabilization
        Canon PowerShot D20

        Canon PowerShot D20

        Waterproof

        $229 - $300

        Supports 24p Supports 24p
        Battery life Longer battery life
        Size Larger
        HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
        Pentax Optio WG-2 GPS

        Pentax Optio WG-2 GPS

        Waterproof

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

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT20 Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT10

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT10

        Waterproof

        Aperture Wider aperture
        Continuous shooting Shoots faster
        Wide angle Much worse wide angle
        Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT2

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT2

        Waterproof

        Aperture Wider aperture
        Longest exposure Much longer exposures
        Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
        Wide angle Worse wide angle

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        Nikon Coolpix AW100 Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT20
        Nikon Coolpix AW100 Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT20

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