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

Screen size
Large screen
3.0"
High-speed framerate
High speed movies
240 fps
Sensor type
CMOS Sensor
Better in low light
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
 

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
Lowest price Slightly cheaper $226.70 vs $269.00
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The best price we've seen is $42 cheaper (around 20% less)
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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
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              Lens
              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
              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 AW120

              Nikon Coolpix AW120

              Waterproof

              $229 - $340

              Aperture Has a significantly wider aperture
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Nikon Coolpix AW110

              Nikon Coolpix AW110

              Waterproof

              $247 - $266

              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon PowerShot D20

              Canon PowerShot D20

              Waterproof

              $229 - $320

              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Panasonic Lumix FT25

              Panasonic Lumix FT25

              Waterproof

              $249

              Longest exposure Much longer exposures
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro focusing
              Fujifilm FinePix XP70

              Fujifilm FinePix XP70

              Waterproof

              $150 - $192

              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Fujifilm FinePix XP50

              Fujifilm FinePix XP50

              Waterproof

              $169

              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT4

              Panasonic Lumix FT4

              Waterproof

              $331

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              3D Captures 3D images
              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
              Olympus Tough TG-810

              Olympus Tough TG-810

              Waterproof

              $249

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT20 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT2

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT2

              Waterproof

              $322

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

              appearance

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

              discussion

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