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

Nikon Coolpix AW100 vs Panasonic Lumix FT20

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Nikon Coolpix AW100

72

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT20

66

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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
1.0 cm
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix FT20

Size
Really small
Super compact (101×58×19 mm)
Thickness
Thin
0.7"
Weight
Light-weight
142 g
Built-in flash
Built-in flash
Usually standard

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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
Screen size
Larger screen
3" vs 2.7"
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More than 10% larger screen
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
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 2 f-stops better
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
3 fps vs 1.3 fps
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Around 2.5x faster continuous shooting
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
$299.99 vs $323.77
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The best price we've seen is $24 cheaper (around 10% less)
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Advantages of the Panasonic FT20

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Wide angle
Significantly better wide angle
25 mm vs 28 mm
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More than 10% better wide angle
Size
Smaller
101×58×19 mm vs 110×65×23 mm
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More than 30% smaller
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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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
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              1. Lens
              Panorama In-camera panoramas Help
              Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
              Thickness Thin Help
              AW1000.9"
              FT200.7"
              Waterproof Waterproof Help
              Great at the beach
              Common Weaknesses
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              AW1001/1500s
              FT201/1300s
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              AW1003 fps
              FT201.3 fps
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              AW1003,200 ISO
              FT201,600 ISO
              Aperture Very narrow widest aperture size Help
              f/3.9
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              AW1005x
              FT204x

              Compared to recent waterproof cameras

              Common Strengths
              Size Fairly small Help
              AW100110×65×23 mm
              FT20101×58×19 mm
              Weight Light weight Help
              AW100178 g
              FT20142 g
              Common Weaknesses
              Lowest price Very expensive Help
              AW100$299.99
              FT20$323.77

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix AW120

              Nikon Coolpix AW120

              Waterproof

              $209

              Aperture Has a significantly wider aperture
              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Panasonic Lumix FT25

              Panasonic Lumix FT25

              Waterproof

              $325

              Longest exposure Much longer exposures
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro focusing
              Panasonic Lumix FT5

              Panasonic Lumix FT5

              Waterproof

              $240 - $250

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon PowerShot D30

              Canon PowerShot D30

              Waterproof

              $249 - $330

              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT3

              Waterproof

              $277

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              3D Captures 3D images
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Olympus Tough TG-4

              Olympus Tough TG-4

              Waterproof

              $329

              Aperture Has a much wider aperture
              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is much heavier
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT4

              Panasonic Lumix FT4

              Waterproof

              $346

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              3D Captures 3D images
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker

              Nikon Coolpix AW100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix AW130

              Nikon Coolpix AW130

              Compact

              $269 - $297

              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Wide angle Much better wide angle
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Nikon Coolpix AW110

              Nikon Coolpix AW110

              Waterproof

              $240 - $327

              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              3D Takes 3D photos
              Size Larger
              Thickness Thicker
              GoPro HERO3 Black Edition

              GoPro HERO3 Black Edition

              Waterproof

              Wide angle Much better wide angle
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Built-in flash No built-in flash
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              GoPro HD Hero 2

              GoPro HD Hero 2

              Waterproof

              $343

              Wide angle Much better wide angle
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Built-in flash No built-in flash
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Canon PowerShot D20

              Canon PowerShot D20

              Waterproof

              $300

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Battery life Longer battery life
              Size Significantly larger
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT20 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS30 (Lumix DMC-FT30)

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS30 (Lumix DMC-FT30)

              Waterproof

              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Size Slightly larger
              Battery life Slightly shorter battery life
              Nikon Coolpix S32

              Nikon Coolpix S32

              Waterproof

              $89

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Aperture Wider aperture
              Size Much larger
              Wide angle Much worse wide angle
              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

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