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

Nikon Coolpix AW100

Winner
Nikon Coolpix AW100

68

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT20

63

Panasonic Lumix FT20

Runner-up
     

Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix AW100

Large screen
Screen size
3.0"
High speed movies
High-speed framerate
240 fps
CMOS Sensor
Sensor type
Better in low light
In-camera HDR
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
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens
 

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
GPS
Has a GPS
Yes vs No
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Automatically geotags your photos when traveling
Screen resolution
Higher resolution screen
460k dots vs 230k dots
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2x higher resolution screen
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
Fastest shutter speed
Faster max shutter speed
1/1500s vs 1/1300s
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More than 10% faster max shutter speed
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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
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$217.88 vs $274.00
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The best price we've seen is $56 cheaper (more than 20% less)
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
              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"
              Common Weaknesses
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              AW100:1/1500s
              FT20:1/1300s
              Supports RAW No RAW support Help
              Less editing fidelity
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              AW100:3 fps
              FT20:1.3 fps
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              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
              Built-in flash Each has a built-in flash Help
              Usually standard
              Size Fairly small Help
              AW100:110x64x22 mm
              FT20:101x58x19 mm
              Common Weaknesses
              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

              $189 - $347

              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

              $287

              Longest exposure Much longer exposures
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro focusing
              Fujifilm FinePix XP70

              Fujifilm FinePix XP70

              Waterproof

              $100 - $169

              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT3

              Waterproof

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              3D Captures 3D images
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT4

              Panasonic Lumix FT4

              Waterproof

              $149

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              3D Captures 3D images
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Panasonic Lumix FT5

              Panasonic Lumix FT5

              Waterproof

              $229 - $298

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon Coolpix S32

              Nikon Coolpix S32

              Waterproof

              $97

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier

              Nikon Coolpix AW100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix AW110

              Nikon Coolpix AW110

              Waterproof

              $241 - $313

              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              3D Takes 3D photos
              Size Larger
              Thickness Slightly thicker
              Canon PowerShot D20

              Canon PowerShot D20

              Waterproof

              $170 - $179

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Battery life Longer battery life
              Size Larger
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
              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 D30

              Canon PowerShot D30

              Waterproof

              $299 - $330

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Battery life Longer battery life
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT20 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

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              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS6 (Lumix DMC-FT6)

              Waterproof

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

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