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

Built-in flash
Built-in flash
Usually standard
Screen size
Large screen
3.0"
High-speed framerate
High speed movies
240 fps
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix FT20

Built-in flash
Built-in flash
Usually standard
Size
Really small
Super compact 101x58x19 mm
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
 
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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
Screen size Significantly larger screen 3.0" 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
Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
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
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
Macro focus Significantly better macro capability 1 cm vs 5 cm
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Focus on subjects 5x closer to the lens
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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Wide angle Better wide angle 25 mm vs 28 mm
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More than 10% better wide angle
Size Smaller 101x58x19 mm vs 110x64x22 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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              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
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              AW100:3 fps
              FT20:1.3 fps
              3D Neither camera can take 3D photos Help
              No 3d support
              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
              Size Fairly small Help
              AW100:110x64x22 mm
              FT20:101x58x19 mm
              Thickness Thin Help
              AW100:0.9"
              FT20:0.7"
              Screen type No OLED screens Help
              LCD
              External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
              Limited to the in-camera mic

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix AW110

              Nikon Coolpix AW110

              Waterproof

              $234

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Panasonic Lumix FT25

              Panasonic Lumix FT25

              Waterproof

              $172 - $202

              Longest exposure Much longer exposures
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro focusing
              Canon PowerShot D20

              Canon PowerShot D20

              Waterproof

              $229 - $300

              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT4

              Panasonic Lumix FT4

              Waterproof

              $268 - $606

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              3D Captures 3D images
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Fujifilm FinePix XP60

              Fujifilm FinePix XP60

              Waterproof

              $159

              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              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
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Panasonic Lumix FT5

              Panasonic Lumix FT5

              Waterproof

              $390

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker

              Nikon Coolpix AW100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix AW120

              Nikon Coolpix AW120

              Waterproof

              $309 - $327

              Aperture Much wider aperture
              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
              Size Larger
              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 Stylus Tough TG-2 iHS

              Olympus Stylus Tough TG-2 iHS

              Waterproof

              $328 - $379

              Aperture Much wider aperture
              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              Size Larger
              Image stabilization Worse image stabilization
              GoPro HD Hero 2

              GoPro HD Hero 2

              Waterproof

              Wide angle Much better wide angle
              Aperture Much wider aperture
              Built-in flash No built-in flash
              Image stabilization No image stabilization

              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
              Olympus TG-630 iHS

              Olympus TG-630 iHS

              Waterproof

              $125

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Size Larger

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

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