Updated (January, 2013): Compare the Nikon Coolpix AW110 vs Panasonic Lumix TS5

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Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix AW100

Built-in flash
Built-in flash
Usually standard
High-speed framerate
High speed movies
240 fps
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens
Sensor type
CMOS Sensor
Better in low light
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix TS4

Built-in flash
Built-in flash
Usually standard
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
 
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differences

Advantages of the Nikon AW100

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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
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
Screen resolution Higher resolution screen 460k dots vs 230k dots
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2x higher resolution screen
Macro focus Better macro capability 1 cm vs 5 cm
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Focus on subjects 5x closer to the lens
Size Slightly smaller 110x64x22 mm vs 103x64x27 mm
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Around 10% smaller
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
Thickness Thinner 0.9" vs 1.1"
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Around 20% thinner
Weight Lighter 178 g vs 197 g
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Around 10% lighter
Lowest price Cheaper $258.99 vs $352.19
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The best price we've seen is $93 cheaper (around 30% less)
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Advantages of the Panasonic TS4

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Aperture Wider aperture f/3.3 vs f/3.9
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At its widest zoom, the TS4's lens captures marginally more light (0.5 f-stops)
3D Takes 3D photos Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Battery life Longer battery life 310 shots vs 250 shots
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More than 20% more shots per battery charge
Longest exposure Much longer exposures 60s vs 4s
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15x 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 Common Weaknesses
              GPS Built-in GPS Help
              Great for travel
              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
              Supports RAW No RAW support Help
              Less editing fidelity
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              AW100:3 fps
              TS4:3.7 fps
              Wide angle Poor wide angle Help
              28 mm
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              AW100:5x
              TS4:4.6x

              Compared to recent waterproof cameras

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Built-in flash Each has a built-in flash Help
              Usually standard
              External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
              Limited to the in-camera mic
              Movie format Full HD (1080p) video Help
              AW100:1080p @ 30fps
              TS4:1080p @ 60fps

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix AW110

              Nikon Coolpix AW110

              Waterproof

              $210

              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
              Nikon Coolpix AW120

              Nikon Coolpix AW120

              Waterproof

              $297 - $543

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Panasonic Lumix TS5

              Panasonic Lumix TS5

              Waterproof

              $298 - $450

              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3

              Waterproof

              $372

              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              GoPro HERO3 Black Edition

              GoPro HERO3 Black Edition

              Waterproof

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              GPS Doesn't have a built-in GPS
              Panorama Lacks a built in panoramas
              Canon PowerShot D20

              Canon PowerShot D20

              Waterproof

              $235 - $300

              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Panasonic Lumix TS25

              Panasonic Lumix TS25

              Waterproof

              $138 - $180

              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Size Is slightly smaller
              GPS Doesn't have a built-in GPS
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing

              Nikon Coolpix AW100 Competitors

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              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Nikon Coolpix AW100.

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS4 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS20

              Panasonic Lumix TS20

              Waterproof

              $133

              Size Significantly smaller
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Movie format Lower resolution movies

              appearance

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              Nikon Coolpix AW100 Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS4
              Nikon Coolpix AW100 Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS4

              discussion

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              Greatintellect (8:35 AM, April 03, 2012)
              Why would you assume a CMOS image sensor is better than CCD?