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Panasonic Lumix TS4 vs Nikon Coolpix AW100

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Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix TS4

Takes 3D photos
3D
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
Long exposures
Longest exposure
60 seconds
Built-in flash
Built-in flash
Usually standard
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
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Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix AW100

Size
Really small
Compact (110×65×23 mm)
High-speed framerate
High speed movies
240 fps
Sensor type
CMOS Sensor
Better in low light
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures

galleries

Explore our gallery of 21 sample photos taken by the Nikon Coolpix AW100.
Explore our gallery of 3 sample photos taken by the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS4.

differences

Advantages of the Nikon AW100

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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
Size
Smaller
110×65×23 mm vs 103×64×27 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 2 f-stops 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
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
Cheaper
$299.99 vs $349.99
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The best price we've seen is $50 cheaper (more than 10% 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
Continuous shooting
Shoots slightly faster
3.7 fps vs 3 fps
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More than 20% faster continuous shooting
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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
              Movie format Full HD (1080p) video Help
              AW1001080p @ 30fps
              TS41080p @ 60fps
              GPS Built-in GPS Help
              Great for travel
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              1. Lens
              Panorama In-camera panoramas Help
              Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
              Waterproof Waterproof Help
              Great at the beach
              Common Weaknesses
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              AW1001/1500s
              TS41/1300s
              Wide angle Poor wide angle Help
              28 mm
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              AW1003 fps
              TS43.7 fps
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              AW1003,200 ISO
              TS41,600 ISO
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              AW1005x
              TS44.6x

              Compared to recent waterproof cameras

              Common Strengths
              Size Fairly small Help
              AW100110×65×23 mm
              TS4103×64×27 mm
              Thickness Thin Help
              AW1000.9"
              TS41.1"
              Common Weaknesses
              Lowest price Very expensive Help
              AW100$299.99
              TS4$349.99

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix AW130

              Nikon Coolpix AW130

              Compact

              $269 - $297

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Wide angle Has a much wider wide angle lens
              Waterproof Is not waterproof
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon Coolpix AW120

              Nikon Coolpix AW120

              Waterproof

              $209

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

              Panasonic Lumix TS5

              Waterproof

              $289 - $299

              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              GoPro HERO3 Black Edition

              GoPro HERO3 Black Edition

              Waterproof

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Movie format Records very high quality movies
              GPS Doesn't have a built-in GPS
              Panorama Lacks built-in panoramas
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3

              Waterproof

              $390

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Canon PowerShot D30

              Canon PowerShot D30

              Waterproof

              $249 - $330

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

              Panasonic Lumix TS25

              Waterproof

              $168

              Wide angle Has a significantly wider wide angle lens
              Size Is slightly smaller
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              GPS Doesn't have a built-in GPS

              Nikon Coolpix AW100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix AW110

              Nikon Coolpix AW110

              Waterproof

              $240 - $327

              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              3D Takes 3D photos
              Size Larger
              Thickness Thicker
              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

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS4 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS6 (Lumix DMC-FT6)

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS6 (Lumix DMC-FT6)

              Waterproof

              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              Screen size Larger screen
              Size Larger
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Olympus Stylus Tough TG-3

              Olympus Stylus Tough TG-3

              Waterproof

              $372

              Aperture Much wider aperture
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Size Larger
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS30 (Lumix DMC-FT30)

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS30 (Lumix DMC-FT30)

              Waterproof

              Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
              Size Significantly smaller
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Aperture Narrower aperture

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

              discussion

              Nikon Coolpix AW100
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              Greatintellect (8:35 AM, April 03, 2012)
              Why would you assume a CMOS image sensor is better than CCD?