Updated (January, 2013): Compare the Nikon Coolpix AW110 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT3

Nikon Coolpix AW100 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT2

Winner
Nikon Coolpix AW100

63

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT2

61

Runner-up

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
In-camera panoramas
Panorama
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT2

Longest exposure
Long exposures
60 seconds

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
Movie format
Higher resolution movies
1080p @ 30fps vs 720p @ 30fps
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video
Panorama
Can create panoramas in-camera
Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
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
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 1 f-stop better
Continuous shooting
Shoots slightly faster
3 fps vs 1.8 fps
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Around 70% faster continuous shooting
Weight
Slightly lighter
178 g vs 188 g
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Around 10% lighter
Thickness
Slightly thinner
0.9" vs 0.9"
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Almost the same
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 DMC-FT2

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Aperture
Wider aperture
f/3.3 vs f/3.9
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At its widest zoom, the DMC-FT2's lens captures marginally more light (0.5 f-stops)
Size
Slightly smaller
99x63x24 mm vs 110x64x22 mm
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Around 10% smaller
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
              Waterproof Waterproof Help
              Great at the beach
              Thickness Thin Help
              0.9"
              Common Weaknesses
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              AW1001/1500s
              DMC-FT21/1300s
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              AW1003 fps
              DMC-FT21.8 fps
              Wide angle Poor wide angle Help
              28 mm
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              AW1005x
              DMC-FT24.6x

              Compared to recent waterproof cameras

              Common Strengths
              Built-in flash Each has a built-in flash Help
              Usually standard
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              Lens
              Size Fairly small Help
              AW100110x64x22 mm
              DMC-FT299x63x24 mm
              Common Weaknesses
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              AW1003,200 ISO
              DMC-FT21,600 ISO
              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

              $240 - $312

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Size Is slightly larger
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
              Nikon Coolpix AW120

              Nikon Coolpix AW120

              Waterproof

              $189 - $347

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Size Is slightly larger
              Fujifilm FinePix XP70

              Fujifilm FinePix XP70

              Waterproof

              $110 - $180

              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT4

              Panasonic Lumix FT4

              Waterproof

              $317

              3D Captures 3D images
              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT3

              Waterproof

              $270

              3D Captures 3D images
              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Panasonic Lumix FT25

              Panasonic Lumix FT25

              Waterproof

              $298

              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Size Is slightly smaller
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro focusing
              Olympus Stylus Tough TG-2 iHS

              Olympus Stylus Tough TG-2 iHS

              Waterproof

              Aperture Has a much wider aperture
              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier

              Nikon Coolpix AW100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              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 D20

              Canon PowerShot D20

              Waterproof

              $300

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Battery life Longer battery life
              Size Significantly larger
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
              Nikon Coolpix AW130

              Nikon Coolpix AW130

              Compact

              $347

              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              GPS No built-in GPS

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT2 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT10

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT10

              Waterproof

              Continuous shooting Shoots faster
              Size Slightly smaller
              Wide angle Significantly worse wide angle
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Panasonic Lumix FT5

              Panasonic Lumix FT5

              Waterproof

              $210 - $270

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Size Larger
              Thickness Thicker
              Nikon Coolpix P340

              Nikon Coolpix P340

              Pro digicam

              $317

              Aperture Much wider aperture
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Size Larger
              Thickness Significantly thicker
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS35

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS35

              Travel zoom

              $270

              Zoom Slightly more zoom
              Weight Lighter
              Waterproof Not waterproof
              Thickness Thicker

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              Nikon Coolpix AW100 Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT2

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