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

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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 DMC-FT2

Built-in flash
Built-in flash
Usually standard
Size
Really small
Compact 99x63x24 mm
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens
Longest exposure
Long exposures
60 seconds
 
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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 Larger screen 3.0" vs 2.7"
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More than 10% larger screen
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
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 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 1.8 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
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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 Common Weaknesses
        Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
        Lens
        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
        DMC-FT2:1.8 fps
        Wide angle Poor wide angle Help
        28 mm
        Zoom Poor zoom Help
        AW100:5x
        DMC-FT2:4.6x

        Compared to recent waterproof cameras

        Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
        Built-in flash Each has a built-in flash Help
        Usually standard
        Size Fairly small Help
        AW100:110x64x22 mm
        DMC-FT2:99x63x24 mm
        Thickness Thin Help
        0.9"
        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

        $220 - $380

        Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
        Screen type Has an OLED screen
        Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
        Size Is slightly larger
        Nikon Coolpix AW120

        Nikon Coolpix AW120

        Waterproof

        $297 - $548

        Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
        Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
        Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
        Weight Is slightly heavier
        GoPro HERO3 Black Edition

        GoPro HERO3 Black Edition

        Waterproof

        Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
        Movie format Records higher quality movies
        Image stabilization Doesn't have image stabilization
        Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash
        Canon PowerShot D20

        Canon PowerShot D20

        Waterproof

        $239 - $300

        Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
        Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
        Thickness Is thicker
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT3

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT3

        Waterproof

        3D Captures 3D images
        Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
        Thickness Is thicker
        Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT4

        Panasonic Lumix FT4

        Waterproof

        $268

        3D Captures 3D images
        Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
        Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
        Thickness Is thicker
        Panasonic Lumix FT5

        Panasonic Lumix FT5

        Waterproof

        $543

        Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
        3D Captures 3D images
        Lowest price Is much more expensive
        Thickness Is thicker

        Nikon Coolpix AW100 Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

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

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT2 Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ7

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ7

        Travel zoom

        Movie format Higher resolution movies
        3D Takes 3D photos
        Waterproof Not waterproof
        Longest exposure Much shorter max exposures

        appearance

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        Nikon Coolpix AW100 Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT2
        Nikon Coolpix AW100 Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT2

        discussion

        Nikon Coolpix AW100
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