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

Nikon Coolpix AW100

Winner
Nikon Coolpix AW100

71

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT2

68

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT2

Runner-up
     

Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix AW100

Really small
Size
Compact 110x64x22 mm
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens
CMOS Sensor
Sensor type
Better in low light
In-camera HDR
HDR
Combines multiple exposures
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT2

Size
Really small
Compact 99x63x24 mm
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens
Longest exposure
Long exposures
60 seconds
 

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
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
Panorama
Can create panoramas in-camera
Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
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
GPS
Has a GPS
Yes vs No
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Automatically geotags your photos when traveling
Screen resolution
Higher resolution screen
460k dots vs 230k dots
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2x higher resolution screen
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
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$274.00 vs $322.46
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The best price we've seen is $48 cheaper (around 20% less)
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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
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              Lens
              Waterproof Waterproof Help
              Great at the beach
              Common Weaknesses
              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
              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"
              Common Weaknesses
              External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
              Limited to the in-camera mic

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix AW120

              Nikon Coolpix AW120

              Waterproof

              $189 - $297

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Size Is slightly larger
              Nikon Coolpix AW110

              Nikon Coolpix AW110

              Waterproof

              $266

              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              Size Is slightly larger
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
              Panasonic Lumix FT25

              Panasonic Lumix FT25

              Waterproof

              $242

              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Size Is slightly smaller
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro focusing
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT3

              Waterproof

              $170

              3D Captures 3D images
              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Thickness Is thicker
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro focusing
              Panasonic Lumix FT5

              Panasonic Lumix FT5

              Waterproof

              $291 - $298

              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              3D Captures 3D images
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Fujifilm FinePix XP70

              Fujifilm FinePix XP70

              Waterproof

              $120 - $159

              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
              Macro focus Much worse macro focusing
              Nikon 1 AW1

              Nikon 1 AW1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $697 with 11-2mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              High-speed framerate Records even higher-speed movies
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker

              Nikon Coolpix AW100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot D20

              Canon PowerShot D20

              Waterproof

              $169 - $320

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Battery life Longer battery life
              Size Larger
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
              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

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT2 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT1

              Waterproof

              Size Slightly smaller
              Thickness Slightly thinner
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT20

              Panasonic Lumix FT20

              Waterproof

              $227

              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Longest exposure Much shorter max exposures
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX5

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX5

              Waterproof

              $310

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Longest exposure Much shorter max exposures
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ20

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ20

              Travel zoom

              $311

              Zoom More zoom
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Size Larger
              Thickness Thicker

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

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