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

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Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix AW100

High-speed framerate
High speed movies
240 fps
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens
Sensor type
CMOS Sensor
Better in low light
HDR
In-camera 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
 
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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
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
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
Lowest price Slightly cheaper $269.00 vs $322.46
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The best price we've seen is $53 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 Common Weaknesses
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              Lens
              Waterproof Waterproof Help
              Great at the beach
              Thickness Thin Help
              0.9"
              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
              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

              $247 - $266

              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              Size Is slightly larger
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
              Canon PowerShot D20

              Canon PowerShot D20

              Waterproof

              $229 - $320

              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Thickness Is thicker
              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
              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
              Fujifilm FinePix XP70

              Fujifilm FinePix XP70

              Waterproof

              $150 - $192

              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
              Macro focus Much worse macro focusing
              Olympus Tough TG-830 iHS

              Olympus Tough TG-830 iHS

              Waterproof

              $279 - $309

              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Panasonic Lumix FT5

              Panasonic Lumix FT5

              Waterproof

              $293 - $298

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

              Nikon Coolpix AW100 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix AW120

              Nikon Coolpix AW120

              Waterproof

              $229 - $340

              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              Size Larger
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Olympus Tough TG-810

              Olympus Tough TG-810

              Waterproof

              $249

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Olympus TG-820 iHS

              Olympus TG-820

              Waterproof

              $238

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              GPS No built-in GPS

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT2 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 600D

              Canon EOS 600D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $492 body only

              $579 with 18-135mm lens

              Sensor size Much larger sensor
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Size Much larger
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              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

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

              discussion

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