Updated (January, 2013): Compare the Nikon Coolpix AW110 vs Pentax Optio WG-2 GPS

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Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix AW100

Built-in flash
Built-in flash
Usually standard
Size
Really small
Compact 110x64x22 mm
High-speed framerate
High speed movies
240 fps
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens
 

Reasons to buy the Pentax Optio WG-2 GPS

Built-in flash
Built-in flash
Usually standard
Light sensitivity
High ISO
6,400 ISO
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
Macro focus
Great macro
1 cm
 
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differences

Advantages of the Nikon AW100

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Size Significantly smaller 110x64x22 mm vs 122x61x30 mm
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Around 30% smaller
HDR Has in-camera HDR Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Image stabilization Better image stabilization Lens vs Digital
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Less risk of blur
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
Thickness Thinner 0.9" vs 1.2"
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More than 20% thinner
Weight Lighter 178 g vs 198 g
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More than 10% lighter
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Advantages of the Pentax WG-2 GPS

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Aperture Wider aperture f/3.5 vs f/3.9
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At its widest zoom, the WG-2 GPS's lens captures marginally more light (0.3 f-stops)
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 6,400 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The WG-2 GPS's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 10 fps vs 3 fps
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Around 3.5x faster continuous shooting
Battery life Slightly longer battery life 260 shots vs 250 shots
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Almost the same
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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
        GPS Built-in GPS Help
        Great for travel
        Macro focus Good macro capabilities Help
        1 cm
        Sensor type Better sensor types Help
        Better in low light
        Panorama In-camera panoramas Help
        Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
        Waterproof Waterproof Help
        Great at the beach
        Longest exposure Short max exposure time Help
        4 seconds
        3D Neither camera can take 3D photos Help
        No 3d support
        Wide angle Poor wide angle Help
        28 mm
        Zoom Poor zoom Help
        5x
        Aperture Very narrow widest aperture size Help
        AW100:f/3.9
        WG-2 GPS:f/3.5

        Compared to recent waterproof cameras

        Common Strengths Common Weaknesses

        Snapsort is not aware of any interesting strengths shared by these two products.

        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

        $235 - $380

        Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
        Screen type Has an OLED screen
        Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
        GoPro HERO3 Black Edition

        GoPro HERO3 Black Edition

        Waterproof

        Aperture Has a significantly wider aperture
        Movie format Records higher quality movies
        GPS Doesn't have a built-in GPS
        Panorama Lacks a built in panoramas
        Nikon Coolpix AW120

        Nikon Coolpix AW120

        Waterproof

        $309 - $347

        Aperture Has a significantly wider aperture
        Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
        Weight Is slightly heavier
        Canon PowerShot D20

        Canon PowerShot D20

        Waterproof

        $229 - $300

        Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
        Longest exposure Slightly longer exposures
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is slightly heavier
        GoPro HD Hero 2

        GoPro HD Hero 2

        Waterproof

        Aperture Has a significantly wider aperture
        Wide angle Has a much wider wide angle lens
        Thickness Is thicker
        GPS Doesn't have a built-in GPS
        Olympus Stylus Tough TG-2 iHS

        Olympus Stylus Tough TG-2 iHS

        Waterproof

        $344 - $348

        Aperture Has a much wider aperture
        Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is slightly heavier
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS4

        Panasonic Lumix TS4

        Waterproof

        $200

        3D Captures 3D images
        Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
        Thickness Is thicker
        Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor

        Nikon Coolpix AW100 Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3

        Waterproof

        $372

        Aperture Wider aperture
        3D Takes 3D photos
        Screen size Significantly smaller screen
        Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching

        Pentax Optio WG-2 GPS Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Pentax WG-4

        Pentax WG-4

        Waterproof

        Aperture Much wider aperture
        Wide angle Better wide angle
        Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
        Size Larger
        Pentax Optio WG-1 GPS

        Pentax Optio WG-1 GPS

        Waterproof

        Size Smaller
        Weight Lighter
        Movie format Lower resolution movies
        Screen size Significantly smaller screen

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        Nikon Coolpix AW100 Pentax Optio WG-2 GPS

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