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

Nikon Coolpix AW100 vs Pentax Optio WG-2 GPS

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Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix AW100

Really small
Size
Compact 110x64x22 mm
High speed movies
High-speed framerate
240 fps
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens
In-camera HDR
HDR
Combines multiple exposures
 

Reasons to buy the Pentax Optio WG-2 GPS

Light sensitivity
High ISO
6,400 ISO
Fastest shutter speed
Fast shutter speed
1/4000 of a second
Built-in flash
Built-in flash
Usually standard
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama

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
Image stabilization
Better image stabilization
Lens vs Digital
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Less risk of blur
Size
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
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)
Continuous shooting
Shoots significantly faster
10 fps vs 3 fps
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Around 3.5x faster continuous shooting
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
Fastest shutter speed
Much faster max shutter speed
1/4000s vs 1/1500s
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2.7x faster max shutter speed
Battery life
Slightly longer battery life
260 shots vs 250 shots
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Almost the same
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recommendations

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
              GPS Built-in GPS Help
              Great for travel
              Macro focus Good macro capabilities Help
              1 cm
              Panorama In-camera panoramas Help
              Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              Waterproof Waterproof Help
              Great at the beach
              Common Weaknesses
              Longest exposure Short max exposure time Help
              4 seconds
              Wide angle Poor wide angle Help
              28 mm
              Aperture Very narrow widest aperture size Help
              AW100:f/3.9
              WG-2 GPS:f/3.5
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              5x

              Compared to recent waterproof cameras

              Common Strengths
              Built-in flash Each has a built-in flash Help
              Usually standard
              Screen size Larger than average screens Help
              3.0"
              Common Weaknesses
              External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
              Limited to the in-camera mic

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              GoPro HERO3 Black Edition

              GoPro HERO3 Black Edition

              Waterproof

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Movie format Records very high quality movies
              GPS Doesn't have a built-in GPS
              Panorama Lacks a built in panoramas
              Canon PowerShot D20

              Canon PowerShot D20

              Waterproof

              $300

              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Longest exposure Slightly longer exposures
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              GoPro HD Hero 2

              GoPro HD Hero 2

              Waterproof

              $335

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Wide angle Has a much wider wide angle lens
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Fujifilm FinePix XP70

              Fujifilm FinePix XP70

              Waterproof

              $100 - $199

              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              GPS Doesn't have a built-in GPS
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS4

              Panasonic Lumix TS4

              Waterproof

              $290

              3D Captures 3D images
              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Olympus Stylus Tough TG-3

              Olympus Stylus Tough TG-3

              Waterproof

              $350 - $480

              Aperture Has a much wider aperture
              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Olympus TG-820 iHS

              Olympus TG-820

              Waterproof

              $238

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              3D Captures 3D images
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              GPS Doesn't have a built-in GPS

              Nikon Coolpix AW100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix AW120

              Nikon Coolpix AW120

              Waterproof

              $219 - $347

              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              Size Larger
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Nikon Coolpix AW110

              Nikon Coolpix AW110

              Waterproof

              $240 - $312

              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              3D Takes 3D photos
              Size Larger
              Thickness Thicker
              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
              Canon PowerShot ELPH 130 IS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 130 IS

              Travel zoom

              $237

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Size Smaller
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Olympus Tough TG-810

              Olympus Tough TG-810

              Waterproof

              $289

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Fastest shutter speed Faster max shutter speed
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Movie format Lower resolution movies

              Pentax Optio WG-2 GPS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Pentax WG-3

              Pentax WG-3

              Waterproof

              $262

              Aperture Much wider aperture
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Size Larger
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $539 body only

              $579 - $599 with 18-55mm lens

              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Size Much larger
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Ricoh WG-4

              Ricoh WG-4

              Waterproof

              Aperture Much wider aperture
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Continuous shooting Shoots significantly slower

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