Updated (February 2013): Compare the Nikon Coolpix AW110 vs Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX30

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX20 vs Nikon Coolpix AW100

Winner
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX20

81

Nikon Coolpix AW100

72

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX20

High resolution screen
Screen resolution
921k dots
Really small
Size
Ultra compact (96×56×18 mm)
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
Takes 3D photos
3D
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix AW100

High-speed framerate
High speed movies
240 fps
GPS
Built-in GPS
Great for travel
Built-in flash
Built-in flash
Usually standard
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Lens

galleries

Explore our gallery of 21 sample photos taken by the Nikon Coolpix AW100.
Explore our gallery of 14 sample photos taken by the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX20.

differences

Advantages of the Nikon AW100

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High-speed framerate
Records high-speed movies
240 fps vs None
Help
Capture events too fast for the naked eye and play them back in super-slow motion
GPS
Has a GPS
Yes vs No
Help
Automatically geotags your photos when traveling
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Advantages of the Sony DSC-TX20

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Touch screen
Has a touch screen
Yes vs No
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Fewer buttons to worry about and direct interaction with camera menus
3D
Takes 3D photos
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Wide angle
Significantly better wide angle
25 mm vs 28 mm
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More than 10% better wide angle
Screen resolution
Significantly higher resolution screen
921k dots vs 460k dots
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More than 2x higher resolution screen
Size
Significantly smaller
96×56×18 mm vs 110×65×23 mm
Help
More than 40% smaller
Aperture
Wider aperture
f/3.5 vs f/3.9
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At its widest zoom, the DSC-TX20'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
Weight
Lighter
133 g vs 178 g
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Around 30% lighter
Thickness
Thinner
0.7" vs 0.9"
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More than 20% thinner
Lowest price
Cheaper
$199.95 vs $369.99
Help
The best price we've seen is $170 cheaper (around 50% less)
Fastest shutter speed
Slightly faster max shutter speed
1/1600s vs 1/1500s
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Around 10% faster max shutter speed
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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
              Movie format Full HD (1080p) video Help
              AW1001080p @ 30fps
              DSC-TX201080p @ 60fps
              Screen size Larger than average screens Help
              3"
              HDR In-camera HDR Help
              Combines multiple exposures
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              1. Lens
              Panorama In-camera panoramas Help
              Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
              Macro focus Good macro capabilities Help
              1.0 cm
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              Thickness Thin Help
              AW1000.9"
              DSC-TX200.7"
              Waterproof Waterproof Help
              Great at the beach
              Common Weaknesses
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              AW1001/1500s
              DSC-TX201/1600s
              Longest exposure Short max exposure time Help
              4 seconds
              Supports RAW No RAW support Help
              Less editing fidelity
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              3,200 ISO
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Aperture Very narrow widest aperture size Help
              AW100f/3.9
              DSC-TX20f/3.5
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              AW1005x
              DSC-TX204x

              Compared to recent waterproof cameras

              Common Strengths
              Size Fairly small Help
              AW100110×65×23 mm
              DSC-TX2096×56×18 mm
              Weight Light weight Help
              AW100178 g
              DSC-TX20133 g
              Common Weaknesses
              Battery life Few shots per battery charge Help
              250 shots

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix AW130

              Nikon Coolpix AW130

              Compact

              $297

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Waterproof Is not waterproof
              Nikon Coolpix AW120

              Nikon Coolpix AW120

              Waterproof

              $180

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              GoPro HERO3 Black Edition

              GoPro HERO3 Black Edition

              Waterproof

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Movie format Records very high quality movies
              HDR Lacks a built-in HDR feature
              Panorama Lacks built-in panoramas
              Sony Cybershot DSC-TX10

              Sony Cybershot TX10

              Waterproof

              $244

              Canon PowerShot D20

              Canon PowerShot D20

              Waterproof

              $226

              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              GoPro HD Hero 2

              GoPro HD Hero 2

              Waterproof

              $343

              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 XP100

              Fujifilm FinePix XP100

              Waterproof

              $219

              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier

              Nikon Coolpix AW100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix AW110

              Nikon Coolpix AW110

              Waterproof

              $313

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              Size Larger
              Thickness Thicker
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3

              Waterproof

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Aperture Wider aperture
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen
              Fujifilm FinePix XP50

              Fujifilm FinePix XP50

              Waterproof

              $180

              Lowest price Cheaper
              Fastest shutter speed Faster max shutter speed
              Macro focus Much worse macro capability
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Fujifilm FinePix XP70

              Fujifilm FinePix XP70

              Waterproof

              $139

              Continuous shooting Shoots significantly faster
              Lowest price Significantly cheaper
              Macro focus Much worse macro capability
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX20 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX30

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX30

              Waterproof

              $228 - $250

              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Sony Cybershot DSC-TX55

              Sony Cybershot DSC-TX55

              Ultra compact

              $465

              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro capability
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX200V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX200V

              Waterproof

              $349

              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro capability
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TF1

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TF1

              Waterproof

              $230

              Fastest shutter speed Faster max shutter speed
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Sony Cybershot DSC-TX100V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX100v

              Compact

              $294

              Screen size Much larger screen
              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Macro focus Much worse macro capability

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              Nikon Coolpix AW100 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX20
              Nikon Coolpix AW100 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX20

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