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

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX20

Winner
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX20

76

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Nikon Coolpix AW100

66

Nikon Coolpix AW100

Runner-up
     

Reasons to buy the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX20

High resolution screen
Screen resolution
921k dots
Really small
Size
Ultra compact 96x56x18 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
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
Macro focus
Great macro
1 cm
 

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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3D
Takes 3D photos
Yes vs No
Help
Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Touch screen
Has a touch screen
Yes vs No
Help
Fewer buttons to worry about and direct interaction with camera menus
Screen resolution
Significantly higher resolution screen
921k dots vs 460k dots
Help
More than 2x higher resolution screen
Size
Significantly smaller
96x56x18 mm vs 110x64x22 mm
Help
More than 40% smaller
Aperture
Wider aperture
f/3.5 vs f/3.9
Help
At its widest zoom, the DSC-TX20's lens captures marginally more light (0.3 f-stops)
Wide angle
Better wide angle
25 mm vs 28 mm
Help
More than 10% better wide angle
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
10 fps vs 3 fps
Help
Around 3.5x faster continuous shooting
Weight
Lighter
133 g vs 178 g
Help
Around 30% lighter
Thickness
Thinner
0.7" vs 0.9"
Help
More than 20% thinner
Lowest price
Cheaper
$209.98 vs $279.95
Help
The best price we've seen is $70 cheaper (more than 20% less)
Fastest shutter speed
Slightly faster max shutter speed
1/1600s vs 1/1500s
Help
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
              HDR In-camera HDR Help
              Combines multiple exposures
              Macro focus Good macro capabilities Help
              1 cm
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              Lens
              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
              Thickness Thin Help
              AW100:0.9"
              DSC-TX20:0.7"
              Common Weaknesses
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              AW100:1/1500s
              DSC-TX20:1/1600s
              Longest exposure Short max exposure time Help
              4 seconds
              Supports RAW No RAW support Help
              Less editing fidelity
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Aperture Very narrow widest aperture size Help
              AW100:f/3.9
              DSC-TX20:f/3.5
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              AW100:5x
              DSC-TX20:4x

              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"
              Size Fairly small Help
              AW100:110x64x22 mm
              DSC-TX20:96x56x18 mm
              Common Weaknesses
              External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
              Limited to the in-camera mic
              Wide angle Poor wide angle Help
              AW100:28 mm
              DSC-TX20:25 mm

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX30

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX30

              Waterproof

              $198 - $212

              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Nikon Coolpix AW120

              Nikon Coolpix AW120

              Waterproof

              $189 - $347

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Sony Cybershot DSC-TX10

              Sony Cybershot TX10

              Waterproof

              $245

              Shutter lag Has slightly less shutter lag
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS4

              Panasonic Lumix TS4

              Waterproof

              $290

              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Longest exposure Much longer exposures
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Fujifilm FinePix XP70

              Fujifilm FinePix XP70

              Waterproof

              $100 - $169

              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Fastest shutter speed Has a faster max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon PowerShot D30

              Canon PowerShot D30

              Waterproof

              $299 - $329

              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Nikon Coolpix S32

              Nikon Coolpix S32

              Waterproof

              $97 - $127

              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Fastest shutter speed Has a faster max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier

              Nikon Coolpix AW100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix AW110

              Nikon Coolpix AW110

              Waterproof

              $236 - $306

              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              3D Takes 3D photos
              Size Larger
              Thickness Slightly thicker
              Canon PowerShot D20

              Canon PowerShot D20

              Waterproof

              $170 - $179

              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-TS3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3

              Waterproof

              $349

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Aperture Wider aperture
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX20 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX200V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX200V

              Waterproof

              $250

              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Macro focus Worse macro capability
              Wide angle Slightly worse wide angle
              Olympus Tough TG-850 iHS

              Olympus Tough TG-850 iHS

              Waterproof

              $249

              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Size Significantly larger
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TF1

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TF1

              Waterproof

              $215 - $265

              Fastest shutter speed Faster max shutter speed
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Fujifilm FinePix XP30

              Fujifilm FinePix XP30

              Waterproof

              $249

              GPS Has a GPS
              Fastest shutter speed Faster max shutter speed
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX300

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX300

              Travel zoom

              $180 - $425

              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              Battery life Much longer battery life
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen

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

              discussion

              Nikon Coolpix AW100
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              me (5:07 PM, June 12, 2012)
              since it is a tie, I'd get the nikon coz it's cheaper. and it's got a gps too! doesn't matter if it looks ugly, lol