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

82

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Nikon Coolpix AW100

71

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
In-camera HDR
HDR
Combines multiple exposures
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix AW100

High-speed framerate
High speed movies
240 fps
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
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
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Capture events too fast for the naked eye and play them back in super-slow motion
GPS
Has a GPS
Yes vs No
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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
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Screen resolution
Significantly higher resolution screen
921k dots vs 460k dots
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More than 2x higher resolution screen
Touch screen
Has a touch screen
Yes vs No
Help
Fewer buttons to worry about and direct interaction with camera menus
Size
Significantly smaller
96x56x18 mm vs 110x64x22 mm
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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)
Wide angle
Better wide angle
25 mm vs 28 mm
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More than 10% better wide angle
Continuous shooting
Shoots 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
$209.98 vs $329.00
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The best price we've seen is $119 cheaper (around 40% less)
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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
              Longest exposure Short max exposure time Help
              4 seconds
              Supports RAW No RAW support Help
              Less editing fidelity
              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
              Battery life Few shots per battery charge Help
              250 shots
              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 - $297

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Canon PowerShot D20

              Canon PowerShot D20

              Waterproof

              $169 - $320

              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Longest exposure Slightly longer exposures
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Sony Cybershot DSC-TX10

              Sony Cybershot TX10

              Waterproof

              $245

              Shutter lag Has slightly less shutter lag
              Fujifilm FinePix XP70

              Fujifilm FinePix XP70

              Waterproof

              $149 - $178

              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3

              Waterproof

              $372

              Longest exposure Much longer exposures
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS4

              Panasonic Lumix TS4

              Waterproof

              $395

              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Longest exposure Much longer exposures
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker

              Nikon Coolpix AW100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix AW110

              Nikon Coolpix AW110

              Waterproof

              $266

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              Size Larger
              Thickness Slightly thicker
              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
              Nikon Coolpix S32

              Nikon Coolpix S32

              Waterproof

              $97 - $200

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Continuous shooting Shoots slightly faster
              Size Much larger
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Pentax Optio WG-2 GPS

              Pentax Optio WG-2 GPS

              Waterproof

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster
              Size Larger
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX20 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX200V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX200V

              Waterproof

              $310

              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Macro focus Worse macro capability
              Wide angle Slightly worse wide angle
              Samsung WB350F

              Samsung WB350F

              Travel zoom

              $139 - $150

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Aperture Wider aperture
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Size Significantly larger
              Sony Cybershot DSC-TX66

              Sony Cybershot DSC-TX66

              Ultra compact

              $266

              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              Macro focus Much worse macro capability
              Wide angle Slightly worse wide angle
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX9

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX9

              Compact

              $249

              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
              Waterproof Not waterproof

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

              discussion

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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