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

73

Nikon Coolpix AW100

63

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
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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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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
Screen resolution
Significantly higher resolution screen
921k dots vs 460k dots
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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)
Continuous shooting
Shoots significantly faster
10 fps vs 3 fps
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Around 3.5x faster continuous shooting
Wide angle
Better wide angle
25 mm vs 28 mm
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More than 10% better wide angle
Weight
Lighter
133 g vs 178 g
Help
Around 30% lighter
Thickness
Thinner
0.7" vs 0.9"
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More than 20% thinner
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$209.98 vs $249.00
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The best price we've seen is $39 cheaper (around 20% 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
              HDR In-camera HDR Help
              Combines multiple exposures
              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
              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
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              AW1005x
              DSC-TX204x
              Aperture Very narrow widest aperture size Help
              AW100f/3.9
              DSC-TX20f/3.5

              Compared to recent waterproof cameras

              Common Strengths
              Built-in flash Each has a built-in flash Help
              Usually standard
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              Lens
              Size Fairly small Help
              AW100110x64x22 mm
              DSC-TX2096x56x18 mm
              Screen size Larger than average screens Help
              3.0"
              Common Weaknesses
              Battery life Few shots per battery charge Help
              250 shots
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              3,200 ISO
              External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
              Limited to the in-camera mic
              Wide angle Poor wide angle Help
              AW10028 mm
              DSC-TX2025 mm

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              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
              Fujifilm FinePix XP70

              Fujifilm FinePix XP70

              Waterproof

              $110 - $180

              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Fastest shutter speed Has a faster max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly 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
              Canon PowerShot D20

              Canon PowerShot D20

              Waterproof

              $300

              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS4

              Panasonic Lumix TS4

              Waterproof

              $350

              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Longest exposure Much longer exposures
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS20

              Panasonic Lumix TS20

              Waterproof

              $215

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor

              Nikon Coolpix AW100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix AW110

              Nikon Coolpix AW110

              Waterproof

              $241 - $313

              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

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX20 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX30

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX30

              Waterproof

              $198

              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Wide angle Slightly worse wide angle
              Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

              Travel zoom

              $149

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Zoom More zoom
              Touch screen No touch screen
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX200V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX200V

              Waterproof

              $259

              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Macro focus Worse macro capability
              Wide angle Slightly worse wide angle
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX5

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX5

              Waterproof

              $390

              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos

              appearance

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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