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

71

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX20

Really small
Size
Ultra compact 96x56x18 mm
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
Takes 3D photos
3D
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
Thin
Thickness
0.7"
 

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
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
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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
Help
Automatically geotags your photos when traveling
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Advantages of the Sony DSC-TX20

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Wide angle
Significantly better wide angle
25 mm vs 28 mm
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More than 10% better wide angle
Touch screen
Has a touch screen
Yes vs No
Help
Fewer buttons to worry about and direct interaction with camera menus
3D
Takes 3D photos
Yes vs No
Help
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
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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
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
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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
              HDR In-camera HDR Help
              Combines multiple exposures
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              Lens
              Macro focus Good macro capabilities Help
              1.0 cm
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              Panorama In-camera panoramas Help
              Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
              Waterproof Waterproof Help
              Great at the beach
              Thickness Thin Help
              AW1000.9"
              DSC-TX200.7"
              Common Weaknesses
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              AW1001/1500s
              DSC-TX201/1600s
              Longest exposure Short max exposure time Help
              4 seconds
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              3,200 ISO
              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
              Size Fairly small Help
              AW100110x64x22 mm
              DSC-TX2096x56x18 mm
              Screen size Larger than average screens Help
              3.0"
              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

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX30

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX30

              Waterproof

              $198 - $229

              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Wide angle Has a slightly narrower wide angle lens
              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

              $300

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon PowerShot D20

              Canon PowerShot D20

              Waterproof

              $300

              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Longest exposure Slightly longer exposures
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Sony Cybershot DSC-TX10

              Sony Cybershot TX10

              Waterproof

              $200

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

              Panasonic Lumix TS4

              Waterproof

              $369

              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
              Olympus TG-1 iHS

              Olympus TG-1 iHS

              Waterproof

              $580

              Aperture Has a much wider aperture
              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Lowest price Is much more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker

              Nikon Coolpix AW100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix AW110

              Nikon Coolpix AW110

              Waterproof

              $241 - $328

              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              3D Takes 3D photos
              Size Larger
              Thickness Thicker
              GoPro HERO3 Black Edition

              GoPro HERO3 Black Edition

              Waterproof

              Wide angle Much better wide angle
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Built-in flash No built-in flash
              Image stabilization No image stabilization

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX20 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cybershot DSC-TX66

              Sony Cybershot DSC-TX66

              Ultra compact

              $273

              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              Macro focus Much worse macro capability
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX200V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX200V

              Waterproof

              $290

              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Macro focus Worse macro capability
              Sony Cybershot DSC-TX55

              Sony Cybershot DSC-TX55

              Ultra compact

              $492

              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Macro focus Worse macro capability

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              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