Updated (January, 2013): Compare the Nikon Coolpix AW110 vs Sony Cybershot DSC-TX10

Sony Cybershot TX10 vs Nikon Coolpix AW100

Winner
Sony Cybershot DSC-TX10

81

Nikon Coolpix AW100

72

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Sony Cybershot TX10

High resolution screen
Screen resolution
921k dots
Really small
Size
Ultra compact (96×56×18 mm)
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
Rapid fire
Continuous shooting
10 fps
 

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 8 sample photos taken by the Sony Cybershot DSC-TX10.

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
Longest exposure
Slightly longer exposures
4s vs 2s
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2x longer exposures
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Advantages of the Sony TX10

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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
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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
96×56×18 mm vs 110×65×23 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 TX10'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
$243.83 vs $299.99
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The best price we've seen is $56 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
              Movie format Full HD (1080p) video Help
              AW1001080p @ 30fps
              TX101080p @ 60fps
              HDR In-camera HDR Help
              Combines multiple exposures
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              1. 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
              Thickness Thin Help
              AW1000.9"
              TX100.7"
              Waterproof Waterproof Help
              Great at the beach
              Common Weaknesses
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              AW1001/1500s
              TX101/1600s
              Longest exposure Short max exposure time Help
              AW1004s
              TX102s
              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
              TX104x
              Aperture Very narrow widest aperture size Help
              AW100f/3.9
              TX10f/3.5

              Compared to recent waterproof cameras

              Common Strengths
              Size Fairly small Help
              AW100110×65×23 mm
              TX1096×56×18 mm
              Screen size Larger than average screens Help
              3"
              Weight Light weight Help
              AW100178 g
              TX10133 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

              $269 - $297

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Waterproof Is not waterproof
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon Coolpix AW120

              Nikon Coolpix AW120

              Waterproof

              $209

              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
              Fujifilm FinePix XP30

              Fujifilm FinePix XP30

              Waterproof

              $335

              Fastest shutter speed Has a faster max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3

              Waterproof

              $390

              Longest exposure Much longer exposures
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Fujifilm FinePix XP150

              Fujifilm FinePix XP150

              Waterproof

              $325

              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Fastest shutter speed Has a faster max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Panasonic Lumix TS5

              Panasonic Lumix TS5

              Waterproof

              $240 - $299

              Battery life Has a significantly longer battery life
              Longest exposure Much longer exposures
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker

              Nikon Coolpix AW100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix AW110

              Nikon Coolpix AW110

              Waterproof

              $242 - $329

              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              3D Takes 3D photos
              Size Larger
              Thickness Thicker
              Canon PowerShot D30

              Canon PowerShot D30

              Waterproof

              $249 - $330

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Battery life Longer battery life
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
              GoPro HD Hero 2

              GoPro HD Hero 2

              Waterproof

              $578

              Wide angle Much better wide angle
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Built-in flash No built-in flash
              Image stabilization No image stabilization

              Sony Cybershot DSC-TX10 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX30

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX30

              Waterproof

              $188 - $198

              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              Screen size Larger screen
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX20

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX20

              Waterproof

              $200

              Lowest price Slightly cheaper
              Longest exposure Slightly longer exposures
              Sony Cybershot DSC-TX55

              Sony Cybershot DSC-TX55

              Ultra compact

              $470

              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              Screen size Larger screen
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Macro focus Worse macro capability

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              Nikon Coolpix AW100 Sony Cybershot DSC-TX10
              Nikon Coolpix AW100 Sony Cybershot DSC-TX10

              discussion

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              montyHD (4:35 AM, March 01, 2012)
              At some point small is too small.  I was looking to purchase a camera for a trip to Mexico and wanted waterproof camera.  I typically carry around a dslr so I was going to let this be my wifes purse.  I was really leaning toward the TX10 but my wife did not like the touch screen or the size.  It was to small for my very small wife.  On dslr cameras more buttons and controls are better.  I think that is a positive over touch screen.  To each his own.  The TX10 wins in a lot of categories but some listed are subjective.
               
              www.facebook.com/gabbyaquino (10:03 AM, February 07, 2012)
              Sony TX10 is the winner in my book! After all the lightness, thinness, and ruggedness of the cameras have been reviewed, it all boils down to the resulting images - Sony delivers with great crisp shots of events you won't have a second time to click if you missed it!