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

76

Nikon Coolpix AW100

69

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Sony Cybershot TX10

High resolution screen
Screen resolution
921k dots
Really small
Size
Ultra compact 95x56x17 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
Sensor type
CMOS Sensor
Better in low light
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures

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

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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
95x56x17 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 TX10'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 significantly 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
Fastest shutter speed
Slightly faster max shutter speed
1/1600s vs 1/1500s
Help
Around 10% faster max shutter speed
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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
              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"
              TX10:0.7"
              Common Weaknesses
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              AW100:1/1500s
              TX10:1/1600s
              Longest exposure Short max exposure time Help
              AW100:4s
              TX10:2s
              Aperture Very narrow widest aperture size Help
              AW100:f/3.9
              TX10:f/3.5
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              AW100:5x
              TX10:4x

              Compared to recent waterproof cameras

              Common Strengths
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              Lens
              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
              TX10:95x56x17 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
              TX10:25 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
              Nikon Coolpix AW110

              Nikon Coolpix AW110

              Waterproof

              $240 - $312

              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              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 a built in panoramas
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX20

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX20

              Waterproof

              $210

              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              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
              Panasonic Lumix TS5

              Panasonic Lumix TS5

              Waterproof

              $169

              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 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
              Canon PowerShot ELPH 130 IS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 130 IS

              Travel zoom

              $237

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Size Smaller
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Canon PowerShot D20

              Canon PowerShot D20

              Waterproof

              $300

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Battery life Longer battery life
              Size Larger
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
              Olympus Tough TG-810

              Olympus Tough TG-810

              Waterproof

              $289

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Fastest shutter speed Faster max shutter speed
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Movie format Lower resolution movies

              Sony Cybershot DSC-TX10 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX30

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX30

              Waterproof

              $198 - $226

              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Wide angle Slightly worse wide angle
              Sony Cybershot DSC-TX100V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX100v

              Compact

              $100

              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX5

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX5

              Waterproof

              $310

              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $441 body only

              $514 - $748 with 12-32mm lens

              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Size Significantly larger

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              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!