Updated (January, 2013): Compare the Nikon Coolpix AW110 vs Sony Cybershot DSC-TX55

Sony Cybershot DSC-TX55

Winner
Sony Cybershot DSC-TX55

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Nikon Coolpix AW100

44

Nikon Coolpix AW100

Runner-up
     

Reasons to buy the Sony Cybershot DSC-TX55

Large screen
Screen size
3.3"
High resolution screen
Screen resolution
1,229k dots
Really small
Size
Ultra compact 92x54x13 mm
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix AW100

High-speed framerate
High speed movies
240 fps
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
Macro focus
Great macro
1 cm
GPS
Built-in GPS
Great for travel
 

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
Shutter lag
Significantly less shutter lag
230 ms vs 390 ms
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More than 40% less delay when taking photos
GPS
Has a GPS
Yes vs No
Help
Automatically geotags your photos when traveling
Macro focus
Better macro capability
1 cm vs 3 cm
Help
Focus on subjects 3x closer to the lens
Waterproof
Waterproof
Yes vs No
Help
Great for vacations and holidays at the beach, or around the pool
Lowest price
Cheaper
$274.00 vs $499.99
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The best price we've seen is $226 cheaper (around 50% less)
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Advantages of the Sony DSC-TX55

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Screen resolution
Much higher resolution screen
1,229k dots vs 460k dots
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More than 2.5x higher resolution screen
3D
Takes 3D photos
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Screen type
Has an OLED screen
OLED vs LCD
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OLED screens are often brighter and more vibrant than typical LCD screens
Size
Significantly smaller
92x54x13 mm vs 110x64x22 mm
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2.4x smaller
Touch screen
Has a touch screen
Yes vs No
Help
Fewer buttons to worry about and direct interaction with camera menus
Aperture
Wider aperture
f/3.5 vs f/3.9
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At its widest zoom, the DSC-TX55's lens captures marginally more light (0.3 f-stops)
Screen size
Larger screen
3.3" vs 3.0"
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Around 10% larger screen
Wide angle
Better wide angle
26 mm vs 28 mm
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Around 10% better wide angle
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
10 fps vs 3 fps
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Around 3.5x faster continuous shooting
Weight
Significantly lighter
109 g vs 178 g
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Around 40% lighter
Thickness
Thinner
0.5" vs 0.9"
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More than 40% thinner
Longest exposure
Significantly longer exposures
30s vs 4s
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7.5x longer exposures
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Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent compacts, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent compacts

              Common Strengths
              HDR In-camera HDR Help
              Combines multiple exposures
              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
              Thickness Thin Help
              AW100:0.9"
              DSC-TX55:0.5"
              Common Weaknesses
              Supports RAW No RAW support Help
              Less editing fidelity
              Aperture Very narrow widest aperture size Help
              AW100:f/3.9
              DSC-TX55:f/3.5
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              5x

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cybershot DSC-TX10

              Sony Cybershot TX10

              Waterproof

              $245

              Shutter lag Has slightly less shutter lag
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is slightly larger
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX20

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX20

              Waterproof

              $210

              Thickness Is thicker
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag

              Nikon Coolpix AW100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix AW120

              Nikon Coolpix AW120

              Waterproof

              $189 - $297

              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              Size Larger
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              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
              Canon PowerShot D20

              Canon PowerShot D20

              Waterproof

              $169 - $320

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Battery life Longer battery life
              Size Larger
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
              Panasonic Lumix TS25

              Panasonic Lumix TS25

              Waterproof

              $128 - $177

              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Size Smaller
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies

              Sony Cybershot DSC-TX55 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX30

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX30

              Waterproof

              $198 - $212

              Waterproof Waterproof
              Lowest price Cheaper
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Size Larger
              Sony Cybershot DSC-TX66

              Sony Cybershot DSC-TX66

              Ultra compact

              $266

              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Lowest price Cheaper
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              Macro focus Much worse macro capability
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX9

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX9

              Compact

              $249

              Shutter lag Significantly less shutter lag
              Screen size Larger screen
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

              Travel zoom

              $260

              Zoom Much more zoom
              GPS Has a GPS
              Size Much larger
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T700

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T700

              Ultra compact

              Screen size Larger screen
              Shutter lag Less shutter lag
              Wide angle Much worse wide angle
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos

              appearance

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              Nikon Coolpix AW100 Sony Cybershot DSC-TX55

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