Updated (February, 2014): Compare the Nikon Coolpix AW120 vs Nikon Coolpix S8200

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Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix AW110

Screen type
OLED Screen
Bright and vivid
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
Macro focus
Great macro
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Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix S8200

Zoom
Great zoom
14x
Screen resolution
High resolution screen
961k dots
Macro focus
Great macro
1 cm
 
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differences

Advantages of the Nikon AW110

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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
3D Takes 3D photos Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
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
HDR Has in-camera HDR Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
GPS Has a GPS Yes vs No
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Automatically geotags your photos when traveling
Size Smaller 110x65x25 mm vs 104x59x33 mm
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More than 10% smaller
Waterproof Waterproof Yes vs No
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Great for vacations and holidays at the beach, or around the pool
Thickness Thinner 1" vs 1.3"
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More than 20% thinner
Continuous shooting Shoots slightly faster 8 fps vs 6 fps
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More than 30% faster continuous shooting
Weight Lighter 193 g vs 213 g
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Around 10% lighter
Lowest price Slightly cheaper $214.00 vs $246.95
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The best price we've seen is $33 cheaper (more than 10% less)
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Advantages of the Nikon S8200

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Aperture Wider aperture f/3.3 vs f/3.9
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At its widest zoom, the S8200's lens captures marginally more light (0.5 f-stops)
Zoom More zoom 14x vs 5x
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Around 8x more zoom
Screen resolution Higher resolution screen 961k dots vs 614k dots
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Around 60% higher resolution screen
Wide angle Better wide angle 25 mm vs 28 mm
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More than 10% better wide angle
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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 Common Weaknesses
              Macro focus Good macro capabilities Help
              1 cm
              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
              Longest exposure Short max exposure time Help
              4 seconds
              Supports RAW No RAW support Help
              Less editing fidelity

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix S9500

              Nikon Coolpix S9500

              Travel zoom

              $210

              Zoom Has significantly more zoom
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is slightly larger

              Nikon Coolpix AW110 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix AW120

              Nikon Coolpix AW120

              Waterproof

              $297 - $548

              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
              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
              Nikon Coolpix AW100

              Nikon Coolpix AW100

              Waterproof

              $261 - $297

              Size Smaller
              Thickness Slightly thinner
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Panasonic Lumix TS5

              Panasonic Lumix TS5

              Waterproof

              $298 - $349

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Battery life Significantly longer battery life
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX30

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX30

              Waterproof

              $198 - $214

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Size Significantly smaller
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies

              Nikon Coolpix S8200 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix S9700

              Nikon Coolpix S9700

              Travel zoom

              $297

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Size Larger
              Nikon Coolpix S9300

              Nikon Coolpix S9300

              Travel zoom

              $200

              3D Takes 3D photos
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Macro focus Worse macro capability
              Sony Alpha A6000

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $598 - $648 body only

              $798 with 16-50mm lens

              Sensor size Much larger sensor
              True resolution Much higher true resolution
              Size Much larger
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Nikon Coolpix S9100

              Nikon Coolpix S9100

              Travel zoom

              $247 - $265

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Size Larger
              Nikon Coolpix S5300

              Nikon Coolpix S5300

              Compact

              $177

              Size Significantly smaller
              Thickness Significantly thinner
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Zoom Less zoom

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