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4.0 out of 5 stars Brief comparison with Lumix TS3 - initial thoughts, October 24, 2011
This review is from: Nikon COOLPIX AW100 16 MP CMOS Waterproof Digital Camera with GPS and Full HD 1080p Video (Orange) (OLD MODEL) (Camera)
I have been looking for a waterproof camera to take on vacation to Thailand. After considerable research the Panasonic Lumix TS3 seemed to be the top dog for rugged cameras. In favor of the Lumix, I liked the durable feel and overall fit and finish, the wide angle lens and I think people willing to play around with settings will have nice options. Unfortunately, the lumix was quite bad in low light situations and overall had soft photos. I recently saw the Nikon AW100 on sale locally and decided to try out the latest and greatest rugged (at least I hoped so with nikon's recent attempt in the waterproof market). With limited testing and no underwater use I decided I preferred photos taken with the AW100 better and returned the lumix. I am happy with the contrast and low light photos of the AW100 and hope I made the right choice for my vacation.

-1/2 star: One thing I hate about the Nikon is the battery charger with it's separate long cord. Come on this is a $300 camera designed for outdoor/travel use, but you can't include a portable battery charger with the flip out plug!!! I really don't need this extra weight in my travel bag.
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Initial post: Oct 28, 2011 10:25:20 AM PDT
radarman says:
Thanks, I was also considering the TS3 but just picked up the coolpix based on your review. Thanks for the info on low light.
Vince

Posted on Oct 29, 2011 5:34:19 AM PDT
DCDude says:
I agree with you wholeheartedly on the battery charger. They should have included a travel charger, not a 6' long cable with a travel camera.

Posted on Nov 13, 2011 11:51:04 AM PST
Thank you. I was considering both cameras, but think I will go with the Nikon instead of the Lumix because of what you said.

Posted on Jan 24, 2012 6:26:16 AM PST
Doreen says:
Agree with you on the Lumix. My FZ100 is a great example of noise in low light conditions and soft photos ( hair, trees, feathers ) - that is why I am looking at the AW100 instead of the TS3 for my kayaking trip in Vietnam!

Comparison:
http://www.digitalversus.com/digital-camera/face-off/10717-12074-sint_full.html
Search under: nikon coolpix aw100 ; panasonic lumix FT3 ; Sony dsc-tx10

Posted on May 13, 2012 10:45:05 AM PDT
im just curious if the camera will sink like a rock or will it float or shall i buy a case that will float for this camera

In reply to an earlier post on May 13, 2012 12:46:07 PM PDT
Doreen says:
It sinks...
Have yet to really test the other aspects but it is very slow to focus.

Posted on Jan 11, 2013 4:39:32 PM PST
Soloviajero says:
I agree with you about the battery charger, which uses a one meter, heavy, off-the-shelf printer cord that by itself weighs half as much as the camera, however you can find lots of after-market portable chargers (i.e. without cords) on the internet for about $9 to $12. The extra expense of replacing the charger would be more than justified by the enjoyment you'd receive by throwing the clunky Nikon charger in the garbage.
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