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Nikon AW130 vs Panasonic TS1

Portability
91
Imaging
41
Features
44
Overall
42
Nikon Coolpix AW130 front
 
Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS1 front
Portability
93
Imaging
35
Features
24
Overall
30

Nikon AW130 vs Panasonic TS1 Key Specs

Nikon AW130
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 125 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 24-120mm (F2.8-4.9) lens
  • 221g - 110 x 66 x 27mm
  • Introduced February 2015
  • Succeeded the Nikon AW120
Panasonic TS1
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 80 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 28-128mm (F3.3-5.9) lens
  • 189g - 98 x 63 x 23mm
  • Released January 2009
  • Alternative Name is Lumix DMC-FT1
  • Newer Model is Panasonic TS2
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Nikon AW130 vs Panasonic TS1 Overview

On this page, we will be analyzing the Nikon AW130 and Panasonic TS1, both Waterproof digital cameras by competitors Nikon and Panasonic. There is a huge difference between the sensor resolutions of the AW130 (16MP) and TS1 (12MP) but both cameras have the same sensor sizes (1/2.3").

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The AW130 was brought out 6 years after the TS1 which is quite a significant gap as far as tech is concerned. Both the cameras have the same body design (Compact).

Before we go straight to a detailed comparison, here is a simple synopsis of how the AW130 scores against the TS1 in terms of portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Nikon AW130 over the Panasonic TS1

 AW130 TS1 
ReleasedFebruary 2015January 2009Newer by 74 months
Screen dimensions3"2.7"Bigger screen (+0.3")
Screen resolution921k230kCrisper screen (+691k dot)

Reasons to pick Panasonic TS1 over the Nikon AW130

 TS1 AW130 

Common features in the Nikon AW130 and Panasonic TS1

 AW130 TS1 
Focus manually No manual focus
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Selfie screen Neither has selfie screen
Touch friendly screen Neither has Touch friendly screen

Nikon AW130 vs Panasonic TS1 Physical Comparison

For anybody who is intending to travel with your camera frequently, you will want to consider its weight and size. The Nikon AW130 has physical dimensions of 110mm x 66mm x 27mm (4.3" x 2.6" x 1.1") along with a weight of 221 grams (0.49 lbs) whilst the Panasonic TS1 has specifications of 98mm x 63mm x 23mm (3.9" x 2.5" x 0.9") with a weight of 189 grams (0.42 lbs).

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Do not forget, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will change depending on the lens you select during that time. Following is a front view measurements comparison of the AW130 compared to the TS1.

Nikon AW130 vs Panasonic TS1 size comparison

Considering size and weight, the portability score of the AW130 and TS1 is 91 and 93 respectively.

Nikon AW130 vs Panasonic TS1 top view buttons comparison

Nikon AW130 vs Panasonic TS1 Sensor Comparison

Usually, it is very difficult to see the gap between sensor dimensions merely by reading through a spec sheet. The image here might give you a clearer sense of the sensor dimensions in the AW130 and TS1.

Clearly, the 2 cameras provide the same sensor dimensions albeit not the same MP. You should expect the Nikon AW130 to give greater detail having its extra 4MP. Higher resolution will also enable you to crop pictures more aggressively. The younger AW130 is going to have a benefit when it comes to sensor tech.

Nikon AW130 vs Panasonic TS1 sensor size comparison

Nikon AW130 vs Panasonic TS1 Screen and ViewFinder

Nikon AW130 vs Panasonic TS1 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
Photography Glossary

Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Nikon AW130 Portrait photography highlights
Panasonic TS1 Portrait photography highlights
36
MP count good (16 megapixels)
includes face detection focusing
no manual focus
no manual exposure
can't use external flash
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
does not have RAW files
21
lack of manual focus
no manual exposure
low resolution sensor (12MP)
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
lack of RAW format
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Street Comparison

Nikon AW130 Street photography features
Panasonic TS1 Street photography features
62
image stabilization (Optical)
weather proof
screen is fixed
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
does not have RAW files
61
image stabilization (Optical)
environment sealing
no moving screen
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
lack of RAW format
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Sports Comparison

Nikon AW130 Sports photography information
Panasonic TS1 Sports photography information
51
image stabilization (Optical)
MP count good (16MP)
includes tracking autofocus
weather proof
good battery (370 per charge)
no shutter priority mode
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
does not have phase detect AF
30
image stabilization (Optical)
environment sealing
low max shutter speed (1/1,300 seconds)
painfully slow continuous shooting (2.0 fps)
lack of shutter priority mode
low resolution sensor (12MP)
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
lack of phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Nikon AW130 Travel photography details
Panasonic TS1 Travel photography details
73
good battery (370 CIPA)
weather proof
MP count good (16MP)
built-in flash
decently wide (24mm)
doesn't have selfie friendly display
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.8)
61
environment sealing
flash built-in
pretty wide (28mm)
missing Time Lapse function
low resolution sensor (12MP)
doesn't have selfie friendly screen
slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
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Landscape Comparison

Landscape photography with Nikon AW130
Landscape photography with Panasonic TS1
50
decently wide (24mm)
screen size is good (3 inch)
image stabilization (Optical)
MP count good (16MP)
weather proof
good battery (370 shots)
no manual focus
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.8)
no manual exposure
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
does not have RAW files
35
pretty wide (28mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
environment sealing
lack of manual focus
can't swap lenses (fixed lens mount)
slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
tiny screen (2.7")
no manual exposure
low resolution sensor (12MP)
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
lack of RAW format
missing Time Lapse function
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Vlogging Comparison

Nikon AW130 as a Vlogging camera
Panasonic TS1 as a Vlogging camera
33
decently wide (24mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
includes face detection focusing
video res high (1920 x 1080 pixels)
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.8)
doesn't have selfie friendly display
lack of external mic port
28
pretty wide (28mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
doesn't have selfie friendly screen
low quality video (1280 x 720 resolution)
missing external mic jack
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Nikon AW130 vs Panasonic TS1 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Nikon AW130 and Panasonic TS1
 Nikon Coolpix AW130Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS1
General Information
Manufacturer Nikon Panasonic
Model type Nikon Coolpix AW130 Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS1
Alternate name - Lumix DMC-FT1
Type Waterproof Waterproof
Introduced 2015-02-10 2009-01-27
Body design Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Sensor type CMOS CCD
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions 6.17 x 4.55mm 6.08 x 4.56mm
Sensor surface area 28.1mm² 27.7mm²
Sensor resolution 16 megapixel 12 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3 and 16:9 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Maximum resolution 4608 x 3456 4000 x 3000
Maximum native ISO 6400 6400
Minimum native ISO 125 80
RAW files
Autofocusing
Focus manually
AF touch
Continuous AF
AF single
AF tracking
AF selectice
Center weighted AF
AF multi area
Live view AF
Face detection AF
Contract detection AF
Phase detection AF
Total focus points - 11
Lens
Lens mount type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 24-120mm (5.0x) 28-128mm (4.6x)
Maximal aperture f/2.8-4.9 f/3.3-5.9
Macro focusing distance 1cm 5cm
Focal length multiplier 5.8 5.9
Screen
Screen type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen size 3 inch 2.7 inch
Screen resolution 921k dot 230k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch operation
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None None
Features
Lowest shutter speed 4s 60s
Highest shutter speed 1/4000s 1/1300s
Continuous shooting speed 7.0 frames per second 2.0 frames per second
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Change WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash distance 5.20 m (at Auto ISO) -
Flash options - Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Syncro
Hot shoe
AEB
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60i ,50i, 30p, 25p), 1280 x 720 (30p, 25p), 640 x 480 (30p, 25p) 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 848 x 480 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
Maximum video resolution 1920x1080 1280x720
Video format MPEG-4, H.264 AVCHD Lite
Mic input
Headphone input
Connectivity
Wireless Built-In None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS BuiltIn None
Physical
Environmental seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 221 grams (0.49 lb) 189 grams (0.42 lb)
Physical dimensions 110 x 66 x 27mm (4.3" x 2.6" x 1.1") 98 x 63 x 23mm (3.9" x 2.5" x 0.9")
DXO scores
DXO All around rating not tested not tested
DXO Color Depth rating not tested not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating not tested not tested
DXO Low light rating not tested not tested
Other
Battery life 370 shots -
Battery format Battery Pack -
Battery ID EN-EL12 -
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 secs) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse recording
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC SD/MMC/SDHC, Internal
Storage slots 1 1
Price at launch $398 $380