Updated (February, 2014): Compare the Nikon Coolpix S9700 vs Panasonic Lumix TZ40

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Nikon Coolpix S9500

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Nikon Coolpix S9500

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Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix TZ40

GPS
Built-in GPS
Great for travel
Screen resolution
High resolution screen
920k dots
Size
Really small
Compact 105x59x28 mm
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix S9500

GPS
Built-in GPS
Great for travel
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
 
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differences

Advantages of the Nikon S9500

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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
Focus points Significantly more focus points 99 vs 23
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Zoom More zoom 22x vs 20x
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More than 20% more zoom
Macro focus Better macro capability 1 cm vs 3 cm
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Focus on subjects 3x closer to the lens
Lowest price Slightly cheaper $196.95 vs $242.05
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The best price we've seen is $45 cheaper (around 20% less)
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Advantages of the Panasonic TZ40

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Touch screen Has a touch screen Yes vs No
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Fewer buttons to worry about and direct interaction with camera menus
Screen resolution Higher resolution screen 920k dots vs 614k dots
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Around 50% higher resolution screen
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 6,400 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The TZ40's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
Size Smaller 105x59x28 mm vs 110x60x31 mm
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Around 20% smaller
Wide angle Slightly better wide angle 24 mm vs 25 mm
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Almost the same
Battery life Longer battery life 300 shots vs 230 shots
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More than 30% more shots per battery charge
Aperture Slightly wider aperture f/3.3 vs f/3.4
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At its widest zoom, the TZ40's lens captures marginally more light (0.1 f-stops)
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 10 fps vs 7.5 fps
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More than 30% faster continuous shooting
Thickness Thinner 1.1" vs 1.2"
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Around 10% thinner
Longest exposure Longer exposures 15s vs 4s
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Around 4x longer exposures
Weight Slightly lighter 198 g vs 205 g
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Almost the same
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recommendations

Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent travel zooms, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent compacts

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Zoom Great zoom Help
              S9500:22x
              TZ40:20x
              3D Both can take 3D photos, many cameras like these don't Help
              View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
              HDR In-camera HDR Help
              Combines multiple exposures
              GPS Built-in GPS Help
              Great for travel
              High-speed framerate Very high speed movies Help
              S9500:240 fps
              TZ40:220 fps
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              Lens
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              Panorama In-camera panoramas Help
              Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama

              Snapsort is not aware of any interesting weaknesses shared by these two products.

              Compared to recent travel zooms

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses

              Snapsort is not aware of any interesting strengths shared by these two products.

              Snapsort is not aware of any interesting weaknesses shared by these two products.

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Travel zoom

              $348

              Zoom Has much more zoom
              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

              Travel zoom

              $279

              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon Coolpix S9700

              Nikon Coolpix S9700

              Travel zoom

              $297

              Zoom Has much more zoom
              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Panasonic Lumix TZ35

              Panasonic Lumix TZ35

              Travel zoom

              $192

              Longest exposure Slightly longer exposures
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              GPS Doesn't have a built-in GPS
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ30

              Panasonic Lumix TZ30

              Travel zoom

              $489

              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Travel zoom

              $329 - $350

              Zoom Has much more zoom
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX350

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX350

              Travel zoom

              $288

              Size Is slightly smaller
              Light sensitivity Significantly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos

              Nikon Coolpix S9500 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix S9400

              Nikon Coolpix S9400

              Travel zoom

              $194

              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Zoom Less zoom

              Panasonic Lumix TZ40 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

              Travel zoom

              $490 - $515

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Supports RAW Shoots RAW
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Size Significantly larger
              Panasonic Lumix ZS40

              Panasonic Lumix ZS40

              Travel zoom

              $415 - $448

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Supports RAW Shoots RAW
              Touch screen No touch screen
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos

              appearance

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