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

Panasonic Lumix TZ40 vs Nikon Coolpix S9500

Winner
Panasonic Lumix TZ40

77

Nikon Coolpix S9500

68

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix TZ40

High resolution screen
Screen resolution
920k dots
Really small
Size
Compact 105x59x28 mm
High ISO
Light sensitivity
6,400 ISO
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix S9500

High-speed framerate
High speed movies
240 fps
Screen type
OLED Screen
Bright and vivid
Focus points
Many focus points
99
Macro focus
Great macro
1 cm

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
Many 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
High-speed framerate
Higher speed movies
240 fps vs 220 fps
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Around 10% higher fps
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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
Wide angle
Better wide angle
24 mm vs 25 mm
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Almost the same
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
Battery life
Significantly longer battery life
300 shots vs 230 shots
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More than 30% more shots per battery charge
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
10 fps vs 7.5 fps
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More than 30% faster continuous shooting
Aperture
Slightly wider aperture
f/3.3 vs f/3.4
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Almost the same
Thickness
Thinner
1.1" vs 1.2"
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Around 10% thinner
Fastest shutter speed
Faster max shutter speed
1/2000s vs 1/1500s
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More than 20% faster max shutter speed
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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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
              Zoom Great zoom Help
              S950022x
              TZ4020x
              High-speed framerate Extremely high speed movies Help
              S9500240 fps
              TZ40220 fps
              3D Both can take 3D photos, many cameras like these don't Help
              View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
              Movie format Full HD (1080p) video Help
              S95001080p @ 30fps
              TZ401080p @ 60fps
              HDR In-camera HDR Help
              Combines multiple exposures
              GPS Built-in GPS Help
              Great for travel
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              Panorama In-camera panoramas Help
              Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
              Common Weaknesses
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land

              Compared to recent travel zooms

              Common Strengths

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

              Common Weaknesses
              External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
              Limited to the in-camera mic

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

              Travel zoom

              $260

              Zoom Has much more zoom
              Supports RAW Shoots RAW
              Thickness Is thicker
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Travel zoom

              $283 - $398

              Zoom Has much more zoom
              Battery life Has a significantly longer battery life
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Nikon Coolpix S9700

              Nikon Coolpix S9700

              Travel zoom

              $150

              Zoom Has much more zoom
              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Travel zoom

              $279 - $403

              Zoom Has much more zoom
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

              Travel zoom

              $175 - $180

              HDR Lacks a built-in HDR feature
              Panorama Lacks built-in panoramas
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX350

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX350

              Travel zoom

              $212 - $248

              Size Is slightly smaller
              Light sensitivity Much higher maximum light sensitivity
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

              Travel zoom

              $274

              Fastest shutter speed Has a faster max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier

              Nikon Coolpix S9500 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix S9900

              Nikon Coolpix S9900

              Travel zoom

              $347

              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              GPS No built-in GPS
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies

              Panasonic Lumix TZ40 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix ZS35

              Panasonic Lumix ZS35

              Travel zoom

              $140 - $298

              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Lowest price Cheaper
              GPS No built-in GPS
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ30

              Panasonic Lumix TZ30

              Travel zoom

              $275

              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS50 (Lumix DMC-TZ70)

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS50 (Lumix DMC-TZ70)

              Travel zoom

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Touch screen No touch screen

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