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

Panasonic Lumix TZ40

Winner
Panasonic Lumix TZ40

79

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Nikon Coolpix S9500

73

Nikon Coolpix S9500

Runner-up
     

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix TZ40

Built-in GPS
GPS
Great for travel
High resolution screen
Screen resolution
920k dots
Really small
Size
Compact 105x59x28 mm
High speed movies
High-speed framerate
220 fps
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix S9500

GPS
Built-in GPS
Great for travel
High-speed framerate
High speed movies
240 fps
Screen type
OLED Screen
Bright and vivid
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
 

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
Screen resolution
Higher resolution screen
920k dots vs 614k dots
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Around 50% higher resolution screen
Size
Smaller
105x59x28 mm vs 110x60x31 mm
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Around 20% smaller
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
Battery life
Longer battery life
300 shots vs 230 shots
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More than 30% more shots per battery charge
Wide angle
Slightly better wide angle
24 mm vs 25 mm
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Almost the same
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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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
              S9500:22x
              TZ40:20x
              3D Both can take 3D photos, many cameras like these don't Help
              View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
              High-speed framerate Very high speed movies Help
              S9500:240 fps
              TZ40:220 fps
              GPS Built-in GPS Help
              Great for travel
              HDR In-camera HDR Help
              Combines multiple exposures
              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
              Common Weaknesses

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

              Compared to recent travel zooms

              Common Strengths

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

              Common Weaknesses

              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 - $368

              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

              $278 - $297

              Zoom Has much more zoom
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

              Travel zoom

              $179 - $180

              HDR Lacks a built in HDR feature
              Panorama Lacks a built in panoramas
              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Travel zoom

              $279 - $404

              Zoom Has much more zoom
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

              Travel zoom

              $270 - $360

              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Panasonic Lumix TZ35

              Panasonic Lumix TZ35

              Travel zoom

              $196

              Longest exposure Slightly longer exposures
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              GPS Doesn't have a built-in GPS
              Samsung WB350F

              Samsung WB350F

              Travel zoom

              $139 - $155

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              HDR Lacks a built in HDR feature
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos

              Nikon Coolpix S9500 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon IXUS 265 HS

              Canon IXUS 265 HS

              Travel zoom

              $419

              Size Significantly smaller
              Thickness Thinner
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Zoom Significantly less zoom

              Panasonic Lumix TZ40 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

              Travel zoom

              $260

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Supports RAW Shoots RAW
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Size Significantly larger
              Panasonic Lumix ZS35

              Panasonic Lumix ZS35

              Travel zoom

              $179 - $404

              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Lowest price Slightly cheaper
              GPS No built-in GPS
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ30

              Panasonic Lumix TZ30

              Travel zoom

              $275

              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity

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