Updated (January, 2013): Compare the Nikon Coolpix S9500 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ30

Panasonic Lumix TZ30 vs Nikon Coolpix S9300

Winner
Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ30

72

Nikon Coolpix S9300

68

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix TZ30

Really small
Size
Compact (105×59×28 mm)
High speed movies
High-speed framerate
220 fps
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
Thin
Thickness
1.1"
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix S9300

Screen resolution
High resolution screen
921k dots
Fastest shutter speed
Fast shutter speed
1/4000 of a second
GPS
Built-in GPS
Great for travel
Size
Really small
Compact (109×62×31 mm)

galleries

Explore our gallery of 3 sample photos taken by the Nikon Coolpix S9300.
Explore our gallery of 49 sample photos taken by the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ30.

differences

Advantages of the Nikon S9300

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Screen resolution
Significantly higher resolution screen
921k dots vs 460k dots
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More than 2x higher resolution screen
Fastest shutter speed
Significantly faster max shutter speed
1/4000s vs 1/2000s
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2x faster max shutter speed
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$239.00 vs $266.92
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The best price we've seen is $28 cheaper (more than 10% less)
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Advantages of the Panasonic TZ30

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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
High-speed framerate
Higher speed movies
220 fps vs 120 fps
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More than 80% higher fps
Size
Smaller
105×59×28 mm vs 109×62×31 mm
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Around 20% smaller
Zoom
Slightly more zoom
20x vs 18x
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More than 20% more zoom
Aperture
Wider aperture
f/3.3 vs f/3.5
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At its widest zoom, the TZ30's lens captures marginally more light (0.2 f-stops)
Battery life
Longer battery life
260 shots vs 200 shots
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30% more shots per battery charge
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
10 fps vs 6.9 fps
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More than 40% faster continuous shooting
Macro focus
Better macro capability
3.0 cm vs 4.0 cm
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Focus on subjects around 30% closer to the lens
Thickness
Thinner
1.1" vs 1.2"
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Around 10% thinner
Weight
Slightly lighter
206 g vs 215 g
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Almost the same
Longest exposure
Longer exposures
15s vs 4s
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Around 4x longer exposures
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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
              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
              S93001080p @ 30fps
              TZ301080p @ 60fps
              Zoom Great zoom Help
              S930018x
              TZ3020x
              High-speed framerate Very high speed movies Help
              S9300120 fps
              TZ30220 fps
              GPS Built-in GPS Help
              Great for travel
              HDR In-camera HDR Help
              Combines multiple exposures
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              1. Lens
              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
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              3,200 ISO

              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

              Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

              Travel zoom

              $282

              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Travel zoom

              $293 - $348

              Zoom Has much more zoom
              Battery life Has a much longer battery life
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ25

              Panasonic Lumix TZ25

              Travel zoom

              $234

              Thickness Is thicker
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Nikon Coolpix S9700

              Nikon Coolpix S9700

              Travel zoom

              $197

              Zoom Has much more zoom
              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Travel zoom

              $279 - $280

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

              Nikon Coolpix S9300 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

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              Fujifilm FinePix S9500

              Pro digicam

              $811

              Aperture Wider aperture
              External flash Supports an external flash
              Size Much larger
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Nikon Coolpix S8200

              Nikon Coolpix S8200

              Travel zoom

              $278

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Macro focus Better macro capability
              GPS No built-in GPS
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Nikon Coolpix S7000

              Nikon Coolpix S7000

              Travel zoom

              $177 - $197

              Size Smaller
              Zoom Slightly more zoom
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Nikon Coolpix S9200

              Nikon Coolpix S9200

              Travel zoom

              $251

              GPS No built-in GPS
              Fujifilm FinePix F770 EXR

              Fujifilm FinePix F770 EXR

              Travel zoom

              $224

              High-speed framerate Higher speed movies
              Supports RAW Shoots RAW
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Image stabilization Worse image stabilization

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ30 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

              Travel zoom

              $252

              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Panasonic Lumix TZ40

              Panasonic Lumix TZ40

              Travel zoom

              $220

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

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS50 (Lumix DMC-TZ70)

              Travel zoom

              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Panasonic Lumix ZS35

              Panasonic Lumix ZS35

              Travel zoom

              $130 - $209

              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 TZ35

              Panasonic Lumix TZ35

              Travel zoom

              $190

              Weight Slightly lighter
              Longest exposure Longer exposures
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Touch screen No touch screen

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              discussion

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              Claudio (4:31 PM, April 09, 2012)
              Más que comentario una pregunta: el sensor de ambas es MOS, pues bien ¿es alguno de los dos retroiluminado?