Updated (January, 2013): Compare the Nikon Coolpix S9500 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS15

Nikon Coolpix S9300

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Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix S9300

High resolution screen
Screen resolution
921k dots
In-camera panoramas
Panorama
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
Built-in GPS
GPS
Great for travel
CMOS Sensor
Sensor type
Better in low light
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10

High-speed framerate
High speed movies
220 fps
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
200 ms shutter lag
Longest exposure
Long exposures
60 seconds
 

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
Panorama
Can create panoramas in-camera
Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Zoom
More zoom
18x vs 16x
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Around 30% more zoom
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
3,200 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The S9300's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
Thickness
Slightly thinner
1.2" vs 1.3"
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Around 10% thinner
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$275.25 vs $299.99
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The best price we've seen is $25 cheaper (around 10% less)
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Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-ZS10

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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
Aperture
Wider aperture
f/3.3 vs f/3.5
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At its widest zoom, the DMC-ZS10's lens captures marginally more light (0.2 f-stops)
Wide angle
Slightly 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
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 cm vs 4 cm
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Focus on subjects around 30% closer to the lens
Longest exposure
Much longer exposures
60s vs 4s
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15x longer exposures
Size
Slightly smaller
105x58x33 mm vs 109x62x31 mm
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Almost the same
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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
              Zoom Great zoom Help
              S9300:18x
              DMC-ZS10:16x
              GPS Built-in GPS Help
              Great for travel
              HDR In-camera HDR Help
              Combines multiple exposures
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              Lens
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              Fastest shutter speed Fast max shutter speeds Help
              1/4000 of a second
              Common Weaknesses
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              Weight Heavy Help
              S9300:215 g
              DMC-ZS10:219 g
              Supports RAW No RAW support Help
              Less editing fidelity
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Size Large Help
              S9300:109x62x31 mm
              DMC-ZS10:105x58x33 mm

              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

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20

              Panasonic Lumix ZS20

              Travel zoom

              $300

              Size Is slightly smaller
              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Travel zoom

              $299 - $368

              Zoom Has way more more zoom
              Battery life Has a much longer battery life
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier

              Nikon Coolpix S9300 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix S9500

              Nikon Coolpix S9500

              Travel zoom

              $221

              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              Zoom More zoom
              Screen resolution Lower resolution screen
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Nikon Coolpix S9700

              Nikon Coolpix S9700

              Travel zoom

              $222 - $300

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
              Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

              Travel zoom

              $179 - $180

              Size Smaller
              Battery life Significantly longer battery life
              GPS No built-in GPS
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Nikon Coolpix S9100

              Nikon Coolpix S9100

              Travel zoom

              $265

              High-speed framerate Higher speed movies
              Battery life Longer battery life
              GPS No built-in GPS
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Nikon Coolpix S8200

              Nikon Coolpix S8200

              Travel zoom

              $340

              Macro focus Significantly better macro capability
              Aperture Wider aperture
              GPS No built-in GPS
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus SZ-10

              Olympus SZ10

              Travel zoom

              $152

              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Zoom More zoom
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS7

              Travel zoom

              $685

              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

              Travel zoom

              $260

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Touch screen No touch screen
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS8

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS8

              Travel zoom

              $250 - $273

              Weight Slightly lighter
              Lowest price Slightly cheaper
              GPS No built-in GPS
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Panasonic Lumix ZS35

              Panasonic Lumix ZS35

              Travel zoom

              $134 - $248

              Zoom More zoom
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              GPS No built-in GPS
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos

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