Updated (January, 2013): Compare the Nikon Coolpix S9500 vs Panasonic Lumix ZS25

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Panasonic Lumix ZS15

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Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix S9300

GPS
Built-in GPS
Great for travel
Screen resolution
High resolution screen
921k dots
Size
Really small
Compact 109x62x31 mm
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix ZS15

Size
Really small
Compact 105x58x33 mm
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
 
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differences

Advantages of the Nikon S9300

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GPS Has a GPS Yes vs No
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Automatically geotags your photos when traveling
Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen 921k dots vs 460k dots
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More than 2x higher resolution screen
Zoom More zoom 18x vs 16x
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Around 30% more zoom
High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies 120 fps vs None
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Capture events too fast for the naked eye and play them back in super-slow motion
Lowest price Cheaper $275.25 vs $445.47
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The best price we've seen is $170 cheaper (around 40% less)
Thickness Slightly thinner 1.2" vs 1.3"
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Around 10% thinner
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Advantages of the Panasonic ZS15

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Aperture Wider aperture f/3.3 vs f/3.5
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At its widest zoom, the ZS15'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
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
Weight Slightly lighter 208 g vs 215 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 Common Weaknesses
              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
              ZS15:16x
              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
              Supports RAW No RAW support Help
              Less editing fidelity
              Weight Heavy Help
              S9300:215 g
              ZS15:208 g
              Size Large Help
              S9300:109x62x31 mm
              ZS15:105x58x33 mm

              Compared to recent travel zooms

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses

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

              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

              Travel zoom

              $179 - $199

              Size Is slightly smaller
              Battery life Has a significantly longer battery life
              HDR Lacks a built in HDR feature
              Panorama Lacks a built in panoramas
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10

              Travel zoom

              $300 - $310

              High-speed framerate Records even higher-speed movies
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Panorama Lacks a built in panoramas
              Olympus Stylus SZ-15

              Olympus Stylus SZ-15

              Travel zoom

              $95 - $200

              Zoom Has significantly more zoom
              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Thickness Is thicker
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

              Travel zoom

              $129 - $179

              Size Is significantly smaller
              High-speed framerate Records even higher-speed movies
              HDR Lacks a built in HDR feature
              Panorama Lacks a built in panoramas
              Nikon Coolpix P330

              Nikon Coolpix P330

              Pro digicam

              $240

              Aperture Has a much wider aperture
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              HDR Lacks a built in HDR feature
              Zoom Has significantly less zoom

              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

              $278 - $297

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Super zoom

              $167 - $227

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Size Much larger
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Fujifilm FinePix S9100

              Fujifilm FinePix S9100

              Pro digicam

              $350

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Supports RAW Shoots RAW
              Size Much larger
              GPS No built-in GPS
              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-ZS15 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20

              Panasonic Lumix ZS20

              Travel zoom

              $340 - $399

              GPS Has a GPS
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Longest exposure Much shorter max exposures
              Panasonic Lumix ZS25

              Panasonic Lumix ZS25

              Travel zoom

              $200 - $209

              Zoom More zoom
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Longest exposure Significantly shorter max exposures
              Panasonic Lumix ZS30

              Panasonic Lumix ZS30

              Travel zoom

              $269 - $319

              GPS Has a GPS
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Longest exposure Much shorter max exposures
              Nikon Coolpix L28

              Nikon Coolpix L28

              Compact

              $70 - $88

              Size Smaller
              Aperture Slightly wider aperture
              Zoom Less zoom
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos

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