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
3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix ZS15

3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
Longest exposure
Long exposures
60 seconds
 
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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
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
Size Slightly smaller 105x58x33 mm vs 109x62x31 mm
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Almost the same
Longest exposure Much longer exposures 60s vs 4s
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15x longer exposures
Macro focus Slightly better macro capability 3 cm vs 4 cm
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Focus on subjects around 30% closer to the lens
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
        Weight Heavy Help
        S9300:215 g
        ZS15:208 g
        Supports RAW No RAW support Help
        Less editing fidelity
        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.

        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

        $330 - $399

        Size Is slightly smaller
        High-speed framerate Records even higher-speed movies
        Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
        Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

        Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

        Travel zoom

        $235 - $300

        High-speed framerate Records even higher-speed movies
        Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
        HDR Lacks a built in HDR feature
        3D Doesn't take 3D photos
        Panasonic Lumix ZS30

        Panasonic Lumix ZS30

        Travel zoom

        $500

        Size Is slightly smaller
        High-speed framerate Records even higher-speed movies
        Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
        Nikon Coolpix S6500

        Nikon Coolpix S6500

        Travel zoom

        $84 - $220

        Size Is slightly smaller
        Thickness Is thinner
        Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
        Zoom Has slightly less zoom
        Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

        Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

        Super zoom

        $199 - $250

        Zoom Has way more more zoom
        High-speed framerate Records even higher-speed movies
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is much heavier
        Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

        Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

        Travel zoom

        $199 - $252

        Size Is slightly smaller
        Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
        HDR Lacks a built in HDR feature
        Panorama Lacks a built in panoramas
        Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

        Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

        Travel zoom

        $299 - $300

        Zoom Has way more more zoom
        High-speed framerate Records even higher-speed movies
        Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
        Thickness Is thicker

        Nikon Coolpix S9300 Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Nikon Coolpix S9500

        Nikon Coolpix S9500

        Travel zoom

        $210

        Screen type Has an OLED screen
        Zoom More zoom
        Screen resolution Lower resolution screen
        Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
        Nikon Coolpix S9100

        Nikon Coolpix S9100

        Travel zoom

        $247 - $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 S9700

        Nikon Coolpix S9700

        Travel zoom

        $297

        Zoom Much more zoom
        Screen type Has an OLED screen
        3D Doesn't take 3D photos
        HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
        Nikon Coolpix S9200

        Nikon Coolpix S9200

        Travel zoom

        $204

        GPS No built-in GPS
        Nikon Coolpix L830

        Nikon Coolpix L830

        Super zoom

        $227

        Zoom Much more zoom
        Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
        Size Much larger
        GPS No built-in GPS

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS15 Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Panasonic Lumix ZS25

        Panasonic Lumix ZS25

        Travel zoom

        $215 - $240

        Zoom More zoom
        High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
        Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
        Longest exposure Significantly shorter max exposures
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10

        Travel zoom

        $235 - $300

        GPS Has a GPS
        Touch screen Has a touch screen
        Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
        Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX80

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX80

        Travel zoom

        $148

        Size Significantly smaller
        Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
        Zoom Less zoom
        Screen size Smaller screen

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