Updated (January, 2013): Compare the Nikon Coolpix S9500 vs Panasonic Lumix ZS30

Panasonic Lumix ZS20

Winner
Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20

72

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Nikon Coolpix S9300

68

Nikon Coolpix S9300

Runner-up
     

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix ZS20

Built-in GPS
GPS
Great for travel
Really small
Size
Compact 105x59x28 mm
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
Takes 3D photos
3D
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
 

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

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
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Advantages of the Panasonic ZS20

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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
Zoom
More zoom
20x vs 18x
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More than 20% more zoom
Size
Smaller
105x59x28 mm vs 109x62x31 mm
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Around 20% smaller
Aperture
Wider aperture
f/3.3 vs f/3.5
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At its widest zoom, the ZS20's lens captures marginally more light (0.2 f-stops)
High-speed framerate
Higher speed movies
220 fps vs 120 fps
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More than 80% higher fps
Wide angle
Slightly better wide angle
24 mm vs 25 mm
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Almost the same
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 cm vs 4 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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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
              Zoom Great zoom Help
              S9300:18x
              ZS20:20x
              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
              Weight Heavy Help
              S9300:215 g
              ZS20:206 g
              Supports RAW No RAW support Help
              Less editing fidelity

              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

              Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

              Travel zoom

              $300 - $396

              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Thickness Is thicker
              HDR Lacks a built in HDR feature
              Nikon Coolpix S9700

              Nikon Coolpix S9700

              Travel zoom

              $278 - $297

              Zoom Has way more more zoom
              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              Thickness Is thicker
              HDR Lacks a built in HDR feature
              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Super zoom

              $150 - $246

              Zoom Has way more more zoom
              Battery life Has a significantly longer battery life
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is much heavier
              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Travel zoom

              $279 - $368

              Zoom Has way more more zoom
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Samsung WB350F

              Samsung WB350F

              Travel zoom

              $139 - $150

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              HDR Lacks a built in HDR feature
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              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 SX50 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Super zoom

              $349 - $500

              Zoom Has way more more zoom
              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is much heavier

              Nikon Coolpix S9300 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix S8200

              Nikon Coolpix S8200

              Travel zoom

              $250

              Macro focus Significantly better macro capability
              Aperture Wider aperture
              GPS No built-in GPS
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              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
              Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

              Travel zoom

              $149

              Size Significantly smaller
              Macro focus Significantly better macro capability
              GPS No built-in GPS
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX350

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX350

              Travel zoom

              $220 - $248

              Size Significantly smaller
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              GPS No built-in GPS
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix ZS30

              Panasonic Lumix ZS30

              Travel zoom

              $249

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Panasonic Lumix ZS25

              Panasonic Lumix ZS25

              Travel zoom

              $195 - $240

              Weight Slightly lighter
              Longest exposure Longer exposures
              GPS No built-in GPS
              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
              Size Significantly larger
              Panasonic Lumix ZS35

              Panasonic Lumix ZS35

              Travel zoom

              $158 - $248

              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Lowest price Cheaper
              GPS No built-in GPS
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $498 - $578

              Aperture Much wider aperture
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Zoom Significantly less zoom

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