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Nikon Coolpix S9300

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Nikon Coolpix S9300

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Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix ZS20

GPS
Built-in GPS
Great for travel
Size
Really small
Compact 105x59x28 mm
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix S9300

GPS
Built-in GPS
Great for travel
Screen resolution
High resolution screen
921k dots
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
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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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)
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
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 Slightly 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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              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
              ZS20:20x
              HDR In-camera HDR Help
              Combines multiple exposures
              GPS Built-in GPS Help
              Great for travel
              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
              ZS20:206 g
              Supports RAW No RAW support Help
              Less editing fidelity

              Compared to recent travel zooms

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses

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

              Battery life Few shots per battery charge Help
              S9300:200 shots
              ZS20:260 shots

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix ZS30

              Panasonic Lumix ZS30

              Travel zoom

              $329

              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Panasonic Lumix ZS25

              Panasonic Lumix ZS25

              Travel zoom

              $210 - $220

              Longest exposure Slightly longer exposures
              GPS Doesn't have a built-in GPS
              Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

              Travel zoom

              $200 - $300

              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Thickness Is thicker
              HDR Lacks a built in HDR feature
              Nikon Coolpix S9500

              Nikon Coolpix S9500

              Travel zoom

              $175

              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              Focus points Has significantly more focus points
              Size Is slightly larger
              Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

              Travel zoom

              $279

              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon PowerShot SX270 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX270 HS

              Travel zoom

              $213

              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX350

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX350

              Travel zoom

              $288

              Size Is slightly smaller
              Light sensitivity Much higher maximum light sensitivity
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies

              Nikon Coolpix S9300 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix S9700

              Nikon Coolpix S9700

              Travel zoom

              $327

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
              Nikon Coolpix S8200

              Nikon Coolpix S8200

              Travel zoom

              $286

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Macro focus Better macro capability
              GPS No built-in GPS
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Nikon Coolpix S9100

              Nikon Coolpix S9100

              Travel zoom

              $185

              High-speed framerate Higher speed movies
              Battery life Longer battery life
              GPS No built-in GPS
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Nikon Coolpix S9200

              Nikon Coolpix S9200

              Travel zoom

              $199

              Lowest price Slightly cheaper
              GPS No built-in GPS

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix ZS19

              Panasonic Lumix ZS19

              Travel zoom

              $140 - $220

              Lowest price Cheaper
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

              Travel zoom

              $490 - $515

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Size Significantly larger
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Travel zoom

              $348 - $448

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Size Significantly larger
              Touch screen No touch screen

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              Nikon Coolpix S9300 Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20
              Nikon Coolpix S9300 Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20

              discussion

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