Updated (January, 2012): Compare the Olympus SZ-11 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS15

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10

Winner
Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10

67

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Olympus SZ-10

55

Olympus SZ10

Runner-up
     

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10

Built-in GPS
GPS
Great for travel
High speed movies
High-speed framerate
220 fps
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
CMOS Sensor
Sensor type
Better in low light
 

Reasons to buy the Olympus SZ10

Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
Macro focus
Great macro
1 cm
 

differences

Advantages of the Olympus SZ10

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Panorama
Can create panoramas in-camera
Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Aperture
Wider aperture
f/3.1 vs f/3.3
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At its widest zoom, the SZ10's lens captures marginally more light (0.2 f-stops)
Macro focus
Better macro capability
1 cm vs 3 cm
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Focus on subjects 3x closer to the lens
Lowest price
Cheaper
$166.36 vs $299.99
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The best price we've seen is $134 cheaper (more than 40% less)
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Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-ZS10

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GPS
Has a GPS
Yes vs No
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Automatically geotags your photos when traveling
Wide angle
Better wide angle
24 mm vs 28 mm
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More than 10% better wide angle
Movie format
Higher resolution movies
1080p @ 30fps vs 720p @ 30fps
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video
Touch screen
Has a touch screen
Yes vs No
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Fewer buttons to worry about and direct interaction with camera menus
Sensor type
Has a CMOS-family sensor
CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
High-speed framerate
Records high-speed movies
220 fps vs None
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Capture events too fast for the naked eye and play them back in super-slow motion
Continuous shooting
Shoots significantly faster
10 fps vs 0.9 fps
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More than 11x faster continuous shooting
Image stabilization
Better image stabilization
Lens vs Sensor shift
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Less risk of blur
Size
Slightly smaller
105x58x33 mm vs 105x67x37 mm
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Around 30% smaller
Longest exposure
Significantly longer exposures
60s vs 4s
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15x longer exposures
Thickness
Slightly thinner
1.3" vs 1.5"
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More than 10% thinner
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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 digicams

              Common Strengths
              3D Both can take 3D photos, many cameras like these don't Help
              View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
              Common Weaknesses
              Viewfinder No viewfinders Help
              Can only preview photos on the screen
              Supports RAW No RAW support Help
              Less editing fidelity
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              1,600 ISO
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible

              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-ZS8

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS8

              Travel zoom

              $250 - $274

              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              Olympus XZ-2 iHS

              Olympus XZ-2 iHS

              Pro digicam

              $372

              Aperture Has a much wider aperture
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Weight Is slightly heavier

              Olympus SZ-10 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Fujifilm FinePix S4800

              Fujifilm FinePix S4800

              Super zoom

              $145

              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Zoom More zoom
              Size Much larger
              Screen resolution Lower resolution screen
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $378 - $469 body only

              $429 - $499 with 18-55mm lens

              Sensor size Much larger sensor
              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H50

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H50

              Super zoom

              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Aperture Wider aperture
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Fujifilm FinePix SL300

              Fujifilm FinePix SL300

              Super zoom

              $120

              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Zoom More zoom
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Size Much larger
              Nikon D3X

              Nikon D3X

              Pro DSLR

              $7,250 body only

              Sensor size Much larger sensor
              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Built-in flash No built-in flash
              Size Much larger

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20

              Panasonic Lumix ZS20

              Travel zoom

              $300 - $399

              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Zoom Slightly more zoom
              Longest exposure Shorter max exposures
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

              Travel zoom

              $260

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Zoom More zoom
              Touch screen No touch screen
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS7

              Travel zoom

              $685

              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Panasonic Lumix ZS25

              Panasonic Lumix ZS25

              Travel zoom

              $195 - $240

              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Zoom Slightly more zoom
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Panasonic Lumix ZS30

              Panasonic Lumix ZS30

              Travel zoom

              $249

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Longest exposure Shorter max exposures

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