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Olympus SZ10

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Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix S9100

Screen resolution
High resolution screen
921k dots
High-speed framerate
High speed movies
240 fps
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
 

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
 
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differences

Advantages of the Olympus SZ10

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3D Takes 3D photos Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Aperture Wider aperture f/3.1 vs f/3.5
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At its widest zoom, the SZ10's lens captures marginally more light (0.4 f-stops)
Macro focus Significantly better macro capability 1 cm vs 4 cm
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Focus on subjects 4x closer to the lens
Lowest price Cheaper $143.86 vs $229.99
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The best price we've seen is $86 cheaper (around 40% less)
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Advantages of the Nikon S9100

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Movie format Higher resolution movies 1080p @ 30fps vs 720p @ 30fps
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video
Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen 921k dots vs 460k dots
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More than 2x higher resolution screen
Wide angle Better wide angle 25 mm vs 28 mm
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More than 10% better wide angle
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 240 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 faster 9.5 fps vs 0.9 fps
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More than 10.5x faster continuous shooting
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 3,200 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The S9100's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
Weight Slightly lighter 214 g vs 235 g
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Around 10% lighter
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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 Common Weaknesses
              Panorama In-camera panoramas Help
              Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
              Viewfinder No viewfinders Help
              Can only preview photos on the screen
              Supports RAW No RAW support Help
              Less editing fidelity
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible

              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
              More buttons
              Image stabilization Poor image stabilization Help
              Sensor shift
              GPS No built-in GPS Help
              Missing geo-tagging

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Travel zoom

              $279 - $368

              Zoom Has slightly more zoom
              Image stabilization Has better image stabilization
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Panorama Lacks a built in panoramas
              Olympus Stylus SZ-16 iHS

              Olympus Stylus SZ-16 iHS

              Travel zoom

              $129 - $150

              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing

              Olympus SZ-10 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10

              Travel zoom

              $300 - $310

              GPS Has a GPS
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Casio Exilim EX-Z100

              Casio Exilim EX-Z100

              Compact

              $180

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Size Smaller
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Macro focus Much worse macro capability
              Sony Cybershot DSC-H70

              Sony Cybershot H70

              Travel zoom

              $125

              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Image stabilization Better image stabilization
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Olympus SZ-14

              Olympus SZ-14

              Digicam

              $125

              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Continuous shooting Shoots significantly faster
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Fujifilm XF1

              Fujifilm XF1

              Pro digicam

              $239 - $294

              Aperture Much wider aperture
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Zoom Slightly less zoom
              Macro focus Worse macro capability

              Nikon Coolpix S9100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix S9200

              Nikon Coolpix S9200

              Travel zoom

              $265

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Image stabilization Better image stabilization
              High-speed framerate Lower speed movies
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Nikon Coolpix S9300

              Nikon Coolpix S9300

              Travel zoom

              $275

              GPS Has a GPS
              3D Takes 3D photos
              High-speed framerate Lower speed movies
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Nikon Coolpix S8100

              Nikon Coolpix S8100

              Travel zoom

              $250

              Macro focus Significantly better macro capability
              Image stabilization Better image stabilization
              Wide angle Significantly worse wide angle
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Nikon Coolpix S9700

              Nikon Coolpix S9700

              Travel zoom

              $278 - $297

              GPS Has a GPS
              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Canon PowerShot SX230 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX230 HS

              Travel zoom

              $206

              GPS Has a GPS
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Wide angle Worse wide angle

              appearance

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