Updated (January 2012): Compare the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS15 vs Pentax Optio RZ18

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10 vs Pentax Optio RZ10

Winner
Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10

69

Pentax Optio RZ10

50

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10

Built-in GPS
GPS
Great for travel
Full HD
Movie format
1080p @ 30fps
High speed movies
High-speed framerate
220 fps
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
 

Reasons to buy the Pentax Optio RZ10

Light sensitivity
High ISO
6,400 ISO
Macro focus
Great macro
1.0 cm
Weight
Light-weight
178 g

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differences

Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-ZS10

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Wide angle
Much better wide angle
24 mm vs 28 mm
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More than 10% better wide angle
GPS
Has a GPS
Yes vs No
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Automatically geotags your photos when traveling
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
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
3D
Takes 3D photos
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Screen size
Significantly larger screen
3" vs 2.7"
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More than 10% larger screen
Continuous shooting
Shoots much faster
10 fps vs 1 fps
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10x faster continuous shooting
Zoom
More zoom
16x vs 10x
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More than 2.5x more zoom
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
Image stabilization
Better image stabilization
  1. Lens
vs
  1. Sensor shift
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Less risk of blur
Screen resolution
Higher resolution screen
460k dots vs 230k dots
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2x higher resolution screen
Longest exposure
Much longer exposures
60s vs 4s
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15x longer exposures
Fastest shutter speed
Significantly faster max shutter speed
1/4000s vs 1/2000s
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2x faster max shutter speed
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Advantages of the Pentax RZ10

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Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
6,400 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The RZ10's maximum light sensitivity is 4 f-stops better
Macro focus
Significantly better macro capability
1.0 cm vs 3.0 cm
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Focus on subjects 3x closer to the lens
Aperture
Slightly wider aperture
f/3.2 vs f/3.3
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Almost the same
Weight
Lighter
178 g vs 219 g
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Around 20% lighter
Lowest price
Significantly cheaper
$112.01 vs $388.99
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The best price we've seen is $277 cheaper (3.5x less)
Size
Slightly smaller
97×61×33 mm vs 105×58×33 mm
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Almost the same
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recommendations

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

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

              Common Weaknesses
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              1.3"
              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

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

              Common Weaknesses
              External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
              Limited to the in-camera mic
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              DMC-ZS1016x
              RZ1010x

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS8

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS8

              Travel zoom

              $285

              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v

              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v

              Travel zoom

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Light sensitivity (boost) Lacks boost light sensitivity
              Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

              Travel zoom

              $437

              Zoom Has slightly more zoom
              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Weight Is slightly heavier

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20

              Panasonic Lumix ZS20

              Travel zoom

              $362

              Zoom More zoom
              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Longest exposure Much shorter max exposures
              Fastest shutter speed Significantly slower max shutter speed
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

              Travel zoom

              $247

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Touch screen No touch screen
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Panasonic Lumix ZS35

              Panasonic Lumix ZS35

              Travel zoom

              $130 - $209

              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Zoom More zoom
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS7

              Travel zoom

              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Panasonic Lumix ZS25

              Panasonic Lumix ZS25

              Travel zoom

              $306

              Zoom More zoom
              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Touch screen No touch screen

              Pentax Optio RZ10 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Pentax Optio RZ18

              Pentax Optio RZ18

              Travel zoom

              $160

              Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Lowest price Slightly more expensive
              Casio EX-Z3000

              Casio EX-Z3000

              Travel zoom

              Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
              Battery life Much longer battery life
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Macro focus Worse macro capability
              Nikon Coolpix S3700

              Nikon Coolpix S3700

              Travel zoom

              $109 - $117

              Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
              Size Significantly smaller
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Zoom Slightly less zoom
              Fujifilm FinePix F80EXR

              Fujifilm FinePix F80EXR

              Travel zoom

              $412

              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Macro focus Much worse macro capability
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Casio Exilim EX-ZR10

              Casio Exilim EX-ZR10

              Compact

              $157

              Continuous shooting Shoots much faster
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Macro focus Much worse macro capability
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity

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