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

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10

Winner
Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10

66

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Pentax Optio RZ10

48

Pentax Optio RZ10

Runner-up
     

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10

Built-in GPS
GPS
Great for travel
Really small
Size
Compact 105x58x33 mm
High speed movies
High-speed framerate
220 fps
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
 

Reasons to buy the Pentax Optio RZ10

Size
Really small
Compact 97x61x33 mm
Light sensitivity
High ISO
6,400 ISO
Macro focus
Great macro
1 cm
Weight
Light-weight
178 g
 

differences

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
3D
Takes 3D photos
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Wide angle
Better wide angle
24 mm vs 28 mm
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More than 10% better wide angle
Zoom
More zoom
16x vs 10x
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More than 2.5x more zoom
Touch screen
Has a touch screen
Yes vs No
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Fewer buttons to worry about and direct interaction with camera menus
Movie format
Higher resolution movies
1080p @ 30fps vs 720p @ 30fps
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video
Sensor type
Has a CMOS-family sensor
CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
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
HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Screen size
Larger screen
3.0" vs 2.7"
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More than 10% larger screen
Screen resolution
Higher resolution screen
460k dots vs 230k dots
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2x higher resolution screen
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
10 fps vs 1 fps
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10x faster continuous shooting
Image stabilization
Better image stabilization
Lens vs Sensor shift
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Less risk of blur
Longest exposure
Much longer exposures
60s vs 4s
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15x longer exposures
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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 2 f-stops better
Macro focus
Better macro capability
1 cm vs 3 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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At its widest zoom, the RZ10's lens captures marginally more light (0.1 f-stops)
Weight
Lighter
178 g vs 219 g
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Around 20% lighter
Size
Slightly smaller
97x61x33 mm vs 105x58x33 mm
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Almost the same
Lowest price
Cheaper
$135.00 vs $299.99
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The best price we've seen is $165 cheaper (2.2x less)
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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
              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
              Size Large Help
              DMC-ZS10:105x58x33 mm
              RZ10:97x61x33 mm

              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-ZS7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS7

              Travel zoom

              $685

              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20

              Panasonic Lumix ZS20

              Travel zoom

              $300 - $399

              Zoom Has slightly more zoom
              Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

              Super zoom

              $350 - $598

              Zoom Has much more zoom
              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Olympus SZ-10

              Olympus SZ10

              Travel zoom

              $166

              Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              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
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS8

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS8

              Travel zoom

              $250 - $274

              Weight Slightly lighter
              Lowest price Slightly cheaper
              GPS No built-in GPS
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Panasonic Lumix ZS25

              Panasonic Lumix ZS25

              Travel zoom

              $193 - $209

              Zoom More zoom
              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS15

              Panasonic Lumix ZS15

              Travel zoom

              $445

              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS3

              Travel zoom

              GPS No built-in GPS
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos

              Pentax Optio RZ10 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Fujifilm FinePix J50

              Fujifilm FinePix J50

              Compact

              Size Significantly smaller
              Aperture Wider aperture
              Wide angle Much worse wide angle
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Casio Exilim EX-ZR10

              Casio Exilim EX-ZR10

              Compact

              $155

              Continuous shooting Shoots much faster
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Macro focus Much worse macro capability
              Zoom Slightly less zoom
              Pentax Optio RZ18

              Pentax Optio RZ18

              Travel zoom

              $151

              Zoom More zoom
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX50

              Sony Cyber-shot WX50

              Ultra compact

              $200

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Size Much smaller
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro capability
              Zoom Less zoom
              Nikon Coolpix P7100

              Nikon Coolpix P7100

              Pro digicam

              $570

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Size Much larger
              Weight Much heavier

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