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

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Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10

GPS
Built-in GPS
Great for travel
Size
Really small
Compact 105x58x33 mm
High-speed framerate
High speed movies
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 | Recommendations | Similarities | Competitors | Appearance | Discussion

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
Wide angle Better wide angle 24 mm vs 28 mm
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More than 10% better wide angle
3D Takes 3D photos Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
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 $147.38 vs $299.99
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The best price we've seen is $153 cheaper (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 Common Weaknesses

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

              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 Common Weaknesses

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

              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 - $280

              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v

              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v

              Travel zoom

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
              Light sensitivity (boost) Lacks boost light sensitivity
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon Coolpix S8100

              Nikon Coolpix S8100

              Travel zoom

              $250

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Light sensitivity (boost) Lacks boost light sensitivity
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon ELPH 300 HS

              Canon ELPH 300 HS

              Compact

              $220

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Size Is significantly smaller
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20

              Panasonic Lumix ZS20

              Travel zoom

              $340 - $798

              Zoom More zoom
              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Longest exposure Much shorter max exposures
              Panasonic Lumix ZS25

              Panasonic Lumix ZS25

              Travel zoom

              $195 - $209

              Zoom More zoom
              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS7

              Travel zoom

              $685

              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS15

              Panasonic Lumix ZS15

              Travel zoom

              $436

              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-TZ60

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

              Travel zoom

              $279

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

              Pentax Optio RZ10 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Super zoom

              $199 - $250

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Size Much larger
              Thickness Much thicker
              Pentax Optio RS1000

              Pentax Optio RS1000

              Compact

              $160

              Size Significantly smaller
              Screen size Larger screen
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Macro focus Much worse macro capability
              Pentax Optio RZ18

              Pentax Optio RZ18

              Travel zoom

              $153

              Zoom More zoom
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $448 - $580

              Aperture Much wider aperture
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro capability
              Zoom Less zoom
              Pentax Optio LS465

              Pentax Optio LS465

              Compact

              $100

              Size Significantly smaller
              Thickness Significantly thinner
              Built-in flash No built-in flash
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro capability

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