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

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Pentax Optio RZ10

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Pentax Optio RZ10

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Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10

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

Reasons to buy the Pentax Optio RZ10

Light sensitivity
High ISO
6,400 ISO
Macro focus
Great macro
1 cm
 
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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 Significantly 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
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
3D Takes 3D photos Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Screen size Significantly larger screen 3.0" vs 2.7"
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More than 10% larger screen
HDR Has in-camera HDR Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
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
Screen resolution Higher resolution screen 460k dots vs 230k dots
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2x higher resolution screen
Continuous shooting Shoots significantly 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
True resolution Slightly higher true resolution 9.8 MP vs 9.6 MP
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Almost the same
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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
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)
Macro focus Better macro capability 1 cm vs 3 cm
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Focus on subjects 3x closer to the lens
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
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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 compacts

        Common Strengths Common Weaknesses

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

        Thickness Quite thick Help
        1.3"
        Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
        You could stitch photos in post
        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-ZS20

        Panasonic Lumix ZS20

        Travel zoom

        $229 - $399

        Zoom Has slightly more zoom
        Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
        Weight Is slightly heavier
        Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3

        Pro digicam

        $284

        Aperture Has a much wider aperture
        Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
        Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
        Weight Is significantly heavier
        Olympus SZ-10

        Olympus SZ10

        Travel zoom

        $276

        Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
        Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
        Thickness Is thicker

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10 Competitors

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        Disadvantages

        Panasonic Lumix ZS30

        Panasonic Lumix ZS30

        Travel zoom

        $329 - $399

        Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
        Zoom More zoom
        Longest exposure Much shorter max exposures
        Lowest price More expensive
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

        Travel zoom

        $526 - $547

        Zoom Much more zoom
        Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
        Touch screen No touch screen
        Size Larger
        Panasonic Lumix ZS25

        Panasonic Lumix ZS25

        Travel zoom

        $235 - $295

        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

        Movie format Lower resolution movies
        Touch screen No touch screen
        Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v

        Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v

        Travel zoom

        Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
        Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
        Touch screen No touch screen
        High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies

        Pentax Optio RZ10 Competitors

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        Disadvantages

        Fujifilm FinePix T350

        Fujifilm FinePix T350

        Travel zoom

        $160

        Screen size Significantly larger screen
        Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
        Aperture Narrower aperture
        Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
        Pentax Optio RZ18

        Pentax Optio RZ18

        Travel zoom

        $190

        Zoom Significantly more zoom
        Wide angle Better wide angle
        Nikon Coolpix S8200

        Nikon Coolpix S8200

        Travel zoom

        $260

        Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
        Wide angle Better wide angle
        Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
        Aperture Slightly narrower aperture
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-XS3

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-XS3

        Ultra compact

        $171

        Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
        Size Much smaller
        Zoom Less zoom
        Macro focus Significantly worse macro capability
        Casio Exilim EX-ZR10

        Casio Exilim EX-ZR10

        Compact

        $178

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

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