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

64

Pentax Optio RZ10

47

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
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens
 

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

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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
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
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
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
Screen size
Larger screen
3.0" vs 2.7"
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More than 10% larger screen
Image stabilization
Better image stabilization
Lens vs 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
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
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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Almost the same
Weight
Lighter
178 g vs 219 g
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Around 20% lighter
Lowest price
Significantly cheaper
$99.00 vs $328.99
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The best price we've seen is $230 cheaper (3.3x less)
Size
Slightly smaller
97x61x33 mm vs 105x58x33 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
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              1.3"
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Size Large Help
              DMC-ZS10105x58x33 mm
              RZ1097x61x33 mm

              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

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20

              Panasonic Lumix ZS20

              Travel zoom

              $300

              Zoom Has slightly more zoom
              Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Panasonic Lumix ZS35

              Panasonic Lumix ZS35

              Travel zoom

              $140 - $189

              Zoom Has slightly more zoom
              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Weight Is significantly 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
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

              Super zoom

              $351 - $398

              Zoom Has significantly more zoom
              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $354 body only

              $600 with 18-55mm, 55-200mm lenses

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              True resolution Takes much higher resolution photos
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

              Travel zoom

              $281

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS7

              Travel zoom

              $685

              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Panasonic Lumix ZS30

              Panasonic Lumix ZS30

              Travel zoom

              $386

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Zoom More zoom
              Longest exposure Much shorter max exposures
              Fastest shutter speed Significantly slower max shutter speed
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS15

              Panasonic Lumix ZS15

              Travel zoom

              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              GPS No built-in GPS
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Olympus SZ-10

              Olympus SZ10

              Travel zoom

              $134

              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Aperture Wider aperture
              Wide angle Much worse wide angle
              GPS No built-in GPS

              Pentax Optio RZ10 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Pentax Optio RZ18

              Pentax Optio RZ18

              Travel zoom

              $160

              Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
              Zoom More zoom
              Lowest price More expensive
              Canon ELPH 100 HS

              Canon ELPH 100 HS

              Compact

              $129

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Zoom Less zoom
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Casio Exilim EX-ZR10

              Casio Exilim EX-ZR10

              Compact

              $184

              Continuous shooting Shoots much faster
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Macro focus Much worse macro capability
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Pentax Optio LS465

              Pentax Optio LS465

              Compact

              $80

              Size Significantly smaller
              Thickness Significantly thinner
              Built-in flash No built-in flash
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro capability
              Samsung WB350F

              Samsung WB350F

              Travel zoom

              $140 - $209

              Wide angle Much better wide angle
              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Weight Heavier

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