Updated (February 2011): Compare the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10 vs Nikon Coolpix S9100

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10 vs Nikon Coolpix S9100

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10


Nikon Coolpix S9100



Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10

Built-in GPS
Great for travel
Touch screen
Touch screen
Fewer buttons
Fast shutter speed
Fastest shutter speed
1/4000 of a second
Long exposures
Longest exposure
60 seconds

Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix S9100

Screen resolution
High resolution screen
921k dots
High-speed framerate
High speed movies
240 fps


Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10.
Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Nikon Coolpix S9100.


Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10 Competitors

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS50

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS50

Travel zoom

$249 - $285

Zoom Much more zoom
Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
GPS No built-in GPS
Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS7

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS7

Travel zoom

High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20

Panasonic Lumix ZS20

Travel zoom


Zoom More zoom
Size Smaller
Longest exposure Much shorter max exposures

Nikon Coolpix S9100 Competitors

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX90V

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX90V

Travel zoom


Zoom Significantly more zoom
High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
Canon PowerShot ELPH 190 IS

Canon PowerShot ELPH 190 IS

Travel zoom


Size Much smaller
Aperture Wider aperture
High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
Nikon Coolpix S8000

Nikon Coolpix S8000

Travel zoom


Size Significantly smaller
Image stabilization Better image stabilization
Wide angle Much worse wide angle


Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10
Lumix DMC-ZS10

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Nikon Coolpix S9100
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Showing 6 comments

Hanson (0:14 AM, December 05, 2011)
The S9100 seems to perform better in low light, but the ZS10 is a lot better in good conditions. The Image Stabilizer of the S9100 is not very good. However, if you like to take close up pictures, you won't choose any of them. They are travel zoom cameras. You may want to take the Panasonic LX5 or the Sony S100 which are a lot better to take close up pictures.
Avatar for navydave navydave (3:52 AM, August 03, 2011)
Thanks for the comparison dmasek. I ended up buying the ZS7 when it was on sale for $199 at Amazon a few months back. The ZS7 is a nice one too and the price was right. :-)
dmasek (1:46 AM, August 03, 2011)
I bought the s9100, and immediately sent it back. I couldn't get a clear shot to save my life. I then bought the zs10, and absolutely LOVE IT! The feature set, photo quality, and build are all far superior to the s9100. I expected more out of Nikon, who only makes cameras. Really when you think about it, you are not really buying a Panasonic, you are buying a Lecia with a different paint job. 

LeeChristina52 (6:57 AM, July 22, 2011)
Hi, I don't take sport photo, kids, birds. I mainly take photo for human, closed up subject such as phone charm, little cufflink stuff. Which camera is a better choice for me? Tks much. Kris
Avatar for Snapsort Snapsort (1:50 AM, March 03, 2011)
Hi Dave, I don't think either camera is out yet so its hard to tell! Panasonic seems to be the leader in this category of camera, its ZS3/ZS7 cameras are highly praised, I hope the ZS10 will be great too.

Check out this comment from an owner of the ZS7.
Navydave (1:14 AM, March 03, 2011)
I cant decide which one is better. GPS and touch screen arent really all that important to me. I want to know which one takes a higher quality photo , and higher quality video when put side by side. I read some complaints about the Nikon s8100 having a poor auto-focus in some situations. Did this get carried over to the s9100? How does the auto-focus compare to the Lumix ZS10? Thanks. Dave