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

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10 vs Nikon Coolpix S9100

Winner
Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10

118

Nikon Coolpix S9100

100

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10

Built-in GPS
GPS
Great for travel
Really small
Size
Compact (105×58×33 mm)
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Lens
Touch screen
Touch screen
Fewer buttons
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix S9100

Screen resolution
High resolution screen
921k dots
Weight
Light-weight
214 g
Built-in flash
Built-in flash
Usually standard
Size
Really small
Compact (105×62×35 mm)

galleries

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.

competitors

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10 Competitors

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$849 - $1,347 body only

$1,174 with 14-42mm lens

Movie format Higher resolution movies
Screen type Has an OLED screen
Size Much larger
Nikon Coolpix S9500

Nikon Coolpix S9500

Travel zoom

$417

Screen type Has an OLED screen
Zoom More zoom
Touch screen No touch screen
Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS7

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS7

Travel zoom

High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies

Nikon Coolpix S9100 Competitors

Nikon Coolpix S9700

Nikon Coolpix S9700

Travel zoom

$520

GPS Has a GPS
Zoom Much more zoom
Aperture Narrower aperture
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX66

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX66

Compact

$368

Size Much smaller
Aperture Wider aperture
High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
Nikon Coolpix S9500

Nikon Coolpix S9500

Travel zoom

$417

GPS Has a GPS
Screen type Has an OLED screen
Screen resolution Lower resolution screen

discussion

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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. 

BUY THE LUMIX ZS10! NOT THE NIKON! 
 
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