Updated (February, 2012): Compare the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS15 vs Nikon Coolpix S9300

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10

Winner
Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10

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Nikon Coolpix S9100

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Nikon Coolpix S9100

Runner-up
     

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10

Built-in GPS
GPS
Great for travel
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
In-camera HDR
HDR
Combines multiple exposures
Takes 3D photos
3D
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix S9100

Screen resolution
High resolution screen
921k dots
High-speed framerate
High speed movies
240 fps
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
 

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
3D
Takes 3D photos
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Touch screen
Has a touch screen
Yes vs No
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Fewer buttons to worry about and direct interaction with camera menus
Aperture
Wider aperture
f/3.3 vs f/3.5
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At its widest zoom, the DMC-ZS10's lens captures marginally more light (0.2 f-stops)
Image stabilization
Better image stabilization
Lens vs Sensor shift
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Less risk of blur
Size
Smaller
105x58x33 mm vs 105x62x35 mm
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More than 10% smaller
Wide angle
Slightly better wide angle
24 mm vs 25 mm
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Almost the same
Macro focus
Better macro capability
3 cm vs 4 cm
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Focus on subjects around 30% closer to the lens
Longest exposure
Much longer exposures
60s vs 1s
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60x longer exposures
Thickness
Slightly thinner
1.3" vs 1.4"
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Around 10% thinner
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Advantages of the Nikon S9100

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Screen resolution
Significantly higher resolution screen
921k dots vs 460k dots
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More than 2x higher resolution screen
Panorama
Can create panoramas in-camera
Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Zoom
More zoom
18x vs 16x
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Around 30% more zoom
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
3,200 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The S9100's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
High-speed framerate
Higher speed movies
240 fps vs 220 fps
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Around 10% higher fps
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$264.50 vs $299.99
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The best price we've seen is $35 cheaper (more than 10% 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
              Zoom Great zoom Help
              DMC-ZS10:16x
              S9100:18x
              High-speed framerate Very high speed movies Help
              DMC-ZS10:220 fps
              S9100:240 fps
              HDR In-camera HDR Help
              Combines multiple exposures
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              Common Weaknesses
              Weight Heavy Help
              DMC-ZS10:219 g
              S9100:214 g
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              DMC-ZS10:1.3"
              S9100:1.4"
              Supports RAW No RAW support Help
              Less editing fidelity
              Size Large Help
              DMC-ZS10:105x58x33 mm
              S9100:105x62x35 mm

              Compared to recent travel zooms

              Common Strengths

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

              Common Weaknesses

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

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v

              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v

              Travel zoom

              Light sensitivity (boost) Lacks boost light sensitivity
              Weight Is slightly heavier

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20

              Panasonic Lumix ZS20

              Travel zoom

              $300 - $399

              Zoom More zoom
              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Longest exposure Much shorter max exposures
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

              Travel zoom

              $260

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

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS7

              Travel zoom

              $685

              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Panasonic Lumix ZS25

              Panasonic Lumix ZS25

              Travel zoom

              $195 - $240

              Zoom More zoom
              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Panasonic Lumix ZS30

              Panasonic Lumix ZS30

              Travel zoom

              $249

              Zoom More zoom
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Longest exposure Much shorter max exposures

              Nikon Coolpix S9100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix S9700

              Nikon Coolpix S9700

              Travel zoom

              $278 - $297

              Zoom Much more zoom
              GPS Has a GPS
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Nikon Coolpix S8100

              Nikon Coolpix S8100

              Travel zoom

              $285

              Size Smaller
              Macro focus Significantly better macro capability
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Zoom Less zoom
              Nikon Coolpix S9300

              Nikon Coolpix S9300

              Travel zoom

              $275

              GPS Has a GPS
              3D Takes 3D photos
              High-speed framerate Lower speed movies
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Canon PowerShot SX230 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX230 HS

              Travel zoom

              $215 - $300

              GPS Has a GPS
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Canon PowerShot SX270 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX270 HS

              Travel zoom

              $209

              Zoom More zoom
              Image stabilization Better image stabilization
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR

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              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