Updated (February 2012): Compare the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10 vs Nikon Coolpix S9300

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10 vs Nikon Coolpix S9100

Winner
Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10

70

Nikon Coolpix S9100

61

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10

Built-in GPS
GPS
Great for travel
Touch screen
Touch screen
Fewer buttons
Takes 3D photos
3D
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
Fast shutter speed
Fastest shutter speed
1/4000 of a second
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix S9100

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

Items often bought with the Panasonic DMC-ZS10 or Nikon S9100

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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.

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
Wide angle
Better wide angle
24 mm vs 25 mm
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Almost the same
Image stabilization
Better image stabilization
  1. Lens
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  1. Sensor shift
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Less risk of blur
Size
Smaller
105×58×33 mm vs 105×62×35 mm
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More than 10% smaller
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)
Longest exposure
Much longer exposures
60s vs 1s
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60x longer exposures
Macro focus
Better macro capability
3.0 cm vs 4.0 cm
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Focus on subjects around 30% closer to the lens
Thickness
Thinner
1.3" vs 1.4"
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Around 10% thinner
Fastest shutter speed
Significantly faster max shutter speed
1/4000s vs 1/2000s
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2x faster max shutter speed
Continuous shooting
Shoots slightly faster
10 fps vs 9.5 fps
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Around 10% faster continuous shooting
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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
Slightly more zoom
18x vs 16x
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Around 30% more zoom
High-speed framerate
Higher speed movies
240 fps vs 220 fps
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Around 10% higher fps
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
3,200 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The S9100's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
Lowest price
Cheaper
$261.51 vs $399.96
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The best price we've seen is $138 cheaper (more than 30% 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
              High-speed framerate Extremely high speed movies Help
              DMC-ZS10220 fps
              S9100240 fps
              Movie format Both shoot high resolution HD movies Help
              1080p @ 30fps
              HDR In-camera HDR Help
              Combines multiple exposures
              Continuous shooting Fast continuous shooting Help
              DMC-ZS1010 fps
              S91009.5 fps
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              Common Weaknesses
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              DMC-ZS101.3"
              S91001.4"
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              DMC-ZS101,600 ISO
              S91003,200 ISO
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible

              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

              $369

              Size Is slightly smaller
              Thickness Is thinner
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Placeholder

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS50 (DMC-TZ70)

              Travel zoom

              $483

              Zoom Has much more zoom
              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Nikon Coolpix S7000

              Nikon Coolpix S7000

              Travel zoom

              $119 - $217

              Size Is slightly smaller
              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Battery life Has a significantly shorter battery life
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $448

              Aperture Has a much wider aperture
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Canon PowerShot SX230 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX230 HS

              Travel zoom

              $230

              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Light sensitivity (boost) Lacks boost light sensitivity
              HDR Lacks a built-in HDR feature

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

              Travel zoom

              $257

              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 ZS35

              Panasonic Lumix ZS35

              Travel zoom

              $110 - $200

              Zoom More zoom
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              GPS No built-in GPS
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Panasonic Lumix ZS30

              Panasonic Lumix ZS30

              Travel zoom

              $220

              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-ZS7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS7

              Travel zoom

              $344

              Lowest price Slightly cheaper
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Movie format Lower resolution movies

              Nikon Coolpix S9100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix S9900

              Nikon Coolpix S9900

              Travel zoom

              $249 - $297

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Size Significantly larger
              Nikon Coolpix S9500

              Nikon Coolpix S9500

              Travel zoom

              $224

              GPS Has a GPS
              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              Screen resolution Lower resolution screen
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Nikon Coolpix S9300

              Nikon Coolpix S9300

              Travel zoom

              $244

              GPS Has a GPS
              3D Takes 3D photos
              High-speed framerate Lower speed movies
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Nikon Coolpix S8100

              Nikon Coolpix S8100

              Travel zoom

              $360

              Size Smaller
              Image stabilization Better image stabilization
              Wide angle Much worse wide angle
              Zoom Less zoom

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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