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

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10 vs Nikon Coolpix S9100

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10

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Nikon Coolpix S9100

56

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10

Wide angle lens
Wide angle
24 mm
Built-in GPS
GPS
Great for travel
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
Rapid fire
Continuous shooting
10 fps
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix S9100

Screen resolution
High resolution screen
921k dots
High-speed framerate
High speed movies
240 fps
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 30fps

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
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
Wide angle
Better wide angle
24 mm vs 25 mm
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Almost the same
Image stabilization
Better image stabilization
Lens vs Sensor shift
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Less risk of blur
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)
Size
Smaller
105x58x33 mm vs 105x62x35 mm
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More than 10% smaller
Longest exposure
Much longer exposures
60s vs 1s
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60x longer exposures
Macro focus
Better macro capability
3 cm vs 4 cm
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Focus on subjects around 30% closer to the lens
Fastest shutter speed
Significantly faster max shutter speed
1/4000s vs 1/2000s
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2x faster max shutter speed
Thickness
Thinner
1.3" vs 1.4"
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Around 10% thinner
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
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
Cheaper
$258.05 vs $329.00
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The best price we've seen is $71 cheaper (more than 20% less)
Weight
Slightly lighter
214 g vs 219 g
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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
              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"
              Weight Heavy Help
              DMC-ZS10219 g
              S9100214 g
              Size Large Help
              DMC-ZS10105x58x33 mm
              S9100105x62x35 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

              Canon PowerShot SX230 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX230 HS

              Travel zoom

              $215

              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Light sensitivity (boost) Lacks boost light sensitivity
              HDR Lacks a built-in HDR feature
              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v

              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v

              Travel zoom

              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Light sensitivity (boost) Lacks boost light sensitivity
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS3

              Travel zoom

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20

              Panasonic Lumix ZS20

              Travel zoom

              $300

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

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

              Travel zoom

              $260

              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

              $140 - $298

              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Zoom More zoom
              GPS No built-in GPS
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              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
              Olympus SZ-10

              Olympus SZ10

              Travel zoom

              $161

              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Zoom More zoom
              Wide angle Much worse wide angle
              GPS No built-in GPS

              Nikon Coolpix S9100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus Stylus 9000

              Olympus Stylus 9000

              Travel zoom

              Size Smaller
              Image stabilization Better image stabilization
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Wide angle Significantly worse wide angle
              Nikon Coolpix S9700

              Nikon Coolpix S9700

              Travel zoom

              $150

              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

              Image stabilization Better image stabilization
              Size Smaller
              Wide angle Much worse wide angle
              Zoom Less zoom
              Nikon Coolpix S9300

              Nikon Coolpix S9300

              Travel zoom

              $273

              GPS Has a GPS
              3D Takes 3D photos
              High-speed framerate Lower speed movies
              Battery life Significantly shorter battery life
              Fujifilm FinePix S9000 Zoom

              Fujifilm FinePix S9000 Zoom

              Pro digicam

              Aperture Wider aperture
              External flash Supports an external flash
              Size Much larger
              Image stabilization No image stabilization

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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