Updated (February 2012): Compare the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS8 vs Nikon Coolpix S9300

Nikon Coolpix S9100 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS8

Winner
Nikon Coolpix S9100

60

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS8

55

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix S9100

Full HD
Movie format
1080p @ 30fps
High resolution screen
Screen resolution
921k dots
High speed movies
High-speed framerate
240 fps
Rapid fire
Continuous shooting
9.5 fps
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS8

Wide angle
Wide angle lens
24 mm
Fastest shutter speed
Fast shutter speed
1/4000 of a second
Longest exposure
Long exposures
60 seconds

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Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS8.
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differences

Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-ZS8

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Wide angle
Better wide angle
24 mm vs 25 mm
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Almost the same
Image stabilization
Better image stabilization
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  1. 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-ZS8's lens captures marginally more light (0.2 f-stops)
Size
Smaller
105×58×33 mm vs 105×62×35 mm
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More than 10% smaller
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
Longest exposure
Much longer exposures
60s vs 1s
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60x longer exposures
Fastest shutter speed
Significantly faster max shutter speed
1/4000s vs 1/2000s
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2x faster max shutter speed
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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Movie format
Higher resolution movies
1080p @ 30fps vs 720p @ 30fps
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video
High-speed framerate
Records high-speed movies
240 fps vs None
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Capture events too fast for the naked eye and play them back in super-slow motion
Screen resolution
Much higher resolution screen
921k dots vs 230k dots
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More than 4x higher resolution screen
Sensor type
Has a CMOS-family sensor
CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Panorama
Can create panoramas in-camera
Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Continuous shooting
Shoots significantly faster
9.5 fps vs 1.9 fps
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5x faster continuous shooting
HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Zoom
Slightly 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 2 f-stops better
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$261.51 vs $285.00
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The best price we've seen is $23 cheaper (around 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
              Screen size Larger than average screens Help
              3"
              Common Weaknesses
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              DMC-ZS81.3"
              S91001.4"
              Supports RAW No RAW support Help
              Less editing fidelity
              Macro focus Poor macro capabilities Help
              DMC-ZS83.0 cm
              S91004.0 cm
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              DMC-ZS81,600 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
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix S7000

              Nikon Coolpix S7000

              Travel zoom

              $177 - $197

              Size Is slightly smaller
              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Battery life Has a significantly shorter battery life
              Wide angle Has a slightly narrower wide angle lens
              Canon PowerShot S120

              Canon PowerShot S120

              Pro digicam

              $314 - $349

              Aperture Has a much wider aperture
              Size Is slightly smaller
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS8 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS7

              Travel zoom

              GPS Has a GPS
              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Zoom Less zoom
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10

              Travel zoom

              $389

              GPS Has a GPS
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Lowest price More expensive
              Weight Slightly heavier
              Fujifilm FinePix S8000fd

              Fujifilm FinePix S8000fd

              Super zoom

              $137

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Macro focus Significantly better macro capability
              Size Much larger
              Screen size Much smaller screen
              Panasonic Lumix ZS25

              Panasonic Lumix ZS25

              Travel zoom

              $306

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Longest exposure Much shorter max exposures
              Fastest shutter speed Significantly slower max shutter speed
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS5

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS5

              Travel zoom

              $370

              Thickness Slightly thinner
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen
              Wide angle Worse wide angle

              Nikon Coolpix S9100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix S9900

              Nikon Coolpix S9900

              Travel zoom

              $297 - $327

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Size Significantly larger
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T900

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T900

              Ultra compact

              $250

              Screen size Much larger screen
              Size Much smaller
              Wide angle Much worse wide angle
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Olympus Stylus 9000

              Olympus Stylus 9000

              Travel zoom

              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              Size Smaller
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Wide angle Significantly worse wide angle
              Nikon Coolpix S9700

              Nikon Coolpix S9700

              Travel zoom

              $189

              GPS Has a GPS
              Zoom Much more zoom
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Nikon Coolpix S9300

              Nikon Coolpix S9300

              Travel zoom

              $263

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

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