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

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Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix S9100

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

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS8

Light sensitivity (boost)
High ISO (boost)
6,400 ISO
Longest exposure
Long exposures
60 seconds
 
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differences

Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-ZS8

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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)
Wide angle Better wide angle 24 mm vs 25 mm
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Almost the same
Size Smaller 105x58x33 mm vs 105x62x35 mm
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More than 10% smaller
Image stabilization Better image stabilization Lens vs Sensor shift
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Less risk of blur
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
Thickness Thinner 1.3" vs 1.4"
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Around 10% thinner
Lowest price Slightly cheaper $199.00 vs $219.00
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The best price we've seen is $20 cheaper (around 10% less)
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Advantages of the Nikon S9100

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Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen 921k dots vs 230k dots
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More than 4x higher resolution screen
Movie format Higher resolution movies 1080p @ 30fps vs 720p @ 30fps
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video
Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
HDR Has in-camera HDR Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
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
Zoom More zoom 18x vs 16x
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Around 30% more zoom
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 9.5 fps vs 1.9 fps
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5x faster continuous shooting
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
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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 Common Weaknesses
              Zoom Great zoom Help
              DMC-ZS8:16x
              S9100:18x
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              DMC-ZS8:1.3"
              S9100:1.4"
              Weight Heavy Help
              DMC-ZS8:210 g
              S9100:214 g
              Size Large Help
              DMC-ZS8:105x58x33 mm
              S9100:105x62x35 mm
              3D Neither camera can take 3D photos Help
              No 3d support

              Compared to recent travel zooms

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses

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

              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix ZS25

              Panasonic Lumix ZS25

              Travel zoom

              $240

              Size Is slightly smaller
              3D Captures 3D images
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10

              Travel zoom

              $184 - $300

              GPS Has a built-in GPS
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Canon PowerShot SX230 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX230 HS

              Travel zoom

              $203

              GPS Has a built-in GPS
              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Light sensitivity (boost) Lacks boost light sensitivity
              Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
              Canon PowerShot SX220 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX220 HS

              Travel zoom

              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Light sensitivity (boost) Lacks boost light sensitivity
              Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
              Canon ELPH 300 HS

              Canon ELPH 300 HS

              Compact

              $165

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Size Is much smaller
              Screen size Has a slightly smaller screen
              Zoom Has significantly less zoom
              Canon ELPH 520 HS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS

              Ultra compact

              $100 - $117

              Size Is much smaller
              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
              Zoom Has slightly less zoom
              Canon PowerShot SX160 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX160 IS

              Travel zoom

              $110 - $149

              Battery life Has a significantly longer battery life
              Macro focus Slightly closer macro focusing
              Light sensitivity (boost) Slightly lower boost light sensitivity
              Thickness Is thicker

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS8 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ7

              Travel zoom

              Size Significantly smaller
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Zoom Less zoom
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20

              Panasonic Lumix ZS20

              Travel zoom

              $229 - $399

              GPS Has a GPS
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Longest exposure Much shorter max exposures
              True resolution Slightly lower true resolution
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS7

              Travel zoom

              GPS Has a GPS
              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              Zoom Less zoom
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS15

              Panasonic Lumix ZS15

              Travel zoom

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              3D Takes 3D photos
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ1

              Travel zoom

              Size Significantly smaller
              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Zoom Less zoom
              Wide angle Worse wide angle

              Nikon Coolpix S9100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix S9300

              Nikon Coolpix S9300

              Travel zoom

              $228

              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

              Size Smaller
              Image stabilization Better image stabilization
              Wide angle Significantly worse wide angle
              Zoom Significantly less zoom
              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v

              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v

              Travel zoom

              $600

              GPS Has a GPS
              3D Takes 3D photos
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Zoom Less zoom
              Nikon Coolpix S9500

              Nikon Coolpix S9500

              Travel zoom

              $175

              GPS Has a GPS
              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              Screen resolution Lower resolution screen
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

              Travel zoom

              $199 - $200

              GPS Has a GPS
              Zoom More zoom
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching

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