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

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS8

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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. Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Nikon Coolpix S9100.

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
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-ZS8'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
3.0 cm vs 4.0 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
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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
Screen resolution
Much higher resolution screen
921k dots vs 230k dots
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More than 4x higher resolution screen
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
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
Sensor type
Has a CMOS-family sensor
CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
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 1 f-stop better
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$264.50 vs $285.00
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The best price we've seen is $21 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

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

              Common Weaknesses
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              DMC-ZS81.3"
              S91001.4"
              Weight Heavy Help
              DMC-ZS8210 g
              S9100214 g
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              DMC-ZS81,600 ISO
              S91003,200 ISO
              Size Large Help
              DMC-ZS8105x58x33 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
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix ZS25

              Panasonic Lumix ZS25

              Travel zoom

              $300

              Size Is slightly smaller
              3D Captures 3D images
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Olympus Stylus 9000

              Olympus Stylus 9000

              Travel zoom

              Macro focus Slightly closer macro focusing
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Light sensitivity (boost) Lacks boost light sensitivity
              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Travel zoom

              $279 - $280

              Zoom Has way more more zoom
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS8 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

              Travel zoom

              $281

              Zoom Much more zoom
              GPS Has a GPS
              Size Larger
              Longest exposure Much shorter max exposures
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10

              Travel zoom

              $329

              GPS Has a GPS
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Weight Slightly heavier
              Lowest price More expensive
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS7

              Travel zoom

              $685

              GPS Has a GPS
              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Zoom Less zoom
              Panasonic Lumix ZS19

              Panasonic Lumix ZS19

              Travel zoom

              $240

              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-XS1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-XS1

              Ultra compact

              $123

              Size Much smaller
              Aperture Wider aperture
              Zoom Less zoom
              Screen size Smaller screen

              Nikon Coolpix S9100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix S8200

              Nikon Coolpix S8200

              Travel zoom

              $395

              Image stabilization Better image stabilization
              Aperture Wider aperture
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
              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 Shorter battery life
              Nikon Coolpix S8100

              Nikon Coolpix S8100

              Travel zoom

              $353

              Image stabilization Better image stabilization
              Size Smaller
              Wide angle Much worse wide angle
              Zoom Less zoom
              Nikon Coolpix S9700

              Nikon Coolpix S9700

              Travel zoom

              $212

              Zoom Much more zoom
              GPS Has a GPS
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Nikon Coolpix S9200

              Nikon Coolpix S9200

              Travel zoom

              $250

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Image stabilization Better image stabilization
              High-speed framerate Lower speed movies
              Battery life Shorter battery life

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