Updated (February, 2012): Compare the Pentax Optio RZ18 vs Nikon Coolpix S9300

Nikon Coolpix S9100 vs Pentax Optio RZ10

Winner
Nikon Coolpix S9100

56

Pentax Optio RZ10

47

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix S9100

Great zoom
Zoom
18x
Wide angle lens
Wide angle
25 mm
Full HD
Movie format
1080p @ 30fps
High resolution screen
Screen resolution
921k dots
 

Reasons to buy the Pentax Optio RZ10

Size
Really small
Compact 97x61x33 mm
Light sensitivity
High ISO
6,400 ISO
Macro focus
Great macro
1 cm
Thickness
Thin
1.3"

galleries

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differences

Advantages of the Pentax RZ10

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Aperture
Wider aperture
f/3.2 vs f/3.5
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At its widest zoom, the RZ10's lens captures marginally more light (0.3 f-stops)
Size
Smaller
97x61x33 mm vs 105x62x35 mm
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More than 10% smaller
Macro focus
Better macro capability
1 cm vs 4 cm
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Focus on subjects 4x closer to the lens
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
6,400 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The RZ10's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
Weight
Lighter
178 g vs 214 g
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Around 20% lighter
Lowest price
Cheaper
$99.00 vs $258.05
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The best price we've seen is $159 cheaper (2.6x less)
Thickness
Thinner
1.3" vs 1.4"
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Around 10% thinner
Longest exposure
Slightly longer exposures
4s vs 1s
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4x longer exposures
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Advantages of the Nikon S9100

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Wide angle
Significantly better wide angle
25 mm vs 28 mm
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More than 10% better wide angle
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
Zoom
More zoom
18x vs 10x
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More than 3x more zoom
Continuous shooting
Shoots much faster
9.5 fps vs 1 fps
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9.5x faster continuous shooting
Panorama
Can create panoramas in-camera
Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
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
Screen size
Larger screen
3.0" vs 2.7"
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More than 10% larger screen
Battery life
Significantly longer battery life
270 shots vs 178 shots
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More than 50% more shots per battery charge
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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
              Longest exposure Short max exposure time Help
              RZ104s
              S91001s
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              RZ101.3"
              S91001.4"
              Image stabilization Poor image stabilization Help
              Sensor shift
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Size Large Help
              RZ1097x61x33 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

              Nikon Coolpix S8100

              Nikon Coolpix S8100

              Travel zoom

              $353

              Image stabilization Has better image stabilization
              Fastest shutter speed Has a faster max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v

              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v

              Travel zoom

              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              GPS Has a built-in GPS
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $259 body only

              $408 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes much higher resolution photos
              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon ELPH 300 HS

              Canon ELPH 300 HS

              Compact

              $220

              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing

              Pentax Optio RZ10 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Pentax Optio RZ18

              Pentax Optio RZ18

              Travel zoom

              $160

              Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
              Zoom More zoom
              Lowest price More expensive
              Canon ELPH 100 HS

              Canon ELPH 100 HS

              Compact

              $129

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Zoom Less zoom
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Samsung WB350F

              Samsung WB350F

              Travel zoom

              $140 - $199

              Wide angle Much better wide angle
              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Weight Heavier
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1

              Boutique

              $2,798

              Sensor size Much larger sensor
              True resolution Much higher true resolution
              Wide angle Much worse wide angle
              Size Much larger
              Canon PowerShot S95

              Canon PowerShot S95

              Pro digicam

              $429

              Aperture Much wider aperture
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro capability
              Zoom Less zoom

              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

              $269

              GPS Has a GPS
              3D Takes 3D photos
              High-speed framerate Lower speed movies
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

              Travel zoom

              $159 - $163

              Size Much smaller
              Image stabilization Better image stabilization
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Zoom Less zoom
              Canon PowerShot SX230 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX230 HS

              Travel zoom

              $205

              GPS Has a GPS
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Wide angle Significantly worse wide angle
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              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

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