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Pentax Optio RZ10

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Pentax Optio RZ10

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Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix S9100

Screen resolution
High resolution screen
921k dots
High-speed framerate
High speed movies
240 fps
Sensor type
CMOS Sensor
Better in low light
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
 

Reasons to buy the Pentax Optio RZ10

Light sensitivity
High ISO
6,400 ISO
Macro focus
Great macro
1 cm
Weight
Light-weight
178 g
 
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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 Significantly 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
Thickness Slightly 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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Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen 921k dots vs 230k dots
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More than 4x higher resolution screen
Zoom More zoom 18x vs 10x
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More than 3x more zoom
Wide angle 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
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
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
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
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 9.5 fps vs 1 fps
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9.5x faster continuous shooting
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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

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

              Longest exposure Short max exposure time Help
              RZ10:4s
              S9100:1s
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              RZ10:1.3"
              S9100:1.4"
              Supports RAW No RAW support Help
              Less editing fidelity
              Size Large Help
              RZ10:97x61x33 mm
              S9100:105x62x35 mm

              Compared to recent travel zooms

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses

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

              Image stabilization Poor image stabilization Help
              Sensor shift
              GPS No built-in GPS Help
              Missing geo-tagging

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v

              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v

              Travel zoom

              $400

              GPS Has a built-in GPS
              Image stabilization Has better image stabilization
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Weight Is significantly heavier

              Pentax Optio RZ10 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Pentax Optio RZ18

              Pentax Optio RZ18

              Travel zoom

              $300

              Zoom More zoom
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Lowest price More expensive
              Canon PowerShot SX130 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX130 IS

              Travel zoom

              $184 - $219

              Screen size Larger screen
              Image stabilization Better image stabilization
              Size Much larger
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Casio Exilim EX-ZR10

              Casio Exilim EX-ZR10

              Compact

              $174

              Continuous shooting Shoots much faster
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Macro focus Much worse macro capability
              Zoom Slightly less zoom
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $278 body only

              $427 - $440 with 18-55mm lens

              Sensor size Much larger sensor
              Battery life Much longer battery life
              Size Much larger
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Olympus SZ-10

              Olympus SZ10

              Travel zoom

              $276

              Zoom More zoom
              3D Takes 3D photos
              Size Significantly larger
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity

              Nikon Coolpix S9100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix S8100

              Nikon Coolpix S8100

              Travel zoom

              $292

              Size Smaller
              Macro focus Significantly better macro capability
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Zoom Less zoom
              Nikon Coolpix S9300

              Nikon Coolpix S9300

              Travel zoom

              $236

              GPS Has a GPS
              3D Takes 3D photos
              High-speed framerate Lower speed movies
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Nikon Coolpix S8200

              Nikon Coolpix S8200

              Travel zoom

              $220 - $335

              Macro focus Significantly better macro capability
              Aperture Wider aperture
              Zoom Less zoom
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Nikon Coolpix S9200

              Nikon Coolpix S9200

              Travel zoom

              $330

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Image stabilization Better image stabilization
              High-speed framerate Lower speed movies
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Nikon Coolpix S9700

              Nikon Coolpix S9700

              Travel zoom

              $297

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

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