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

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Pentax Optio RZ18

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Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix S9100

Screen resolution
High resolution screen
921k dots
Size
Really small
Compact 105x62x35 mm
High-speed framerate
High speed movies
240 fps
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
 

Reasons to buy the Pentax Optio RZ18

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

Advantages of the Pentax RZ18

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Aperture Wider aperture f/3.2 vs f/3.5
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At its widest zoom, the RZ18'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 RZ18'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 $159.99 vs $299.99
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The best price we've seen is $140 cheaper (around 50% less)
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 Significantly higher resolution screen 921k dots vs 460k dots
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More than 2x higher resolution screen
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
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
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
              Zoom Great zoom Help
              18x
              Longest exposure Short max exposure time Help
              RZ18:4s
              S9100:1s
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              RZ18:1.3"
              S9100:1.4"
              Supports RAW No RAW support Help
              Less editing fidelity
              Size Large Help
              RZ18:97x61x33 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.

              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Image stabilization Poor image stabilization Help
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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix S9300

              Nikon Coolpix S9300

              Travel zoom

              $230

              GPS Has a built-in GPS
              Image stabilization Has better image stabilization
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
              Canon PowerShot SX230 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX230 HS

              Travel zoom

              $200

              GPS Has a built-in GPS
              Image stabilization Has better image stabilization
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Super zoom

              $197

              Zoom Has way more more zoom
              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is much heavier
              Samsung WB150F

              Samsung WB150F

              Travel zoom

              $139 - $299

              Size Is slightly smaller
              Image stabilization Has better image stabilization
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro focusing

              Pentax Optio RZ18 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Fujifilm FinePix X100s

              Fujifilm FinePix X100s

              Boutique

              $1,099 - $1,100

              Sensor size Much larger sensor
              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Size Much larger
              Wide angle Much worse wide angle
              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Super zoom

              $399 - $400

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Size Much larger
              Thickness Much thicker
              Pentax Optio RZ10

              Pentax Optio RZ10

              Travel zoom

              $455

              Zoom Less zoom
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Nikon Coolpix S4300

              Nikon Coolpix S4300

              Compact

              $107

              Size Significantly smaller
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Zoom Significantly less zoom
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Pentax K-500

              Pentax K-500

              Entry-level DSLR

              $580 with 18-55mm lens

              Sensor size Much larger sensor
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Size Much larger
              Weight Much heavier

              Nikon Coolpix S9100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              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
              Nikon Coolpix S8100

              Nikon Coolpix S8100

              Travel zoom

              $280

              Size Smaller
              Macro focus Significantly better macro capability
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Zoom Less zoom
              Nikon Coolpix S8200

              Nikon Coolpix S8200

              Travel zoom

              $340

              Macro focus Significantly better macro capability
              Aperture Wider aperture
              Zoom Less zoom
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Nikon Coolpix P80

              Nikon Coolpix P80

              Super zoom

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Macro focus Significantly better macro capability
              Size Much larger
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v

              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v

              Travel zoom

              $384

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

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