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
High-speed framerate
High speed movies
240 fps
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
 

Reasons to buy the Pentax Optio RZ18

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 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
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
Macro focus Better macro capability 1 cm vs 4 cm
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Focus on subjects 4x closer to the lens
Weight Lighter 178 g vs 214 g
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Around 20% lighter
Thickness Thinner 1.3" vs 1.4"
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Around 10% thinner
Lowest price Slightly cheaper $189.90 vs $219.00
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The best price we've seen is $29 cheaper (more than 10% less)
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
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
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 9.5 fps vs 1 fps
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9.5x faster continuous shooting
True resolution Slightly higher true resolution 9.7 MP vs 9.6 MP
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Almost the same
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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"
              3D Neither camera can take 3D photos Help
              No 3d support
              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
              Sensor shift

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v

              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v

              Travel zoom

              GPS Has a built-in GPS
              Image stabilization Has better image stabilization
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro focusing
              Panasonic Lumix ZS25

              Panasonic Lumix ZS25

              Travel zoom

              Image stabilization Has better image stabilization
              3D Captures 3D images
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

              Travel zoom

              $199 - $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
              Canon ELPH 520 HS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS

              Ultra compact

              $109 - $117

              Size Is much smaller
              Image stabilization Has better image stabilization
              Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
              Zoom Has significantly less zoom

              Pentax Optio RZ18 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX300

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX300

              Travel zoom

              $230 - $328

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Size Significantly smaller
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Super zoom

              $229 - $230

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Size Much larger
              Thickness Much thicker
              Ricoh HZ15

              Ricoh HZ15

              Digicam

              $146

              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Zoom Less zoom
              Screen resolution Lower resolution screen
              Nikon 1 V1

              Nikon 1 V1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $439 body only

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Continuous shooting Shoots much faster
              Built-in flash No built-in flash
              Size Much larger
              Nikon Coolpix L610

              Nikon Coolpix L610

              Travel zoom

              $115

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              3D Takes 3D photos
              Zoom Less zoom
              Size Significantly larger

              Nikon Coolpix S9100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix S9300

              Nikon Coolpix S9300

              Travel zoom

              $224

              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
              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
              Nikon Coolpix S8200

              Nikon Coolpix S8200

              Travel zoom

              $259

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Size Smaller
              Zoom Less zoom
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
              Canon PowerShot SX230 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX230 HS

              Travel zoom

              $203

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

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