Nikon Coolpix S9100 vs Pentax Optio RZ18

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Nikon Coolpix S9100

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Pentax Optio RZ18

58

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix S9100

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

Reasons to buy the Pentax Optio RZ18

Size
Really small
Compact (97×61×33 mm)
Light sensitivity
High ISO
6,400 ISO
Macro focus
Great macro
1.0 cm
Weight
Light-weight
178 g

Items often bought with the Nikon S9100 or Pentax RZ18

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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
97×61×33 mm vs 105×62×35 mm
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More than 10% smaller
Macro focus
Significantly better macro capability
1.0 cm vs 4.0 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 2 f-stops better
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
Cheaper
$159.98 vs $261.51
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The best price we've seen is $102 cheaper (around 40% 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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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
Movie format
Higher resolution movies
1080p @ 30fps vs 720p @ 30fps
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video
Screen resolution
Significantly higher resolution screen
921k dots vs 460k dots
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More than 2x higher resolution screen
Sensor type
Has a CMOS-family sensor
CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Continuous shooting
Shoots much faster
9.5 fps vs 1 fps
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9.5x faster continuous shooting
HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Panorama
Can create panoramas in-camera
Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
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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
              Zoom Great zoom Help
              18x
              Common Weaknesses
              Longest exposure Short max exposure time Help
              RZ184s
              S91001s
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              RZ181.3"
              S91001.4"
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Image stabilization Poor image stabilization Help
              1. Sensor shift

              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

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $448

              Aperture Has a much wider aperture
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W810

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W810

              Compact

              $98 - $110

              Size Is significantly smaller
              Image stabilization Has better image stabilization
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life

              Pentax Optio RZ18 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Pentax MX-1

              Pentax MX-1

              Pro digicam

              $389

              Aperture Much wider aperture
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Size Much larger
              Wide angle Significantly worse wide angle
              Pentax Optio VS20

              Pentax Optio VS20

              Travel zoom

              $139

              Zoom Slightly more zoom
              Aperture Slightly wider aperture
              Wide angle Significantly worse wide angle
              Autofocus Lacks video autofocus
              Samsung WB350F

              Samsung WB350F

              Travel zoom

              $195 - $209

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Weight Heavier
              Ricoh Caplio R8

              Ricoh Caplio R8

              Compact

              Size Smaller
              Thickness Thinner
              Wide angle Significantly worse wide angle
              Zoom Less zoom
              Canon PowerShot SX270 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX270 HS

              Travel zoom

              $194

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro capability
              Aperture Narrower aperture

              Nikon Coolpix S9100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix S9500

              Nikon Coolpix S9500

              Travel zoom

              $224

              GPS Has a GPS
              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              Screen resolution Lower resolution screen
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Nikon Coolpix S9900

              Nikon Coolpix S9900

              Travel zoom

              $249 - $297

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Size Significantly larger
              Nikon Coolpix S9700

              Nikon Coolpix S9700

              Travel zoom

              $189

              GPS Has a GPS
              Zoom Much more zoom
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Nikon Coolpix S7000

              Nikon Coolpix S7000

              Travel zoom

              $119 - $217

              Size Significantly smaller
              Image stabilization Better image stabilization
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Nikon Coolpix S8100

              Nikon Coolpix S8100

              Travel zoom

              $330

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

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