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

Nikon Coolpix S9100 vs Pentax Optio RZ18

Winner
Nikon Coolpix S9100

60

Pentax Optio RZ18

57

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix S9100

Full HD
Movie format
1080p @ 30fps
High resolution screen
Screen resolution
921k dots
High speed movies
High-speed framerate
240 fps
Rapid fire
Continuous shooting
9.5 fps
 

Reasons to buy the Pentax Optio RZ18

Light sensitivity
High ISO
6,400 ISO
Macro focus
Great macro
1.0 cm
Wide angle
Wide angle lens
25 mm

galleries

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differences

Advantages of the Pentax RZ18

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Macro focus
Much better macro capability
1.0 cm vs 4.0 cm
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Focus on subjects 4x closer to the lens
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
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
Slightly 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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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
Screen resolution
Significantly higher resolution screen
921k dots vs 460k dots
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More than 2x higher resolution screen
Continuous shooting
Shoots much faster
9.5 fps vs 1 fps
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9.5x faster continuous shooting
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
HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
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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
              Screen size Larger than average screens Help
              3"
              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"
              Supports RAW No RAW support Help
              Less editing fidelity
              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

              Nikon Coolpix S9900

              Nikon Coolpix S9900

              Travel zoom

              $297 - $327

              Zoom Has much more zoom
              Image stabilization Has better image stabilization
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon Coolpix S3600

              Nikon Coolpix S3600

              Travel zoom

              $70

              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

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS

              Compact

              $250

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Zoom Less zoom
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro capability
              Canon PowerShot S90

              Canon PowerShot S90

              Pro digicam

              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Wide angle Significantly worse wide angle
              Zoom Less zoom
              Pentax Optio VS20

              Pentax Optio VS20

              Travel zoom

              $195

              Zoom Slightly more zoom
              Aperture Slightly wider aperture
              Wide angle Significantly worse wide angle
              Autofocus Lacks video autofocus
              Pentax Optio RZ10

              Pentax Optio RZ10

              Travel zoom

              $112

              Lowest price Slightly cheaper
              Wide angle Significantly worse wide angle
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen
              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Super zoom

              $189

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
              Size Much larger
              Thickness Much thicker

              Nikon Coolpix S9100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus Stylus 9000

              Olympus Stylus 9000

              Travel zoom

              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              Size Smaller
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Wide angle Significantly worse wide angle
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T900

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T900

              Ultra compact

              $250

              Screen size Much larger screen
              Size Much smaller
              Wide angle Much worse wide angle
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Nikon Coolpix S9300

              Nikon Coolpix S9300

              Travel zoom

              $263

              GPS Has a GPS
              3D Takes 3D photos
              High-speed framerate Lower speed movies
              Battery life Significantly shorter battery life
              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 S8200

              Nikon Coolpix S8200

              Travel zoom

              $438

              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              Image stabilization Better image stabilization
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR

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