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

Nikon Coolpix S9100

Winner
Nikon Coolpix S9100

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Pentax Optio RZ18

55

Pentax Optio RZ18

Runner-up
     

Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix S9100

High resolution screen
Screen resolution
921k dots
High speed movies
High-speed framerate
240 fps
Rapid fire
Continuous shooting
9.5 fps
CMOS Sensor
Sensor type
Better in low light
 

Reasons to buy the Pentax Optio RZ18

Size
Really small
Compact 97x61x33 mm
Light sensitivity
High ISO
6,400 ISO
Badge
Autofocuses shooting video
Contrast detection
Macro focus
Great macro
1 cm
 

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
Help
More than 10% smaller
Macro focus
Significantly better macro capability
1 cm vs 4 cm
Help
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
Thickness
Slightly thinner
1.3" vs 1.4"
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Around 10% thinner
Lowest price
Cheaper
$159.99 vs $264.50
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The best price we've seen is $105 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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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
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
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
9.5 fps vs 1 fps
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9.5x faster continuous shooting
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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
              RZ18:4s
              S9100:1s
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              RZ18:1.3"
              S9100:1.4"
              Supports RAW No RAW support Help
              Less editing fidelity
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Size Large Help
              RZ18:97x61x33 mm
              S9100:105x62x35 mm

              Compared to recent travel zooms

              Common Strengths

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

              Common Weaknesses
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Image stabilization Poor image stabilization Help
              Sensor shift

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS8

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS8

              Travel zoom

              $250 - $273

              Image stabilization Has better image stabilization
              Fastest shutter speed Has a faster max shutter speed
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10

              Travel zoom

              $300 - $330

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

              Pentax Optio RZ18 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Pentax Optio VS20

              Pentax Optio VS20

              Travel zoom

              $308

              Zoom More zoom
              Aperture Slightly wider aperture
              Autofocus Lacks video autofocus
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Canon PowerShot ELPH 150 IS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 150 IS

              Travel zoom

              $109 - $160

              Size Significantly smaller
              Image stabilization Better image stabilization
              Zoom Less zoom
              Screen size Smaller screen
              Pentax MX-1

              Pentax MX-1

              Pro digicam

              $388

              Aperture Much wider aperture
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Size Much larger
              Zoom Significantly less zoom
              Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

              Travel zoom

              $159

              Size Significantly smaller
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Zoom Less zoom
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Pentax Optio I-10

              Pentax Optio I-10

              Compact

              $200

              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Size Slightly smaller
              Zoom Significantly less zoom
              Macro focus Much worse macro capability

              Nikon Coolpix S9100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix S9700

              Nikon Coolpix S9700

              Travel zoom

              $222 - $300

              Zoom Much more zoom
              GPS Has a GPS
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Nikon Coolpix S8100

              Nikon Coolpix S8100

              Travel zoom

              $200

              Size Smaller
              Image stabilization Better image stabilization
              Wide angle Significantly worse wide angle
              Zoom Less zoom
              Nikon Coolpix S8200

              Nikon Coolpix S8200

              Travel zoom

              $161

              Image stabilization Better image stabilization
              Macro focus Significantly better macro capability
              Zoom Less zoom
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Canon ELPH 300 HS

              Canon ELPH 300 HS

              Compact

              $229

              Size Much smaller
              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Zoom Significantly less zoom
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              Nikon Coolpix S9300

              Nikon Coolpix S9300

              Travel zoom

              $275

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

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