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

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Pentax Optio RZ18

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Pentax Optio RZ18

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Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix S9100

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
Thickness
Thin
1.3"
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
Macro focus 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
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
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 significantly 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.

              GPS No built-in GPS Help
              Missing geo-tagging

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              No significant shared competitors found.

              Pentax Optio RZ18 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Pentax Optio VS20

              Pentax Optio VS20

              Travel zoom

              $160

              Zoom More zoom
              Aperture Slightly wider aperture
              Autofocus Lacks video autofocus
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX50

              Sony Cyber-shot WX50

              Ultra compact

              $138

              Size Much smaller
              Aperture Wider aperture
              Zoom Significantly less zoom
              Screen size Smaller screen
              Panasonic Lumix ZS19

              Panasonic Lumix ZS19

              Travel zoom

              $140 - $220

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Macro focus Worse macro capability
              Samsung DV300F

              Samsung DV300F

              Ultra compact

              Size Significantly smaller
              Aperture Wider aperture
              Zoom Significantly less zoom
              Macro focus Worse macro capability
              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Travel zoom

              $329 - $354

              Zoom Much more zoom
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Size Significantly larger
              Macro focus Worse macro capability

              Nikon Coolpix S9100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix S9700

              Nikon Coolpix S9700

              Travel zoom

              $327

              Zoom Much more zoom
              GPS Has a GPS
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Nikon Coolpix S9500

              Nikon Coolpix S9500

              Travel zoom

              $197

              GPS Has a GPS
              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              Screen resolution Lower resolution screen
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Nikon Coolpix S9300

              Nikon Coolpix S9300

              Travel zoom

              $220

              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 Less zoom
              Nikon Coolpix S8200

              Nikon Coolpix S8200

              Travel zoom

              $286

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Size Smaller
              Zoom Less zoom
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies

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