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

Really small
Size
Compact 105x62x35 mm
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 97x61x33 mm
Light sensitivity
High ISO
6,400 ISO
Macro focus
Great macro
1 cm
Thickness
Thin
1.3"
 

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
Help
The RZ18's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
Weight
Lighter
178 g vs 214 g
Help
Around 20% lighter
Thickness
Slightly thinner
1.3" vs 1.4"
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Around 10% thinner
Lowest price
Cheaper
$148.34 vs $264.50
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The best price we've seen is $116 cheaper (more than 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
Help
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
Help
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
              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

              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

              Canon ELPH 300 HS

              Canon ELPH 300 HS

              Compact

              $229

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Size Is significantly smaller
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              Screen size Has a slightly smaller screen
              Canon PowerShot SX150 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX150 IS

              Travel zoom

              $191

              Image stabilization Has better image stabilization
              Longest exposure Slightly longer exposures
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is much heavier

              Pentax Optio RZ18 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              GoPro Hero 3+ Silver Edition

              GoPro Hero 3+ Silver Edition

              Waterproof

              $406

              Wide angle Much better wide angle
              Size Much smaller
              Built-in flash No built-in flash
              Zoom Significantly less zoom
              Canon ELPH 310 HS

              Canon ELPH 310 HS

              Travel zoom

              $244

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Size Significantly smaller
              Zoom Significantly less zoom
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              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
              Samsung WB150F

              Samsung WB150F

              Travel zoom

              $120

              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Size Smaller
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro capability
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Canon Powershot S100

              Canon Powershot S100

              Pro digicam

              $244

              GPS Has a GPS
              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Zoom Significantly less zoom
              Macro focus Worse macro capability

              Nikon Coolpix S9100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix S8100

              Nikon Coolpix S8100

              Travel zoom

              $200

              Size Smaller
              Macro focus Significantly better macro capability
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Zoom Less zoom
              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v

              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v

              Travel zoom

              GPS Has a GPS
              3D Takes 3D photos
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Zoom Less zoom
              Nikon Coolpix S9300

              Nikon Coolpix S9300

              Travel zoom

              $266

              GPS Has a GPS
              3D Takes 3D photos
              High-speed framerate Lower speed movies
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Nikon Coolpix S9700

              Nikon Coolpix S9700

              Travel zoom

              $278 - $297

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

              Nikon Coolpix S9500

              Travel zoom

              $221

              GPS Has a GPS
              3D Takes 3D photos
              Screen resolution Lower resolution screen
              Battery life Shorter battery life

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