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

Nikon Coolpix S9100 vs Pentax Optio RZ18

Winner
Nikon Coolpix S9100

56

Pentax Optio RZ18

54

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

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
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
Thinner
1.3" vs 1.4"
Help
Around 10% thinner
Lowest price
Cheaper
$159.99 vs $258.05
Help
The best price we've seen is $98 cheaper (around 40% less)
Longest exposure
Slightly longer exposures
4s vs 1s
Help
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
Help
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
Help
More than 2x higher resolution screen
Continuous shooting
Shoots much faster
9.5 fps vs 1 fps
Help
9.5x faster continuous shooting
Panorama
Can create panoramas in-camera
Yes vs No
Help
Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Sensor type
Has a CMOS-family sensor
CMOS vs CCD
Help
CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
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
              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"
              Image stabilization Poor image stabilization Help
              Sensor shift
              Size Large Help
              RZ1897x61x33 mm
              S9100105x62x35 mm

              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

              Canon ELPH 300 HS

              Canon ELPH 300 HS

              Compact

              $220

              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              Screen size Has a slightly smaller screen

              Pentax Optio RZ18 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Samsung WB350F

              Samsung WB350F

              Travel zoom

              $145 - $230

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Weight Heavier
              Ricoh CX6

              Ricoh CX6

              Travel zoom

              $416

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              Wide angle Significantly worse wide angle
              Zoom Less zoom
              Panasonic Lumix ZS25

              Panasonic Lumix ZS25

              Travel zoom

              $190

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Macro focus Worse macro capability
              Pentax Optio H90

              Pentax Optio H90

              Compact

              $190

              Size Slightly smaller
              Thickness Thinner
              Wide angle Significantly worse wide angle
              Zoom Significantly less zoom
              Placeholder

              Toshiba PDR-M4

              Digicam

              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster
              Wide angle Much worse wide angle
              Image stabilization No image stabilization

              Nikon Coolpix S9100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX230 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX230 HS

              Travel zoom

              $215

              GPS Has a GPS
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Wide angle Significantly worse wide angle
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Olympus Stylus 9000

              Olympus Stylus 9000

              Travel zoom

              Size Smaller
              Image stabilization Better image stabilization
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Wide angle Significantly worse wide angle
              Nikon Coolpix S9700

              Nikon Coolpix S9700

              Travel zoom

              $150

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

              Nikon Coolpix S8100

              Travel zoom

              $285

              Image stabilization Better image stabilization
              Size Smaller
              Wide angle Much worse wide angle
              Zoom Less zoom
              Nikon Coolpix S9300

              Nikon Coolpix S9300

              Travel zoom

              $273

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

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