• 1/2.33 inch 28.2mm2
  • 16.1 megapixels
  • 24.00mm - 480.00mm (35mm eq.)
  • 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 16.0 megapixels
  • 25.00mm - 750.00mm (35mm eq.)

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Differences

Panasonic ZS45 advantages over Nikon S9900

  • Manual focus
    Yes vs No
    AF is for the weak. Real photographers focus manually.
  • Longer exposure
    30 vs 8 sec
    Long exposures for night shots
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    10.0 fps vs 7.0 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    10 vs 5 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)

Nikon S9900 advantages over Panasonic ZS45

  • Less expensive
    $279 vs $498
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Tilt-swivel vs tilt-only
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • NFC
    Yes vs No
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • More telephoto lens reach
    750 mm vs 480 mm
    Capture objects farther away
  • Built-in GPS
    GPS vs None
    Geotag your photos
  • Slow-motion videos
    Yes vs No
    Shoot slow-motion videos
  • Faster shutter
    1/4000 vs 1/2000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Both provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • In-camera panoramas
    Both provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Both provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • Internal flash
    Both provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video

Common Weaknesses

  • Focus peaking
    Neither provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Neither provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • Touchscreen
    Neither provide
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • RAW file ability
    Neither provide
    Gives you more flexibility to develop your photos later
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Neither provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Neither provide
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Integrated ND filter
    Neither provide
    Shoot in daylight with a large aperture or slow shutter
  • External Mic Jack
    Neither provide
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Hot shoe
    Neither provide
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Bulb shutter
    Neither provide
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures

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The Competition

Compared to Sony HX30V

Panasonic ZS45
Sony HX30V
  • $498
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Newer
  • $477
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Built-in GPS
  • Shoots 60p video
Nikon S9900
Sony HX30V
  • $279
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • $477
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Larger lens aperture
  • Manual focus

Compared to Panasonic ZS40

Panasonic ZS45
Panasonic ZS40
  • $498
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
  • $380
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Focus peaking
Nikon S9900
Panasonic ZS40
  • $279
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $380
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Slower slow-motion

Compared to Panasonic ZS35

Panasonic ZS45
Panasonic ZS35
  • $498
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Manual focus
  • More dots on screen
  • $338
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Less expensive
Nikon S9900
Panasonic ZS35
  • $279
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $338
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Longer exposure
  • Faster JPEG shooting

Compared to Nikon S9700

Panasonic ZS45
Nikon S9700
  • $498
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Manual focus
  • $280
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • More telephoto lens reach
Nikon S9900
Nikon S9700
  • $279
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $280
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Slower slow-motion
  • Shoots 60p video

Compared to Sony HX80

Panasonic ZS45
Sony HX80
  • $498
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Manual focus
  • $298
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Eye-level viewfinder
Nikon S9900
Sony HX80
  • $279
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Built-in GPS
  • $298
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • Longer stills battery life
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