Updated (January, 2013): Compare the Nikon Coolpix L820 vs Pentax X90

Nikon Coolpix L810

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Nikon Coolpix L810

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Pentax X90

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Pentax X90

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Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix L810

Screen resolution
High resolution screen
921k dots
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
 

Reasons to buy the Pentax X90

Aperture
Wide aperture
f/2.8
Light sensitivity
High ISO
6,400 ISO
Viewfinder
Great viewfinder
Digital
 
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Advantages of the Nikon L810

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Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen 921k dots vs 230k dots
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More than 4x higher resolution screen
3D Takes 3D photos Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Screen size Larger screen 3.0" vs 2.7"
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More than 10% larger screen
Wide angle Better wide angle 23 mm vs 26 mm
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More than 10% better wide angle
Image stabilization Better image stabilization Lens vs Sensor shift
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Less risk of blur
Size Smaller 111x76x83 mm vs 112x81x99 mm
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More than 20% smaller
Thickness Thinner 3.3" vs 3.9"
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Around 20% thinner
Lowest price Slightly cheaper $189.99 vs $245.00
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The best price we've seen is $55 cheaper (more than 20% less)
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Advantages of the Pentax X90

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Aperture Wider aperture f/2.8 vs f/3.1
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At its widest zoom, the X90's lens captures marginally more light (0.3 f-stops)
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 6,400 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The X90's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
Viewfinder Has a viewfinder Digital vs None
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A viewfinder can help save battery life by keeping the screen turned off
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              similarities

              Compared to recent digicams

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Macro focus Good macro capabilities Help
              L810:1 cm
              X90:0.9 cm
              Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
              L810:580 ms
              X90:430 ms
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              L810:3.3"
              X90:3.9"
              Sensor type Lower-end sensor types Help
              CCD
              Weight Heavy Help
              L810:430 g
              X90:428 g
              Supports RAW No RAW support Help
              Less editing fidelity
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              L810:1.2 fps
              X90:1.1 fps
              Movie format HD (720p) video Help
              L810:720p @ 30fps
              X90:720p
              Size Large Help
              L810:111x76x83 mm
              X90:112x81x99 mm

              Compared to recent super zooms

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Weight Light weight Help
              L810:430 g
              X90:428 g
              External flash No external flash support Help
              Less expandable
              External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
              Limited to the in-camera mic
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              L810:25.4x
              X90:26x

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix L820

              Nikon Coolpix L820

              Super zoom

              $180 - $279

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Super zoom

              $197 - $227

              Zoom Has slightly more zoom
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Sony CyberShot DSC-H200

              Sony CyberShot DSC-H200

              Super zoom

              $239

              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Longest exposure Slightly longer exposures
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
              Nikon Coolpix P500

              Nikon Coolpix P500

              Super zoom

              $328

              Zoom Has slightly more zoom
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Super zoom

              $399 - $400

              Zoom Has much more zoom
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker

              Nikon Coolpix L810 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix P510

              Nikon Coolpix P510

              Super zoom

              $308

              Zoom More zoom
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Size Larger
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Nikon Coolpix L320

              Nikon Coolpix L320

              Super zoom

              $212

              Wide angle Slightly better wide angle
              Battery life Slightly longer battery life
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Nikon Coolpix L120

              Nikon Coolpix L120

              Super zoom

              $244

              Thickness Slightly thinner
              Weight Slightly lighter
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ20

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ20

              Super zoom

              $218

              Battery life Longer battery life
              Longest exposure Slightly longer exposures
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Super zoom

              $199 - $250

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen

              Pentax X90 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Pentax X-5

              Pentax X-5

              Super zoom

              $244 - $324

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Size Larger
              Nikon Coolpix P90

              Nikon Coolpix P90

              Super zoom

              $450

              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Screen size Larger screen
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Lowest price More expensive
              Fujifilm FinePix S1

              Fujifilm FinePix S1

              Super zoom

              $377 - $499

              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Size Larger
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Pentax X70

              Pentax X70

              Super zoom

              Size Slightly smaller
              Thickness Slightly thinner
              Macro focus Much worse macro capability
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $273 body only

              $427 - $480 with 18-55mm lens

              Sensor size Much larger sensor
              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity

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