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

Nikon Coolpix L810 vs Pentax X90

Winner
Nikon Coolpix L810

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Pentax X90

47

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix L810

High resolution screen
Screen resolution
921k dots
In-camera panoramas
Panorama
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
Takes 3D photos
3D
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
Fastest shutter speed
Fast shutter speed
1/4000 of a second

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Advantages of the Nikon L810

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3D
Takes 3D photos
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Screen resolution
Much higher resolution screen
921k dots vs 230k dots
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More than 4x higher resolution screen
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
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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
Fastest shutter speed
Much faster max shutter speed
1/4000s vs 1/1500s
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2.7x faster max shutter speed
Lowest price
Cheaper
$245.00 vs $309.99
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The best price we've seen is $65 cheaper (more than 20% less)
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Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent super zooms, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent digicams

              Common Strengths
              Macro focus Good macro capabilities Help
              L810:1 cm
              X90:0.9 cm
              Common Weaknesses
              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
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              L810:1.2 fps
              X90:1.1 fps
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              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
              Weight Light weight Help
              L810:430 g
              X90:428 g
              Common Weaknesses
              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
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              L810:25.4x
              X90:26x

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix P500

              Nikon Coolpix P500

              Super zoom

              $350

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon Coolpix P600

              Nikon Coolpix P600

              Super zoom

              $300 - $349

              Zoom Has way more more zoom
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon Rebel SL1

              Canon Rebel SL1

              Entry-level DSLR

              $399 - $549 body only

              $499 - $500 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              True resolution Takes much higher resolution photos
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Image stabilization Doesn't have image stabilization

              Nikon Coolpix L810 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Super zoom

              $185 - $237

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Size Slightly larger
              Nikon Coolpix L820

              Nikon Coolpix L820

              Super zoom

              $149

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              Weight Slightly heavier
              Nikon Coolpix L120

              Nikon Coolpix L120

              Super zoom

              $440

              Fastest shutter speed Faster max shutter speed
              Thickness Slightly thinner
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Nikon Coolpix L310

              Nikon Coolpix L310

              Super zoom

              Battery life Significantly longer battery life
              Fastest shutter speed Much faster max shutter speed
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              Nikon Coolpix P510

              Nikon Coolpix P510

              Super zoom

              $500

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

              Pentax X90 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Pentax X-5

              Pentax X-5

              Super zoom

              $269

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              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 Significantly more expensive
              Nikon Coolpix P100

              Nikon Coolpix P100

              Super zoom

              $319

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Fastest shutter speed Significantly slower max shutter speed
              Kodak Easyshare Z990 MAX

              Kodak Easyshare Z990 MAX

              Super zoom

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Size Slightly larger

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