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
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens
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

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
Screen size Significantly 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
Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
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
Shutter lag Significantly less shutter lag 430 ms vs 580 ms
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Around 30% less delay when taking photos
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
        Thickness Quite thick Help
        L810:3.3"
        X90:3.9"
        Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
        L810:580 ms
        X90:430 ms
        Weight Heavy Help
        L810:430 g
        X90:428 g
        Sensor type Lower-end sensor types Help
        CCD
        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
        High-speed framerate No high speed movie support Help
        Not supported

        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 P100

        Nikon Coolpix P100

        Super zoom

        Movie format Records higher quality movies
        High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
        Size Is slightly larger
        Wide angle Has a slightly narrower wide angle lens

        Nikon Coolpix L810 Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Nikon Coolpix L820

        Nikon Coolpix L820

        Super zoom

        $160 - $279

        Movie format Higher resolution movies
        Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
        Weight Slightly heavier
        Lowest price Slightly more expensive
        Nikon Coolpix L830

        Nikon Coolpix L830

        Super zoom

        $227 - $255

        Movie format Higher resolution movies
        Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
        3D Doesn't take 3D photos
        Size Slightly larger
        Nikon Coolpix L320

        Nikon Coolpix L320

        Super zoom

        $207

        Wide angle Better wide angle
        Battery life Slightly longer battery life
        Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
        3D Doesn't take 3D photos
        Fujifilm FinePix S4500

        Fujifilm FinePix S4500

        Super zoom

        $154 - $300

        Zoom Slightly more zoom
        Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
        Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
        3D Doesn't take 3D photos
        Nikon D800

        Nikon D800

        Pro DSLR

        $2,797 - $3,297 body only

        $4,097 - $4,697 with 70-200mm lens

        Sensor size Much larger sensor
        True resolution Much higher true resolution
        Image stabilization No image stabilization
        Size Significantly larger

        Pentax X90 Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Pentax X-5

        Pentax X-5

        Super zoom

        $179 - $200

        Movie format Higher resolution movies
        Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
        Aperture Narrower aperture
        Size Larger
        Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

        Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

        Super zoom

        $399 - $400

        Zoom Significantly more zoom
        Supports 24p Supports 24p
        Aperture Narrower aperture
        Size Larger
        Nikon Coolpix P90

        Nikon Coolpix P90

        Super zoom

        $500

        Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
        Screen size Significantly larger screen
        Movie format Lower resolution movies
        Shutter lag More shutter lag
        Canon Rebel T3i

        Canon Rebel T3i

        Entry-level DSLR

        $480 - $774 body only

        $200 - $617 with 18-55mm lens

        Sensor size Much larger sensor
        Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
        Image stabilization No image stabilization
        Size Larger
        Fujifilm FinePix S9000 Zoom

        Fujifilm FinePix S9000 Zoom

        Pro digicam

        Supports RAW Shoots RAW
        Storage slots Has more storage slots
        Screen size Much smaller screen
        Image stabilization No image stabilization

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