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

Nikon Coolpix L810 vs Pentax X90

Winner
Nikon Coolpix L810

55

Pentax X90

51

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
Macro focus
Great macro
0.9 cm
Viewfinder
Great viewfinder
Digital

galleries

Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Nikon Coolpix L810.
Explore our gallery of 2 sample photos taken by the Pentax X90.

differences

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" vs 2.7"
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More than 10% larger screen
Panorama
Can create panoramas in-camera
Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
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
  1. Lens
vs
  1. Sensor shift
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Less risk of blur
Size
Smaller
111×76×83 mm vs 112×81×99 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 4 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
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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
              L8101.0 cm
              X900.9 cm
              Common Weaknesses
              Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
              L810580 ms
              X90430 ms
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              L8103.3"
              X903.9"
              Sensor type Lower-end sensor types Help
              CCD
              Weight Heavy Help
              L810430 g
              X90428 g
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              L8101.2 fps
              X901.1 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
              L810720p @ 30fps
              X90720p
              Size Large Help
              L810111×76×83 mm
              X90112×81×99 mm

              Compared to recent super zooms

              Common Strengths
              Weight Light weight Help
              L810430 g
              X90428 g
              Common Weaknesses
              Longest exposure Short max exposure time Help
              4 seconds
              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
              L81025.4x
              X9026x

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Fujifilm FinePix S4500

              Fujifilm FinePix S4500

              Super zoom

              $169

              Light sensitivity (boost) Has boost light sensitivity
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Weight Is slightly heavier

              Nikon Coolpix L810 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix L820

              Nikon Coolpix L820

              Super zoom

              $160

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Weight Slightly heavier
              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Super zoom

              $159

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Size Slightly larger
              Nikon Coolpix L120

              Nikon Coolpix L120

              Super zoom

              $160

              Fastest shutter speed Faster max shutter speed
              Thickness Slightly thinner
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Nikon Coolpix L320

              Nikon Coolpix L320

              Super zoom

              $249

              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 L840

              Nikon Coolpix L840

              Super zoom

              $200 - $247

              Battery life Much longer battery life
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Size Larger
              Weight Heavier

              Pentax X90 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Pentax X-5

              Pentax X-5

              Super zoom

              $206

              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Size Larger
              Pentax K-500

              Pentax K-500

              Entry-level DSLR

              $514 body only

              $399 - $540 with 18-55mm lens

              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Weight Heavier
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $479 body only

              $566 with 18-55mm lens

              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Size Larger
              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX100v

              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX100v

              Super zoom

              $515

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Wide angle Slightly worse wide angle
              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $677 body only

              $430 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Much higher true resolution
              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Image stabilization No image stabilization

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