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

Aperture
Wide aperture
f/2.8
Light sensitivity
High ISO
6,400 ISO
Viewfinder
Great viewfinder
Digital
 
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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
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
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recommendations

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 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

        $162 - $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
        Nikon Coolpix L320

        Nikon Coolpix L320

        Super zoom

        $207

        Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
        Nikon D3200

        Nikon D3200

        Entry-level DSLR

        $339 - $567 body only

        $389 - $477 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
        Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

        Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

        Super zoom

        $199 - $250

        Movie format Records higher quality movies
        High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
        Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
        Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
        Nikon D3100

        Nikon D3100

        Entry-level DSLR

        $278 body only

        $427 with 18-55mm lens

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

        Nikon Coolpix L810 Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Nikon Coolpix L120

        Nikon Coolpix L120

        Super zoom

        $425

        Thickness Slightly thinner
        Weight Slightly lighter
        3D Doesn't take 3D photos
        Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
        Nikon Coolpix P510

        Nikon Coolpix P510

        Super zoom

        $304

        Zoom More zoom
        Movie format Higher resolution movies
        Size Larger
        Battery life Shorter battery life
        Canon PowerShot SX500 IS

        Canon PowerShot SX500 IS

        Super zoom

        $250 - $274

        Zoom Slightly more zoom
        Size Slightly smaller
        Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
        Aperture Narrower aperture
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ20

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ20

        Super zoom

        $131

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

        Pentax X90 Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Nikon Coolpix P90

        Nikon Coolpix P90

        Super zoom

        Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
        Screen size Larger screen
        Movie format Lower resolution movies
        Zoom Slightly less zoom
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ7

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ7

        Travel zoom

        Size Significantly smaller
        3D Takes 3D photos
        Aperture Narrower aperture
        Zoom Less zoom
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ50

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ50

        Pro digicam

        $528

        Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
        Image stabilization Better image stabilization
        Wide angle Much worse wide angle
        Screen size Much smaller screen
        Sony Alpha DSLR-A100

        Sony Alpha DSLR-A100

        Entry-level DSLR

        Sensor size Much larger sensor
        Interchangeable lenses Has interchangeable lenses
        Movie format Does not take movies
        Screen size Smaller screen

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