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

Nikon Coolpix L810 vs Pentax X90

Winner
Nikon Coolpix L810

60

Pentax X90

56

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix L810

High resolution screen
Screen resolution
921k dots
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Lens
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

Light sensitivity
High ISO
6,400 ISO
Viewfinder
Great viewfinder
Digital
Fastest shutter speed
Fast shutter speed
1/4000 of a second

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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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
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
              Sensor type Lower-end sensor types Help
              CCD
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              L8103.3"
              X903.9"
              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
              Supports 24p No support for 24p Help
              Missing that film look
              Sensor size Very small sensors Help
              L8101/2.3" 6.17x4.55mm
              X901/2.3" 6.13x4.6mm
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              L81025.4x
              X9026x

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix L820

              Nikon Coolpix L820

              Super zoom

              $210

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $274 body only

              $484 with 18-55mm, 55-200mm lenses

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
              Image stabilization Doesn't have image stabilization
              Nikon Coolpix P100

              Nikon Coolpix P100

              Super zoom

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Size Is slightly larger

              Nikon Coolpix L810 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Super zoom

              $297

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Size Slightly larger
              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 L840

              Nikon Coolpix L840

              Super zoom

              $209 - $227

              Battery life Much longer battery life
              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              Size Larger
              Weight Heavier
              Nikon Coolpix L320

              Nikon Coolpix L320

              Super zoom

              $249

              Wide angle Slightly better wide angle
              Battery life Slightly longer battery life
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              Nikon Coolpix P510

              Nikon Coolpix P510

              Super zoom

              $475

              Zoom More zoom
              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              Size Larger
              Battery life Significantly shorter battery life

              Pentax X90 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Super zoom

              $329 - $349

              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Size Larger
              Nikon Coolpix P7100

              Nikon Coolpix P7100

              Pro digicam

              $395

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Zoom Less zoom
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Canon Powershot SX40

              Canon Powershot SX40

              Super zoom

              $467

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Size Larger
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v

              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v

              Travel zoom

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Macro focus Much worse macro capability
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX200V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX200V

              Super zoom

              $630

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Size Slightly larger

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