Updated (February 2012): Compare the Nikon Coolpix P310 vs Pentax Optio VS20

Nikon Coolpix P310 vs Pentax Optio VS20

Nikon Coolpix P310
Pentax Optio VS20

Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix P310

Wide aperture
Aperture
f/1.8
In-camera HDR
HDR
Combines multiple exposures
Takes 3D photos
3D
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
Autofocuses shooting video
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Contrast detection
 

Reasons to buy the Pentax Optio VS20

Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
24 ms shutter lag

Items often bought with the Nikon P310 or Pentax VS20

galleries

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differences

Advantages of the Nikon P310

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Focus points
Many more focus points
99 vs 3
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Aperture
Much wider aperture
f/1.8 vs f/3.1
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At its widest zoom, the P310's lens captures much more light (1.6 f-stops)
3D
Takes 3D photos
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Autofocus
Video autofocus
Contrast detection vs None
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Automatically focuses shooting video
Sensor type
Has a CMOS-family sensor
CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Screen resolution
Significantly higher resolution screen
921k dots vs 460k dots
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More than 2x higher resolution screen
Wide angle
Better wide angle
24 mm vs 28 mm
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More than 10% better wide angle
HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Panorama
Can create panoramas in-camera
Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Movie format
Higher resolution movies
1080p @ 30fps vs 720p @ 30fps
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video
Continuous shooting
Shoots significantly faster
6 fps vs 1 fps
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6x faster continuous shooting
Image stabilization
Better image stabilization
  1. Lens
vs
  1. Sensor shift
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Less risk of blur
Macro focus
Better macro capability
2.0 cm vs 3.0 cm
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Focus on subjects more than 30% closer to the lens
Battery life
Longer battery life
230 shots vs 200 shots
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Around 20% more shots per battery charge
Size
Slightly smaller
103×58×32 mm vs 111×61×38 mm
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Around 30% smaller
Weight
Slightly lighter
194 g vs 235 g
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Around 20% lighter
Thickness
Slightly thinner
1.3" vs 1.5"
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Around 20% thinner
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Advantages of the Pentax VS20

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Zoom
Slightly more zoom
20x vs 4.2x
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More than 23x more zoom
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
6,400 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The VS20's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
Lowest price
Cheaper
$139.00 vs $368.99
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The best price we've seen is $230 cheaper (2.7x less)
Fastest shutter speed
Faster max shutter speed
1/2500s vs 1/2000s
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20% faster max shutter speed
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recommendations

Snapsort can't make a recommendation (yet) because it doesn't have enough data yet about the Nikon P310.

similarities

Compared to recent digicams

Common Strengths

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Common Weaknesses
Longest exposure Short max exposure time Help
4 seconds
Viewfinder No viewfinders Help
Can only preview photos on the screen
Waterproof Not waterproof Help
Stay on land
Supports RAW No RAW support Help
Less editing fidelity
Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
Less flexible
Battery life Few shots per battery charge Help
P310230 shots
VS20200 shots

competitors

Shared Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Nikon Coolpix S7000

Nikon Coolpix S7000

Travel zoom

$119 - $217

Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
Fastest shutter speed Has a faster max shutter speed
Aperture Has a much narrower aperture
Samsung WB200F

Samsung WB200F

Travel zoom

$148

Touch screen Has a touch screen
Longest exposure Slightly longer exposures
Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
Aperture Has a much narrower aperture
Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

Pro digicam

$448

Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
True resolution Takes much higher resolution photos
Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
Lowest price Is slightly more expensive

Nikon Coolpix P310 Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Nikon Coolpix P340

Nikon Coolpix P340

Pro digicam

$330

High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
Supports RAW Shoots RAW
3D Doesn't take 3D photos
HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
Nikon Coolpix S9900

Nikon Coolpix S9900

Travel zoom

$249 - $297

Zoom More zoom
Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
Aperture Much narrower aperture
Wide angle Slightly worse wide angle
Nikon Coolpix P530

Nikon Coolpix P530

Super zoom

$199 - $297

Zoom Significantly more zoom
High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
Focus points Many fewer focus points
Aperture Much narrower aperture
Nikon Coolpix P330

Nikon Coolpix P330

Pro digicam

$328

GPS Has a GPS
Supports RAW Shoots RAW
HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
Battery life Shorter battery life
Nikon Coolpix P300

Nikon Coolpix P300

Pro digicam

$349

High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
Continuous shooting Shoots faster
3D Doesn't take 3D photos
Macro focus Worse macro capability

Pentax Optio VS20 Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Canon PowerShot SX270 HS

Canon PowerShot SX270 HS

Travel zoom

$194

High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
Aperture Narrower aperture
Macro focus Worse macro capability
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX350

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX350

Travel zoom

$213 - $298

Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
Continuous shooting Shoots much faster
Aperture Narrower aperture
Fastest shutter speed Significantly slower max shutter speed
Nikon Coolpix S3600

Nikon Coolpix S3600

Travel zoom

$70

Focus points Many more focus points
Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
Aperture Narrower aperture
Screen size Significantly smaller screen
Canon PowerShot ELPH 140 IS

Canon PowerShot ELPH 140 IS

Travel zoom

Image stabilization Better image stabilization
Macro focus Better macro capability
Screen size Significantly smaller screen
Screen resolution Lower resolution screen
Sony NEX-5N

Sony NEX-5N

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$605 body only

$803 with 16-50mm lens

3D Takes 3D photos
Autofocus Video autofocus
Built-in flash No built-in flash
Image stabilization No image stabilization

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