Updated (February, 2012): Compare the Nikon Coolpix P510 vs Pentax X90

Nikon Coolpix P500

Winner
Nikon Coolpix P500

55

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Pentax X90

49

Pentax X90

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Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix P500

Screen resolution
High resolution screen
920k dots
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
Viewfinder
Great viewfinder
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Reasons to buy the Pentax X90

Light sensitivity
High ISO
6,400 ISO
Weight
Light-weight
428 g
Viewfinder
Great viewfinder
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differences

Advantages of the Nikon P500

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Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen 920k dots vs 230k dots
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4x higher resolution screen
Movie format Higher resolution movies 1080p @ 30fps vs 720p
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video
Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen Yes vs No
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Flip-out screens can be helpful when composing tricky shots or taking movies
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
Zoom More zoom 36x vs 26x
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More than 90% more zoom
Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies 240 fps vs None
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Capture events too fast for the naked eye and play them back in super-slow motion
Continuous shooting Shoots significantly faster 10 fps vs 1.1 fps
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Around 9x faster continuous shooting
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Advantages of the Pentax X90

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Aperture Significantly wider aperture f/2.8 vs f/3.5
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At its widest zoom, the X90's lens captures slightly more light (0.6 f-stops)
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 6,400 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The X90's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
Size Slightly smaller 112x81x99 mm vs 116x84x103 mm
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More than 10% smaller
Weight Lighter 428 g vs 481 g
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More than 10% lighter
Thickness Slightly thinner 3.9" vs 4.1"
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Almost the same
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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
        P500:1 cm
        X90:0.9 cm
        Viewfinder Both have digital viewfinders Help
        Digital
        Light sensitivity (boost) No boost ISO Help
        Lacks boost light sensitivity
        Thickness Quite thick Help
        P500:4.1"
        X90:3.9"
        Weight Heavy Help
        P500:481 g
        X90:428 g
        HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
        You could do HDR manually
        Supports RAW No RAW support Help
        Less editing fidelity
        Size Large Help
        P500:116x84x103 mm
        X90:112x81x99 mm

        Compared to recent super zooms

        Common Strengths Common Weaknesses

        Snapsort is not aware of any interesting strengths shared by these two products.

        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
        3D Neither camera can take 3D photos Help
        No 3d support
        Image stabilization Poor image stabilization Help
        Sensor shift

        competitors

        Shared Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

        Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

        Super zoom

        $399 - $400

        Zoom Has significantly more zoom
        Image stabilization Has better image stabilization
        Weight Is slightly heavier
        Size Is slightly larger
        Fujifilm FinePix HS20 EXR

        Fujifilm FinePix HS20 EXR

        Super zoom

        $331

        Light sensitivity Significantly higher maximum light sensitivity
        Battery life Has a significantly longer battery life
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is significantly heavier
        Nikon D3100

        Nikon D3100

        Entry-level DSLR

        $390 - $427 with 18-55mm lens

        True resolution Takes much higher resolution photos
        Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
        Image stabilization Doesn't have image stabilization
        Canon Rebel T3

        Canon Rebel T3

        Entry-level DSLR

        $276 - $290 body only

        $300 - $390 with 18-55mm lens

        True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
        Sensor size Has a much larger sensor
        Image stabilization Doesn't have image stabilization
        Canon Rebel T3i

        Canon Rebel T3i

        Entry-level DSLR

        $480 - $774 body only

        $200 - $617 with 18-55mm lens

        True resolution Takes much higher resolution photos
        Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
        Weight Is slightly heavier
        Image stabilization Doesn't have image stabilization
        Nikon Coolpix P90

        Nikon Coolpix P90

        Super zoom

        Image stabilization Has better image stabilization
        Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
        Movie format Records lower quality movies

        Nikon Coolpix P500 Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Nikon Coolpix P510

        Nikon Coolpix P510

        Super zoom

        $249

        Aperture Wider aperture
        3D Takes 3D photos
        Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
        High-speed framerate Lower speed movies
        Nikon Coolpix P600

        Nikon Coolpix P600

        Super zoom

        $427 - $447

        Zoom Much more zoom
        External mic jack Has an external mic jack
        High-speed framerate Lower speed movies
        Wide angle Worse wide angle
        Nikon Coolpix P520

        Nikon Coolpix P520

        Super zoom

        $327 - $347

        Aperture Wider aperture
        3D Takes 3D photos
        High-speed framerate Lower speed movies
        Wide angle Worse wide angle
        Nikon Coolpix L830

        Nikon Coolpix L830

        Super zoom

        $246 - $255

        Aperture Wider aperture
        HDR Has in-camera HDR
        Viewfinder No viewfinder
        Continuous shooting Shoots slower
        Canon Powershot SX40

        Canon Powershot SX40

        Super zoom

        $320 - $390

        Aperture Significantly wider aperture
        Supports 24p Supports 24p
        Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
        Screen size Significantly smaller screen

        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
        Fujifilm FinePix S9000 Zoom

        Fujifilm FinePix S9000 Zoom

        Pro digicam

        Supports RAW Shoots RAW
        Sensor size Larger sensor
        Screen size Much smaller screen
        Image stabilization No image stabilization
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ28

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ28

        Super zoom

        $700

        Supports RAW Shoots RAW
        Image stabilization Better image stabilization
        Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
        Zoom Less zoom
        Placeholder

        Pentax *ist D

        Pro DSLR

        Sensor size Much larger sensor
        Interchangeable lenses Has interchangeable lenses
        Screen size Much smaller screen
        Image stabilization No image stabilization
        Pentax Optio I-10

        Pentax Optio I-10

        Compact

        Size Significantly smaller
        Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
        Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
        Macro focus Much worse macro capability

        appearance

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