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

Nikon Coolpix P500 vs Pentax X90

Winner
Nikon Coolpix P500

65

Pentax X90

56

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix P500

High resolution screen
Screen resolution
920k dots
High speed movies
High-speed framerate
240 fps
Rapid fire
Continuous shooting
10 fps
Flip-out screen
Screen flips out
Great for movies
 

Reasons to buy the Pentax X90

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

galleries

Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Nikon Coolpix P500.
Explore our gallery of 2 sample photos taken by the Pentax X90.

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
Screen size
Significantly larger screen
3" vs 2.7"
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More than 10% larger screen
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
Sensor type
Has a CMOS-family sensor
CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
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
Movie format
Higher resolution movies
1080p @ 30fps vs 720p
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video
Panorama
Can create panoramas in-camera
Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Continuous shooting
Shoots significantly faster
10 fps vs 1.1 fps
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Around 9x faster continuous shooting
Wide angle
Better wide angle
23 mm vs 26 mm
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More than 10% better wide angle
Zoom
More zoom
36x vs 26x
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More than 90% more zoom
Fastest shutter speed
Faster max shutter speed
1/5000s vs 1/4000s
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20% faster max shutter speed
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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 2 f-stops better
Size
Slightly smaller
112×81×99 mm vs 116×84×103 mm
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More than 10% smaller
Weight
Slightly 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
              Macro focus Good macro capabilities Help
              P5001.0 cm
              X900.9 cm
              Viewfinder Both have digital viewfinders Help
              Digital
              Fastest shutter speed Fast max shutter speeds Help
              P5001/5000s
              X901/4000s
              Common Weaknesses
              Light sensitivity (boost) No boost ISO Help
              Lacks boost light sensitivity
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              P5004.1"
              X903.9"
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              Weight Heavy Help
              P500481 g
              X90428 g
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Size Large Help
              P500116×84×103 mm
              X90112×81×99 mm

              Compared to recent super zooms

              Common Strengths
              Weight Light weight Help
              P500481 g
              X90428 g
              Common Weaknesses
              Longest exposure Short max exposure time Help
              P5002s
              X904s
              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
              P5001/2.3" 6.18x4.55mm
              X901/2.3" 6.13x4.6mm
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Image stabilization Poor image stabilization Help
              1. Sensor shift
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              P50036x
              X9026x

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX30 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX30 IS

              Super zoom

              Image stabilization Has better image stabilization
              Shutter lag Has significantly less shutter lag
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon Coolpix L820

              Nikon Coolpix L820

              Super zoom

              $210

              Image stabilization Has better image stabilization
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Viewfinder Doesn't have a viewfinder
              Nikon Coolpix P100

              Nikon Coolpix P100

              Super zoom

              Shutter lag Has much less shutter lag
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Wide angle Has a slightly narrower wide angle lens
              Canon Powershot SX40

              Canon Powershot SX40

              Super zoom

              $466

              Image stabilization Has better image stabilization
              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Super zoom

              $329 - $349

              Zoom Has significantly more zoom
              Image stabilization Has better image stabilization
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon Coolpix L810

              Nikon Coolpix L810

              Super zoom

              $297

              Image stabilization Has better image stabilization
              3D Captures 3D images
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Viewfinder Doesn't have a viewfinder
              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX100v

              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX100v

              Super zoom

              $503

              Image stabilization Has better image stabilization
              Battery life Has a much longer battery life
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Wide angle Has a slightly narrower wide angle lens

              Nikon Coolpix P500 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix P510

              Nikon Coolpix P510

              Super zoom

              $475

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

              Nikon Coolpix P600

              Super zoom

              $335

              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              High-speed framerate Lower speed movies
              Continuous shooting Shoots slower
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $289 body only

              $447 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Much higher true resolution
              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Nikon Coolpix P530

              Nikon Coolpix P530

              Super zoom

              $297

              Aperture Wider aperture
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              High-speed framerate Lower speed movies
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $274 body only

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

              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Battery life Much longer battery life
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen

              Pentax X90 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              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
              Pentax Optio WG-1

              Pentax Optio WG-1

              Waterproof

              $530

              Size Significantly smaller
              Thickness Much thinner
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Zoom Less zoom
              Pentax X-5

              Pentax X-5

              Super zoom

              $226

              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Size Larger
              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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