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

Nikon Coolpix P500

Winner
Nikon Coolpix P500

64

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Pentax X90

56

Pentax X90

Runner-up
     
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix P500

Screen resolution
High resolution screen
920k dots
High-speed framerate
High speed movies
240 fps
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
 

Reasons to buy the Pentax X90

Light sensitivity
High ISO
6,400 ISO
Weight
Light-weight
428 g
 
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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
Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
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
Zoom More zoom 36x vs 26x
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More than 90% more zoom
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
Wide angle Better wide angle 23 mm vs 26 mm
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More than 10% better wide angle
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 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 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 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
        Supports RAW No RAW support Help
        Less editing fidelity
        HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
        You could do HDR manually
        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
        Image stabilization Poor image stabilization Help
        Sensor shift
        Zoom Poor zoom Help
        P500:36x
        X90:26x

        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
        Nikon Coolpix L820

        Nikon Coolpix L820

        Super zoom

        $168 - $279

        Image stabilization Has better image stabilization
        HDR Has in-camera HDR
        Viewfinder Doesn't have a viewfinder
        Nikon D3100

        Nikon D3100

        Entry-level DSLR

        $278 body only

        $427 - $480 with 18-55mm lens

        True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
        Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
        Image stabilization Doesn't have image stabilization
        Canon Rebel T3i

        Canon Rebel T3i

        Entry-level DSLR

        $499 - $648 body only

        $200 - $570 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 D3200

        Nikon D3200

        Entry-level DSLR

        $567 body only

        $433 - $477 with 18-55mm lens

        True resolution Takes much higher resolution photos
        Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
        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

        Size Is slightly smaller
        Image stabilization Has better image stabilization
        Viewfinder Doesn't have a viewfinder
        Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture

        Nikon Coolpix P500 Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Nikon Coolpix P600

        Nikon Coolpix P600

        Super zoom

        $427

        Zoom Much more zoom
        HDR Has in-camera HDR
        High-speed framerate Lower speed movies
        Size Larger
        Nikon Coolpix L830

        Nikon Coolpix L830

        Super zoom

        $197 - $227

        Aperture Wider aperture
        HDR Has in-camera HDR
        Continuous shooting Shoots slower
        Viewfinder No viewfinder
        Nikon Coolpix P510

        Nikon Coolpix P510

        Super zoom

        $304

        3D Takes 3D photos
        Aperture Wider aperture
        Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
        High-speed framerate Lower speed movies
        Nikon Coolpix P530

        Nikon Coolpix P530

        Super zoom

        $347

        Aperture Wider aperture
        External mic jack Has an external mic jack
        Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
        High-speed framerate Lower speed movies
        Sony Cybershot DSC-HX100v

        Sony Cybershot DSC-HX100v

        Super zoom

        $627 - $667

        Aperture Wider aperture
        Battery life Significantly longer battery life
        Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
        Wide angle Worse wide angle

        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
        Nikon Coolpix L320

        Nikon Coolpix L320

        Super zoom

        $207

        Wide angle Better wide angle
        Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
        Aperture Narrower aperture
        Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ50

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ50

        Pro digicam

        $548

        Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
        Image stabilization Better image stabilization
        Wide angle Much worse wide angle
        Screen size Much smaller screen
        Pentax X-5

        Pentax X-5

        Super zoom

        $181 - $324

        Movie format Higher resolution movies
        Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
        Aperture Narrower aperture
        Size Larger
        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V

        Super zoom

        $448 - $458

        Zoom Significantly more zoom
        Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
        Size Larger
        Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity

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