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

Nikon Coolpix P500

Winner
Nikon Coolpix P500

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Pentax X90

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Pentax X90

Runner-up
     

Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix P500

High resolution screen
Screen resolution
920k dots
High speed movies
High-speed framerate
240 fps
Flip-out screen
Screen flips out
Great for movies
In-camera panoramas
Panorama
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
 

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
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
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
Wide angle
Better wide angle
23 mm vs 26 mm
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More than 10% better wide angle
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
Zoom
More zoom
36x vs 26x
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More than 90% more zoom
Continuous shooting
Shoots significantly faster
10 fps vs 1.1 fps
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Around 9x faster continuous shooting
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
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
Lowest price
Cheaper
$245.00 vs $350.00
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The best price we've seen is $105 cheaper (30% less)
Thickness
Slightly thinner
3.9" vs 4.1"
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Almost the same
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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
              P500:1 cm
              X90:0.9 cm
              Viewfinder Both have digital viewfinders Help
              Digital
              Fastest shutter speed Fast max shutter speeds Help
              P500:1/5000s
              X90:1/4000s
              Common Weaknesses
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              P500:4.1"
              X90:3.9"
              Light sensitivity (boost) No boost ISO Help
              Lacks boost light sensitivity
              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

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

              Common Weaknesses
              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
              Supports 24p No support for 24p Help
              Missing that film look
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              P500:36x
              X90:26x

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix P100

              Nikon Coolpix P100

              Super zoom

              $321

              Shutter lag Has significantly less shutter lag
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Wide angle Has a slightly narrower wide angle lens
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $240 - $280 body only

              $389 - $410 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 - $550 body only

              $550 - $600 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes much higher resolution photos
              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $397 body only

              $460 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes much higher resolution photos
              Light sensitivity Significantly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Image stabilization Doesn't have image stabilization
              Nikon Coolpix P90

              Nikon Coolpix P90

              Super zoom

              $450

              Image stabilization Has better image stabilization
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag

              Nikon Coolpix P500 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon Powershot SX40

              Canon Powershot SX40

              Super zoom

              $405

              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Nikon Coolpix P600

              Nikon Coolpix P600

              Super zoom

              $320 - $397

              Zoom Much more zoom
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              High-speed framerate Lower speed movies
              Wide angle Slightly worse wide angle
              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Super zoom

              $194 - $297

              Aperture Wider aperture
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Continuous shooting Shoots slower
              Nikon Coolpix P510

              Nikon Coolpix P510

              Super zoom

              $500

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Aperture Wider aperture
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              High-speed framerate Lower speed movies
              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX100v

              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX100v

              Super zoom

              $429

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

              Pentax X90 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Pentax X-5

              Pentax X-5

              Super zoom

              $219

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Size Larger
              Olympus SP-620 UZ

              Olympus 620 UZ

              Travel zoom

              $206

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Size Significantly smaller
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

              Super zoom

              $350 - $561

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Size Larger
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Pentax X70

              Pentax X70

              Super zoom

              Size Slightly smaller
              Thickness Slightly thinner
              Macro focus Much worse macro capability
              Kodak Easyshare Z990 MAX

              Kodak Easyshare Z990 MAX

              Super zoom

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Size Slightly larger

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