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

Nikon Coolpix P500 vs Pentax X90

Winner
Nikon Coolpix P500

56

Pentax X90

47

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
Weight
Light-weight
428 g
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
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
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
Screen size
Larger screen
3.0" vs 2.7"
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More than 10% larger screen
Continuous shooting
Shoots significantly faster
10 fps vs 1.1 fps
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Around 9x faster continuous shooting
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 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
              Macro focus Good macro capabilities Help
              P5001 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"
              Weight Heavy Help
              P500481 g
              X90428 g
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Size Large Help
              P500116x84x103 mm
              X90112x81x99 mm
              Image stabilization Poor image stabilization Help
              Sensor shift

              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
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              P50036x
              X9026x

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Super zoom

              $179 - $207

              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
              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Super zoom

              $309 - $430

              Zoom Has significantly more zoom
              Image stabilization Has better image stabilization
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX100v

              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX100v

              Super zoom

              $290 - $600

              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 L820

              Nikon Coolpix L820

              Super zoom

              $160

              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
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $539 body only

              $566 - $599 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes much higher resolution photos
              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $279 - $557 body only

              $349 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes much higher resolution photos
              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Image stabilization Doesn't have image stabilization
              Nikon D3000

              Nikon D3000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $639 with 18-55mm lens

              Shutter lag Has much less shutter lag
              Battery life Has a much longer battery life
              Live view Doesn't let you preview your photos on the screen
              Image stabilization Doesn't have image stabilization

              Nikon Coolpix P500 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              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
              Nikon Coolpix P600

              Nikon Coolpix P600

              Super zoom

              $345 - $375

              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              High-speed framerate Lower speed movies
              Wide angle Slightly worse wide angle
              Nikon Coolpix P530

              Nikon Coolpix P530

              Super zoom

              $215 - $297

              Aperture Wider aperture
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              High-speed framerate Lower speed movies
              Nikon Coolpix P900

              Nikon Coolpix P900

              Super zoom

              $597

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Size Much larger
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Canon PowerShot SX30 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX30 IS

              Super zoom

              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Image stabilization Better image stabilization
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              Movie format Lower resolution movies

              Pentax X90 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix P90

              Nikon Coolpix P90

              Super zoom

              $450

              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Screen size Larger screen
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $497 - $547 body only

              $499 - $599 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Much higher true resolution
              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Size Slightly larger
              Fujifilm X-S1

              Fujifilm X-S1

              Pro digicam

              $440

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Size Much larger
              Weight Much heavier
              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $420 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Much higher true resolution
              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Pentax X-5

              Pentax X-5

              Super zoom

              $178

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Size Larger

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