Updated (January, 2013): Compare the Nikon Coolpix P520 vs Pentax X90

Nikon Coolpix P510

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Nikon Coolpix P510

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Pentax X90

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Pentax X90

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Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix P510

Screen resolution
High resolution screen
921k dots
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
 

Reasons to buy the Pentax X90

Aperture
Wide aperture
f/2.8
Light sensitivity
High ISO
6,400 ISO
Viewfinder
Great viewfinder
Digital
 
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differences

Advantages of the Nikon P510

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Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen 921k dots vs 230k dots
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More than 4x higher resolution screen
Zoom Significantly more zoom 41.7x vs 26x
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More than 2.5x more zoom
Movie format Higher resolution movies 1080p @ 30fps vs 720p
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video
3D Takes 3D photos Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Screen size Significantly larger screen 3.0" vs 2.7"
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More than 10% larger screen
Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
HDR Has in-camera HDR Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Wide angle Better wide angle 24 mm vs 26 mm
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Around 10% better wide angle
GPS Has a GPS Yes vs No
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Automatically geotags your photos when traveling
Image stabilization Better image stabilization Lens vs Sensor shift
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Less risk of blur
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 7 fps vs 1.1 fps
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More than 6x faster continuous shooting
High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies 120 fps vs None
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Capture events too fast for the naked eye and play them back in super-slow motion
Shutter lag Less shutter lag 380 ms vs 430 ms
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More than 10% less delay when taking photos
Longest exposure Slightly longer exposures 8s vs 4s
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2x longer exposures
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Advantages of the Pentax X90

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Aperture Wider aperture f/2.8 vs f/3.0
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At its widest zoom, the X90's lens captures marginally more light (0.2 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 120x83x102 mm
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More than 10% smaller
Macro focus Better macro capability 0.9 cm vs 2 cm
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Focus on subjects 2.2x closer to the lens
Weight Lighter 428 g vs 555 g
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More than 20% lighter
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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 Common Weaknesses
        Viewfinder Both have digital viewfinders Help
        Digital
        Thickness Quite thick Help
        P510:4"
        X90:3.9"
        Weight Heavy Help
        P510:555 g
        X90:428 g
        Supports RAW No RAW support Help
        Less editing fidelity
        Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
        P510:380 ms
        X90:430 ms
        Size Large Help
        P510:120x83x102 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
        Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
        Less flexible

        competitors

        Shared Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

        Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

        Super zoom

        $399 - $400

        Zoom Has slightly more zoom
        High-speed framerate Records even higher-speed movies
        Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
        Weight Is slightly 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
        Nikon Coolpix P500

        Nikon Coolpix P500

        Super zoom

        $346

        High-speed framerate Records even higher-speed movies
        Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
        Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
        Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
        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
        Autofocus Lacks autofocus
        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
        Autofocus Lacks autofocus

        Nikon Coolpix P510 Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Nikon Coolpix P520

        Nikon Coolpix P520

        Super zoom

        $327 - $347

        Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
        Screen size Larger screen
        Shutter lag More shutter lag
        Size Slightly larger
        Nikon Coolpix P600

        Nikon Coolpix P600

        Super zoom

        $427 - $447

        Zoom Much more zoom
        External mic jack Has an external mic jack
        3D Doesn't take 3D photos
        Aperture Narrower aperture
        Nikon Coolpix P530

        Nikon Coolpix P530

        Super zoom

        $347 - $397

        External mic jack Has an external mic jack
        Macro focus Better macro capability
        3D Doesn't take 3D photos
        GPS No built-in GPS
        Nikon Coolpix L820

        Nikon Coolpix L820

        Super zoom

        $160 - $279

        Size Smaller
        High-speed framerate Higher speed movies
        Zoom Less zoom
        GPS No built-in GPS
        Nikon Coolpix L830

        Nikon Coolpix L830

        Super zoom

        $246 - $255

        Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
        Battery life Significantly longer battery life
        3D Doesn't take 3D photos
        Zoom Less zoom

        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
        Fujifilm FinePix HS20 EXR

        Fujifilm FinePix HS20 EXR

        Super zoom

        $331

        Movie format Higher resolution movies
        Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
        Size Significantly larger
        Weight Significantly heavier

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