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

Nikon Coolpix P510 vs Pentax X90

Winner
Nikon Coolpix P510

60

Pentax X90

50

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix P510

In-camera HDR
HDR
Combines multiple exposures
Takes 3D photos
3D
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
Barely any delay taking photos
Shutter lag
380 ms shutter lag
Built-in GPS
GPS
Great for travel
 

Reasons to buy the Pentax X90

Aperture
Wide aperture
f/2.8
Weight
Light-weight
428 g
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
430 ms shutter lag
Fastest shutter speed
Fast shutter speed
1/4000 of a second

Items often bought with the Nikon P510 or Pentax X90

galleries

Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Nikon Coolpix P510.
Explore our gallery of 2 sample photos taken by the Pentax X90.

differences

Advantages of the Nikon P510

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3D
Takes 3D photos
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Screen resolution
Significantly higher resolution screen
921k dots vs 230k dots
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More than 4x higher resolution screen
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
Sensor type
Has a CMOS-family sensor
CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Zoom
More zoom
41.7x vs 26x
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More than 2.5x more zoom
Screen size
Significantly larger screen
3" vs 2.7"
Help
More than 10% larger screen
GPS
Has a GPS
Yes vs No
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Automatically geotags your photos when traveling
HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Panorama
Can create panoramas in-camera
Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Movie format
Higher resolution movies
1080p @ 30fps vs 720p
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video
Continuous shooting
Shoots significantly faster
7 fps vs 1.1 fps
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More than 6x faster continuous shooting
Image stabilization
Better image stabilization
  1. Lens
vs
  1. Sensor shift
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Less risk of blur
Wide angle
Better wide angle
24 mm vs 26 mm
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Around 10% better wide angle
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
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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 2 f-stops better
Macro focus
Better macro capability
0.9 cm vs 2.0 cm
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Focus on subjects 2.2x closer to the lens
Size
Slightly smaller
112×81×99 mm vs 120×83×102 mm
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More than 10% smaller
Weight
Lighter
428 g vs 555 g
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More than 20% lighter
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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
              Viewfinder Both have digital viewfinders Help
              Digital
              Fastest shutter speed Fast max shutter speeds Help
              1/4000 of a second
              Common Weaknesses
              Longest exposure Short max exposure time Help
              P5108s
              X904s
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              P5104"
              X903.9"
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
              P510380 ms
              X90430 ms
              Weight Heavy Help
              P510555 g
              X90428 g
              Supports RAW No RAW support Help
              Less editing fidelity
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Size Large Help
              P510120×83×102 mm
              X90112×81×99 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
              Sensor size Very small sensors Help
              P5101/2.3" 6.17x4.55mm
              X901/2.3" 6.13x4.6mm
              Supports 24p No support for 24p Help
              Missing that film look
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Movie format Poor movies Help
              P5101080p @ 30fps
              X90720p

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX60 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX60 HS

              Super zoom

              $394 - $480

              Zoom Has much more zoom
              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Super zoom

              $170

              High-speed framerate Records even higher-speed movies
              Battery life Has a much longer battery life
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Viewfinder Doesn't have a viewfinder
              Nikon Coolpix P500

              Nikon Coolpix P500

              Super zoom

              $400

              High-speed framerate Records even higher-speed movies
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Aperture Has a significantly narrower aperture
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $263 body only

              $358 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Image stabilization Doesn't have image stabilization
              Sony CyberShot DSC-H400

              Sony CyberShot DSC-H400

              Super zoom

              $265 - $318

              Zoom Has much more zoom
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker

              Nikon Coolpix P510 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix P530

              Nikon Coolpix P530

              Super zoom

              $199 - $297

              Macro focus Better macro capability
              Battery life Longer battery life
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Nikon Coolpix P900

              Nikon Coolpix P900

              Super zoom

              $597 - $1,350

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Size Much larger
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Nikon Coolpix P610

              Nikon Coolpix P610

              Super zoom

              $374 - $427

              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Nikon Coolpix P520

              Nikon Coolpix P520

              Super zoom

              $379

              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Screen size Larger screen
              Size Slightly larger
              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Super zoom

              $300 - $350

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              High-speed framerate Higher speed movies
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen

              Pentax X90 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix P90

              Nikon Coolpix P90

              Super zoom

              $450

              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Fujifilm X-S1

              Fujifilm X-S1

              Pro digicam

              $439

              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              Size Much larger
              Weight Much heavier
              Canon PowerShot SX610 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX610 HS

              Travel zoom

              $229

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Size Significantly smaller
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Zoom Slightly less zoom
              Nikon Coolpix P100

              Nikon Coolpix P100

              Super zoom

              $350

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Fastest shutter speed Significantly slower max shutter speed
              Olympus SP-570 UZ

              Olympus SP-570 UZ

              Super zoom

              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Image stabilization Better image stabilization
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity

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