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

Nikon Coolpix P510

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Nikon Coolpix P510

63

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Pentax X90

49

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

Light sensitivity
High ISO
6,400 ISO
 
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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 More zoom 41.7x vs 26x
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More than 2.5x more zoom
3D Takes 3D photos Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Movie format Higher resolution movies 1080p @ 30fps vs 720p
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video
Screen size Larger screen 3.0" vs 2.7"
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More than 10% larger screen
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
HDR Has in-camera HDR Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
GPS Has a GPS Yes vs No
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Automatically geotags your photos when traveling
Wide angle Better wide angle 24 mm vs 26 mm
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Around 10% better wide angle
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
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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"
        Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
        P510:380 ms
        X90:430 ms
        Weight Heavy Help
        P510:555 g
        X90:428 g
        Supports RAW No RAW support Help
        Less editing fidelity
        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
        Weight Is slightly heavier
        Size Is slightly larger
        Nikon Coolpix P520

        Nikon Coolpix P520

        Super zoom

        $430

        Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
        Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
        Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
        Weight Is slightly heavier
        Nikon Coolpix P500

        Nikon Coolpix P500

        Super zoom

        $335

        High-speed framerate Records even higher-speed movies
        Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
        Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
        Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

        Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

        Super zoom

        $199 - $250

        Size Is slightly smaller
        High-speed framerate Records even higher-speed movies
        Viewfinder Doesn't have a viewfinder
        Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
        Canon Rebel T3i

        Canon Rebel T3i

        Entry-level DSLR

        $499 - $699 body only

        $200 - $729 with 18-55mm lens

        True resolution Takes much higher resolution photos
        Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
        Weight Is slightly heavier
        Autofocus Lacks autofocus
        Fujifilm FinePix SL1000

        Fujifilm FinePix SL1000

        Super zoom

        $280

        Zoom Has slightly more zoom
        High-speed framerate Records even higher-speed movies
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is significantly heavier
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

        Super zoom

        $380 - $598

        High-speed framerate Records even higher-speed movies
        Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
        Weight Is slightly heavier
        Size Is slightly larger

        Nikon Coolpix P510 Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Nikon Coolpix P530

        Nikon Coolpix P530

        Super zoom

        $347

        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 P600

        Nikon Coolpix P600

        Super zoom

        $427

        Zoom Significantly more zoom
        Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
        3D Doesn't take 3D photos
        Aperture Narrower aperture
        Nikon Coolpix L830

        Nikon Coolpix L830

        Super zoom

        $197

        Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
        Battery life Significantly longer battery life
        3D Doesn't take 3D photos
        Zoom Less zoom
        Nikon Coolpix L820

        Nikon Coolpix L820

        Super zoom

        $170 - $279

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

        Pentax X90 Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Pentax X-5

        Pentax X-5

        Super zoom

        $200 - $324

        Movie format Higher resolution movies
        Wide angle Better wide angle
        Aperture Narrower aperture
        Size Larger
        Panasonic Lumix ZS25

        Panasonic Lumix ZS25

        Travel zoom

        $223 - $240

        Size Significantly smaller
        3D Takes 3D photos
        Aperture Narrower aperture
        Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
        Pentax K100D

        Pentax K100D

        Entry-level DSLR

        Sensor size Much larger sensor
        Interchangeable lenses Has interchangeable lenses
        Movie format Does not take movies
        True resolution Significantly lower true resolution

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