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

Nikon Coolpix P510

Winner
Nikon Coolpix P510

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Pentax X90

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Pentax X90

Runner-up
     

Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix P510

High resolution screen
Screen resolution
921k dots
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens
In-camera HDR
HDR
Combines multiple exposures
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 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
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
Zoom
More zoom
41.7x vs 26x
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More than 2.5x more zoom
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
Screen size
Larger screen
3.0" vs 2.7"
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More than 10% larger screen
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
Wide angle
Better wide angle
24 mm vs 26 mm
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Around 10% better wide angle
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
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
7 fps vs 1.1 fps
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More than 6x faster continuous shooting
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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
Lowest price
Cheaper
$245.00 vs $499.99
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The best price we've seen is $255 cheaper (2x less)
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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
              Viewfinder Both have digital viewfinders Help
              Digital
              Common Weaknesses
              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
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible

              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

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Super zoom

              $349 - $500

              Zoom Has slightly more zoom
              High-speed framerate Records even higher-speed movies
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              Nikon Coolpix P530

              Nikon Coolpix P530

              Super zoom

              $297

              Light sensitivity (boost) Has boost light sensitivity
              Nikon Coolpix P600

              Nikon Coolpix P600

              Super zoom

              $299 - $397

              Zoom Has much more zoom
              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Size Is slightly larger
              Nikon Coolpix P500

              Nikon Coolpix P500

              Super zoom

              $350

              High-speed framerate Records even higher-speed movies
              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX200V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX200V

              Super zoom

              $886

              Battery life Has a much longer battery life
              Light sensitivity (boost) Has boost light sensitivity
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70

              Super zoom

              $248 - $345

              Zoom Has much more zoom
              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $550 body only

              $549 - $630 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 Coolpix P510 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix P520

              Nikon Coolpix P520

              Super zoom

              $339

              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Screen size Larger screen
              Size Slightly larger
              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Super zoom

              $150 - $246

              Battery life Much longer battery life
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $310 - $527 body only

              $389 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              Sensor size Much larger sensor
              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Canon Powershot SX40

              Canon Powershot SX40

              Super zoom

              $405

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos

              Pentax X90 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus PEN E-PL7

              Olympus PEN E-PL7

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $599 body only

              $699 with 14-42mm lens

              Sensor size Much larger sensor
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Viewfinder No viewfinder
              Lowest price Significantly more expensive
              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX100v

              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX100v

              Super zoom

              $604

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Wide angle Slightly worse wide angle
              Fujifilm FinePix HS35EXR

              Fujifilm FinePix HS35EXR

              Super zoom

              $254 - $290

              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Size Significantly larger
              Weight Significantly heavier
              Olympus SP-590 UZ

              Olympus SP-590 UZ

              Super zoom

              $209

              Image stabilization Better image stabilization
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity

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