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

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
Weight
Light-weight
428 g
 
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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
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 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
        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 SX40

        Canon Powershot SX40

        Super zoom

        $325 - $390

        High-speed framerate Records even higher-speed movies
        Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
        Weight Is slightly heavier
        Size Is slightly larger
        Canon Rebel T3i

        Canon Rebel T3i

        Entry-level DSLR

        $499 - $774 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
        Canon Rebel T3

        Canon Rebel T3

        Entry-level DSLR

        $290 - $380 body only

        $399 - $499 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
        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
        Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
        Weight Is slightly heavier
        Nikon D5100

        Nikon D5100

        Entry-level DSLR

        $352 - $415 body only

        $495 - $797 with 18-55mm lens

        True resolution Takes much higher resolution photos
        Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
        Weight Is slightly heavier
        Image stabilization Doesn't have image stabilization

        Nikon Coolpix P510 Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Nikon Coolpix P520

        Nikon Coolpix P520

        Super zoom

        $364

        Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
        Screen size Larger screen
        Size Slightly larger
        Lowest price More expensive
        Nikon Coolpix P600

        Nikon Coolpix P600

        Super zoom

        $420 - $427

        Zoom Significantly more zoom
        Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
        3D Doesn't take 3D photos
        Aperture Narrower aperture
        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 L820

        Nikon Coolpix L820

        Super zoom

        $160 - $279

        Size Smaller
        High-speed framerate Higher speed movies
        Zoom Less zoom
        GPS No built-in GPS
        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX200V

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX200V

        Super zoom

        $683

        Battery life Much longer battery life
        Aperture Wider aperture
        Zoom Less zoom
        High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies

        Pentax X90 Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V

        Super zoom

        $478

        Zoom Significantly more zoom
        Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
        Size Larger
        Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
        Olympus SP-570 UZ

        Olympus SP-570 UZ

        Super zoom

        $295

        Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
        Supports RAW Shoots RAW
        Movie format Lower resolution movies
        Zoom Slightly less zoom
        Pentax X-5

        Pentax X-5

        Super zoom

        $199 - $324

        Movie format Higher resolution movies
        Wide angle Better wide angle
        Aperture Narrower aperture
        Size Larger
        Pentax XG-1

        Pentax XG-1

        Super zoom

        $350 - $400

        Zoom Much more zoom
        Movie format Higher resolution movies
        Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
        Size Larger
        Fujifilm X-S1

        Fujifilm X-S1

        Pro digicam

        $449 - $675

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

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