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

Nikon Coolpix P510 vs Pentax X90

Winner
Nikon Coolpix P510

63

Pentax X90

49

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix P510

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Lens
In-camera HDR
HDR
Combines multiple exposures
In-camera panoramas
Panorama
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
Takes 3D photos
3D
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
 

Reasons to buy the Pentax X90

Aperture
Wide aperture
f/2.8
Weight
Light-weight
428 g

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
Much higher resolution screen
921k dots vs 230k dots
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More than 4x higher resolution screen
Screen size
Significantly larger screen
3" vs 2.7"
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More than 10% larger 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
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
Image stabilization
Better image stabilization
  1. Lens
vs
  1. Sensor shift
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Less risk of blur
Continuous shooting
Shoots significantly faster
7 fps vs 1.1 fps
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More than 6x faster continuous shooting
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
Help
Capture events too fast for the naked eye and play them back in super-slow motion
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
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              P5104"
              X903.9"
              Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
              P510380 ms
              X90430 ms
              Weight Heavy Help
              P510555 g
              X90428 g
              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

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix P500

              Nikon Coolpix P500

              Super zoom

              $439

              High-speed framerate Records even higher-speed movies
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $677 body only

              $430 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes much higher resolution photos
              Light sensitivity Significantly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Image stabilization Doesn't have image stabilization
              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $389 body only

              $360 - $400 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes much higher resolution photos
              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Image stabilization Doesn't have image stabilization
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70

              Super zoom

              $210 - $298

              Zoom Has significantly more zoom
              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon Rebel T3

              Canon Rebel T3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $325 body only

              $399 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Shutter lag Has slightly less shutter lag
              Autofocus Lacks autofocus
              Image stabilization Doesn't have image stabilization

              Nikon Coolpix P510 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix P530

              Nikon Coolpix P530

              Super zoom

              $220 - $327

              Macro focus Better macro capability
              Battery life Longer battery life
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Super zoom

              $329 - $349

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Nikon Coolpix P520

              Nikon Coolpix P520

              Super zoom

              $283 - $363

              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Screen size Larger screen
              Size Slightly larger
              Nikon Coolpix P900

              Nikon Coolpix P900

              Super zoom

              $597

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Size Much larger
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Nikon Coolpix P600

              Nikon Coolpix P600

              Super zoom

              $260

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

              Pentax X90 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix P90

              Nikon Coolpix P90

              Super zoom

              $445

              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Pentax X-5

              Pentax X-5

              Super zoom

              $210

              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Size Larger
              Pentax X70

              Pentax X70

              Super zoom

              Size Slightly smaller
              Thickness Slightly thinner
              Macro focus Much worse macro capability
              Casio Exilim EX-ZR200

              Casio Exilim ZR-200

              Travel zoom

              $279

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Continuous shooting Shoots much faster
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Zoom Less zoom
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $479 body only

              $566 with 18-55mm lens

              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Size Larger

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