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

Nikon Coolpix P510 vs Pentax X90

Winner
Nikon Coolpix P510

72

Pentax X90

56

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix P510

High resolution screen
Screen resolution
921k dots
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. 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

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
Sensor type
Has a CMOS-family sensor
CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Movie format
Higher resolution movies
1080p @ 30fps vs 720p
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video
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 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
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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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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"
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              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
              Supports 24p No support for 24p Help
              Missing that film look
              Sensor size Very small sensors Help
              P5101/2.3" 6.17x4.55mm
              X901/2.3" 6.13x4.6mm
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Super zoom

              $329 - $349

              Zoom Has slightly more zoom
              High-speed framerate Records even higher-speed movies
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon Coolpix P500

              Nikon Coolpix P500

              Super zoom

              $425

              High-speed framerate Records even higher-speed movies
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Aperture Has a significantly narrower aperture
              Canon Powershot SX40

              Canon Powershot SX40

              Super zoom

              $466

              High-speed framerate Records even higher-speed movies
              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Size Is slightly larger
              Nikon Coolpix P610

              Nikon Coolpix P610

              Super zoom

              $375 - $427

              Zoom Has significantly more zoom
              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Size Is slightly larger
              Nikon Coolpix L810

              Nikon Coolpix L810

              Super zoom

              $297

              Battery life Has a significantly longer battery life
              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Viewfinder Doesn't have a viewfinder
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX200V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX200V

              Super zoom

              $630

              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Battery life Has a much longer battery life
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon Coolpix L820

              Nikon Coolpix L820

              Super zoom

              $210

              High-speed framerate Records even higher-speed movies
              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Viewfinder Doesn't have a viewfinder

              Nikon Coolpix P510 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix P530

              Nikon Coolpix P530

              Super zoom

              $297

              Macro focus Better macro capability
              Battery life Longer battery life
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Nikon Coolpix P520

              Nikon Coolpix P520

              Super zoom

              $276

              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Screen size Larger screen
              Size Slightly larger
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $289 body only

              $447 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Much higher true resolution
              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Nikon Coolpix P600

              Nikon Coolpix P600

              Super zoom

              $335

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

              Pentax X90 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix P7100

              Nikon Coolpix P7100

              Pro digicam

              $395

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Zoom Less zoom
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Pentax Optio WG-1

              Pentax Optio WG-1

              Waterproof

              $530

              Size Significantly smaller
              Thickness Much thinner
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Zoom Less zoom
              Pentax X-5

              Pentax X-5

              Super zoom

              $226

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

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