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

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Pentax X90

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Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix P510

Screen resolution
High resolution screen
921k dots
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
 

Reasons to buy the Pentax X90

Light sensitivity
High ISO
6,400 ISO
 
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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 $399.00
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The best price we've seen is $154 cheaper (around 40% 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 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
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible

              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

              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
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $319 - $831 body only

              $477 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes much higher resolution photos
              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Image stabilization Doesn't have image stabilization
              Nikon Coolpix L820

              Nikon Coolpix L820

              Super zoom

              $171 - $277

              High-speed framerate Records even higher-speed movies
              Viewfinder Doesn't have a viewfinder
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $270 - $387 body only

              $399 - $430 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Image stabilization Doesn't have image stabilization
              Nikon Coolpix L810

              Nikon Coolpix L810

              Super zoom

              $195 - $475

              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Viewfinder Doesn't have a viewfinder
              Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $550 body only

              $549 - $575 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
              Fujifilm FinePix HS30 EXR

              Fujifilm FinePix HS30 EXR

              Super zoom

              $310

              High-speed framerate Records even higher-speed movies
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier

              Nikon Coolpix P510 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix P520

              Nikon Coolpix P520

              Super zoom

              $334 - $339

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

              Nikon Coolpix P600

              Super zoom

              $339 - $397

              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

              $250 - $347

              Macro focus Better macro capability
              Battery life Longer battery life
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Super zoom

              $165 - $227

              Battery life Much longer battery life
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Canon Powershot SX40

              Canon Powershot SX40

              Super zoom

              $405 - $433

              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

              Fujifilm FinePix S4000

              Fujifilm FinePix S4000

              Super zoom

              $149

              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Screen size Larger screen
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Olympus SP-590 UZ

              Olympus SP-590 UZ

              Super zoom

              $229

              Image stabilization Better image stabilization
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ28

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ28

              Super zoom

              $400

              Image stabilization Better image stabilization
              Supports RAW Shoots RAW
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Zoom Less zoom
              Canon PowerShot SX30 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX30 IS

              Super zoom

              $508

              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Zoom More zoom
              Size Larger
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Fujifilm FinePix S2950

              Fujifilm FinePix S2950

              Super zoom

              $299

              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Screen size Larger screen
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity

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