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Nikon Coolpix P610 vs Sony DSC-HX90V

Nikon Coolpix P610 vs Sony DSC-HX90V

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Nikon Coolpix P610
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Reasons For

4 Reasons For
A lot bigger optical zoom Edit
The Nikon Coolpix P610 has an optical zoom of 60x, but the Sony DSC-HX90V is only a 30x optical zoom digital camera (30x smaller). Read more

The optical zoom of a camera is a measure of how much the camera can zoom in to the subject using the camera's lens system. An optical zoom is superior to a digital zoom because the zoom is achieved using the optics of lens which means that the full extent of the digital sensor is always used to capture the image.

A larger optical zoom allows you to zoom in on the subject without having to move closer. Compared to a digital zoom, using an optical zoom does not result in a loss of image quality.

7% smaller minimum aperture number Edit
The Nikon Coolpix P610 is a 3.3 minimum aperture digital camera. That's 0.2 smaller than the Sony DSC-HX90V (3.5).
$7 cheaper
The Nikon Coolpix P610 is $7.01 cheaper than the Sony DSC-HX90V.
User reviews are moderately better
The Nikon Coolpix P610 has an average user review score of 91% based on 88 reviews, whereas the Sony DSC-HX90V has an average rating of 88% (based on 157 reviews).
5 Reasons For
2.2MP higher megapixel Edit
The Sony DSC-HX90V has a megapixel of 18.2MP, whereas the Nikon Coolpix P610 is only a 16MP digital camera (2.2MP lower). Read more

The resolution of the images a digital camera produces is measured in megapixels (MP). One megapixel is equal to 1 million pixels and is a result of the pixel width multiplied by the pixel height of the image. While a higher image resolution generally results in sharper images, only a relatively low megapixel count is required when printing the image at a small size or to display it on a computer screen.

A sensor with more megapixels will be able to capture more detailed photos and the image will appear sharper. Images with more megapixels can also be printed at a larger size.

Vastly bigger digital zoom Edit
The Sony DSC-HX90V has a digital zoom of 120x, however the Nikon Coolpix P610 is only a 4x digital zoom digital camera (116x smaller). Read more

The digital zoom of a camera is a measure of how much the camera can zoom in by cropping the image received by the camera's sensor. A digital zoom is not as good as an optical zoom as it will result in a reduction in image quality the further you zoom in. This is because fewer of the camera's pixels are being used to capture the image.

A digital zoom allows you to enlarge the subject but this can result in the image becoming blurry. A digital zoom can be used if an optical zoom is not available.

600 pixels higher display resolution (numeric) Edit
Sony DSC-HX90V is 921,600 pixels display resolution, but the Nikon Coolpix P610 is only a 921,000 pixels display resolution digital camera (600 pixels lower).
Thirty more battery life (CIPA standard) Edit
The number of battery life (CIPA standard) on the Sony DSC-HX90V is 390.00, but the Nikon Coolpix P610 only takes 360.00 battery life (CIPA standard). Read more

The number of shots per battery charge is the number of photos that the camera will typically take on a single charge of the battery.

More shots per battery charge means you will have to recharge the battery less frequently and reduces the need to carry a second back up battery.

One more awards
The Sony DSC-HX90V has 5 awards, whereas the Nikon Coolpix P610 has 4 awards.

Reasons Against

6 Reasons Against
Lower megapixel Edit
The Nikon Coolpix P610 has a megapixel of 16MP, but the Sony DSC-HX90V is an 18.2MP digital camera (2.2MP higher). Read more

The resolution of the images a digital camera produces is measured in megapixels (MP). One megapixel is equal to 1 million pixels and is a result of the pixel width multiplied by the pixel height of the image. While a higher image resolution generally results in sharper images, only a relatively low megapixel count is required when printing the image at a small size or to display it on a computer screen.

A sensor with more megapixels will be able to capture more detailed photos and the image will appear sharper. Images with more megapixels can also be printed at a larger size.

29x smaller digital zoom Edit
The Nikon Coolpix P610 has a digital zoom of 4x, whereas the Sony DSC-HX90V is a 120x digital zoom digital camera (116x bigger). Read more

The digital zoom of a camera is a measure of how much the camera can zoom in by cropping the image received by the camera's sensor. A digital zoom is not as good as an optical zoom as it will result in a reduction in image quality the further you zoom in. This is because fewer of the camera's pixels are being used to capture the image.

A digital zoom allows you to enlarge the subject but this can result in the image becoming blurry. A digital zoom can be used if an optical zoom is not available.

A bit lower display resolution (numeric) Edit
The Nikon Coolpix P610 has a display resolution (numeric) of 921,000 pixels, however the Sony DSC-HX90V is a 921,600 pixels display resolution digital camera (600 pixels higher).
Thirty less battery life (CIPA standard) Edit
The Nikon Coolpix P610 takes 360.00 battery life (CIPA standard), however the Sony DSC-HX90V only takes 390.00 battery life (CIPA standard). Read more

The number of shots per battery charge is the number of photos that the camera will typically take on a single charge of the battery.

More shots per battery charge means you will have to recharge the battery less frequently and reduces the need to carry a second back up battery.

One month older
The Nikon Coolpix P610 is older than the Sony DSC-HX90V by one month.
Fewer awards
Whilst the Nikon Coolpix P610 has received 4 awards, the Sony DSC-HX90V has received 5 awards.
4 Reasons Against
30x smaller optical zoom Edit
The Sony DSC-HX90V has an optical zoom of 30x, whereas the Nikon Coolpix P610 is a 60x optical zoom digital camera (30x bigger). Read more

The optical zoom of a camera is a measure of how much the camera can zoom in to the subject using the camera's lens system. An optical zoom is superior to a digital zoom because the zoom is achieved using the optics of lens which means that the full extent of the digital sensor is always used to capture the image.

A larger optical zoom allows you to zoom in on the subject without having to move closer. Compared to a digital zoom, using an optical zoom does not result in a loss of image quality.

Larger minimum aperture number Edit
The Sony DSC-HX90V has a minimum aperture number of 3.5. That's 0.2 larger than the Nikon Coolpix P610 (3.5).
$7 more expensive
The Sony DSC-HX90V is more expensive than the Nikon Coolpix P610 by $7.01.
A little Lower user review Score
The Sony DSC-HX90V's average user rating is 88%, however the Nikon Coolpix P610's is 91% (based on 88 reviews).

Awards

4 Awards
01net.com: 4 Star
dkamera.de: Recommended
Ephotozine: Highly Recommended
PhotographyBlog.com: Highly Recommended
5 Awards
01net.com: 5 Star
altomdata.dk: Best Product
Digital Versus: 5 Star
Ephotozine: Recommended
PhotographyBlog.com: Highly Recommended

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Date Released

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Picture Quality

Camera Type
 compact camera
 compact camera
BEST
Megapixel
16MP 18.2MP
BEST
Image Stabilizer
 Image stabilizer
 Image stabilizer
Sensor Type
 CMOS
 CMOS
Still Image Resolution(s)
 4608 x 3456
 4608 x 3072
 3456 x 3456
 4608 x 2592
 3264 x 2448
 2272 x 1704
 1920 x 1080
 1600 x 1200
 640 x 480
BEST
 4608 x 3456
 4608 x 3072
 3456 x 3456
 4608 x 2592
 3264 x 2448
 2272 x 1704
 1920 x 1080
 1600 x 1200
 640 x 480
Maximum Image Resolution
 4896 x 3264
 4896 x 3264
BEST
Image Formats Supported
 JPG
 EXIF
 JPG
 EXIF
Total Megapixels
16.76MP Unknown - Click to provide data
Image Stabilizer Location
 Lens
 Lens
Supported Aspect Ratios
 16:9
 3:2
 1:1
BEST
 16:9
 3:2
 1:1
Image Sensor Size
 1
 1

Design

Colour
 Red
 Red

Lens System

Optical Zoom
60x
BEST
30x
Digital Zoom
4x 120x
BEST
Minimum Aperture Number
3.3
BEST
3.5
Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
1,440mm Unknown - Click to provide data
Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
24mm Unknown - Click to provide data
Focal Length Range (f-F)
4.3 - 258 4.1 - 123
Lens Structure (elements/groups)
16/11 Unknown - Click to provide data

Focusing

Auto Focusing (AF) Modes
 tracking
 Tracking Auto Focus
 single
 continuous
 Single Auto Focus
 Continuous Auto Focus
 tracking
 Tracking Auto Focus
 single
 continuous
 Single Auto Focus
 Continuous Auto Focus
Normal Focusing Range
0.5 - ∞ / 2 - ∞ Unknown - Click to provide data
Macro Focusing Range (wide)
0.01 - ∞ Unknown - Click to provide data
Focus Adjustment
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto/Manual
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto/Manual
Normal Focusing Range (wide)
0.5m Unknown - Click to provide data
Normal Focusing Range (tele)
2m Unknown - Click to provide data

Light Exposure

Light Exposure Modes
 shutter priority
 aperture priority
 Auto
 Manual
 Shutter priority AE
 Aperture priority AE
 shutter priority
 aperture priority
 Auto
 Manual
 Shutter priority AE
 Aperture priority AE
ISO Sensitivity
 64
 100
 160
 200
 320
 400
 640
 1600
 3200
 6400
 80
 800
 12800
 64
 100
 160
 200
 320
 400
 640
 1600
 3200
 6400
 80
 800
 12800
ISO Sensitivity (max)
6,400 Unknown - Click to provide data
ISO Sensitivity (min)
100 Unknown - Click to provide data
Light Metering
 Centre-weighted
 Spot
 Matrix
 Evaluative (Multi-pattern)
 Centre-weighted
 Spot
 Matrix
 Evaluative (Multi-pattern)
Light Exposure Correction
 ± 3EV (1/3EV step)
 ± 3EV (1/3EV step)
BEST
Light Exposure Control
 Program AE
 Program AE

Shutter

Slowest Camera Shutter Speed
15s 30s
BEST
Fastest Camera Shutter Speed
1s 1s
Camera Shutter Type
 Mechanical
 Mechanical

Flash

Flash Modes
 Auto
 Pre-flash
 Flash on
 Flash off
 Slow synchronization
 Auto
 Pre-flash
 Flash on
 Flash off
 Slow synchronization
Flash Exposure Compensation
 Flash exposure compensation
Unknown - Click to provide data
Flash Range (tele)
2 - 4 2.5 - 3
Flash Range (wide)
0.5 - 7.5 0.3 - 5.4
Flash Exposure Correction
 ±3EV (1/2, 1/3, 1 EV step)
BEST
 ±3EV (1/2, 1/3, 1 EV step)

Video

Maximum Video Resolution
 1920 x 1080
 1920 x 1080
Video Formats Supported
 MOV
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
 AVC
 MP4
 AVCHD
 MOV
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
 AVC
 MP4
 AVCHD
Video Resolutions
 1920 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 656 x 488
BEST
 1920 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 656 x 488
Resolution At Capture Speed
 1920x1080@60fps
 1920x1080@50fps
 1920x1080@30fps
 1280x720@60fps
 1920x1080@25fps
 1280x720@50fps
 640x480@100fps
 1280x720@30fps
 1920x1080@60fps
 1920x1080@50fps
 1920x1080@30fps
 1280x720@60fps
 1920x1080@25fps
 1280x720@50fps
 640x480@100fps
 1280x720@30fps
Video Recording
 Video recording
 Video recording
HD Type
 Full HD
 Full HD

Audio

Built-In Microphone
 Built-in microphone
 Built-in microphone
Audio Formats Supported
 LPCM
 PCM
BEST
 LPCM
 PCM

Memory

Compatible Memory Cards
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 MS PRO
 MS Duo
 MS PRO Duo
 MS PRO Duo HS
 MS Pro-HG
 MS Pro-HG Duo
 MicroSD (TransFlash)
 MicroSDHC
 MicroSDXC
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 MS PRO
 MS Duo
 MS PRO Duo
 MS PRO Duo HS
 MS Pro-HG
 MS Pro-HG Duo
 MicroSD (TransFlash)
 MicroSDHC
 MicroSDXC
Memory Slots
1 Unknown - Click to provide data

Display

Display Diagonal
3" 3"
Display
 LCD
 LCD
Vari-Angle LCD Display
 Vari-angle LCD display
Unknown - Click to provide data
Field of View
100% Unknown - Click to provide data
Touchscreen
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Touchscreen
Display Resolution (numeric)
921,000 pixels 921,600 pixels
BEST
Display Aspect Ratio
 4:3
 4:3

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Screen Size
0.2" Unknown - Click to provide data
Viewfinder Type
 Electronic
 Electronic

Ports & Interfaces

PictBridge
 PictBridge
Unknown - Click to provide data
HDMI
 HDMI
 HDMI
HDMI Connector Type
 Micro
 Micro
USB Version
 2.0
 2.0
USB Connector
 Micro-USB B
 Micro-USB
 Micro-USB B
 Micro-USB

Camera

GPS (satellite)
 GPS (satellite)
 GPS (satellite)
White Balance
 Auto
 Fluorescent
 Cloudy
 Daylight
 Incandescent
 Flash
 Shade
 Custom modes
 Push
 Auto
 Fluorescent
 Cloudy
 Daylight
 Incandescent
 Flash
 Shade
 Custom modes
 Push
Photo Effects
 Black&White
 Black&White
Self-Timer Delay
2,10 2,5,10
Multi-Shot Function
 Multi-shot function
Unknown - Click to provide data
Dioptre Correction
 Dioptre correction
Unknown - Click to provide data
Image Editing
 Crop
 Crop
Camera File System
 Exif 2.3
 DCF
 Exif
BEST
 Exif 2.3
 DCF
 Exif
Tripod Mountable
 Tripod mountable
Unknown - Click to provide data
Direct Printing
 Direct printing
Unknown - Click to provide data
Built-In Processor
EXPEED C2 Unknown - Click to provide data
Diopter Adjustment (D-D)
-3 - 1 Unknown - Click to provide data
Scene Modes
 Backlight
 Beach
 Snow
 Close-up (macro)
 Dusk
 Dawn
 Fireworks
 Landscape
 Museum
 Night
 Night portrait
 Night landscape
 Panorama
 Portrait
 Party (indoor)
 Sports
 Sunset
 Pet
 Food
 Moon
 Backlight
 Beach
 Snow
 Close-up (macro)
 Dusk
 Dawn
 Fireworks
 Landscape
 Museum
 Night
 Night portrait
 Night landscape
 Panorama
 Portrait
 Party (indoor)
 Sports
 Sunset
 Pet
 Food
 Moon
Languages Support
 Multi
 Multi

Weight & Dimensions

Weight
Unknown - Click to provide data 218g
Height
85mm 58.1mm
Depth
106.5mm 35.4mm
Width
125mm 102mm
Weight (including Battery)
565g 245g
BEST

Battery

Power Source Type
 Battery
 Battery
Battery Technology
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Supported
1 Unknown - Click to provide data
Battery Type
EN-EL23 NP-BX1
Battery Capacity
Unknown - Click to provide data 1,240mAh
Battery Life (CIPA Standard)
360 shots 390 shots
BEST
Battery Voltage
Unknown - Click to provide data 3.6V
Battery Recharge Time
3h Unknown - Click to provide data

Operational Conditions

Operating Temperature (T-T)
0 - 40 Unknown - Click to provide data

Packaging Content

AC Adapter Included
 AC adapter included
 AC adapter included
Cables Included
 USB
 HDMI
 AC
 Micro-USB
 USB
 HDMI
 AC
 Micro-USB
Batteries Included
 Batteries included
 Batteries included
Battery Charger Included
 Battery charger included
Unknown - Click to provide data
Hand Strap
 Hand strap
Unknown - Click to provide data
Quick Start Guide
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Quick start guide
Carrying Case
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Carrying case
Wrist Strap Included
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Wrist strap included

Networking

Wi-Fi
 Wi-Fi
 Wi-Fi
Near Field Communication (NFC)
 Near Field Communication (NFC)
 Near Field Communication (NFC)
Data Network
 Not supported
 Not supported

Other Features

Built-In Flash
 Built-in flash
Unknown - Click to provide data

Technical Details

Self-Timer
 Self-timer
Unknown - Click to provide data
Viewfinder
921,000 pixels Unknown - Click to provide data
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