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Nikon Coolpix P900 vs Sony DSC-HX90

Nikon Coolpix P900 vs Sony DSC-HX90

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Nikon Coolpix P900
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Reasons For

5 Reasons For
Significantly bigger optical zoom Edit
The Nikon Coolpix P900 has an optical zoom of 83x, whereas the Sony DSC-HX90 is only a 30x optical zoom digital camera (53x 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.

26% smaller minimum aperture number Edit
The Nikon Coolpix P900 has a minimum aperture number of 2.8. That's 0.7 smaller than the Sony DSC-HX90 (3.5).
GPS (satellite) Edit
The Nikon Coolpix P900 has a GPS (satellite), whereas the Sony DSC-HX90 does not have a GPS (satellite). Read more

GPS allows the camera to know where it is in the world and to automatically tag each of your photos with the location it was taken at.

If your photos have been tagged with a GPS location you can see where they were taken, automatically let your favourite photo software or website retrieve the address for that location or display them on a map.

Available from 23 shops
A greater number of stores increases the chances of this digital camera remaining in stock and also increases the price competition amongst retailers for the product.
User reviews are a bit better
The Nikon Coolpix P900 has an average user review score of 92%, however the Sony DSC-HX90 has an average rating of 88% (based on 148 reviews).
7 Reasons For
Higher megapixel Edit
The Sony DSC-HX90 has a megapixel of 18.2MP, but the Nikon Coolpix P900 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.

Significantly bigger digital zoom Edit
The Sony DSC-HX90 has a digital zoom of 120x, whereas the Nikon Coolpix P900 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.

Built-in microphone Edit
The Sony DSC-HX90 has a built-in microphone, but the Nikon Coolpix P900 does not.
600 pixels higher display resolution (numeric) Edit
The Sony DSC-HX90 has a display resolution (numeric) of 921,600 pixels, however the Nikon Coolpix P900 is only a 921,000 pixels display resolution digital camera (600 pixels lower).
Thirty more battery life (CIPA standard) Edit
The Sony DSC-HX90 takes 390.00 battery life (CIPA standard), however the Nikon Coolpix P900 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.

$97 cheaper
The Sony DSC-HX90 is $97 cheaper than the Nikon Coolpix P900.
Expert reviews are appreciably better
Based on 5 reviews, the Sony DSC-HX90 has an average expert review score of 94%, whereas the Nikon Coolpix P900 has an average rating of 75% (based on 36 reviews).

Reasons Against

7 Reasons Against
2.2MP lower megapixel Edit
The Nikon Coolpix P900 has a megapixel of 16MP, whereas the Sony DSC-HX90 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.

116x smaller digital zoom Edit
The Nikon Coolpix P900 has a digital zoom of 4x, however the Sony DSC-HX90 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.

Does not have a built-in microphone Edit
The Nikon Coolpix P900 does not have a built-in microphone, however the Sony DSC-HX90 has a built-in microphone.
A little lower display resolution (numeric) Edit
Nikon Coolpix P900 is only 921,000 pixels display resolution, but the Sony DSC-HX90 is a 921,600 pixels display resolution digital camera (600 pixels higher).
Thirty less battery life (CIPA standard) Edit
The number of battery life (CIPA standard) on the Nikon Coolpix P900 is 360.00, but the Sony DSC-HX90 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.

$97 more expensive
The Nikon Coolpix P900 is more expensive than the Sony DSC-HX90 by $97.
A lot Lower expert review Score
The Nikon Coolpix P900's average expert rating is only 75%, however the Sony DSC-HX90's is 94% (based on 5 reviews).
6 Reasons Against
Two times smaller optical zoom Edit
The Sony DSC-HX90 has an optical zoom of 30x, but the Nikon Coolpix P900 is an 83x optical zoom digital camera (53x 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.

0.7 larger minimum aperture number Edit
The Sony DSC-HX90 is a 3.5 minimum aperture digital camera. That's 0.7 larger than the Nikon Coolpix P900 (3.5).
Does not have a GPS (satellite) Edit
The Sony DSC-HX90 does not have a GPS (satellite), whereas the Nikon Coolpix P900 does. Read more

GPS allows the camera to know where it is in the world and to automatically tag each of your photos with the location it was taken at.

If your photos have been tagged with a GPS location you can see where they were taken, automatically let your favourite photo software or website retrieve the address for that location or display them on a map.

Fewer sellers
Only 6 retailers sells the Sony DSC-HX90, but 29 retailers sell the Nikon Coolpix P900. Read more
The smaller the number of retailers that stock this digital camera, the lower the competition amongst retailers to keep prices low.
Two months older
The Sony DSC-HX90 is older than the Nikon Coolpix P900 by two months.
A little Lower user review Score
The average user rating of the Sony DSC-HX90 is 88%, whereas the average user rating of the Nikon Coolpix P900 is 92% (based on 323 reviews).

Awards

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Picture Quality

Camera Type
 compact camera
 compact camera
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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
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 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
Image Sensor Size
 1
 1

Design

Colour
 Black
 Black

Lens System

Optical Zoom
83x
BEST
30x
Digital Zoom
4x 120x
BEST
Maximum Aperture Number
6.5 Unknown - Click to provide data
Minimum Aperture Number
2.8
BEST
3.5
Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
2,000mm Unknown - Click to provide data
Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
24mm Unknown - Click to provide data
Focal Length Range (f-F)
4.3 - 357 4.1 - 123
Lens Structure (elements/groups)
16/12 Unknown - Click to provide data
Aspheric Element
6 Unknown - Click to provide data
Diaphragm Blade
6 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
Auto Focus (AF) Lock
 Auto Focus (AF) lock
Unknown - Click to provide data
Normal Focusing Range
0.5 - ∞ 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)
5m 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 Range (tele)
5 - 7 2.5 - 3
Flash Range (wide)
0.5 - 11.5 0.3 - 5.4

Video

Full HD Video
 Full HD video
Unknown - Click to provide data
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
 640 x 480
BEST
 1920 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 640 x 480
Resolution At Capture Speed
 1920x1080@60fps
 1920x1080@50fps
 1920x1080@30fps
 1280×720@60fps
 1920x1080@25fps
 1280x720@50fps
 640x480@120fps
 1920x1080@15fps
 640x480@100fps
 1920x1080@60fps
 1920x1080@50fps
 1920x1080@30fps
 1280×720@60fps
 1920x1080@25fps
 1280x720@50fps
 640x480@120fps
 1920x1080@15fps
 640x480@100fps
Video Recording
 Video recording
 Video recording
HD Type
 Full HD
 Full HD

Audio

Built-In Microphone
 Built-in microphone
 Built-in microphone
BEST
Audio Formats Supported
 LPCM
 PCM
BEST
 LPCM
 PCM
Voice Recording
 Voice recording
Unknown - Click to provide data
Audio System
 Stereo
 Stereo

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
 Touchscreen
 Touchscreen
Display Resolution (numeric)
921,000 pixels 921,600 pixels
BEST
Display Aspect Ratio
 4:3
 4:3

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Type
 Electronic
 Electronic

Ports & Interfaces

HDMI
 HDMI
 HDMI
HDMI Connector Type
 Micro
 Micro
USB Version
 2.0
 2.0

Camera

GPS (satellite)
 GPS (satellite)
BEST
 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
Histogram
 Histogram
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
Diopter Adjustment (D-D)
-3 - 1 Unknown - Click to provide data
Scene Modes
 Backlight
 Beach
 Snow
 Close-up (macro)
 Dusk
 Dawn
 Fireworks
 Landscape
 Night
 Night portrait
 Night landscape
 Panorama
 Portrait
 Party (indoor)
 Sports
 Sunset
 Food
 Pet
 Backlight
 Beach
 Snow
 Close-up (macro)
 Dusk
 Dawn
 Fireworks
 Landscape
 Night
 Night portrait
 Night landscape
 Panorama
 Portrait
 Party (indoor)
 Sports
 Sunset
 Food
 Pet
Languages Support
 Multi
 Multi

Weight & Dimensions

Weight
Unknown - Click to provide data 218g
Height
103.2mm 58.1mm
Depth
137.4mm 35.4mm
Width
139.5mm 102mm
Weight (including Battery)
899g 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
3.6h Unknown - Click to provide data

Operational Conditions

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

Packaging Content

AC Adapter Included
Unknown - Click to provide data
 AC adapter included
Cables Included
 USB
 AC
 Micro-USB
 USB
 AC
 Micro-USB
BEST
Batteries Included
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Batteries included
Quick Start Guide
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Quick start guide
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)

Other Features

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

Technical Details

Self-Timer
 Self-timer
Unknown - Click to provide data
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