Are you looking for the best camera to suit your needs? Due to a wide range of options, making a wise and weighted decision can be rather challenging. Which specs to keep in mind? What are the key pros and cons of each model? This comparison should give some helpful hints!
In this review, we are going to make a detailed comparison of two cameras that fall into different categories. While the first model we are looking at, Nikon Coolpix L810 belongs to a Small Sensor Superzoom category, the other model, Nikon Coolpix L810 is a Small Sensor Compact camera. Nikon Coolpix L810 is equipped with a 16.0 MP CCD sensor, while Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX90 comes with a 12.0 MP CCD sensor.
Both cameras we are going to look at in our overview fall into two different categories - SuperZoom and Compact. Keeping in mind all the distinctive features of each category, it will be hard to make a detailed comparison of these two models. However, we will do our best to make this review as unbiased and detailed as possible.
To get started, let’s take a look at some of the key features of Nikon Coolpix L810 and Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX90 and, after this, we can go on to our detailed comparison of these models.
Nikon Coolpix L810 Key Features:
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX90 Key Features:
Nikon Coolpix L810 was substituted by Nikon L820.
|Sensor Resolution||16.0 MP vs 12.0 MP||25% more pixels|
|Sensor Area||28.07 mm2 vs 27.72 mm2||1.2% larger pixel area|
|Max Shutter Speed||1/8000 vs 1/4000||Faster shutter speed|
|AutoFocus Face Detection||Yes vs No||Very handy for portraits|
|Screen Resolution||921k dots vs 460k dots||50.1% higher resolution screen|
|Battery Life||300 shots vs 200 shots||100 more frames with a single charge|
|Wireless Connectivity||Built-In vs No||Better connectivity|
|Continuous Shooting||4 fps vs 1.2 fps||2.8 fps faster|
|Flash Range||5.9 vs No||5.9 better flash range|
|Touch Screen||Yes vs No||Easy control of camera functions|
|Weight||149 g vs 430 g||281 g lighter|
|Max Video Resolution||1920 x 1080 vs 1280 x 720||Higher Resolution Video|
|Screen Size||3″ | 3″||Large display|
|Built-In Flash||Yes | Yes||External flash available|
|Image Stabilization||Yes | Yes||Built-in stabilization|
|Screen Resolution||921k dots | 460k dots||Small screen resolution|
|Screen Type||Fixed Type | Fixed Type||No flexible viewing angles|
|Viewfinder||No | No||No ViewFinder|
|Raw Support||No | No||Doesn's support RAW format|
|Sensor Resolution||16.0 MP | 12.0 MP||Small sensor resolution|
|Microphone Port||No | No||No microphone port|
|Headphone Port||No | No||No headphone port|
|Timelapse Recording||No | No||No timelapse recording|
|External Flash Shoe||No | No||No Flash Shoe|
|Bracketing||No | No||No AE bracketing|
|Continuous Shooting||1.2 fps | 4.0 fps||Low continuous shooting|
|Environmental Sealing||No | No||No environmental sealing|
Before heading straight to the technical characteristics of each model, let’s start with comparing their physical specs. Let’s start with looking at the physical difference of the two products. Below are images that clearly show the sizes of Nikon Coolpix L810 and Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX90 from the front view.
Now, let’s go on and see how the reviewed models are different or similar by the top view.
After looking at these images, you should get a clear idea of each model’s dimensions and how they are different from each other. However, we are not going to stop there. The next characteristic worth looking at is the weight. Of course, not every photographer is concerned about the weight, for example, it wouldn't be a decisive point for those who shoot in a studio. However, it is still an important factor because if you happen to go on a long photo session or just love having the camera with you wherever you go, you want to be sure that the chosen model isn't too heavy.
Speaking of weight, Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX90 is a lighter option of these two, as it weights 281g less than the Nikon Coolpix L810. This difference, in fact, can become a significant disadvantage for the photographers, who prefer to have their cameras with them wherever they go.
Sensor is, without a doubt, the most significant element of every digital camera. Its type, size, and resolution are the factors that define the quality of future shots. Thus, it is barely possible to pick a suitable camera without looking at these specs.
Are Nikon Coolpix L810 and Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX90 any different in terms of sensor type?
In fact, that's exactly what makes these two models really different. Thus, it is a good point to consider if your are choosing between these two cameras. Nikon Coolpix L810 features a 16.0 MP 1/2.3" sized CCD sensor . Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX90, in its turn, comes with a 12.0 MP 1/2.33" sized CCD sensor , which makes it significantly different from the first model.
Take a look below to find the comparison of Nikon Coolpix L810 and Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX90 by the size of their sensors.
One more distinctive feature of compared models is the sensor size. Nikon Coolpix L810 has a sensor area 1.0x bigger compared to Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX90. What does it mean? This basically means that if you these cameras them with the same aperture and focal length, the first model will give you more control in terms of the blurry background and depth of field.
If you are interested in photography or has made a career in this field, you should know that different types of shooting actually require different camera characteristics. While one model can produce outstanding portraits, at the same time, it can be terrible for shooting landscapes, and so on. Thus, before you purchase a specific camera, it is vital to decide, which type of shooting you do most often and consider an option that suits it the most.
This section of our comparison is devoted to the performance of Nikon Coolpix L810 and Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX90 in different fields of photography. Here we are going to look at the five main areas and evaluate how well each of the reviewed models performs in them. This will help you choose an option that suits your needs the most depending on your interest in one or several of these fields.
|Photography Type||Nikon Coolpix L810||Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX90|
No Significant Advantages
Hopefully, our detailed overview of these models has helped you consider all the main specs, pros and cons of each cameras. Maybe, after reading this comparison, some of you have already decided which option to opt for depending on your needs and preferences. However, if you are still wondering which option is a better choice, Nikon Coolpix L810 or Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX90, below you can see what scores each of them received in five different aspects. To wrap up, we have used our unique Decision Algorithm that assesses different camera models upon 63 different factors including their price, and, if possible, DxO Mark scores. This algorithm allows us to make our verdict more consistent and objective.
What is our final verdict? Based on our comparison and the final scores of Nikon Coolpix L810 and Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX90 here is what we can say in conclusion:
According all the factors that we considered in the process of comparing these two cameras, Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX90 deserves a higher Total Score than the Nikon Coolpix L810. Thus, if you are choosing between these options, we would recommend you to choose the first model over the other one.
For better understanding of each model’s technical characteristics, find the detailed comparison below:
|Nikon Coolpix L810||Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX90|
|Model||Coolpix L810||Lumix DMC-FX90|
|Announced||Feb 01, 2012||Aug 26, 2011|
|Sensor Dimensions||6.17 x 4.55 mm||6.08 x 4.56 mm|
|Sensor Area||28.07 mm2||27.72 mm2|
|Sensor Resolution||16.0 MP||12.0 MP|
|Max Image Resolution||4608 x 3456||4000 x 3000|
|Max Native ISO||1,600||6,400|
|Max Boosted ISO||n/a||n/a|
|Min Native ISO||80||80|
|Lens Mount||Fixed lens||Fixed lens|
|Number of Lenses||n/a||n/a|
|Focal Length Multiplier||n/a||n/a|
|Macro Focus Range||1||3|
|AF Multi Area|
|AF Live View|
|AF Face Detection|
|AF Contrast Detection|
|AF Phase Detection|
|Number of Focus Points||n/a||23|
|Number of Cross Focus Points||0||n/a|
|Screen Type||Fixed Type||Fixed Type|
|Screen Resolution||921k dots||460k dots|
|ViewFinder Resolution||0k dots||0k dots|
|Min Shutter Speed||30 s||60 s|
|Max Shutter Speed||1/8000 s||1/4000 s|
|Continuous Shooting||1.2 fps||4.0 fps|
|Manual Exposure Mode|
|Custom White Balance|
|Flash Modes||Auto, Red-Eye, Slow-sync||Auto, Red-Eye reduction, Slow Sync|
|Video Resolutions||1280 x 720p (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30fps)||1920 x 1080 (60, 30 fps), 1280 x 720 (60, 30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)|
|Max Video Resolution||1280 x 720||1920 x 1080|
|Video Formats||MPEG-4||MPEG-4, AVCHD|
|USB||USB 2.0||USB 2.0|
|Weight||430 g||149 g|
|Physical Dimensions||111 x 76 x 83 mm||102 x 56 x 22 mm|
|Battery Life||300 shots||200 shots|
|Battery Type||AA||Battery Pack|
|Battery Model||4 x AA||n/a|
|Storage Type||SD/SDHC/SDXC||SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal|