Nikon Coolpix L340 vs Sony DSC-HX90

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Nikon Coolpix L340
Sony DSC-HX90

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Reasons For

4 Reasons For
Marginally higher megapixel Edit
The Nikon Coolpix L340 has a megapixel of 20.2MP, however the Sony DSC-HX90 is only an 18.2MP digital camera (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.

Smaller minimum aperture number Edit
Nikon Coolpix L340 is 3.1 minimum aperture. That's 0.4 smaller than the Sony DSC-HX90 (3.5).
£155 cheaper
The Nikon Coolpix L340 costs £125.00, whereas the Sony DSC-HX90 is £279.99.
More popular
The Nikon Coolpix L340 is a more popular choice amongst buyers. It ranks No. 323 by sales volume in our digital cameras, but the Sony DSC-HX90 ranks No. 6561.
7 Reasons For
Image stabilizer Edit
The Sony DSC-HX90 has an image stabilizer, but the Nikon Coolpix L340 does not. Read more

Camera shake is a major cause of blurred images, especially with handheld photography or in low light situations where a slow shutter speed is required. Image stabiliser technology detects and corrects slight camera shakes.

Cameras with image stabiliser technology enable steady shooting at lower aperture, making them ideal for situations where the use of flash is not permitted or desired.

Bigger optical zoom Edit
The Sony DSC-HX90 is a 30x optical zoom digital camera. That's 2x bigger than the Nikon Coolpix L340 (30x). 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.

99% bigger digital zoom Edit
The Sony DSC-HX90 is a 120x digital zoom digital camera. That's 118x bigger than the Nikon Coolpix L340 (120x). 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.

87% longer slowest camera shutter speed Edit
The Sony DSC-HX90 is a 30s maximum shutter speed digital camera. That's 26s longer than the Nikon Coolpix L340 (30s). Read more

The maximum time which the camera shutter is open when taking a photo.

Higher display resolution (numeric) Edit
The Sony DSC-HX90 is a 921,600 pixels display resolution digital camera. That's 461,600 pixels higher than the Nikon Coolpix L340 (921,600 pixels).
390.00 battery life (CIPA standard)s Edit
The Sony DSC-HX90 is a digital camera that takes 390.00 battery life (CIPA standard)s, whereas the Nikon Coolpix L340 only takes 370.00 battery life (CIPA standard)s. 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.

4 shops are selling it
The more shops stock the product, the greater competition amongst shops to keep prices low.

Reasons Against

8 Reasons Against
Does not have an image stabilizer Edit
The Nikon Coolpix L340 does not have an image stabilizer, whereas the Sony DSC-HX90 does. Read more

Camera shake is a major cause of blurred images, especially with handheld photography or in low light situations where a slow shutter speed is required. Image stabiliser technology detects and corrects slight camera shakes.

Cameras with image stabiliser technology enable steady shooting at lower aperture, making them ideal for situations where the use of flash is not permitted or desired.

Marginally smaller optical zoom Edit
The Nikon Coolpix L340 has an optical zoom of 28x, however the Sony DSC-HX90 is a 30x optical zoom digital camera (2x 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.

118x smaller digital zoom Edit
The Nikon Coolpix L340 has a digital zoom of 2x, but the Sony DSC-HX90 is a 120x digital zoom digital camera (118x 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.

Shorter slowest camera shutter speed Edit
The Nikon Coolpix L340 is a 4s maximum shutter speed digital camera, whereas the Sony DSC-HX90 is a 30s maximum shutter speed digital camera (26s longer). Read more

The maximum time which the camera shutter is open when taking a photo.

461,600 pixels lower display resolution (numeric) Edit
The Nikon Coolpix L340 is a 460,000 pixels display resolution digital camera, whereas the Sony DSC-HX90 is a 921,600 pixels display resolution digital camera (461,600 pixels higher).
Twenty less battery life (CIPA standard)s Edit
The Nikon Coolpix L340 is a digital camera that takes 370.00 battery life (CIPA standard)s, whereas the Sony DSC-HX90 only takes 390.00 battery life (CIPA standard)s. 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.

Not as many stockists
Only 7 stores sells the Nikon Coolpix L340, however 11 sellers sell the Sony DSC-HX90. Read more
Smaller numbers of stores reduces the chances of this digital camera remaining in stock and also reduces the price competition amongst retailers for the product.
One month older
The Nikon Coolpix L340 is older than the Sony DSC-HX90 by one month.
4 Reasons Against
11% lower megapixel Edit
The Sony DSC-HX90 is an 18.2MP digital camera. That's 2MP lower than the Nikon Coolpix L340 (18.2MP). 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.

Larger minimum aperture number Edit
Sony DSC-HX90 is 3.5 minimum aperture, but the Nikon Coolpix L340 is a 3.1 minimum aperture digital camera (0.4 smaller).
More expensive by £155
The Sony DSC-HX90 is £154.99 more expensive than the Nikon Coolpix L340.
Less popular
The Sony DSC-HX90 is a less popular choice amongst buyers. It ranks No. 6561 by number of sales in our digital cameras, but the Nikon Coolpix L340 ranks No. 323.

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Picture Quality

Camera Type
 compact camera
 compact camera
Megapixel
20.2MP
BEST
18.2MP
Image Stabilizer
 Image stabilizer
 Image stabilizer
BEST
Sensor Type
 CCD
BEST
 CCD
Still Image Resolution(s)
 5152 x 3864
 5120 x 2880
 3648 x 2736
 2272 x 1704
 1600 x 1200
 640 x 480
BEST
 5152 x 3864
 5120 x 2880
 3648 x 2736
 2272 x 1704
 1600 x 1200
 640 x 480
Maximum Image Resolution
 5152 x 3864
BEST
 5152 x 3864
Image Formats Supported
 JPG
 EXIF
 JPG
 EXIF
Total Megapixels
20.48MP Unknown - Click to provide data
Image Sensor Size
 1
 1

Design

Colour of Product
 Black
 Black

Lens System

Optical Zoom
28x 30x
BEST
Digital Zoom
2x 120x
BEST
Maximum Aperture Number
5.9 Unknown - Click to provide data
Minimum Aperture Number
3.1
BEST
3.5
Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
630mm Unknown - Click to provide data
Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
22.5mm Unknown - Click to provide data
Focal Length Range (f-F)
4 - 112 4.1 - 123
Lens Structure (elements/groups)
12/9 Unknown - Click to provide data

Focusing

Auto Focusing (AF) Modes
 centre weighted
 contrast detection
 Centre weighted Auto Focus
 Face detection
 Contrast Detection Auto Focus
 single
 continuous
 Single Auto Focus
 Continuous Auto Focus
 centre weighted
 contrast detection
 Centre weighted Auto Focus
 Face detection
 Contrast Detection Auto Focus
 single
 continuous
 Single Auto Focus
 Continuous Auto Focus
Normal Focusing Range
0.5 - ∞ / 1.5 - ∞ 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
Focus
 TTL
 TTL
Normal Focusing Range (wide)
0.5m Unknown - Click to provide data
Normal Focusing Range (tele)
1.5m Unknown - Click to provide data

Light Exposure

Light Exposure Modes
 Auto
 shutter priority
 aperture priority
 Manual
 Shutter priority AE
 Aperture priority AE
 Auto
 shutter priority
 aperture priority
 Manual
 Shutter priority AE
 Aperture priority AE
BEST
ISO Sensitivity
 Auto
 80
 160
 1600
 200
 320
 800
 3200
 12800
 Auto
 80
 160
 1600
 200
 320
 800
 3200
 12800
ISO Sensitivity (max)
1,600 Unknown - Click to provide data
ISO Sensitivity (min)
80 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
4s 30s
BEST
Fastest Camera Shutter Speed
1s 1s

Flash

Flash Modes
 Auto
 Pre-flash
 Flash on
 Flash off
 Slow synchronization
 Auto
 Pre-flash
 Flash on
 Flash off
 Slow synchronization
Flash Range (tele)
1.5 - 2.4 2.5 - 3
Flash Range (wide)
0.5 - 4.7 0.3 - 5.4

Video

Maximum Video Resolution
 1920 x 1080
 1920 x 1080
BEST
Motion JPEG Frame Rate
30fps Unknown - Click to provide data
Video Formats Supported
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
 AVC
 MP4
 AVCHD
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
 AVC
 MP4
 AVCHD
Resolution At Capture Speed
 1920x1080@60fps
 1920x1080@50fps
 1920x1080@60fps
 1920x1080@50fps
BEST
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
 PCM
BEST
 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
Internal Memory
43MB Unknown - Click to provide data
Memory Slots
1 Unknown - Click to provide data

Display

Display Diagonal
3" 3"
Display
 TFT
BEST
 TFT
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)
460,000 pixels 921,600 pixels
BEST
Display Aspect Ratio
 4:3
 4:3

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Type
 Electronic
 Electronic

Ports & Interfaces

PictBridge
 PictBridge
Unknown - Click to provide data
HDMI
Unknown - Click to provide data
 HDMI
HDMI Connector Type
 Micro
 Micro
USB Version
 2.0
 2.0
Headphone Outputs
 Headphone outputs
Unknown - Click to provide data

Camera

GPS (satellite)
 GPS (satellite)
 GPS (satellite)
White Balance
 Auto
 Fluorescent
 Cloudy
 Daylight
 Incandescent
 Shade
 Flash
 Custom modes
 Push
 Auto
 Fluorescent
 Cloudy
 Daylight
 Incandescent
 Shade
 Flash
 Custom modes
 Push
Photo Effects
 Black&White
 Black&White
Self-Timer Delay
10 2,5,10
Camera File System
 Exif 2.3
 DCF
 Exif
BEST
 Exif 2.3
 DCF
 Exif
Direct Printing
 Direct printing
Unknown - Click to provide data
Scene Modes
 Beach
 Snow
 Fireworks
 Landscape
 Night
 Night portrait
 Portrait
 Sports
 Sunset
 Pet
 Beach
 Snow
 Fireworks
 Landscape
 Night
 Night portrait
 Portrait
 Sports
 Sunset
 Pet
Languages Support
 Multi
 Multi

Weight & Dimensions

Weight
Unknown - Click to provide data 218g
Height
76.3mm 58.1mm
Depth
83.3mm 35.4mm
Width
111.1mm 102mm
Weight (including Battery)
430g 245g
BEST

Battery

Power Source Type
 Battery
 Battery
Battery Technology
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
BEST
Number of Batteries Supported
4 Unknown - Click to provide data
Battery Type
AA NP-BX1
Battery Capacity
Unknown - Click to provide data 1,240mAh
Battery Life (CIPA Standard)
370 shots 390 shots
BEST
Battery Voltage
Unknown - Click to provide data 3.6V

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
Batteries Included
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Batteries included
Hand Strap
 Hand strap
Unknown - Click to provide data
Quick Start Guide
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Quick start guide
Carrying Case
 Carrying case
Unknown - Click to provide data
Wrist Strap Included
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Wrist strap included

Networking

Wi-Fi
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Wi-Fi
Near Field Communication (NFC)
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Near Field Communication (NFC)

Other Features

Built-In Flash
 Built-in flash
Unknown - Click to provide data
Camera Shutter Speed
4 Unknown - Click to provide data

Technical Details

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