Canon PowerShot G1X vs Pentax X90

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Canon PowerShot G1X

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Pentax X90

45

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot G1X

24p movies
Supports 24p
For that film look
Flip-out screen
Screen flips out
Great for movies
Large sensor
Sensor size
Four thirds 18.7x14mm
External flash
External flash
Better lighting
 

Reasons to buy the Pentax X90

Zoom
Great zoom
26x
Macro focus
Great macro
0.9 cm
Viewfinder
Great viewfinder
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Advantages of the Canon G1X

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Screen resolution
Much higher resolution screen
920k dots vs 230k dots
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4x higher resolution screen
Supports 24p
Supports 24p
Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
Screen size
Larger screen
3.0" vs 2.7"
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More than 10% larger screen
Movie format
Higher resolution movies
1080p @ 24fps vs 720p
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video
Screen flips out
Has a flip-out screen
Yes vs No
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Flip-out screens can be helpful when composing tricky shots or taking movies
HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Size
Smaller
117x81x65 mm vs 112x81x99 mm
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More than 30% smaller
Sensor size
Larger sensor
Four thirds 18.7x14mm vs 1/2.3" 6.13x4.6mm
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Around 9.5x larger sensor
Supports RAW
Shoots RAW
Yes vs No
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Digitally develop your own photos with precise image control
Image stabilization
Better image stabilization
Lens vs Sensor shift
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Less risk of blur
True resolution
Higher true resolution
14.2 MP vs 9.8 MP
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Capture around 50% more detail in your photos
Sensor type
Has a CMOS-family sensor
CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Thickness
Thinner
2.6" vs 3.9"
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More than 30% thinner
External flash
Supports an external flash
Yes vs No
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An external flash often produces better looking flash images
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
12,800 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
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The G1X's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
Longest exposure
Significantly longer exposures
60s vs 4s
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15x longer exposures
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Advantages of the Pentax X90

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Macro focus
Much better macro capability
0.9 cm vs 20.0 cm
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Focus on subjects 22.2x closer to the lens
Shutter lag
Much less shutter lag
430 ms vs 697 ms
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Around 40% less delay when taking photos
Zoom
More zoom
26x vs 4x
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Around 42.5x more zoom
Wide angle
Better wide angle
26 mm vs 28 mm
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Around 10% better wide angle
Weight
Slightly lighter
428 g vs 492 g
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More than 10% lighter
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              similarities

              Compared to recent digital cameras

              Common Strengths
              Viewfinder Viewfinders Help
              G1XTunnel
              X90Digital
              Common Weaknesses
              Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
              G1X697 ms
              X90430 ms
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Interchangeable lenses Built-in lenses only Help
              One lens only
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              G1X1.9 fps
              X901.1 fps
              External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
              Limited to the in-camera mic
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons

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              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $629 body only

              $549 - $612 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Startup delay Has slightly less startup delay
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Super zoom

              $329 - $430

              Zoom Has significantly more zoom
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier

              Canon PowerShot G1X Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot G16

              Canon PowerShot G16

              Pro digicam

              $399

              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Canon PowerShot G1X Mark II

              Canon PowerShot G1X Mark II

              Boutique

              $749

              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Overall image quality Slightly worse image quality
              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $350 - $448

              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Canon PowerShot G15

              Canon PowerShot G15

              Pro digicam

              $768

              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Overall image quality Worse image quality
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Nikon Coolpix P7800

              Nikon Coolpix P7800

              Pro digicam

              $500 - $547

              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Overall image quality Worse image quality

              Pentax X90 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix P610

              Nikon Coolpix P610

              Super zoom

              $409 - $447

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Size Larger
              Pentax X70

              Pentax X70

              Super zoom

              Size Slightly smaller
              Thickness Thinner
              Macro focus Much worse macro capability
              Pentax X-5

              Pentax X-5

              Super zoom

              $178

              Screen size Larger screen
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Size Larger
              Fujifilm FinePix S1500

              Fujifilm FinePix S1500

              Super zoom

              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Size Smaller
              Wide angle Significantly worse wide angle
              Zoom Less zoom
              Nikon Coolpix P90

              Nikon Coolpix P90

              Super zoom

              $450

              Screen size Larger screen
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Shutter lag More shutter lag

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