Canon PowerShot G1X vs Pentax X90

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Canon PowerShot G1X

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Pentax X90

47

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot G1X

Large screen
Screen size
3"
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
 

Reasons to buy the Pentax X90

Zoom
Great zoom
26x
Macro focus
Great macro
0.9 cm
Viewfinder
Great viewfinder
Digital
Fastest shutter speed
Fast shutter speed
1/4000 of a second

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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
Screen size
Significantly larger screen
3" vs 2.7"
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More than 10% larger screen
Supports 24p
Supports 24p
Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
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
Movie format
Higher resolution movies
1080p @ 24fps vs 720p
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video
Size
Smaller
117×81×65 mm vs 112×81×99 mm
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More than 30% smaller
Supports RAW
Shoots RAW
Yes vs No
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Digitally develop your own photos with precise image control
Sensor size
Larger sensor
Four thirds 18.7x14mm vs 1/2.3" 6.13x4.6mm
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Around 9.5x larger sensor
Image stabilization
Better image stabilization
  1. Lens
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  1. 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 2 f-stops 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
              Fastest shutter speed Fast max shutter speeds Help
              1/4000 of a second
              Common Weaknesses
              Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
              G1X697 ms
              X90430 ms
              Interchangeable lenses Built-in lenses only Help
              One lens only
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              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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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              No significant shared competitors found.

              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

              $448

              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 G15

              Canon PowerShot G15

              Pro digicam

              $783

              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Overall image quality Worse image quality
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Canon PowerShot G7 X

              Canon PowerShot G7 X

              Pro digicam

              $519 - $649

              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Sensor size Smaller sensor

              Pentax X90 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix P7100

              Nikon Coolpix P7100

              Pro digicam

              $395

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Zoom Less zoom
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v

              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v

              Travel zoom

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro capability
              Nikon Coolpix L820

              Nikon Coolpix L820

              Super zoom

              $250

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Viewfinder No viewfinder
              Nikon Coolpix P90

              Nikon Coolpix P90

              Super zoom

              $450

              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Shutter lag Significantly more shutter lag
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX50

              Sony Cyber-shot WX50

              Ultra compact

              $178

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Size Significantly smaller
              Zoom Less zoom
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro capability

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