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Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot G1X

Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
1900 ms startup delay
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
Sensor size
Large sensor
Four thirds 18.7x14.0mm
 

Reasons to buy the Pentax X90

Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
430 ms shutter lag
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
Movie format Higher resolution movies 1080p @ 24fps vs 720p
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video
Supports 24p Supports 24p Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
Screen size Significantly larger screen 3.0" vs 2.7"
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More than 10% larger screen
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 18.7x14.0mm vs 1/2.3" 6.1x4.6mm
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Around 9.5x larger sensor
True resolution Higher true resolution 14.2 MP vs 9.8 MP
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Capture around 50% more detail in your photos
Supports RAW Shoots RAW Yes vs No
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Digitally develop your own photos with precise image control
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
Image stabilization Better image stabilization Lens vs Sensor shift
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Less risk of blur
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
Longest exposure Significantly longer exposures 60s vs 4s
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15x longer exposures
Continuous shooting Shoots slightly faster 1.9 fps vs 1.1 fps
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Around 70% faster continuous shooting
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Advantages of the Pentax X90

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Macro focus Much better macro capability 0.9 cm vs 20 cm
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Focus on subjects 22.2x closer to the lens
Zoom More zoom 26x vs 4x
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Around 42.5x more zoom
Shutter lag Significantly less shutter lag 430 ms vs 697 ms
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Around 40% less delay when taking photos
Wide angle Better wide angle 26 mm vs 28 mm
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Around 10% better wide angle
Weight 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 Common Weaknesses
        Viewfinder Viewfinders Help
        G1X:Tunnel
        X90:Digital
        Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
        You could stitch photos in post
        Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
        G1X:697 ms
        X90:430 ms
        Interchangeable lenses Built-in lenses only Help
        One lens only
        Thickness Quite thick Help
        G1X:2.6"
        X90:3.9"
        Weight Heavy Help
        G1X:492 g
        X90:428 g
        Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
        G1X:1.9 fps
        X90:1.1 fps
        3D Neither camera can take 3D photos Help
        No 3d support
        External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
        Limited to the in-camera mic
        Touch screen No touchscreens Help
        More buttons

        competitors

        Shared Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

        Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

        Super zoom

        $399 - $400

        Zoom Has way more more zoom
        High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is slightly heavier
        Canon Rebel T3i

        Canon Rebel T3i

        Entry-level DSLR

        $499 - $749 body only

        $550 - $600 with 18-55mm lens

        True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
        Startup delay Has slightly less startup delay
        Weight Is slightly heavier
        Image stabilization Doesn't have image stabilization
        Nikon D3200

        Nikon D3200

        Entry-level DSLR

        $497 with 18-55mm lens

        Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
        True resolution Takes much higher resolution photos
        Image stabilization Doesn't have image stabilization
        Size Is slightly larger

        Canon PowerShot G1X Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Canon PowerShot G16

        Canon PowerShot G16

        Pro digicam

        $499

        Aperture Significantly wider aperture
        Macro focus Much better macro capability
        Supports 24p No 24p support
        Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
        Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

        Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

        Pro digicam

        $548

        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 G1X Mark II

        Canon PowerShot G1X Mark II

        Boutique

        $799

        Aperture Significantly wider aperture
        Macro focus Much better macro capability
        Supports 24p No 24p support
        True resolution Slightly lower true resolution
        Sony Cyber-shot RX100 II

        Sony Cyber-shot RX100 II

        Pro digicam

        $698

        Aperture Significantly wider aperture
        Macro focus Much better macro capability
        Sensor size Smaller sensor
        Viewfinder No viewfinder
        Canon PowerShot G15

        Canon PowerShot G15

        Pro digicam

        $390 - $410

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

        Pentax X90 Competitors

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        Disadvantages

        Casio Exilim EX-ZR200

        Casio Exilim ZR-200

        Travel zoom

        $159

        High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
        Continuous shooting Shoots much faster
        Zoom Less zoom
        Aperture Narrower aperture
        Samsung WB100

        Samsung WB100

        Super zoom

        $224

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

        Nikon Coolpix L820

        Super zoom

        $180 - $279

        Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
        Movie format Higher resolution movies
        Aperture Narrower aperture
        Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
        Pentax X-5

        Pentax X-5

        Super zoom

        $134

        Movie format Higher resolution movies
        Screen size Significantly larger screen
        Aperture Narrower aperture
        Size Larger
        Fujifilm FinePix HS50EXR

        Fujifilm FinePix HS50EXR

        Super zoom

        $349 - $441

        Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
        Zoom Significantly more zoom
        Size Much larger
        Weight Significantly heavier

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