Canon PowerShot G1X

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Canon PowerShot G1X

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Pentax X90

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Pentax X90

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Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot G1X

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

Reasons to buy the Pentax X90

Zoom
Great zoom
26x
Macro focus
Great macro
0.9 cm
Viewfinder
Great viewfinder
Digital
 

differences

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
Supports RAW
Shoots RAW
Yes vs No
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Digitally develop your own photos with precise image control
True resolution
Higher true resolution
14.2 MP vs 9.8 MP
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Capture around 50% more detail in your photos
Image stabilization
Better image stabilization
Lens vs Sensor shift
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Less risk of blur
Thickness
Thinner
2.6" vs 3.9"
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More than 30% thinner
Sensor type
Has a CMOS-family sensor
CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
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
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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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
Much 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
Lowest price
Cheaper
$245.00 vs $549.00
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The best price we've seen is $304 cheaper (2.2x less)
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              similarities

              Compared to recent digital cameras

              Common Strengths
              Viewfinder Viewfinders Help
              G1X:Tunnel
              X90:Digital
              Common Weaknesses
              Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
              G1X:697 ms
              X90:430 ms
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              G1X:2.6"
              X90:3.9"
              Interchangeable lenses Built-in lenses only Help
              One lens only
              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
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons

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              Pro digicam

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              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
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              Pro digicam

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              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
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              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Overall image quality Slightly worse image quality
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              Pro digicam

              $498 - $798

              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

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              Pro digicam

              $487

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              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

              $547

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

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              Nikon Coolpix P600

              Nikon Coolpix P600

              Super zoom

              $320 - $397

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Size Larger
              Nikon Coolpix P500

              Nikon Coolpix P500

              Super zoom

              $350

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Size Slightly larger
              Canon PowerShot SD980 IS

              Canon PowerShot SD980 IS

              Compact

              $204

              Size Significantly smaller
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Zoom Less zoom
              Macro focus Worse macro capability
              Nikon Coolpix P90

              Nikon Coolpix P90

              Super zoom

              $200

              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Shutter lag More shutter lag
              Pentax X70

              Pentax X70

              Super zoom

              Size Slightly smaller
              Thickness Slightly thinner
              Macro focus Much worse macro capability
              Zoom Slightly less zoom

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