Canon PowerShot G1X vs Pentax X90

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Canon PowerShot G1X

72

Pentax X90

45

Runner-up

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

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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 18.7x14.0mm 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
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
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
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
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$245.00 vs $399.00
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The best price we've seen is $154 cheaper (around 40% 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
              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
              G1X:1.9 fps
              X90:1.1 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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              Disadvantages

              Canon Rebel SL1

              Canon Rebel SL1

              Entry-level DSLR

              $399 - $549 body only

              $499 - $500 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Image stabilization Doesn't have image stabilization

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              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot G16

              Canon PowerShot G16

              Pro digicam

              $449 - $450

              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 - $800

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

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              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

              Canon PowerShot G15

              Pro digicam

              $487

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

              Nikon Coolpix P7800

              Pro digicam

              $499 - $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 P500

              Nikon Coolpix P500

              Super zoom

              $350

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Screen size Larger screen
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Size Slightly larger
              Nikon Coolpix P100

              Nikon Coolpix P100

              Super zoom

              $319

              Screen size Larger screen
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Weight Slightly heavier
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Pentax X-5

              Pentax X-5

              Super zoom

              $269

              Screen size Larger screen
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Size Larger
              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
              Olympus SP-810 UZ

              Olympus SP-810 UZ

              Super zoom

              $260

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Screen size Larger screen
              Macro focus Worse macro capability
              Aperture Slightly narrower aperture

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