Canon Powershot SX40 vs Pentax X90

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Canon Powershot SX40

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Pentax X90

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Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Canon Powershot SX40

Wide aperture
Aperture
f/2.7
High speed movies
High-speed framerate
240 fps
24p movies
Supports 24p
For that film look
Rapid fire
Continuous shooting
10.3 fps
 

Reasons to buy the Pentax X90

Fastest shutter speed
Fast shutter speed
1/4000 of a second
Aperture
Wide aperture
f/2.8

Items often bought with the Canon SX40 or Pentax X90

galleries

Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Canon Powershot SX40.
Explore our gallery of 2 sample photos taken by the Pentax X90.

differences

Advantages of the Canon SX40

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High-speed framerate
Records high-speed movies
240 fps vs None
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Capture events too fast for the naked eye and play them back in super-slow motion
Supports 24p
Supports 24p
Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
Sensor type
Has a CMOS-family sensor
CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Continuous shooting
Shoots much faster
10.3 fps vs 1.1 fps
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More than 9x faster continuous shooting
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
Movie format
Higher resolution movies
1080p @ 24fps vs 720p
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video
Image stabilization
Better image stabilization
  1. Lens
vs
  1. Sensor shift
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Less risk of blur
Zoom
More zoom
35x vs 26x
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More than 80% more zoom
Wide angle
Better wide angle
24 mm vs 26 mm
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Around 10% better wide angle
Aperture
Slightly wider aperture
f/2.7 vs f/2.8
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Almost the same
External flash
Supports an external flash
Yes vs No
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An external flash often produces better looking flash images
Macro focus
Better macro capability
0.0 cm vs 0.9 cm
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Almost the same
Longest exposure
Longer exposures
15s vs 4s
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Around 4x longer exposures
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Advantages of the Pentax X90

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Size
Smaller
112×81×99 mm vs 123×92×108 mm
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Around 30% smaller
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
6,400 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The X90's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
Weight
Lighter
428 g vs 600 g
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Around 30% lighter
Thickness
Slightly thinner
3.9" vs 4.3"
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Around 10% thinner
Fastest shutter speed
Faster max shutter speed
1/4000s vs 1/3200s
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20% faster max shutter speed
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recommendations

Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent super zooms, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent digicams

              Common Strengths
              Macro focus Good macro capabilities Help
              SX400.0 cm
              X900.9 cm
              Viewfinder Both have digital viewfinders Help
              Digital
              Fastest shutter speed Fast max shutter speeds Help
              SX401/3200s
              X901/4000s
              Common Weaknesses
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              SX404.3"
              X903.9"
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
              SX40350 ms
              X90430 ms
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Weight Heavy Help
              SX40600 g
              X90428 g
              Supports RAW No RAW support Help
              Less editing fidelity
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              230k dots
              Size Large Help
              SX40123×92×108 mm
              X90112×81×99 mm
              Screen size Very small screens Help
              2.7"

              Compared to recent super zooms

              Common Strengths

              Snapsort is not aware of any interesting strengths shared by these two products.

              Common Weaknesses
              External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
              Limited to the in-camera mic
              Sensor size Very small sensors Help
              SX401/2.3" 6.17x4.55mm
              X901/2.3" 6.13x4.6mm
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Movie format Poor movies Help
              SX401080p @ 24fps
              X90720p
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              SX4035x
              X9026x

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX60 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX60 HS

              Super zoom

              $394 - $480

              Zoom Has way more more zoom
              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX100v

              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX100v

              Super zoom

              $700

              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon Coolpix P500

              Nikon Coolpix P500

              Super zoom

              $426

              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Battery life Has a significantly shorter battery life
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing

              Canon Powershot SX40 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Super zoom

              $305 - $350

              Zoom More zoom
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Continuous shooting Shoots much slower
              Nikon Coolpix P510

              Nikon Coolpix P510

              Super zoom

              $385

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              High-speed framerate Lower speed movies
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150

              Super zoom

              $820

              3D Takes 3D photos
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Zoom Less zoom
              Canon PowerShot SX400 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX400 IS

              Super zoom

              $149 - $536

              Size Significantly smaller
              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Canon PowerShot SX520 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX520 HS

              Super zoom

              $239

              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Size Smaller
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture

              Pentax X90 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Fujifilm FinePix S2500HD

              Fujifilm FinePix S2500HD

              Super zoom

              $230

              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Size Smaller
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Nikon Coolpix P100

              Nikon Coolpix P100

              Super zoom

              $549

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Fastest shutter speed Significantly slower max shutter speed
              Nikon Coolpix P90

              Nikon Coolpix P90

              Super zoom

              $450

              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Fujifilm X-S1

              Fujifilm X-S1

              Pro digicam

              $401

              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              Size Much larger
              Weight Much heavier
              Pentax X70

              Pentax X70

              Super zoom

              Size Slightly smaller
              Thickness Slightly thinner
              Macro focus Much worse macro capability

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