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Reasons to buy the Canon Powershot SX40

Aperture
Wide aperture
f/2.7
High-speed framerate
High speed movies
240 fps
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens
Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
 

Reasons to buy the Pentax X90

Light sensitivity
High ISO
6,400 ISO
Weight
Light-weight
428 g
 
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differences

Advantages of the Canon SX40

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Supports 24p Supports 24p Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
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
Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
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
Zoom More zoom 35x vs 26x
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More than 80% more zoom
Continuous shooting Shoots significantly faster 10.3 fps vs 1.1 fps
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More than 9x faster continuous shooting
Wide angle Better wide angle 24 mm vs 26 mm
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Around 10% better wide angle
Image stabilization Better image stabilization Lens vs Sensor shift
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Less risk of blur
External flash Supports an external flash Yes vs No
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An external flash often produces better looking flash images
Aperture Slightly wider aperture f/2.7 vs f/2.8
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At its widest zoom, the SX40's lens captures marginally more light (0.1 f-stops)
Macro focus Slightly better macro capability 0 cm vs 0.9 cm
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Almost the same
Longest exposure Slightly 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 112x81x99 mm vs 123x92x108 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 1 f-stop 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
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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 Common Weaknesses
        Macro focus Good macro capabilities Help
        SX40:0 cm
        X90:0.9 cm
        Viewfinder Both have digital viewfinders Help
        Digital
        Thickness Quite thick Help
        SX40:4.3"
        X90:3.9"
        Weight Heavy Help
        SX40:600 g
        X90:428 g
        Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
        You could stitch photos in post
        Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
        SX40:350 ms
        X90:430 ms
        Supports RAW No RAW support Help
        Less editing fidelity
        HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
        You could do HDR manually
        Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
        230k dots
        Size Large Help
        SX40:123x92x108 mm
        X90:112x81x99 mm
        Screen size Very small screens Help
        2.7"

        Compared to recent super zooms

        Common Strengths Common Weaknesses

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

        External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
        Limited to the in-camera mic
        Zoom Poor zoom Help
        SX40:35x
        X90:26x

        competitors

        Shared Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

        Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

        Super zoom

        $382 - $400

        Zoom Has significantly more zoom
        Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
        Weight Is slightly heavier
        Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
        Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

        Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

        Super zoom

        $199 - $250

        Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
        Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
        Viewfinder Doesn't have a viewfinder
        Battery life Has a significantly shorter battery life
        Canon Rebel T3

        Canon Rebel T3

        Entry-level DSLR

        $400 - $415 body only

        $399 - $500 with 18-55mm lens

        True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
        Sensor size Has a much larger sensor
        Autofocus Lacks autofocus
        Image stabilization Doesn't have image stabilization
        Nikon Coolpix P520

        Nikon Coolpix P520

        Super zoom

        $430

        Zoom Has slightly more zoom
        Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
        Weight Is slightly heavier
        Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
        Canon Rebel T3i

        Canon Rebel T3i

        Entry-level DSLR

        $499 - $699 body only

        $200 - $729 with 18-55mm lens

        Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
        Screen resolution Has a much higher resolution screen
        Weight Is slightly heavier
        Autofocus Lacks autofocus
        Nikon Coolpix P500

        Nikon Coolpix P500

        Super zoom

        $320

        Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
        Screen resolution Has a much higher resolution screen
        Battery life Has a significantly shorter battery life
        Aperture Has a significantly narrower aperture
        Fujifilm FinePix SL1000

        Fujifilm FinePix SL1000

        Super zoom

        $314

        Zoom Has significantly more zoom
        Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is significantly heavier

        Canon Powershot SX40 Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Canon PowerShot SX30 IS

        Canon PowerShot SX30 IS

        Super zoom

        $395 - $479

        Supports 24p No 24p support
        Movie format Lower resolution movies
        Nikon Coolpix P510

        Nikon Coolpix P510

        Super zoom

        $323

        Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
        3D Takes 3D photos
        Supports 24p No 24p support
        Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150

        Super zoom

        $704

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

        Pentax X90 Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Pentax X-5

        Pentax X-5

        Super zoom

        $200 - $324

        Movie format Higher resolution movies
        Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
        Aperture Narrower aperture
        Size Larger
        Pentax K100D

        Pentax K100D

        Entry-level DSLR

        Sensor size Much larger sensor
        Interchangeable lenses Has interchangeable lenses
        Movie format Does not take movies
        True resolution Significantly lower true resolution
        Nikon Coolpix P100

        Nikon Coolpix P100

        Super zoom

        Movie format Higher resolution movies
        Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
        Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
        Weight Slightly heavier
        Nikon Coolpix P90

        Nikon Coolpix P90

        Super zoom

        Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
        Screen size Larger screen
        Movie format Lower resolution movies
        Zoom Slightly less zoom

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