Canon Powershot SX40 vs Pentax X90

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Canon Powershot SX40

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Pentax X90

47

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Canon Powershot SX40

Wide aperture
Aperture
f/2.7
24p movies
Supports 24p
For that film look
Rapid fire
Continuous shooting
10.3 fps
Flip-out screen
Screen flips out
Great for movies
 

Reasons to buy the Pentax X90

Light sensitivity
High ISO
6,400 ISO
Fastest shutter speed
Fast shutter speed
1/4000 of a second
Aperture
Wide aperture
f/2.8
Viewfinder
Great viewfinder
Digital

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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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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
Sensor type
Has a CMOS-family sensor
CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
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
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
Continuous shooting
Shoots significantly faster
10.3 fps vs 1.1 fps
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More than 9x faster continuous shooting
Image stabilization
Better image stabilization
Lens vs Sensor shift
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Less risk of blur
Wide angle
Better wide angle
24 mm vs 26 mm
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Around 10% better wide angle
Zoom
More zoom
35x vs 26x
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More than 80% more zoom
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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Almost the same
Macro focus
Better macro capability
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
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
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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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
              Aperture Wide aperture Help
              SX40f/2.7
              X90f/2.8
              Macro focus Good macro capabilities Help
              SX400 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"
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
              SX40350 ms
              X90430 ms
              Weight Heavy Help
              SX40600 g
              X90428 g
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              230k dots
              Size Large Help
              SX40123x92x108 mm
              X90112x81x99 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
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              SX4035x
              X9026x

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Super zoom

              $319 - $430

              Zoom Has significantly more zoom
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon Coolpix P510

              Nikon Coolpix P510

              Super zoom

              $500

              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              Screen resolution Has a much higher resolution screen
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon Coolpix P600

              Nikon Coolpix P600

              Super zoom

              $345 - $375

              Zoom Has much more zoom
              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70

              Super zoom

              $200 - $248

              Zoom Has much more zoom
              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $612 with 75-300mm lens

              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              Screen resolution Has a much higher resolution screen
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $279 - $557 body only

              $349 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              Screen resolution Has a much higher resolution screen
              Image stabilization Doesn't have image stabilization
              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX100v

              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX100v

              Super zoom

              $290 - $600

              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              Screen resolution Has a much higher resolution screen
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Wide angle Has a slightly narrower wide angle lens

              Canon Powershot SX40 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150

              Super zoom

              $314

              3D Takes 3D photos
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Zoom Less zoom
              Canon PowerShot SX520 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX520 HS

              Super zoom

              $199

              Screen size Larger screen
              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Super zoom

              $209 - $210

              Size Significantly smaller
              Screen size Larger screen
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Canon PowerShot SX60 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX60 HS

              Super zoom

              $499 - $500

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Canon PowerShot SX30 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX30 IS

              Super zoom

              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Movie format Lower resolution movies

              Pentax X90 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Pentax X-5

              Pentax X-5

              Super zoom

              $178

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Size Larger
              Nikon Coolpix P90

              Nikon Coolpix P90

              Super zoom

              $450

              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Screen size Larger screen
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Fujifilm FinePix HS10

              Fujifilm FinePix HS10

              Super zoom

              $400

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Size Significantly larger
              Weight Significantly heavier
              Fujifilm X-S1

              Fujifilm X-S1

              Pro digicam

              $440

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Size Much larger
              Weight Much heavier
              Pentax Q

              Pentax Q

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $179 body only

              $299 with 5mm lens

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Size Significantly smaller
              Viewfinder No viewfinder

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