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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
Sensor type
Has a CMOS-family sensor
CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Supports 24p
Supports 24p
Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
Image stabilization
Better image stabilization
  1. Lens
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  1. Sensor shift
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Less risk of blur
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
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
Movie format
Higher resolution movies
1080p @ 24fps vs 720p
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video
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
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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              similarities

              Compared to recent digicams

              Common Strengths
              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"
              Screen size Very small screens Help
              2.7"
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              230k dots
              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
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              SX409.7 MP
              X909.8 MP
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              SX403,200 ISO
              X906,400 ISO
              Movie format Poor movies Help
              SX401080p @ 24fps
              X90720p

              Compared to recent super zooms

              Common Strengths

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

              Common Weaknesses
              Screen type No OLED screens Help
              LCD
              External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
              Limited to the in-camera mic

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