Pentax X90 vs Canon Rebel T3

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Pentax X90

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Canon Rebel T3

40

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Pentax X90

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
 

Reasons to buy the Canon Rebel T3

Battery life
Great battery life
700 shots

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Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Canon Rebel T3. Explore our gallery of 2 sample photos taken by the Pentax X90.

differences

Advantages of the Canon T3

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Autofocus
Faster autofocus
Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Catch candid moments easily
Shutter lag
Significantly less shutter lag
309 ms vs 430 ms
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Around 30% less delay when taking photos
Interchangeable lenses
Has interchangeable lenses
Yes vs No
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Can take advantage of a variety of lenses
Supports RAW
Shoots RAW
Yes vs No
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Digitally develop your own photos with precise image control
Sensor type
Has a CMOS-family sensor
CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
External flash
Supports an external flash
Yes vs No
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An external flash often produces better looking flash images
True resolution
Higher true resolution
12.2 MP vs 9.8 MP
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Capture more than 20% more detail in your photos
Thickness
Thinner
3.1" vs 3.9"
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More than 20% thinner
Continuous shooting
Shoots slightly faster
3 fps vs 1.1 fps
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More than 2.5x faster continuous shooting
Viewfinder
Has an optical viewfinder
Pentamirror vs Digital
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Optical viewfinders save battery life and are more detailed
Longest exposure
Longer exposures
30s vs 4s
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7.5x longer exposures
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Advantages of the Pentax X90

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Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
Size
Slightly smaller
112x81x99 mm vs 130x100x78 mm
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More than 10% smaller
Weight
Slightly lighter
428 g vs 459 g
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Around 10% lighter
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              similarities

              Compared to recent digital cameras

              Common Strengths
              Viewfinder Viewfinders Help
              T3Pentamirror
              X90Digital
              Common Weaknesses
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              T33.1"
              X903.9"
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              230k dots
              Supports 24p No support for 24p Help
              Missing that film look
              Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
              T3309 ms
              X90430 ms
              Screen size Very small screens Help
              2.7"
              External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
              Limited to the in-camera mic
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              T33 fps
              X901.1 fps
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Size Large Help
              T3130x100x78 mm
              X90112x81x99 mm
              Movie format HD (720p) video Help
              T3720p @ 30fps
              X90720p

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              competitors

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              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $629 body only

              $549 - $609 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $262 body only

              $484 with 18-55mm, 55-200mm lenses

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $649 - $650 body only

              $649 - $650 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
              Canon Rebel T4i

              Canon Rebel T4i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $525 body only

              $630 with 18-135mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
              Placeholder

              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XT

              Entry-level DSLR

              $675 with 18-55mm lens

              Live view Doesn't let you preview your photos on the screen
              Weight Is slightly heavier

              Canon Rebel T3 Competitors

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              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 body only

              $399 - $400 with 18-55mm lens

              Autofocus Video autofocus
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $289 - $547 body only

              $360 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              Autofocus Video autofocus
              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Startup delay Slightly more startup delay
              Canon EOS Rebel T2i

              Canon Rebel T2i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $700 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Weight Heavier
              Canon EOS Rebel T1i

              Canon Rebel T1i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $825 body only

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Screen size Larger screen
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi

              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi

              Entry-level DSLR

              $845 body only

              $725 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen size Larger screen
              Shutter lag Significantly less shutter lag
              Movie format Does not take movies
              Battery life Shorter battery life

              Pentax X90 Competitors

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              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T77

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T77

              Ultra compact

              $260

              Size Significantly smaller
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Wide angle Significantly worse wide angle
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Pentax X70

              Pentax X70

              Super zoom

              Size Slightly smaller
              Thickness Thinner
              Macro focus Much worse macro capability
              Casio Exilim EX-ZR200

              Casio Exilim ZR-200

              Travel zoom

              $267

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Continuous shooting Shoots much faster
              Zoom Less zoom
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Fujifilm X-S1

              Fujifilm X-S1

              Pro digicam

              $599

              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Screen size Larger screen
              Size Much larger
              Weight Much heavier
              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v

              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v

              Travel zoom

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro capability

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