Updated (September, 2011): Compare the Canon Powershot SX40 vs Kodak Easyshare Z990 MAX

Kodak Easyshare Z990 MAX

Winner
Kodak Easyshare Z990 MAX

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Canon PowerShot SX30 IS

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Canon PowerShot SX30 IS

Runner-up
     

Reasons to buy the Kodak Easyshare Z990 MAX

Full HD
Movie format
1080p @ 30fps
High ISO
Light sensitivity
6,400 ISO
CMOS Sensor
Sensor type
Better in low light
In-camera HDR
HDR
Combines multiple exposures
 

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot SX30 IS

Aperture
Wide aperture
f/2.7
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
External flash
External flash
Better lighting
Fastest shutter speed
Fast shutter speed
1/3200 of a second
 

differences

Advantages of the Canon SX30 IS

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Wide angle
Better wide angle
24 mm vs 28 mm
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More than 10% better wide angle
Screen flips out
Has a flip-out screen
Yes vs No
Help
Flip-out screens can be helpful when composing tricky shots or taking movies
Zoom
More zoom
35x vs 30x
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Around 40% more zoom
External flash
Supports an external flash
Yes vs No
Help
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 SX30 IS's lens captures marginally more light (0.1 f-stops)
Macro focus
Better macro capability
0 cm vs 1 cm
Help
Almost the same
True resolution
Slightly higher true resolution
9.8 MP vs 9.6 MP
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Almost the same
Fastest shutter speed
Significantly faster max shutter speed
1/3200s vs 1/2000s
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Around 40% faster max shutter speed
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Advantages of the Kodak Z990 MAX

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Movie format
Higher resolution movies
1080p @ 30fps vs 720p @ 30fps
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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
Panorama
Can create panoramas in-camera
Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Screen size
Larger screen
3.0" vs 2.7"
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More than 10% larger screen
HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
Help
Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Screen resolution
Higher resolution screen
460k dots vs 230k dots
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2x higher resolution screen
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
6,400 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
Help
The Z990 MAX's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
Supports RAW
Shoots RAW
Yes vs No
Help
Digitally develop your own photos with precise image control
Size
Smaller
124x86x93 mm vs 123x92x108 mm
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Around 20% smaller
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
5 fps vs 1.1 fps
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More than 4.5x faster continuous shooting
Thickness
Thinner
3.7" vs 4.3"
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More than 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
              Macro focus Good macro capabilities Help
              SX30 IS:0 cm
              Z990 MAX:1 cm
              Viewfinder Both have digital viewfinders Help
              Digital
              Common Weaknesses
              Weight Heavy Help
              SX30 IS:601 g
              Z990 MAX:589 g
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              SX30 IS:4.3"
              Z990 MAX:3.7"
              Size Large Help
              SX30 IS:123x92x108 mm
              Z990 MAX:124x86x93 mm

              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
              Supports 24p No support for 24p Help
              Missing that film look
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              SX30 IS:230k dots
              Z990 MAX:460k dots
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              SX30 IS:35x
              Z990 MAX:30x

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Super zoom

              $349 - $399

              Zoom Has significantly more zoom
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              Canon PowerShot SX520 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX520 HS

              Super zoom

              $199 - $200

              Weight Is slightly lighter
              Lowest price Is significantly less expensive
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Viewfinder Doesn't have a viewfinder
              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Super zoom

              $209 - $250

              Size Is slightly smaller
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Viewfinder Doesn't have a viewfinder
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $648 body only

              $550 - $620 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              True resolution Takes much higher resolution photos
              Image stabilization Doesn't have image stabilization
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $302 - $527 body only

              $389 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              True resolution Takes much higher resolution photos
              Image stabilization Doesn't have image stabilization
              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS

              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS

              Entry-level DSLR

              Shutter lag Has significantly less shutter lag
              Thickness Is thinner
              Image stabilization Doesn't have image stabilization
              Screen size Has a slightly smaller screen
              Nikon Coolpix P530

              Nikon Coolpix P530

              Super zoom

              $199 - $329

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture

              Canon PowerShot SX30 IS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon Powershot SX40

              Canon Powershot SX40

              Super zoom

              $405

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Super zoom

              $189 - $227

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Canon PowerShot SX500 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX500 IS

              Super zoom

              $270

              Size Significantly smaller
              Screen size Larger screen
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Nikon Coolpix P500

              Nikon Coolpix P500

              Super zoom

              $350

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Image stabilization Worse image stabilization

              Kodak Easyshare Z990 MAX Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Kodak EasyShare Z981

              Kodak EasyShare Z981

              Super zoom

              $290

              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Weight Slightly lighter
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Nikon Coolpix L820

              Nikon Coolpix L820

              Super zoom

              $149 - $270

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Sony Alpha A6000

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $548 body only

              $675 - $698 with 16-50mm lens

              True resolution Much higher true resolution
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity

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