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

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens
High ISO
Light sensitivity
6,400 ISO
In-camera HDR
HDR
Combines multiple exposures
In-camera panoramas
Panorama
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
 

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot SX30 IS

Aperture
Wide aperture
f/2.7
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
External flash
External flash
Better lighting
 

differences

Advantages of the Canon SX30 IS

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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 28 mm
Help
More than 10% better wide angle
Zoom
Slightly 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
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Almost the same
True resolution
Slightly higher true resolution
9.8 MP vs 9.6 MP
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Almost the same
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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
HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Screen size
Larger screen
3.0" vs 2.7"
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More than 10% larger screen
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
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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
Lowest price
Significantly cheaper
$210.18 vs $507.95
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The best price we've seen is $298 cheaper (2.4x less)
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
              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 - $500

              Zoom Has significantly more zoom
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              Canon Powershot SX40

              Canon Powershot SX40

              Super zoom

              $405

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Nikon Coolpix P500

              Nikon Coolpix P500

              Super zoom

              $350

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Image stabilization Has worse image stabilization
              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Super zoom

              $195 - $246

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Size Is slightly smaller
              Viewfinder Doesn't have a viewfinder
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS

              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS

              Entry-level DSLR

              $715 body only

              Sensor size Has a much larger sensor
              Shutter lag Has significantly less shutter lag
              Lowest price Is much more expensive
              Image stabilization Doesn't have image stabilization
              Nikon Coolpix P100

              Nikon Coolpix P100

              Super zoom

              $353

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Image stabilization Has worse image stabilization
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $550 body only

              $549 - $630 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              True resolution Takes much higher resolution photos
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Image stabilization Doesn't have image stabilization

              Canon PowerShot SX30 IS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Super zoom

              $207 - $250

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Canon PowerShot SX60 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX60 HS

              Super zoom

              $479 - $549

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Size Larger

              Kodak Easyshare Z990 MAX Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Kodak EasyShare Z981

              Kodak EasyShare Z981

              Super zoom

              $285

              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Weight Slightly lighter
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Kodak PixPro AZ521

              Kodak PixPro AZ521

              Super zoom

              $199 - $220

              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Supports RAW No RAW support
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $430 - $450 with 18-55mm lens

              Sensor size Much larger sensor
              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Nikon Coolpix L820

              Nikon Coolpix L820

              Super zoom

              $250 - $270

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

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