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

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Reasons to buy the Kodak Easyshare Z990 MAX

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens
Light sensitivity
High ISO
6,400 ISO
Sensor type
CMOS Sensor
Better in low light
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
 

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
 
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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
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More than 10% better wide angle
Zoom More zoom 35x vs 30x
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Around 40% 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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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
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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
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 Common Weaknesses
        Macro focus Good macro capabilities Help
        SX30 IS:0 cm
        Z990 MAX:1 cm
        Viewfinder Both have digital viewfinders Help
        Digital
        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 Common Weaknesses

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

        External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
        Limited to the in-camera mic
        Zoom Poor zoom Help
        SX30 IS:35x
        Z990 MAX:30x
        Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
        SX30 IS:230k dots
        Z990 MAX:460k dots

        competitors

        Shared Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

        Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

        Super zoom

        $399 - $400

        Zoom Has significantly more zoom
        High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
        Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
        Canon Powershot SX40

        Canon Powershot SX40

        Super zoom

        $315

        High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
        Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
        Size Is slightly larger
        Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

        Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

        Super zoom

        $199

        Size Is slightly smaller
        High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
        Viewfinder Doesn't have a viewfinder
        Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
        Nikon Coolpix P500

        Nikon Coolpix P500

        Super zoom

        $324

        Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
        High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
        Image stabilization Has worse image stabilization
        Aperture Has a significantly narrower aperture
        Canon Rebel T3i

        Canon Rebel T3i

        Entry-level DSLR

        $499 body only

        $549 - $579 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 PowerShot SX500 IS

        Canon PowerShot SX500 IS

        Super zoom

        $235 - $250

        Size Is slightly smaller
        Weight Is significantly lighter
        Viewfinder Doesn't have a viewfinder
        Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
        Nikon D3100

        Nikon D3100

        Entry-level DSLR

        $277 body only

        True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
        Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
        Image stabilization Doesn't have image stabilization

        Canon PowerShot SX30 IS Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Canon PowerShot SX20 IS

        Canon PowerShot SX20 IS

        Super zoom

        $600

        Size Smaller
        Thickness Thinner
        Zoom Less zoom
        Wide angle Worse wide angle
        Canon Rebel T3

        Canon Rebel T3

        Entry-level DSLR

        $419 body only

        $580 with 18-55mm lens

        Sensor size Much larger sensor
        Autofocus Faster autofocus
        Image stabilization No image stabilization
        Screen flips out Screen does not flip out

        Kodak Easyshare Z990 MAX Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Kodak EasyShare Z981

        Kodak EasyShare Z981

        Super zoom

        Wide angle Better wide angle
        Weight Slightly lighter
        Movie format Lower resolution movies
        Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70

        Super zoom

        $280 - $319

        Zoom Much more zoom
        Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
        Size Larger
        Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
        Kodak EasyShare Z8612 IS

        Kodak EasyShare Z8612 IS

        Super zoom

        Size Significantly smaller
        Weight Significantly lighter
        Image stabilization No image stabilization
        Macro focus Much worse macro capability
        Fujifilm FinePix S4000

        Fujifilm FinePix S4000

        Super zoom

        $173

        Wide angle Better wide angle
        Size Slightly smaller
        Movie format Lower resolution movies
        Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor

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