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

Kodak Easyshare Z990 MAX vs Canon PowerShot SX30 IS

Winner
Kodak Easyshare Z990 MAX

54

Canon PowerShot SX30 IS

50

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Kodak Easyshare Z990 MAX

Full HD
Movie format
1080p @ 30fps
Large screen
Screen size
3.0"
High ISO
Light sensitivity
6,400 ISO
CMOS Sensor
Sensor type
Better in low light
 

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot SX30 IS

Aperture
Wide aperture
f/2.7
Wide angle
Wide angle lens
24 mm
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
External flash
External flash
Better lighting

galleries

Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Canon PowerShot SX30 IS. Explore our gallery of 44 sample photos taken by the Kodak Easyshare Z990 MAX.

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
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Flip-out screens can be helpful when composing tricky shots or taking movies
Zoom
Slightly 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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Almost the same
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
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
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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
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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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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
              Aperture Wide aperture Help
              SX30 ISf/2.7
              Z990 MAXf/2.8
              Macro focus Good macro capabilities Help
              SX30 IS0 cm
              Z990 MAX1 cm
              Viewfinder Both have digital viewfinders Help
              Digital
              Common Weaknesses
              Weight Heavy Help
              SX30 IS601 g
              Z990 MAX589 g
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              SX30 IS4.3"
              Z990 MAX3.7"
              Size Large Help
              SX30 IS123x92x108 mm
              Z990 MAX124x86x93 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 IS230k dots
              Z990 MAX460k dots
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              SX30 IS35x
              Z990 MAX30x

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Super zoom

              $319 - $430

              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
              Nikon Coolpix P500

              Nikon Coolpix P500

              Super zoom

              $340

              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 Powershot SX40

              Canon Powershot SX40

              Super zoom

              $358

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $612 with 75-300mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              True resolution Takes much higher resolution photos
              Image stabilization Doesn't have image stabilization
              Canon Rebel T3

              Canon Rebel T3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $339 body only

              $429 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
              Autofocus Focuses automatically
              Image stabilization Doesn't have image stabilization
              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Super zoom

              $209 - $210

              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
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $354 body only

              $429 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 SX30 IS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX60 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX60 HS

              Super zoom

              $499 - $500

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Size Slightly larger
              Canon PowerShot SX20 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX20 IS

              Super zoom

              Size Smaller
              Thickness Thinner
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Zoom Less zoom

              Kodak Easyshare Z990 MAX Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Fujifilm FinePix S9100

              Fujifilm FinePix S9100

              Pro digicam

              Sensor size Larger sensor
              Storage slots Has more storage slots
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Screen size Much smaller screen
              Nikon Coolpix L820

              Nikon Coolpix L820

              Super zoom

              $160

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Kodak PixPro AZ521

              Kodak PixPro AZ521

              Super zoom

              $195 - $229

              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Supports RAW No RAW support
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Kodak EasyShare Z981

              Kodak EasyShare Z981

              Super zoom

              $280

              Wide angle Better wide angle
              True resolution Slightly higher true resolution
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Placeholder

              Canon PowerShot Pro1

              Pro digicam

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Sensor size Significantly larger sensor
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Screen size Much smaller screen

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