Updated (September, 2011): Compare the Canon Powershot SX40 vs Pentax X90

Canon PowerShot SX30 IS vs Pentax X90

Winner
Canon PowerShot SX30 IS

54

Pentax X90

51

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot SX30 IS

Wide aperture
Aperture
f/2.7
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Lens
Flip-out screen
Screen flips out
Great for movies
Great macro
Macro focus
0.0 cm
 

Reasons to buy the Pentax X90

Fastest shutter speed
Fast shutter speed
1/4000 of a second
Aperture
Wide aperture
f/2.8

galleries

Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Canon PowerShot SX30 IS.
Explore our gallery of 2 sample photos taken by the Pentax X90.

differences

Advantages of the Canon SX30 IS

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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
Image stabilization
Better image stabilization
  1. Lens
vs
  1. Sensor shift
Help
Less risk of blur
Wide angle
Better wide angle
24 mm vs 26 mm
Help
Around 10% better wide angle
Zoom
More zoom
35x vs 26x
Help
More than 80% 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
Help
Almost the same
Macro focus
Better macro capability
0.0 cm vs 0.9 cm
Help
Almost the same
Longest exposure
Longer exposures
15s vs 4s
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Around 4x longer exposures
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Advantages of the Pentax X90

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Size
Smaller
112×81×99 mm vs 123×92×108 mm
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Around 30% smaller
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
6,400 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The X90's maximum light sensitivity is 4 f-stops better
Weight
Lighter
428 g vs 601 g
Help
Around 30% lighter
Thickness
Slightly thinner
3.9" vs 4.3"
Help
Around 10% thinner
Fastest shutter speed
Faster max shutter speed
1/4000s vs 1/3200s
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20% faster max shutter speed
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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
              Aperture Wide aperture Help
              SX30 ISf/2.7
              X90f/2.8
              Macro focus Good macro capabilities Help
              SX30 IS0.0 cm
              X900.9 cm
              Viewfinder Both have digital viewfinders Help
              Digital
              Fastest shutter speed Fast max shutter speeds Help
              SX30 IS1/3200s
              X901/4000s
              Common Weaknesses
              Light sensitivity (boost) No boost ISO Help
              Lacks boost light sensitivity
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              SX30 IS4.3"
              X903.9"
              Sensor type Lower-end sensor types Help
              CCD
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Weight Heavy Help
              SX30 IS601 g
              X90428 g
              Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
              SX30 IS320 ms
              X90430 ms
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              1.1 fps
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Screen size Very small screens Help
              2.7"
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              230k dots
              Size Large Help
              SX30 IS123×92×108 mm
              X90112×81×99 mm
              Movie format HD (720p) video Help
              SX30 IS720p @ 30fps
              X90720p

              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
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              SX30 IS35x
              X9026x

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $479 body only

              $566 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Image stabilization Doesn't have image stabilization
              Canon Rebel T3

              Canon Rebel T3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $325 body only

              $399 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              Image stabilization Doesn't have image stabilization
              Canon PowerShot SX20 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX20 IS

              Super zoom

              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag

              Canon PowerShot SX30 IS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix P500

              Nikon Coolpix P500

              Super zoom

              $439

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Image stabilization Worse image stabilization
              Canon Powershot SX40

              Canon Powershot SX40

              Super zoom

              $467

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Super zoom

              $329 - $349

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Zoom More zoom
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Macro focus Worse macro capability
              Canon PowerShot SX60 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX60 HS

              Super zoom

              $479 - $480

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Size Slightly larger
              Nikon Coolpix P100

              Nikon Coolpix P100

              Super zoom

              $513

              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Image stabilization Worse image stabilization
              Wide angle Worse wide angle

              Pentax X90 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Pentax X-5

              Pentax X-5

              Super zoom

              $206

              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Size Larger
              Pentax K-500

              Pentax K-500

              Entry-level DSLR

              $514 body only

              $399 - $540 with 18-55mm lens

              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Weight Heavier
              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX100v

              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX100v

              Super zoom

              $515

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Wide angle Slightly worse wide angle
              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $677 body only

              $430 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Much higher true resolution
              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Casio Exilim EX-ZR200

              Casio Exilim ZR-200

              Travel zoom

              $279

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

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