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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
Macro focus
Great macro
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Reasons to buy the Pentax X90

Light sensitivity
High ISO
6,400 ISO
 
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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
Zoom More zoom 35x vs 26x
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More than 80% more zoom
Image stabilization Better image stabilization Lens vs Sensor shift
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Less risk of blur
Wide angle Better wide angle 24 mm vs 26 mm
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Around 10% better wide angle
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)
Shutter lag Less shutter lag 320 ms vs 430 ms
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Around 30% less delay when taking photos
Macro focus Better macro capability 0 cm vs 0.9 cm
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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 112x81x99 mm vs 123x92x108 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 2 f-stops better
Weight Lighter 428 g vs 601 g
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Around 30% lighter
Thickness Slightly thinner 3.9" vs 4.3"
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Around 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
        X90:0.9 cm
        Viewfinder Both have digital viewfinders Help
        Digital
        Light sensitivity (boost) No boost ISO Help
        Lacks boost light sensitivity
        Thickness Quite thick Help
        SX30 IS:4.3"
        X90:3.9"
        Weight Heavy Help
        SX30 IS:601 g
        X90:428 g
        Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
        You could stitch photos in post
        Sensor type Lower-end sensor types Help
        CCD
        HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
        You could do HDR manually
        Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
        1.1 fps
        Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
        SX30 IS:320 ms
        X90:430 ms
        Size Large Help
        SX30 IS:123x92x108 mm
        X90:112x81x99 mm
        Screen size Very small screens Help
        2.7"
        3D Neither camera can take 3D photos Help
        No 3d support
        Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
        230k dots
        Movie format HD (720p) video Help
        SX30 IS:720p @ 30fps
        X90:720p
        High-speed framerate No high speed movie support Help
        Not supported

        Compared to recent super zooms

        Common Strengths Common Weaknesses

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

        Supports RAW No RAW support Help
        Less editing fidelity
        External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
        Limited to the in-camera mic
        Zoom Poor zoom Help
        SX30 IS:35x
        X90:26x

        competitors

        Shared Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

        Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

        Super zoom

        $399 - $400

        Zoom Has much more zoom
        Movie format Records higher quality movies
        Weight Is slightly heavier
        Size Is slightly larger
        Nikon Coolpix P500

        Nikon Coolpix P500

        Super zoom

        $325

        Movie format Records higher quality movies
        Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
        Aperture Has a significantly narrower aperture
        Nikon Coolpix L820

        Nikon Coolpix L820

        Super zoom

        $180 - $279

        Movie format Records higher quality movies
        Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
        Viewfinder Doesn't have a viewfinder
        Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
        Canon Rebel T3i

        Canon Rebel T3i

        Entry-level DSLR

        $499 - $749 body only

        $550 - $600 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
        Nikon D3100

        Nikon D3100

        Entry-level DSLR

        $389 - $427 with 18-55mm lens

        Movie format Records higher quality movies
        Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
        Image stabilization Doesn't have image stabilization
        Nikon Coolpix P100

        Nikon Coolpix P100

        Super zoom

        $314

        Movie format Records higher quality movies
        Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
        Nikon D3200

        Nikon D3200

        Entry-level DSLR

        $497 with 18-55mm lens

        Movie format Records higher quality movies
        Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
        Image stabilization Doesn't have image stabilization

        Canon PowerShot SX30 IS Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Canon Powershot SX40

        Canon Powershot SX40

        Super zoom

        $319 - $390

        Supports 24p Supports 24p
        Movie format Higher resolution movies
        Shutter lag Slightly more shutter lag
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100

        Super zoom

        $365

        Movie format Higher resolution movies
        Screen size Significantly larger screen
        Zoom Less zoom
        Aperture Slightly narrower aperture
        Canon PowerShot SX500 IS

        Canon PowerShot SX500 IS

        Super zoom

        $179 - $275

        Size Significantly smaller
        Screen size Significantly larger screen
        Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
        Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
        Samsung HZ50W

        Samsung HZ50W

        Super zoom

        Screen size Significantly larger screen
        Size Smaller
        Macro focus Much worse macro capability
        Screen flips out Screen does not flip out

        Pentax X90 Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Casio Exilim EX-ZR200

        Casio Exilim ZR-200

        Travel zoom

        $159

        High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
        Continuous shooting Shoots much faster
        Zoom Less zoom
        Aperture Narrower aperture
        Samsung WB100

        Samsung WB100

        Super zoom

        $224

        Screen size Significantly larger screen
        3D Takes 3D photos
        Macro focus Much worse macro capability
        Aperture Narrower aperture
        Pentax X-5

        Pentax X-5

        Super zoom

        $134

        Movie format Higher resolution movies
        Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
        Aperture Narrower aperture
        Size Larger
        Fujifilm FinePix HS50EXR

        Fujifilm FinePix HS50EXR

        Super zoom

        $349 - $441

        Autofocus Faster autofocus
        Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
        Size Much larger
        Weight Much heavier
        Pentax K-50

        Pentax K-50

        Entry-level DSLR

        $497 body only

        $584 with 18-55mm lens

        Sensor size Much larger sensor
        Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
        Weight Significantly heavier

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