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

Canon PowerShot SX30 IS vs Pentax X90

Winner
Canon PowerShot SX30 IS

58

Pentax X90

53

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot SX30 IS

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

Reasons to buy the Pentax X90

Light sensitivity
High ISO
6,400 ISO
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
Lens vs 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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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
Size
Smaller
112x81x99 mm vs 123x92x108 mm
Help
Around 30% smaller
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 resolution Low resolution screens Help
              230k dots
              Size Large Help
              SX30 IS123x92x108 mm
              X90112x81x99 mm
              Screen size Very small screens Help
              2.7"
              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 PowerShot SX50 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Super zoom

              $329 - $430

              Zoom Has significantly more zoom
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $629 body only

              $549 - $612 with 18-55mm lens

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

              Canon PowerShot SX30 IS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix P500

              Nikon Coolpix P500

              Super zoom

              $350

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Image stabilization Worse image stabilization
              Canon Powershot SX40

              Canon Powershot SX40

              Super zoom

              $349

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Canon PowerShot SX520 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX520 HS

              Super zoom

              $235

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Canon PowerShot SX530 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX530 HS

              Super zoom

              $299 - $300

              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 body only

              $399 - $400 with 18-55mm lens

              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              True resolution Much higher true resolution
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out

              Pentax X90 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix P610

              Nikon Coolpix P610

              Super zoom

              $409 - $447

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Size Larger
              Pentax X70

              Pentax X70

              Super zoom

              Size Slightly smaller
              Thickness Slightly thinner
              Macro focus Much worse macro capability
              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v

              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v

              Travel zoom

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              3D Takes 3D photos
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro capability
              Fujifilm X-S1

              Fujifilm X-S1

              Pro digicam

              $599

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Size Much larger
              Weight Much heavier
              Fujifilm FinePix S1500

              Fujifilm FinePix S1500

              Super zoom

              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Size Smaller
              Wide angle Significantly worse wide angle
              Movie format Lower resolution movies

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