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

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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
External flash
External flash
Better lighting
 

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)
Macro focus Better macro capability 0 cm vs 0.9 cm
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Almost the same
Longest exposure Slightly 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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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"
        Sensor type Lower-end sensor types Help
        CCD
        Weight Heavy Help
        SX30 IS:601 g
        X90:428 g
        Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
        You could stitch photos in post
        Supports RAW No RAW support Help
        Less editing fidelity
        HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
        You could do HDR manually
        Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
        SX30 IS:320 ms
        X90:430 ms
        Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
        1.1 fps
        Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
        230k dots
        Size Large Help
        SX30 IS:123x92x108 mm
        X90:112x81x99 mm
        Screen size Very small screens Help
        2.7"
        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.

        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 significantly more zoom
        Movie format Records higher quality movies
        Weight Is slightly heavier
        Size Is slightly larger
        Canon Rebel T3i

        Canon Rebel T3i

        Entry-level DSLR

        $499 - $699 body only

        $200 - $729 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
        Nikon Coolpix P100

        Nikon Coolpix P100

        Super zoom

        Movie format Records higher quality movies
        Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
        Nikon Coolpix P520

        Nikon Coolpix P520

        Super zoom

        $439

        Zoom Has slightly more zoom
        Movie format Records higher quality movies
        Weight Is slightly heavier
        Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
        Nikon Coolpix P500

        Nikon Coolpix P500

        Super zoom

        $583

        Movie format Records higher quality movies
        Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
        Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
        Aperture Has a significantly narrower aperture
        Canon Rebel T3

        Canon Rebel T3

        Entry-level DSLR

        $400 - $419 body only

        $399 - $580 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
        Nikon D3100

        Nikon D3100

        Entry-level DSLR

        $249 body only

        $427 - $440 with 18-55mm lens

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

        Canon PowerShot SX30 IS Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Canon Powershot SX40

        Canon Powershot SX40

        Super zoom

        $323 - $405

        Supports 24p Supports 24p
        Movie format Higher resolution movies
        Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

        Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

        Super zoom

        $199 - $250

        Supports 24p Supports 24p
        Movie format Higher resolution movies
        Aperture Narrower aperture
        Screen flips out Screen does not flip out

        Pentax X90 Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Pentax X-5

        Pentax X-5

        Super zoom

        $195 - $324

        Movie format Higher resolution movies
        Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
        Aperture Narrower aperture
        Size Larger
        Canon PowerShot SX170 IS

        Canon PowerShot SX170 IS

        Travel zoom

        $149 - $180

        Size Significantly smaller
        Screen size Larger screen
        Aperture Narrower aperture
        Zoom Less zoom
        Canon PowerShot SX120 IS

        Canon PowerShot SX120 IS

        Travel zoom

        $223

        Size Significantly smaller
        Screen size Larger screen
        Wide angle Much worse wide angle
        Zoom Less zoom
        Canon PowerShot SD940 IS

        Canon PowerShot SD940 IS

        Ultra compact

        Size Significantly smaller
        Image stabilization Better image stabilization
        Zoom Less zoom
        Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
        Canon PowerShot ELPH 130 IS

        Canon PowerShot ELPH 130 IS

        Travel zoom

        $124

        Size Significantly smaller
        Image stabilization Better image stabilization
        Aperture Narrower aperture
        Zoom Less zoom

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