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

Canon PowerShot SX30 IS vs Pentax X90

Winner
Canon PowerShot SX30 IS

53

Pentax X90

48

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

Weight
Light-weight
428 g
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 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
Help
Around 30% lighter
Thickness
Slightly thinner
3.9" vs 4.3"
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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 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

              $319 - $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 PowerShot SX60 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX60 HS

              Super zoom

              $479 - $480

              Zoom Has way more more zoom
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon Coolpix P100

              Nikon Coolpix P100

              Super zoom

              $512

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Wide angle Has a slightly narrower wide angle lens
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $630 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 Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $649 - $650 body only

              $620 - $650 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

              $359

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

              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Super zoom

              $209 - $210

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Olympus OM-D E-M1

              Olympus OM-D E-M1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $825 - $1,249 body only

              $1,450 - $2,049 with 12-40mm lens

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Built-in flash No built-in flash
              Image stabilization Worse image stabilization
              Sony CyberShot DSC-H300

              Sony CyberShot DSC-H300

              Super zoom

              $168

              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Screen size Larger screen
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Aperture Narrower aperture

              Pentax X90 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix P90

              Nikon Coolpix P90

              Super zoom

              $450

              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Screen size Larger screen
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Pentax K-x

              Pentax K-x

              Entry-level DSLR

              $500 with 18-55mm lens

              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Weight Heavier
              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 HS10

              Fujifilm FinePix HS10

              Super zoom

              $400

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Size Significantly larger
              Weight Significantly heavier
              Pentax X-5

              Pentax X-5

              Super zoom

              $178

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Size Larger

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