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

Canon PowerShot SX30 IS

Winner
Canon PowerShot SX30 IS

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Pentax X90

48

Pentax X90

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
Viewfinder
Great viewfinder
Digital
 

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
Zoom
More zoom
35x vs 26x
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More than 80% more zoom
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
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
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
Help
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
Help
Around 30% lighter
Lowest price
Cheaper
$245.00 vs $456.00
Help
The best price we've seen is $211 cheaper (around 50% less)
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
              Macro focus Good macro capabilities Help
              SX30 IS:0 cm
              X90:0.9 cm
              Viewfinder Both have digital viewfinders Help
              Digital
              Fastest shutter speed Fast max shutter speeds Help
              SX30 IS:1/3200s
              X90:1/4000s
              Common Weaknesses
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              SX30 IS:4.3"
              X90:3.9"
              Light sensitivity (boost) No boost ISO Help
              Lacks boost light sensitivity
              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
              Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
              SX30 IS:320 ms
              X90:430 ms
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              1.1 fps
              Size Large Help
              SX30 IS:123x92x108 mm
              X90:112x81x99 mm
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              230k dots
              Screen size Very small screens Help
              2.7"
              Movie format HD (720p) video Help
              SX30 IS:720p @ 30fps
              X90:720p

              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
              Supports 24p No support for 24p Help
              Missing that film look
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              SX30 IS:35x
              X90:26x

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix P500

              Nikon Coolpix P500

              Super zoom

              $350

              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 T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $648 body only

              $550 - $620 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300

              Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300

              Super zoom

              $418

              Zoom Has significantly more zoom
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon Coolpix P530

              Nikon Coolpix P530

              Super zoom

              $199 - $329

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture

              Canon PowerShot SX30 IS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Super zoom

              $349 - $350

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Zoom More zoom
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Macro focus Worse macro capability
              Canon Powershot SX40

              Canon Powershot SX40

              Super zoom

              $405

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

              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Super zoom

              $209 - $239

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Super zoom

              $189 - $227

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Canon PowerShot SX400 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX400 IS

              Super zoom

              $149 - $249

              Size Significantly smaller
              Screen size Larger screen
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out

              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
              Lowest price More expensive
              Olympus SZ-30MR

              Olympus SZ-30MR

              Travel zoom

              $292

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Size Significantly smaller
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Macro focus Worse macro capability
              Pentax X-5

              Pentax X-5

              Super zoom

              $219

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Size Larger
              Kodak Easyshare Z990 MAX

              Kodak Easyshare Z990 MAX

              Super zoom

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Size Slightly larger
              Nikon Coolpix L820

              Nikon Coolpix L820

              Super zoom

              $149 - $270

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity

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