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

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Pentax X90

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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
Barely any delay taking photos
Shutter lag
320 ms shutter lag
 

Reasons to buy the Pentax X90

Light sensitivity
High ISO
6,400 ISO
Weight
Light-weight
428 g
 

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
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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
Help
Around 30% lighter
Lowest price
Cheaper
$245.00 vs $507.95
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The best price we've seen is $263 cheaper (2.1x less)
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
              Macro focus Good macro capabilities Help
              SX30 IS:0 cm
              X90:0.9 cm
              Viewfinder Both have digital viewfinders Help
              Digital
              Common Weaknesses
              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
              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
              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

              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 IS:35x
              X90:26x

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Super zoom

              $349 - $500

              Zoom Has significantly more zoom
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $550 body only

              $549 - $630 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon Coolpix P500

              Nikon Coolpix P500

              Super zoom

              $350

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              Aperture Has a significantly narrower aperture
              Nikon Coolpix P600

              Nikon Coolpix P600

              Super zoom

              $299 - $397

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

              Canon PowerShot SX30 IS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              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

              $207 - $229

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Nikon Coolpix P100

              Nikon Coolpix P100

              Super zoom

              $353

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              Zoom Less zoom
              Image stabilization Worse image stabilization
              Canon PowerShot SX10 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX10 IS

              Super zoom

              $500

              Size Smaller
              Thickness Thinner
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Zoom Less zoom
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $310 - $527 body only

              $389 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              Sensor size Much larger sensor
              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out

              Pentax X90 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix P530

              Nikon Coolpix P530

              Super zoom

              $297

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Olympus PEN E-PL7

              Olympus PEN E-PL7

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $599 body only

              $699 with 14-42mm lens

              Sensor size Much larger sensor
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Viewfinder No viewfinder
              Lowest price Significantly more expensive
              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX100v

              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX100v

              Super zoom

              $604

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Wide angle Slightly worse wide angle
              Fujifilm FinePix HS35EXR

              Fujifilm FinePix HS35EXR

              Super zoom

              $254 - $290

              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Size Significantly larger
              Weight Significantly heavier
              Olympus SP-590 UZ

              Olympus SP-590 UZ

              Super zoom

              $209

              Image stabilization Better image stabilization
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity

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