Fujifilm X-S1

Winner
Fujifilm X-S1

66

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Pentax X90

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Pentax X90

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Reasons to buy the Fujifilm X-S1

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens
Flip-out screen
Screen flips out
Great for movies
In-camera panoramas
Panorama
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
External mic jack
External mic jack
Record higher quality audio with a microphone
 

Reasons to buy the Pentax X90

Size
Really small
Prosumer size 112x81x99 mm
Weight
Light-weight
428 g
 

differences

Advantages of the Fujifilm X-S1

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Movie format
Higher resolution movies
1080p @ 30fps vs 720p
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video
External mic jack
Has an external mic jack
Yes vs No
Help
Record high quality audio with an external microphone
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
Sensor type
Has a CMOS-family sensor
CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Panorama
Can create panoramas in-camera
Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Screen size
Larger screen
3.0" vs 2.7"
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More than 10% larger screen
Screen resolution
Higher resolution screen
460k dots vs 230k dots
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2x higher resolution screen
Sensor size
Significantly larger sensor
2/3" 8.8x6.6mm vs 1/2.3" 6.1x4.6mm
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More than 2x larger sensor
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
Supports RAW
Shoots RAW
Yes vs No
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Digitally develop your own photos with precise image control
True resolution
Higher true resolution
12 MP vs 9.8 MP
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Capture more than 20% more detail in your photos
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
7 fps vs 1.1 fps
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More than 6x faster continuous shooting
Light sensitivity (boost)
Has boost ISO
12,800 ISO vs None
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Allows taking photos in darker situations, often at the cost of additional noise in the image
External flash
Supports an external flash
Yes vs No
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An external flash often produces better looking flash images
Longest exposure
Longer exposures
30s vs 4s
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7.5x longer exposures
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Advantages of the Pentax X90

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Size
Much smaller
112x81x99 mm vs 135x107x149 mm
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2.4x smaller
Weight
Much lighter
428 g vs 920 g
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2.1x lighter
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
6,400 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The X90's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
Thickness
Significantly thinner
3.9" vs 5.9"
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More than 30% thinner
Lowest price
Cheaper
$245.00 vs $409.99
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The best price we've seen is $165 cheaper (more than 40% less)
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              similarities

              Compared to recent digicams

              Common Strengths
              Macro focus Good macro capabilities Help
              X-S1:1 cm
              X90:0.9 cm
              Viewfinder Both have digital viewfinders Help
              Digital
              Common Weaknesses
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              X-S1:5.9"
              X90:3.9"
              Weight Heavy Help
              X-S1:920 g
              X90:428 g
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Size Large Help
              X-S1:135x107x149 mm
              X90:112x81x99 mm

              Compared to recent super zooms

              Common Strengths

              Snapsort is not aware of any interesting strengths shared by these two products.

              Common Weaknesses
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              26x
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              X-S1:460k dots
              X90:230k dots

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Super zoom

              $349

              Zoom Has much more zoom
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Battery life Has a significantly shorter battery life
              Fujifilm FinePix HS30 EXR

              Fujifilm FinePix HS30 EXR

              Super zoom

              $432

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Fujifilm FinePix HS35EXR

              Fujifilm FinePix HS35EXR

              Super zoom

              $254

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Light sensitivity Significantly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70

              Super zoom

              $248 - $330

              Zoom Has way more more zoom
              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $550 body only

              $549 - $630 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Weight Is slightly heavier

              Fujifilm X-S1 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Fujifilm FinePix HS50EXR

              Fujifilm FinePix HS50EXR

              Super zoom

              $299 - $314

              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Sensor size Significantly smaller sensor
              True resolution Lower true resolution
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

              Super zoom

              $350 - $598

              Size Much smaller
              3D Takes 3D photos
              Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality
              Sensor size Significantly smaller sensor
              Fujifilm FinePix S1

              Fujifilm FinePix S1

              Super zoom

              $339 - $380

              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              Size Significantly smaller
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Sensor size Significantly smaller sensor
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000

              Pro digicam

              $792 - $898

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Zoom Less zoom
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $309 - $527 body only

              $389 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              Sensor size Much larger sensor
              Overall image quality Much better image quality
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out

              Pentax X90 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix P600

              Nikon Coolpix P600

              Super zoom

              $320 - $397

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Nikon Coolpix P500

              Nikon Coolpix P500

              Super zoom

              $350

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Canon PowerShot SD980 IS

              Canon PowerShot SD980 IS

              Compact

              $204

              Size Significantly smaller
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Zoom Less zoom
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Nikon Coolpix P90

              Nikon Coolpix P90

              Super zoom

              $200

              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Screen size Larger screen
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Pentax X70

              Pentax X70

              Super zoom

              Size Slightly smaller
              Thickness Slightly thinner
              Macro focus Much worse macro capability

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