Updated (July, 2011): Compare the Olympus SP-810 UZ vs Pentax X90

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Reasons to buy the Pentax X90

Macro focus
Great macro
0.9 cm
Viewfinder
Great viewfinder
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Reasons to buy the Olympus SP-800 UZ

Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
280 ms shutter lag
Macro focus
Great macro
1 cm
 
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differences

Advantages of the Olympus SP-800 UZ

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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
Continuous shooting Shoots significantly faster 10 fps vs 1.1 fps
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Around 9x faster continuous shooting
Light sensitivity (boost) Has boost ISO 10,000 ISO vs None
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Allows taking photos in darker situations, often at the cost of additional noise in the image
Zoom Slightly more zoom 30x vs 26x
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More than 30% more zoom
Thickness Slightly thinner 3.6" vs 3.9"
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Around 10% thinner
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Advantages of the Pentax X90

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Image stabilization Image stabilization Sensor shift vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
Wide angle Better wide angle 26 mm vs 28 mm
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Around 10% better wide angle
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
Viewfinder Has a viewfinder Digital vs None
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A viewfinder can help save battery life by keeping the screen turned off
Lowest price Cheaper $245.00 vs $506.48
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The best price we've seen is $261 cheaper (2.1x less)
Weight Slightly lighter 428 g vs 455 g
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Around 10% lighter
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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 Common Weaknesses
              Macro focus Good macro capabilities Help
              SP-800 UZ:1 cm
              X90:0.9 cm
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              SP-800 UZ:3.6"
              X90:3.9"
              Sensor type Lower-end sensor types Help
              CCD
              Weight Heavy Help
              SP-800 UZ:455 g
              X90:428 g
              Supports RAW No RAW support Help
              Less editing fidelity
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              230k dots
              Size Large Help
              SP-800 UZ:110x90x91 mm
              X90:112x81x99 mm
              Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
              SP-800 UZ:280 ms
              X90:430 ms
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Movie format HD (720p) video Help
              SP-800 UZ:720p @ 30fps
              X90:720p

              Compared to recent super zooms

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Weight Light weight Help
              SP-800 UZ:455 g
              X90:428 g
              External flash No external flash support Help
              Less expandable
              External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
              Limited to the in-camera mic
              Image stabilization One has image stabilization Help
              SP-800 UZ:None
              X90:Sensor shift
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              SP-800 UZ:30x
              X90:26x
              Wide angle Poor wide angle Help
              SP-800 UZ:28 mm
              X90:26 mm

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Fujifilm FinePix S4000

              Fujifilm FinePix S4000

              Super zoom

              $149

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
              Canon PowerShot SX30 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX30 IS

              Super zoom

              $508

              Image stabilization Has better image stabilization
              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Fujifilm FinePix S2950

              Fujifilm FinePix S2950

              Super zoom

              $299

              Size Is slightly smaller
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
              Nikon Coolpix L320

              Nikon Coolpix L320

              Super zoom

              $220

              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture

              Olympus SP-800 UZ Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix ZS40

              Panasonic Lumix ZS40

              Travel zoom

              $389 - $448

              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Macro focus Worse macro capability
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

              Travel zoom

              $279

              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Macro focus Worse macro capability
              Canon Rebel SL1

              Canon Rebel SL1

              Entry-level DSLR

              $449 - $599 body only

              $549 - $599 with 18-55mm lens

              Sensor size Much larger sensor
              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Continuous shooting Shoots slower
              Olympus SP-810 UZ

              Olympus SP-810 UZ

              Super zoom

              $205

              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              3D Takes 3D photos
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro capability
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Travel zoom

              $298 - $368

              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro capability

              Pentax X90 Competitors

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              Olympus SP-590 UZ

              Olympus SP-590 UZ

              Super zoom

              $229

              Image stabilization Better image stabilization
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $550 body only

              $549 - $575 with 18-55mm lens

              Sensor size Much larger sensor
              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Size Larger
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ28

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ28

              Super zoom

              $400

              Image stabilization Better image stabilization
              Supports RAW Shoots RAW
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Zoom Less zoom
              Pentax X-5

              Pentax X-5

              Super zoom

              $240

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Size Larger
              Nikon Coolpix L820

              Nikon Coolpix L820

              Super zoom

              $171 - $270

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

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