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

Pentax X90

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Olympus SP-800 UZ

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Reasons to buy the Pentax X90

Wide aperture
Aperture
f/2.8
Great viewfinder
Viewfinder
Digital
 

Reasons to buy the Olympus SP-800 UZ

Aperture
Wide aperture
f/2.8
Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
10 fps
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
280 ms shutter lag
 

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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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
              SP-800 UZ:1 cm
              X90:0.9 cm
              Common Weaknesses
              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
              Weight Light weight Help
              SP-800 UZ:455 g
              X90:428 g
              Common Weaknesses
              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

              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
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX200V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX200V

              Super zoom

              $886

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Screen resolution Has a much higher resolution screen
              Weight Is slightly heavier

              Olympus SP-800 UZ Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              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
              Olympus Stylus SP-820UZ iHS

              Olympus Stylus SP-820UZ iHS

              Super zoom

              $320

              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Continuous shooting Shoots slower
              Canon PowerShot SD880 IS

              Canon PowerShot SD880 IS

              Compact

              $599

              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Size Significantly smaller
              Zoom Less zoom
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Canon PowerShot IXUS 145

              Canon PowerShot IXUS 145

              Travel zoom

              $150

              Size Significantly smaller
              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Zoom Less zoom
              Canon Rebel T3

              Canon Rebel T3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $389 - $418 body only

              $399 - $520 with 18-55mm lens

              Sensor size Much larger sensor
              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Screen size Smaller screen

              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
              Nikon Coolpix P600

              Nikon Coolpix P600

              Super zoom

              $299 - $397

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

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