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

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Reasons to buy the Pentax X90

Light sensitivity
High ISO
6,400 ISO
Viewfinder
Great viewfinder
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Reasons to buy the Olympus SP-800 UZ

Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
10 fps
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
Light sensitivity (boost)
High ISO (boost)
10,000 ISO
 
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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
Weight Slightly lighter 428 g vs 455 g
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Around 10% lighter
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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
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
Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
Less flexible
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

Olympus SP-590 UZ

Olympus SP-590 UZ

Super zoom

Image stabilization Has better image stabilization
Movie format Records lower quality movies
Olympus SP-810 UZ

Olympus SP-810 UZ

Super zoom

$319

Size Is slightly smaller
3D Captures 3D images
Macro focus Significantly worse macro focusing
Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

Super zoom

$399 - $400

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

Olympus SP-800 UZ Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Olympus Stylus SP-820UZ iHS

Olympus Stylus SP-820UZ iHS

Super zoom

Image stabilization Image stabilization
Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
Aperture Narrower aperture
Continuous shooting Shoots slower
Olympus TG-610

Olympus TG-610

Waterproof

$276

Image stabilization Image stabilization
Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
Zoom Less zoom
Nikon Coolpix P100

Nikon Coolpix P100

Super zoom

$330

Image stabilization Image stabilization
Movie format Higher resolution movies
Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
Light sensitivity (boost) No boost ISO
Sony CyberShot DSC-H200

Sony CyberShot DSC-H200

Super zoom

$239

Image stabilization Image stabilization
Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
Aperture Narrower aperture
Continuous shooting Shoots significantly slower
Fujifilm FinePix S4200

Fujifilm FinePix S4200

Super zoom

$230

Image stabilization Image stabilization
Wide angle Better wide angle
Aperture Narrower aperture
Continuous shooting Shoots significantly slower

Pentax X90 Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Nikon Coolpix L320

Nikon Coolpix L320

Super zoom

$207

Wide angle Better wide angle
Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
Aperture Narrower aperture
Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70

Super zoom

$298 - $319

Zoom Much more zoom
Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
Size Significantly larger
Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
Pentax XG-1

Pentax XG-1

Super zoom

$339 - $347

Zoom Much more zoom
Movie format Higher resolution movies
Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
Size Larger
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ50

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ50

Pro digicam

$548

Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
Image stabilization Better image stabilization
Wide angle Much worse wide angle
Screen size Much smaller screen
Canon Rebel T3i

Canon Rebel T3i

Entry-level DSLR

$499 - $648 body only

$200 - $570 with 18-55mm lens

Sensor size Much larger sensor
Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
Image stabilization No image stabilization
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