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

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Reasons to buy the Pentax X90

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
Light sensitivity
High ISO
6,400 ISO
Viewfinder
Great viewfinder
Digital
 

Reasons to buy the Olympus SP-800 UZ

Screen size
Large screen
3.0"
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
 
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differences

Advantages of the Olympus SP-800 UZ

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Screen size Significantly larger screen 3.0" vs 2.7"
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More than 10% larger screen
Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
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
Shutter lag Less shutter lag 280 ms vs 430 ms
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More than 30% less delay when taking photos
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
Longest exposure Slightly longer exposures 4s vs 1/4s
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16x longer exposures
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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"
Weight Heavy Help
SP-800 UZ:455 g
X90:428 g
Sensor type Lower-end sensor types Help
CCD
HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
You could do HDR manually
Size Large Help
SP-800 UZ:110x90x91 mm
X90:112x81x99 mm
3D Neither camera can take 3D photos Help
No 3d support
Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
230k dots
Movie format HD (720p) video Help
SP-800 UZ:720p @ 30fps
X90:720p
High-speed framerate No high speed movie support Help
Not supported

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
Supports RAW No RAW support Help
Less editing fidelity
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

competitors

Shared Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Olympus SP-810 UZ

Olympus SP-810 UZ

Super zoom

$170 - $200

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 Stylus SP-820UZ iHS

Olympus Stylus SP-820UZ iHS

Super zoom

$195 - $280

Zoom Has slightly more zoom
Movie format Records higher quality movies
Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
Nikon D3100

Nikon D3100

Entry-level DSLR

$392 - $427 with 18-55mm lens

Movie format Records higher quality movies
True resolution Takes much higher resolution photos
Nikon Coolpix L820

Nikon Coolpix L820

Super zoom

$180 - $279

Movie format Records higher quality movies
Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens

Olympus SP-800 UZ Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ62

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ62

Super zoom

$530

Image stabilization Image stabilization
Movie format Higher resolution movies
Zoom Less zoom
Light sensitivity (boost) Worse boost ISO
Olympus SP-720UZ

Olympus 720UZ

Super zoom

$142 - $190

Image stabilization Image stabilization
Movie format Higher resolution movies
Macro focus Much worse macro capability
Aperture Narrower aperture
Olympus SP-590 UZ

Olympus SP-590 UZ

Super zoom

Image stabilization Image stabilization
Wide angle Better wide angle
Screen size Significantly smaller screen
Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
Nikon D5100

Nikon D5100

Entry-level DSLR

$437 - $520 body only

$528 - $696 with 18-55mm lens

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

Pentax X90 Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Casio Exilim EX-ZR200

Casio Exilim ZR-200

Travel zoom

$159

High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
Continuous shooting Shoots much faster
Zoom Less zoom
Aperture Narrower aperture
Canon Rebel T3i

Canon Rebel T3i

Entry-level DSLR

$499 - $749 body only

$550 - $600 with 18-55mm lens

Sensor size Much larger sensor
Autofocus Faster autofocus
Image stabilization No image stabilization
Size Larger
Samsung WB100

Samsung WB100

Super zoom

$224

Screen size Significantly larger screen
3D Takes 3D photos
Macro focus Much worse macro capability
Aperture Narrower aperture
Pentax X-5

Pentax X-5

Super zoom

$134

Movie format Higher resolution movies
Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
Aperture Narrower aperture
Size Larger
Fujifilm FinePix HS50EXR

Fujifilm FinePix HS50EXR

Super zoom

$349 - $441

Autofocus Faster autofocus
Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
Size Much larger
Weight Much heavier

appearance

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