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

Pentax X90 vs Olympus SP-800 UZ

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Reasons to buy the Pentax X90

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
High ISO
Light sensitivity
6,400 ISO
Great viewfinder
Viewfinder
Digital
Fast shutter speed
Fastest shutter speed
1/4000 of a second
 

Reasons to buy the Olympus SP-800 UZ

Screen size
Large screen
3.0"
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
Fastest shutter speed
Significantly faster max shutter speed
1/4000s vs 1/2000s
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2x faster max shutter speed
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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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
              Aperture Wide aperture Help
              f/2.8
              Macro focus Good macro capabilities Help
              SP-800 UZ1 cm
              X900.9 cm
              Common Weaknesses
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              SP-800 UZ3.6"
              X903.9"
              Sensor type Lower-end sensor types Help
              CCD
              Weight Heavy Help
              SP-800 UZ455 g
              X90428 g
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Movie format HD (720p) video Help
              SP-800 UZ720p @ 30fps
              X90720p
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              230k dots
              Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
              SP-800 UZ280 ms
              X90430 ms
              Size Large Help
              SP-800 UZ110x90x91 mm
              X90112x81x99 mm
              Image stabilization One has image stabilization Help
              SP-800 UZNone
              X90Sensor shift

              Compared to recent super zooms

              Common Strengths
              Weight Light weight Help
              SP-800 UZ455 g
              X90428 g
              Common Weaknesses
              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
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              SP-800 UZ30x
              X9026x
              Wide angle Poor wide angle Help
              SP-800 UZ28 mm
              X9026 mm

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix L820

              Nikon Coolpix L820

              Super zoom

              $160

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 body only

              $399 - $419 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Super zoom

              $329 - $430

              Zoom Has significantly more zoom
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ40

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ40

              Super zoom

              $606

              Image stabilization Has better image stabilization
              Supports RAW Shoots RAW
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Nikon Coolpix L810

              Nikon Coolpix L810

              Super zoom

              $310

              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Screen resolution Has a much higher resolution screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
              Fujifilm FinePix HS10

              Fujifilm FinePix HS10

              Super zoom

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier

              Olympus SP-800 UZ Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus SP-810 UZ

              Olympus SP-810 UZ

              Super zoom

              $293

              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              3D Takes 3D photos
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Continuous shooting Shoots significantly slower
              Olympus SP-550 UZ

              Olympus SP-550 UZ

              Super zoom

              $529

              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Supports RAW Shoots RAW
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Olympus Stylus SP-820UZ iHS

              Olympus Stylus SP-820UZ iHS

              Super zoom

              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Continuous shooting Shoots significantly slower
              Olympus C-750 UZ

              Olympus C-750 UZ

              Super zoom

              Size Smaller
              External flash Supports an external flash
              Screen size Much smaller screen
              Wide angle Much worse wide angle
              Canon PowerShot SX20 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX20 IS

              Super zoom

              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching

              Pentax X90 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Pentax X-5

              Pentax X-5

              Super zoom

              $259

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Size Larger
              Pentax K-x

              Pentax K-x

              Entry-level DSLR

              $999 with 18-55mm lens

              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Weight Heavier
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $231 body only

              $355 with 18-55mm lens

              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX200V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX200V

              Super zoom

              $500

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Weight Heavier
              Nikon Coolpix P100

              Nikon Coolpix P100

              Super zoom

              $314

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Fastest shutter speed Significantly slower max shutter speed

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