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

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
 
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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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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 SP-800 UZ Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Olympus Stylus SP-820UZ iHS

Olympus Stylus SP-820UZ iHS

Super zoom

$195 - $280

Image stabilization Image stabilization
Movie format Higher resolution movies
Aperture Narrower aperture
Continuous shooting Shoots significantly slower
Nikon Coolpix L820

Nikon Coolpix L820

Super zoom

$180 - $279

Image stabilization Image stabilization
Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
Aperture Narrower aperture
Continuous shooting Shoots slightly slower
Nikon Coolpix L810

Nikon Coolpix L810

Super zoom

$198

Image stabilization Image stabilization
Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
Aperture Narrower aperture
Shutter lag Significantly more shutter lag
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
Olympus SP-600 UZ

Olympus SP-600 UZ

Super zoom

Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
Screen size Significantly smaller screen

Pentax X90 Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Kodak EasyShare Z981

Kodak EasyShare Z981

Super zoom

Screen size Significantly larger screen
Supports RAW Shoots RAW
Size Larger
Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
Nikon Coolpix P90

Nikon Coolpix P90

Super zoom

Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
Screen size Significantly larger screen
Movie format Lower resolution movies
Shutter lag More shutter lag
Pentax X-5

Pentax X-5

Super zoom

$134 - $262

Movie format Higher resolution movies
Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
Aperture Narrower aperture
Size Larger
Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

Travel zoom

$349 - $354

Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
Movie format Higher resolution movies
Aperture Narrower aperture
Macro focus Significantly worse macro capability
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

appearance

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