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
 

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 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
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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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
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
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
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

Nikon Coolpix P500

Nikon Coolpix P500

Super zoom

$335

Movie format Records higher quality movies
Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V

Super zoom

$478

Zoom Has much more zoom
Movie format Records higher quality movies
Weight Is significantly heavier
Size Is slightly larger
Canon Powershot SX40

Canon Powershot SX40

Super zoom

$325 - $390

Movie format Records higher quality movies
Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
Thickness Is thicker
Weight Is slightly heavier
Olympus SP-570 UZ

Olympus SP-570 UZ

Super zoom

$295

Image stabilization Has better image stabilization
Supports RAW Shoots RAW
Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
Movie format Records lower quality movies
Canon Rebel T3

Canon Rebel T3

Entry-level DSLR

$290 - $380 body only

$399 - $499 with 18-55mm lens

True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
Nikon D5100

Nikon D5100

Entry-level DSLR

$352 - $415 body only

$495 - $797 with 18-55mm lens

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

$180 - $329

Image stabilization Image stabilization
3D Takes 3D photos
Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
Continuous shooting Shoots significantly slower
Canon PowerShot SX20 IS

Canon PowerShot SX20 IS

Super zoom

$550

Image stabilization Image stabilization
Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
Screen size Significantly smaller screen
Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
Fujifilm FinePix S4000

Fujifilm FinePix S4000

Super zoom

Image stabilization Image stabilization
Wide angle Better wide angle
Aperture Narrower aperture
Continuous shooting Shoots significantly slower
Nikon Coolpix L830

Nikon Coolpix L830

Super zoom

$227

Image stabilization Image stabilization
Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
Aperture Narrower aperture
Continuous shooting Shoots slower
Olympus SP-590 UZ

Olympus SP-590 UZ

Super zoom

Image stabilization Image stabilization
Wide angle Better wide angle
Screen size Smaller screen
Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching

Pentax X90 Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Canon Rebel T3i

Canon Rebel T3i

Entry-level DSLR

$499 - $774 body only

$200 - $729 with 18-55mm lens

Sensor size Much larger sensor
Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
Image stabilization No image stabilization
Size Larger
Pentax X-5

Pentax X-5

Super zoom

$199 - $324

Movie format Higher resolution movies
Wide angle Better wide angle
Aperture Narrower aperture
Size Larger
Pentax XG-1

Pentax XG-1

Super zoom

$350 - $400

Zoom Much more zoom
Movie format Higher resolution movies
Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
Size Larger
Fujifilm X-S1

Fujifilm X-S1

Pro digicam

$449 - $675

Movie format Higher resolution movies
External mic jack Has an external mic jack
Size Much larger
Weight Much heavier

appearance

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discussion

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