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
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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
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
280 ms shutter lag
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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        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

        Nikon Coolpix L810

        Nikon Coolpix L810

        Super zoom

        $189

        Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
        Screen resolution Has a much higher resolution screen
        Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
        Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
        Nikon Coolpix P500

        Nikon Coolpix P500

        Super zoom

        $328

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

        Olympus SP-800 UZ Competitors

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        Disadvantages

        Fujifilm FinePix S4500

        Fujifilm FinePix S4500

        Super zoom

        $190

        Image stabilization Image stabilization
        Wide angle Better wide angle
        Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
        Aperture Narrower aperture
        Olympus SP-810 UZ

        Olympus SP-810 UZ

        Super zoom

        $319

        Image stabilization Image stabilization
        3D Takes 3D photos
        Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
        Macro focus Significantly worse macro capability
        Nikon D3200

        Nikon D3200

        Entry-level DSLR

        $319 body only

        $477 with 18-55mm lens

        Sensor size Much larger sensor
        True resolution Much higher true resolution
        Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
        Continuous shooting Shoots slower
        Olympus SP-600 UZ

        Olympus SP-600 UZ

        Super zoom

        $204

        Aperture Narrower aperture
        Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
        Canon PowerShot SX30 IS

        Canon PowerShot SX30 IS

        Super zoom

        $420

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

        Pentax X90 Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Pentax X-5

        Pentax X-5

        Super zoom

        $244 - $324

        Movie format Higher resolution movies
        Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
        Aperture Narrower aperture
        Size Larger
        Nikon Coolpix P90

        Nikon Coolpix P90

        Super zoom

        $450

        Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
        Screen size Larger screen
        Movie format Lower resolution movies
        Lowest price More expensive
        Fujifilm FinePix S1

        Fujifilm FinePix S1

        Super zoom

        $377 - $499

        Zoom Significantly more zoom
        Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
        Size Larger
        Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
        Pentax X70

        Pentax X70

        Super zoom

        Size Slightly smaller
        Thickness Slightly thinner
        Macro focus Much worse macro capability
        Nikon D3100

        Nikon D3100

        Entry-level DSLR

        $273 body only

        $427 - $489 with 18-55mm lens

        Sensor size Much larger sensor
        Autofocus Faster autofocus
        Image stabilization No image stabilization
        Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity

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