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

Great macro
Macro focus
0.9 cm
Great viewfinder
Viewfinder
Digital
Fast shutter speed
Fastest shutter speed
1/4000 of a second
 

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
Macro focus
Great macro
1.0 cm

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differences

Advantages of the Olympus SP-800 UZ

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Screen size
Significantly larger screen
3" 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
  1. 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 2 f-stops 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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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
              Macro focus Good macro capabilities Help
              SP-800 UZ1.0 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
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              230k dots
              Size Large Help
              SP-800 UZ110×90×91 mm
              X90112×81×99 mm
              Movie format HD (720p) video Help
              SP-800 UZ720p @ 30fps
              X90720p
              Image stabilization One has image stabilization Help
              SP-800 UZNone
              X90
              1. Sensor shift

              Compared to recent super zooms

              Common Strengths
              Aperture Wide aperture Help
              f/2.8
              Weight Light weight Help
              SP-800 UZ455 g
              X90428 g
              Common Weaknesses
              Longest exposure Short max exposure time Help
              SP-800 UZ1/4s
              X904s
              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
              Sensor size Very small sensors Help
              1/2.3" 6.13x4.6mm
              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

              No significant shared competitors found.

              Olympus SP-800 UZ Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix L820

              Nikon Coolpix L820

              Super zoom

              $160

              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              3D Takes 3D photos
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Continuous shooting Shoots slower
              Olympus Stylus SP-820UZ iHS

              Olympus Stylus SP-820UZ iHS

              Super zoom

              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Continuous shooting Shoots significantly slower
              Nikon Coolpix L810

              Nikon Coolpix L810

              Super zoom

              $173

              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              3D Takes 3D photos
              Continuous shooting Shoots significantly slower
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Fujifilm FinePix HS10

              Fujifilm FinePix HS10

              Super zoom

              $400

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Size Significantly larger
              Light sensitivity (boost) No boost ISO
              Fujifilm FinePix S4500

              Fujifilm FinePix S4500

              Super zoom

              $169

              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Continuous shooting Shoots significantly slower

              Pentax X90 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix P90

              Nikon Coolpix P90

              Super zoom

              $445

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

              Pentax X-5

              Super zoom

              $210

              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Size Larger
              Pentax X70

              Pentax X70

              Super zoom

              Size Slightly smaller
              Thickness Slightly thinner
              Macro focus Much worse macro capability
              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $677 body only

              $430 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Much higher true resolution
              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Casio Exilim EX-ZR200

              Casio Exilim ZR-200

              Travel zoom

              $279

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

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