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
Weight
Light-weight
428 g
Viewfinder
Great viewfinder
Digital
 

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
Shutter lag Less shutter lag 280 ms vs 430 ms
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More than 30% less delay when taking photos
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
HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
You could do HDR manually
Supports RAW No RAW support Help
Less editing fidelity
Size Large Help
SP-800 UZ:110x90x91 mm
X90:112x81x99 mm
Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
230k dots
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
3D Neither camera can take 3D photos Help
No 3d support
Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
Less flexible
Image stabilization One has image stabilization Help
SP-800 UZ:None
X90:Sensor shift
Wide angle Poor wide angle Help
SP-800 UZ:28 mm
X90:26 mm
Zoom Poor zoom Help
SP-800 UZ:30x
X90:26x

competitors

Shared Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150

Super zoom

$704

Movie format Records higher quality movies
Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
Weight Is slightly heavier
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ28

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ28

Super zoom

$700

Image stabilization Has better image stabilization
Supports RAW Shoots RAW
Nikon Coolpix P100

Nikon Coolpix P100

Super zoom

$300

Movie format Records higher quality movies
Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen

Olympus SP-800 UZ Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Kodak Easyshare Z990 MAX

Kodak Easyshare Z990 MAX

Super zoom

Image stabilization Image stabilization
Movie format Higher resolution movies
Continuous shooting Shoots slower
Size Slightly larger
Fujifilm FinePix S4000

Fujifilm FinePix S4000

Super zoom

$299

Image stabilization Image stabilization
Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
Aperture Narrower aperture
Continuous shooting Shoots significantly slower
Olympus SP-620 UZ

Olympus 620 UZ

Travel zoom

$144

Image stabilization Image stabilization
Size Significantly smaller
Aperture Narrower aperture
Zoom Less zoom
Olympus SP-810 UZ

Olympus SP-810 UZ

Super zoom

$169

Image stabilization Image stabilization
Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
Continuous shooting Shoots significantly slower
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ50

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ50

Pro digicam

$528

Image stabilization Image stabilization
Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
Screen size Much smaller screen
Wide angle Much worse wide angle

Pentax X90 Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

Super zoom

$399 - $400

Zoom Much more zoom
Supports 24p Supports 24p
Aperture Narrower aperture
Size Larger
Pentax X-5

Pentax X-5

Super zoom

$179 - $200

Movie format Higher resolution movies
Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
Aperture Narrower aperture
Size Larger
Fujifilm FinePix S9000 Zoom

Fujifilm FinePix S9000 Zoom

Pro digicam

Supports RAW Shoots RAW
Sensor size Larger sensor
Screen size Much smaller screen
Image stabilization No image stabilization
Pentax Optio I-10

Pentax Optio I-10

Compact

Size Significantly smaller
Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
Macro focus Much worse macro capability
Fujifilm FinePix HS20 EXR

Fujifilm FinePix HS20 EXR

Super zoom

Movie format Higher resolution movies
Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
Size Significantly larger
Weight Significantly heavier

appearance

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discussion

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