Updated (February 2010): Compare the Olympus SP-800 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
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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Screen size
Significantly larger screen
3" vs 2.7"
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More than 10% larger screen
Continuous shooting
Shoots much faster
10 fps vs 1.1 fps
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Around 9x faster continuous shooting
Panorama
Can create panoramas in-camera
Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
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
              Longest exposure Short max exposure time Help
              SP-800 UZ1/4s
              X904s
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              SP-800 UZ3.6"
              X903.9"
              Sensor type Lower-end sensor types Help
              CCD
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Weight Heavy Help
              SP-800 UZ455 g
              X90428 g
              Supports RAW No RAW support Help
              Less editing fidelity
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
              SP-800 UZ280 ms
              X90430 ms
              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

              Compared to recent super zooms

              Common Strengths
              Weight Light weight Help
              SP-800 UZ455 g
              X90428 g
              Common Weaknesses
              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
              Supports 24p No support for 24p Help
              Missing that film look
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Image stabilization One has image stabilization Help
              SP-800 UZNone
              X90
              1. Sensor shift
              Wide angle Poor wide angle Help
              SP-800 UZ28 mm
              X9026 mm
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              SP-800 UZ30x
              X9026x

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70

              Super zoom

              $220 - $228

              Zoom Has much more zoom
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon Coolpix L310

              Nikon Coolpix L310

              Super zoom

              Size Is slightly smaller
              Shutter lag Has much less shutter lag
              Macro focus Much worse macro focusing
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX100v

              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX100v

              Super zoom

              $810

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Pentax X-5

              Pentax X-5

              Super zoom

              $256

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture

              Olympus SP-800 UZ Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus SP-810 UZ

              Olympus SP-810 UZ

              Super zoom

              $226

              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              3D Takes 3D photos
              Continuous shooting Shoots much slower
              Macro focus Much worse macro capability
              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Super zoom

              $239

              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Fujifilm FinePix S8600

              Fujifilm FinePix S8600

              Super zoom

              $85 - $180

              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Macro focus Much worse macro capability
              Aperture Slightly narrower aperture
              Olympus Stylus 830

              Olympus Stylus 830

              Compact

              $272

              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Size Significantly smaller
              Wide angle Significantly worse wide angle
              Screen size Much smaller screen
              Canon PowerShot SX400 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX400 IS

              Super zoom

              $149 - $616

              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Continuous shooting Shoots much slower

              Pentax X90 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix P90

              Nikon Coolpix P90

              Super zoom

              $450

              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Canon PowerShot SX60 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX60 HS

              Super zoom

              $394 - $480

              Zoom Much more zoom
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Size Larger
              Fujifilm X-S1

              Fujifilm X-S1

              Pro digicam

              $439

              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              Size Much larger
              Weight Much heavier
              Pentax X70

              Pentax X70

              Super zoom

              Size Slightly smaller
              Thickness Slightly thinner
              Macro focus Much worse macro capability
              Placeholder

              Pentax Optio 430RS

              Compact

              Size Significantly smaller
              Aperture Wider aperture
              Screen size Much smaller screen
              Macro focus Much worse macro capability

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