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

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
Great viewfinder
Viewfinder
Digital
Fast shutter speed
Fastest shutter speed
1/4000 of a second
 

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

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
Lowest price
Significantly cheaper
$245.00 vs $455.91
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The best price we've seen is $211 cheaper (around 50% less)
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 UZ:1 cm
              X90:0.9 cm
              Common Weaknesses
              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 flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              230k dots
              Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
              SP-800 UZ:280 ms
              X90:430 ms
              Size Large Help
              SP-800 UZ:110x90x91 mm
              X90:112x81x99 mm
              Movie format HD (720p) video Help
              SP-800 UZ:720p @ 30fps
              X90:720p

              Compared to recent super zooms

              Common Strengths
              Weight Light weight Help
              SP-800 UZ:455 g
              X90:428 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
              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

              Olympus SP-810 UZ

              Olympus SP-810 UZ

              Super zoom

              $260

              Size Is slightly smaller
              3D Captures 3D images
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro focusing

              Olympus SP-800 UZ Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SD880 IS

              Canon PowerShot SD880 IS

              Compact

              $599

              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Size Significantly smaller
              Zoom Less zoom
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Samsung NX300

              Samsung NX300

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $466 - $608 with 18-55mm lens

              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              True resolution Much higher true resolution
              Built-in flash No built-in flash
              Continuous shooting Shoots slightly slower
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000

              Pro digicam

              $715 - $898

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Size Significantly larger
              Zoom Less zoom
              Olympus C-750 UZ

              Olympus C-750 UZ

              Super zoom

              Size Smaller
              External flash Supports an external flash
              Screen size Much smaller screen
              Wide angle Much worse wide angle
              Olympus SP-570 UZ

              Olympus SP-570 UZ

              Super zoom

              $600

              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Supports RAW Shoots RAW
              Screen size Smaller screen
              Movie format Lower resolution movies

              Pentax X90 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix P500

              Nikon Coolpix P500

              Super zoom

              $350

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Canon Rebel SL1

              Canon Rebel SL1

              Entry-level DSLR

              $399 - $549 body only

              $499 - $500 with 18-55mm lens

              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Lowest price More expensive
              Pentax X-5

              Pentax X-5

              Super zoom

              $269

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Size Larger
              Nikon Coolpix P600

              Nikon Coolpix P600

              Super zoom

              $300 - $349

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              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 Significantly more expensive

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