• 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 10.0 megapixels
  • 35.00mm - 105.00mm (35mm eq.)
  • 1/2.33 inch 28.2mm2
  • 12.0 megapixels
  • 26.00mm - 676.00mm (35mm eq.)

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Differences

Canon SD790 IS advantages over Olympus SP-590UZ

  • Less expensive
    $350 vs $450 (MSRP)
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Thinner
    20 mm vs 98 mm
    Thinner
  • Lighter weight
    179g vs 373g
    Lighter weight
  • Higher extended ISO
    3200 vs 1600 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Olympus SP-590UZ advantages over Canon SD790 IS

  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Eye-level vs Rear display only
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • More telephoto lens reach
    676 mm vs 105 mm
    Capture objects farther away
  • Manual focus
    Yes vs No
    AF is for the weak. Real photographers focus manually.
  • More pixels
    12.0 vs 10.0 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Wider angle lens
    26 mm vs 35 mm
    Capture more of the scene
  • Bulb shutter
    Bulb vs No bulb
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Both provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Internal flash
    Both provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash

Common Weaknesses

  • Focus peaking
    Neither provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • Touchscreen
    Neither provide
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • In-camera panoramas
    Neither provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Tiltable Screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • RAW file ability
    Neither provide
    Gives you more flexibility to develop your photos later
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Neither provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • NFC
    Neither provide
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Neither provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Neither provide
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Integrated ND filter
    Neither provide
    Shoot in daylight with a large aperture or slow shutter
  • External Mic Jack
    Neither provide
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • HDMI out
    Neither provide
    Use an external screen to monitor or review video
  • Hot shoe
    Neither provide
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Slow-motion videos
    Neither provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

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The Competition

Compared to Panasonic DMC-FX35

Canon SD790 IS
Panasonic DMC-FX35
  • $201
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Fast startup
  • Less shutter lag
  • $350
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Wider angle lens
  • Longer exposure
Olympus SP-590UZ
Panasonic DMC-FX35
  • $450
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • $350
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Thinner

Compared to Canon SD770 IS

Canon SD790 IS
Canon SD770 IS
  • $201
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less shutter lag
  • Higher extended ISO
  • $212
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Eye-level viewfinder
Olympus SP-590UZ
Canon SD770 IS
  • $450
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • Manual focus
  • $212
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Thinner

Compared to Canon SD880 IS

Canon SD790 IS
Canon SD880 IS
  • $201
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • $300
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Manual focus
Olympus SP-590UZ
Canon SD880 IS
  • $450
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • $300
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Thinner

Compared to Pentax X70

Canon SD790 IS
Pentax X70
  • $201
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Longer stills battery life
  • Thinner
  • $400
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • Tiltable Screen
Olympus SP-590UZ
Pentax X70
  • $450
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Manual focus
  • Longer exposure
  • $400
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Faster shutter

Compared to Pentax X90

Canon SD790 IS
Pentax X90
  • $201
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Fast startup
  • Longer stills battery life
  • $400
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • More telephoto lens reach
Olympus SP-590UZ
Pentax X90
  • $450
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Manual focus
  • Longer exposure
  • $400
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • HDMI out
  • Faster shutter
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