• 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 10.0 megapixels
  • 35.00mm - 105.00mm (35mm eq.)
  • 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 18.2 megapixels
  • 25.00mm - 250.00mm (35mm eq.)

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Differences

Canon SD790 IS advantages over Sony QX10

  • Rear display
    Yes vs No
    Review photos on the back of the camera
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 1.69 vs 1.26 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Larger lens aperture
    f/2.8 vs f/3.3
    Take photos in low-light or isolate your subject
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 330 vs 220 shots
    Capture more photos
  • Internal flash
    Internal flash vs None
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Thinner
    20 mm vs 33 mm
    Thinner
  • Longer exposure
    15 vs 4 sec
    Long exposures for night shots

Sony QX10 advantages over Canon SD790 IS

  • Focus peaking
    Peaker vs Non-peaker
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Wi-Fi vs None
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • More telephoto lens reach
    250 mm vs 105 mm
    Capture objects farther away
  • Newer
    5 years vs 11 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • Lighter weight
    105g vs 179g
    Lighter weight
  • More pixels
    18.2 vs 10.0 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Wider angle lens
    25 mm vs 35 mm
    Capture more of the scene
  • Bulb shutter
    Bulb vs No bulb
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures
  • Higher extended ISO
    12800 vs 3200 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Both provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds

Common Weaknesses

  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Neither provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • 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 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
  • Manual focus
    Neither provide
    AF is for the weak. Real photographers focus manually.
  • 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 HDMI output 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

User reviews

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Review Excerpt

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
Sony QX10
Panasonic DMC-FX35
  • $269
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • $350
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Rear display
  • Bigger pixels

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
Sony QX10
Canon SD770 IS
  • $269
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • $212
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Rear display
  • Eye-level viewfinder

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
Sony QX10
Canon SD880 IS
  • $269
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • $300
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Rear display
  • Bigger pixels

Compared to Sony WX80

Canon SD790 IS
Sony WX80
  • $201
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Bigger pixels
  • Larger lens aperture
  • $203
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
Sony QX10
Sony WX80
  • $269
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • Bulb shutter
  • $203
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Rear display
  • Less expensive

Compared to Nikon S3500

Canon SD790 IS
Nikon S3500
  • $201
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Bigger pixels
  • Larger lens aperture
  • $250
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • More telephoto lens reach
Sony QX10
Nikon S3500
  • $269
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • $250
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Rear display
  • Internal flash
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