• 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 10.0 megapixels
  • 28.00mm - 560.00mm (35mm eq.)
  • 1/2.33 inch 28.2mm2
  • 12.1 megapixels
  • 26.00mm - 676.00mm (35mm eq.)

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Differences

Canon SX1 IS advantages over Pentax X90

  • Tiltable Screen
    Tiltable vs Fixed
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • RAW file ability
    Yes vs No
    Gives you more flexibility to develop your photos later
  • Fast startup
    ~2.20 vs 2.9 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 420 vs 255 shots
    Capture more photos
  • Hot shoe
    Hot shoe vs None
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Shoots 1080p video
    Yes vs No
    You'll want this if you shoot video
  • Longer exposure
    15 vs 4 sec
    Long exposures for night shots
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    3.8 fps vs 1.1 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    14 vs 9 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)

Pentax X90 advantages over Canon SX1 IS

  • Less expensive
    $400 vs $600 (MSRP)
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • More telephoto lens reach
    676 mm vs 560 mm
    Capture objects farther away
  • Lighter weight
    438g vs 585g
    Lighter weight
  • More pixels
    12.1 vs 10.0 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Higher extended ISO
    6400 vs 3200 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Both provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • 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
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video

Common Weaknesses

  • Focus peaking
    Neither provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Touchscreen
    Neither provide
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • In-camera panoramas
    Neither provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • 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
  • 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
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Bulb shutter
    Neither provide
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures
  • Slow-motion videos
    Neither provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

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Review Excerpt

The Competition

Compared to Canon SX10 IS

Canon SX1 IS
Canon SX10 IS
  • $600
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • RAW file ability
  • HDMI out
  • $400
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Longer stills battery life
Pentax X90
Canon SX10 IS
  • $400
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • HDMI out
  • $400
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Longer stills battery life

Compared to Nikon P90

Canon SX1 IS
Nikon P90
  • $600
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • RAW file ability
  • Longer stills battery life
  • $400
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Less expensive
  • More pixels
Pentax X90
Nikon P90
  • $400
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Longer stills battery life
  • HDMI out
  • $400
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Longer exposure

Compared to Sony DSC-HX1

Canon SX1 IS
Sony DSC-HX1
  • $600
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • RAW file ability
  • Hot shoe
  • $499
  • 1/2.4 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Manual focus
Pentax X90
Sony DSC-HX1
  • $400
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Less expensive
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • $499
  • 1/2.4 inch
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Longer stills battery life

Compared to Pentax X70

Canon SX1 IS
Pentax X70
  • $600
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • RAW file ability
  • Longer stills battery life
  • $400
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Lighter weight
Pentax X90
Pentax X70
  • $400
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Longer stills battery life
  • HDMI out
  • $400
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Faster JPEG shooting

Compared to Canon SX20 IS

Canon SX1 IS
Canon SX20 IS
  • $600
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • RAW file ability
  • Shoots 1080p video
  • $400
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Longer stills battery life
Pentax X90
Canon SX20 IS
  • $400
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • Lighter weight
  • $400
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Longer stills battery life
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