• 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 10.0 megapixels
  • 33.00mm - 396.00mm (35mm eq.)
  • 1/2.33 inch 28.2mm2
  • 12.1 megapixels
  • 26.00mm - 676.00mm (35mm eq.)

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Differences

Fujifilm S1500 advantages over Pentax X90

  • Less expensive
    $250 vs $400 (MSRP)
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Thinner
    67 mm vs 109 mm
    Thinner
  • Lighter weight
    325g vs 438g
    Lighter weight
  • Longer exposure
    8 vs 4 sec
    Long exposures for night shots
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    1.4 fps vs 1.1 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)

Pentax X90 advantages over Fujifilm S1500

  • More telephoto lens reach
    676 mm vs 396 mm
    Capture objects farther away
  • HDMI out
    HDMI out vs None
    Use an external screen to monitor or review video
  • More pixels
    12.1 vs 10.0 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Wider angle lens
    26 mm vs 33 mm
    Capture more of the scene
  • Faster shutter
    1/4000 vs 1/2000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light

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

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
  • 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
  • Hot shoe
    Neither provide
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • 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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The Competition

Compared to Fujifilm S1000fd

Fujifilm S1500
Fujifilm S1000fd
  • $250
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Higher extended ISO
  • $250
  • 1/2.3 inch
Pentax X90
Fujifilm S1000fd
  • $400
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • $250
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Thinner

Compared to Canon SX110 IS

Fujifilm S1500
Canon SX110 IS
  • $250
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $300
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Longer stills battery life
  • Manual focus
Pentax X90
Canon SX110 IS
  • $400
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • $300
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Bigger pixels

Compared to Nikon P90

Fujifilm S1500
Nikon P90
  • $250
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Longer stills battery life
  • $400
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Tiltable Screen
  • More telephoto lens reach
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 Pentax X70

Fujifilm S1500
Pentax X70
  • $250
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Longer stills battery life
  • $400
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Tiltable Screen
  • More telephoto lens reach
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 SX120 IS

Fujifilm S1500
Canon SX120 IS
  • $250
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Larger sensor
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $215
  • 1/2.5 inch
  • Longer stills battery life
  • Manual focus
Pentax X90
Canon SX120 IS
  • $400
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Larger sensor
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $215
  • 1/2.5 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Longer stills battery life
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