• 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 12.1 megapixels
  • 35.00mm - 140.00mm (35mm eq.)
  • 1/1.63 inch 46.2mm2
  • 10.0 megapixels
  • 28.00mm - 112.00mm (35mm eq.)

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Differences

Sony DSC-T90 advantages over Olympus XZ-1

  • Less expensive
    $299 vs $500 (MSRP)
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • More telephoto lens reach
    140 mm vs 112 mm
    Capture objects farther away
  • Thinner
    15 mm vs 42 mm
    Thinner
  • Lighter weight
    151g vs 274g
    Lighter weight
  • More pixels
    12.1 vs 10.0 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    100 vs 14 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)

Olympus XZ-1 advantages over Sony DSC-T90

  • Larger sensor
    1/1.63 inch vs 1/2.3 inch
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 2.15 vs 1.54 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Larger lens aperture
    f/1.8 vs f/3.5
    Take photos in low-light or isolate your subject
  • RAW file ability
    Yes vs No
    Gives you more flexibility to develop your photos later
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 320 vs 220 shots
    Capture more photos
  • Integrated ND filter
    Yes vs No
    Shoot in daylight with a large aperture or slow shutter
  • HDMI out
    HDMI out vs None
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video
  • More dots on screen
    614k vs 230k dots
    Can mean greater resolution or a brighter screen
  • Hot shoe
    Hot shoe vs None
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Wider angle lens
    28 mm vs 35 mm
    Capture more of the scene
  • Longer exposure
    60 vs 1 sec
    Long exposures for night shots
  • Bulb shutter
    Bulb vs No bulb
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    2.0 fps vs 1.8 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Faster shutter
    1/2000 vs 1/1000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light
  • Higher extended ISO
    6400 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
  • Internal flash
    Both provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Manual focus
    Both provide
    AF is for the weak. Real photographers focus manually.

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
  • 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
  • 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
  • External Mic Jack
    Neither provide
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • 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 Sony DSC-T900

Sony DSC-T90
Sony DSC-T900
  • $299
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • $379
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More dots on screen
Olympus XZ-1
Sony DSC-T900
  • $500
  • 1/1.63 inch
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
  • $379
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • More telephoto lens reach

Compared to Sony DSC-TX5

Sony DSC-T90
Sony DSC-TX5
  • $299
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • $349
  • 1/2.4 inch
  • Wider angle lens
  • Longer exposure
Olympus XZ-1
Sony DSC-TX5
  • $500
  • 1/1.63 inch
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
  • $349
  • 1/2.4 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Thinner

Compared to Samsung TL500

Sony DSC-T90
Samsung TL500
  • $299
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • $450
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
Olympus XZ-1
Samsung TL500
  • $500
  • 1/1.63 inch
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • Integrated ND filter
  • $450
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Higher effective ISO

Compared to Sony DSC-TX9

Sony DSC-T90
Sony DSC-TX9
  • $299
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • $225
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • HDMI out
  • More dots on screen
Olympus XZ-1
Sony DSC-TX9
  • $500
  • 1/1.63 inch
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
  • $225
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Thinner

Compared to Olympus XZ-2

Sony DSC-T90
Olympus XZ-2
  • $299
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • $199
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
Olympus XZ-1
Olympus XZ-2
  • $500
  • 1/1.63 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Lighter weight
  • $199
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Touchscreen
  • In-camera panoramas
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