As well as being compared against other super zooms, the Canon Powershot SX40 is also often compared to entry-level DSLRs, travel zooms, pro digicams and mirrorless. The Canon Powershot SX40's top rivals come from Nikon (such as the Coolpix L340 and the D40) and Canon (such as the PowerShot SX620 HS and the PowerShot SX420 IS)

compared toSuper zoom competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon SX40 compared to other super zoom competitors include: it has a slightly wider aperture (f/2.7 vs f/3.1), has better image stabilization (lens vs none), has a screen which flips out, has a CMOS-family sensor (CMOS vs CCD) and is slightly less expensive ($428.98 vs $1,698.00).

However, on average it has a much narrower wide angle lens (24 mm vs 4 mm), has a much smaller screen (2.7" vs 3"), has a significantly lower resolution screen (230k dots vs 1,440k dots), lacks and external mic jack and has a significantly shorter battery life (380 shots vs 540 shots).

Nikon Coolpix L340

Nikon Coolpix L340
3 years newer
$237

Significant advantages of the L340 (vs the SX40)

  • Much better wide angle: 4 mm vs 24 mm
  • Much longer battery life: 960 shots vs 380 shots
  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.7"

Significant disadvantages of the L340 (vs the SX40)

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Lens
  • Has a CCD-family sensor: CCD vs CMOS
  • Screen does not flip out

common strengths of the L340 and SX40

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size (111×76×83 mm) vs Professional size (123×92×108 mm)
  • Great battery life: 960 shots vs 380 shots
  • Light weight: 430 g vs 600 g

Canon PowerShot SX420 IS

Canon PowerShot SX420 IS
4 years newer
$229 - $237

Significant advantages of the PowerShot SX420 IS (vs the SX40)

  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.7"

Significant disadvantages of the PowerShot SX420 IS (vs the SX40)

  • Significantly narrower aperture: f/3.5 vs f/2.7
  • Has a CCD-family sensor: CCD vs CMOS
  • Much shorter battery life: 195 shots vs 380 shots

common strengths of the PowerShot SX420 IS and SX40

  • Fairly small: Standard size (104×69×85 mm) vs Professional size (123×92×108 mm)
  • Light weight: 325 g vs 600 g
  • Thin: 3.3" vs 4.3"

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200
10 months newer
$534

Significant advantages of the DMC-FZ200 (vs the SX40)

  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.7"
  • Much longer battery life: 540 shots vs 380 shots
  • Has an external mic jack

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-FZ200 (vs the SX40)

  • None found

common strengths of the DMC-FZ200 and SX40

  • Fairly small: Professional size (125×87×110 mm) vs Professional size (123×92×108 mm)
  • Great battery life: 540 shots vs 380 shots
  • Light weight: 588 g vs 600 g

Canon PowerShot SX540 HS

Canon PowerShot SX540 HS
4 years newer
$399 - $426

Significant advantages of the PowerShot SX540 HS (vs the SX40)

  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.7"

Significant disadvantages of the PowerShot SX540 HS (vs the SX40)

  • Significantly narrower aperture: f/3.4 vs f/2.7
  • Much shorter battery life: 205 shots vs 380 shots
  • Screen does not flip out

common strengths of the PowerShot SX540 HS and SX40

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size (120×82×92 mm) vs Professional size (123×92×108 mm)
  • Light weight: 442 g vs 600 g
  • Thin: 3.6" vs 4.3"

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 IV

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6 years newer
$1,698

Significant advantages of the Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 IV (vs the SX40)

  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,440k dots vs 230k dots
  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.7"
  • Better maximum light sensitivity: 25,600 ISO vs 3,200 ISO

Significant disadvantages of the Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 IV (vs the SX40)

  • Significantly heavier: 1,095 g vs 600 g
  • Significantly slower max shutter speed: 1/2000 of a second vs 1/3200 of a second

common strengths of the Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 IV and SX40

  • Wide aperture: f/2.4 vs f/2.7
  • Great battery life: 400 shots vs 380 shots
  • Each supports an external flash

Nikon Coolpix L330

Nikon Coolpix L330
3 years newer

Significant advantages of the L330 (vs the SX40)

  • Much better wide angle: 4 mm vs 24 mm
  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.7"

Significant disadvantages of the L330 (vs the SX40)

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Lens
  • Has a CCD-family sensor: CCD vs CMOS
  • Screen does not flip out

common strengths of the L330 and SX40

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size (111×76×83 mm) vs Professional size (123×92×108 mm)
  • Great battery life: 370 shots vs 380 shots
  • Light weight: 430 g vs 600 g

compared toEntry-level DSLR competitors

Nikon D40

Nikon D40
4 years older
$975 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D40 (vs the SX40)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the D40 (vs the SX40)

  • None found

common strengths of the D40 and SX40

  • None found

Canon Rebel T2i

Canon EOS Rebel T2i
1 year older

Significant advantages of the T2i (vs the SX40)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the T2i (vs the SX40)

  • None found

common strengths of the T2i and SX40

  • None found

Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi

Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi
5 years older

Significant advantages of the Rebel XTi (vs the SX40)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the Rebel XTi (vs the SX40)

  • None found

common strengths of the Rebel XTi and SX40

  • None found

Canon Rebel T3

Canon Rebel T3
7 months older
$394 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the T3 (vs the SX40)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the T3 (vs the SX40)

  • None found

common strengths of the T3 and SX40

  • None found

Sony SLT A55

Sony SLT-A55
1 year older

Significant advantages of the SLT A55 (vs the SX40)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the SLT A55 (vs the SX40)

  • None found

common strengths of the SLT A55 and SX40

  • None found

Nikon D60

Nikon D60
3 years older
$398 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D60 (vs the SX40)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the D60 (vs the SX40)

  • None found

common strengths of the D60 and SX40

  • None found

compared toTravel zoom competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon SX40 compared to travel zoom competitors include: it has a significantly wider aperture (f/2.7 vs f/3.5), has a screen which flips out, has a significantly longer battery life (380 shots vs 265 shots), has higher quality type of viewfinder (digital vs none) and supports an external flash.

However, on average it doesn't have a built-in GPS, has a much smaller screen (2.7" vs 3"), has a much lower resolution screen (230k dots vs 922k dots), is significantly larger (professional size (123×92×108 mm) vs compact (106×61×33 mm)) and is older (september 2011 vs january 2016).

Canon PowerShot SX620 HS

Canon PowerShot SX620 HS
4 years newer
$179 - $249

Significant advantages of the PowerShot SX620 HS (vs the SX40)

  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.7"
  • Much higher resolution screen: 922k dots vs 230k dots
  • Significantly smaller: Compact (97×57×28 mm) vs Professional size (123×92×108 mm)

Significant disadvantages of the PowerShot SX620 HS (vs the SX40)

  • Narrower aperture: f/3.2 vs f/2.7
  • Screen does not flip out
  • Significantly shorter battery life: 295 shots vs 380 shots

common strengths of the PowerShot SX620 HS and SX40

  • Inexpensive: $179.49 vs $428.98

Canon PowerShot SX740 HS

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6 years newer
$338 - $399

Significant advantages of the PowerShot SX740 HS (vs the SX40)

  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.7"
  • Much higher resolution screen: 922k dots vs 230k dots
  • Smaller: Mid size (110×64×40 mm) vs Professional size (123×92×108 mm)

Significant disadvantages of the PowerShot SX740 HS (vs the SX40)

  • Significantly narrower aperture: f/3.3 vs f/2.7
  • Much shorter battery life: 265 shots vs 380 shots
  • No external flash support

common strengths of the PowerShot SX740 HS and SX40

  • Inexpensive: $338.00 vs $428.98
  • Fast max shutter speeds: 1/3200 of a second vs 1/3200 of a second

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS60 (Lumix DMC-TZ80)

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS60 (Lumix DMC-TZ80)
4 years newer

Significant advantages of the Lumix DMC-ZS60 (Lumix DMC-TZ80) (vs the SX40)

  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,040k dots vs 230k dots
  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.7"
  • Shoots much faster: 40 fps vs 10.3 fps

Significant disadvantages of the Lumix DMC-ZS60 (Lumix DMC-TZ80) (vs the SX40)

  • Significantly narrower aperture: f/3.3 vs f/2.7
  • Screen does not flip out
  • Shorter battery life: 320 shots vs 380 shots

common strengths of the Lumix DMC-ZS60 (Lumix DMC-TZ80) and SX40

  • None found

Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

Canon PowerShot SX600 HS
2 years newer
$359

Significant advantages of the SX600 HS (vs the SX40)

  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.7"
  • Significantly smaller: Compact (104×61×26 mm) vs Professional size (123×92×108 mm)
  • Significantly thinner: 1" vs 4.3"

Significant disadvantages of the SX600 HS (vs the SX40)

  • Much narrower aperture: f/3.8 vs f/2.7
  • Screen does not flip out
  • Significantly shorter battery life: 290 shots vs 380 shots

common strengths of the SX600 HS and SX40

  • Inexpensive: $359.00 vs $428.98

Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

Canon PowerShot SX260 HS
4 months newer
$492

Significant advantages of the SX260 HS (vs the SX40)

  • Has a GPS
  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.7"
  • Significantly smaller: Compact (106×61×33 mm) vs Professional size (123×92×108 mm)

Significant disadvantages of the SX260 HS (vs the SX40)

  • Significantly narrower aperture: f/3.5 vs f/2.7
  • Much shorter battery life: 210 shots vs 380 shots
  • Screen does not flip out

common strengths of the SX260 HS and SX40

  • Inexpensive: $492.00 vs $428.98
  • Fast max shutter speeds: 1/3200 of a second vs 1/3200 of a second

compared toPro digicam competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon SX40 compared to pro digicam competitors include: it has a slightly wider wide angle lens (24 mm vs 28 mm), shoots faster continuously (10.3 fps vs 2 fps), has a screen which flips out, has a CMOS-family sensor (CMOS vs CCD) and has a significantly longer battery life (380 shots vs 230 shots).

However, on average it has a slightly narrower aperture (f/2.7 vs f/1.8), has a much smaller screen (2.7" vs 3"), has a significantly lower resolution screen (230k dots vs 922k dots), is slightly larger (professional size (123×92×108 mm) vs compact (100×59×29 mm)) and slightly lower maximum light sensitivity (3,200 ISO vs 12,800 ISO).

Canon PowerShot S120

Canon PowerShot S120
1 year newer
$1,331

Significant advantages of the S120 (vs the SX40)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the S120 (vs the SX40)

  • None found

common strengths of the S120 and SX40

  • None found

Canon PowerShot G12

Canon PowerShot G12
1 year older
$2,042

Significant advantages of the G12 (vs the SX40)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the G12 (vs the SX40)

  • None found

common strengths of the G12 and SX40

  • None found

compared toMirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon SX40 compared to mirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors include: it records higher quality movies (1080p @ 24fps vs 720p @ 30fps), has higher quality type of viewfinder (digital vs none), records high-speed movies (240 fps vs none), has image stabilization (lens vs none) and records movies in 24p.

However, on average it has a much smaller screen (2.7" vs 3"), has a much lower resolution screen (230k dots vs 920k dots), takes slightly lower resolution photos (9.7 MP vs 14 MP), has a slightly smaller sensor (1/2.3" 6.17x4.55mm vs APS-C 23.4x15.6mm) and lacks and external mic jack.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G10

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G10
1 year older

Significant advantages of the DMC-G10 (vs the SX40)

  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.7"
  • Has interchangeable lenses
  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 460k dots vs 230k dots

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-G10 (vs the SX40)

  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 240 fps
  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Lens
  • No 24p support

common strengths of the DMC-G10 and SX40

  • Each has a built-in flash

Sony Alpha NEX-3

Sony Alpha NEX-3
1 year older
$398 (body only)

Significant advantages of the NEX-3 (vs the SX40)

  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.7"
  • Much higher resolution screen: 920k dots vs 230k dots
  • Has interchangeable lenses

Significant disadvantages of the NEX-3 (vs the SX40)

  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 240 fps
  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Lens
  • No 24p support

common strengths of the NEX-3 and SX40

  • Inexpensive: $398.00 vs $428.98