The Canon PowerShot A40 is mostly gets compared to entry-level DSLRs, compacts and super zooms. The Canon PowerShot A40's top rivals come from Canon (such as the PowerShot SD980 IS) and Sony (such as the Alpha DSLR-A230)

compared toEntry-level DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon PowerShot A40 compared to entry-level DSLR competitors include: it is much smaller (mid size (110×71×38 mm) vs prosumer size (128×97×68 mm)), is thinner (1.5" vs 2.7") and is slightly lighter (350 g vs 490 g).

However, on average it has a much smaller screen (1.5" vs 2.7"), doesn't have image stabilization (none vs sensor shift), takes much lower resolution photos (1.9 MP vs 10 MP), has a much smaller sensor (1/3" 5.27x3.96mm vs APS-C 23.5x15.7mm) and has a lower quality type of viewfinder (tunnel vs pentamirror).

Sony Alpha DSLR-A230

Sony Alpha DSLR-A230
7 years newer

Significant advantages of the DSLR-A230 (vs the PowerShot A40)

  • Much higher true resolution: 10 MP vs 1.9 MP
  • Much larger screen: 2.7" vs 1.5"
  • Image stabilization:
    1. Sensor shift
    vs None

Significant disadvantages of the DSLR-A230 (vs the PowerShot A40)

  • Much larger: Prosumer size (128×97×68 mm) vs Mid size (110×71×38 mm)
  • Much thicker: 2.7" vs 1.5"

common strengths of the DSLR-A230 and PowerShot A40

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size (128×97×68 mm) vs Mid size (110×71×38 mm)
  • Very thin: 2.7" vs 1.5"

compared toCompact competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon PowerShot A40 compared to compact competitors include: it has a viewfinder (tunnel vs none).

However, on average it has a much narrower wide angle lens (35 mm vs 24 mm), has a much smaller screen (1.5" vs 3"), is much larger (mid size (110×71×38 mm) vs super compact (100×53×23 mm)), doesn't have image stabilization (none vs lens) and takes significantly lower resolution photos (1.9 MP vs 9.8 MP).

Canon PowerShot SD980 IS

Canon PowerShot SD980 IS
7 years newer

Significant advantages of the SD980 IS (vs the PowerShot A40)

  • Much better wide angle: 24 mm vs 35 mm
  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None
  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 1.5"

Significant disadvantages of the SD980 IS (vs the PowerShot A40)

  • No viewfinder: None vs Tunnel

common strengths of the SD980 IS and PowerShot A40

  • Wide aperture: f/2.8 vs f/2.8
  • Each has a built-in flash

compared toSuper zoom competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon PowerShot A40 compared to super zoom competitors include: it is significantly smaller (mid size (110×71×38 mm) vs large (130×98×126 mm)), is thinner (1.5" vs 5") and is significantly lighter (350 g vs 730 g).

However, on average it has a much narrower wide angle lens (35 mm vs 24 mm), has a much smaller screen (1.5" vs 3"), doesn't have image stabilization (none vs sensor shift), takes significantly lower resolution photos (1.9 MP vs 10.6 MP) and slightly lower maximum light sensitivity (400 ISO vs 6,400 ISO).

Fujifilm FinePix HS25 EXR

Fujifilm FinePix HS25 EXR
10 years newer
$299

Significant advantages of the HS25 EXR (vs the PowerShot A40)

  • Much better wide angle: 24 mm vs 35 mm
  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 1.5"
  • Image stabilization:
    1. Sensor shift
    vs None

Significant disadvantages of the HS25 EXR (vs the PowerShot A40)

  • Significantly larger: Large (130×98×126 mm) vs Mid size (110×71×38 mm)
  • Much thicker: 5" vs 1.5"
  • Significantly heavier: 730 g vs 350 g

common strengths of the HS25 EXR and PowerShot A40

  • Light weight: 730 g vs 350 g