As well as being compared against other pro digicams, the Canon PowerShot S40 is also often compared to mirrorless, entry-level DSLRs, super zooms, travel zooms and compacts. The Canon PowerShot S40's top rivals come from Panasonic (such as the Lumix DMC-GX7 and the Lumix DMC-TZ60) and Nikon (such as the Coolpix P510 and the D3000)

compared toPro digicam competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon S40 compared to other pro digicam competitors include: it is significantly less expensive ($157.18 vs $599.00).

However, on average it has a slightly narrower aperture (f/2.8 vs f/2), has a much narrower wide angle lens (35 mm vs 28 mm), has a slightly smaller screen (1.8" vs 2.8"), doesn't have image stabilization (none vs lens) and takes slightly lower resolution photos (3.9 MP vs 12 MP).

Fujifilm Finepix X10

Fujifilm Finepix X10
10 years newer
$750

Significant advantages of the X10 (vs the S40)

  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None
  • Much better wide angle: 28 mm vs 35 mm
  • Significantly wider aperture: f/2 vs f/2.8

Significant disadvantages of the X10 (vs the S40)

  • None found

common strengths of the X10 and S40

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Both have tunnel viewfinders: Tunnel vs Tunnel

Canon PowerShot S60

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2 years newer

Significant advantages of the S60 (vs the S40)

  • Much better wide angle: 28 mm vs 35 mm
  • Faster max shutter speed: 1/2000 of a second vs 1/1500 of a second

Significant disadvantages of the S60 (vs the S40)

  • None found

common strengths of the S60 and S40

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Both have tunnel viewfinders: Tunnel vs Tunnel

Canon PowerShot S30

Canon PowerShot S30
similar age

Significant advantages of the S30 (vs the S40)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the S30 (vs the S40)

  • None found

common strengths of the S30 and S40

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Both have tunnel viewfinders: Tunnel vs Tunnel

compared toMirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon S40 compared to mirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors include: it is slightly smaller (mid size (112×58×42 mm) vs standard size (123×71×55 mm)), is significantly less expensive ($157.18 vs $4,049.21) and is thinner (1.7" vs 2.2").

However, on average it has a much smaller screen (1.8" vs 3"), doesn't have image stabilization (none vs sensor shift), takes significantly lower resolution photos (3.9 MP vs 16 MP), doesn't have a touch screen and doesn't have a screen which flips out.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7
11 years newer

Significant advantages of the DMC-GX7 (vs the S40)

  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 1.8"
  • Image stabilization:
    1. Sensor shift
    vs None
  • Has a touch screen

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-GX7 (vs the S40)

  • None found

common strengths of the DMC-GX7 and S40

  • Light weight: 402 g vs 323 g
  • Each has a built-in flash

compared toEntry-level DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon S40 compared to entry-level DSLR competitors include: it is much smaller (mid size (112×58×42 mm) vs prosumer size (126×97×64 mm)), is significantly less expensive ($157.18 vs $636.68), is thinner (1.7" vs 2.5") and is slightly lighter (323 g vs 485 g).

However, on average it has a much smaller screen (1.8" vs 3"), takes much lower resolution photos (3.9 MP vs 10 MP), doesn't shoot as fast continuously (1.5 fps vs 3 fps), has a much smaller sensor (1/1.8" 7.18x5.32mm vs APS-C 23.6x15.8mm) and has a lower quality type of viewfinder (tunnel vs pentamirror).

Nikon D3000

Nikon D3000
7 years newer
$637 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D3000 (vs the S40)

  • Much higher true resolution: 10 MP vs 3.9 MP
  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 1.8"
  • Has a through-the-lens viewfinder: Pentamirror vs Tunnel

Significant disadvantages of the D3000 (vs the S40)

  • Much larger: Prosumer size (126×97×64 mm) vs Mid size (112×58×42 mm)
  • Much thicker: 2.5" vs 1.7"
  • Heavier: 485 g vs 323 g

common strengths of the D3000 and S40

  • Very small: Prosumer size (126×97×64 mm) vs Mid size (112×58×42 mm)
  • Very thin: 2.5" vs 1.7"

compared toSuper zoom competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon S40 compared to super zoom competitors include: it is slightly smaller (mid size (112×58×42 mm) vs professional size (120×83×102 mm)), is thinner (1.7" vs 4") and is slightly lighter (323 g vs 555 g).

However, on average it has a much narrower wide angle lens (35 mm vs 24 mm), has a much smaller screen (1.8" vs 3"), doesn't have image stabilization (none vs lens), takes significantly lower resolution photos (3.9 MP vs 9.7 MP) and doesn't shoot as fast continuously (1.5 fps vs 7 fps).

Nikon Coolpix P510

Nikon Coolpix P510
10 years newer
$299

Significant advantages of the P510 (vs the S40)

  • Much better wide angle: 24 mm vs 35 mm
  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None
  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 1.8"

Significant disadvantages of the P510 (vs the S40)

  • Larger: Professional size (120×83×102 mm) vs Mid size (112×58×42 mm)
  • Significantly thicker: 4" vs 1.7"

common strengths of the P510 and S40

  • Fairly small: Professional size (120×83×102 mm) vs Mid size (112×58×42 mm)
  • Light weight: 555 g vs 323 g
  • Thin: 4" vs 1.7"

compared toTravel zoom competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon S40 compared to travel zoom competitors include: it has a slightly wider aperture (f/2.8 vs f/3.3), is much less expensive ($157.18 vs $2,192.19) and slightly longer exposures (15 seconds vs 4 seconds).

However, on average it has much less zoom (3x vs 30x), has a much narrower wide angle lens (35 mm vs 24 mm), doesn't have a built-in GPS, has a much smaller screen (1.8" vs 3") and doesn't have image stabilization (none vs lens).

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60
12 years newer
$2,192

Significant advantages of the DMC-TZ60 (vs the S40)

  • Much better wide angle: 24 mm vs 35 mm
  • Has a GPS
  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-TZ60 (vs the S40)

  • None found

common strengths of the DMC-TZ60 and S40

  • None found

compared toCompact competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon S40 compared to compact competitors include: it has a slightly wider aperture (f/2.8 vs f/3.6), has a slightly larger screen (1.8" vs 1.5"), has a marginally larger sensor (1/1.8" 7.18x5.32mm vs 1/3" 5.27x3.96mm) and slightly longer exposures (15 seconds vs 1 seconds).

However, on average it has a slightly narrower wide angle lens (35 mm vs 33 mm), is slightly larger (mid size (112×58×42 mm) vs compact (111×58×37 mm)), is older (october 2001 vs february 2003), is thicker (1.7" vs 1.5") and is significantly heavier (323 g vs 225 g).

Canon PowerShot A300

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1 year newer

Significant advantages of the A300 (vs the S40)

  • Significantly lighter: 225 g vs 323 g
  • Thinner: 1.5" vs 1.7"
  • Significantly faster max shutter speed: 1/2000 of a second vs 1/1500 of a second

Significant disadvantages of the A300 (vs the S40)

  • Narrower aperture: f/3.6 vs f/2.8

common strengths of the A300 and S40

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Both have tunnel viewfinders: Tunnel vs Tunnel