As well as being compared against other ultra compacts, the Canon PowerShot SD940 IS is also often compared to travel zooms, mirrorless, waterproofs, pro digicams, entry-level DSLRs and compacts. The Canon PowerShot SD940 IS's top rivals come from Canon (such as the PowerShot ELPH 170 IS and the PowerShot SX260 HS) and Panasonic (such as the Lumix DMC-ZS50 and the Lumix DMC-GX7)

compared toUltra compact competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon SD940 IS compared to other ultra compact competitors include: it has a slightly wider wide angle lens (28 mm vs 33 mm), has a slightly larger screen (2.7" vs 2.5"), has better image stabilization (lens vs none) and slightly closer macro focusing (3.0 cm vs 10.0 cm).

However, on average it is older (august 2009 vs january 2010) and doesn't have a viewfinder (none vs tunnel).

Canon PowerShot SD780 IS

Canon PowerShot SD780 IS
6 months older
$266

Significant advantages of the SD780 IS (vs the SD940 IS)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the SD780 IS (vs the SD940 IS)

  • None found

common strengths of the SD780 IS and SD940 IS

  • None found

Canon PowerShot SD1400 IS

Canon PowerShot SD1400 IS
5 months newer
$270

Significant advantages of the SD1400 IS (vs the SD940 IS)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the SD1400 IS (vs the SD940 IS)

  • None found

common strengths of the SD1400 IS and SD940 IS

  • None found

Canon PowerShot SD780 IS

Canon PowerShot SD780 IS
6 months older
$266

Significant advantages of the SD780 IS (vs the SD940 IS)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the SD780 IS (vs the SD940 IS)

  • None found

common strengths of the SD780 IS and SD940 IS

  • None found

Nikon Coolpix S3100

Nikon Coolpix S3100
1 year newer
$80

Significant advantages of the S3100 (vs the SD940 IS)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the S3100 (vs the SD940 IS)

  • None found

common strengths of the S3100 and SD940 IS

  • None found

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W320

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W320
4 months newer
$224

Significant advantages of the DSC-W320 (vs the SD940 IS)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-W320 (vs the SD940 IS)

  • None found

common strengths of the DSC-W320 and SD940 IS

  • None found

compared toTravel zoom competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon SD940 IS compared to travel zoom competitors include: it has a slightly wider aperture (f/2.8 vs f/3.5).

However, on average it has a slightly narrower wide angle lens (28 mm vs 24 mm), records lower quality movies (720p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 60fps), has a slightly smaller screen (2.7" vs 3"), has a slightly lower resolution screen (230k dots vs 922k dots) and doesn't record high-speed movies (none vs 240 fps).

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS50

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS50
5 years newer
$298 - $309

Significant advantages of the DMC-ZS50 (vs the SD940 IS)

  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,040k dots vs 230k dots
  • Significantly larger screen: 3" vs 2.7"
  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-ZS50 (vs the SD940 IS)

  • None found

common strengths of the DMC-ZS50 and SD940 IS

  • None found

Canon PowerShot ELPH 170 IS

Canon PowerShot ELPH 170 IS
5 years newer
$109

Significant advantages of the ELPH 170 IS (vs the SD940 IS)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the ELPH 170 IS (vs the SD940 IS)

  • Significantly narrower aperture: f/3.6 vs f/2.8

common strengths of the ELPH 170 IS and SD940 IS

  • None found

Fujifilm FinePix F750 EXR

Fujifilm FinePix F750 EXR
2 years newer
$163

Significant advantages of the F750 EXR (vs the SD940 IS)

  • Records high-speed movies: 320 fps vs None
  • Takes 3D photos
  • Significantly larger screen: 3" vs 2.7"

Significant disadvantages of the F750 EXR (vs the SD940 IS)

  • Significantly narrower aperture: f/3.5 vs f/2.8
  • Worse macro capability: 5.0 cm vs 3.0 cm

common strengths of the F750 EXR and SD940 IS

  • None found

Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

Canon PowerShot SX260 HS
2 years newer
$280

Significant advantages of the SX260 HS (vs the SD940 IS)

  • Records high-speed movies: 240 fps vs None
  • Has a GPS
  • Supports 24p

Significant disadvantages of the SX260 HS (vs the SD940 IS)

  • Significantly narrower aperture: f/3.5 vs f/2.8
  • Worse macro capability: 5.0 cm vs 3.0 cm

common strengths of the SX260 HS and SD940 IS

  • None found

Canon PowerShot SX710 HS

Canon PowerShot SX710 HS
5 years newer
$265 - $279

Significant advantages of the SX710 HS (vs the SD940 IS)

  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 922k dots vs 230k dots
  • Significantly larger screen: 3" vs 2.7"
  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD

Significant disadvantages of the SX710 HS (vs the SD940 IS)

  • None found

common strengths of the SX710 HS and SD940 IS

  • None found

Canon IXUS 255 HS

Canon IXUS 255 HS
3 years newer
$392

Significant advantages of the IXUS 255 HS (vs the SD940 IS)

  • Records high-speed movies: 240 fps vs None
  • Supports 24p
  • Significantly larger screen: 3" vs 2.7"

Significant disadvantages of the IXUS 255 HS (vs the SD940 IS)

  • None found

common strengths of the IXUS 255 HS and SD940 IS

  • Wide aperture: f/3 vs f/2.8

compared toMirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon SD940 IS compared to mirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors include: it has better image stabilization (lens vs none), is slightly smaller (ultra compact (89×55×20 mm) vs standard size (123×71×55 mm)), is thinner (0.8" vs 2.2") and is slightly lighter (120 g vs 402 g).

However, on average it has a much smaller screen (2.7" vs 3"), has a significantly lower resolution screen (230k dots vs 1,040k dots), doesn't have a viewfinder (none vs digital), takes slightly lower resolution photos (9.8 MP vs 19.8 MP) and doesn't have a touch screen.

Sony Alpha A5000

Sony Alpha A5000
4 years newer
$241 (body only)
$431 - $448 16-50mm lens

Significant advantages of the A5000 (vs the SD940 IS)

  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.7"
  • Can create panoramas in-camera
  • Shoots RAW

Significant disadvantages of the A5000 (vs the SD940 IS)

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Lens

common strengths of the A5000 and SD940 IS

  • Fairly small: Compact (110×63×36 mm) vs Ultra compact (89×55×20 mm)
  • Thin: 1.4" vs 0.8"
  • Light weight: 210 g vs 120 g

Sony Alpha NEX-3N

Sony Alpha NEX-3N
3 years newer
$349 (body only)

Significant advantages of the NEX-3N (vs the SD940 IS)

  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.7"
  • Can create panoramas in-camera
  • Takes 3D photos

Significant disadvantages of the NEX-3N (vs the SD940 IS)

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Lens

common strengths of the NEX-3N and SD940 IS

  • Fairly small: Compact (110×62×35 mm) vs Ultra compact (89×55×20 mm)
  • Thin: 1.4" vs 0.8"
  • Light weight: 269 g vs 120 g

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7
3 years newer
$509 (body only)
$685 14-42mm lens

Significant advantages of the DMC-GX7 (vs the SD940 IS)

  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,040k dots vs 230k dots
  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.7"
  • Can create panoramas in-camera

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-GX7 (vs the SD940 IS)

  • Much thicker: 2.2" vs 0.8"
  • Heavier: 402 g vs 120 g

common strengths of the DMC-GX7 and SD940 IS

  • Good image stabilization:
    1. Sensor shift
    vs
    1. Lens
  • Inexpensive: $508.79 vs $239.99
  • Each has a built-in flash

compared toWaterproof competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon SD940 IS compared to waterproof competitors include: it has a slightly wider aperture (f/2.8 vs f/3.5), is much smaller (ultra compact (89×55×20 mm) vs compact (110×64×28 mm)), is thinner (0.8" vs 1.1"), is significantly lighter (120 g vs 218 g) and slightly longer exposures (15 seconds vs 4 seconds).

However, on average it records lower quality movies (720p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 60fps), has a much narrower wide angle lens (28 mm vs 21 mm), has a significantly smaller screen (2.7" vs 3"), has a slightly lower resolution screen (230k dots vs 460k dots) and doesn't record high-speed movies (none vs 240 fps).

Olympus Tough TG-850 iHS

Olympus Tough TG-850 iHS
4 years newer
$253

Significant advantages of the TG-850 iHS (vs the SD940 IS)

  • Records high-speed movies: 240 fps vs None
  • Much better wide angle: 21 mm vs 28 mm
  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.7"

Significant disadvantages of the TG-850 iHS (vs the SD940 IS)

  • Much larger: Compact (110×64×28 mm) vs Ultra compact (89×55×20 mm)
  • Narrower aperture: f/3.5 vs f/2.8
  • Significantly heavier: 218 g vs 120 g

common strengths of the TG-850 iHS and SD940 IS

  • Good image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Lens
  • Thin: 1.1" vs 0.8"

compared toPro digicam competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon SD940 IS compared to pro digicam competitors include: it is slightly lighter (120 g vs 281 g).

However, on average it has a slightly smaller sensor (1/2.3" 6.16x4.62mm vs 1" 13.2x8.8mm), doesn't shoot RAW, has a significantly narrower aperture (f/2.8 vs f/1.8), records lower quality movies (720p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 60fps) and has a significantly smaller screen (2.7" vs 3").

Canon Powershot S100

Canon Powershot S100
2 years newer
$272

Significant advantages of the S100 (vs the SD940 IS)

  • Records high-speed movies: 240 fps vs None
  • Shoots RAW
  • Significantly wider aperture: f/2 vs f/2.8

Significant disadvantages of the S100 (vs the SD940 IS)

  • None found

common strengths of the S100 and SD940 IS

  • Inexpensive: $271.95 vs $239.99

Canon PowerShot S110

Canon PowerShot S110
3 years newer
$320

Significant advantages of the S110 (vs the SD940 IS)

  • Records high-speed movies: 240 fps vs None
  • Shoots RAW
  • Significantly wider aperture: f/2 vs f/2.8

Significant disadvantages of the S110 (vs the SD940 IS)

  • None found

common strengths of the S110 and SD940 IS

  • None found

Canon PowerShot G16

Canon PowerShot G16
4 years newer
$379

Significant advantages of the G16 (vs the SD940 IS)

  • Records high-speed movies: 240 fps vs None
  • Shoots RAW
  • Significantly wider aperture: f/1.8 vs f/2.8

Significant disadvantages of the G16 (vs the SD940 IS)

  • Heavier: 356 g vs 120 g

common strengths of the G16 and SD940 IS

  • None found

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II
3 years newer
$498

Significant advantages of the DSC-RX100 II (vs the SD940 IS)

  • Much larger sensor: 1" 13.2x8.8mm vs 1/2.3" 6.16x4.62mm
  • Shoots RAW
  • Significantly wider aperture: f/1.8 vs f/2.8

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-RX100 II (vs the SD940 IS)

  • Worse macro capability: 5.0 cm vs 3.0 cm

common strengths of the DSC-RX100 II and SD940 IS

  • None found

compared toEntry-level DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon SD940 IS compared to entry-level DSLR competitors include: it has image stabilization (lens vs none), is much smaller (ultra compact (89×55×20 mm) vs professional size (133×100×79 mm)), is slightly less expensive ($239.99 vs $621.00), is thinner (0.8" vs 3.1") and is much lighter (120 g vs 575 g).

However, on average it records lower quality movies (720p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 30fps), has a much smaller screen (2.7" vs 3"), has a much lower resolution screen (230k dots vs 1,040k dots), takes much lower resolution photos (9.8 MP vs 24.1 MP) and doesn't have a touch screen.

Nikon D3200

Nikon D3200
2 years newer
$249 (body only)
$349 - $447 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D3200 (vs the SD940 IS)

  • Higher resolution movies: 1080p @ 30fps vs 720p @ 30fps
  • Has a viewfinder: Pentamirror vs None
  • Much higher resolution screen: 921k dots vs 230k dots

Significant disadvantages of the D3200 (vs the SD940 IS)

  • Much larger: Prosumer size (125×96×77 mm) vs Ultra compact (89×55×20 mm)
  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Lens
  • Much thicker: 3" vs 0.8"

common strengths of the D3200 and SD940 IS

  • Light weight: 505 g vs 120 g
  • Inexpensive: $249.00 vs $239.99

Canon Rebel T4i

Canon Rebel T4i
2 years newer
$621 (body only)
$679 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the T4i (vs the SD940 IS)

  • Higher resolution movies: 1080p @ 30fps vs 720p @ 30fps
  • Has a viewfinder: Pentamirror vs None
  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,040k dots vs 230k dots

Significant disadvantages of the T4i (vs the SD940 IS)

  • Much larger: Professional size (133×100×79 mm) vs Ultra compact (89×55×20 mm)
  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Lens
  • Much thicker: 3.1" vs 0.8"

common strengths of the T4i and SD940 IS

  • None found

compared toCompact competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon SD940 IS compared to compact competitors include: it is slightly lighter (120 g vs 156 g).

However, on average it has a slightly smaller screen (2.7" vs 3"), doesn't record high-speed movies (none vs 240 fps), doesn't have a touch screen, doesn't record movies in 24p and has a CCD-family sensor (CCD vs CMOS).

Olympus Stylus 7040

Olympus Stylus 7040
4 months newer
$209

Significant advantages of the 7040 (vs the SD940 IS)

  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.7"
  • Faster max shutter speed: 1/2000 of a second vs 1/1500 of a second

Significant disadvantages of the 7040 (vs the SD940 IS)

  • Worse image stabilization:
    1. Sensor shift
    vs
    1. Lens
  • Thicker: 1" vs 0.8"

common strengths of the 7040 and SD940 IS

  • Fairly small: Compact (95×56×26 mm) vs Ultra compact (89×55×20 mm)
  • Light weight: 144 g vs 120 g

Samsung TL34HD

Samsung TL34HD
1 year older

Significant advantages of the TL34HD (vs the SD940 IS)

  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.7"
  • Has a touch screen
  • Faster max shutter speed: 1/2000 of a second vs 1/1500 of a second

Significant disadvantages of the TL34HD (vs the SD940 IS)

  • Significantly worse macro capability: 5.0 cm vs 3.0 cm
  • Heavier: 178 g vs 120 g

common strengths of the TL34HD and SD940 IS

  • Wide aperture: f/2.8 vs f/2.8
  • Fairly small: Super compact (95×60×20 mm) vs Ultra compact (89×55×20 mm)
  • Good image stabilization:
    1. Digital
    2. Lens
    vs
    1. Lens

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W110

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W110
1 year older

Significant advantages of the DSC-W110 (vs the SD940 IS)

  • Has a viewfinder: Tunnel vs None

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-W110 (vs the SD940 IS)

  • Significantly worse wide angle: 32 mm vs 28 mm
  • Significantly smaller screen: 2.5" vs 2.7"

common strengths of the DSC-W110 and SD940 IS

  • Wide aperture: f/2.8 vs f/2.8
  • Fairly small: Super compact (88×57×22 mm) vs Ultra compact (89×55×20 mm)
  • Good image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Lens

Canon IXUS 117 HS

Canon IXUS 117 HS
1 year newer
$147

Significant advantages of the IXUS 117 HS (vs the SD940 IS)

  • Records high-speed movies: 240 fps vs None
  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.7"
  • Supports 24p

Significant disadvantages of the IXUS 117 HS (vs the SD940 IS)

  • None found

common strengths of the IXUS 117 HS and SD940 IS

  • Wide aperture: f/2.8 vs f/2.8
  • Very small: Super compact (93×56×20 mm) vs Ultra compact (89×55×20 mm)
  • Good image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Lens

Canon ELPH 300 HS

Canon ELPH 300 HS
1 year newer
$229

Significant advantages of the 300 HS (vs the SD940 IS)

  • Records high-speed movies: 240 fps vs None
  • Significantly better wide angle: 24 mm vs 28 mm
  • Supports 24p

Significant disadvantages of the 300 HS (vs the SD940 IS)

  • None found

common strengths of the 300 HS and SD940 IS

  • Wide aperture: f/2.7 vs f/2.8
  • Very small: Super compact (92×56×20 mm) vs Ultra compact (89×55×20 mm)
  • Good image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Lens

Canon ELPH 100 HS

Canon ELPH 100 HS
1 year newer
$163

Significant advantages of the 100 HS (vs the SD940 IS)

  • Records high-speed movies: 240 fps vs None
  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.7"
  • Supports 24p

Significant disadvantages of the 100 HS (vs the SD940 IS)

  • None found

common strengths of the 100 HS and SD940 IS

  • Wide aperture: f/2.8 vs f/2.8
  • Very small: Super compact (93×56×20 mm) vs Ultra compact (89×55×20 mm)
  • Good image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Lens