As well as being compared against other ultra compacts, the Canon PowerShot SD940 IS is also often compared to pro digicams, travel zooms, entry-level DSLRs, mirrorless, super zooms and compacts. The Canon PowerShot SD940 IS's top rivals come from Canon (such as the PowerShot G16 and the PowerShot SD1300 IS) and Panasonic (such as the Lumix DMC-ZS50 (Lumix DMC-TZ70) and the Lumix F5)

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) and is slightly lighter (120 g vs 160 g).

However, on average it doesn't have a viewfinder (none vs tunnel).

Canon PowerShot SD1400 IS

Canon PowerShot SD1400 IS
5 months newer
$170

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

  • Built-in flashes
  • Very good image stabilization: Lens vs Lens
  • Excellent macro capabilities: 3 cm vs 3 cm

Canon PowerShot SD780 IS

Canon PowerShot SD780 IS
6 months older
$245

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

  • Has a viewfinder: Tunnel vs None

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

  • Worse wide angle: 33 mm vs 28 mm

common strengths of the SD780 IS and SD940 IS

  • Built-in flashes
  • Very good image stabilization: Lens vs Lens
  • Excellent macro capabilities: 3 cm vs 3 cm

Canon PowerShot SD780 IS

Canon PowerShot SD780 IS
6 months older
$245

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

  • Has a viewfinder: Tunnel vs None

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

  • Worse wide angle: 33 mm vs 28 mm

common strengths of the SD780 IS and SD940 IS

  • Built-in flashes
  • Very good image stabilization: Lens vs Lens
  • Excellent macro capabilities: 3 cm vs 3 cm

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 356 g) and is slightly less expensive ($267.95 vs $387.69).

However, on average it has a significantly smaller sensor (1/2.3" 6.2x4.6mm 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 @ 24fps) and has a slightly smaller screen (2.7" vs 3.0").

Canon PowerShot G16

Canon PowerShot G16
4 years newer
$449 - $450

Significant advantages of the G16 (vs the SD940 IS)

  • Shoots RAW
  • Significantly wider aperture: f/1.8 vs f/2.8
  • Much higher resolution screen: 922k dots vs 230k dots

Significant disadvantages of the G16 (vs the SD940 IS)

  • Significantly heavier: 356 g vs 120 g

common strengths of the G16 and SD940 IS

  • None found

Canon PowerShot S110

Canon PowerShot S110
3 years newer
$179

Significant advantages of the S110 (vs the SD940 IS)

  • Shoots RAW
  • Significantly wider aperture: f/2.0 vs f/2.8
  • Supports 24p

Significant disadvantages of the S110 (vs the SD940 IS)

  • None found

common strengths of the S110 and SD940 IS

  • Light weight: 198 g vs 120 g
  • Inexpensive: $179.00 vs $267.95

Canon PowerShot S120

Canon PowerShot S120
4 years newer
$399

Significant advantages of the S120 (vs the SD940 IS)

  • Shoots RAW
  • Significantly wider aperture: f/1.8 vs f/2.8
  • Much higher resolution screen: 922k dots vs 230k dots

Significant disadvantages of the S120 (vs the SD940 IS)

  • None found

common strengths of the S120 and SD940 IS

  • Light weight: 217 g vs 120 g

Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100
2 years newer
$498 - $798

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

  • Much larger sensor: 1" 13.2x8.8mm vs 1/2.3" 6.2x4.6mm
  • Shoots RAW
  • Significantly wider aperture: f/1.8 vs f/2.8

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

  • None found

common strengths of the DSC-RX100 and SD940 IS

  • Light weight: 213 g vs 120 g
  • Inexpensive: $387.69 vs $267.95

Canon PowerShot S90

Canon PowerShot S90
similar age

Significant advantages of the S90 (vs the SD940 IS)

  • Shoots RAW
  • Significantly wider aperture: f/2.0 vs f/2.8
  • Larger screen: 3.0" vs 2.7"

Significant disadvantages of the S90 (vs the SD940 IS)

  • None found

common strengths of the S90 and SD940 IS

  • Light weight: 198 g vs 120 g

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/3.3).

However, on average it has a slightly narrower wide angle lens (28 mm vs 25 mm), records lower quality movies (720p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 30fps), has a slightly smaller screen (2.7" vs 3.0"), 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 (Lumix DMC-TZ70)

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS50 (Lumix DMC-TZ70)
5 years newer

Significant advantages of the Lumix DMC-ZS50 (Lumix DMC-TZ70) (vs the SD940 IS)

  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,040k dots vs 230k dots
  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD
  • Larger screen: 3.0" vs 2.7"

Significant disadvantages of the Lumix DMC-ZS50 (Lumix DMC-TZ70) (vs the SD940 IS)

  • None found

common strengths of the Lumix DMC-ZS50 (Lumix DMC-TZ70) and SD940 IS

  • None found

Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS
4 years newer
$149

Significant advantages of the 340 HS (vs the SD940 IS)

  • Higher resolution movies: 1080p @ 30fps vs 720p @ 30fps
  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD
  • Records high-speed movies: 240 fps vs None

Significant disadvantages of the 340 HS (vs the SD940 IS)

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

common strengths of the 340 HS and SD940 IS

  • None found

Canon PowerShot IXUS 145

Canon PowerShot IXUS 145
4 years newer
$175

Significant advantages of the IXUS 145 (vs the SD940 IS)

  • Faster max shutter speed: 1/2000 of a second vs 1/1500 of a second

Significant disadvantages of the IXUS 145 (vs the SD940 IS)

  • Worse image stabilization: Digital vs Lens

common strengths of the IXUS 145 and SD940 IS

  • None found

Canon PowerShot ELPH 150 IS

Canon PowerShot ELPH 150 IS
4 years newer
$109 - $161

Significant advantages of the ELPH 150 IS (vs the SD940 IS)

  • Faster max shutter speed: 1/2000 of a second vs 1/1500 of a second

Significant disadvantages of the ELPH 150 IS (vs the SD940 IS)

  • None found

common strengths of the ELPH 150 IS and SD940 IS

  • Wide aperture: f/3.0 vs f/2.8

Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

Canon PowerShot SX700 HS
4 years newer
$279 - $383

Significant advantages of the SX700 HS (vs the SD940 IS)

  • Much higher resolution screen: 922k dots vs 230k dots
  • Higher resolution movies: 1920 x 1280 @ 60fps vs 720p @ 30fps
  • Has an external mic jack

Significant disadvantages of the SX700 HS (vs the SD940 IS)

  • None found

common strengths of the SX700 HS and SD940 IS

  • None found

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX80

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX80
3 years newer
$158

Significant advantages of the DSC-WX80 (vs the SD940 IS)

  • Takes 3D photos
  • Higher resolution movies: 1080p @ 60fps vs 720p @ 30fps
  • Better maximum light sensitivity: 12,800 ISO vs 1,600 ISO

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-WX80 (vs the SD940 IS)

  • None found

common strengths of the DSC-WX80 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 89x55x20 mm vs prosumer size 124x96x73 mm), is slightly less expensive ($267.95 vs $849.99), is thinner (0.8" vs 2.9") and is much lighter (120 g vs 522 g).

However, on average it records lower quality movies (720p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 24fps), has a slightly lower resolution screen (230k dots vs 921k dots), takes significantly lower resolution photos (9.8 MP vs 24.1 MP), doesn't record movies in 24p and doesn't shoot as fast continuously (0.8 fps vs 4 fps).

Nikon D40X

Nikon D40X
2 years older
$1,000 (body only)
$850 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D40X (vs the SD940 IS)

  • Has a viewfinder: Pentamirror vs None
  • Shoots RAW
  • Has interchangeable lenses

Significant disadvantages of the D40X (vs the SD940 IS)

  • Does not take movies: None vs 720p @ 30fps
  • No image stabilization: None vs Lens
  • Significantly smaller screen: 2.5" vs 2.7"

common strengths of the D40X and SD940 IS

  • Very small: Prosumer size 124x94x64 mm vs Ultra compact 89x55x20 mm
  • Very thin: 2.5" vs 0.8"
  • Light weight: 522 g vs 120 g

Nikon D3200

Nikon D3200
2 years newer
$302 - $527 (body only)
$379 - $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 125x96x76 mm vs Ultra compact 89x55x20 mm
  • No image stabilization: None vs Lens
  • Much thicker: 3" vs 0.8"

common strengths of the D3200 and SD940 IS

  • Light weight: 505 g vs 120 g
  • Inexpensive: $301.99 vs $267.95

Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS

Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS
1 year older
$429 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the Rebel XS (vs the SD940 IS)

  • Has a viewfinder: Pentamirror vs None
  • Shoots RAW
  • Has interchangeable lenses

Significant disadvantages of the Rebel XS (vs the SD940 IS)

  • Does not take movies: None vs 720p @ 30fps
  • No image stabilization: None vs Lens
  • Much larger: Prosumer size 126x98x65 mm vs Ultra compact 89x55x20 mm

common strengths of the Rebel XS and SD940 IS

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size 126x98x65 mm vs Ultra compact 89x55x20 mm
  • Very thin: 2.6" vs 0.8"
  • Light weight: 502 g vs 120 g

Nikon D3100

Nikon D3100
1 year newer
$233 (body only)
$375 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D3100 (vs the SD940 IS)

  • Higher resolution movies: 1080p @ 24fps vs 720p @ 30fps
  • Has a viewfinder: Pentamirror vs None
  • Much larger screen: 3.0" vs 2.7"

Significant disadvantages of the D3100 (vs the SD940 IS)

  • No image stabilization: None vs Lens
  • Much larger: Prosumer size 124x96x73 mm vs Ultra compact 89x55x20 mm
  • Much thicker: 2.9" vs 0.8"

common strengths of the D3100 and SD940 IS

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size 124x96x73 mm vs Ultra compact 89x55x20 mm
  • Light weight: 505 g vs 120 g
  • Inexpensive: $233.06 vs $267.95

compared toMirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon SD940 IS compared to mirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors include: it has image stabilization (lens vs none), is thinner (0.8" vs 1.5"), is slightly lighter (120 g vs 222 g) and has a built-in flash.

However, on average it records lower quality movies (720p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 60fps), has a slightly smaller screen (2.7" vs 3.0"), has a much lower resolution screen (230k dots vs 1,037k dots), doesn't record high-speed movies (none vs 1,200 fps) and takes significantly lower resolution photos (9.8 MP vs 20 MP).

Nikon 1 J4

Nikon 1 J4
4 years newer
$375 10-30mm lens

Significant advantages of the J4 (vs the SD940 IS)

  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,037k dots vs 230k dots
  • Shoots much faster: 60 fps vs 0.8 fps
  • Records high-speed movies: 1,200 fps vs None

Significant disadvantages of the J4 (vs the SD940 IS)

  • No image stabilization: None vs Lens

common strengths of the J4 and SD940 IS

  • Fairly small: Compact 99x60x28 mm vs Ultra compact 89x55x20 mm
  • Thin: 1.1" vs 0.8"
  • Light weight: 192 g vs 120 g

Samsung NX1000

Samsung NX1000
2 years newer
$370 (body only)
$250 20-50mm lens

Significant advantages of the NX1000 (vs the SD940 IS)

  • Much higher resolution screen: 921k dots vs 230k dots
  • Can create panoramas in-camera
  • Shoots RAW

Significant disadvantages of the NX1000 (vs the SD940 IS)

  • No image stabilization: None vs Lens
  • Significantly thicker: 1.5" vs 0.8"
  • No built-in flash

common strengths of the NX1000 and SD940 IS

  • Fairly small: Mid size 114x63x37 mm vs Ultra compact 89x55x20 mm
  • Light weight: 222 g vs 120 g
  • Inexpensive: $249.99 vs $267.95

compared toSuper zoom competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon SD940 IS compared to super zoom competitors include: it is significantly smaller (ultra compact 89x55x20 mm vs prosumer size 128x88x88 mm), is thinner (0.8" vs 3.6"), is much lighter (120 g vs 615 g) and is significantly less expensive ($267.95 vs $849.95).

However, on average it has slightly less zoom (4x vs 34.8x), records lower quality movies (720p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 30fps), has a slightly narrower wide angle lens (28 mm vs 22 mm), has a slightly smaller screen (2.7" vs 3.0") and has a slightly lower resolution screen (230k dots vs 921k dots).

Canon PowerShot SX1 IS

Canon PowerShot SX1 IS
1 year older
$850

Significant advantages of the SX1 IS (vs the SD940 IS)

  • Higher resolution movies: 1080p @ 30fps vs 720p @ 30fps
  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD
  • Has a flip-out screen

Significant disadvantages of the SX1 IS (vs the SD940 IS)

  • Significantly larger: Prosumer size 128x88x88 mm vs Ultra compact 89x55x20 mm
  • Much heavier: 615 g vs 120 g
  • Significantly thicker: 3.5" vs 0.8"

common strengths of the SX1 IS and SD940 IS

  • None found

Nikon Coolpix L830

Nikon Coolpix L830
4 years newer
$185 - $237

Significant advantages of the L830 (vs the SD940 IS)

  • Much higher resolution screen: 921k dots vs 230k dots
  • Significantly better wide angle: 22 mm vs 28 mm
  • Higher resolution movies: 1080p @ 30fps vs 720p @ 30fps

Significant disadvantages of the L830 (vs the SD940 IS)

  • Significantly larger: Prosumer size 111x75x91 mm vs Ultra compact 89x55x20 mm
  • Much thicker: 3.6" vs 0.8"
  • Much heavier: 508 g vs 120 g

common strengths of the L830 and SD940 IS

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size 111x75x91 mm vs Ultra compact 89x55x20 mm

compared toCompact competitors

Generally, compared to compact competitors the Canon SD940 IS records lower quality movies (720p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 24fps), doesn't record high-speed movies (none vs 240 fps), doesn't record movies in 24p, has a CCD-family sensor (CCD vs CMOS) and lacks a built in panoramas.

Canon PowerShot SD1300 IS

Canon PowerShot SD1300 IS
5 months newer
$219

Significant advantages of the SD1300 IS (vs the SD940 IS)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the SD1300 IS (vs the SD940 IS)

  • None found

common strengths of the SD1300 IS and SD940 IS

  • Wide aperture: f/2.8 vs f/2.8
  • Fairly small: Super compact 91x56x22 mm vs Ultra compact 89x55x20 mm
  • Thin: 0.9" vs 0.8"

Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS

Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS
2 years newer
$199

Significant advantages of the ELPH 110 HS (vs the SD940 IS)

  • Supports 24p
  • Records high-speed movies: 240 fps vs None
  • Higher resolution movies: 1080p @ 24fps vs 720p @ 30fps

Significant disadvantages of the ELPH 110 HS (vs the SD940 IS)

  • None found

common strengths of the ELPH 110 HS and SD940 IS

  • Wide aperture: f/2.7 vs f/2.8
  • Fairly small: Super compact 93x57x20 mm vs Ultra compact 89x55x20 mm
  • Thin: 0.8" vs 0.8"

Panasonic Lumix F5

Panasonic Lumix F5
3 years newer
$72

Significant advantages of the F5 (vs the SD940 IS)

  • Can create panoramas in-camera

Significant disadvantages of the F5 (vs the SD940 IS)

  • None found

common strengths of the F5 and SD940 IS

  • Fairly small: Super compact 97x58x21 mm vs Ultra compact 89x55x20 mm
  • Light weight: 121 g vs 120 g
  • Thin: 0.8" vs 0.8"

Canon ELPH 100 HS

Canon ELPH 100 HS
1 year newer
$123

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

  • Supports 24p
  • Records high-speed movies: 240 fps vs None
  • Higher resolution movies: 1080p @ 24fps vs 720p @ 30fps

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
  • Fairly small: Super compact 93x55x19 mm vs Ultra compact 89x55x20 mm
  • Thin: 0.8" vs 0.8"

Nikon Coolpix AW100

Nikon Coolpix AW100
2 years newer
$239

Significant advantages of the AW100 (vs the SD940 IS)

  • Records high-speed movies: 240 fps vs None
  • Higher resolution movies: 1080p @ 30fps vs 720p @ 30fps
  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD

Significant disadvantages of the AW100 (vs the SD940 IS)

  • Significantly narrower aperture: f/3.9 vs f/2.8
  • Significantly larger: Compact 110x64x22 mm vs Ultra compact 89x55x20 mm
  • Heavier: 178 g vs 120 g

common strengths of the AW100 and SD940 IS

  • Thin: 0.9" vs 0.8"

Canon ELPH 300 HS

Canon ELPH 300 HS
1 year newer
$229

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

  • Supports 24p
  • Records high-speed movies: 240 fps vs None
  • Higher resolution movies: 1080p @ 24fps vs 720p @ 30fps

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
  • Fairly small: Super compact 92x55x19 mm vs Ultra compact 89x55x20 mm
  • Thin: 0.8" vs 0.8"