As well as being compared against other ultra compacts, the Canon PowerShot SD940 IS is also often compared to pro digicams, pro DSLRs, entry-level DSLRs, travel zooms and compacts. The Canon PowerShot SD940 IS's top rivals come from Canon (such as the PowerShot G16 and the EOS 70D) and Panasonic (such as the Lumix DMC-TZ60 and the Lumix DMC-LX7)

compared toUltra compact competitors

Generally, compared to other ultra compact competitors the Canon SD940 IS records lower quality movies (720p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 60fps), slightly lower maximum light sensitivity (1,600 ISO vs 12,800 ISO), doesn't shoot as fast continuously (0.8 fps vs 10 fps), has a CCD-family sensor (CCD vs CMOS) and lacks a built-in HDR feature.

Canon PowerShot SD1400 IS

Canon PowerShot SD1400 IS
5 months newer
$225

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:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Lens
  • Excellent macro capabilities: 3.0 cm vs 3.0 cm

Canon PowerShot SD780 IS

Canon PowerShot SD780 IS
6 months older
$400

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)

  • Much worse wide angle: 33 mm vs 28 mm
  • Smaller screen: 2.5" vs 2.7"

common strengths of the SD780 IS and SD940 IS

  • Built-in flashes
  • Very good image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Lens
  • Excellent macro capabilities: 3.0 cm vs 3.0 cm

Sony Cyber-shot WX50

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX50
2 years newer
$223

Significant advantages of the WX50 (vs the SD940 IS)

  • Higher resolution movies: 1080p @ 60fps vs 720p @ 30fps
  • Significantly better wide angle: 25 mm vs 28 mm
  • Takes 3D photos

Significant disadvantages of the WX50 (vs the SD940 IS)

  • Significantly worse macro capability: 5.0 cm vs 3.0 cm

common strengths of the WX50 and SD940 IS

  • Built-in flashes
  • Very good image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Lens
  • Excellent macro capabilities: 5.0 cm vs 3.0 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 298 g) and is slightly less expensive ($267.95 vs $399.00).

However, on average it has a significantly smaller sensor (1/2.3" 6.16x4.62mm vs nikon CX 13.2x8.8mm), doesn't shoot RAW, has a significantly narrower aperture (f/2.8 vs f/1.4), records lower quality movies (720p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 60fps) and has a slightly narrower wide angle lens (28 mm vs 24 mm).

Canon PowerShot G16

Canon PowerShot G16
4 years newer
$399

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)

  • Heavier: 356 g vs 120 g

common strengths of the G16 and SD940 IS

  • None found

Canon PowerShot G7 X

Canon PowerShot G7 X
5 years newer
$559 - $649

Significant advantages of the G7 X (vs the SD940 IS)

  • Much larger sensor: Nikon CX 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 G7 X (vs the SD940 IS)

  • Significantly worse macro capability: 5.0 cm vs 3.0 cm

common strengths of the G7 X and SD940 IS

  • None found

Canon PowerShot S95

Canon PowerShot S95
1 year newer
$470

Significant advantages of the S95 (vs the SD940 IS)

  • Shoots RAW
  • Significantly wider aperture: f/2 vs f/2.8
  • Supports 24p

Significant disadvantages of the S95 (vs the SD940 IS)

  • Significantly worse macro capability: 5.0 cm vs 3.0 cm

common strengths of the S95 and SD940 IS

  • None found

Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100
2 years newer
$448

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

  • Significantly worse macro capability: 5.0 cm vs 3.0 cm

common strengths of the DSC-RX100 and SD940 IS

  • None found

Canon PowerShot S200

Canon PowerShot S200
4 years newer
$233

Significant advantages of the S200 (vs the SD940 IS)

  • Significantly wider aperture: f/1.8 vs f/2.8
  • Supports 24p
  • Significantly larger screen: 3" vs 2.7"

Significant disadvantages of the S200 (vs the SD940 IS)

  • None found

common strengths of the S200 and SD940 IS

  • Inexpensive: $232.84 vs $267.95

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7
2 years newer
$328 - $398

Significant advantages of the DMC-LX7 (vs the SD940 IS)

  • Shoots RAW
  • Much wider aperture: f/1.4 vs f/2.8
  • Takes 3D photos

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-LX7 (vs the SD940 IS)

  • None found

common strengths of the DMC-LX7 and SD940 IS

  • Inexpensive: $327.99 vs $267.95

compared toPro DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon SD940 IS compared to pro DSLR competitors include: it has image stabilization (lens vs none), is much smaller (ultra compact (89×55×20 mm) vs professional size (145×106×79 mm)), is thinner (0.8" vs 3.1") and is much lighter (120 g vs 755 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 slightly lower resolution photos (9.8 MP vs 20 MP) and slightly lower maximum light sensitivity (1,600 ISO vs 12,800 ISO).

Canon EOS 70D

Canon EOS 70D
3 years newer
$849 - $999 (body only)
$929 - $1,099 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the 70D (vs the SD940 IS)

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

Significant disadvantages of the 70D (vs the SD940 IS)

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Lens
  • Much thicker: 3.1" vs 0.8"
  • Much larger: Professional size (145×106×79 mm) vs Ultra compact (89×55×20 mm)

common strengths of the 70D and SD940 IS

  • Fairly small: Professional size (145×106×79 mm) vs Ultra compact (89×55×20 mm)
  • Light weight: 755 g vs 120 g
  • Inexpensive: $849.00 vs $267.95

Canon EOS 60D

Canon EOS 60D
1 year newer
$649 - $699 (body only)
$929 - $1,199 18-135mm lens

Significant advantages of the 60D (vs the SD940 IS)

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

Significant disadvantages of the 60D (vs the SD940 IS)

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Lens
  • Much thicker: 3.1" vs 0.8"
  • Much larger: Professional size (145×106×79 mm) vs Ultra compact (89×55×20 mm)

common strengths of the 60D and SD940 IS

  • Fairly small: Professional size (145×106×79 mm) vs Ultra compact (89×55×20 mm)
  • Light weight: 755 g vs 120 g
  • Inexpensive: $649.00 vs $267.95

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 (142×99×72 mm)), is slightly less expensive ($267.95 vs $530.00), is thinner (0.8" vs 2.9") and is much lighter (120 g vs 555 g).

However, on average it records lower quality movies (720p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 24fps), has a significantly lower resolution screen (230k dots vs 921k dots), takes much lower resolution photos (9.8 MP vs 17.9 MP), doesn't record movies in 24p and doesn't shoot as fast continuously (0.8 fps vs 3.7 fps).

Nikon D3200

Nikon D3200
2 years newer
$300 - $547 (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)

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

common strengths of the D3200 and SD940 IS

  • Inexpensive: $299.95 vs $267.95

Nikon D3100

Nikon D3100
1 year newer
$275 (body only)
$484 18-55mm, 55-200mm lenses

Significant advantages of the D3100 (vs the SD940 IS)

  • Higher resolution movies: 1080p @ 24fps vs 720p @ 30fps
  • Has a viewfinder: Pentamirror vs None
  • Supports 24p

Significant disadvantages of the D3100 (vs the SD940 IS)

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Lens
  • Much larger: Prosumer size (124×97×74 mm) vs Ultra compact (89×55×20 mm)
  • Much thicker: 2.9" vs 0.8"

common strengths of the D3100 and SD940 IS

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size (124×97×74 mm) vs Ultra compact (89×55×20 mm)
  • Inexpensive: $274.95 vs $267.95

Canon Rebel T2i

Canon EOS Rebel T2i
5 months newer
$700 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the T2i (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 T2i (vs the SD940 IS)

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Lens
  • Much larger: Prosumer size (129×98×62 mm) vs Ultra compact (89×55×20 mm)
  • Much thicker: 2.4" vs 0.8"

common strengths of the T2i and SD940 IS

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size (129×98×62 mm) vs Ultra compact (89×55×20 mm)
  • Very thin: 2.4" vs 0.8"

Canon EOS Digital Rebel

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6 years older
$1,405 (body only)
$530 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the Rebel (vs the SD940 IS)

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

Significant disadvantages of the Rebel (vs the SD940 IS)

  • Does not take movies: None vs 720p @ 30fps
  • Much smaller screen: 1.8" vs 2.7"
  • Much larger: Professional size (142×99×72 mm) vs Ultra compact (89×55×20 mm)

common strengths of the Rebel and SD940 IS

  • Thin: 2.8" vs 0.8"

Canon EOS Rebel T6i

Canon EOS Rebel T6i
5 years newer
$749 - $750 (body only)
$1,049 18-135mm lens

Significant advantages of the T6i (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 T6i (vs the SD940 IS)

  • Much larger: Professional size (132×101×78 mm) vs Ultra compact (89×55×20 mm)
  • Much thicker: 3.1" vs 0.8"
  • Much heavier: 555 g vs 120 g

common strengths of the T6i 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), is significantly smaller (ultra compact (89×55×20 mm) vs compact (102×58×36 mm)), is thinner (0.8" vs 1.3") and is significantly lighter (120 g vs 214 g).

However, on average it has much less zoom (4x vs 30x), has a significantly narrower wide angle lens (28 mm vs 25 mm), doesn't have a built-in GPS, records lower quality movies (720p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 24fps) and has a significantly smaller screen (2.7" vs 3").

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60
4 years newer
$252

Significant advantages of the DMC-TZ60 (vs the SD940 IS)

  • Much more zoom: 30x vs 4x
  • Much better wide angle: 24 mm vs 28 mm
  • Has a GPS

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-TZ60 (vs the SD940 IS)

  • Much larger: Compact (111×64×34 mm) vs Ultra compact (89×55×20 mm)
  • Much thicker: 1.4" vs 0.8"
  • Significantly heavier: 214 g vs 120 g

common strengths of the DMC-TZ60 and SD940 IS

  • None found

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX220

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX220
4 years newer
$198

Significant advantages of the Cyber-shot DSC-WX220 (vs the SD940 IS)

  • Significantly better wide angle: 25 mm vs 28 mm
  • Higher resolution movies: 1080p @ 60fps vs 720p @ 30fps
  • Significantly larger screen: 3" vs 2.7"

Significant disadvantages of the Cyber-shot DSC-WX220 (vs the SD940 IS)

  • None found

common strengths of the Cyber-shot DSC-WX220 and SD940 IS

  • Very small: Super compact (92×52×22 mm) vs Ultra compact (89×55×20 mm)
  • Light weight: 121 g vs 120 g
  • Thin: 0.9" vs 0.8"

Canon ELPH 115 HS

Canon ELPH 115 HS
3 years newer
$128

Significant advantages of the 115 HS (vs the SD940 IS)

  • Significantly better macro capability: 1.0 cm vs 3.0 cm
  • Faster max shutter speed: 1/2000 of a second vs 1/1500 of a second

Significant disadvantages of the 115 HS (vs the SD940 IS)

  • None found

common strengths of the 115 HS and SD940 IS

  • Very small: Super compact (93×52×22 mm) vs Ultra compact (89×55×20 mm)
  • Thin: 0.9" vs 0.8"
  • Light weight: 133 g vs 120 g

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX500

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5 years newer
$328

Significant advantages of the Cyber-shot DSC-WX500 (vs the SD940 IS)

  • Much more zoom: 30x vs 4x
  • Much better wide angle: 24 mm vs 28 mm
  • Higher resolution movies: 1080p @ 60fps vs 720p @ 30fps

Significant disadvantages of the Cyber-shot DSC-WX500 (vs the SD940 IS)

  • Much larger: Compact (102×58×36 mm) vs Ultra compact (89×55×20 mm)
  • Narrower aperture: f/3.5 vs f/2.8
  • Much thicker: 1.4" vs 0.8"

common strengths of the Cyber-shot DSC-WX500 and SD940 IS

  • None found

Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

Canon PowerShot SX260 HS
2 years newer
$281

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

  • Has a GPS
  • Significantly better wide angle: 25 mm vs 28 mm
  • Significantly more zoom: 20x vs 4x

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

  • Much larger: Compact (106×61×33 mm) vs Ultra compact (89×55×20 mm)
  • Narrower aperture: f/3.5 vs f/2.8
  • Significantly worse macro capability: 5.0 cm vs 3.0 cm

common strengths of the SX260 HS and SD940 IS

  • None found

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V
2 years newer
$460

Significant advantages of the DSC-HX20V (vs the SD940 IS)

  • Has a GPS
  • Significantly better wide angle: 25 mm vs 28 mm
  • Significantly more zoom: 20x vs 4x

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-HX20V (vs the SD940 IS)

  • Much larger: Compact (107×62×35 mm) vs Ultra compact (89×55×20 mm)
  • Much heavier: 254 g vs 120 g
  • Much thicker: 1.4" vs 0.8"

common strengths of the DSC-HX20V and SD940 IS

  • None found

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, doesn't shoot as fast continuously (0.8 fps vs 3.4 fps) and has a CCD-family sensor (CCD vs CMOS).

Canon ELPH 100 HS

Canon ELPH 100 HS
1 year newer
$139

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

  • Higher resolution movies: 1080p @ 24fps vs 720p @ 30fps
  • Records high-speed movies: 240 fps vs None
  • 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
  • Fairly 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
$295

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

  • Much better wide angle: 24 mm vs 28 mm
  • Higher resolution movies: 1080p @ 24fps vs 720p @ 30fps
  • Records high-speed movies: 240 fps vs None

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 (92×56×20 mm) vs Ultra compact (89×55×20 mm)
  • Good image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Lens

Canon PowerShot SD1200 IS

Canon PowerShot SD1200 IS
6 months older
$330

Significant advantages of the SD1200 IS (vs the SD940 IS)

  • Has a viewfinder: Tunnel vs None

Significant disadvantages of the SD1200 IS (vs the SD940 IS)

  • Much worse wide angle: 35 mm vs 28 mm
  • Lower resolution movies: 480p @ 30fps vs 720p @ 30fps
  • Smaller screen: 2.5" vs 2.7"

common strengths of the SD1200 IS and SD940 IS

  • Wide aperture: f/2.8 vs f/2.8
  • Fairly small: Super compact (86×55×22 mm) vs Ultra compact (89×55×20 mm)
  • Good image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Lens

Canon PowerShot SD1300 IS

Canon PowerShot SD1300 IS
5 months newer
$220

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

  • None found

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

  • Lower resolution movies: 480p @ 30fps vs 720p @ 30fps

common strengths of the SD1300 IS and SD940 IS

  • Wide aperture: f/2.8 vs f/2.8
  • Fairly small: Super compact (91×56×22 mm) vs Ultra compact (89×55×20 mm)
  • Good image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Lens

Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS

Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS
2 years newer
$250

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

  • Much better wide angle: 24 mm vs 28 mm
  • Higher resolution movies: 1080p @ 24fps vs 720p @ 30fps
  • Records high-speed movies: 240 fps vs None

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 (93×57×20 mm) vs Ultra compact (89×55×20 mm)
  • Good image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Lens

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH1

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH1
4 months newer
$190

Significant advantages of the DMC-FH1 (vs the SD940 IS)

  • Shoots faster: 5.5 fps vs 0.8 fps
  • Much longer exposures: 60 seconds vs 15 seconds

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-FH1 (vs the SD940 IS)

  • Significantly worse macro capability: 5.0 cm vs 3.0 cm

common strengths of the DMC-FH1 and SD940 IS

  • Wide aperture: f/2.8 vs f/2.8
  • Fairly small: Super compact (98×55×23 mm) vs Ultra compact (89×55×20 mm)
  • Good image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Lens