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, pro DSLRs, compacts and digicams. The Canon PowerShot SD940 IS's top rivals come from Canon (such as the PowerShot ELPH 110 HS and the ELPH 300 HS) and Sony (such as the Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III and the Cyber-shot WX50)

compared toUltra compact competitors

Generally, compared to other ultra compact competitors the Canon SD940 IS records lower quality movies (720p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 24fps), has a slightly lower resolution screen (230k dots vs 460k dots), doesn't record high-speed movies (none vs 240 fps), slightly lower maximum light sensitivity (1,600 ISO vs 12,800 ISO) and doesn't record movies in 24p.

Canon PowerShot SD780 IS

Canon PowerShot SD780 IS
6 months older
$300

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)

  • Significantly worse wide angle: 33 mm vs 28 mm

common strengths of the SD780 IS and SD940 IS

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Very good image stabilization: Lens vs Lens
  • Excellent macro capabilities: 3 cm vs 3 cm

Sony Cyber-shot WX50

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX50
2 years newer
$200 - $236

Significant advantages of the WX50 (vs the SD940 IS)

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

Significant disadvantages of the WX50 (vs the SD940 IS)

  • None found

common strengths of the WX50 and SD940 IS

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Very good image stabilization: Lens vs Lens
  • Good macro capabilities: 5 cm vs 3 cm

Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS

Canon ELPH 520 HS
2 years newer
$150

Significant advantages of the ELPH 520 HS (vs the SD940 IS)

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

Significant disadvantages of the ELPH 520 HS (vs the SD940 IS)

  • None found

common strengths of the ELPH 520 HS and SD940 IS

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Very good image stabilization: Lens vs Lens
  • Excellent macro capabilities: 1 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 thinner (0.8" vs 1.6"), is slightly lighter (120 g vs 290 g) and is slightly less expensive ($267.95 vs $684.99).

However, on average it has a significantly smaller sensor (1/2.3" 6.2x4.6mm vs nikon CX 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 slightly narrower wide angle lens (28 mm vs 24 mm).

Canon PowerShot S110

Canon PowerShot S110
3 years newer
$155 - $240

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
  • Thin: 1.1" vs 0.8"
  • Inexpensive: $154.99 vs $267.95

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III
4 years newer
$798

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

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

  • None found

common strengths of the DSC-RX100 III and SD940 IS

  • None found

Canon PowerShot G7 X

Canon PowerShot G7 X
5 years newer
$699

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

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

  • Heavier: 304 g vs 120 g

common strengths of the G7 X and SD940 IS

  • None found

Canon PowerShot S120

Canon PowerShot S120
4 years newer
$332 - $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
  • Inexpensive: $332.25 vs $267.95

Canon PowerShot G16

Canon PowerShot G16
4 years newer
$414 - $449

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

Olympus XZ-2 iHS

Olympus XZ-2 iHS
3 years newer
$330

Significant advantages of the XZ-2 iHS (vs the SD940 IS)

  • Shoots RAW
  • Significantly wider aperture: f/1.8 vs f/2.8
  • Much higher resolution screen: 920k dots vs 230k dots

Significant disadvantages of the XZ-2 iHS (vs the SD940 IS)

  • Significantly heavier: 346 g vs 120 g

common strengths of the XZ-2 iHS and SD940 IS

  • Inexpensive: $330.25 vs $267.95

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) and is slightly smaller (ultra compact 89x55x20 mm vs super compact 97x56x23 mm).

However, on average it has slightly less zoom (4x vs 20x), has a slightly narrower wide angle lens (28 mm vs 25 mm), records lower quality movies (720p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 24fps), has a slightly smaller screen (2.7" vs 3.0") and doesn't record high-speed movies (none vs 240 fps).

Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS
4 years newer
$159

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

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

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

  • Fairly small: Compact 100x58x22 mm vs Ultra compact 89x55x20 mm
  • Thin: 0.9" vs 0.8"
  • Light weight: 147 g vs 120 g

Canon PowerShot ELPH 130 IS

Canon PowerShot ELPH 130 IS
3 years newer
$128 - $237

Significant advantages of the ELPH 130 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 130 IS (vs the SD940 IS)

  • None found

common strengths of the ELPH 130 IS and SD940 IS

  • Fairly small: Super compact 95x56x21 mm vs Ultra compact 89x55x20 mm
  • Thin: 0.8" vs 0.8"
  • Light weight: 133 g vs 120 g

Canon PowerShot ELPH 150 IS

Canon PowerShot ELPH 150 IS
4 years newer
$109 - $160

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

  • Fairly small: Compact 95x56x23 mm vs Ultra compact 89x55x20 mm
  • Light weight: 142 g vs 120 g
  • Thin: 0.9" vs 0.8"

Canon PowerShot IXUS 145

Canon PowerShot IXUS 145
4 years newer
$107

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

  • Fairly small: Super compact 95x54x22 mm vs Ultra compact 89x55x20 mm
  • Light weight: 127 g vs 120 g
  • Thin: 0.9" vs 0.8"

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX350

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX350
4 years newer
$221 - $268

Significant advantages of the DSC-WX350 (vs the SD940 IS)

  • Significantly more zoom: 20x vs 4x
  • Better maximum light sensitivity: 12,800 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
  • Higher resolution movies: 1080p @ 60fps vs 720p @ 30fps

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-WX350 (vs the SD940 IS)

  • Narrower aperture: f/3.5 vs f/2.8

common strengths of the DSC-WX350 and SD940 IS

  • Fairly small: Compact 96x54x25 mm vs Ultra compact 89x55x20 mm
  • Light weight: 137 g vs 120 g
  • Thin: 1" vs 0.8"

Canon IXUS 255 HS

Canon IXUS 255 HS
3 years newer
$565

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

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

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

  • None found

common strengths of the IXUS 255 HS and SD940 IS

  • Fairly small: Super compact 97x56x23 mm vs Ultra compact 89x55x20 mm
  • Light weight: 144 g vs 120 g
  • Thin: 0.9" vs 0.8"

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 thinner (0.8" vs 2.9") and is much lighter (120 g vs 505 g).

However, on average it records lower quality movies (720p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 30fps), has a much smaller screen (2.7" vs 3.0"), has a significantly lower resolution screen (230k dots vs 1,040k dots), takes significantly lower resolution photos (9.8 MP vs 17.9 MP) and doesn't have a touch screen.

Nikon D3100

Nikon D3100
1 year newer
$220 - $343 (body only)
$385 - $403 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)

  • Much larger: Prosumer size 124x96x73 mm vs Ultra compact 89x55x20 mm
  • No image stabilization: None vs Lens
  • 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: $219.99 vs $267.95

Canon Rebel SL1

Canon Rebel SL1
3 years newer
$449 - $549 (body only)
$549 - $550 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the SL1 (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 SL1 (vs the SD940 IS)

  • No image stabilization: None vs Lens
  • Much larger: Prosumer size 117x91x69 mm vs Ultra compact 89x55x20 mm
  • Much thicker: 2.7" vs 0.8"

common strengths of the SL1 and SD940 IS

  • Very small: Prosumer size 117x91x69 mm vs Ultra compact 89x55x20 mm
  • Very thin: 2.7" vs 0.8"
  • Light weight: 407 g vs 120 g

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 89x55x20 mm vs professional size 145x106x79 mm), is thinner (0.8" vs 3.1"), is much lighter (120 g vs 770 g) and has a built-in flash.

However, on average it records lower quality movies (720p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 30fps), has a much smaller screen (2.7" vs 3.0"), has a much lower resolution screen (230k dots vs 1,040k dots), takes much lower resolution photos (9.8 MP vs 20.9 MP) and slightly lower maximum light sensitivity (1,600 ISO vs 25,600 ISO).

Canon EOS 6D

Canon EOS 6D
2 years newer
$1,378 - $1,799 (body only)
$2,199 - $2,399 24-105mm lens

Significant advantages of the 6D (vs the SD940 IS)

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

Significant disadvantages of the 6D (vs the SD940 IS)

  • No image stabilization: None vs Lens
  • Much thicker: 2.8" vs 0.8"
  • Much larger: Professional size 145x111x71 mm vs Ultra compact 89x55x20 mm

common strengths of the 6D and SD940 IS

  • Fairly small: Professional size 145x111x71 mm vs Ultra compact 89x55x20 mm
  • Thin: 2.8" vs 0.8"
  • Inexpensive: $1,378.00 vs $267.95

Canon EOS 70D

Canon EOS 70D
3 years newer
$899 - $999 (body only)
$1,058 - $1,149 18-55mm lens

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

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

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

  • No image stabilization: None vs Lens
  • Much thicker: 3.1" vs 0.8"
  • Much larger: Professional size 145x106x79 mm vs Ultra compact 89x55x20 mm

common strengths of the 70D and SD940 IS

  • Inexpensive: $139.99 vs $267.95
  • Each has a built-in flash

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 173 g).

However, on average it has a slightly smaller screen (2.7" vs 3.0"), 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 doesn't have a viewfinder (none vs tunnel).

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
  • 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

  • Fairly small: Super compact 93x57x20 mm vs Ultra compact 89x55x20 mm
  • Good image stabilization: Lens vs Lens
  • Thin: 0.8" 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
  • 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

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

Canon PowerShot SD870 IS

Canon PowerShot SD870 IS
2 years older
$500

Significant advantages of the SD870 IS (vs the SD940 IS)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the SD870 IS (vs the SD940 IS)

  • Significantly heavier: 205 g vs 120 g

common strengths of the SD870 IS and SD940 IS

  • Good image stabilization: Lens vs Lens

Canon PowerShot SD960 IS

Canon PowerShot SD960 IS
6 months older
$249

Significant advantages of the SD960 IS (vs the SD940 IS)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the SD960 IS (vs the SD940 IS)

  • None found

common strengths of the SD960 IS and SD940 IS

  • Fairly small: Super compact 98x54x22 mm vs Ultra compact 89x55x20 mm
  • Good image stabilization: Lens vs Lens
  • Thin: 0.9" vs 0.8"

Canon ELPH 100 HS

Canon ELPH 100 HS
1 year newer
$90 - $180

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

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

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

  • None found

common strengths of the 100 HS and SD940 IS

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

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W170

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W170
1 year older

Significant advantages of the DSC-W170 (vs the SD940 IS)

  • Has a viewfinder: Tunnel vs None

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-W170 (vs the SD940 IS)

  • Much worse macro capability: 10 cm vs 3 cm
  • Heavier: 173 g vs 120 g

common strengths of the DSC-W170 and SD940 IS

  • Fairly small: Compact 93x58x24 mm vs Ultra compact 89x55x20 mm
  • Good image stabilization: Lens vs Lens
  • Thin: 0.9" vs 0.8"

compared toDigicam competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon SD940 IS compared to digicam competitors include: it is slightly smaller (ultra compact 89x55x20 mm vs standard size 102x82x68 mm), has better image stabilization (lens vs none), takes slightly higher resolution photos (9.8 MP vs 4.9 MP), is newer (august, 2009 vs september, 2001) and is thinner (0.8" vs 2.7").

However, on average it has a marginally smaller sensor (1/2.3" 6.2x4.6mm vs 2/3" 8.8x6.6mm), lacks a built in panoramas, doesn't take 3D photos, doesn't have a viewfinder (none vs tunnel) and doesn't support an external flash.

Olympus VG-145

Olympus VG-145
1 year newer

Significant advantages of the VG-145 (vs the SD940 IS)

  • Larger screen: 3.0" vs 2.7"

Significant disadvantages of the VG-145 (vs the SD940 IS)

  • None found

common strengths of the VG-145 and SD940 IS

  • None found

Olympus SZ-11

Olympus SZ-11
1 year newer
$190

Significant advantages of the SZ-11 (vs the SD940 IS)

  • Takes 3D photos
  • Can create panoramas in-camera
  • Larger screen: 3.0" vs 2.7"

Significant disadvantages of the SZ-11 (vs the SD940 IS)

  • None found

common strengths of the SZ-11 and SD940 IS

  • None found

Nikon Coolpix 5000

Nikon Coolpix 5000
8 years older

Significant advantages of the 5000 (vs the SD940 IS)

  • Significantly larger sensor: 2/3" 8.8x6.6mm vs 1/2.3" 6.2x4.6mm
  • Supports an external flash
  • Has a viewfinder: Tunnel vs None

Significant disadvantages of the 5000 (vs the SD940 IS)

  • No image stabilization: None vs Lens
  • Much smaller screen: 1.8" vs 2.7"
  • Much lower true resolution: 4.9 MP vs 9.8 MP

common strengths of the 5000 and SD940 IS

  • None found