As well as being compared against other ultra compacts, the Canon PowerShot SD940 IS is also often compared to travel zooms, pro digicams, mirrorless, entry-level DSLRs and compacts. The Canon PowerShot SD940 IS's top rivals come from Canon (such as the PowerShot SX720 HS and the PowerShot S120) and Nikon (such as the 1 J1 and the Coolpix S7000)

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 aperture (f/2.8 vs f/3.2), has a slightly wider wide angle lens (28 mm vs 33 mm), has a slightly larger screen (2.7" vs 2.5"), is thinner (0.8" vs 2.1") and is slightly lighter (120 g vs 160 g).

However, on average it lacks built-in panoramas, is older (august 2009 vs february 2014) and doesn't have a viewfinder (none vs tunnel).

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

Sony CyberShot DSC-W800

Sony CyberShot DSC-W800
4 years newer
$88 - $110

Significant advantages of the DSC-W800 (vs the SD940 IS)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-W800 (vs the SD940 IS)

  • None found

common strengths of the DSC-W800 and SD940 IS

  • None found

Canon PowerShot SD780 IS

Canon PowerShot SD780 IS
6 months older
$300

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 SD780 IS

Canon PowerShot SD780 IS
6 months older
$300

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

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 smaller screen (2.7" vs 3"), has a slightly lower resolution screen (230k dots vs 921k dots), doesn't record high-speed movies (none vs 240 fps), doesn't record movies in 24p and has a CCD-family sensor (CCD vs CMOS).

Canon PowerShot SX720 HS

Canon PowerShot SX720 HS
6 years newer
$325 - $379

Significant advantages of the PowerShot SX720 HS (vs the SD940 IS)

  • Significantly more zoom: 40x vs 4x
  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.7"
  • Better wide angle: 24 mm vs 28 mm

Significant disadvantages of the PowerShot SX720 HS (vs the SD940 IS)

  • None found

common strengths of the PowerShot SX720 HS and SD940 IS

  • None found

Canon IXUS 165

Canon IXUS 165
5 years newer
$85 - $92

Significant advantages of the IXUS 165 (vs the SD940 IS)

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

Significant disadvantages of the IXUS 165 (vs the SD940 IS)

  • None found

common strengths of the IXUS 165 and SD940 IS

  • None found

Canon PowerShot ELPH 160

Canon PowerShot ELPH 160
5 years newer
$99

Significant advantages of the ELPH 160 (vs the SD940 IS)

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

Significant disadvantages of the ELPH 160 (vs the SD940 IS)

  • Worse image stabilization:
    1. Digital
    vs
    1. Lens

common strengths of the ELPH 160 and SD940 IS

  • None found

Canon ELPH 310 HS

Canon ELPH 310 HS
2 years newer
$329

Significant advantages of the 310 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 310 HS (vs the SD940 IS)

  • None found

common strengths of the 310 HS and SD940 IS

  • Wide aperture: f/3 vs f/2.8

Canon PowerShot ELPH 170 IS

Canon PowerShot ELPH 170 IS
5 years newer
$119

Significant advantages of the ELPH 170 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 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

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX500

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX500
5 years newer
$298

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

  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.7"
  • Better wide angle: 24 mm vs 28 mm
  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 921k dots vs 230k dots

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

  • Significantly narrower aperture: f/3.5 vs f/2.8

common strengths of the DSC-WX500 and SD940 IS

  • None found

compared toPro digicam competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon SD940 IS compared to pro digicam competitors include: it is slightly less expensive ($254.99 vs $488.00).

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), has a much smaller screen (2.7" vs 3") and has a significantly lower resolution screen (230k dots vs 920k dots).

Canon PowerShot S120

Canon PowerShot S120
4 years newer
$510

Significant advantages of the S120 (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 S120 (vs the SD940 IS)

  • None found

common strengths of the S120 and SD940 IS

  • Each has a built-in flash

Fujifilm XQ2

Fujifilm XQ2
5 years newer
$299

Significant advantages of the XQ2 (vs the SD940 IS)

  • Significantly wider aperture: f/1.8 vs f/2.8
  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.7"
  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 920k dots vs 230k dots

Significant disadvantages of the XQ2 (vs the SD940 IS)

  • None found

common strengths of the XQ2 and SD940 IS

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Inexpensive: $299.00 vs $254.99

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LF1

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LF1
3 years newer
$383

Significant advantages of the DMC-LF1 (vs the SD940 IS)

  • Shoots RAW
  • Significantly wider aperture: f/2 vs f/2.8
  • Takes 3D photos

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-LF1 (vs the SD940 IS)

  • None found

common strengths of the DMC-LF1 and SD940 IS

  • Each has a built-in flash

Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100
2 years newer
$489 - $498

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)

  • None found

common strengths of the DSC-RX100 and SD940 IS

  • Each has a built-in flash

Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II

Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II
6 years newer
$699

Significant advantages of the PowerShot G7 X Mark II (vs the SD940 IS)

  • Much larger sensor: Nikon CX 13.2x8.8mm vs 1/2.3" 6.16x4.62mm
  • Significantly wider aperture: f/1.8 vs f/2.8
  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.7"

Significant disadvantages of the PowerShot G7 X Mark II (vs the SD940 IS)

  • None found

common strengths of the PowerShot G7 X Mark II and SD940 IS

  • Each has a built-in flash

Canon PowerShot S95

Canon PowerShot S95
1 year newer
$246

Significant advantages of the S95 (vs the SD940 IS)

  • Shoots RAW
  • Significantly wider aperture: f/2 vs f/2.8
  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.7"

Significant disadvantages of the S95 (vs the SD940 IS)

  • None found

common strengths of the S95 and SD940 IS

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Inexpensive: $246.18 vs $254.99

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 1.2") and is slightly lighter (120 g vs 277 g).

However, on average it has a much smaller screen (2.7" vs 3"), has a slightly lower resolution screen (230k dots vs 460k dots), doesn't record high-speed movies (none vs 1,200 fps), doesn't shoot as fast continuously (0.8 fps vs 60 fps) and users slower contrast detection autofocus (contrast detection vs phase detection).

Nikon 1 J1

Nikon 1 J1
2 years newer
$220 10-30mm lens

Significant advantages of the J1 (vs the SD940 IS)

  • Records high-speed movies: 1,200 fps vs None
  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.7"
  • Shoots much faster: 60 fps vs 0.8 fps

Significant disadvantages of the J1 (vs the SD940 IS)

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Lens

common strengths of the J1 and SD940 IS

  • Fairly small: Compact (106×61×30 mm) vs Ultra compact (89×55×20 mm)
  • Thin: 1.2" vs 0.8"
  • Light weight: 277 g vs 120 g

compared toEntry-level DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon SD940 IS compared to entry-level DSLR competitors include: it has better image stabilization (lens vs none), is much smaller (ultra compact (89×55×20 mm) vs professional size (130×100×78 mm)), is thinner (0.8" vs 3.1") and is much lighter (120 g vs 650 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 920k dots), takes much lower resolution photos (9.8 MP vs 17.9 MP) and slightly lower maximum light sensitivity (1,600 ISO vs 12,800 ISO).

Pentax K-30

Pentax K-30
2 years newer
$400 (body only)
$369 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the K-30 (vs the SD940 IS)

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

Significant disadvantages of the K-30 (vs the SD940 IS)

  • Much thicker: 2.8" vs 0.8"
  • Much larger: Prosumer size (130×97×71 mm) vs Ultra compact (89×55×20 mm)
  • Much heavier: 650 g vs 120 g

common strengths of the K-30 and SD940 IS

  • Good image stabilization:
    1. Sensor shift
    vs
    1. Lens
  • Fairly small: Prosumer size (130×97×71 mm) vs Ultra compact (89×55×20 mm)
  • Thin: 2.8" vs 0.8"

Canon EOS Rebel T6

Canon EOS Rebel T6
6 years newer
$589 - $749 (body only)
$499 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the Rebel T6 (vs the SD940 IS)

  • Higher resolution movies: 1080p @ 30fps vs 720p @ 30fps
  • Has a viewfinder: Pentamirror vs None
  • Much higher resolution screen: 920k dots vs 230k dots

Significant disadvantages of the Rebel T6 (vs the SD940 IS)

  • Much larger: Professional size (129×101×78 mm) vs Ultra compact (89×55×20 mm)
  • Much thicker: 3.1" vs 0.8"
  • Much heavier: 485 g vs 120 g

common strengths of the Rebel T6 and SD940 IS

  • Light weight: 485 g vs 120 g

Canon EOS Rebel T5

Canon EOS Rebel T5
4 years newer
$285 (body only)
$360 - $399 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the Rebel T5 (vs the SD940 IS)

  • Higher resolution movies: 1080p @ 30fps vs 720p @ 30fps
  • Has a viewfinder: Pentamirror vs None
  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.7"

Significant disadvantages of the Rebel T5 (vs the SD940 IS)

  • Much thicker: 3.1" vs 0.8"
  • Much larger: Professional size (130×100×78 mm) vs Ultra compact (89×55×20 mm)
  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Lens

common strengths of the Rebel T5 and SD940 IS

  • Light weight: 480 g vs 120 g
  • Inexpensive: $285.00 vs $254.99

compared toCompact competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon SD940 IS compared to compact competitors include: it has better image stabilization (lens vs none).

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 record movies in 24p, has a CCD-family sensor (CCD vs CMOS) and is older (august 2009 vs january 2011).

Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS

Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS
2 years newer
$270

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

  • Records high-speed movies: 240 fps vs None
  • Much better wide angle: 24 mm vs 28 mm
  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.7"

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
  • Very small: Super compact (93×57×20 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
$160

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

Canon ELPH 300 HS

Canon ELPH 300 HS
1 year newer
$265

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

  • Records high-speed movies: 240 fps vs None
  • Much 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 PowerShot A2200

Canon PowerShot A2200
1 year newer
$139

Significant advantages of the A2200 (vs the SD940 IS)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the A2200 (vs the SD940 IS)

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Lens

common strengths of the A2200 and SD940 IS

  • Wide aperture: f/2.8 vs f/2.8
  • Fairly small: Super compact (94×56×23 mm) vs Ultra compact (89×55×20 mm)
  • Light weight: 135 g vs 120 g

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS25

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS25
6 months older
$321

Significant advantages of the DMC-FS25 (vs the SD940 IS)

  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.7"
  • Much longer exposures: 60 seconds vs 15 seconds
  • Significantly faster max shutter speed: 1/2000 of a second vs 1/1500 of a second

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-FS25 (vs the SD940 IS)

  • None found

common strengths of the DMC-FS25 and SD940 IS

  • Fairly small: Super compact (97×58×22 mm) vs Ultra compact (89×55×20 mm)
  • Good image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Lens
  • Thin: 0.9" vs 0.8"

Canon PowerShot SD450

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4 years older

Significant advantages of the SD450 (vs the SD940 IS)

  • Has a viewfinder: Tunnel vs None

Significant disadvantages of the SD450 (vs the SD940 IS)

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Lens
  • Much worse wide angle: 35 mm vs 28 mm
  • Significantly smaller screen: 2.5" vs 2.7"

common strengths of the SD450 and SD940 IS

  • Wide aperture: f/2.8 vs f/2.8
  • Very small: Super compact (86×54×22 mm) vs Ultra compact (89×55×20 mm)
  • Thin: 0.9" vs 0.8"