As well as being compared against other compacts, the Pentax Optio S40 is also often compared to ultra compacts and digicams. The Pentax Optio S40's top rivals come from Canon (such as the PowerShot A530) and Pentax (such as the Optio S)

Competitor classes

compared toCompact competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Pentax S40 compared to other compact competitors include: it is significantly smaller (compact (89×59×26 mm) vs compact (90×64×43 mm)), is thinner (1" vs 1.7") and is slightly lighter (175 g vs 220 g).

However, on average it is older (february 2004 vs february 2006) and slightly shorter exposures (4 seconds vs 15 seconds).

Canon PowerShot A530

Canon PowerShot A530
2 years newer
$140

Significant advantages of the A530 (vs the S40)

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Significant disadvantages of the A530 (vs the S40)

  • Significantly larger: Compact (90×64×43 mm) vs Compact (89×59×26 mm)
  • Much thicker: 1.7" vs 1"

common strengths of the A530 and S40

  • Wide aperture: f/2.6 vs f/2.6
  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Both have tunnel viewfinders: Tunnel vs Tunnel

compared toUltra compact competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Pentax S40 compared to ultra compact competitors include: it is newer (february 2004 vs january 2003).

However, on average it is slightly larger (compact (89×59×26 mm) vs ultra compact (83×52×20 mm)), is thicker (1" vs 0.8") and is slightly heavier (175 g vs 115 g).

Pentax Optio S

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1 year older

Significant advantages of the Optio S (vs the S40)

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Significant disadvantages of the Optio S (vs the S40)

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common strengths of the Optio S and S40

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compared toDigicam competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Pentax S40 compared to digicam competitors include: it takes slightly higher resolution photos (4 MP vs 1.2 MP), is newer (february 2004 vs january 1999), is thinner (1" vs 2.2"), is slightly lighter (175 g vs 350 g) and has a faster max shutter speed (1/2000 of a second vs 1/750 of a second).

However, on average it has a significantly smaller screen (1.6" vs 2").

Sanyo VPC-Z400

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5 years older

Significant advantages of the VPC-Z400 (vs the S40)

  • Significantly larger screen: 2" vs 1.6"

Significant disadvantages of the VPC-Z400 (vs the S40)

  • Much slower max shutter speed: 1/750 of a second vs 1/2000 of a second

common strengths of the VPC-Z400 and S40

  • Wide aperture: f/2.8 vs f/2.6
  • Both have tunnel viewfinders: Tunnel vs Tunnel