Canon Powershot SX40 vs Canon PowerShot SX150 IS

Winner
Canon Powershot SX40

37

Canon PowerShot SX150 IS

30

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Reasons to buy the Canon Powershot SX40

Wide aperture
Aperture
f/2.7
High speed movies
High-speed framerate
240 fps
24p movies
Supports 24p
For that film look
Rapid fire
Continuous shooting
10.3 fps
 

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot SX150 IS

Size
Really small
Mid size (113×73×46 mm)
Thickness
Thin
1.8"
Weight
Light-weight
306 g

galleries

Explore our gallery of 48 sample photos taken by the Canon PowerShot SX150 IS.
Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Canon Powershot SX40.

differences

Advantages of the Canon SX150 IS

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Size
Significantly smaller
113×73×46 mm vs 123×92×108 mm
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3.2x smaller
Screen size
Significantly larger screen
3" vs 2.7"
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More than 10% larger screen
Thickness
Significantly thinner
1.8" vs 4.3"
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2.3x thinner
Weight
Significantly lighter
306 g vs 600 g
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Around 50% lighter
Lowest price
Cheaper
$169.99 vs $343.27
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The best price we've seen is $173 cheaper (2x less)
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Advantages of the Canon SX40

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Aperture
Significantly wider aperture
f/2.7 vs f/3.4
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At its widest zoom, the SX40's lens captures slightly more light (0.7 f-stops)
Battery life
Much longer battery life
380 shots vs 110 shots
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Around 3.5x more shots per battery charge
Supports 24p
Supports 24p
Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
Wide angle
Better wide angle
24 mm vs 28 mm
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More than 10% better wide angle
Zoom
More zoom
35x vs 12x
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More than 8.5x more zoom
High-speed framerate
Records high-speed movies
240 fps vs None
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Capture events too fast for the naked eye and play them back in super-slow motion
Movie format
Higher resolution movies
1080p @ 24fps vs 720p @ 30fps
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video but at a lower frame rate
Sensor type
Has a CMOS-family sensor
CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Continuous shooting
Shoots significantly faster
10.3 fps vs 0.9 fps
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Around 11.5x faster continuous shooting
Screen flips out
Has a flip-out screen
Yes vs No
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Flip-out screens can be helpful when composing tricky shots or taking movies
External flash
Supports an external flash
Yes vs No
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An external flash often produces better looking flash images
Macro focus
Better macro capability
0.0 cm vs 1.0 cm
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Almost the same
Focus points
More focus points
9 vs 1
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Viewfinder
Has a viewfinder
Digital vs None
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A viewfinder can help save battery life by keeping the screen turned off
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
3,200 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The SX40's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
Fastest shutter speed
Faster max shutter speed
1/3200s vs 1/2500s
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More than 20% faster max shutter speed
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Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent digicams, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent digicams

              Common Strengths
              Macro focus Good macro capabilities Help
              SX150 IS1.0 cm
              SX400.0 cm
              Common Weaknesses
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              230k dots
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              SX150 IS1,600 ISO
              SX403,200 ISO

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Super zoom

              $329 - $349

              Zoom Has significantly more zoom
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon PowerShot SX400 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX400 IS

              Super zoom

              $149 - $150

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Super zoom

              $159

              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker

              Canon PowerShot SX150 IS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX160 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX160 IS

              Travel zoom

              $200

              Battery life Much longer battery life
              Fastest shutter speed Faster max shutter speed
              Aperture Slightly narrower aperture
              Canon PowerShot SX170 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX170 IS

              Travel zoom

              $180

              Battery life Much longer battery life
              Weight Slightly lighter
              Aperture Slightly narrower aperture
              Nikon Coolpix L120

              Nikon Coolpix L120

              Super zoom

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Image stabilization Worse image stabilization
              Size Larger
              Canon PowerShot SX130 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX130 IS

              Travel zoom

              $202

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 150 IS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 150 IS

              Travel zoom

              $109 - $119

              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Aperture Wider aperture
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen
              Fastest shutter speed Slower max shutter speed

              Canon Powershot SX40 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX60 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX60 HS

              Super zoom

              $479 - $480

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150

              Super zoom

              $355

              3D Takes 3D photos
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Zoom Less zoom
              Canon PowerShot SX30 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX30 IS

              Super zoom

              Shutter lag Less shutter lag
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Super zoom

              $239

              Size Significantly smaller
              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Nikon Coolpix P510

              Nikon Coolpix P510

              Super zoom

              $500

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Battery life Much shorter battery life

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