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Reasons to buy the Canon Powershot SX40

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

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot SX150 IS

Size
Really small
Mid size 113x73x46 mm
Thickness
Thin
1.8"
Weight
Light-weight
306 g
 
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differences

Advantages of the Canon SX150 IS

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Size Much smaller 113x73x46 mm vs 123x92x108 mm
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3.2x smaller
Screen size Larger screen 3.0" 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 $128.99 vs $315.00
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The best price we've seen is $186 cheaper (2.4x less)
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Advantages of the Canon SX40

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Aperture 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)
Supports 24p Supports 24p Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
Zoom More zoom 35x vs 12x
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More than 8.5x more zoom
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
Battery life Much longer battery life 380 shots vs 110 shots
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Around 3.5x more shots per battery charge
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
Wide angle Better wide angle 24 mm vs 28 mm
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More than 10% better wide angle
Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
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
Continuous shooting Shoots significantly faster 10.3 fps vs 0.9 fps
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Around 11.5x faster continuous shooting
External flash Supports an external flash Yes vs No
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An external flash often produces better looking flash images
Viewfinder Has a viewfinder Digital vs None
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A viewfinder can help save battery life by keeping the screen turned off
Macro focus Better macro capability 0 cm vs 1 cm
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Almost the same
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 3,200 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The SX40's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
Focus points Slightly more focus points 9 vs 1
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Set focus accurately within the frame
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              similarities

              Compared to recent digicams

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Macro focus Good macro capabilities Help
              SX150 IS:1 cm
              SX40:0 cm
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Supports RAW No RAW support Help
              Less editing fidelity
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              SX150 IS:1
              SX40:9
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              230k dots

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Super zoom

              $399 - $400

              Zoom Has significantly more zoom
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Super zoom

              $199

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Thickness Is thicker
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
              Canon PowerShot SX500 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX500 IS

              Super zoom

              $230 - $250

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon PowerShot SX170 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX170 IS

              Travel zoom

              $149 - $180

              Wide angle Has a slightly narrower wide angle lens
              Aperture Has a significantly narrower aperture
              Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

              Travel zoom

              $199 - $252

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Size Is slightly smaller
              Macro focus Much worse macro focusing
              Aperture Has a significantly narrower aperture

              Canon PowerShot SX150 IS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX160 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX160 IS

              Travel zoom

              $140

              Battery life Much longer battery life
              Zoom Slightly more zoom
              Aperture Slightly narrower aperture
              Nikon Coolpix L120

              Nikon Coolpix L120

              Super zoom

              $257

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Size Larger
              Image stabilization Worse image stabilization
              Canon PowerShot SX200 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX200 IS

              Travel zoom

              Size Smaller
              Macro focus Better macro capability
              Canon PowerShot SX130 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX130 IS

              Travel zoom

              $200

              Lowest price More expensive

              Canon Powershot SX40 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Super zoom

              $197

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Size Smaller
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Nikon Coolpix P510

              Nikon Coolpix P510

              Super zoom

              $319

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              3D Takes 3D photos
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 body only

              $549 - $579 with 18-55mm lens

              Sensor size Much larger sensor
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Autofocus Lacks video autofocus
              Canon PowerShot SX30 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX30 IS

              Super zoom

              $420

              Shutter lag Less shutter lag
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Movie format Lower resolution movies

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