Canon PowerShot SD940 IS vs Canon PowerShot SX230 HS

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Canon PowerShot SD940 IS

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Canon PowerShot SX230 HS

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Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot SD940 IS

Really small
Size
Ultra compact 89x55x20 mm
Thin
Thickness
0.8"
Light-weight
Weight
120 g
 

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot SX230 HS

High-speed framerate
High speed movies
240 fps
Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
Sensor type
CMOS Sensor
Better in low light
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama

galleries

Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Canon PowerShot SX230 HS. Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Canon PowerShot SD940 IS.

differences

Advantages of the Canon SX230 HS

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Movie format
Higher resolution movies
1080p @ 30fps vs 720p @ 30fps
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video
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
Supports 24p
Supports 24p
Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
Panorama
Can create panoramas in-camera
Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Sensor type
Has a CMOS-family sensor
CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Zoom
More zoom
14x vs 4x
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Around 12.5x more zoom
Screen size
Larger screen
3.0" vs 2.7"
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More than 10% larger screen
Screen resolution
Higher resolution screen
461k dots vs 230k dots
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More than 2x higher resolution screen
GPS
Has a GPS
Yes vs No
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Automatically geotags your photos when traveling
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
3.2 fps vs 0.8 fps
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More than 4x faster continuous shooting
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
3,200 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The SX230 HS's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
Fastest shutter speed
Much faster max shutter speed
1/3200s vs 1/1500s
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2.1x faster max shutter speed
Lowest price
Cheaper
$205.07 vs $267.95
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The best price we've seen is $63 cheaper (more than 20% less)
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Advantages of the Canon SD940 IS

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Size
Much smaller
89x55x20 mm vs 106x59x33 mm
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2.1x smaller
Aperture
Wider aperture
f/2.8 vs f/3.1
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At its widest zoom, the SD940 IS's lens captures marginally more light (0.3 f-stops)
Thickness
Much thinner
0.8" vs 1.3"
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Around 40% thinner
Weight
Significantly lighter
120 g vs 215 g
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More than 40% lighter
Macro focus
Better macro capability
3 cm vs 5 cm
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Focus on subjects 40% closer to the lens
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              similarities

              Compared to recent compacts

              Common Strengths
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              SX230 HSLens, Sensor shift
              SD940 ISLens
              Common Weaknesses
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              Light sensitivity (boost) No boost ISO Help
              Lacks boost light sensitivity
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Wide angle Poor wide angle Help
              28 mm
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              SX230 HS3.2 fps
              SD940 IS0.8 fps
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              SX230 HS3,200 ISO
              SD940 IS1,600 ISO

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon ELPH 300 HS

              Canon ELPH 300 HS

              Compact

              $220

              Wide angle Has a much wider wide angle lens
              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Canon PowerShot S95

              Canon PowerShot S95

              Pro digicam

              $429

              Aperture Has a significantly wider aperture
              Sensor size Has a marginally larger sensor
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Travel zoom

              $241 - $348

              Zoom Has way more more zoom
              Wide angle Has a much wider wide angle lens
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is much heavier
              Canon PowerShot SD780 IS

              Canon PowerShot SD780 IS

              Ultra compact

              $398

              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive

              Canon PowerShot SX230 HS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

              Travel zoom

              $325

              Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
              Zoom More zoom
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Size Slightly larger
              Canon PowerShot SX220 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX220 HS

              Travel zoom

              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Canon PowerShot SX210 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX210 IS

              Travel zoom

              $379

              Size Slightly smaller
              Thickness Slightly thinner
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

              Travel zoom

              $328

              Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
              Zoom More zoom
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

              Travel zoom

              $159 - $164

              Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
              Size Significantly smaller
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Aperture Narrower aperture

              Canon PowerShot SD940 IS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $370 - $448

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Size Much larger
              Thickness Much thicker
              Canon PowerShot SD1400 IS

              Canon PowerShot SD1400 IS

              Ultra compact

              $243

              Size Slightly smaller
              Thickness Thinner
              Weight Slightly heavier
              Placeholder

              Canon EOS Digital Rebel

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,405 body only

              $530 with 18-55mm lens

              Interchangeable lenses Has interchangeable lenses
              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              Size Much larger
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Canon PowerShot SD960 IS

              Canon PowerShot SD960 IS

              Compact

              $170

              Screen size Larger screen
              Macro focus Better macro capability
              Size Larger
              Weight Heavier
              Canon IXUS 135

              Canon IXUS 135

              Travel zoom

              $216

              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Macro focus Better macro capability
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Image stabilization Worse image stabilization

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