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 (89×55×20 mm)
Thin
Thickness
0.8"
Light-weight
Weight
120 g
 

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot SX230 HS

Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
GPS
Built-in GPS
Great for travel
Fastest shutter speed
Fast shutter speed
1/3200 of a second

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
Screen size
Significantly larger screen
3" vs 2.7"
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More than 10% larger screen
Supports 24p
Supports 24p
Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
Sensor type
Has a CMOS-family sensor
CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Panorama
Can create panoramas in-camera
Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Zoom
More zoom
14x vs 4x
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Around 12.5x more zoom
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 2 f-stops 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
Slightly cheaper
$229.88 vs $267.95
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The best price we've seen is $38 cheaper (more than 10% less)
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Advantages of the Canon SD940 IS

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Size
Much smaller
89×55×20 mm vs 106×59×33 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)
Macro focus
Significantly better macro capability
3.0 cm vs 5.0 cm
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Focus on subjects 40% closer to the lens
Weight
Significantly lighter
120 g vs 215 g
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More than 40% lighter
Thickness
Significantly thinner
0.8" vs 1.3"
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Around 40% thinner
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Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent compacts, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent compacts

              Common Strengths
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              SX230 HS
              1. Lens
              2. Sensor shift
              SD940 IS
              1. Lens
              Common Weaknesses
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              Light sensitivity (boost) No boost ISO Help
              Lacks boost light sensitivity
              Supports RAW No RAW support Help
              Less editing fidelity
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Macro focus Poor macro capabilities Help
              SX230 HS5.0 cm
              SD940 IS3.0 cm
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              SX230 HS3,200 ISO
              SD940 IS1,600 ISO
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              SX230 HS3.2 fps
              SD940 IS0.8 fps
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Wide angle Poor wide angle Help
              28 mm

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon ELPH 300 HS

              Canon ELPH 300 HS

              Compact

              $295

              Wide angle Has a much wider wide angle lens
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Canon ELPH 310 HS

              Canon ELPH 310 HS

              Travel zoom

              $295

              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Macro focus Significantly closer macro focusing
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Canon PowerShot S120

              Canon PowerShot S120

              Pro digicam

              $314 - $349

              Aperture Has a significantly wider aperture
              Wide angle Has a much wider wide angle lens
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

              Travel zoom

              $158

              Wide angle Has a significantly wider wide angle lens
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon PowerShot ELPH 320 HS

              Canon ELPH 320 HS

              Compact

              $223

              Wide angle Has a much wider wide angle lens
              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Weight Is slightly heavier

              Canon PowerShot SX230 HS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX220 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX220 HS

              Travel zoom

              $299

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

              Canon PowerShot SX210 IS

              Travel zoom

              $499

              Size Slightly smaller
              Thickness Slightly thinner
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

              Travel zoom

              $444

              Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
              Zoom More zoom
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Size Slightly larger
              Canon PowerShot SX240 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX240 HS

              Travel zoom

              $269

              Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
              Zoom More zoom
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

              Travel zoom

              $229

              Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
              Zoom More zoom
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Aperture Narrower aperture

              Canon PowerShot SD940 IS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS

              Compact

              $250

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Wide angle Much better wide angle
              Size Slightly larger
              Weight Heavier
              Canon PowerShot SD1200 IS

              Canon PowerShot SD1200 IS

              Compact

              $330

              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              Wide angle Much worse wide angle
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Canon PowerShot SD1400 IS

              Canon PowerShot SD1400 IS

              Ultra compact

              $225

              Size Slightly smaller
              Thickness Slightly thinner
              Weight Slightly heavier
              Canon IXUS 165

              Canon IXUS 165

              Travel zoom

              $138 - $145

              Zoom Slightly more zoom
              Lowest price Cheaper
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Size Larger
              Canon IXUS 132

              Canon IXUS 132

              Travel zoom

              $101

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

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