Updated (September, 2011): Compare the Canon Powershot SX40 vs Canon Rebel T3i

Canon Powershot SX40

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Reasons to buy the Canon Powershot SX40

High speed movies
High-speed framerate
240 fps
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens
Rapid fire
Continuous shooting
10.3 fps
Flip-out screen
Screen flips out
Great for movies
 

Reasons to buy the Canon Rebel T2i

Screen resolution
High resolution screen
1,040k dots
External mic jack
External mic jack
Record higher quality audio with a microphone
 

differences

Advantages of the Canon SX40

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Autofocus
Video autofocus
Contrast detection vs None
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Automatically focuses shooting video
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
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
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 faster
10.3 fps vs 3.7 fps
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Around 3x faster continuous shooting
Lowest price
Cheaper
$404.95 vs $599.99
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The best price we've seen is $195 cheaper (more than 30% less)
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Advantages of the Canon T2i

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Screen resolution
Much higher resolution screen
1,040k dots vs 230k dots
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More than 4.5x higher resolution screen
Autofocus
Faster autofocus
Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Catch candid moments easily
External mic jack
Has an external mic jack
Yes vs No
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Record high quality audio with an external microphone
Screen size
Significantly larger screen
3.0" vs 2.7"
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More than 10% larger screen
Size
Smaller
129x98x62 mm vs 123x92x108 mm
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Around 40% smaller
True resolution
Significantly higher true resolution
17.9 MP vs 9.7 MP
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Capture more than 80% more detail in your photos
Sensor size
Significantly larger sensor
APS-C 22.3x14.9mm vs 1/2.3" 6.2x4.6mm
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Around 12x larger sensor
Interchangeable lenses
Has interchangeable lenses
Yes vs No
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Can take advantage of a variety of lenses
Supports RAW
Shoots RAW
Yes vs No
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Digitally develop your own photos with precise image control
Shutter lag
Less shutter lag
252 ms vs 350 ms
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Around 30% less delay when taking photos
Thickness
Significantly thinner
2.4" vs 4.3"
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More than 40% thinner
Battery life
Slightly longer battery life
440 shots vs 380 shots
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Around 20% more shots per battery charge
Viewfinder
Has an optical viewfinder
Pentamirror vs Digital
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Optical viewfinders save battery life and are more detailed
Weight
Lighter
530 g vs 600 g
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More than 10% lighter
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
6,400 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The T2i's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
Longest exposure
Longer exposures
30s vs 15s
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2x longer exposures
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              similarities

              Compared to recent digital cameras

              Common Strengths
              Supports 24p Both support 24p, which is uncommon in cameras similar to these Help
              For that film look
              External flash Support external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Viewfinder Viewfinders Help
              SX40:Digital
              T2i:Pentamirror
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              Common Weaknesses
              Weight Heavy Help
              SX40:600 g
              T2i:530 g
              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
              Focus points Few focus points Help
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              3D Neither camera can take 3D photos Help
              No 3d support
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Size Large Help
              SX40:123x92x108 mm
              T2i:129x98x62 mm

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $550 body only

              $549 - $630 with 18-55mm lens

              Thickness Is thicker
              Startup delay Has significantly more startup delay
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $599 - $699 body only

              $597 - $700 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Thickness Is thicker
              Color depth Has slightly less color depth
              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $430 - $450 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie continuous focus Can focus continuously while recording movies
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $309 - $527 body only

              $389 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Canon Rebel T3

              Canon Rebel T3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $380 - $389 body only

              $399 - $520 with 18-55mm lens

              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $272 body only

              $390 - $409 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie continuous focus Can focus continuously while recording movies
              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS

              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS

              Entry-level DSLR

              $715 body only

              Shutter lag Has slightly less shutter lag
              Dynamic range Has slightly narrower dynamic range
              Screen size Has a slightly smaller screen

              Canon Powershot SX40 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Super zoom

              $349 - $399

              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Continuous shooting Shoots slower
              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Super zoom

              $207 - $239

              Size Significantly smaller
              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150

              Super zoom

              $383

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

              Canon PowerShot SX30 IS

              Super zoom

              $508

              Shutter lag Slightly less shutter lag
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Super zoom

              $195 - $246

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out

              Canon EOS Rebel T2i Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $699 - $899 body only

              $959 - $1,182 with 18-135mm lens

              Battery life Much longer battery life
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Size Larger
              Weight Heavier

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