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Reasons to buy the Canon Powershot SX40

Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 24fps
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 G10

Size
Really small
Mid size 109x78x46 mm
True resolution
High true resolution
14.6 MP
Battery life
Great battery life
1000 shots
Thickness
Thin
1.8"
 
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Advantages of the Canon SX40

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Movie format Higher resolution movies 1080p @ 24fps vs 480p @ 30fps
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Shoots high resolution Full HD (1080p) video but at a lower frame rate
Supports 24p Supports 24p Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
Zoom More zoom 35x vs 5x
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49x more zoom
Shutter lag Much less shutter lag 350 ms vs 569 ms
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Around 40% less delay when taking photos
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 0.7 fps
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More than 14.5x faster continuous shooting
Aperture Slightly wider aperture f/2.7 vs f/2.8
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At its widest zoom, the SX40's lens captures marginally more light (0.1 f-stops)
Lowest price Much cheaper $315.00 vs $849.00
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The best price we've seen is $534 cheaper (2.7x less)
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
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Advantages of the Canon G10

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Battery life Much longer battery life 1000 shots vs 380 shots
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More than 2.5x more shots per battery charge
Size Significantly smaller 109x78x46 mm vs 123x92x108 mm
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3.1x smaller
True resolution Much higher true resolution 14.6 MP vs 9.7 MP
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Capture more than 50% more detail in your photos
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
Supports RAW Shoots RAW Yes vs No
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Digitally develop your own photos with precise image control
Thickness Significantly thinner 1.8" vs 4.3"
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2.3x thinner
Sensor size Larger sensor 1/1.7" 7.6x5.7mm vs 1/2.3" 6.2x4.6mm
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More than 50% larger sensor
Weight Lighter 390 g vs 600 g
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Around 40% lighter
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              similarities

              Compared to recent digicams

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Macro focus Good macro capabilities Help
              SX40:0 cm
              G10:1 cm
              Battery life Great battery life Help
              SX40:380 shots
              G10:1000 shots
              External flash Support external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Viewfinder Viewfinders Help
              SX40:Digital
              G10:Tunnel
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
              SX40:350 ms
              G10:569 ms
              Weight Heavy Help
              SX40:600 g
              G10:390 g
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually

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              competitors

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              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Super zoom

              $199 - $250

              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Viewfinder Doesn't have a viewfinder
              External flash Doesn't support an external flash
              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Travel zoom

              $299 - $350

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Viewfinder Doesn't have a viewfinder
              External flash Doesn't support an external flash
              Canon Rebel T3

              Canon Rebel T3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $225 - $389 body only

              $399 - $550 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Has much better image quality
              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Thickness Is thicker
              Autofocus Lacks autofocus
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $273 body only

              $427 - $489 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Has much better image quality
              Startup delay Has much less startup delay
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier

              Canon Powershot SX40 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Super zoom

              $399 - $400

              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Super zoom

              $160 - $227

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

              Nikon Coolpix P510

              Super zoom

              $312

              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 - $648 body only

              $200 - $570 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 G10 Competitors

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              Canon PowerShot G16

              Canon PowerShot G16

              Pro digicam

              $499

              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Battery life Much shorter battery life
              True resolution Lower true resolution
              Canon PowerShot G12

              Canon PowerShot G12

              Pro digicam

              $509

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Battery life Much shorter battery life
              True resolution Significantly lower true resolution
              Canon PowerShot G11

              Canon PowerShot G11

              Pro digicam

              $429

              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              True resolution Significantly lower true resolution
              Screen size Smaller screen
              Canon PowerShot G15

              Canon PowerShot G15

              Pro digicam

              $420 - $449

              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Battery life Much shorter battery life
              True resolution Lower true resolution
              Canon PowerShot G1X

              Canon PowerShot G1X

              Boutique

              $549

              Sensor size Much larger sensor
              Overall image quality Much better image quality
              Macro focus Much worse macro capability
              Battery life Much shorter battery life

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