Updated (September, 2011): Compare the Canon Powershot SX40 vs Canon PowerShot S95

Canon PowerShot S90

Winner
Canon PowerShot S90

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Canon Powershot SX40

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Canon Powershot SX40

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Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot S90

Wide aperture
Aperture
f/2.0
Really small
Size
Compact 100x58x30 mm
Large sensor
Sensor size
1/1.7" 7.6x5.7mm
In-camera HDR
HDR
Combines multiple exposures
 

Reasons to buy the Canon Powershot SX40

Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
10.3 fps
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
Sensor type
CMOS Sensor
Better in low light
 

differences

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 3.8x
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More than 87x more zoom
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
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
Battery life
Significantly longer battery life
380 shots vs 220 shots
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More than 70% more shots per battery charge
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
Shutter lag
Less shutter lag
350 ms vs 430 ms
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Around 20% less delay when taking photos
Viewfinder
Has a viewfinder
Digital vs None
Help
A viewfinder can help save battery life by keeping the screen turned off
Fastest shutter speed
Much faster max shutter speed
1/3200s vs 1/1600s
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2x faster max shutter speed
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Advantages of the Canon S90

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Size
Much smaller
100x58x30 mm vs 123x92x108 mm
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6.8x smaller
Aperture
Wider aperture
f/2.0 vs f/2.7
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At its widest zoom, the S90's lens captures slightly more light (0.9 f-stops)
Screen size
Larger screen
3.0" vs 2.7"
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More than 10% larger screen
HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Screen resolution
Higher resolution screen
461k dots vs 230k dots
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More than 2x higher resolution screen
Thickness
Much thinner
1.2" vs 4.3"
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3.5x thinner
Supports RAW
Shoots RAW
Yes vs No
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Digitally develop your own photos with precise image control
Weight
Much lighter
198 g vs 600 g
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3x lighter
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
True resolution
Slightly higher true resolution
10 MP vs 9.7 MP
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Almost the same
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              similarities

              Compared to recent digicams

              Common Strengths
              Aperture Wide aperture Help
              SX40:f/2.7
              S90:f/2.0
              Common Weaknesses
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
              SX40:350 ms
              S90:430 ms
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              3,200 ISO

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Travel zoom

              $279 - $383

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Macro focus Much worse macro focusing
              Aperture Has a significantly narrower aperture
              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Super zoom

              $189 - $227

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Light sensitivity (boost) Significantly lower boost light sensitivity
              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $397 body only

              $429 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Has much better image quality
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier

              Canon Powershot SX40 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Super zoom

              $349 - $399

              Zoom More zoom
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Continuous shooting Shoots slower
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150

              Super zoom

              $322

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

              Canon PowerShot SX30 IS

              Super zoom

              $456

              Shutter lag Slightly less shutter lag
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Canon PowerShot SX60 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX60 HS

              Super zoom

              $468 - $550

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Nikon Coolpix P510

              Nikon Coolpix P510

              Super zoom

              $500

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

              Canon PowerShot S90 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot S120

              Canon PowerShot S120

              Pro digicam

              $332 - $399

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Weight Slightly heavier
              Canon PowerShot S95

              Canon PowerShot S95

              Pro digicam

              $264

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Shutter lag Significantly more shutter lag
              Startup delay More startup delay
              Canon Powershot S100

              Canon Powershot S100

              Pro digicam

              $229 - $400

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Startup delay Significantly more startup delay
              Low light performance Slightly more noise at high ISO
              Canon PowerShot S110

              Canon PowerShot S110

              Pro digicam

              $155 - $240

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Startup delay More startup delay
              Shutter lag More shutter lag
              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $498

              Overall image quality Much better image quality
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Startup delay Much more startup delay
              Thickness Slightly thicker

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