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

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Canon Powershot SX40

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Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot S90

Aperture
Wide aperture
f/2.0
Size
Really small
Compact 100x58x30 mm
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
 

Reasons to buy the Canon Powershot SX40

Zoom
Great zoom
35x
Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 24fps
High-speed framerate
High speed movies
240 fps
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens
 
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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 Significantly more zoom 35x vs 3.8x
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More than 87x more zoom
Wide angle Significantly better wide angle 24 mm vs 28 mm
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More than 10% better wide angle
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
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 0.9 fps
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Around 11.5x faster continuous shooting
Battery life Significantly longer battery life 380 shots vs 220 shots
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More than 70% more shots per battery charge
External flash Supports an external flash Yes vs No
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An external flash often produces better looking flash images
Viewfinder Has a viewfinder Digital vs None
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A viewfinder can help save battery life by keeping the screen turned off
Shutter lag Less shutter lag 350 ms vs 430 ms
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Around 20% less delay when taking photos
Lowest price Significantly cheaper $289.00 vs $545.43
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The best price we've seen is $256 cheaper (around 50% less)
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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 Significantly 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 Significantly 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
Supports RAW Shoots RAW Yes vs No
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Digitally develop your own photos with precise image control
Thickness Much thinner 1.2" vs 4.3"
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3.5x thinner
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 Common Weaknesses
              Aperture Wide aperture Help
              SX40:f/2.7
              S90:f/2.0
              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

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              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Super zoom

              $194 - $230

              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Travel zoom

              $329 - $354

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro focusing
              Aperture Has a much narrower aperture
              Canon PowerShot G12

              Canon PowerShot G12

              Pro digicam

              $764

              Lowest price Is much more expensive
              Light sensitivity (boost) Lacks boost light sensitivity

              Canon Powershot SX40 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Super zoom

              $399 - $400

              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Nikon Coolpix P510

              Nikon Coolpix P510

              Super zoom

              $249

              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

              $480 - $774 body only

              $200 - $617 with 18-55mm lens

              Sensor size Much larger sensor
              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Autofocus Lacks video autofocus
              Canon PowerShot SX30 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX30 IS

              Super zoom

              $425

              Shutter lag Slightly less shutter lag
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Canon Rebel T3

              Canon Rebel T3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $276 - $290 body only

              $350 - $379 with 18-55mm lens

              Sensor size Much larger sensor
              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Autofocus Lacks video autofocus

              Canon PowerShot S90 Competitors

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              Canon PowerShot S120

              Canon PowerShot S120

              Pro digicam

              $449 - $451

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

              Canon PowerShot S95

              Pro digicam

              $328

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Shutter lag More shutter lag
              Low light performance Slightly more noise at high ISO
              Canon Powershot S100

              Canon Powershot S100

              Pro digicam

              $318 - $400

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

              Canon PowerShot S110

              Pro digicam

              $220 - $249

              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

              $479 - $598

              Overall image quality Much better image quality
              True resolution Much higher true resolution
              Startup delay Significantly more startup delay
              Thickness Slightly thicker

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