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
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
Light sensitivity (boost)
High ISO (boost)
12,800 ISO
 

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
 
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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 3.8x
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More than 87x more zoom
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
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
Shutter lag Less shutter lag 350 ms vs 430 ms
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Around 20% less delay when taking photos
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
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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)
HDR Has in-camera HDR Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
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
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 Common Weaknesses

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        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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        competitors

        Shared Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        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
        Macro focus Much worse macro focusing
        Aperture Has a significantly narrower aperture

        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 Narrower aperture
        Battery life Shorter battery life
        Nikon Coolpix L830

        Nikon Coolpix L830

        Super zoom

        $197 - $227

        Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
        Size Smaller
        Supports 24p No 24p support
        Aperture Narrower aperture
        Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

        Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

        Super zoom

        $199 - $250

        Size Significantly smaller
        Screen size Larger screen
        Aperture Narrower aperture
        Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
        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 PowerShot S90 Competitors

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        Canon PowerShot S120

        Canon PowerShot S120

        Pro digicam

        $447 - $449

        Movie format Higher resolution movies
        Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
        Weight Slightly heavier
        Canon PowerShot S95

        Canon PowerShot S95

        Pro digicam

        $320

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

        Canon Powershot S100

        Pro digicam

        $200 - $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

        $228 - $249

        Movie format Higher resolution movies
        Supports 24p Supports 24p
        Shutter lag More shutter lag
        Startup delay More startup delay
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3

        Pro digicam

        $329

        Supports 24p Supports 24p
        Wide angle Better wide angle
        Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
        Overall image quality Worse image quality

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