Canon PowerShot S90 vs Canon Powershot SX40

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Canon PowerShot S90

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Canon Powershot SX40

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Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot S90

Wide aperture
Aperture
f/2
Really small
Size
Compact (100×58×31 mm)
In-camera HDR
HDR
Combines multiple exposures
High ISO (boost)
Light sensitivity (boost)
12,800 ISO
 

Reasons to buy the Canon Powershot SX40

High-speed framerate
High speed movies
240 fps
Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
10.3 fps
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies

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Advantages of the Canon SX40

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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
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
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
Sensor type
Has a CMOS-family sensor
CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Continuous shooting
Shoots much faster
10.3 fps vs 0.9 fps
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Around 11.5x faster continuous shooting
Wide angle
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
Battery life
Significantly longer battery life
380 shots vs 220 shots
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More than 70% more shots per battery charge
Shutter lag
Significantly 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
Fastest shutter speed
Significantly 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
100×58×31 mm vs 123×92×108 mm
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6.8x smaller
Aperture
Significantly wider aperture
f/2 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" 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
Significantly 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" 6.17x4.55mm
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More than 50% larger sensor
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$299.00 vs $399.99
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The best price we've seen is $101 cheaper (around 30% less)
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              similarities

              Compared to recent digicams

              Common Strengths
              Aperture Wide aperture Help
              SX40f/2.7
              S90f/2
              Common Weaknesses
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
              SX40350 ms
              S90430 ms
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              3,200 ISO

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot G7 X

              Canon PowerShot G7 X

              Pro digicam

              $483 - $649

              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon PowerShot G16

              Canon PowerShot G16

              Pro digicam

              $399

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $289 body only

              $349 - $447 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

              $303 - $350

              Zoom More zoom
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Continuous shooting Shoots much slower
              Canon PowerShot SX60 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX60 HS

              Super zoom

              $394 - $480

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150

              Super zoom

              $820

              3D Takes 3D photos
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Zoom Less zoom
              Nikon Coolpix P510

              Nikon Coolpix P510

              Super zoom

              $385

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              High-speed framerate Lower speed movies
              Canon PowerShot SX400 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX400 IS

              Super zoom

              $145 - $149

              Size Significantly smaller
              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture

              Canon PowerShot S90 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot S120

              Canon PowerShot S120

              Pro digicam

              $314 - $349

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Canon Powershot S100

              Canon Powershot S100

              Pro digicam

              $350

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Startup delay More startup delay
              Battery life Slightly shorter battery life
              Canon PowerShot S95

              Canon PowerShot S95

              Pro digicam

              $400

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              Battery life Slightly shorter battery life
              Canon PowerShot S110

              Canon PowerShot S110

              Pro digicam

              $259

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Shutter lag More shutter lag
              Startup delay More startup delay
              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $448

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

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