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

High-speed framerate
High speed movies
240 fps
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens
Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
10.3 fps
 
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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
Lowest price Cheaper $145.54 vs $404.95
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The best price we've seen is $259 cheaper (2.8x less)
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

              Snapsort is not aware of any interesting strengths shared by these two products.

              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

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              No significant shared competitors found.

              Canon Powershot SX40 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Super zoom

              $399 - $429

              Zoom More zoom
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Continuous shooting Shoots slower
              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Super zoom

              $199 - $230

              Size Significantly smaller
              Screen size Larger screen
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Nikon Coolpix P510

              Nikon Coolpix P510

              Super zoom

              $399

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              3D Takes 3D photos
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $319 - $415 body only

              $389 - $477 with 18-55mm lens

              Sensor size Much larger sensor
              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150

              Super zoom

              $384

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

              Canon PowerShot S90 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot S95

              Canon PowerShot S95

              Pro digicam

              $348

              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 S120

              Canon PowerShot S120

              Pro digicam

              $320 - $442

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Lowest price More expensive
              Weight Slightly heavier
              Canon PowerShot S110

              Canon PowerShot S110

              Pro digicam

              $249 - $349

              Movie format Higher resolution 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 - $528

              Overall image quality Much better image quality
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Startup delay Significantly more startup delay
              Lowest price More expensive
              Canon Powershot S100

              Canon Powershot S100

              Pro digicam

              $255 - $400

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

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