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

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens
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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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
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
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
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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
Sensor size Significantly larger sensor 1/1.7" 7.6x5.7mm vs 1/2.3" 6.2x4.6mm
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More than 50% larger sensor
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
True resolution Slightly higher true resolution 10 MP vs 9.7 MP
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Almost the same
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        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
        3D Neither camera can take 3D photos Help
        No 3d support

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        Shared Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Canon PowerShot S110

        Canon PowerShot S110

        Pro digicam

        $235 - $250

        True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
        Light sensitivity Much higher maximum light sensitivity
        Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
        Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
        Canon PowerShot G12

        Canon PowerShot G12

        Pro digicam

        $629

        Lowest price Is significantly 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
        Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

        Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

        Super zoom

        $219 - $230

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

        Nikon Coolpix P510

        Super zoom

        $299

        Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
        Screen size Significantly larger screen
        Supports 24p No 24p support
        Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
        Canon PowerShot SX30 IS

        Canon PowerShot SX30 IS

        Super zoom

        $445

        Shutter lag Slightly less shutter lag
        Supports 24p No 24p support
        Movie format Lower resolution movies
        Nikon Coolpix P520

        Nikon Coolpix P520

        Super zoom

        $321 - $376

        Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
        Screen size Much larger screen
        Supports 24p No 24p support
        Aperture Narrower aperture

        Canon PowerShot S90 Competitors

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        Canon PowerShot S120

        Canon PowerShot S120

        Pro digicam

        $449 - $450

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

        Canon PowerShot S95

        Pro digicam

        $348

        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

        $280 - $350

        Movie format Higher resolution movies
        Supports 24p Supports 24p
        Startup delay More startup delay
        Low light performance Slightly more noise at high ISO
        Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

        Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

        Pro digicam

        $548

        Overall image quality Much better image quality
        True resolution Much higher true resolution
        Startup delay Significantly more startup delay
        Thickness Slightly thicker
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3

        Pro digicam

        $284

        Supports 24p Supports 24p
        Wide angle Better wide angle
        Overall image quality Worse image quality
        HDR Lacks in-camera HDR

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