Updated (September, 2011): Compare the Canon Powershot SX40 vs Canon Powershot S100

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Canon Powershot SX40

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Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot S95

Aperture
Wide aperture
f/2.0
Size
Really small
Compact 99x58x29 mm
Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
 

Reasons to buy the Canon Powershot SX40

Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 24fps
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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differences

Advantages of the Canon SX40

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Zoom Significantly more zoom 35x vs 3.8x
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More than 87x more zoom
Movie format Higher resolution movies 1080p @ 24fps vs 720p @ 24fps
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video
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
Macro focus Significantly better macro capability 0 cm vs 5 cm
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Almost the same
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 200 shots
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90% more shots per battery charge
Continuous shooting Shoots significantly faster 10.3 fps vs 1.9 fps
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Around 5.5x faster continuous shooting
Shutter lag Significantly less shutter lag 350 ms vs 610 ms
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More than 40% 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 S95

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Size Much smaller 99x58x29 mm vs 123x92x108 mm
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7.1x smaller
Aperture Significantly wider aperture f/2.0 vs f/2.7
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At its widest zoom, the S95'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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3.7x thinner
Weight Much lighter 193 g vs 600 g
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3.1x lighter
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
              Supports 24p Both support 24p, which is uncommon in cameras similar to these Help
              For that film look
              Aperture Wide aperture Help
              SX40:f/2.7
              S95:f/2.0
              Lowest price Very expensive Help
              SX40:$323.95
              S95:$339.95
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
              SX40:350 ms
              S95:610 ms
              3D Neither camera can take 3D photos Help
              No 3d support

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Super zoom

              $399 - $400

              Zoom Has much more zoom
              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is much heavier
              Canon PowerShot G12

              Canon PowerShot G12

              Pro digicam

              $629

              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Light sensitivity (boost) Lacks boost light sensitivity
              Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

              Travel zoom

              $199 - $200

              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              GPS Has a built-in GPS
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro focusing
              Supports 24p Doesn't record movies in 24p

              Canon Powershot SX40 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Super zoom

              $229 - $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

              $319 - $377

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Screen size Much larger screen
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Canon Rebel T3

              Canon Rebel T3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $276 - $298 body only

              $399 - $450 with 18-55mm lens

              Sensor size Much larger sensor
              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Supports 24p No 24p support

              Canon PowerShot S95 Competitors

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              Canon PowerShot S120

              Canon PowerShot S120

              Pro digicam

              $449 - $450

              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Lowest price More expensive
              Canon PowerShot S110

              Canon PowerShot S110

              Pro digicam

              $235 - $359

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              Startup delay Slightly more startup delay
              Canon Powershot S100

              Canon Powershot S100

              Pro digicam

              $280 - $400

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Startup delay More startup delay
              Sensor size Slightly smaller sensor
              Canon PowerShot S90

              Canon PowerShot S90

              Pro digicam

              Shutter lag Less shutter lag
              Low light performance Slightly lower noise at high ISO
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

              Pro digicam

              $355

              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Battery life Significantly longer battery life
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Overall image quality Worse image quality

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