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

Canon PowerShot S95 vs Canon Powershot SX40

Winner
Canon PowerShot S95

46

Canon Powershot SX40

36

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot S95

Wide aperture
Aperture
f/2
Really small
Size
Compact (100×58×30 mm)
In-camera HDR
HDR
Combines multiple exposures
Thin
Thickness
1.2"
 

Reasons to buy the Canon Powershot SX40

High-speed framerate
High speed movies
240 fps
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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differences

Advantages of the Canon SX40

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Shutter lag
Much less shutter lag
350 ms vs 610 ms
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More than 40% less delay when taking photos
Macro focus
Much better macro capability
0.0 cm vs 5.0 cm
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Almost the same
Zoom
More zoom
35x vs 3.8x
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More than 87x more zoom
Wide angle
Better wide angle
24 mm vs 28 mm
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More than 10% better wide angle
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
Sensor type
Has a CMOS-family sensor
CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Battery life
Much longer battery life
380 shots vs 200 shots
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90% more shots per battery charge
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
Movie format
Higher resolution movies
1080p @ 24fps vs 720p @ 24fps
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video
Continuous shooting
Shoots significantly faster
10.3 fps vs 1.9 fps
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Around 5.5x faster continuous shooting
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 S95

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Size
Much smaller
100×58×30 mm vs 123×92×108 mm
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7.1x smaller
Aperture
Significantly wider aperture
f/2 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" 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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3.7x thinner
Weight
Much lighter
193 g vs 600 g
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3.1x 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
True resolution
Slightly higher true resolution
10 MP vs 9.7 MP
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Almost the same
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$399.00 vs $466.57
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The best price we've seen is $68 cheaper (more than 10% less)
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              similarities

              Compared to recent digicams

              Common Strengths
              Supports 24p Both support 24p, which is uncommon in cameras similar to these Help
              For that film look
              Aperture Wide aperture Help
              SX40f/2.7
              S95f/2
              Common Weaknesses
              Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
              SX40350 ms
              S95610 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 EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 body only

              $360 - $399 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              True resolution Takes much higher resolution photos
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier

              Canon Powershot SX40 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Super zoom

              $329 - $349

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

              Canon PowerShot SX60 HS

              Super zoom

              $382 - $480

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Canon PowerShot SX30 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX30 IS

              Super zoom

              Shutter lag Less shutter lag
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150

              Super zoom

              $377

              3D Takes 3D photos
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Zoom Less zoom
              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Super zoom

              $239

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

              Canon PowerShot S95 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot S120

              Canon PowerShot S120

              Pro digicam

              $314 - $349

              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Startup delay Much less startup delay
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Weight Slightly heavier
              Canon Powershot S100

              Canon Powershot S100

              Pro digicam

              $330

              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Startup delay More startup delay
              Canon PowerShot S110

              Canon PowerShot S110

              Pro digicam

              $260

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Startup delay More startup delay
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $448

              Overall image quality Much better image quality
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Startup delay Much more startup delay
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Canon PowerShot S200

              Canon PowerShot S200

              Pro digicam

              $237

              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Aperture Wider aperture
              Supports RAW No RAW support

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