Updated (September, 2011): Compare the Canon Powershot SX40 vs Canon PowerShot SX150 IS

Canon Powershot SX40

Winner
Canon Powershot SX40

40

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Canon PowerShot SX130 IS

31

Canon PowerShot SX130 IS

Runner-up
     

Reasons to buy the Canon Powershot SX40

Wide aperture
Aperture
f/2.7
24p movies
Supports 24p
For that film look
Rapid fire
Continuous shooting
10.3 fps
Flip-out screen
Screen flips out
Great for movies
 

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot SX130 IS

Size
Really small
Mid size 113x73x46 mm
Thickness
Thin
1.8"
Weight
Light-weight
308 g
 

differences

Advantages of the Canon SX40

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Aperture
Wider aperture
f/2.7 vs f/3.4
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At its widest zoom, the SX40's lens captures slightly more light (0.7 f-stops)
Supports 24p
Supports 24p
Yes vs No
Help
Get that real film feel
Movie format
Higher resolution movies
1080p @ 24fps vs 720p @ 30fps
Help
Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video but at a lower frame rate
Zoom
More zoom
35x vs 12x
Help
More than 8.5x more zoom
Wide angle
Better wide angle
24 mm vs 28 mm
Help
More than 10% better wide angle
Sensor type
Has a CMOS-family sensor
CMOS vs CCD
Help
CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Screen flips out
Has a flip-out screen
Yes vs No
Help
Flip-out screens can be helpful when composing tricky shots or taking movies
High-speed framerate
Records high-speed movies
240 fps vs None
Help
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 1 fps
Help
Around 10.5x faster continuous shooting
External flash
Supports an external flash
Yes vs No
Help
An external flash often produces better looking flash images
Viewfinder
Has a viewfinder
Digital vs None
Help
A viewfinder can help save battery life by keeping the screen turned off
Macro focus
Better macro capability
0 cm vs 1 cm
Help
Almost the same
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
3,200 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
Help
The SX40's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
Fastest shutter speed
Faster max shutter speed
1/3200s vs 1/2500s
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More than 20% faster max shutter speed
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Advantages of the Canon SX130 IS

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Size
Much smaller
113x73x46 mm vs 123x92x108 mm
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3.2x smaller
Screen size
Larger screen
3.0" vs 2.7"
Help
More than 10% larger screen
Thickness
Significantly thinner
1.8" vs 4.3"
Help
2.3x thinner
Weight
Significantly lighter
308 g vs 600 g
Help
Around 50% lighter
Lowest price
Cheaper
$179.40 vs $404.95
Help
The best price we've seen is $226 cheaper (2.3x less)
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              similarities

              Compared to recent digicams

              Common Strengths
              Macro focus Good macro capabilities Help
              SX40:0 cm
              SX130 IS:1 cm
              Common Weaknesses
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Supports RAW No RAW support Help
              Less editing fidelity
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              230k dots
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              SX40:3,200 ISO
              SX130 IS:1,600 ISO

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX520 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX520 HS

              Super zoom

              $199 - $239

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Travel zoom

              $279 - $383

              Screen resolution Has a much higher resolution screen
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Macro focus Much worse macro focusing
              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Super zoom

              $194 - $297

              Screen resolution Has a much higher resolution screen
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker

              Canon Powershot SX40 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Super zoom

              $349 - $420

              Zoom More zoom
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Continuous shooting Shoots slower
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150

              Super zoom

              $309

              3D Takes 3D photos
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Zoom Less zoom
              Canon PowerShot SX30 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX30 IS

              Super zoom

              $455

              Shutter lag Slightly less shutter lag
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Super zoom

              $207 - $239

              Size Significantly smaller
              Screen size Larger screen
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Canon PowerShot SX60 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX60 HS

              Super zoom

              $458 - $550

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Supports 24p No 24p support

              Canon PowerShot SX130 IS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot S120

              Canon PowerShot S120

              Pro digicam

              $326 - $399

              Aperture Much wider aperture
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Macro focus Worse macro capability
              Zoom Slightly less zoom
              Canon PowerShot SX150 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX150 IS

              Travel zoom

              $191

              Canon PowerShot SX160 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX160 IS

              Travel zoom

              $129 - $198

              Zoom Slightly more zoom
              Light sensitivity (boost) Has boost ISO
              Aperture Slightly narrower aperture
              Canon PowerShot SX170 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX170 IS

              Travel zoom

              $119 - $150

              Zoom Slightly more zoom
              Size Slightly smaller
              Aperture Slightly narrower aperture
              Nikon Coolpix L120

              Nikon Coolpix L120

              Super zoom

              $440

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Image stabilization Worse image stabilization
              Size Larger

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