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Reasons to buy the Canon Powershot SX40

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

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot SX200 IS

Size
Really small
Compact 103x61x38 mm
Macro focus
Great macro
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Thickness
Thin
1.5"
Weight
Light-weight
220 g
 
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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
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Get that real film feel
Movie format Higher resolution movies 1080p @ 24fps vs 720p @ 30fps
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video but at a lower frame rate
Zoom More zoom 35x vs 12x
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More than 8.5x 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
Shutter lag Significantly less shutter lag 350 ms vs 460 ms
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More than 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
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 3,200 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The SX40's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
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Advantages of the Canon SX200 IS

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Size Much smaller 103x61x38 mm vs 123x92x108 mm
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5.1x smaller
Screen size Larger screen 3.0" vs 2.7"
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More than 10% larger screen
Thickness Much thinner 1.5" vs 4.3"
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2.8x thinner
Weight Much lighter 220 g vs 600 g
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2.7x lighter
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        Compared to recent digicams

        Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
        Macro focus Good macro capabilities Help
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        Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
        You could stitch photos in post
        Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
        SX40:350 ms
        SX200 IS:460 ms
        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

        competitors

        Shared Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

        Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

        Super zoom

        $399 - $400

        Zoom Has significantly more zoom
        Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is much heavier
        Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

        Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

        Super zoom

        $199 - $250

        Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
        Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is slightly heavier
        Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

        Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

        Travel zoom

        $279 - $368

        Screen resolution Has a much higher resolution screen
        External mic jack Has an external mic jack
        Macro focus Much worse macro focusing
        Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
        Nikon Coolpix P600

        Nikon Coolpix P600

        Super zoom

        $339 - $397

        Zoom Has much more zoom
        Screen resolution Has a much higher resolution screen
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is significantly heavier
        Canon Rebel T5i

        Canon Rebel T5i

        Entry-level DSLR

        $749 - $1,048 with 18-55mm lens

        Screen resolution Has a much higher resolution screen
        True resolution Takes much higher resolution photos
        Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
        Thickness Is thicker
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

        Super zoom

        $343 - $598

        Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
        HDR Has in-camera HDR
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is significantly heavier

        Canon Powershot SX40 Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        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 - $567 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
        Nikon Coolpix L830

        Nikon Coolpix L830

        Super zoom

        $165 - $227

        Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
        Size Smaller
        Supports 24p No 24p support
        Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150

        Super zoom

        $389

        3D Takes 3D photos
        External mic jack Has an external mic jack
        Supports 24p No 24p support
        Zoom Less zoom
        Canon PowerShot SX60 HS

        Canon PowerShot SX60 HS

        Super zoom

        $499 - $550

        Zoom Much more zoom
        External mic jack Has an external mic jack
        Aperture Narrower aperture
        Supports 24p No 24p support

        Canon PowerShot SX200 IS Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Canon PowerShot SX220 HS

        Canon PowerShot SX220 HS

        Travel zoom

        $249

        Supports 24p Supports 24p
        Movie format Higher resolution movies
        Macro focus Much worse macro capability
        Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

        Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

        Pro digicam

        $448

        Aperture Much wider aperture
        Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
        Macro focus Much worse macro capability
        Startup delay Significantly more startup delay
        Canon PowerShot SX120 IS

        Canon PowerShot SX120 IS

        Travel zoom

        $230

        Aperture Wider aperture
        Shutter lag Less shutter lag
        Wide angle Significantly worse wide angle
        Movie format Lower resolution movies
        Canon PowerShot SX230 HS

        Canon PowerShot SX230 HS

        Travel zoom

        $206

        Supports 24p Supports 24p
        Movie format Higher resolution movies
        Macro focus Much worse macro capability
        Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

        Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

        Travel zoom

        $199 - $265

        Movie format Higher resolution movies
        Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
        Aperture Narrower aperture
        Macro focus Much worse macro capability

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