Updated (September, 2011): Compare the Canon Powershot SX40 vs Canon PowerShot SX30 IS

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Reasons to buy the Canon Powershot SX40

Aperture
Wide aperture
f/2.7
High-speed framerate
High speed movies
240 fps
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens
Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
 

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot SX20 IS

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
External flash
External flash
Better lighting
 
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Advantages of the Canon SX40

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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 20x
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More than 3x more zoom
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
Screen size Larger screen 2.7" vs 2.5"
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Around 10% larger screen
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 0.7 fps
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More than 14.5x faster continuous shooting
Shutter lag Less shutter lag 350 ms vs 540 ms
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Around 40% less delay when taking photos
Aperture Slightly wider aperture f/2.7 vs f/2.8
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At its widest zoom, the SX40's lens captures marginally more light (0.1 f-stops)
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
Lowest price Much cheaper $323.95 vs $689.99
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The best price we've seen is $366 cheaper (2.1x less)
Battery life Longer battery life 380 shots vs 340 shots
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More than 10% more shots per battery charge
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Advantages of the Canon SX20 IS

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Size Smaller 128x88x87 mm vs 123x92x108 mm
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Around 20% smaller
Thickness Thinner 3.4" vs 4.3"
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Around 20% thinner
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Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent super zooms, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent digicams

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Screen flips out Flip-out screens Help
              Great for movies
              Macro focus Good macro capabilities Help
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              External flash Support external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Viewfinder Both have digital viewfinders Help
              Digital
              Weight Heavy Help
              600 g
              Lowest price Very expensive Help
              SX40:$323.95
              SX20 IS:$689.99
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              SX40:4.3"
              SX20 IS:3.4"
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
              SX40:350 ms
              SX20 IS:540 ms
              Size Large Help
              SX40:123x92x108 mm
              SX20 IS:128x88x87 mm
              Screen size Very small screens Help
              SX40:2.7"
              SX20 IS:2.5"
              3D Neither camera can take 3D photos Help
              No 3d support
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              230k dots

              Compared to recent super zooms

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses

              Snapsort is not aware of any interesting strengths shared by these two products.

              Supports RAW No RAW support Help
              Less editing fidelity
              External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
              Limited to the in-camera mic
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              SX40:3,200 ISO
              SX20 IS:1,600 ISO
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              SX40:35x
              SX20 IS:20x

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Super zoom

              $399 - $400

              Zoom Has much more zoom
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Thickness Is thicker
              Aperture Has a significantly narrower aperture
              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Super zoom

              $229 - $230

              Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Viewfinder Doesn't have a viewfinder
              External flash Doesn't support an external flash
              Canon PowerShot SX30 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX30 IS

              Super zoom

              $445

              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon Rebel T3

              Canon Rebel T3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $276 - $298 body only

              $399 - $450 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Autofocus Lacks autofocus
              Screen flips out Doesn't have a screen which flips out
              Nikon Coolpix L820

              Nikon Coolpix L820

              Super zoom

              $180 - $279

              Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
              Screen resolution Has a much higher resolution screen
              Viewfinder Doesn't have a viewfinder
              External flash Doesn't support an external flash
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $749 body only

              $550 - $600 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
              Screen resolution Has a much higher resolution screen
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Autofocus Lacks autofocus
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

              Super zoom

              $409 - $552

              Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker

              Canon Powershot SX40 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              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
              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 PowerShot SX20 IS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX10 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX10 IS

              Super zoom

              $649

              Lowest price Slightly cheaper
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Shutter lag More shutter lag
              Canon EOS Rebel T2i

              Canon Rebel T2i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $575 body only

              $546 - $779 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
              Canon PowerShot S5 IS

              Canon PowerShot S5 IS

              Super zoom

              $800

              Startup delay Significantly less startup delay
              Size Smaller
              Wide angle Significantly worse wide angle
              Movie format Lower resolution movies

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