Canon Powershot SX40 vs Canon PowerShot SX20 IS

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Canon Powershot SX40

55

Canon PowerShot SX20 IS

48

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Reasons to buy the Canon Powershot SX40

Wide aperture
Aperture
f/2.7
High speed movies
High-speed framerate
240 fps
24p movies
Supports 24p
For that film look
Rapid fire
Continuous shooting
10.3 fps
 

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot SX20 IS

Aperture
Wide aperture
f/2.8
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
External flash
External flash
Better lighting
Fastest shutter speed
Fast shutter speed
1/3200 of a second

Items often bought with the SX40 or SX20 IS

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Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Canon Powershot SX40.
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differences

Advantages of the Canon SX40

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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
Supports 24p
Supports 24p
Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
Continuous shooting
Shoots much faster
10.3 fps vs 0.7 fps
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More than 14.5x faster continuous shooting
Sensor type
Has a CMOS-family sensor
CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Wide angle
Better wide angle
24 mm vs 28 mm
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More than 10% better wide angle
Zoom
More zoom
35x vs 20x
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More than 3x more zoom
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
Screen size
Larger screen
2.7" vs 2.5"
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Around 10% larger screen
Aperture
Slightly wider aperture
f/2.7 vs f/2.8
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Almost the same
Battery life
Longer battery life
380 shots vs 340 shots
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More than 10% more shots per battery charge
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
3,200 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The SX40's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$399.99 vs $489.00
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The best price we've seen is $89 cheaper (around 20% less)
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Advantages of the Canon SX20 IS

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Size
Smaller
128×88×87 mm vs 123×92×108 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
              Macro focus Excellent macro capabilities Help
              0.0 cm
              Screen flips out Flip-out screens Help
              Great for movies
              Battery life Great battery life Help
              SX40380 shots
              SX20 IS340 shots
              External flash Support external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Viewfinder Both have digital viewfinders Help
              Digital
              Fastest shutter speed Fast max shutter speeds Help
              1/3200 of a second
              Common Weaknesses
              Weight Heavy Help
              600 g
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              SX404.3"
              SX20 IS3.4"
              Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
              SX40350 ms
              SX20 IS540 ms
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Supports RAW No RAW support Help
              Less editing fidelity
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              SX403,200 ISO
              SX20 IS1,600 ISO
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              230k dots
              Size Large Help
              SX40123×92×108 mm
              SX20 IS128×88×87 mm
              Screen size Very small screens Help
              SX402.7"
              SX20 IS2.5"

              Compared to recent super zooms

              Common Strengths

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

              Common Weaknesses
              External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
              Limited to the in-camera mic
              Sensor size Very small sensors Help
              SX401/2.3" 6.17x4.55mm
              SX20 IS1/2.3" 6.16x4.62mm
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Movie format Poor movies Help
              SX401080p @ 24fps
              SX20 IS720p @ 30fps
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              SX4035x
              SX20 IS20x

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Super zoom

              $300 - $350

              Zoom Has significantly more zoom
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon PowerShot SX60 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX60 HS

              Super zoom

              $394 - $480

              Zoom Has way more more zoom
              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon PowerShot SX400 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX400 IS

              Super zoom

              $149 - $616

              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              Size Is slightly smaller
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Viewfinder Doesn't have a viewfinder
              Canon PowerShot SX30 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX30 IS

              Super zoom

              $444

              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is slightly larger
              Canon PowerShot SX500 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX500 IS

              Super zoom

              $166

              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Viewfinder Doesn't have a viewfinder
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $289 body only

              $349 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Screen flips out Doesn't have a screen which flips out
              Image stabilization Doesn't have image stabilization
              Canon Rebel T3

              Canon Rebel T3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $332 body only

              $399 with 18-55mm lens

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

              Canon Powershot SX40 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix P510

              Nikon Coolpix P510

              Super zoom

              $385

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              High-speed framerate Lower speed movies
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150

              Super zoom

              $820

              3D Takes 3D photos
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Zoom Less zoom
              Canon PowerShot SX520 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX520 HS

              Super zoom

              $230

              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Size Smaller
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $490 - $649 body only

              $581 - $649 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies

              Canon PowerShot SX20 IS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX10 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX10 IS

              Super zoom

              $700

              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Lowest price More expensive
              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $325 body only

              $399 with 18-55mm lens

              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Screen size Much larger screen
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out

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