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

Canon Powershot SX40

Winner
Canon Powershot SX40

57

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Canon PowerShot SX20 IS

48

Canon PowerShot SX20 IS

Runner-up
     

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

Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
Viewfinder
Great viewfinder
Digital
External flash
External flash
Better lighting
 

differences

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
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
Zoom
More zoom
35x vs 20x
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More than 3x more zoom
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
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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At its widest zoom, the SX40's lens captures marginally more light (0.1 f-stops)
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 1 f-stop better
Lowest price
Significantly cheaper
$404.95 vs $699.99
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The best price we've seen is $295 cheaper (more than 40% less)
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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
              Screen flips out Flip-out screens Help
              Great for movies
              Macro focus Good macro capabilities Help
              0 cm
              External flash Support external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Viewfinder Both have digital viewfinders Help
              Digital
              Common Weaknesses
              Weight Heavy Help
              600 g
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              SX40:4.3"
              SX20 IS:3.4"
              Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
              SX40:350 ms
              SX20 IS:540 ms
              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
              Size Large Help
              SX40:123x92x108 mm
              SX20 IS:128x88x87 mm
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              230k dots
              Screen size Very small screens Help
              SX40:2.7"
              SX20 IS:2.5"

              Compared to recent super zooms

              Common Strengths

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

              Common Weaknesses
              Lowest price Very expensive Help
              SX40:$404.95
              SX20 IS:$699.99
              External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
              Limited to the in-camera mic
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              SX40:35x
              SX20 IS:20x

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Super zoom

              $349 - $399

              Zoom Has significantly more zoom
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Thickness Is thicker
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Super zoom

              $207 - $249

              Screen size Has a slightly 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

              $508

              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is slightly larger
              Canon PowerShot SX60 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX60 HS

              Super zoom

              $468 - $500

              Zoom Has way more more zoom
              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is slightly larger
              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Super zoom

              $197 - $246

              Screen size Has a slightly 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 PowerShot SX500 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX500 IS

              Super zoom

              $268

              Screen size Has a slightly 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 Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $599 - $699 body only

              $597 - $700 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              Screen resolution Has a much higher resolution screen
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Image stabilization Doesn't have image stabilization

              Canon Powershot SX40 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150

              Super zoom

              $383

              3D Takes 3D photos
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Zoom Less zoom
              Nikon Coolpix P510

              Nikon Coolpix P510

              Super zoom

              $500

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              3D Takes 3D photos
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out

              Canon PowerShot SX20 IS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX10 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX10 IS

              Super zoom

              $500

              Lowest price Cheaper
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Canon PowerShot SX170 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX170 IS

              Travel zoom

              $135 - $179

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

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