Canon Powershot SX40 vs Canon PowerShot SX30 IS

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Canon Powershot SX40

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Canon PowerShot SX30 IS

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Reasons to buy the Canon Powershot SX40

High speed movies
High-speed framerate
240 fps
24p movies
Supports 24p
For that film look
Rapid fire
Continuous shooting
10.3 fps
Autofocuses shooting video
Badge
Contrast detection
 

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot SX30 IS

Aperture
Wide aperture
f/2.7
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Lens
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
External flash
External flash
Better lighting

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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
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
Sensor type
Has a CMOS-family sensor
CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Continuous shooting
Shoots significantly faster
10.3 fps vs 1.1 fps
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Around 9.5x faster continuous shooting
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
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
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Advantages of the Canon SX30 IS

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recommendations

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
              Aperture Wide aperture Help
              f/2.7
              Macro focus Good macro capabilities Help
              0.0 cm
              Screen flips out Flip-out screens Help
              Great for movies
              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
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              4.3"
              Weight Heavy Help
              SX40600 g
              SX30 IS601 g
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
              SX40350 ms
              SX30 IS320 ms
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Size Large Help
              Professional size (123×92×108 mm)
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              230k dots
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              SX403,200 ISO
              SX30 IS1,600 ISO
              Screen size Very small screens Help
              2.7"

              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
              SX30 IS1/2.3" 6.16x4.62mm
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              35x

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Super zoom

              $329 - $349

              Zoom Has significantly more zoom
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
              Nikon Coolpix P500

              Nikon Coolpix P500

              Super zoom

              $425

              Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              External flash Doesn't support an external flash
              Battery life Has a significantly shorter battery life
              Canon PowerShot SX60 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX60 HS

              Super zoom

              $382 - $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
              Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
              Canon PowerShot SX520 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX520 HS

              Super zoom

              $213

              Screen size Has a significantly 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
              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Super zoom

              $239

              Screen size Has a significantly 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
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $479 body only

              $550 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
              Screen resolution Has a much higher resolution screen
              Autofocus Lacks autofocus
              Image stabilization Doesn't have image stabilization
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $289 body only

              $400 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen size Has a significantly 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 Powershot SX40 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150

              Super zoom

              $499

              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

              $425

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Battery life Much shorter battery life

              Canon PowerShot SX30 IS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix P100

              Nikon Coolpix P100

              Super zoom

              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Image stabilization Worse image stabilization
              Zoom Less zoom
              Canon PowerShot SX20 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX20 IS

              Super zoom

              Size Smaller
              Thickness Thinner
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Zoom Less zoom
              Canon PowerShot SX400 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX400 IS

              Super zoom

              $149 - $536

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

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              Showing 5 comments

              Rad (3:01 PM, June 07, 2013)
              is there a difference between sx 40 HS and sx 40 IS? I'm trying to buy an adapter for a polarising filter but the only one I can find (Sydney) is one for "sx 40 IS".
               
              Avatar for Snapsort Snapsort (1:31 PM, August 09, 2012)
              No you can not change lenses with either of these cameras.
               
              Oferhasky (0:50 PM, August 09, 2012)
              Can i change lens On The sx40 My question is if I can remove the facto
               
              Eacastro2011 (5:28 AM, December 28, 2011)
              I have SX-10 since July 2009, and SX-30 since Feb 2011. Sadly, the SX-30 was lost by the wife last Nov. After reading a lot of excellent reviews for the past 2 months, I finally ordered an SX-40 today; excited to receive it later. Costs USD 488 here in the Philippines from direct importers (w/ 1 year warranty) but last month it was just USD 433 (dealer said Canon just had price increase for all products); price will be substantially higher if bought from official Canon dealerships (w/ same warranty).  
               
              Jeremey (11:30 PM, September 21, 2011)
              very glad i waited to get the sx40hs over the sx30is