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Advantages of the Canon SX40

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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 26 mm
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Around 10% better wide angle
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
Image stabilization
Better image stabilization
  1. Lens
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  1. Sensor shift
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Less risk of blur
External flash
Supports an external flash
Yes vs No
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An external flash often produces better looking flash images
Aperture
Slightly wider aperture
f/2.7 vs f/2.8
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Almost the same
Zoom
Slightly more zoom
35x vs 26x
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More than 80% more zoom
Longest exposure
Longer exposures
15s vs 4s
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Around 4x longer exposures
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Size
Smaller
112×81×99 mm vs 123×92×108 mm
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Around 30% smaller
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
6,400 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The X90's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
Weight
Lighter
428 g vs 600 g
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Around 30% lighter
Thickness
Slightly thinner
3.9" vs 4.3"
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Around 10% thinner
Fastest shutter speed
Faster max shutter speed
1/4000s vs 1/3200s
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20% faster max shutter speed
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              similarities

              Compared to recent digicams

              Common Strengths
              Built-in flash Each has a built-in flash Help
              Usually standard
              Viewfinder Both have digital viewfinders Help
              Digital
              Common Weaknesses
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              SX404.3"
              X903.9"
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              230k dots
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Sensor size Very small sensors Help
              SX401/2.3" 6.17x4.55mm
              X901/2.3" 6.13x4.6mm
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              SX403,200 ISO
              X906,400 ISO
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              SX409.7 MP
              X909.8 MP
              External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
              Limited to the in-camera mic
              Movie format Poor movies Help
              SX401080p @ 24fps
              X90720p
              Size Large Help
              SX40123×92×108 mm
              X90112×81×99 mm

              Compared to recent super zooms

              Common Strengths
              Size Fairly small Help
              SX40123×92×108 mm
              X90112×81×99 mm
              Weight Light weight Help
              SX40600 g
              X90428 g
              Thickness Thin Help
              SX404.3"
              X903.9"
              Common Weaknesses
              Longest exposure Short max exposure time Help
              SX4015s
              X904s
              Autofocus Slower contrast detection autofocus Help
              slower focusing
              Screen size Very small screens Help
              2.7"
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              SX4035x
              X9026x
              Wide angle Poor wide angle Help
              SX4024 mm
              X9026 mm

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