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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 Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v

Screen resolution
High resolution screen
921k dots
Size
Really small
Compact 105x59x34 mm
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
 
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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
Aperture Wider aperture f/2.7 vs f/3.3
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At its widest zoom, the SX40's lens captures slightly more light (0.6 f-stops)
Zoom More zoom 35x vs 16x
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Around 5x more zoom
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
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
Macro focus Significantly better macro capability 0 cm vs 5 cm
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Almost the same
Battery life Longer battery life 380 shots vs 300 shots
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Around 30% more shots per battery charge
External flash Supports an external flash Yes vs No
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An external flash often produces better looking flash images
Viewfinder Has a viewfinder Digital vs None
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A viewfinder can help save battery life by keeping the screen turned off
Lowest price Cheaper $289.00 vs $350.00
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The best price we've seen is $61 cheaper (around 20% less)
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Advantages of the Sony DSC-HX9v

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Size Much smaller 105x59x34 mm vs 123x92x108 mm
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5.8x smaller
Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen 921k dots vs 230k dots
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More than 4x higher resolution screen
3D Takes 3D photos Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Screen size Significantly larger screen 3.0" vs 2.7"
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More than 10% larger screen
Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
HDR Has in-camera HDR Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
GPS Has a GPS Yes vs No
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Automatically geotags your photos when traveling
Thickness Much thinner 1.3" vs 4.3"
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3.2x thinner
Weight Significantly lighter 245 g vs 600 g
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2.4x lighter
Longest exposure Longer exposures 30s vs 15s
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2x longer exposures
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              similarities

              Compared to recent digicams

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              Supports RAW No RAW support Help
              Less editing fidelity

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Super zoom

              $399 - $400

              Zoom Has significantly more zoom
              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $319 - $656 body only

              $399 - $477 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes much higher resolution photos
              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier

              Canon Powershot SX40 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Super zoom

              $199 - $230

              Size Significantly smaller
              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Nikon Coolpix P510

              Nikon Coolpix P510

              Super zoom

              $249

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              3D Takes 3D photos
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $480 - $774 body only

              $200 - $617 with 18-55mm lens

              Sensor size Much larger sensor
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Autofocus Lacks video autofocus
              Canon PowerShot SX30 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX30 IS

              Super zoom

              $425

              Shutter lag Slightly less shutter lag
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Nikon Coolpix P520

              Nikon Coolpix P520

              Super zoom

              $323 - $347

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Screen size Much larger screen
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Battery life Significantly shorter battery life

              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Travel zoom

              $348 - $448

              Zoom More zoom
              Battery life Longer battery life
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Size Slightly larger
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX10V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX10V

              Travel zoom

              $328

              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Battery life Slightly longer battery life
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V

              Travel zoom

              $365

              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Macro focus Significantly better macro capability
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX7V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX7v

              Travel zoom

              $330

              Size Slightly smaller
              Weight Slightly lighter
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Canon PowerShot S95

              Canon PowerShot S95

              Pro digicam

              $325

              Aperture Much wider aperture
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen

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