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Canon PowerShot S40

alaTest has collected and analyzed 474 reviews of Canon PowerShot S40. The average rating for this product is 4.5/5, compared to an average rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras for all reviews. Reviewers really like the price and portability. The image quality and performance are also mentioned favorably. The memory and energy efficiency get negative views. Opinions are divided on the flash.

usability, performance, image quality, portability, price

shutter, storage, low-light, energy, memory

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Canon PowerShot S40 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 83/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Canon PowerShot S40

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 15 user reviews of Canon PowerShot S40 from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 5.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on Amazon.co.uk. People are impressed by the zoom and screen. The usability and image quality are also mentioned favorably, but many are critical about the control panel and low light performance.

portability, image quality, usability, screen, zoom

price, low-light, control panel

100% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

Jul, 2019

Consumer review (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Canon PowerShot S40

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 237 user reviews of Canon PowerShot S40 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.5/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.2/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on Amazon.com. People really like the price and portability. The image quality and performance are also appreciated. The low light performance and energy efficiency get critical comments, while opinions are divided on the memory.

usability, performance, image quality, portability, price

shutter, storage, energy, low-light

97% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

Jul, 2019

Consumer review (amazon.ca)

Amazon.ca review summary for Canon PowerShot S40

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1 user review of Canon PowerShot S40 from Amazon.ca. The average user rating for this product is 3.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on Amazon.ca. People are impressed by the image quality. The exposure also gets good views. Some have doubts about the usability and battery.

portability, exposure, image quality

battery, usability

100% of the reviews on Amazon.ca give this product a positive rating.

Jul, 2019

TIPA Award!

Expert review by : TIPA Awards (tipa.com)

Canon Powershot S40

 
Jan, 2002

Expert review by : PC Magazine (pcmag.com)

Canon PowerShot S40

 

Although the Canon PowerShot S40 ($799 list) is a 4-megapixel high-end digital camera, it is similar in features to the much larger and more expensive Canon PowerShot G2. The dial button gives quick access to a rich set of exposure controls. The S40 is...

Dec, 2002

Expert review by : Alan Stafford (pcworld.com)

Canon PowerShot S40

 

Superb construction and pictures, but hindered by some overly complicated controls.

Jan, 2002

Expert review by : Alan Stafford (pcworld.com)

Canon POWERSHOT S40 4.0MP 16MB CF 3X OPTICAL/11X DIGITAL ZOOM Camera Review - PCWorld

 
Jan, 2002

Expert review by : Phil Askey (dpreview.com)

Canon PowerShot S40 Review

 

The PowerShot S30 and S40 mark a revival by Canon of the higher end 'S' series of digital cameras. Clearly since the S10 and S20 Canon have explored the ultra-compact 'pocket' type digital camera, the S30 and S40 are a little larger but more feature...

Excellent resolution (much better than we expected from such a small lens) Good metering (improved thanks to the new 'evaluative metering' mode) Good natural light white balance, strong, accurate and balanced colours Good control over cameras internal...

Sharpening / diagonal line artifacts Poor macro performance Average flash performance Poorly designed multi-controller (pressing SET can be hit and miss) Lens slow at telephoto (F4.9) Limited apertures at telephoto Zoom controller does not have enough...

Here's my rating of the Canon PowerShot S40: (4 megapixel compact)

Oct, 2001

Expert review by : Steve's Digicams (steves-digicams.com)

Canon Powershot S40

 

Continue on to Page Two Canon PowerShot S40 Specifications Image sensor : Effective number of pixels : approx. 4 million 1/1.8 inch CCD (Total number of pixels : approx. 4.1 million) Lens : 7.1 (W) - 21.3 (T) mm (35mm film equivalent : 35 - 105 mm)...

Oct, 2001

Expert review by (imaging-resource.com)

Canon PowerShot S40 Digital Camera Review: Intro and Highlights

 

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Oct, 2001

Expert review by : Jeff Keller (dcresource.com)

Canon PowerShot S30/S40

 

This review has been updated after using the production model cameras. Product photos have been re-shot where necessary, and all sample images are from the new cameras

Excellent photo quality ; Small metallic body is easy to pocket ; Many manual controls ; Support for CompactFlash Type II cards and Microdrive ; RAW mode - uncompressed images, much smaller than Tiffs ; Lots of info about your photos in playback mode

Proprietary battery ; No optical zoom in movie mode ; A bit pricey ; Not a fan of the four-way switch (minor issue)

While the PowerShot S30 and S40 are what I call "putting the same camera in a different case with a new name", it's not a bad thing here. That's because they're based on the excellent PowerShot G2, and they've arrived with most of the G2 features...

Nov, 2001

Consumer review (ciao.com)

canon s40

 

Canon PowerShot S40 A review by K1v4 on Canon PowerShot S40 Mar 20, 2009 Author's product rating: Photo Quality OK Range of Features Good Ease of Use Easy Design & Look Excellent Value for Money OK Advantages: 4 - megapixel digital camera ....

good

none

Mar, 2009

Consumer review (ciao.com)

...with a sliding front lens cover which doubles as a power

 

Because they are the first Canon digital cameras with a sliding front lens cover which doubles as a power switch, this fairly common design feature on other manufacturers cameras has finally made its way to Canon digital cameras. This new cover appears...

With a sliding front lens cover which doubles as a power switch

None i guess

Mar, 2009
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