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Canon PowerShot S40 Specifications


Street Price (US)   $ 799
Street Price (UK)   £ 649
Body Material   Metal
CCD effective pixels Click for help 4.0 megapixels
CCD size** Click for help 1/1.8" (0.556")
CCD Colour Filter Array Click for help G - R - G - B
Max resolution   2272 x 1704 (3.8 megapixels)
Lower resolutions   • 1600 x 1200
• 1024 x 768
• 640 x 480
Image ratio w:h   4:3
Image formats Click for help • RAW
• JPEG (EXIF)
Quality Levels   • Super-Fine
• Fine
• Normal
Sensitivity equiv. Click for help • Auto (ISO 50 - 100)
• ISO 50
• ISO 100
• ISO 200
• ISO 400
Lens Thread   None
Zoom wide (W) Click for help 35 mm
Zoom tele (T) Click for help 105 mm (3 x)
Lens Aperture Click for help F2.8 - F4.9
Digital zoom Click for help Yes, smooth up to 3.6x
Auto Focus   • Contrast detection AiAF
• Single AF
• 3 selectable focus points
AF Illumination lamp Click for help Yes, visible light (white)
Manual Focus Click for help 10 cm (Wide) / 30 cm (Tele) - Infinity
Normal focus range Click for help 80 cm - Infinity
Macro focus range Click for help 10 cm (Wide) / 30 cm (Tele) - 80 cm
Min shutter Click for help Auto: 1/8 sec
Program / Aperture Priority: 1 sec
Shutter Priority / Manual: 15 sec
Max shutter Click for help 1/1500 sec
Noise reduction   Yes, for shutter speeds of 1.3 seconds or slower
Metering Click for help

• Evaluative
• Center-Weighted Average
• Spot (can be tied to selected focus point)

Exposure adjustment Click for help -2EV to +2EV in 1/3EV steps
Auto bracketing Click for help • 3 images
• 0.3 - 2.0 EV in 0.3 EV steps
Aperture priority Click for help

• Wide: F2.8, F3.2, F3.5, F4.0, F4.5, F5.0, F5.6, F6.3, F7.1, F8.0
• Tele: F4.9, F5.6, F6.3, F7.1, F8.0

Shutter priority Click for help 15, 13, 10, 8, 6, 5, 4, 3.2, 2.5, 2, 1.6, 1.3, 1, 0.8, 0.6, 0.5, 0.4, 0.3, 1/4, 1/5, 1/6, 1/8, 1/10, 1/13, 1/15, 1/20, 1/25, 1/30, 1/40, 1/50, 1/60, 1/80, 1/100, 1/125, 1/160, 1/200, 1/250, 1/320, 1/400, 1/500, 1/640, 1/800, 1/1000, 1/1250, 1/1500
Full manual Click for help Yes
Exposure Modes   • Auto
• Creative:
  • Program AE, Shutter Priority, Aperture Priority, Manual
• Image Control:
  • Portrait, Landscape, Night Scene, Fast shutter, Slow shutter, Color Effects, Stitch Assist
• Movie
White Balance Click for help • Auto
• Daylight
• Cloudy
• Tungsten
• Fluorescent
• Fluorescent High
• Flash
• Custom preset (Manual)
Continuous Click for help • High speed: 2.5 fps, max 5 images
• Normal: 1.5 fps, max 9 images
(Large / Fine, LCD switched off)
Movie clip   • 320 x 240, 15 fps, max 30 secs (including audio)
• 160 x 120, 15 fps, max 120 ses (including audio)
Built-in Flash   Yes, fixed internal
Flash Range (Auto ISO)  

• W: 0.35 - 4.8 m (1.1 - 15.7 ft)
• T: 0.35 - 3.5 m (1.1 - 11.5 ft)

Flash modes  

• Auto
• Red-Eye Reduction Auto
• Red-Eye Reduction
• Flash On
• Flash Off

Flash compensation   +/-2 EV in 0.3 EV steps
External flash   None
Tripod mount   Yes, metal, in line with lens (!)
Self-timer   Yes, 2 or 10 sec delay
Remote control   None
Video out   Yes, selectable NTSC / PAL
Storage media Click for help Compact Flash Type I or Type II (Microdrive supported)
Storage included   16 MB Compact Flash Type I card
Viewfinder Click for help Optical, no dioptre adjustment
LCD Click for help 1.8" TFT, approx. 100% frame coverage
Playback zoom   Yes, 3x, 6x
Operating system   Proprietary
Connectivity Click for help USB
Print Compliance   DPOF, Direct Print (Canon)
Remote Capture   PC control via USB
Battery Click for help Yes, NB-2L, 7.4 V 570mAh Lithium-Ion rechargeable
Battery charger Click for help Yes, supplied charger
Weight (inc. battery)   323 g (11.4 oz)
Dimensions (inc. grip)   112 x 58 x 42 mm (4.4 x 2.3 x 1.7 in)

Click for help Click for glossary entry / help
   
** 

This measuring system is a leftover from the days of video TUBES and has nothing to do with the surface area of the chip in a direct sense. The Edmund Scientific Optics catalog has a sidebar that completely backs up the idea.

For instance, a "one inch" chip has a 16mm diagonal sensor array. A "one half inch" chip has an array of only 8mm in the diagonal. This means that the 1/1.8 = 0.555 inch measurement means NOTHING about the sensor array size. Unless they have changed the entire measurement system just for this chip, the actual sensor patch is 11% larger than the 8mm of a 1/2 chip or 8.88mm in diagonal.

(Mark Schubin of Videography Magazine)

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