On the right side of the camera behind a rubber door are the S40's
only connections: an A/V out connector (supplied cable ends in one
audio RCA and one video RCA jack) and a mini-USB connector to be
used with the supplied cable.
Note that the S40 (and S30) can now be directly connected to Canon's
S820D Bubble Jet printer for direct-from-the-camera prints (as well
as the CP-10 as with previous cameras).
The S40 utilizes a new compact extending lens which looks very
similar to that found on the IXUS 300, the biggest differences are
the omission of a built-in lens cover (not required), the focal
lengths and a very slightly smaller aperture (F2.7 vs. F2.8). The
lens takes approximately 1.4 seconds to extend or retract. When
the lens is extended the sliding cover is blocked from closing completely,
a small push of the cover and the camera powers off, lens retracts
and the cover can be closed all the way.
Base / Tripod Mount
On the base of the camera is a metal tripod mount, Kudos to Canon
for aligning it perfectly with the center of the lens and (almost)
in the middle of the camera base (front to back).
This means that the camera will sit correctly on a tripod (it won't
tip forward or backward) and that panoramas will stitch more easily
(as the camera will rotate around its lens axis).
Internal Flash / Focus Assist Lamp
The 'super slim' flash built into the S40 is rated with a range
of 0.35 to 4.8 m at Wide and 0.35 - 3.0 m at Tele (all at Auto ISO).
Beside the flash is the Focus Assist Lamp which serves a double
purpose, firstly it fires a beam of patterned white light in low
light situations which helps the auto focus system to get a lock.
Secondly when the flash an anti-red-eye are enabled it remains lit
for as long as you half-press the shutter release to reduce the
size of the subjects pupils and thus reduce the chance of redeye.
Supplied In the Box
The contents of the retail box are: (may vary by
Canon PowerShot S40 Digital Camera
NB-2L Lithium-Ion battery
CB-2LT(E) battery charger (110-240V)
16 MB CompactFlash card
Canon Solutions CD-ROM
USB / TWAIN driver
Zoom Browser EX / Image Browser
RAW Image converter
USB mounter (Mac)
CP-10 printer driver
ArcSoft Photo Impression & Video Impression
User Manual *
* Once again another clear, concise and fully comprehensive manual.