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Canon PowerShot SD40
Canon PowerShot SD40

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Canon PowerShot SD40

Editor's Review

The Canon PowerShot SD40 is intended as a small, pocket camera for photographers who would rather not worry about a big, bulky camera as they hit the town. The SD40 also comes in four fun colors: precious rose, noble blue, twilight sepia, and olive gray (or red, blue, black-ish, and silvery). It's got a nice 7.1 megapixel sensor, great for such a tiny little camera, but an underpowered 2.4x digital zoom, probably figuring that photos taken with this camera will be of the party-closeup variety. $350 seems a little steep for this kind of camera, though, and DCHQ suggests shopping around a bit before deciding on this little party favor.


  • 7.1 megapixels
  • 2.4x optical zoom / 4x digital zoom
  • Auto focus, auto and manual exposure
  • JPEG file format
  • Movie mode with sound
  • ISO 80-1600
  • 1.8-inch LCD
  • Lithium-ion battery
  • Secure Digital card storage (16MB card included)
  • Part Number: 1276B001
  • UPC: 013803071641
  • Release Date: Sep 14, 2006

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Canon PowerShot SD40 Reviews

Canon PowerShot SD40 Reviews by Digital Camera-HQ Users

  • 4.0 out of 5
Red Eye Reduction is no good (Allison — 12/09/2008)

I like this camera. I have the pink version my favourite colour. Its decent for mediocre pictures. But the I am fair skin, brown eyes blond hair and about 90% of the pictures of me I do have red eye, the red eye reduction on this camera is pretty much non-existent because the flash is too close to the lens.

  • 3.0 out of 5
sorry flash (Stacy — 11/19/2007)

Very convenient small camera, but the weak flash is a limiting factor. It has resulted in many disappointing photos. The LCD screen is not accurate, so I don't always realize that subjects are underexposed until I get home, and it is too late to take another shot. Very reliable otherwise, though reading the instruction manual and practicing functions was necessary for me, even though I have used and owned numerous digital cameras.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Great camera for travel (martha — 08/11/2007)

Love the size and quality of pictures. It looks great and takes some great shots even with a less than desirable zoom. I love to take it on trips because it is so compact and looks sharp. Video capability is also a great side benefit.

I recommend to my friends.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Camera (Hannah — 06/28/2007)

I went from a non-digital one to an awesome camera that can do almost anything!

  • 4.0 out of 5
Great Camera (Anton — 05/01/2007)

I would say this is one of the best cameras that i have ever owned. I am always using it and it works great for me. There are a few things that could be better and that's why I only gave it four stars. Then again, any product you buy can always be better. The red eye is only shown in about 15 pictures out of the over 1,000 pictures I have taken already. Obviously this is a small camera and therefore this camera's flash does not reach very far, i would say about 8 feet. When you take a picture the flash only is focused on the object that you are locked onto and the background is not the best quality. Although, when the flash does reach the object, the quality of picture is awesome. It takes pictures at 3072 x 2304, but I only use the 2048 x 1536 because the higher resolution the bigger the picture file. Only comes with a 16mb SD card so it is best to buy a 1gig or higher. I love the fact that this camera is small and very lightweight. Very convenient for going places and not having to carry around a huge camera in your pocket or on your belt loop. Most people don't even know that I have a camera and when I take it out everybody is surprised that the camera is so small and very stylish. Great for pictures where plenty of light is available, outside is best although, inside is very reasonable. Overall I love this camera and after reading a bunch of bad reviews about it, I was a little skeptic. I didn't want to take the risk, but I got a great deal on it for about 200 dollars, so I took the risk and I have been very pleased. Has a lot of great features like, photo stitch assistant which allows you to take a panoramic view for up to 30 pictures. The stitch assistant shows the picture you just took next to the picture your about to take so you line it all up. You can also take wide screen photos with this camera and they are superior quality. Canon did A really good job with this camera. I love it and this camera makes up for all of the little problems with it's great features. If you are a professional photographer then this camera is not for, but then again if you are a photographer then you should be spending over a thousand dollars on a camera anyways. This camera is for the average Joe who does not care about the little things. For some odd reason the video quality is really good and the video length is as long as much as your memory card can hold. Was not expecting a video camera out of this because i have my own camcorder, but sufficient if i don't have my camcorder on me. I love this camera.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Canon SD40 (Mia — 12/28/2006)

I love this camera it's the best I've ever had of course I had to get help using it but t's beautiful.

  • 5.0 out of 5
great (sally — 11/05/2006)

this camera is so little and the color choice is fantastic. i can take it everywhere because it is so compact. it also has very good quality. i love to take it everywhere so i can have so many pictures and the ones i don't like i can delete in an instant. my friends and i have so many memories on this camera

  • 4.0 out of 5
Great little Camera (Tim Hicks — 10/13/2006)

This is a great little camera small and prefectly formed. Excellant for snaps and short movies but you can get great quality images if you need them.