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Canon PowerShot SD40


Canon PowerShot SD40
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Category: Point-and-Shoot

The Canon PowerShot SD40 Digital ELPH is an ultracompact JeansPocket™ Certified digital camera for the fashion conscious photographer. It comes in four 'personality' colours: Twilight Sepia, Olive Gray, Precious Rose and Noble Blue (in Europe: Sepia, Gray, Pink, Blue).

It replaces the Canon SD30 and features 7.1 megapixels resolution, a 2.4x optical zoom, a 1.8 in. LCD monitor (118K pixels), and easy-to-use Scene Modes. Face Priority AF and AE ensures the subject's face is both in focus and properly lighted even when using flash.

The Canon SD40 even comes with its own Camera Station to charge the battery, play images on TV, download images to a computer or to print. Also included is a Wireless Controller to operate the camera remotely.

Optional accessories include: a High Power Flash HF-DC1 and an All Weather Case AW-DC40. The All Weather Case allows you to take underwater shots at depths of down to 3 meters (9.8 ft.), and it's also ideal for taking worry-free pictures in the rain, at the beach, or on the ski slopes.

Small enough to fit into a fashion purse or trousers pocket, the elegant Canon PowerShot SD40 Digital ELPH makes a fashion statement in any circle. Plus, you have the added confidence of a Canon lens and DiG!C III Image Processor for high resolution pictures.

Canon PowerShot SD40
QuickFact™ Sheet
Canon PowerShot SD30US | CAN | UK | BeBit
Camera Effective Pixels Approx. 7.1 Megapixels
Image Sensor 1/2.5-inch type CCD (Total number of pixels: Approx. 7.4 megapixels)
Lens 6.3 (W)–14.9 (T) mm (35mm film equivalent: 38 (W)–90 (T) mm) f/3.2 (W)–f/5.4 (T)
Optical Zoom 2.4x
Digital Zoom Approx. 4.0x (Up to approx. 10x in combination with the optical zoom)
LCD Monitor

Wide Viewing Angle 1.8-inch type, low-temperature polycrystalline silicon TFT color LCD
* Approx. 118,000 pixels, Picture coverage 100%

AF System

TTL autofocus
The AF frame can be selected from Face Detect, On and Off. AF lock is available.

Shooting Distance
(From the front of the lens)
- Normal: 30 cm (12 in.) – infinity
- Macro: 30–50 cm (12 in.–1.6 ft.) (W), 10–50 cm (3.9 in.–1.6 ft.) (T)
Shutter Mechanical shutter + electronic shutter
Shutter Speeds Shutter speed is 15–1/1600 sec. This camera applies special processing to images shot at shutter speeds slower than 1.3 seconds to eliminate the noise. The fastest shutter speed for flash synchronization is 1/500 second.
Metering System Evaluative, Center-weighted average or Spot (can be selected from Center and AF Point)
Exposure Compensation ± 2 stops in 1/3-stop increments
ISO Speed Auto, High ISO Auto, ISO 80, ISO 100, ISO 200, ISO 400, ISO 800 and ISO 1600 equivalent.
White Balance Auto, Day Light, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Custom
Built-in Flash Auto*3, On*3 or Off.
*3 Red-Eye Reduction and Slow Synchro available.
Flash Range

(ISO speed: Auto)
* Normal: 30 cm–2.0 m (12 in.–6.6 ft.) (W), 30 cm–1.3 m (12 in.–4.3 ft.) (T)

Shooting Modes Auto, Manual (Long shutter mode available), Portrait, Landscape, Night Snap, Color Accent, Color Swap, Stitch Assist, Scene (Kids&Pets, Indoor, Foliage, Snow, Beach, Fireworks, Aquarium, Underwater), Movie (Standard, Fast Frame Rate, Compact, Color Accent, Color Swap)
Continuous Shooting Approx. 1.6 shots/sec. (Large/Fine mode)
Self-timer 10 sec., 2 sec., Custom
Recording Media This camera uses an SD memory card, SDHC memory card or MultiMediaCard as the recording media. A 16 MB Memory Card is included in the package.
File Format Design rule for camera file system, (DPOF compliant)
Data Type - Still images: Exif 2.2 (JPEG)*9, Sound Memos: WAVE (monaural)
- Movies: AVI (Image data: Motion JPEG; Audio data: WAVE (monaural))
Compression Superfine, Fine, Normal
Number of Recording Pixels (Still Images) - Large: 3072 x 2304 pixels
- Medium 1: 2592 x 1944 pixels
- Medium 2: 2048 x 1536 pixels
- Medium 3: 1600 x 1200 pixels
- Small: 640 x 480 pixels
- Postcard: 1600 x 1200 pixels
- Widescreen: 3072 x 1728 pixels
Number of Recording Pixels (Movies) - Standard, Color Accent and Color Swap
640 x 480 pixels (30 frames/sec., 15 frames/sec.)
320 x 240 pixels ((30 frames/sec., 15 frames/sec.)
Recording can continue until the memory card is full*10 (can record up to a maximum of 4GB*11 at one time)
- Fast Frame Rate
320 x 240 pixels (60 frames/sec.)
Can record for 1. min.
- Compact
160 x 120 pixels (15 frames/sec.)
Can record for 3 min.
Playback Modes - Single (histogram displayable), Index, Magnified
- Slide Shows, My Colors (playback), Sound memos
- Jump
Jumps to every tenth or hundredth image, to the first image of each shooting date, to the first image of each category, to the first image in a folder or movies.
- My Category
You can organize images into prepared categories (People, Scenery, Events, Category 1-3, To Do) and manage them at the category level.
- Movie
Review and edit movies by operating the Movie Control Panel.
Direct Print PictBridge, Canon Direct print, Bubble Jet Direct
My Camera Settings Start-up image, start-up sound, operation sound, Self-timer sound, and shutter sound.

Camera Station Connector: Place the camera in the camera station to charge the battery, play images on TV, download images to a computer or to print.
Also, use the included Wireless Controller to operate the camera remotely.

Power Source - Battery Pack NB-4L (Lithium-ion Rechargeable battery)
- Compact Power Adapter CA-DC20
Operating Temperature 0–40 °C (32–104 °F)
Operating Humidity 10–90 %
Included Accessories - Camera Body
- Camera Station CS-DC1a
- Wireless controller WL-DC200
- Memory Card (16MB)
- Battery Pack NB-4L
- Compact Power Adapter CA-DC20 (Compact Power Adapter CA-DC20E is included with the camera in some region)
- AV Cable AVC-DC300
- Interface Cable IFC-400PCU
- Wrist Strap WS-900
Dimensions 96.1× 45.1×23.9 mm (3.78×1.78×0.94 in.) (excluding protrusions)
Weight Approx. 105 g (3.70 oz.) (camera body only)
MSRP US $349.99

Product technical specifications (including MSRP and Included Accessories) are as represented by the manufacturer and subject to manufacturer's change without any notice or obligation on the part of the manufacturer. Product color availability and included accessories may also differ by country or area. Please verify the latest specs from the appropriate manufacturer's site.

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