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Published On: Mon, Jun 25th, 2012

Canon PowerShot SD940 IS Review

The Canon PowerShot SD940 IS 3965B001 digital camera is a point-and-shoot device that includes strong features along with impressive optical zoom ability. The camera deserves your attention and so we are here to review on this not so good looking device, but built-in strong featured camera. Canon has already made its niche segment where much of the people worldwide rely on the brand as it ensures quality and satisfactory features. So, what do you think about Canon PowerShot SD940? Read further to know more.

Pros :

The Canon PowerShot SD940 digital camera is capable of providing good HD video shooting option which doubles up the interest due to the 2.7 inches of quality screen with viewing angle and stronger features.

Canon PowerShot SD940 IS 3965B001 Camera Review

Cons :

One major disappointment is that the device does not feature optical zoom while video shooting is on. So you just shoot with an inactive optical zoom.

Design :

The camera comes in matte finish and unimpressive compact design. This camera from Canon does not set any innovative standards like those good Canon products, but at least will give you good image clicking options. Design-wise, the camera does not look attractive, but at least it can be said that the buttons and other menus does not make the camera look clustered from front or back. Rather than this, the camera is much more versatile and falls into the category of compact digital cameras.

Still the Canon SD940 IS makes good impression and worth your attention due to its ultra-compact and lightweight design which most people hunt to carry around along with them without even worrying on the bulkiness. The lens of this camera automatically extends out when the camera is turned on which brings decent look to it. You will find the barrel of the lens brushed in metallic color. You get four different body color choices for this device – Blue, Brown, Silver, and Black. Overall, the device gets a unique look, especially when blue or brown colors are chosen.

Canon PowerShot SD940 IS Specs

At the upper right corner of the device sports a 3-way switch through which you can choose either of the Canon’s automatic scene recognition mode – Smart Auto, movie modes or program scene. Different white balance settings are available along with three auto-focus modes. This compact digital camera gives you multiple options before clicking a picture and also offers good ISO range.

The camera measures 3.52 by 2.16 by 0.79 inches (89.41 mm by 54.86 mm by 20.07 mm). Moreover, the weight is measured at only 4.23 ounces or 120 grams (camera only).

Performance :

The Canon PowerShot SD940 IS camera features wide angle lens that is similar to 28 mm and offers high quality optical zoom of 4x. It does give you access to 720p HD videos at good resolution of 1280×720 pixels, but one major disappointment is that the device does not disables its optical zoom when the camera is put to shooting mode. You can enjoy direct viewing of HD content and still images on a HDTV or monitor with the help of a miniHDMI connector. The camera also allows you to view 130 thumbnails at once.

Shooting through camera is very easy, especially because of its convenient settings that come with tips and clues for the users to operate. While shooting, you will get hints on the LCD screen of SD940 IS and if you are a new user and does not know what to do then simple stick to the auto mode or tap the suggestion on screen to get further details. Buttons like flash, focus, exposure adjustment and timer settings are some of the keys that you need to operate while clicking or shooting. These buttons come with a Function-Set button for added convenience. However, we have found one flaw in this device which is the flat-like button placing that would not allow the big fingered person to operate easily.

The camera does hold shutter lag, but more disappointing is the use of flash that further distorts and ruins the image. Constant shooting can be done, but it works slowly with barely 0.8 shots/sec.

Canon PowerShot SD940 IS 3965B001 Camera

Coming to the actual point, the Canon PowerShot SD940 IS comes equipped with 12.1 megapixel resolution and sports as a 1/2.3 inch type CCD (Charged Coupled Device). The camera holds a 2.7 inches of TFT LCD widescreen that comes with a wide viewing angle. Approximately 230,000 dots capability can be found on the screen. When it comes to aperture, the maximum rate has been marked at f/2.8 (W) to f/5.9 (T). Users can enjoy Auto, ISO 80/100/200/400/800/1600 equivalent. Users can also get to enjoy built-in flash – Auto, Red-Eye Reduction, Flash On, Auto Red-Eye Correction, FE lock, Slow Synchro.

One more disappointment that users can face is the non availability of wireless control on this device. It is just that the images come good with multiple photo effects including Vivid Blue, My Colors Off, My Colors, Vivid Red, Black and White, Neutral, Sepia, Lighter Skin Tone, Positive Film, Custom, and Darker Skin Tone. You can even rely on self timer and active the shutter after around 2 seconds.

Storage Media :

The Canon PowerShot SD940 IS allows you to access SD or SDHC memory card, MMCplus card, MultiMediacard, and HC MMCplus card.

Connectivity and Power :

The content can be accessed with the help of HDMI A and USB 2.0 ports. Besides this, the camera is powered by a NB-4L2 rechargeable Lithium-Ion battery pack that can be charged with an optional ACK-DC10 power adapter.

Canon PowerShot SD940 IS 3965B001 Price

Battery :

The Canon SD940 IS 3965B001 compact digital camera gives up to 220 images when the battery is fully charged. So, we can say the battery life is fairly average for a compact digital camera. The device holds a Lithium-ion rechargeable battery.

Price :

The Canon PowerShot SD940 IS camera price is tagged for $249.95 which still stands in value for money category. If you are a fresher and want a point-and-shoot, lightweight and affordable camera then this can be the one.

Canon PowerShot SD940 IS

Verdict :

The Canon PowerShot SD940 IS compact digital camera has a lot of shortfalls that can disappoint many users. First is its average battery that only gives a continuous 220 images on full charge. The next is its 4x optical zoom that does not work when the camera is put on shooting mode. As far as the price is concerned, it is still a good deal as the features are said to be good, but shutter does lag and work slow. The device still gets a good design, compact and not-at-all-clustered look, lightweight and

When reviewing any device, there’s always a tendency to point out its shortfalls – those things that we wish it had or performed just a little bit better. In this review, we’ve done that, but the reality is that Canon’s Powershot SD940 IS is a well-designed compact digital camera that’s among the best on today’s market. The camera has capability to shoot HD videos and sports decent design.

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