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Canon PowerShot A40

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1264 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviews about the portability and battery are on the whole positive. The image quality and value for money also get good feedback. There are mixed comments on the energy efficiency and focus, and many are critical about the features and viewfinder.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Canon PowerShot A40 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 80/100 = Very good quality.

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Canon Powershot A40


The A40 also includes several new features not found on previous mid-range PowerShot camera models including a 3-point AiAF system with single-point center focus and focus lock; a wider shutter speed range of 15 seconds to 1/1500 second; Evaluative and...

The PowerShot A40 camera is equipped with a 5.4-16.2mm f/2.8-4.8 (equivalent to 35-105mm in 35mm format) 3x zoom lens which is ideal for a wide range of picture- taking situations from landscapes to portraits. The all-glass lens is designed using 9...

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Camera Operation While the A40's user interface seems slightly cryptic at first, it's actually pretty efficient. Most camera functions are controlled externally, and most of the external control buttons serve multiple functions. When you do need to...

Equipped with a 5.4-16.2mm lens, the A40 offers a 3x optical zoom range equivalent to 35-105mm on a 35mm camera. (This is a pretty standard range for digicams, running from a moderate wide angle to a moderate telephoto.) Maximum aperture ranges from...

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Canon PowerShot A40


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Has features normally found on more expensive cameras (shutter/aperture control, for example) ; Very good photo quality ; Impressive night shots for a cheap camera ; Easy to use in point-and-shoot or manual modes ; Excellent software bundle ; Supports...

No Mac OS X support (yet) ; No rechargeable batteries included ; I wish it had a four-way switch

The Canon PowerShot A10 and A20 were popular entry-level cameras, and I expect the new A40 to do just as well. The A40 is a rare beast: a low cost camera with real manual controls! It's also well-built, easy to use, fairly small, and Canon's software...


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Owners Opinion: Canon PowerShot A40 (Saurabh Makkar, 11 Nov 07)


I've had one since Nov '02 and it has never failed me even once... The results at ISO 50 still continue to amaze me :) Now use this as a backup camera or for lending over to friends in need, and it continues to perform the way it did from day 1...

None what so ever :)

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Owners Opinion: Canon PowerShot A40 (Rony Zmiri, 14 May 07)


Use it a backup and carry around. Have it for 4 years and still amazed by the quality of the pictures.

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Owners Opinion: Canon PowerShot A40 (DavidGerard, 27 May 06)


This was my first digicam. Too big for what I wanted to use it for (pubs and nightclubs), but I couldn't afford the then-current Ixus v2! Apart from size, it did a lovely job, turning out consistently good images in appalling conditions when I really...

The function dial sticks badly ; Damp got into it and it stopped working. However, a year or so later it started working again. But yes, not suitable for taking out into hazardous environments

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Owners Opinion: Canon PowerShot A40 (Gordiflon, 28 Jan 06)


This was my first digicam. Have not used it for more than two years due progressive upgrades. I took it out last week to check some rechargable AA batteries and took some pictures with it. How amazed I was after opening the pic's on my computer, the...

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Owners Opinion: Canon PowerShot A40 (alex41, 20 Nov 05)


I have been using A40 for more than 3 years, took 12000 pictures. I have no problems. However I recently upgraded to A620. I will continue to use A40 as a second camera since it has no significant selling value left.

No problems

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Owners Opinion: Canon PowerShot A40 (wv4ever, 2 Aug 04)


I have owned this camera for 1 and 1/ 2 years, been a reliable companion. I dropped in trout stream right after purchase, let it dry and it still is working. My wife uses it for real estate photos 2 to 3 times a week. It is very handy for impromptu...

For the amt. I paid, it would be hard to complain, I am sure that the A-60, 70, and A-80 are just as capable

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Owners Opinion: Canon PowerShot A40 (rsb61, 21 Jul 04)


This is my "go-anywhere" camera. It's always with me. It was the camera I had with me and used to photograph the after effects of an accident - made getting a claim paid child's play! It is cheap enough that I don't worry about damaging it or getting...

Product Specifications

The PowerShot A40 is packed full of features and offers excellent value for money. This camera features a high quality 35-105mm (35mm equivalent) 3x optical zoom lens, with a bright maximum aperture of f2.8. Its 2.0M pixel CCD sensor captures even the finest details, and Canon's latest intelligent three point focusing system AiAF (Artificial intelligence Auto Focus) ensures the subject is always in focus. PowerShot A40 images are ideal for postcard size photo prints. The PowerShot A40 also supports Canon's Direct Print printers - The Card Photo Printer CP-100 and CP-10. Direct printing is the quickest and easiest way to get photo quality prints without a PC. Simply connect the camera to the printer, select the image on your camera, and print. The CP-100 allows up to 10 x 15cm photo quality prints and the CP-10 is ideal for credit card size photos. With the A40's movie mode, it is possible to capture movie clips up to 30 seconds with sound and, by making use of the video lead supplied, the camera can be connected to a standard TV set, to view and share photos and movies. The PowerShot A40 incorporates additional features to allow more adventurous photography. The Manual Mode, allows users to select the aperture and shutter speeds, exposure compensation, and white balance setting from the auto or pre-set choices. The Photo Effects option allows images to be taken in vivid color, neutral, sepia and black and white. There is also a Stitch Assist mode for taking panorama shots that can be merged using the supplied PhotoStitch application. Going digital means easy connectivity between the camera and your PC's USB port opening up the whole new world of digital imaging. This camera uses standard AA-size alkaline or rechargeable batteries. The PowerShot A40 is supporting Exif Print. The PowerShot A40 brings affordable digital photography to everyone. With it's extensive feature set it offers great value for money for those looking for a great quality zoom lens digital camera. Suitable for first-time users and those wanting to switch to digital photography, it is ideal for any occasion.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Mono
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser


Battery Form Factor:Standard form factor
Supported Battery Form Factor:AA

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction: Yes
Type:Built-in flash

Digital Camera

Supported Flash Memory:CompactFlash

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:1.5in
Diagonal Size (metric):3.8cm
Display Form Factor:Built-in
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Landscape / Macro / Stitch assist/Landscape / Macro / Stitch assist

Flash Memory

Form Factor:CompactFlash Card
Storage Capacity:8MB


Model:A40/A40 Pack PLUS
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Canon PowerShot

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/2.8-4.8
Max Focal Length:16.2mm
Min Focal Length:5.4mm
Optical Zoom:3
Type:Zoom lens


Color:Metallic gray

Optical Sensor

Optical Sensor Size:1/2.7 / 1/2.7"/1/2.7"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):9.4 mm ( 1/2.7 ) / 9.4 mm ( 1/2.7" )
Optical Sensor Type:CCD
Sensor Resolution:2Megapixel

Optical System

Image Stabilizer: None

Optical Viewfinder

Type:Real-image zoom

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Digital Video Format:AVI
Digital Zoom:2.5
ISO (Max):400
Light Sensitivity:ISO 100 / ISO 400 / ISO 200 / ISO 50/ISO 100 / ISO 150 / ISO 200 / ISO 400 / ISO 50/ISO 100 / ISO 200 / ISO 400 / ISO 50
Shooting Modes:Frame movie mode
Special Effects:Black & White / Sepia / Neutral / Low Sharpening / Vivid/Black & White / Low Sharpening / Neutral / Sepia / Vivid
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Digital camera


Viewfinder Type:Optical