PowerShot SD40

PowerShot SD/ELPH Series

Digital Camera
Item Code: 1274B001


Main Unit Spec

Type of Camera
TypeCompact digital still camera with built-in flash, 2.4x Optical/4x Digital/10x Combined Zoom
Image Capture Device
Type7.1 Megapixel, 1/ 2.5 inch type Charge Coupled Device (CCD)
Total PixelsApprox. 7.4 Megapixels
Effective PixelsApprox. 7.1 Megapixels
Focal Length6.3-14.9mm f/3.2-5.4 (35mm film equivalent: 38-90mm
Digital Zoom2.4x
Focusing RangeNormal: 1 ft./30cm-infinity
Macro: 1-1.6 ft./30-50cm (WIDE), 3.9 in.-1.6 ft./10-50cm (TELE)
Autofocus SystemTTL Autofocus
Optical ViewfinderN/A
LCD Monitor1.8 inch low-temperature polycrystalline silicon TFT color LCDBrightness adjustment: 15 levels
LCD PixelsApprox. 118,000 pixels
LCD Coverage100%
Aperture and Shutter
Maximum Aperturef/3.2 (W) - f/5.4 (T)
Shutter Speed15-1/1600 sec.; Long Shutter operates with noise reduction when manually set at 1.3-15 sec.
Exposure Control
SensitivityAuto, High ISO Auto, ISO 80/100/200/400/800/1600 (Standard Output Sensitivity/Recommended Exposure Index)
Light Metering MethodEvaluative, Center-weighted average, Spot** Metering frame is fixed to the center
Exposure Control MethodProgram AE
Exposure Compensation+/-2 stops in 1/3-stop increments
White Balance
White Balance ControlAuto, Preset (Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H), Custom
Built-in FlashAuto, Auto w/ Red-Eye Reduction, Auto w/ Slow Synchro, Flash On, Flash On w/ Red-Eye Reduction, Flash On w/ Slow Synchro, Flash Off
Flash RangeNormal: 1-6.6 ft./30cm - 2.0m (W), 1-4.3 ft./30cm - 1.3m (T)
Macro: 1-1.6 ft./30-50cm (when sensitivity is set to ISO Auto)
Recycling Time10 sec. or less (battery voltage=3.7V)
Flash Exposure CompensationN/A
Shooting Specifications
Shooting ModesAuto, Camera M, Portrait, Landscape, Night Snapshot, Special Scene (Foliage, Snow, Beach, Fireworks, Aquarium, Underwater, Indoor, Kids & Pets), Color Accent, Color Swap, Stitch Assist, Movie
Photo EffectsMy Colors
Vivid, Vivid Blue, Vivid Green, Vivid Red, Neutral, Sepia, Black & White, Positive Film, Lighter Skin Tone, Darker Skin Tone, Custom Color
Self TimerActivates shutter after an approx. 2-sec./10-sec. delay, Custom
Wireless ControlAvailable for playback and printing via Camera Station CS-DC1a
Continuous ShootingApprox. 1.6 fps
Image Storage
Storage MediaSD Memory Card, SDHC Memory Card, MultiMediaCard
File FormatDesign rule for camera file system, DPOF Version 1.1
Image Recording FormatNormal, Fine, SuperFine
JPEG Compression ModeStill Image: Exif 2.2 (JPEG)
Movie: AVI (Image: Motion JPEG; Audio: WAVE (Monaural))
Number of Recording PixelsStill Image: 640 x 480 (Small), 1,600 x 1,200 (Medium 3), 2,048 x 1,536 (Medium 2), 2,592 x 1,944 (Medium 1), 3,072 x 2,304 (Large), 3,072 x 1,728 (Widescreen)
Movie: 640 x 480 / 320 x 240 (30 fps/15 fps) available up to 4GB or 1 hour for each file size, 320 x 240 (1 min. at 60 fps), 160 x 120 (3 min. at 15 fps)
Number of Recordable Images
Image data
 Small / N Small / F Small / SF Medium3 / N Medium3 / F Medium3 / SF Medium2 / N
File Size 84KB150KB249KB278KB558KB1,002KB445KB
  Medium2 / F Medium2 / SF Medium1 / N Medium1 / F Medium1 / SF Large / N Large / F
File Size 893KB1,602KB695KB1,395KB2,503KB902KB1,897KB
  Large / SF Wide-screen / N Wide-screen / F Wide-screen / SF
File Size 3,045KB678KB1,420KB2,304KB
Time of Recordable Movies
Movie data




Movie/Fast Frame Rate


File Size







43 sec.

22 sec.

7 sec.

11 sec.

107 sec.


355 sec.

181 sec.

64 sec.

92 sec.

869 sec.


1,373 sec.

702 sec.

249 sec.

359 sec.

3,357 sec.

Note: N=Normal F=Fine SF=SuperFine
Storage Capacity varies depending on camera settings. This data is estimated from Canon's standard shooting conditions. Figures for Movie Mode represent total capacity of the particular media.

Playback Specifications
Playback Modes FileStill Image: Single, Magnification (approx. 2x-10x), Jump, Auto Rotate, Rotate, Resume Playback, My Category, Histogram, Index (9 thumbnails), Sound Memos, Slide Show
Movie: Normal Playback, Special Playback, Editing
Erasing Specifications
Erase ModesStill Image: single image, by date, by category, by folder, all images
Movie: part of movie, all of movie
Computer InterfaceUSB 2.0 Hi-Speed (mini-B jack)
Audio OutMonaural
OtherMemory card slot; direct connection to Canon CP and SELPHY Compact Photo Printers, PIXMA Photo Printers and PictBridge-compatible printers via Camera Station's USB cable.
Power Supply 1. Rechargeable Lithium Battery NB-4L
2. Compact Power Adapter CA-DC20 3. Camera Station CS-DC1a Still Image: approx. 190 shots (NB-4L/LCD)*
* The above figures comply with CIPA testing standards and apply when a fully-charged battery is used. Approx. 300 min. (NB-4L)
Power Source1. Rechargeable Lithium Battery NB-4L
2. Compact Power Adapter CA-DC20 3. Camera Station CS-DC1a
Shooting CapacityStill Image: approx. 190 shots (NB-4L/LCD)*
* The above figures comply with CIPA testing standards and apply when a fully-charged battery is used.
Playback TimeApprox. 300 min. (NB-4L)
Physical Specifications
Operating Temperature32-104°F/0-40°C
Operating Humidity10-90%
Dimensions (W x H x D)3.78 x 1.78 x 0.94 in. / 96.1 x 45.1 x 23.9mm
WeightApprox. 3.70 oz. / 105g (camera body only)
Note: 25 display languages provided (English, German, French, Dutch, Danish, Finnish, Italian, Norwegian, Swedish, Spanish, Simplified/Traditional Chinese, Japanese, Russian, Portuguese, Korean, Greek, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Turkish, Thai, Arabic, Romanian, Ukrainian)
All data are based on Canon's Standard Test Method. Subject to change without notice.
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