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PowerShot SD40

PowerShot SD/ELPH Series

PowerShot SD40 Kit Contents

PowerShot SD40 Kit Contents PowerShot SD40 Digital ELPH Body Battery Pack NB-4L Camera Station CS-DC1a Compact Power Adapter CA-DC20 SD Memory Card SDC-16M Wrist Strap WS-900 Wireless Controller WL-DC200 Digital Camera Solution CD-ROM USB Interface Cable IFC-400PCU AV Cable AVC-DC300


Type of Camera


Compact digital still camera with built-in flash, 2.4x Optical/4x Digital/10x Combined Zoom

Image Capture Device


7.1 Megapixel, 1/ 2.5 inch type Charge Coupled Device (CCD)

Total Pixels

Approx. 7.4 Megapixels

Effective Pixels

Approx. 7.1 Megapixels


Focal Length

6.3-14.9mm f/3.2-5.4 (35mm film equivalent: 38-90mm

Digital Zoom


Focusing Range

Normal: 1 ft./30cm-infinity
Macro: 1-1.6 ft./30-50cm (WIDE), 3.9 in.-1.6 ft./10-50cm (TELE)

Autofocus System

TTL Autofocus


Optical Viewfinder


LCD Monitor

1.8 inch low-temperature polycrystalline silicon TFT color
LCD Brightness adjustment: 15 levels

LCD Pixels

Approx. 118,000 pixels

LCD Coverage


Aperture and Shutter

Maximum Aperture

f/3.2 (W) - f/5.4 (T)

Shutter Speed

15-1/1600 sec.; Long Shutter operates with noise reduction when manually set at 1.3-15 sec.

Exposure Control


Auto, High ISO Auto, ISO 80/100/200/400/800/1600 (Standard Output Sensitivity/Recommended Exposure Index)

Light Metering Method

Evaluative, Center-weighted average, Spot** Metering frame is fixed to the center

Exposure Control Method

Program AE

Exposure Compensation

+/-2 stops in 1/3-stop increments

White Balance

White Balance Control

Auto, Preset (Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H), Custom


Built-in Flash

Auto, 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 Range

Normal: 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 Time

10 sec. or less (battery voltage=3.7V)

Flash Exposure Compensation


Shooting Specifications

Shooting Modes

Auto, 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 Effects

My Colors
Vivid, Vivid Blue, Vivid Green, Vivid Red, Neutral, Sepia, Black & White, Positive Film, Lighter Skin Tone, Darker Skin Tone, Custom Color

Self Timer

Activates shutter after an approx. 2-sec./10-sec. delay, Custom

Wireless Control

Available for playback and printing via Camera Station CS-DC1a

Continuous Shooting

Approx. 1.6 fps

Image Storage

Storage Media

SD Memory Card, SDHC Memory Card, MultiMediaCard

File Format

Design rule for camera file system, DPOF Version 1.1

Image Recording Format

Normal, Fine, SuperFine

JPEG Compression Mode

Still Image: Exif 2.2 (JPEG)
Movie: AVI (Image: Motion JPEG; Audio: WAVE (Monaural))

Number of Recording Pixels

Still 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

Time of Recordable Movies

Movie data

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 File

Still 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 Modes

Still Image: single image, by date, by category, by folder, all images
Movie: part of movie, all of movie


Computer Interface

USB 2.0 Hi-Speed (mini-B jack)

Video Out


Audio Out



Memory 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 Source

1. Rechargeable Lithium Battery NB-4L
2. Compact Power Adapter CA-DC20 3. Camera Station CS-DC1a

Shooting Capacity

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.

Playback Time

Approx. 300 min. (NB-4L)

Physical Specifications

Operating Temperature


Operating Humidity


Dimensions (W x H x D)

3.78 x 1.78 x 0.94 in. / 96.1 x 45.1 x 23.9mm


Approx. 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.
Canon, PowerShot, ELPH and DIGIC are registered trademarks, and SELPHY and PIXMA are trademarks, of Canon Inc. in the United States and may also be registered trademarks or trademarks in other countries. Microsoft and Windows are trademarks or registered trademarks of the Microsoft Corporation in the United States and/or other countries. Mac is a trademark of Apple Computer, Inc., registered in the United States and other countries. All other products and brand names are registered trademarks, trademarks or service marks of their respective owners.

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