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Introducing the new PowerShot S40: a sophisticatedcollaboration of modern design and state-of-the-art digital technology thatdelivers astonishing resolution and brilliance.


  • 4.0 megapixel CCD. PowerShot S40 is equipped with a 1/1.8-inch 4 megapixel CCD - the highest pixel count of any camera in its class. So what does this mean in practical terms? The camera creates postcard-size images so densely detailed, the pixilation is invisible to the human eye. Now you can enjoy all the exciting options digital technology gives you, and get rich, radiant, film-like image quality.
  • 3x Optical Zoom and 11x Zoom. From close-up snaps to panoramic vistas, the S40's speedy, responsive zoom is right there to make your vision happen. A built-in digital tele-converter takes the 3x optical zoom lens (equivalent to 35 to 105mm in a 35mm camera) smoothly all the way up to 11x in the S40. Legendary Canon optics ensure a clear, brilliant shot every time.
  • Movie Mode with Sound and Voice Memo up to 60 seconds. Fun capabilities like Movie Mode and Voice Memo make the PowerShot S40 portable entertainment. Shoot vibrant, sound-and-motion digital movies - 30 seconds long at the highest resolution or 2 minutes at the lower resolution. And now when you view your still images in replay mode, you can record up to one minute of commentary that will attach to the image - making photographic memories even more memorable.
  • Direct Print Mode with Canon Card Photo Printers and Bubble Jet Direct Printers
  • Cusomizable features with My Camera Function. Make your new PowerShot S40 all your own by choosing the look of the start-up screen and the sounds it makes for start-up, shutter, self-timer and more with the new My Camera function. A Solution CD is supplied for lots of fun options, and you can even use your own digitally recorded sounds - your pet, a friend's voice or your favorite music.
  • A full range of convenient accessories. 

Kit Contents

  • PowerShot S40 Body 
  • Wrist Strap WS-300 
  • Video Cable AVC-DC100
  • Interface Cable IFC-300PCU
  • Digital Camera Solution CD-ROM 
  • ArcSoft Camera Suite CD-ROM 
  • Lithium Battery Pack NB-2L 
  • Battery Charger CB-2LT 
  • CompactFlash Card FC-16M 
  • Case for CompactFlash Card
  • User's Manual
  • Battery Pack Cover


Type of Camera Compact Digital Still Camera with Built-in Flash and 3x Optical Zoom Lens
Type 1/1.8-inch Charge-Coupled Device (CCD)
Total Pixels Approx. 4.1 million
Effective Pixels Approx. 4 million
Focal Length 7.1-21mm (35mm film equivalent: 35-102mm)
Digital Zoom 3.6x (Maximum 11x digital zoom is available when combined with optical zoom.)
Focusing Range

(measured from front lens)

Normal AF: 80cm (2.7ft.) - infinity. Macro AF: 10cm (0.3ft.) (wide-angle) / 20cm (0.7ft.) (telephoto) - 70cm (2.3ft.)

Manual focus: 6cm (0.2ft.) (wide-angle) / 30cm (1.0ft.) (telephoto) - 80cm (2.7ft.)

Focusing Control TTL autofocus (Continuous or Single)
System AF lock and Manual focus are available.
Optical Viewfinder Real-image optical zoom viewfinder
LCD Monitor 1.8 inch low temperature polycrystalline silicon TFT color LCD. 117,600 dots (490 (H) x 240 (V))
Aperture Range f/2.8 - f/8.0 (wide-angle), f/4.9 - f/8.0 (telephoto)
Shutter Speed 15 - 1/1,500 sec. Slow shutter operates with noise reduction.
Sensitivity Auto, or user-set ISO 50, 100, 200, 400 or 800 (PowerShot S30 only) equivalent (At Auto setting, camera automatically adjusts sensitivity in the range of ISO 50 to ISO 100 equivalent.)
Light Metering Method Evaluation metering, Center-weighted average metering or Spot metering (Fix to center/Link to AF frame).
Exposure Control Method Program AE, Shutter priority AE, Aperture priority AE or Manual exposure control; AE lock is available.
Exposure Compensation +/- 2.0EV in 1/3-step increments. Auto Exposure Bracketing (AEB) is available.
White Balance Control TTL Auto White Balance, Pre-set White Balance (available settings: Daylight, Cloudy, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, or Flash) or Custom White Balance
Built-in Flash Operation modes: Auto, Red-Eye Reduction Auto, Red-Eye Reduction ON, flash ON or OFF
Flash Range Nomal: WIDE: 0.4-4.8m (1.1-16ft) TELE: 0.4-3m (1.1-9.8 ft) (When Auto) Macro: WIDE: 0.6-4 (1.8-13 ft) TELE: 0.6-2.5m (1.8-8.2 ft) (When sensitivity is set to ISO 100 equivalent)
Recycling Time 10 sec. or shorter (full flash, battery voltage=7.4 V).
Flash Exposure Compensation +/- 2.0EV (at every 1/3-stop)
Shooting Modes Creative zone: Program, Shutter priority, Aperture priority and Manual Image zone: AUTO, Portrait, Landscape, Night Scene, High-speed Shutter, Slow Shutter, Photo Effect (Black & White, Sepia, Neutral Color, Vivid Color), Stitch Assist and Movie
Self Timer Operates with approx. 2 or 10 second countdown. (Selectable)
Continuous Shooting PowerShot S40: High Speed: Approx. 2.5 images/sec., Normal: Approx. 1.5 images/sec. (at Large/Fine mode and LCD viewfinder is OFF)
Storage Media CompactFlash (CF) (Type I or Type II)
File Format Design rule for Camera File system (DCF)
Print Order Format Digital Print Order Format (DPOF) Version 1.1
Image Recording Format Still Image: JPEG or CCD-RAW. Movie: AVI (Image data: Motion JPEG, Audio data: WAVE [monaural]) Spund memo: WAVE [monaural]
JPEG Compression Mode SuperFine, Fine or Normal
Number of Recording Pixels Still image: Large: 2,272 x 1,704, Medium High: 1,600 x 1,200, Medium Low: 1,024 x 768, Small: 640 x 480, Movie: 320 x 240 (15bps) or 160 x 120 (15bps)
Menu Selection File Size (KB) Resolution (pixels) 8MB 16MB 32MB 64MB 128MB 340MB*
Large / SuperFine
2,272 x 1,704
3 7 14 30 61 172
Large / Fine
2,272 x 1,704
6 13 27 54 110 309
Large / Normal
2,272 x 1,704
13 26 54 110 220 309
Medium 1/ SuperFine 1,002 1,600 x 1,200 7 14 30 61 123 343
Medium 1/ Fine 558 1,600 x 1,200 13 26 54 109 219 614
Medium 1/ Normal 278 1,600 x 1,200 26 52 108 217 435 1,212
Medium 2/ SuperFine 570 1,024 x 768 12 25 53 107 215 597
Medium 2/ Fine 320 1,024 x 768 23 46 94 189 379 1,064
Medium 2/ Normal 170 1,024 x 768 42 84 174 349 700 1,898
Small / SuperFine 249 640 x 480 29 58 120 241 482 1,323
Small / Fine 150 640 x 480 47 94 196 393 788 2,183
Small / Normal 84 640 x 480 83 165 337 676 1,355 3,639
2,272 x 1,704
1 4 10 20 42 120

* IBM® 340MB Microdrive™

These figures reflect standard shooting conditions established by Canon.

Actual totals and file sizes may vary according to the subject, shooting conditions and shooting mode.

  Resolution (pixels) 8MB 16MB 32MB 64MB 128MB 340MB*
Movie / Medium 320 x 240 30 sec. 61 sec. 124 sec. 250 sec. 502 sec. 1,408 sec.
Movie / Low 160 x 120 112 sec 223 sec. 457 sec. 916 sec. 1,834 sec. 4,852 sec.

* IBM® 340MB Microdrive™

Above-written figures are measured under Canon's standard conditions and may vary depending on the scene, subjects or camera settings.

Playback Modes File Single, Index (9 thumbnail images), Magnification: approx. 3x or 6x, or Slide Show
Erase Modes Single Image, All Images
Computer Interface Universal Serial Bus (USB)
Video Out Audio/Video Output (Video:NTSC or PAL selectable Audio: monaural)
Other CF card slot (complied with CF Type II standard). Direct connection to Canon Card Photo Printer CP-10 (no computer required).
Power Source Rechargeable Lithium-ion battery (type: NB-2L) or AC Adapter Kit ACK 700 is necessary.
Shooting Capacity LCD ON: Approx. 180 images LCD OFF: Approx. 420 images
Playback Time Approx. 150min.
Dimensions (W x H x D) 4.4 x 2.3 x 1.7 in. /112.0 x 58.0 x 42.0 mm. (excluding protruding parts)
Weight  Approx. 9.2oz./260g (camera body only)
Operating Temperature  32-104 °F (0-40 °C)
Operating Humidity 10-90%
Mac Requirements Please install the software on a Macintosh computer that meets the following system requirements.

Hardware: Power Macintosh, PowerBook, iMac or iBook

OS: Mac OS 8.6 through 9.1

CPU: Power PC

Interface: USB: Cable connection via camera's USB port is limited to genuine Apple Computer brand models with a built-in USB interface (Power Macintosh NEW G3/G4, PowerBook G3, iMac, iBook).

RAM: 20MB and over for application

PC Requirements Please install the software on a PC computer that meets the following system requirements.

Hardware: IBM PC/AT compatible

OS: Windows 98 (including the Second Edition), Windows 2000, Windows Me, Windows XP

CPU: Pentium 150 MHz and over

Interface: USB: Cable connection via camera's USB port is limited to pre-installed Windows 98, Windows 2000 and pre-installed or upgraded Windows ME systems.

RAM: 32MB or more (Windows 98)

RAM: 64MB or more (Windows 2000/Windows ME)