Summary: After tons of research into prices and megapixels, I decided I wanted a 4 MP camera even though most people never seem to need more than 3. My brother's Elph works beautifully at 2 MP. I chose the Canon S40 for the price to functionality and after three months I still think it was a good choice. Since my price range for all the accessories was $...I couldn't go for the Canon G2.
Summary: I have owned this camera now for about 4 months and it is one of the best purchases I have made in the last few years. The pictures produced by the S40 are great, and color reproduction is on right on target. Why I bought the S40 over the G2? The main reason I bought the S40 instead of the G2, another great camera, is portability and size. I find the S40's smaller size more convenient and I am more likely to bring it when I go out, and thus more likely to use it.
Summary: I really like the camera. It has all the features I want in a camera and using them is reasonably easy -- better if you read the manual (which is very thorough.) The battery life is very good. If you are taking RAW mode pictures (equivalent to windows .BMP format), make sure you purchase a large memory card (compact flash card). I bought a 512 MB which can hold 176 raw mode pictures. Two tiny negatives where the fragility of the LCD and the resistive customer service.
Summary: I can remember owning one of the first digital cameras that came out, the one by Apple computer. It was a very low resolution and was very battery hungry. Today's digital cameras has gone a long way. In fact, they can actually compete with film cameras in quality! Developing film is now in the past for me. This S40 will be my forth digital camera. I chose the S40 for it's size, all metal construction and Canon's name tag for their photography expertise.
Summary: This camera only has a bit higher resolution than my old S20 (4 versus 3.2 megapixels), but pictures are much better. White balance is better, there is less noise, there seems to be higher dynamic range, and I get fewer washed out pictures outdoors. Shutter lag is much less (although autofocus seems slower), and it has a 3x versus 2x zoom. Flash also seems stronger.
Summary: I purchased this dandy little camera as out 1st digital camera and somewhat of an interim as we await the pricing on the more expensive models that I can use our existing high quality lenses on. I am very happy with this camera! It has great range for its size and many of the semi-professional features avid photographers will enjoy!
Summary: Now that the price is dropping, this is an even better deal: *note as of 2003: I did in fact get my camera back from the factory, they fixed the LCD screen quickly and for no charge as it was still under the warrantee. Haven't had a problem since. Pros: - Easy to use, but has many advanced settings for when you are ready to move beyond the auto feature - Good zoom - EXCELLENT high-resolution pictures.
Summary: This is a great camera, highly recommended, photo image quality is great, even the video quality is surprisingly good for short clips. The only gripe I have so far (which I've seen in many other reviews) is the set button, when pressing it you can easily press the arrow down/up or left/right by mistake, but overall it's actually not that bad and with experience it gets easier. I read a lot of reviews of this and other cameras before deciding on which one to buy.
Summary: I own an Olympus E10 for my "professional" stuff. But I missed my Olympus pocket type camera when I gave it to my daughter. I immediately keyed on the Olympus D40 but kept my options open. I am concerned about color and so forth, but the important things in THIS camera were shutter lag time, ease of use for others, 4 meg results, speed and battery life. I had the chance to side by side compare. Sorry Olympus, but you need to work on some things in pocket cameras. 1.
Summary: The pictures are as good if not better than my expensive 35mm slr. Color saturation and sharpness are very impressive. You have to get the 128mb flashcard for over 60 pictures at full quality. The camera is as easy or as complicated to use as you want to make it. We went on vacation the second day I had the camera and I didn't have to delete any of the picures I took.