Canon PowerShot SX40 HS

Last Updated (05 June’13):
– Review & Sample Photos @ Cameralabs

Canon PowerShot SX40 HS is a new super-zoom camera which offers a 12 megapixel CMOS images sensor combined with a DIGIC 5 image processor and a 35x zoom lens which is equivalent to a focal length of 24-840mm. It also has Optical Image Stabilizer with new Intelligent IS technology, full manual controls, full 1080p HD movie recording with stereo sound and a 2.7 inch vari-angle LCD screen for great shooting flexibility. The Canon PowerShot SX40 HS measures (W x H x D) 4.84 x 3.64 x 4.24 in. / 122.9 x 92.4 x 107.7mm with weight Approx. 21.2 oz (600g) (including the battery and memory card).

Overall Rating: ★★★★☆

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Canon PowerShot SX40 HS Reviews

Cameralabs compares the Canon PowerShot SX40 HS with Panasonic Lumix FZ150 & Sony Cyber-shot HX100V and writes;
“At f4 and 100 ISO, the SX40 HS metered an exposure of 1/800 for the scene here, whereas the FZ150 and HX100V opted for 1/1000 and 1/1250 respectively. The quicker exposures of these two models were more appropriate for recording the brighter portions of the scene, but again for a level playing field I matched their exposures to the SX40 HS, as that’s the model on test here. So I applied +0.3 and +0.6EV of compensation to the FZ150 and HX100V respectively, forcing them to expose this scene at 1/800. So below you’re seeing and comparing exactly the same exposure from each camera.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

Photographyblog reviews the Canon PowerShot SX40 HS and writes;
“it’s great and very satisfying to be able to get a wide range of subjects into frame from a single vantage point that will have any camera with a zoom range less than 10x subsequently seeming almost frustrating in comparison, it really is in bright light that the SX40 HS struts its stuff when shooting handheld.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

Ephotozine reviews the Canon PowerShot SX40 HS and writes;
“If your main requirement from a camera is a large amount of optical zoom you can’t go far wrong with the PowerShot SX40 HS.. Overall, picture quality is good and the camera has a wide range of features to help you take creative pictures.”
Rating: ★★★★½

DCresource reviews the Canon PowerShot SX40 HS and writes;
“In terms of design and features, it’s very competitive. Photo quality is a little better than most of the cameras in this class. Where the SX40 lags a bit is in terms of performance, manual controls, and movie mode.”
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PCMAG reviews the Canon PowerShot SX40 HS and writes;
“The Canon PowerShot SX40 HS captures sharp photos, delivers stellar continuous shooting performance, and offers one of the longest zoom lenses in its class. The fast continuous shooting, combined with the long telephoto reach, makes this a good camera to capture sports and wildlife.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

Digitalcamerainfo reviews the Canon PowerShot SX40 HS and writes;
“The camera is equally comfortable in dim light, quick action scenarios, video applications, and of course extreme zoom magnifications; all controlled by an intuitive, masterfully designed menu interface that makes all this a breeze.”
Rating: ★★★★½

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Canon PowerShot SX40 HS User Manual (PDF)

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Canon PowerShot SX40 HS Features

12.1 Megapixel CMOS Images sensor

The Canon PowerShot SX40 HS has a 12.1 Megapixel CMOS Images sensor to capture bright and clear images in an even wider range of shooting situations and also produce beautiful images in low light conditions with minimal noise and maximum detail result. Featuring a DIGIC 5 Image Processor to Improve noise reduction and produces clearer images when shooting in low light at high ISO speeds. The camera also comes with a 35x Wide-Angle Optical Zoom and 24mm Lens lets you get close distance of your subject including Optical Image Stabilizer to reduce camera shake and vibration, so you will get a sharper, steadier image.


Full HD 1080p Video Recording

The camera also offers a Full HD 1080p Video Recording with stereo sound which can be record Full HD video at 24fps and 720p HD video at 30 fps. It also comes with a movie button lets you start and stop recording instantly, Wind Filter for suppresses wind noise include Optical Zoom While Shooting a video. The Canon PowerShot SX40 HS also lets you to enjoy and share the videos in HDTV Playback via HDMI with CEC Support.


2.7-inch Wide Vari-Angle LCD

With a 2.7-inch Vari-Angle LCD screen that has 230,000 dots resolution, the Canon PowerShot SX40 HS lets you view a crisp, clear picture. The LCD can be swivels out almost a full 180 degrees and also can be rotated up to 270 degrees of up or down to shoot at low or high angles. Equipped with a Zoom Framing Assist function button, the camera will automatically zoom out to include a wider angle of view, lets you to more easily locate your moving target on the LCD screen or through the electronic viewfinder.

Additional Features

+ Intelligent IS for reduce the camera shake.
+ High-Speed Burst HQ lets you capture fast action stills at full resolution during continuous shooting.
+ Shooting Modes/Special Scene Modes
+ Movie Digest
+ Miniature Effect for Movies & Stills
+ Super Slow Motion Movie
+ Smart AUTO
+ Face Detection Technology & Smart Shutter


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