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Canon PowerShot SX40 HS

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Canon PowerShot SX40 HS is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 93/100 = Excellent quality.

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Exellent camera


I think that Canon SX 40 is the best superzoom camera on the market just now. The new sensor has increased image quality. No visible ca. Noise at high iso much better. Usefull dtc. Faster autofocus. 840mm + dtc = 1680 mm, that is great. The image stabilizer is very good, and with the big zoom this is necessary.

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Canon PowerShot SX40 HS


Editors' note: Several of the design and features are identical between the Canon PowerShot SX40 HS and the Canon PowerShot SX30 IS we reviewed earlier, so readers of the earlier review may experience some déjà vu when reading the same sections below.

The Canon PowerShot SX40 HS has a flexible lens range, very good image stabilization, excellent photo quality for its class, and shooting modes for every kind of user.

The SX40 HS's shooting performance lags behind that of the competition and has a couple potentially irritating design points.

If you're after a wide and long lens and excellent photo quality, the Canon PowerShot SX40 HS is a standout. In features, design, and performance, though, it's a bit lacking.

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Canon PowerShot SX40 HS Review


The PowerShot SX40 HS continues the traditions set by the SX-series by offering outstanding performance, pleasing image and video quality, and a plethora of versatile features and exposure options. Read more in our Full Conclusion.

Almost unmatched 35x optical zoom with extremely versatile zoom range ; Produces pleasing 12-megapixel images both indoors and out ; Powerful built-in flash ; Hot shoe for external speedlites ; Capable OIS and Intelligent IS systems ; Records good...

Higher noise in shadow areas than we'd like to see - only visible when critically inspecting images at 100 ; EVF shows slightly different colors than LCD ; No audio input for HD video recording ; Shutter lag with autofocus in Smart Auto mode is...

The PowerShot SX40 HS continues the traditions set by the SX-series by offering outstanding performance, pleasing image and video quality, and a plethora of versatile features and exposure options. Read more in our



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Canon PowerShot SX40 HS


One of our favorite cameras of 2010 — the Canon PowerShot SX30 IS — was just freshened up with a new sensor and imaging processor as the SX40 HS. While a touch up like that is seldom a bad thing, the new model also adds boosts the price even more into...

Awesome 24-840mm zoom ; Quality stills, accurate colors ; Packed with features including OIS

A steady grip is a must at maximum telephoto ; Movie quality not state-of-the-art

If you’re considering a mega-zoom, the Canon PowerShot SX40 HS is a slam dunk

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Canon PowerShot SX40 HS Digital Camera Review


Canon's PowerShot SX40 HS is a safe bet, but a good one. By simply replacing the SX30's sensor with a more advanced CMOS model, and keeping almost every other design feature the same, the company has succeeded in delivering an ultrazoom superior to all...

Canon's strategy is clear. Start with the framework of the already-excellent PowerShot SX30 IS ultrazoom, swap the CCD sensor with a CMOS model, and ship it. Simple.

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Canon PowerShot SX40 HS


Canon's SX40 HS may be the pinnacle of their megazoom efforts to date, with excellent image quality and good overall performance. If you're looking for a satisfying long-zoom digital camera experience, look no further.

Wide, long all-purpose zoom lens performs well; Very good image quality; Articulating LCD; Good grip; Excellent controls

Rear scroll wheel is too sensitive; Low-res LCD; No lens hood included; Slow startup time; Slow cycle time

Stepping back from the SX30's 14.1-megapixel sensor improved high ISO performance, and adding the latest DIGIC 5 processor brought chromatic aberration and distortion under control.

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PowerShot SX40 HS


($429) is a super zoom camera with one of the most powerful lenses on the market. This 35X zoom lens has an incredible focal range of 24 - 840 mm, which should cover every possible shooting situation that you'll run into

Very good photo quality, with low noise through ISO 800 ; Incredible 35X, 24 - 840 mm zoom lens ; Optical image stabilization; camera will select the proper IS mode for you (in Smart Auto mode) ; Flip-out, rotating 2.7" LCD display offers good outdoor...

Strong highlight clipping at times (use i-Contrast to reduce) ; Not competitive with best super zooms in terms of performance (especially autofocus), LCD/EVF quality, and movie mode ; EVF is small, not very sharp, and a bit washed out ; Videos are a...

Overall, the Canon PowerShot SX40 HS is a good super zoom camera, but there are better choices out there. 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...

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Canon PowerShot SX40 HS: Lab Test Results & Comments


The Canon SX40 HS is a compact bridge camera with an extreme zoom lens. It offers focal length settings between 24mm and 840mm (35mm film camera equivalent), which allows users to shoot nice wide-angle shots to extreme telephoto images. Adjusting the...

Astonishingly sharp images even though it uses an extreme zoom lens ; Wide-angle shots with 24mm ; Swivel LCD for comfortable shooting ; Easy handling, a lot of scene modes plus standard exposure modes like S, A, and M

No Raw mode ; Low-resolution LCD screen

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Canon SX40 HS


The SX40 replaces the SX30 as Canon's top-of-the-line extended zoom camera. The improvements are all under the hood; Canon has replaced the SX30's aging CCD sensor with a new 12.1 megapixel backside-illuminated sensor, bringing the SX40 into the High...

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Extreme-zoom camera


Canon's ultra-zoom line gets a better sensor The Canon PowerShot SX40 HS is basically the same camera as the critics' former favorite extreme-zoom, the Canon PowerShot SX30 IS (Discontinued) -- only the SX40 HS boosts the shooting speed and substitutes...

Versatile lens range, excellent CMOS image sensor, shoots full 1080p HD video, optical image stabilization, lots of manual control, improved shooting speed

No RAW mode, relatively small (2.7-inch) LCD screen

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Canon PowerShot SX40 HS Review


Canon's new PowerShot SX40 HS couples a new DIGIC 5 processor with a 35x optical zoom lens.

35x optical zoom ; Impressive stabilization ; Full complement of features

Quirky AF ; No RAW ; Bulky for a point-and-shoot

However, the DIGIC5 processor and sharp lens deliver excellent images throughout their range, along with a bucket load of features. So the camera makes an excellent point and shoot with the added advantage of having the ultrazoom for the times you need...

Product Specifications

The PowerShot SX40 HS is a versatile compact point-and-shoot camera that easily captures amazing photos and videos. The Canon HS SYSTEM boosts low-light performance with the new Canon DIGIC 5 Image Processor and a high-sensitivity 12.1 Megapixel CMOS sensor. This advanced Canon technology delivers stunning image quality with reduced noise and blur. Colors are more vibrant and white balance is true-to-life. The 35x Optical Zoom offers incredible reach and range, allowing you to shoot any scene, near or far. The Optical Image Stabilizer helps images come out steady and clear, and a 24mm ultra Wide-Angle lens makes it easy to take pictures of large groups of people, tall buildings, expansive landscapes and much more. The camera also features a 2.7-inch Vari-angle LCD for great shooting flexibility. Packed with an array of powerful technologies, the PowerShot SX40 HS is a convenient digital camera capable of brilliant image capture.


Autofocus: Yes
Built-in Flash: Yes
Changeable Lens: No
Image Stabiliser:Optical Image Stabiliser
Integrated GPS Module: No
Touchscreen: No
View Finder Type:LCD Monitor / Optical / Electronic Viewfinder / Optical / Electronic Viewfinder + LCD


Bluetooth: No
HDMI Interface: Yes
PictBridge: Yes
WiFi Connectivity: No

General Features

3D: No
Bridge Camera: Yes
Chip Type:CMOS
Product Type:Compact Camera
Sensor Size:1/2.3''
SLR / Compact:Compact Camera


Longest Shutter Speed in s:15
Shortest Shutter Speed in s:1/3200


Compact Flash Card: No
Memory Stick / Memory Stick Pro: No
Memory Stick Duo / Duo Pro: No
Memory Type:External
Micro Drive: No
Multimedia Card: No
SDXC Card: Yes
Secure Digital Card: Yes
Secure Digital High Capacity Card: Yes
XD Card: No

Power Supply

Battery Model:Canon NB-10L
Battery Type:Canon NB-10L


Aperture Priority: Yes
Face Detection Mode:Face + Smile Detection
Movie / Voice Recording:Movie + Voice
RAW Format: No
Serial Shot Mode: Yes
Shutter Priority: Yes