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Canon PowerShot SX40 HS
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Canon PowerShot SX40 HS Digital Camera

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12.1MP 35x CMOS Nov 2011
Megapixel Count Optical Zoom Image Stabiliser Sensor Type Release Date
Get closer with the PowerShot SX40 HS. An ultra-wide 35x optical zoom, great low light results of the HS System, Full HD and high-speed shooting make this the travel powerhouse for those who want... More
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24 Reasons For

Six Industry Awards

This camera was given a "Recommended" award by Ephotozine, PhotographyBlog.com, Trusted Reviews and Camera Labs all of whom concluded that this Canon camera was good.

The reviewer at Gadgetspeak.com strongly endorse this Canon camera and have given it their "Highly Recommended" award.

This camera received a "Buying Tip" award from Magnus.de.

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Expert Reviews Are Good

The average expert rating of this camera is 80 out of 100 based on fourty-one expert reviews from sites including What Digital Camera, PhotographyBlog.com, Ephotozine and Trusted Reviews.

Excellent User Reviews

The average user rating of this Canon camera is outstanding based on 96 user reviews.

Canon Has Good Reviews for Its Cameras

We checked 19,570 owner and expert reviews for Canon digital cameras and found that on average Canon has good ratings compared to other manufacturers. We also found that Canon has good ratings specifically for its bridge camera digital cameras.

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Supports Video Recording

supports video recording

The PowerShot SX40 HS supports video recording, unlike most of the other bridge camera digital cameras that were released more than two years ago which do not support video recording.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other digital cameras which support video recording currently available including the Sony DSC-HX100V[plb_613234_price] which has better reviews.

There are a number of alternative digital cameras which also support video recording which you might want to consider including the Nikon Coolpix P530[plb_2240483_price].

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Supports Full HD Video

Like most of the other comparable spec cameras that were launched more than two years ago, the PowerShot SX40 HS supports Full HD video.

There are a number of other digital cameras which support Full HD video currently available which you might want to consider including because of it's better review score, the Sony DSC-HX100V[plb_613234_price].

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

Like most of the other cameras of a similar age and type to the PowerShot SX40 HS, the PowerShot SX40 HS has a built-in flash.

We compared this camera to all the other digital cameras with a built-in flash and we think the Sony DSC-HX100V[plb_613234_price] which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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Has an Image Stabiliser

Like most of the other bridge camera digital cameras that are a comparable age to the PowerShot SX40 HS, the PowerShot SX40 HS has an image stabiliser.

We compared this digital camera to all the other cameras with an image stabiliser and we think the Sony DSC-HX100V[plb_613234_price] which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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Fairly Wide Field of View

With a field of view of 100 percent, the PowerShot SX40 HS has a fairly wide field of view compared to most of the other bridge camera digital cameras that are a similar age to the PowerShot SX40 HS. Bridge camera digital cameras that were released more than two years ago have field of view of between 95% and 100%.

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Electrical Viewfinder

This digital camera has an Electrical viewfinder, which is the most commonly found viewfinder on digital cameras of this spec and age. Most compact cameras do not have enough space to accommodate an optical viewfinder and use the display screen on the back as an electrical viewfinder.

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Has Five White Balance Modes

The PowerShot SX40 HS has a greater number of white balance modes than most digital cameras of a similar age and spec to it. This digital camera has an Auto white balance mode, which is the most frequently found white balance mode found on bridge camera digital cameras that have been on the market for more than two years. The white balance modes "Cloudy", "Daylight", "Fluorescent" and "Tungsten" are also found on this Canon digital camera.

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Has Six Photo Effects

The PowerShot SX40 HS has a greater number of photo effects than most cameras of a comparable type and age to it. This camera has a Black&White photo effect, which is the most commonly found photo effect found on digital cameras of this spec and age. The photo effects "Neutral", "Positive film", "Sepia", "Skin tones" and "Vivid" are also found on this Canon camera.

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4000 X 2664 Still Image Resolution

The Canon PowerShot SX40 HS has a higher still image resolution than most cameras of a comparable type and age to it. This camera has a 4000 x 2664 still image resolution, whereas most bridge camera digital cameras that have been available for a comparable time to it have a 1920 x 1080 still image resolution. In addition, this Canon digital camera have still image resolutions of 480 x 480, 640 x 360, 640 x 424, 640 x 480, 1200 x 1200, 1600 x 1064, 1600 x 1200, 2112 x 2112, 2816 x 1584, 2816 x 1880, 2816 x 2112 and 2992 x 2992 and 4000 x 2240. Across all bridge camera digital cameras that have been around for a similar time to the PowerShot SX40 HS the worst still image resolution is 640 x 360 and the best is 4608 x 3456.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Maximum Video Resolution

This camera has a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, which is typical of many bridge camera digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as it.

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Has Three Light Exposure Modes

The PowerShot SX40 HS has a greater number of light exposure modes than most similar spec cameras that were released more than two years ago. This Canon digital camera has a Manual light exposure mode, which is the most commonly found light exposure mode found on bridge camera digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as the PowerShot SX40 HS. The light exposure modes "Aperture priority AE" and "Shutter priority AE" are also found on this Canon camera.

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Supports Seven ISO Speeds

The number of ISO speeds supported by the Canon PowerShot SX40 HS is more than most comparable spec cameras that are a similar age to it. The most frequently supported ISO speed is 160, but this ISO speed is not supported by this camera. The ISO speeds 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200 and Auto are also supported by this Canon camera.

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H.264 Video Format

This digital camera supports a H.264|MOV video format, which is typical of many similar spec digital cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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± 2EV (1/3EV Step) Light Exposure Correction

This camera has a ± 2EV (1/3EV step) light exposure correction, which is the most commonly found light exposure correction on bridge camera digital cameras that were released around the same time as it.

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1280 X 720 Pixels Video Resolution

The Canon PowerShot SX40 HS supports a maximum video resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels. That's over three times the video resolution of the most frequently found video resolution of 640 x 480 pixels (which is also supported by this Canon digital camera). In addition, this digital camera supports a video resolution of 320 x 240 pixels. A video resolution of 1280 x 720 is classified as HD and TVs supporting this resolution are referred to as "HD Ready". However the resolution is not as detailed as Full HD (1920 x 1080). Across all digital cameras of this age and spec the best video resolution is 1920 x 1080 pixels and the worst is 320 x 240 pixels.

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Features Three Auto Focus

The number of auto focusing (AF) modes featured on the PowerShot SX40 HS is more than most digital cameras of a comparable age and type to it. This Canon digital camera features a Face detection auto focus, which is the most frequently featured auto focus featured on digital cameras of a similar age and type to the PowerShot SX40 HS. The auto focus "Continuous Auto Focus" and "Single Auto Focus" are also featured on this camera.

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Supports One Power Source

The PowerShot SX40 HS has a greater number of power sources than most bridge camera digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as it. This camera supports a Battery power source, which is the most frequently supported power source supported by cameras of this age and spec.

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Quite Small Minimum Aperture

With a minimum aperture of only 2.7, the PowerShot SX40 HS has one of the smaller minimum apertures amongst cameras of this age. The minimum apertures of comparable spec digital cameras that were released more than two years ago range from 2.6 to 19, and the average minimum aperture is 3.5.

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Auto Focus

This camera has an Auto focus, which is typical of many bridge camera digital cameras that were released around the same time as it.

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Quite Short Minimum Focal Length

The Canon PowerShot SX40 HS has a fairly short minimum focal length (only 24 millimeters) compared to most of the other cameras of a similar type and age to the PowerShot SX40 HS. The shortest minimum focal length of digital cameras of a comparable spec and age to the PowerShot SX40 HS is 4.5mm, the longest is 28mm, and the average minimum focal length is 24mm.

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17 Reasons Against

Does Not Support WiFi Connectivity

The PowerShot SX40 HS does not support WiFi connectivity. Most of the other digital cameras of a comparable spec and age to the PowerShot SX40 HS also do not support WiFi connectivity.

We think you might also be interested in other digital cameras which also support WiFi connectivity including the Nikon Coolpix P530[plb_2240483_price], or the Fujifilm FinePix S1[plb_2145007_price].

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Not 3D Compatible

The PowerShot SX40 HS is not 3D compatible. Most of the other similar spec cameras that were released more than two years ago are also not 3D compatible.

If you want a camera that is 3D compatible then you might want to consider the Sony DSC-HX100V[plb_613234_price].

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Not Waterproof

Like most of the other cameras of a comparable age and type to the PowerShot SX40 HS, the Canon PowerShot SX40 HS is not waterproof.

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Does Not Have a GPS

Most bridge camera digital cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the PowerShot SX40 HS do not have a GPS. The PowerShot SX40 HS is no exception to this as it too does not have a GPS.

There are a number of alternative digital cameras which also have a GPS which you might also want to consider including the Sony DSC-HX100V[plb_613234_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Very Low Megapixel Count

The PowerShot SX40 HS has one of the lower megapixel counts (only 12.1 megapixels) amongst bridge camera digital cameras of this age. The megapixel counts of digital cameras of a comparable type and age to the PowerShot SX40 HS range from 12MP to 21MP, and the average megapixel count is 16MP.

If you are looking for a higher megapixel count then you might also want to look at the Canon PowerShot G1X[plb_1397751_price] (14.3MP), or the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6[plb_2147791_price] (16.05MP).

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Quite Small Screen Size

The screen sizes of digital cameras that have been available for more than two years range from 2.7" to 3". When compared to other similar spec digital cameras that have been available for a comparable time to the PowerShot SX40 HS that we have assessed, the screen size of the PowerShot SX40 HS of only 2.7 inches is one of the smallest.

If you want a larger screen size then you might also want to look at the Sony DSC-HX100V[plb_613234_price] (3") which also has a higher rating.

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Quite Low JPEG Frame Rate

The lowest JPEG frame rate of cameras of a similar age and type to the PowerShot SX40 HS is 24fps and the highest is 120fps. When compared to other bridge camera digital cameras that were launched around the same time as the PowerShot SX40 HS, the PowerShot SX40 HS's JPEG frame rate of only 24 frames per second is one of the lowest.

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Only Features Six Flash Modes

The number of flash modes featured on the PowerShot SX40 HS is more than most digital cameras of this spec and age. This camera features an Auto flash mode, which is the most commonly featured flash mode featured on cameras of a comparable type and age to the PowerShot SX40 HS. The flash modes "Flash off", "Flash on", "Manual", "Red-eye reduction" and "Slow synchronization" are also featured on this Canon camera.

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Quite Few Total Megapixel Count

The PowerShot SX40 HS has a fairly few total megapixel count (only 12.8 megapixels) compared to most of the other bridge camera digital cameras that were launched around the same time as the PowerShot SX40 HS. The average total megapixel count of comparable spec cameras that came out around the same time as the PowerShot SX40 HS is 300,000MP.

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Only Supports Two Camera File Systems

The PowerShot SX40 HS has a greater number of camera file systems than most digital cameras of a comparable type and age to it. This Canon camera supports an Exif 2.3 camera file system, which is the most commonly supported camera file system supported by digital cameras that are a similar age to the PowerShot SX40 HS. The camera file system "DPOF 1.1" is also supported by this digital camera.

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Only One Aspheric Element

The PowerShot SX40 HS is a one aspheric element camera. Most of the other cameras of this spec and age have between 1 and 11 aspheric elements.

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Only 4000 X 3000 Pixels Maximum Image Resolution

The PowerShot SX40 HS has a 4000 x 3000 pixels maximum image resolution which is higher than the 4608 x 3456 pixels maximum image resolution found on most digital cameras of a similar age and type to it.

A 4000 x 3000 pixels maximum image resolution is in fact the worst image resolution across all digital cameras of this spec and age.

The best image resolution amongst similar types of digital camera is 5472 x 3648 pixels.

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Very Low Display Resolution

Across all the digital cameras of this age and spec the display resolutions range from 460 pixels to 1,500,000 pixels. The Canon PowerShot SX40 HS has a quite low display resolution (only 230,000 pixels) compared to most of the other bridge camera digital cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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Very Low Maximum ISO Speed

At only 3,200, the PowerShot SX40 HS has a fairly low maximum ISO speed compared to most of the other cameras of a comparable age and type to the PowerShot SX40 HS. Across all the bridge camera digital cameras that were released more than two years ago the maximum ISO speeds range from 1,600 to 26,000.

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Only One Supported Battery

The PowerShot SX40 HS is a one supported battery camera. Most of the other bridge camera digital cameras that were launched more than two years ago have between one and three supported batteries.

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Fairly Big Minimum ISO Speed

The PowerShot SX40 HS has a fairly big minimum ISO speed (100) compared to most of the other similar spec cameras that were released around the same time as the PowerShot SX40 HS. The average minimum ISO speed of bridge camera digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as the PowerShot SX40 HS is 95.

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Heavy

At 0.6 kilograms, the Canon PowerShot SX40 HS is fairly heavy compared to most of the other cameras that are a comparable age to the PowerShot SX40 HS. Across all the bridge camera digital cameras that were released more than two years ago the weights range from 0.38kg to 0.7kg, and the average weight is 0.52kg.

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7 Other reasons to consider the Canon PowerShot SX40 HS

Released Over Five Years Ago

It was over five years ago when Canon released the PowerShot SX40 HS.

Average Optical Zoom

At 35 times zoom factor, the PowerShot SX40 HS has a relatively standard optical zoom compared to most of the other similar spec cameras that have been around for more than two years.

If this bridge camera camera optical zoom is not big enough for you then you might also want to consider the Nikon Coolpix P530[plb_2240483_price] (42x), or the Fujifilm FinePix S1[plb_2145007_price] (50x).

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SD Memory Card

This digital camera supports an SD|SDHC|SDXC memory card, which is typical of many digital cameras of a comparable type and age to it. SD cards are by far the most common type of memory card. They are compatible with the majority of digital cameras.

If the memory card type of this camera is too bad for you then you might want to consider the Sony DSC-HX100V[plb_613234_price] (MS Duo|SD|SDHC|SDXC and higher rated).

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Average Weight

The PowerShot SX40 HS has a relatively standard weight (557 grams) compared to most of the other cameras of this type and age.

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Average Digital Zoom

With a digital zoom of 4 times zoom factor, the PowerShot SX40 HS has a pretty typical digital zoom compared to most of the other cameras of a similar type and age to the PowerShot SX40 HS.

If this Canon camera digital zoom is not big enough for you then you might want to consider the Sony DSC-HX100V[plb_613234_price] (120x) which also has a higher rating.

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1/2.3"" Optical Sensor Size

This camera has a 1/2.3" optical sensor size, which is the most frequently found optical sensor size on cameras of this age and spec. 6.17 x 4.55mm.

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MOS Sensor Type

The PowerShot SX40 HS has a better sensor type than most cameras that have been around for a comparable time to it. This digital camera has a MOS sensor type, whereas most cameras that were released more than two years ago have a CCD sensor type.

We compared all the other digital cameras that have a CMOS sensor to this digital camera and we think the Sony DSC-HX100V[plb_613234_price] which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel Count
Image Stabiliser
Sensor Type
Still Image Resolution
Maximum Image Resolution
Aspect Ratio
Image Sensor Size
Design
Colour
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Maximum Aperture
Minimum Aperture
Maximum Focal Length
Minimum Focal Length
Focal Length Range
Combined Zoom
Focusing
Auto Focus
Normal Focusing Range
Macro Focusing Range
Auto Mode Focusing Range
Auto Mode Focusing Range
Focus Mode
Light Exposure
Light Exposure Mode
ISO Speed
Auto Exposure Lock
Light Exposure Correction
Light Exposure Control
Shutter
Maximum Camera Shutter Speed
Minimum Camera Shutter Speed
Flash
Flash Mode
Tele Flash Range
Flash Recharging Time
Flash Range
Flash Exposure Lock
Video
Maximum Video Resolution
JPEG Frame Rate
Analog Signal Format
Video Resolution
Video Recording
HD Type
Audio
Built-In Microphone
Memory
Memory Card
Memory Slot
Display
Screen Size
Display
Field of View
Display Resolution
Viewfinder
Viewfinder
Ports & Interfaces
PictBridge
Camera
White Balance Mode
Photo Effect
Self-Timer
Image Editing Mode
Camera File System
Playback Mode
Scene Mode
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Weight Including Battery
Battery
Power Source
Battery
Supported Battery
Battery Size
Shot Per Battery Charge
Operational Conditions
Relative Humidity Operating Range
Operating Temperature Range
Operating System/software
System Requirements
Packaging Content
Technical Details
Networking
Certificates
Other Features
Video Recording
Built-In Flash
HDMI Port
Special Features

6 Awards

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Expert Reviews

(64)
1 June 2012

The Canon PowerShot SX40 HS is the type of bridge camera that should occupy the shelf of every photography lover who is a beginner and wants their first device to be a cheap but very capable one...

At first glance, the Canon SX40 HS is simply a beautiful camera. When you get it into your hands, it's only just beginning to delight you. You'll enjoy the color and detail it captures long after... Read more…

1 April 2012

The Canon Powershot SX40 HS is possibly the most advanced and powerful digital camera you can buy without stepping up to a Digital SLR. It has a great range of features that you can use to fine... Read more…

23 March 2012

Gadgetspeak.com

PowerShot are the larger of two small Digital Camera ranges offered by Canon. This unit is larger than most and on first glance could be mistaken for a DSLR unit. The main difference is that its... Read more…

6 March 2012

The win points for this camera are: 35x Optical zoom (not offered by any other prosumer camera) and the super impressive recycle rate (0.4 seconds) delivering stellar continous shooting...

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User Reviews

(93)
Reviewed 21 December 2011 by C. Anthony
(Verified Purchase)

I previously owned the SX20. I often used it for bird photography. I loved it but at 20x it was easy to lose the subject of the shot; it was then necessary to zoom out to find the subject, then... Read more…

Reviewed 25 November 2011 by Kedi1987

I was looking for an SLR camera having had one in my young days, but found the price was too high with the zoom that I wanted. I plumped for the sx40 having read reviews that indicated that the... Read more…

Reviewed 8 March 2012 by Bamalam
(Verified Purchase)

I can honestly say that this is the first camera, of any sort, that I have bought that I am completely satified with. First of all the 35x zoom is a joy to use. It is perfect for bird photography... Read more…

Reviewed 2 November 2011 by Public name

I owned the SX30 briefly, but gave it back because the results were frequently disappointing. The SX40 has the same (great) optics, but infinitely better sensor and processor. I have been... Read more…

Reviewed 8 January 2012 by Tim Harbour

This is what is known as a "Bridge" camera in that it bridges the gap between a compact camera and an SLR. Having owned both, I would say that is a very fair description. When considering a camera... Read more…

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers sx40hs, canon sx40, pshotsx40hs, canon sx40h, canon sx40hs
Barcodes 00013803134551, 03610170532613, 03610480107464, 04960999795829, 08714574573021, 08714574573038, 08714574573045, 08714574573052, 08714574573076

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