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Canon SX40 HS

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Canon SX40 HS

Canon SX40 HS
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A good spec and multi award winning bridge digital camera
Bridge 12.1MP 35x Yes Nov 2011
Camera Type Megapixels Optical Zoom Image Stabilizer Release Date
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Canon SX40 HS Review

With excellent reviews and very good features, we have ranked the Canon SX40 HS number 824 across all digital cameras.
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Reviews
227 Reviews + 6 Awards
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Features
Good Features
62
Age
6 Years Old
70
Overall Score
Very Good

Why Has it Scored 70?

It has good expert reviews and fantastic user reviews with an average overall rating of 86%, based on 227 reviews. This digital camera has received six awards including a "Recommended" award from Ephotozine plus three other sites and a "Highly Recommended" award from Gadgetspeak.com. Praktica cameras also have excellent reviews in general.
It is over 2 years old and it is likely that newer cameras with better features are available. However this Canon digital camera has good reviews so it may still be worth considering. View the latest cameras 2018.
Customers report product quality, good picture quality and nice design.
The SX40 HS has some good features, but is also missing a couple of features:
Bigger than average optical zoom
HS system with DIGIC 5
Zoom framing assist
Manual modes
High-speed burst HQ
Smart auto with multi-area WB
Vari-angle LCD and viewfinder
Full HD movies with HDMI-CEC
Shake-free images with intelligent IS
Has an image stabilizer
35x ultra wide-angle zoom with USM
Go far, get closer with 35x zoom
X ultra wide-angle zoom with usm<br>- image stabilizer (4.5-stop). intelligent is<br>- HS system (12.1 mp) with DIGIC 5<br>- full HD, hdmi<br>- 6.8 cm (2.7") vari-angle LCD, evf<br>- smart auto, multi-area wb<br>- high-speed burst hq<br>- manual modes<br>- zoom framing assist<br>- range of accesso
Features
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 it
Range of accessories
Only 4000 x 3000 pixels image resolution
Lower than average megapixels

What is This Digital Camera Best Used For?

77
Portrait Photography
Very Good
78
Landscape Photography
Very Good
79
Everyday Photography
Very Good
75
Sports Photography
Very Good
76
Wildlife Photography
Very Good

Canon SX40 HS Video Reviews

How Big is the Canon SX40 HS?

The Canon SX40 HS is 122.9mm wide and 92.4mm tall. It is 107.7mm deep and weighs 557g.

Canon SX40 HS front dimensions
Canon SX40 HS size in context

Canon SX40 HS In-Depth Analysis

Reviews Summary

Six Industry Awards

This Canon camera received a "Recommended" award from review websites Ephotozine, PhotographyBlog.com, Trusted Reviews and Camera Labs all of whom said that this camera was very good.

One more expert review site concluded that this camera was great. This was from Gadgetspeak.com who gave it an "Highly Recommended".

One more expert review site concluded that this digital camera was very good. This was from Magnus.de who gave it an "Buying Tip".

Good Expert Reviews

On average, based on 43 expert reviews from sites including PhotographyBlog.com, DP Review, What Digital Camera and Ephotozine this Canon digital camera has an overall expert rating of 80 out of 100.

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Excellent Owner Reviews

Users have rated this Canon camera as terrific on average. Over 71% of reviewers gave this camera the highest possible rating of 5 stars.

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Customers Report Superior Product Quality

10 customers mentioned in their reviews that it was good quality.

Customers Report Good Picture Quality

33 customers reckoned that the product was able to produce good images and two customers mentioned in their reviews that this digital camera had a good picture resolution.

Customers Report Nice Design

Three owners wrote in their reviews that it was good looking.

Users Report Excellent Technical Features

Nine customers who purchased it considered that it had good features.

  • It has a great range of features that you can use to fine tune the camera to match your exact requirements…
    Cameras.co.uk April 2012
  • It's rich in features, with a powerful zoom…
    CNET.co.uk November 2011
  • The range of features is the real beauty of this camera…
  • It has great features and anyone can create really good quality pictures…
    Robert (Amazon.co.uk) - November 2011
  • Superb camera with great features…
  • The camera has one or two interesting features such as increasing the zoom at the focus point prior to shooting, this allows you to better check the focus - this had to enabled in one of the menus…
    Vinay (Amazon.co.uk) - November 2012
  • The zoom capability and overall feature set is excellent at this price point…
    Vinay (Amazon.co.uk) - November 2012
  • It has lots of features and practice makes perfect…
  • Wide angle and the rest of the facilities are great and very easy to use…

Canon Has Very Good Digital Camera Reviews

We checked 42,313 owner and expert reviews (including 8,757 verified purchases) for Canon cameras and found that on average Canon has very good reviews compared to other brands. 95% of those that bought a Canon camera would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.

Customers Report Good Video Capture

Two customers who reviewed it reckoned that it was good for video recording.

Customers Report That it is Robust

Two people who purchased it agreed that it was well made.

Users Report That it is a Good Size

Three customers mentioned in their reviews that this digital camera was compact.

Users Report a Good Flash

Two people who reviewed the Canon SX40 HS reckoned that it had a good flash.

Users Report a Good Screen / Viewfinder

Two people who reviewed this digital camera concluded that it had a good screen.

  • Swivel screen is great for candid snaps…
  • The tilting screen is very handy, especially when taking low angle images - you do not have to bend down as much, just angle the screen towards you…
  • Large size and very clear as is the viewfinder…
  • Have other digital cameras and became frustrated with the viewfinder on them as when the sun was out you had great difficulty in viewing the subject of your picture…

Users Report Good Battery Life

Four owners who reviewed it said that it had a good battery life.

Users Report Good Lens Quality

17 customers agreed that the product had a good zoom, four owners who bought it agreed that it had a good lens and two customers who purchased it considered that it had a good autofocus.

Users Report That it is Easy to Use

12 people who purchased the product wrote that it was easy to use and two owners who reviewed this digital camera said that it was easy to use the menus.

Customers Report That it is Reasonably Priced

Seven people wrote in their reviews that it was good value for money.

Age

Released Over Six Years Ago

This camera has been on the market since November 2011.

Features

Lower Than Average Megapixels

The megapixels of the SX40 HS of only 12.1MP is lower than 80% of all cameras when ordered by this feature. The lowest megapixels of cameras is 0.3MP, the highest is 80MP, and the average megapixels is 16MP.

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Only 4000 X 3000 Pixels Image Resolution

The highest image resolution of the SX40 HS is 4000 x 3000 pixels. That's 25% lower image resolution than a 4608 x 3456 pixels camera, which is the most common resolution. Across all cameras the resolution ranges from 640 x 480 pixels (worst) to 8256 x 6192 pixels (best).

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Bigger Than Average Optical Zoom

The optical zoom of the Canon SX40 HS of 35x is bigger than average when compared to most other cameras. It is bigger than 77% of all cameras when sorted by this feature.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

This camera has a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 (Full HD)|1920 x 1080 pixels, which is typical of many cameras.

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Has an Image Stabilizer

The SX40 HS has an image stabilizer, as do 78% of cameras.

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Average Minimum Aperture Number

The SX40 HS's minimum aperture number of 2.7 is fairly typical compared to most other digital cameras. It is larger than 77% of all cameras when sorted by this feature.

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Very Low Maximum ISO Sensitivity

The lowest maximum ISO sensitivity of cameras is 200, the highest is 820,000, and the average maximum ISO sensitivity is 14,000. The Canon SX40 HS's maximum ISO sensitivity of only 3,200 is in the lowest 34% of all cameras when ordered by this feature.

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Very Slow Camera Shutter Speed

The camera shutter speed of the SX40 HS of only 0.000313s is in the slowest 26% of all digital cameras when sorted by this feature.

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Has a Built-In Flash

built-in flash

The SX40 HS has a built-in flash. 68% of cameras also have a built-in flash.

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Heavier Than Average

The weight of the SX40 HS of 557g is heavier than 86% of all cameras when sorted by this feature. Across all the digital cameras the weights range from 50g to 1.5kg, and the average weight is 300g.

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Supports Video Capability

video capability

The SX40 HS supports video capability, which is unusual. 67% of cameras do not support video capability.

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Very Long Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

The SX40 HS's maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) of 840mm is in the longest 2% of all cameras when ranked by this feature.

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Features Multi Burst Mode

The Canon SX40 HS features multi burst mode, unlike 87% of cameras which do not feature multi burst mode.

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Only 480 X 480 Still Image Resolution

The highest still image resolution supported by the SX40 HS is 480 x 480. That's 92% lower still image resolution than the most frequently found resolution of 1712 x 1712. Across all cameras the resolution ranges from 384 x 480 (worst) to 6016 x 4016 (best).

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Very Low Display Resolution

The SX40 HS's display resolution of only 230,000 pixels is in the lowest 23% of all digital cameras when sorted by this feature. The average display resolution of all cameras is 620,000 pixels, with the lowest being 23,000 pixels and the highest being 6,300,000 pixels.

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Supports Custom Colours

The SX40 HS supports custom colours, which is unusual. 94% of cameras do not support custom colours.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

This digital camera supports a video resolution of 1920 x 1080 (Full HD)|1920 x 1080|1280 x 720|640 x 480|320 x 240 pixels, which is typical of many digital cameras.

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Has an Orientation Sensor

The SX40 HS has an orientation sensor. 92% of digital cameras do not have an orientation sensor.

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Average Digital Zoom

The digital zoom of the SX40 HS of 4x is relatively standard compared to most other cameras. It is in the biggest 67% of all digital cameras when ordered by this feature.

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Average Image Sensor Size

The SX40 HS's image sensor size of 0.435" is pretty standard compared to most other digital cameras. It is in the biggest 82% of all digital cameras when sorted by this feature.

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380 Battery Life

Most cameras take between 4 and 4,699 battery life, including the SX40 HS which takes 380 battery life.

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Smaller Than Average Display Diagonal

Cameras have display diagonals of between 1" and 7.7", and the average display diagonal is 2.9". The SX40 HS's display diagonal of only 2.7" is smaller than 71% of all cameras when ordered by this feature.

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Slower Than Average Flash Recharging Time

The fastest flash recharging time of cameras is 1s, the slowest is 15s, and the average flash recharging time is 5.5s. The Canon SX40 HS's flash recharging time of 10s is in the slowest 25% of all digital cameras when ranked by this feature.

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Has an HDMI Port

The Canon SX40 HS has an HDMI port, unlike 72% of cameras which do not have an HDMI port.

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Product Identifiers

Barcodes:

00013803134551, 03610170532613, 03610480107464, 04960999795829, 08714574573021, 08714574573038, 08714574573045, 08714574573052, 08714574573076

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