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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 Sep 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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21 Reasons For

Six Industry Awards

This camera received a "Recommended" from Ephotozine, PhotographyBlog.com, Trusted Reviews and Camera Labs all of whom said that this bridge camera digital camera was good.

This Canon camera received a "Highly Recommended" from Gadgetspeak.com who thought that this bridge camera digital camera was very good.

The writer at one additional expert review site concluded that this camera was good. Magnus.de gave this Canon camera a "Buying Tip" award.

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Expert Reviews Are Good

Based on fourty-one expert reviews from sites including What Digital Camera, PhotographyBlog.com, Ephotozine and Trusted Reviews the average expert rating of this camera is 80%.

Excellent User Reviews

People who bought this camera rated this digital camera as fantastic on average.

Good Brand

Bridge cameras manufactured by Canon have good reviews on average compared to other manufacturers. We also checked the reviews for all digital cameras (not just bridge cameras) and found that Canon also has good reviews across its entire range.

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Supports Video Recording

supports video recording

The PowerShot SX40 HS supports video recording. Most of the other digital cameras of this age and spec do not support video recording.

It may also be worth considering one of the other digital cameras which support video recording currently available including because of it's better review score, the Sony DSC-HX100V.

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Supports Full HD Video

supports Full HD video

The Canon PowerShot SX40 HS supports Full HD video, as do most of the other cameras of a comparable spec and age to the PowerShot SX40 HS.

We compared all the other digital cameras which support Full HD video to this digital camera and we think the Sony DSC-HX100V which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The PowerShot SX40 HS has a built-in flash. Most of the other cameras that came out more than two years ago also have a built-in flash.

There are a number of other cameras with a built-in flash currently available that you might want to look at including the Sony DSC-HX100V which has better reviews.

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Has an Image Stabiliser

The Canon PowerShot SX40 HS has an image stabiliser. Most of the other comparable spec cameras that came out more than two years ago also have an image stabiliser.

We compared this digital camera to all the other cameras with an image stabiliser and we think because of it's better review score, the Sony DSC-HX100V is also worth considering.

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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 this spec and age. SD cards are by far the most common type of memory card. They are compatible with the majority of digital cameras.

Digital cameras with a better memory card type that might also be worth considering include the Sony DSC-HX100V (MS Duo|SD|SDHC|SDXC) which also has a higher rating.

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Electrical Viewfinder

This camera has an Electrical viewfinder, which is typical of many bridge cameras that came out more than two years ago. 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 Seven White Balance Modes

The PowerShot SX40 HS has a greater number of white balance modes than most cameras of this type and age. This Canon camera has an Auto white balance mode, which is the most frequently found white balance mode found on digital cameras of a comparable age and type to the PowerShot SX40 HS. The white balance modes "Cloudy", "Custom modes", "Daylight", "Flash", "Fluorescent" and "Tungsten" are also found on this Canon digital camera.

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Has Five Photo Effects

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

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4000 X 3000 Still Image Resolution

The PowerShot SX40 HS has a 4000 x 3000 still image resolution which is higher than the 1920 x 1080 still image resolution found on most bridge cameras that were released around the same time as it. In addition, this Canon 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, 2992 x 2992 and 4000 x 2248 and 4000 x 2664. The worst still image resolution of all comparable spec digital cameras that are a similar age to the PowerShot SX40 HS 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 the most commonly found maximum video resolution on similar spec cameras that have been around for more than two years.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

The highest video resolution supported by the PowerShot SX40 HS is 1920 x 1080 pixels. That's over six times the video resolution of a 640 x 480 pixels digital camera, which is the most common video resolution supported by digital cameras of this type and age. 640 x 480 pixels is also supported by this camera. This Canon digital camera also support a video resolution of 320 x 240 pixels and 1280 x 720 pixels. A video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels is equivalent to Full HD video. You will require a Full HD TV or better to appreciate this level of detail.

This digital camera's video resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels) is actually the best supported video resolution across all digital cameras of this spec and age.

Across comparable types of digital camera the worst supported video resolution is 320 x 240 pixels.

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Supports Six ISO Speeds

The PowerShot SX40 HS has a greater number of ISO speeds than most bridge cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to it. The most commonly supported ISO speed is 160, but this ISO speed is not supported by this camera. The ISO speeds 100, 200, 800, 1600, 3200 and Auto are also supported by this digital camera.

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H.264 Video Format

This digital camera supports a H.264|MOV video format, which is the most frequently supported video format on bridge cameras that have been available for more than two years.

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

This camera has a ± 2EV (1/3EV step) light exposure correction, which is typical of many cameras of a comparable age and spec to it.

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Quite Short Minimum Focal Length

At only 24 millimeters, the PowerShot SX40 HS has a quite short minimum focal length compared to most of the other bridge cameras that have been available for around the same time as the PowerShot SX40 HS. Across all the similar spec cameras that were released more than two years ago the minimum focal lengths range from 4.5mm to 28mm.

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Auto Focus

This camera has an Auto focus, which is typical of many comparable spec digital cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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Very Small Minimum Aperture

At only 2.7, the Canon PowerShot SX40 HS has a fairly small minimum aperture compared to most of the other similar spec cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to the PowerShot SX40 HS. The minimum apertures of bridge cameras that have been around for around the same time as the PowerShot SX40 HS range from 2.5 to 19, and the average minimum aperture is 3.5.

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16 Reasons Against

Does Not Support WiFi Connectivity

Most comparable spec cameras that are a similar age to the PowerShot SX40 HS do not support WiFi connectivity. The PowerShot SX40 HS is no exception to this as it too does not support WiFi connectivity.

We think you might also be interested in alternative cameras which also support WiFi connectivity including the Fujifilm FinePix S1 ($535.91), or the Sony RX10 ($849.99).

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Not 3D Compatible

The Canon PowerShot SX40 HS is not 3D compatible, although this is within the context that most of the other digital cameras that came out more than two years ago are also not 3D compatible.

If you want a camera that is 3D compatible then you might also want to consider the Sony DSC-HX100V which is also higher rated.

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Not Waterproof

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

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Does Not Have a GPS

The PowerShot SX40 HS does not have a GPS. Most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that are a similar age to the PowerShot SX40 HS also do not have a GPS.

It is worth considering alternative cameras which also have a GPS including the Sony DSC-HX100V.

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Quite Low Megapixel Count

Across all the bridge cameras that are a comparable age to the PowerShot SX40 HS the megapixel counts range from 12MP to 21MP, and the average megapixel count is 16MP. When compared to other digital cameras of a similar age and spec to the PowerShot SX40 HS, the megapixel count of the PowerShot SX40 HS of only 12.1 megapixels is one of the lowest.

If this digital camera megapixel count is too low for you then you might want to look at the Sony DSC-HX100V (16.2MP) which is also higher rated.

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Quite Small Screen Size

The smallest screen size of comparable spec cameras that were released around the same time as the PowerShot SX40 HS is 2.7" and the largest is 3". The PowerShot SX40 HS has one of the smallest screen sizes (only 2.7 inches) amongst bridge cameras of this age.

If you want a digital camera with a larger screen size then you might also want to consider the Sony DSC-HX100V (3" and higher rated).

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Only Features Five Flash Modes

The PowerShot SX40 HS has a greater number of flash modes than most cameras that have been around for a similar time to it. This digital camera features an Auto flash mode, which is the most frequently featured flash mode featured on digital cameras that came out more than two years ago. The flash modes "Flash off", "Flash on", "Red-eye reduction" and "Slow synchronization" are also featured on this camera.

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Quite Low JPEG Frame Rate

With a JPEG frame rate of only 24 frames per second, the PowerShot SX40 HS's JPEG frame rate is one of the lowest amongst cameras of this type and age. Across all the cameras of a comparable spec and age to the PowerShot SX40 HS the JPEG frame rates range from 24fps to 60fps, and the average JPEG frame rate is 36fps.

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Quite Few Total Megapixel Count

The total megapixel counts of digital cameras of this spec and age range from 12MP to 22MP. The total megapixel count of the PowerShot SX40 HS of only 12.8 megapixels is one of the least amongst bridge cameras that are a similar age to the PowerShot SX40 HS.

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Only Has Two Light Exposure Modes

The number of light exposure modes found on the PowerShot SX40 HS is more than most bridge cameras that have been around for a comparable time to it. This Canon camera has a Manual light exposure mode, which is the most frequently found light exposure mode found on comparable spec cameras that have been around for more than two years. The light exposure mode "Auto" is also found on this digital camera.

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Only One Aspheric Element

Most comparable spec digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the PowerShot SX40 HS have between one and five aspheric elements, including the Canon PowerShot SX40 HS which has one aspheric element.

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Only 4000 X 3000 Pixels Maximum Image Resolution

The PowerShot SX40 HS has a higher image resolution than most bridge cameras that have been available for more than two years. This Canon digital camera has a 4000 x 3000 pixels maximum image resolution, whereas most cameras of a comparable age and type to it have a 4608 x 3456 pixels maximum image resolution.

This camera's image resolution (4000 x 3000 pixels) is in fact the worst image resolution across all digital cameras of a similar spec and age to the PowerShot SX40 HS.

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

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Very Low Display Resolution

At only 230,000 pixels, the Canon PowerShot SX40 HS has a quite low display resolution compared to most of the other digital cameras of this age and type. The average display resolution of cameras of this type and age is 510,000 pixels.

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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 bridge cameras that were launched around the same time as the PowerShot SX40 HS. The lowest maximum ISO speed of bridge cameras that have been around for a similar time to the PowerShot SX40 HS is 1,600 and the highest is 26,000.

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Only One Supported Battery

The PowerShot SX40 HS is a one supported battery camera. Most of the other cameras of a comparable spec and age to the PowerShot SX40 HS have between one and three supported batteries.

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Heavy

The weights of digital cameras of this spec and age range from 0.1kg to 0.7kg, and the average weight is 0.45kg. The Canon PowerShot SX40 HS is fairly heavy (0.6 kilograms) compared to most of the other bridge cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the PowerShot SX40 HS.

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6 Other reasons to consider the Canon PowerShot SX40 HS

Released Over Five Years Ago

This bridge camera digital camera has been on the market for over five years.

Average Optical Zoom

At 35 times zoom factor, the PowerShot SX40 HS has a fairly average optical zoom compared to most of the other cameras of a similar age and type to the PowerShot SX40 HS.

If you would prefer a bigger optical zoom then you might also want to look at the Fujifilm FinePix S1 ($535.91) (50x).

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Average Weight

With a weight of 557 grams, the PowerShot SX40 HS has a fairly typical weight compared to most of the other digital cameras of a similar spec and age to the PowerShot SX40 HS.

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Average Digital Zoom

The PowerShot SX40 HS has a fairly typical digital zoom (4 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other digital cameras that are a comparable age to the PowerShot SX40 HS.

If you are looking for a bigger digital zoom then you might also want to consider the Sony DSC-HX100V (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 commonly found optical sensor size on digital cameras of this spec and age. 6.17 x 4.55mm.

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MOS Sensor Type

The PowerShot SX40 HS has a MOS sensor type which is better than most digital cameras of a similar age and type to it. Most similar spec digital cameras that were released more than two years ago have a CCD sensor type.

It may also be worth considering one of the alternative cameras that have a CMOS sensor currently available including because of it's better review score, the Sony DSC-HX100V.

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Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel Count
Sensor Type
Optical Sensor Size
Still Image Resolution
Maximum Image Resolution
Aspect Ratio
Image Format
Total Megapixel Count
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
Lens
Lens Structure
Combined Zoom
Aspheric Element
Focusing
Auto Focus
Normal Focusing Range
Macro Focusing Range
Auto Mode Focusing Range
Focus
Auto Mode Focusing Range
Focus Mode
Light Exposure
Light Exposure Mode
ISO Speed
Maximum ISO Speed
Minimum ISO Speed
Light Metering Mode
Light Exposure Correction
Light Exposure Control
Shutter
Maximum Camera Shutter Speed
Minimum Camera Shutter Speed
Camera Shutter
Flash
Flash Mode
Tele Flash Range
Flash Recharging Time
Flash Range
Video
Maximum Video Resolution
JPEG Frame Rate
Video Format
Analog Signal Format
Video Resolution
HD Type
Audio
Memory
Memory Card
Memory Slot
Display
Screen Size
Display
Field of View
Display Resolution
Viewfinder
Viewfinder Screen Size
Viewfinder
Ports & Interfaces
Camera
White Balance Mode
Photo Effect
Self-Timer
Maximum Playback Zoom
Image Editing Mode
Camera File System
Playback Mode
Built-In Processor
Scene Mode
On Screen Display Language
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
System Requirements
Mac Operating System
Windows Operating System
Other Features
Weight
Operating System
Focal Length
Camera Shutter Speed Range
Video Memory Capacity
Digital SLR

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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