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Canon SX240 HS Digital Camera

Compact Camera 12.1MP 20x Feb 2012
Camera Type Megapixel Optical Zoom Image Stabilizer Release Date
Three industry awards
Good quality lens
Robust
16 Reviews + 3 Awards
Camera Labs Recommended Ephotozine Recommended PhotographyBlog.com Highly Recommended

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Reviews

Three Industry Awards

The writers at review websites Ephotozine and Camera Labs both thought that concluded that they would recommend this digital camera and gave it their "Recommended" award.

This camera received a "Highly Recommended" award from websites PhotographyBlog.com who thought that this digital camera was very good.

Good Expert Reviews

Based on ten expert reviews from sites including PhotographyBlog.com, Ephotozine, Camera Labs and portablegear.nl the average expert rating of this Canon camera is 82%. This puts this low megapixel digital camera in the top 16% of all the comparable spec digital cameras that have been available for more than two years when ranked by average expert review score.

Canon Cameras Have Excellent Reviews

We checked 34,085 expert and owner reviews (including 1,203 verified purchases) for Canon digital cameras and found that on average Canon has excellent ratings. We also found that Canon has excellent ratings specifically for its low megapixel digital cameras. 92% of those that bought a Canon camera would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.


Camera

Has an Orientation Sensor

The SX240 HS has an orientation sensor, as do most of the other low megapixel digital cameras that have been available for a similar time to this camera.

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Has a Custom Colour

The Canon SX240 HS has a custom colour, as do most of the other cameras of a similar age and type to this digital camera.

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Features Multi Burst Mode

The SX240 HS features multi burst mode, as do most of the other low megapixel digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as this camera.

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Features Histogram

The SX240 HS features histogram. Most of the other digital cameras of a comparable age and spec to this camera also feature histogram.

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Display

Average Display Diagonal

At 3 inches, the Canon SX240 HS has a pretty average display diagonal compared to most of the other low megapixel digital cameras that are a similar age to this digital camera.

Other 3" screen cameras currently available that you might also want to consider include the EOS 1D MarkIII ($810), the SX220 HS, or the SX130 IS all from Canon which has better reviews.

If this digital camera display diagonal is not large enough for you then you might also want to look at the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX77 (3.5") which also has a higher rating.

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Light Exposure

Supports Six ISO Sensitivities

The SX240 HS has a greater number of ISO speeds than most digital cameras of a comparable type and age to it. This digital camera supports a 400 ISO sensitivity, which is the most commonly supported ISO sensitivity supported by digital cameras of a comparable age and type to this digital camera. The ISO sensitivities "100", "200", "800", "1600" and "Auto" are also supported by this camera.

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Audio

Has a Built-In Microphone

The SX240 HS has a built-in microphone, as do most of the other low megapixel digital cameras that came out around the same time as this camera.

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Ports & Interfaces

Supports PictBridge

The SX240 HS supports PictBridge, as do most of the other digital cameras that have been on the market for more than two years.

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Packaging Content

Has a Battery Charger Included

The SX240 HS has a battery charger included. Most of the other cameras of a comparable age and type to this camera also have a battery charger included.

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Has a Batteries Included

The Canon SX240 HS has a batteries included, as do most of the other low megapixel digital cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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Focusing

Very Small Closest Focusing Distance

The SX240 HS has one of the smaller closest focusing distances (only 0.01 meters) amongst low megapixel digital cameras of this age. Low megapixel digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as this digital camera have closest focusing distances of between 0.01m and 0.45m, and the average closest focusing distance is 0.077m.

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Flash

Has a Flash Exposure Compensation

The Canon SX240 HS has a flash exposure compensation, as do most of the other cameras of a comparable type and age to this camera.

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Has an External Flash Connector

The SX240 HS has an external flash connector, as do most of the other digital cameras of a similar age and type to this camera.

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Lens System

Fairly Big Optical Zoom

The average optical zoom of low megapixel digital cameras that were released around the same time as this camera is 7.5x, and the optical zooms range from 1x to 50x. At 20 times zoom factor, the SX240 HS has a quite big optical zoom compared to most of the other cameras of this age and spec.

If this camera optical zoom is too small for you then you might want to look at the Lumix DMC-FZ330 (24x and higher rated), or the Lumix DMC-FZ200 (24x and higher rated) both from Panasonic or the Nikon P500 (36x and higher rated).

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Quite Long Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

At 500 millimeters, the SX240 HS has a quite long maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) compared to most of the other digital cameras of this age and type. Comparable spec digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as this camera have maximum focal lengths (35mm film equiv) of between 0.28mm and 1,200mm.

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Fairly Small Maximum Aperture Number

Low megapixel digital cameras that have been around for a similar time to this camera have maximum aperture numbers of between 1.8 and 22, and the average maximum aperture number is 6.2. At 6.8, the SX240 HS has a quite small maximum aperture number compared to most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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Fairly Large Minimum Aperture Number

Across all the comparable spec digital cameras that were launched more than two years ago the minimum aperture numbers range from 1.3 to 11, and the average minimum aperture number is 3. With a minimum aperture number of 3.5, the SX240 HS has one of the larger minimum aperture numbers amongst low megapixel digital cameras of this age.

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Average Digital Zoom

With a digital zoom of 4 times zoom factor, the SX240 HS has a relatively average digital zoom compared to most of the other low megapixel digital cameras that have been around for a comparable time to this digital camera.

There are a number of alternative 4x digital zoom digital cameras currently available that you might also want to look at including because of it's better review score, the SX220 HS, the SX130 IS, or the SX40 HS all from Canon.

If this Canon digital camera digital zoom is not big enough for you then you might want to consider the Canon 500 (4.1x) which is also higher rated.

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Good Quality Lens

Four customers who bought the product wrote that it had a good zoom. Photographyblog.com gave the product a score of 6 stars and wrote in their review of this digital camera on expert review site PhotographyBlog.com “The Canon PowerShot SX240 HS is a brand new travel-zoom camera for 2012, offering a massive 20x zoom lens and a 12 megapixel back-illuminated image sensor”. Ephotozine.com wrote on expert website Ephotozine five years ago “The Canon Powershot SX240 HS offers a lot of optical zoom in a compact camera body”.

Good Video Capture

Three owners mentioned in their reviews that the product was good for video recording. Expert review site Photographyblog.com rated the product 6 stars and mentioned in their Canon SX240 HS review “Full 1080p HD movies make the SX240 HS a”. Ephotozine.com rated it 6 stars and mentioned on Ephotozine “Full HD video is av”.

Good Screen / Viewfinder

One owner considered that the product had a good screen. Photographyblog.com wrote on expert review site PhotographyBlog.com “Other key features of the Canon SX240 include a 3 inch LCD screen, full 1080p HD movies with st” in their review of this digital camera and gave it a rating of 7 stars.


Picture Quality

Has an Image Stabilizer

The Canon SX240 HS has an image stabilizer, as do most of the other digital cameras of a comparable spec and age to this camera.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other digital cameras with an image stabilizer currently available including because of it's better review score, the DMC-LX7 ($419.95), or the LUMIX GF3K ($459.95) both from Panasonic.

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4000 X 2664 Still Image Resolution

The SX240 HS has a higher still image resolution than most cameras of a comparable age and spec to it. This Canon camera has a 4000 x 2664 still image resolution(s), whereas most low megapixel digital cameras that were released around the same time as it have a 640 x 480 still image resolution(s). This camera also have still image resolution(s) of 480 x 480, 640 x 360, 640 x 424, 1200 x 1200, 1600 x 1064, 1600 x 1200, 1920 x 1080, 2112 x 2112, 2816 x 1584, 2816 x 1880, 2816 x 2112 and 2992 x 2992 and 4000 x 2240. Across all digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as this camera the worst still image resolution is 640 x 360 and the best is 4032 x 3024.

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4000 X 3000 Pixels Image Resolution

This camera has a maximum image resolution of 4000 x 3000 pixels, which is typical of many similar spec digital cameras that have been available for a comparable time to it.

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Other Features

Supports Video Capability

supports video capability

The Canon SX240 HS supports video capability, as do most of the other low megapixel digital cameras that were launched more than two years ago.

Alternative digital cameras which support video capability currently available that you might also want to consider include the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX77, the Canon SX230 HS, or the Nikon Coolpix 8800 which has better reviews.

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The SX240 HS has a built-in flash, as do most of the other cameras that have been on the market for more than two years.

We compared all the other digital cameras with a built-in flash to this digital camera and we think the Canon SX50 HS, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX77, and the Nikon P7700 which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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Has an HDMI Port

The SX240 HS has an HDMI port, as do most of the other digital cameras of a similar age and spec to this digital camera.

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Has a USB 2.0 Port

The SX240 HS has a USB 2.0 port. Most of the other similar spec cameras that were launched around the same time as this digital camera also have a USB 2.0 port.

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Video

Supports Video Recording

The SX240 HS supports video recording, as do most of the other cameras of this spec and age.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

This camera has a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, which is the most commonly found maximum video resolution on digital cameras of this age and spec.

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1280 X 720 Pixels Video Resolution

The highest video resolution supported by the SX240 HS is 1280 x 720 pixels. That's over three times the video resolution of a 640 x 480 pixels camera, which is the most common video resolution supported by low megapixel digital cameras that were launched around the same time as this digital camera. 640 x 480 pixels is also supported by this camera. This Canon camera also supports a video resolutions 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 cameras of this age and type the best video resolution is 1920 x 1080 pixels and the worst is 320 x 240 pixels.

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Weight & Dimensions

Good Size

Three customers said in their reviews that the Canon SX240 HS was a good body shape. Two people who purchased this digital camera mentioned that it was compact. Digit.in wrote “It is an upgraded version of the popular compact travel zoom camera - the Powershot SX220HS”.


Features

Good Technical Features

One customer who purchased this digital camera concluded that it had good features.


Smart TV

Good Connectivity

One person said that the Canon SX240 HS had gps. Pcquest.com mentioned in their review of the Canon SX240 HS “Sx240HS has missed out built-in GPS, which is available in Canon SX260HS”.


Design

Robust

Two customers mentioned in their reviews that it was strong and durable. Pcquest.com mentioned in their review of this digital camera “It is slightly bigger than usual point-n-shoot cameras and has a plastic body with metallic edges which gives it a robust feel” and rated it 7 stars.

Easy to Use

One customer who purchased the Canon SX240 HS reckoned that it was easy to use. Five years ago Techsmart.co.za mentioned “Canon’s PowerShot SX240 HS continues the company’s ongoing trend of producing accessible compacts that feel as comfortable in one’s hand as they are intuitive to photograph with” and rated the product 5 stars.


Other

Released Over Five Years Ago

This camera has been on the market since April 2017.


Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers canon pssx240hssl, pshotsx240hszil, pshotsx240hsroz
Barcodes 00013803146493, 00714574580647, 00714574580678, 04960999843018, 04960999843025, 04960999843148, 05053676808819, 08714574580593, 08714574580609, 08714574580616, 08714574580647, 08714574580678, 08714574580685
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