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Canon SX40 HS

Camera Labs Recommended Ephotozine Recommended Trusted Reviews Recommended PhotographyBlog.com Recommended
A multi award winning and fully featured 12.1 megapixel 35 times zoom factor 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 but mediocre features,
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213 Reviews + 6 Awards
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Good Features
Overall Score
41
Mediocre

Why Has it Scored 42?

It has not bad expert reviews and fantastic user reviews with an average overall rating of 99%, based on 213 reviews.
This digital camera is over 2 years old and it is likely that newer cameras with better features are available. However it has good reviews so it may still be worth considering. View the latest cameras 2017.
Customers report good picture quality, product quality and nice design.
This Canon digital camera has some good features, but is also missing a few features:
1" image sensor size
Quite big optical zoom
Quite low megapixel
Only 4000 x 3000 pixels image resolution

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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

Six Industry Awards

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

This Canon camera received a "Highly Recommended" award from website Gadgetspeak.com who concluded that this camera was great.

The writer at one other expert review site said that this camera was very good. This digital camera received a "Buying Tip" award from Magnus.de.

Expert Reviews Are Good

42 experts from sites including PhotographyBlog.com, What Digital Camera, Trusted Reviews and Ephotozine have rated this camera on average 80%.

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Excellent User Reviews

On average, based on 171 user reviews the average user rating of this camera is exceptional. 67 reviewers (71% of all reviewers) gave this digital camera the highest possible rating of 5 stars.

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Users Report Good Picture Quality

32 owners who reviewed this digital camera agreed that it was able to produce good images and two people agreed that it had a good picture resolution.

Canon Digital Cameras Have Excellent Reviews

We checked 33,726 expert and user reviews (including 6,880 verified purchases) for Canon digital cameras and found that on average Canon has excellent ratings. We also found that Canon has excellent ratings specifically within its cameras range. 96% of those that bought a Canon camera would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.

Users Report Good Product Quality

Nine customers thought this digital camera was good quality.

  • Very good image quality…
  • If you're after a wide and long lens and excellent photo quality…
    Cnet.com.au December 2011
  • Immaculate image quality should compensate for people who are happy to take their time over photos…
  • It has great features and anyone can create really good quality pictures…
    Robert (Amazon.co.uk) - November 2011
  • Great quality images, especially close up…
  • The camera fits very comfortably into the hand and has a nice quality feel (as you might expect…
  • You cant say it was ready to use as it comes with no memory card which is a shame as the camera is a really good with excellent pictures quality and the zoom is quite impressive, one fault it does not came with a carry case…
  • It has improved the quality of my photographs!
  • It offers great image quality and lots and lots of different settings to fiddle about with…
    Jacob (Amazon.co.uk) - February 2013

Users Report Excellent Design

Three people reckoned that this digital camera was good looking.

Users Report Excellent Technical Features

Nine owners who reviewed the product concluded 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
  • It has great features and anyone can create really good quality pictures…
    Robert (Amazon.co.uk) - November 2011
  • 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
  • Superb camera with great features…
  • The range of features is the real beauty of this camera…
  • It has lots of features and practice makes perfect…
  • Wide angle and the rest of the facilities are great and very easy to use…

Customers Report Good Video Capture

Two people said in their reviews that this digital camera was good for video recording.

Users Report it is Robust

Two owners who reviewed it considered that it was well made.

Customers Report it is a Good Size

Three owners said in their reviews that it was compact.

Customers Report a Good Flash

Two people said in their reviews that this digital camera had a good flash.

Users Report a Good Screen / Viewfinder

Two customers who reviewed the Canon SX40 HS considered that it had a good screen.

  • Swivel screen is great for candid snaps…
  • Large size and very clear as is the viewfinder…
  • 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…
  • 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…

Customers Report Good Battery Life

Four customers mentioned in their reviews that the Canon SX40 HS had a good battery life.

Customers Report Good Lens Quality

16 people who purchased this digital camera reckoned that it had a good zoom and four customers thought the Canon SX40 HS had a good lens.

Users Report it is Easy to Use

10 customers who reviewed the product thought it was easy to use and two customers wrote in their reviews that this digital camera was easy to use the menus.

  • They're also fantastic for travel photographers who benefit from the extensive zoom and full manual control…
    Techradar.com/au/ December 2011
  • The camera is easy to hold (though the grip could be larger…
    Dcresource.com December 2011
  • Easy to use with magnificent and professional results…
    Robert (Amazon.co.uk) - November 2011
  • The camera is easy to use and feels good in your hand…
    Pete (Amazon.co.uk) - August 2012
  • The special effects settings really are useful…
  • You cant say it was ready to use as it comes with no memory card which is a shame as the camera is a really good with excellent pictures quality…
  • However you do have full manual control on everything if you want…
  • 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…
  • The manual settings are very awkward to use indeed especially whilst using the viewfinder…
  • The 2 customer settings are very useful…

Users Report That it is Reasonably Priced

Seven owners who reviewed the Canon SX40 HS mentioned that it was good value for money.


Features

Quite Low Megapixel

The SX40 HS has one of the lower megapixels (only 12.1 megapixels) amongst cameras of this age. Across all the cameras the megapixels range from 0.3MP to 80MP, and the average megapixel is 16MP.

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Only 4000 X 3000 Pixels Image Resolution

The Canon 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 cameras. The image resolution of all cameras ranges from 2592 x 1944 pixels to 7680 x 5120 pixels.

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1" Image Sensor Size

This camera has a 1|1/2.3" image sensor size, which is typical of many cameras.

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Heavy

With a weight of 557 grams, the Canon SX40 HS is one of the heavier cameras amongst cameras of this age. Cameras have weights of between 1g and 1.5kg, and the average weight is 300g.

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Quite Big Optical Zoom

At 35 times zoom factor, the SX40 HS has a quite big optical zoom compared to most of the other cameras. Cameras have optical zooms of between 0.34x and 83x, and the average optical zoom is 12x.

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Has a Built-In Flash

built-in flash

The Canon SX40 HS has a built-in flash. Most of the other cameras also have a built-in flash.

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Quite Small Display Diagonal

The average display diagonal of cameras is 2.9", and the display diagonals range from 0.5" to 9". With a display diagonal of only 2.7 inches, the SX40 HS has one of the smaller display diagonals amongst cameras of this age.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

This digital camera has a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, which is typical of many cameras.

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Fairly Long Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

The SX40 HS has one of the longer maximum focal lengths (35mm film equiv) (840 millimeters) amongst cameras of this age. Across all the cameras the maximum focal lengths (35mm film equiv) range from 2.3mm to 2,000mm.

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Has an HDMI Port

The Canon SX40 HS has an HDMI port. Most of the other digital cameras also have an HDMI port.

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Has an Orientation Sensor

The Canon SX40 HS has an orientation sensor, as do most of the other digital cameras.

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Features Multi Burst Mode

The SX40 HS features multi burst mode, as do most of the other digital cameras.

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Only One Aspherical Lens

The SX40 HS is a one aspherical lens camera. Most of the other cameras have between 1 and 14 aspherical lenses.

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Has an Image Stabilizer

The SX40 HS has an image stabilizer, as do most of the other digital cameras.

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4000 X 3000 Still Image Resolution

The SX40 HS has a 4000 x 3000 still image resolution(s) which is higher than most cameras. Most digital cameras have a 640 x 480 still image resolution(s). In addition, this Canon digital camera have still image resolution(s) of 4000 x 2664, 4000 x 2248, 2992 x 2992, 2816 x 2112, 2816 x 1880, 2112 x 2112, 2816 x 1584, 1920 x 1080, 1600 x 1200, 1600 x 1064, 1200 x 1200, 640 x 424 and 480 x 480 and 640 x 360. The best still image resolution of all cameras is 6016 x 4000 and the worst is S: (3:2) 2496 x 1664 / (16:9) 2496 x 1408 / (1:1) 1664 x 1664.

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Supports Custom Colours

The Canon SX40 HS supports custom colours, as do most of the other cameras.

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Quite Small Minimum Aperture Number

The Canon SX40 HS has a fairly small minimum aperture number (only 2.7) compared to most of the other digital cameras. Across all the cameras the minimum aperture numbers range from -2 to 22, and the average minimum aperture number is 3.4.

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Very Small Digital Zoom

Across all the cameras the digital zooms range from 0.72x to 810x, and the average digital zoom is 11x. At only 4 times zoom factor, the SX40 HS has a fairly small digital zoom compared to most of the other cameras.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

The highest video resolution supported by the SX40 HS is 1920 x 1080 pixels. That's over two times the video resolution of the most frequently found video resolutions of 1280 x 720 pixels (which is also supported by this Canon camera). This camera also support a video resolutions of 640 x 480 pixels and 320 x 240 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. The best video resolution of all digital cameras is 4096 x 2160 pixels and the worst is 320 x 120 pixels.

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Very Small Viewfinder Screen Size

The average viewfinder screen size of digital cameras is 0.41". With a viewfinder screen size of only 0.2 inches, the SX40 HS has one of the smaller viewfinder screen sizes amongst cameras of this age.

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380 Battery Life (CIPA Standard)

The Canon SX40 HS is a camera that takes 380 shots battery life (CIPA standard). Most of the other digital cameras take between 100 and 4,699 battery life (CIPA standard).

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Supports Video Capability

video capability

The SX40 HS supports video capability. Most of the other cameras also support video capability.

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Fairly Slow Flash Recharging Time

The average flash recharging time of cameras is 5.5s. The SX40 HS has one of the slower flash recharging times (10 seconds) amongst digital cameras of this age.

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Age

Released Over Five Years Ago

It was November 2011 when Canon released the SX40 HS.


Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers canon 5251b001
Barcodes 00013803133059, 00013803134551, 03610170532613, 03610480107464, 04960999780306, 04960999795829, 04960999795836, 08714574573021, 08714574573038, 08714574573045, 08714574573052, 08714574573076

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