Canon Powershot SX40 HS review

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These graphs were produced using data generated by DXO Analyzer.

We shoot a specially designed chart in carefully controlled conditions and the resulting images are analysed using the DXO software.

Signal to noise ratio

A high signal to noise ratio (SNR) indicates a cleaner and better quality image.

Canon powershot sx40 hs signal to noise ratio
Canon powershot sx40 hs signal to noise ratio

JPEG images from the Canon PowerShot SX40 HS show good signal to noise performance across the sensitivity range with results beating those from the Sony Cyber-shot HX100V, Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ48 and Canon PowerShot SX30 IS.

For a full explanation of what our resolution charts mean, and how to read them please click here to read the full article.

Dynamic range

Canon powershot sx40 hs dynamic range
Canon powershot sx40 hs dynamic range

This chart indicates that the Canon PowerShot SX40 HS's JPEGs are an improvement over the Canon PowerShot SX30 IS and just take the lead over the Sony Cyber-shot HX100V from a sensitivity of ISO 800. This shows that the Canon PowerShot SX40 is capible of capturing a more shadow and highlight detail in low light conditions than the Sony HX100V, Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ48 and Canon PowerShot SX30 IS.

For more more details on how to interpret our test data, check out our full explanation of our noise and dynamic range tests.

Tech Specs

Product TypeBridge Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Green CompliantYes
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
Effective Camera Resolution12.1 Megapixel
Product FamilyPowerShot SX
HD Movie ModeYes
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), Secure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card
Image StabilizationOptical
Optical Zoom35x
Digital Zoom4x
Brand NameCanon
FeaturesBlink Detection, Wink Detection, External Flash Shoe, Face Detection, Orientation Sensor, Continuous Shooting Mode, Smart Capture, Smile Detection, Self-timer
Screen Size6.9 cm (2.7")
Video FormatsQuickTime MOV, MPEG-4
Viewfinder TypeElectronic
Weight (Approximate)557 g
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityREACH, RoHS, WEEE, ENERGY STAR
Image Sensor Size1/2.3" (6.16 mm x 4.62 mm)
Maximum Image Resolution4000 x 3000
Display Screen TypeLCD
Height92.4 mm
Width122.9 mm
Depth107.7 mm
Product SeriesSX
Focal Length4.30 mm to 150.50 mm
Image FormatsJPEG
Focus ModesAuto, Manual
ManufacturerCanon, Inc
Product ModelSX40 HS
Product NamePowerShot SX40 HS Bridge Camera
Product LinePowerShot
Exposure Control
  • Program AE
  • Shutter Priority AE
  • Aperture Priority AE
  • Manual
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part Number5251B011
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

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 it all.

Package Contents
  • PowerShot SX40 HS Bridge Camera
  • Battery Pack NB-10L (with Terminal Cover)
  • Battery Charger CB-2LC/CB-2LCE
  • Lens Cap
  • Interface Cable IFC-400PCU
  • Neck Strap NS-DC11
  • Case for Hot Shoe Cap
  • Getting Started
  • Software Disk
  • Warranty System Booklet
  • Digital Camera Manuals Disk
Limited Warranty1 Year