Canon powershot sx40

Colours straight from the SX40 are represented well, without being overly vibrant.

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Canon powershot sx40

Shot in miniature mode, the SX40 effectively blurs the top and bottom of the frame to create a tilt-shift lens effect, and works best when shot from above.

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Canon powershot sx40

The Hi-Speed shooting mode is capable of shooting 10.3fps for up to 8 frames, allowing you to capture action.

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Canon powershot sx40

Macro mode works well to lock focus onto close subjects.

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Canon powershot sx40

One of the art filters on board the SX40 is pinhole, which creates this "retro" look for images.

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Canon powershot sx40

The fisheye digital filter can be fun to play with, with the option to alter the level of distortion from minimal to overexaggerated, as here.

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Canon powershot sx40

The colour of the sky is represented well in this shot, only blowing out highlights slightly in the corner where the sun is.

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Canon powershot sx40

You can use Colour Select mode to choose to highlight one particular colour within a scene, such as the yellow-green colour picked out of this scene.

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Canon powershot sx40

Using the camera in foliage mode helps to boost the colours of leaves.

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Canon powershot sx40

The 25mm wide-angle lens can capture whole scene, such as this tree...

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Canon powershot sx40

... but also zoom in extremely close, thanks to the 35x zoom on board the camera, these leaves are from the same tree in the previous picture. Even at 35x zoom, the camera has focused well to produce a sharp, clear image.

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Canon powershot sx40

Another example of the incredible zoom on this camera. In the distance, in the middle of the shot, you can just about make out St Paul's Cathedral in London.

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Canon powershot sx40

In this shot, taken at 35x zoom, you can clearly see the architecture of the tower of St Paul's, making this a great camera for holiday and travel photographs.

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