Canon Powershot SX40 HS review

Is it time to upgrade to the SX40?

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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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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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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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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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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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Tech Specs

Product TypeBridge Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Green CompliantYes
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
Effective Camera Resolution12.1 Megapixel
USBYes
HDMIYes
PictBridgeYes
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
ColourBlack
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 Addresshttp://www.canon.co.uk
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