Canon Powershot SX40 HS review

Is it time to upgrade to the SX40?

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Bridge cameras are a great way for inexperienced photographers to learn more without having to invest in an expensive system, and they're also fantastic for travel photographers who benefit from the extensive zoom and full manual control.

It's a big shame that even though the technology within bridge cameras, along with the image quality, gets better and better we still don't see features such as raw shooting making an entrance very often.

That said, the SX40 is a camera that pretty much anyone can pick up and start shooting with straightaway with minimal fuss. For holiday goers looking for something that will do a bit of everything, this is also definitely worth a look.

We liked

The incredible zoom range really is useful for shooting a wide variety of subjects and scenarios, while the articulating screen comes into its own when shooting from up high or down low. The addition of the Digic 5 processor has done wonders for the camera, dramatically reducing noise levels and allowing full HD video for the first time.

We disliked

The EVF is a real let-down, and should only be used infrequently. We would love to see cameras like this be equipped with a raw shooting option, and the art filters could do with a modern update.

Final verdict

For those looking to get started with photography, this is a fantastic, fuss-free choice that will help you learn more about manual controls and different shooting options. It's worth noting that while you can pick up an entry level DSLR, such as the Canon EOS 1100D for around the same price, which will give better image quality overall, you do get the incredible zoom range in a smaller and lighter body that isn't part of a more expensive system.

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