Canon SX40 12.1 Megapixel Extended Zoom Reviews Roundup

On September 15 2011, Canon announced the PowerShot SX40 HS camrea. It features a 12.1 Megapixels CMOS sensor, and the new DIGIC 5 chip promises a wide variety of updates to camera performance. DIGIC 5 comes with decent ISO response, natural colors and a new multi-target Auto White Balance system as well as all the other usual treats found in Canon's DSLR models.

The flagship PowerShot SuperZoom camera also features a 35x optical zoom lens. You are essentially going from 24mm all the way to 840mm on a single lens. The lens aperture will be starting at F2.7 and going up to 5.8 at the long range of the zoom. On the back panel, there's a 2.7-inch flip-out LCD, a similar feature in the SX30. The SX40 will use Intelligent image stabilization and will be capable of recording 1080 Full HD video via a dedicated movie button. The estimated selling price of the PowerShot SX40 HS Digital camera is $429.99 and is scheduled to be available in late September.

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Canon Powershot SX40 IS Camera Reviews Roundup


Imaging Resource - Apr 03 2012
"There's always a lot more to the cameras we review than any of us has a chance to explore. So I focus primarily on the basic shooting experience in Program mode. But with this year's models, some of the more advanced features have been irresistible. Handheld Twilight Scene mode is one of them. I'm thrilled to report it has made it onto a Canon after appeari..." More »
Not Rated
ePhotoZine - Jan 19 2012
"Whether shooting wide or with the lens fully extended, the SX40 takes wonderfully detailed images with a touch of softness in the corners. Pictures tend to be well exposed with excellent colour reproduction with no signs of purple fringing. The lens has a minimum focusing distance of 0cm! This allows you to get really close to take great, well detailed, mac..." More »
90out of 100
CNET US - Dec 09 2011
"Overall, photo quality is excellent for this class of camera. Images do get softer and noisier above ISO 200--typical for point-and-shoots--but ISO 400 and 800 are still very usable. Like other "HS" models I've tested this year, the noise and noise reduction are well-balanced so you still get good color and detail up to ISO 800. Colors desatu..." More »
70out of 100
PhotoReview Australia - Nov 29 2011
"With so many functions unchanged, it's no surprise to find most of the compromises influencing the performance of the PowerShot SX30 IS also affect the performance of the SX40 HS. However, as with the previous model, we feel most snapshooters would be happy with the quality of the photographs we obtained from the review camera. Autofocusing was general..." More »
83out of 100
CNET AU - Nov 18 2011
"The SX40 uses the same 12.1-megapixel high-sensitivity (backlit CMOS) sensor that the other HD cameras from Canon are using, such as the 1100 HS. As such, image quality is reasonably consistent between them, apart from the inevitable variations because of the SX40's longer lens. Expect punchy colours on default settings, and good lens sharpness from end-to-..." More »
80out of 100
Digital Camera Review - Nov 17 2011
"Perhaps because of the large zoom range and relatively small maximum aperture the camera's auto focus performance was a little spotty. For example attempting to focus on very close objects - from one to three feet - often caused the camera to hunt back and forth and refuse to lock onto the subject. In our tests it actually focused more slowly than its prede..." More »
80out of 100
Photography BLOG - Nov 16 2011
"Since the SX40 HS costs roughly the same as an entry level DSLR plus kit lens you've really got to want the broad paparazzi-style focal range on offer here to even think about parting with your cash. If you've got over that hurdle it does just about everything one would want, apart from the ability to swap lenses - not that most amateurs would want to anywa..." More »
80out of 100
Steve's Digicam - Nov 08 2011
"Image quality is pleasing for a camera with a 1/2.3-inch image sensor. For those of you who follow Canon's SX-series, you may wonder why Canon dropped the megapixel rating on the SX40 compared to the SX30 (12-megaixels vs 14). The reason for this is they wanted to incorporate their new HS system, which uses a faster, more sensitive CMOS image sensor; compar..." More »
Not Rated
TechRadar - Nov 08 2011
"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 a..." More »
80out of 100
DPI - Nov 04 2011
"The Canon PowerShot SX40 HS is a highly capable super-zoom with probably more than enough optical zoom (35X!), 12 megapixels of resolution and high-speed still and video shooting capabilities. The camera has a strong feature set: full manual controls along with automatic shooting and scene modes, along with a flexible hinge-mounted 2.7 inch LCD and excellen..." More »
Not Rated
Trusted Reviews - Nov 01 2011
"Before we discuss the Canon SX40's image quality any further, we should flag up the obvious - while Superzoom cameras may look a bit like DSLRs, they use physically smaller sensors and therefore can't hold a candle to the real deal in terms of overall image quality. If image quality tops your list of priorities, then you should probably be on the lookout fo..." More »
80out of 100
Pocket-lint - Oct 29 2011
"What's interesting is the SX30's 14MP sensor has been axed in favour of a slightly lower resolution 12.1MP version. This is a recent trait also shown by the likes of the Panasonic Lumix FZ48 and FZ150 models, whereby ditching resolution that seldom gets used to its full extent, means larger 'pixels' at a sensor level and, again, improved signal quality for..." More »
80out of 100
Digital Camera Info - Oct 01 2011
"Canon's strategy is clear. Start with the framework of the already-excellent PowerShot SX30 IS ultrazoom, swap the CCD sensor with a CMOS model, and ship it. Simple. The experiment is a resounding success. The Canon PowerShot SX40 HS retains everything we loved about its predecessor, while boosting image quality to levels we've not yet seen from a fixe..." More »
Not Rated
Camera Labs - Sep 16 2011
"The Sony Cyber-shot HX100V is the other major rival for the Canon SX40 HS, and like the Panasonic FZ150, both cameras are packed with features. Once again the biggest difference concerns the zoom range: 30x (27-810mm) on the HX100V versus 35x (24-840mm) on the Canon, so this time the Sony roughly matches the reach at the telephoto end, but doesn't quit..." More »
Not Rated

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User Review of the camera - Canon Powershot SX40 IS

  • 2014-08-10 07:00
    Great camera and easy to use., Gail Young "Traveler"
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    LOVE this camera. We were amazed that you could get sharp pictures with the zoom at 100%. We got GREAT shots while on a trip to the Galapagos. We like the camera so much that when the new model came out (50X zoom that shoots raw) we bought it. Sold this one to a friend. My husband is a photographer, so he really wanted the newer one because it shot raw. He has an expensive professional camera and actually used mine when things were pretty far away!
  • 2014-08-06 07:00
    but it has good quality using high ISO too, Leonardo Stravalli
    Incredible zoom and aperture! Light and powerful!
    Not a PRO, but it has good quality using high ISO too.
  • 2014-08-03 07:00
    it was awesome!! I gave it to my younger brother ..., Akshat
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    it was awesome !! I gave it to my younger brother but now sometimes I regret it. zoom it and it will show you the craters on the moon, literally..
    I wish I could give it 10 stars or more :)
    Canon is the C(K)ing !
  • 2014-08-02 07:00
    THIS IS A GREAT CAMERA AND GREAT BUY!, Terrell Brown
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    VERY PLEASED!!!!!!!!!! I got this Canon on sale used for $160 and boy am I PLEASED! It looks 100% new! Beautiful pictures,videos,and great focusing!!!!
  • 2014-08-01 07:00
    it's fast, clear, and has great color in pics, bob big
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    takes great wildlife pics
  • 2014-07-30 07:00
    Super!, E. Kleen
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    Really good camera. Our High school uses them, so we bought it for our daughter, the pics are wonderful. I can recommend, get a tripot, too.
  • 2014-07-29 07:00
    best of the best, Glenda L Alfonzo Mora
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    best of the best
  • 2014-07-28 07:00
    Five Stars, Diane Weaver
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    Nice camera.
  • 2014-07-28 07:00
    Took it on vacation and the photos turned out amazing., chellebelle
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    Gift for my daughter. She loves it. Took it on vacation and the photos turned out amazing.
  • 2014-07-21 07:00
    One Star, karasi
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    Broke in less than 2 years((((((((((
  • 2014-07-20 07:00
    felt I needed better zoom capabilities than my smaller canon point and shoot ..., Amazon Customer
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    bought this camera specifically for our trip to Kenya...felt I needed better zoom capabilities than my smaller canon point and shoot offered...this camera's performance exceeded my expectations...worth every penny
  • 2014-07-18 07:00
    Great Camera, Observer
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    Great point-and shoot camera. I hardly use my "big" Canon DSLR anymore.
  • 2014-07-15 07:00
    Camera fine, battery useless, kathy white
    Camera works fine. I ordered an extra battery with the package. Both batteries are JUNK! They won't hold a charge. They sent me the wrong battery with the first shipment, quickly replaced it, but so what, neither battery holds a charge.
  • 2014-07-09 07:00
    Five Stars, CLARISSA
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    amazing!!!!
  • 2014-06-30 07:00
    A disappointment for the money ., Stephen T. Flanagan
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    Having shot with canon cameras for many years I was not too impressed with the photo quality of this camera , especially at any distance when you're extending the zoom. I won't keep it . There are better options in this price range.
  • 2014-06-26 07:00
    Worth it, sethskid
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    I love this camera. The zoom is fantastic for the price. It's not a small camera but the pictures are AWESOME! The first one has a defect but no problems returning for another one. Great customer service.
  • 2014-06-25 07:00
    No Kids & Pets setting as advertised in the camera description, Tim
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    I was very disappointed after receiving this camera, that it did not have the Kids & Pets setting as listed in the camera description here on Amazon.
  • 2014-06-16 07:00
    Takes sharp photos, Nonanon
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    I looked at several cameras before deciding on this one. Its settings allow many changes to allow for light and surroundings. Needs adjusting for whites and yellows. The auto setting is usually fine.
  • 2014-06-08 07:00
    From a Newbie User, A. Gift For You "BullFrog"
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    First off, i'm not a camera geek. I just needed a good camera that takes nice wide shots. I went with many of the reviews on Amazon and i would definitely buy this camera again (thank you reviewers!)
    I purchased this camera over a year ago and i have to say i am really happy with it! Its absolutely fantastic in large group shots (you don't have to keep asking people to squeeze together) and takes good full shots of small rooms (where other cameras will only capture a wall & a corner). The zoom on this thing is amazing! People are astounded at what i show them (although the camera image gets a bit shaky when zooming in over a mile). The flash is fantastic.. i've taken an indoor photo in a black out (at night), and it looked like daytime! The flip out viewer is key for above the head shots (at weddings or other crowded events). And for me, its very easy to use. The only improvement is that i would like the flash to ready a bit faster. And of course, the photo & video quality is clearly much better than other high end cameras with flash attachments my friends had. So for me, it doesn't leave much to be desired.. :)
  • 2014-06-07 07:00
    An easy to use camera which provides good results, Charles W. Hayes
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    The image stability for long distance and close up shots is relatively crisp. The camera moves smoothly between single shots and video and back again. .