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

  • 2014-03-27 07:00
    prety good, gusafro
    good product woks very well and it have a good quality, good materials and good price i recommend it always
  • 2014-03-21 07:00
    Awesome Camera!!, Simone Cox
    The camera has exceeded my expectations. I don't take a lot of pictures, but when I do I want a camera that's versatile. This camera fits that bill. I love it!I go to a convention every year and that truly will be the test for this camera. The conditions are always low light and the few test shots I've done have been good, but the true test will be at the convention.
  • 2014-03-20 07:00
    Canon SX40, Nika Menabde
    Works very well, but the charger is broken. I bay new charger, because it has not worked. Unfortunately I am not happy.
  • 2014-03-17 07:00
    excellent, Gustavo Garbati
    I am very satisfied with the product, it is what i was expecting, very good quality. I am grateful and waited keep buying new products
  • 2014-03-12 07:00
    Great Camera, Angelfire
    I love this camera! Previously as a professional photographer I carried a larger SLR camera and lenses with me on vacation. Those cameras and lenses and heavy and cumbersome to bring from place to place and keep a constant eye on as you travel. I switched from the professional larger cameras to a point and shoot for about a year, but found that focus was slow on the point and shoot and I lacked creativity because everything was set for me. The Canon SX40 meets all my needs. The focus is quick and sharp, the focal length is great. The images are beautiful, and I have the flexibility to change the f-stop and time value as needed. It is small enough to fit into a purse, and the viewing screen allows you to easily compose your images. I use this camera daily to create images in my world!
  • 2014-03-12 07:00
    Soooo happy! Worth the investment, Melanie Wass
    Been looking for more than a point-and-shoot but won't spend the money on a true DSLR ... this is the perfect compromise, in my opinion. With several settings to use depending on your photo situation, this camera gets it right. I haven't even begun to figure it out completely but have been more than happy with the photos I have taken (in the snow; of kids playing baseball; inside portraits) ... Best camera purchase ever.
  • 2014-03-07 08:00
    Great Camera, SafeHaven
    I chose this over the newer model based on reviews and lower cost. It has plenty of Zoom, and also has digital zoom as well if needed. It is small and light weight enough that I can put it into my fanny pack and transport it that way when I am not actively taking photos. Picture quality seems to be great.
  • 2014-03-06 08:00
    A Near-Perfect Camera, Joseph R. Offer
    I almost gave up on Canon when my expensive Canon G12 died after less than two years, but this camera had too many wonderful features to pass up. I took it on a trip to Hawaii, and it took wonderful pictures. I have owned several Canon cameras and thought Canon infallible until my ill-fated Canon G12, but this camera has renewed my faith in the quality of Canon cameras. I just hope it doesn't die an early death like the G12.
    I wish it had a connection for a remote, but otherwise it's very good.
  • 2014-03-06 08:00
    good camera, Jackie Ives
    This camera is great for outdoors. My indoor pictures leave something to be desired. Maybe I haven't gottten the right setting yet. I bought it to go to Africa and was not disappointed in the wildlife pictures I got.
  • 2014-03-03 08:00
    Canon SX-40 HS, Ed Kreczmer
    The Canon SX-40 HS 12.1 MP Digital camera with a 35x Wide angle optical image arrived in a timely fashion. I am impressed with its ease of use, and I am presently using it in place of my DSLR.
  • 2014-02-23 08:00
    Slow Trigger... Big Barrel., ECampos "Elvis"
    I love this Camera. I don't write reviews unless I have owned an Item over six months or played with it enough times to get an idea of how it performs.
    I have owned the SX40 HS for over three years and Have to give it five stars be cause, within those three years I have learned more about Photography, and purchased a DSLR, yet i find my self using the SX40 more than I expected to.
    The Key reasons are:
    Micro - Mega without switching lens ( thats nice at the zoo or anywhere that you don't have time to go digging in a bag)
    Smaller than an DSLR- Not a pocket pocket camera, but easy to travel with.
    Battery is great! - ( Unless you use the flash for all pictures.)
  • 2014-02-23 08:00
    Great camera!, Kare Anderson
    I really like my Canon SX 40 digital camera. It takes great pictures and I can get great close ups. I am very happy with this camera.
  • 2014-02-21 08:00
    camera, Deborah
    Love my camera. Very easy to use. and a great optic soom Recommended to a friend and she got one as well
  • 2014-02-20 08:00
    Love this camera!, D. Nicholson
    Bought a used camera because I admired my friends. Easy to use and awesome pictures I made sure to request one made in Japan, not China.
  • 2014-02-15 08:00
    this is how you do it, Melinda Kovacs
    I have been so unlucky with cameras before, but with this one, I took no chances: I ordered the exact same model my photography-minded sister has. I love it! It does everything I was hoping it would do: sharp images, enough options, articulated LCD screen, powerful zoom and still does not weigh too too much. Recommend it.
  • 2014-02-15 08:00
    Junk!!!, Amazon Customer
    The zoom is very 'optimistic' ( creatively calibrated), motion detection does not work well at all and I was sorely disappointed. Called for a return and refund the day after I received it. Still haven't seen a Canon SX series camera worth having.
  • 2014-02-15 08:00
    Good stuff., brandon jones
    This camera takes great shots, not too heavy, and is pretty easy to use. I would recommend this camera to anyone who is looking for a camera that's a step up from a point and shoot, but not quite ready to get a DSLR.
  • 2014-02-11 08:00
    I'm in Love!, Margaret Smith
    I was so excited to get home and try out my new Camera but of course like all batteries you must charge them first. So I charged my battery, and when I had enough power went out and took test shots of my Dogs. Truly an amazing camera! I really did get a good bang for my buck with this.
    I also run a website, so I'll be using it for videos, as well as go to Conventions as press. This will definitely come in handy.
  • 2014-02-11 08:00
    Great value for a Canon camera that does it all, Harold A. Bouton
    This is my fourth Canon camera. 24mm to 800 + mm will take care of most photo opportunities. Good low light capabilities. Because the SX50HS has been released you can find a new SX40HS for a great price. I don't know how many people need a 1200mm telephoto. I don't. Thats the lens on the SX50HS. I sold my DSLR Canon T3 and all my telephoto equipment. Just a hassle changing one lens for another and them missing the moment for a great shot. This is a great all around camera. You can't go wrong with this camera by your side.
  • 2014-01-30 08:00
    Superb quality photos., Aviator "History Buff"
    My wife has the SX30 model and this is even better at a lower price! Photos are sharp, battery lasts forever!!!!!!! Only negative thing I have found is the location of the check zoom button which allows you to instantly zoom back to find your moving subject if it leaves your current zoom area. With a little practice, I can keep from accidentally hitting it while lining up a shot. Zoom is incredible and the stabilization works very well. Hard to do better!