Average Camera Review Rating [9 reviews]
This camera is currently ranked at #74 of the top camera sales ranking in US
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 currently selling at around $387. Here's the summary of review by Steve's Digicam:
"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; compared to the CCD unit found in the SX30. This sensor was also added to help boost the camera's high-speed burst capabilities from a max. of 1.3fps on the SX30 to a whopping 10.3fps on the SX40. 12-megapixels is still way more resolution that the average user needs, and even those who like large prints will be covered by the SX40's output. The majority of our photos captured with the SX40 HS were of high quality, showing excellent exposure with rich color saturation. Images are nice and sharp with a hig degree of fine detail, and contrast is also pleasing. Luminous image noise was a bit higher than I had hoped to see when looking in shadow areas, even at the lower ISO settings. Of course, this can only really be seen when critically inspecting photos at the pixel level (100% viewing, aka pixel peeping). Otherwise, the SX40 HS handles image noise rather well all the way up to its maximum ISO setting of 3200. Even at this high of a setting, the SX40 HS is able to retain a good amount of fine detail, thus producing an image that looks pretty good at full screen viewing. Of course, the lower the lighting on the subject, the more likely it is that the noise will become more noticeable. If you look at our M&M man photos, you can see that the SX40 HS does better than the a large percentage of point-n-shoots when when shooting at ISO 1600 and 3200. This makes the SX40 HS yet another "HS" labeled PowerShot that produces above average results at higher sensitivity levels, meaning that Canon's HS system is working.
Moving indoors we saw the SX40 continued to produce nice photos. Thanks to a powerful built in flash, you'll have plenty of illumination in marginal lighting conditions. With an effective range of up to 23 feet at wide angle (or 9.8 feet at full telephoto), the SX40's manual pop-up flash unit is one of the more powerful units out there. Looking over our indoor close-up portraits, we can see that even when using the mid telephoto end of the zoom to tightly frame our subjects face we have plenty of illumination to light up both our subject and the background. Our flash images show pleasing facial features and natural looking skin tones. The camera performed well in Smart Auto, thanks in part to the fact that the camera uses Face Detection as the default Focus mode. When Face Detection is being used, the camera is able to quickly find and lock onto faces within the frame; even in marginal lighting. Overall, the SX40 HS did very well indoors, especially for the posted portraits we captures of my daughter. If you need even more lighting versatility, the SX40 HS does offer a hot shoe for attaching external speedlites, like the affordable 270 EX ($159.99 USD), all the way up to the professional level 580EX II ($499.99 USD).
Like we mentioned earlier, Canon has beefed up the SX40's video capabilities over its predecessor. You now have the ability to capture full HD video at 1080p (1920x1080) resolution, with a frame rate of 30fps (29.97fps to be exact). You also have access to some lower resolution settings, like 720p (1280x720) and VGA (640x480). For Apple users, you'll be happy to see that the SX40 HS offers an iFrame shooting option, which records video in the Apple iFrame format for easier integration and editing on Macs and other Apple devices. Another cool feature on the SX40 is Super Slow Motion Movie. Here the camera records video at super fast rates, which when played back look like slow motion clips. You can shoot at either 240fps (320x240) or 120fps (640x480). Lastly, unlike most super or mega-zoom cameras, the SX40 does allow you to have full use of the 35x optical zoom lens while you are recording video. This adds greatly to flexibility of this camera in movie mode, giving you freedom to be more creative with your videos; and it ensures you won't miss the action if it moves further away. Overall, the SX40 can capture so good quality video using current point-n-shoot standards. Will the SX40 beat out even an inexpensive HD camcorder; No. However, if you need or want to capture some video to share with friends and family, the SX40 should have no problem stepping up to the plate.
Bottom Line - Canon continues to create powerful mega-zoom cameras in their SX-series, and the SX40 HS is no exception. This camera oozes with versatility, thanks to the inclusion of their HS system, a massive 35x optical zoom with optical image stabilization, and a host of exposure options to fit the needs and experience of most any user. The SX40 HS is a robust camera with excellent shooting performance, and very good image quality. Like every camera, it does have some downfalls, but overall this is a solid camera. With a MSRP or $429.99 USD, the SX40 will set you back a good amount. However, with the quality, versatility and performance you are receiving, we feel it offers excellent "bang for your buck" and we highly recommend this camera to those looking for a more capable camera system, but are not quite ready to jump into the EVIL or dSLR worlds."
Photo Album: Canon Announces 12.1 Megapixels PowerShot SX40 HS CMOS 35x SuperZoom Camera Priced $430
Canon Powershot SX40 IS Camera Reviews Roundup
|Imaging Resource: "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 appearing on other brands. It's really a winner for those very dark..." - Apr 03 2012 More »||N/A|
|ePhotoZine: "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, macro images. At the lowest settings, ISO 100 and ISO 200, good..." - Jan 19 2012 More »|
|CNET US: "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 desaturate some at ISO 1600 and 3200, subjects look very soft, and..." - Dec 09 2011 More »|
|PhotoReview Australia: "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 generally very good, although not quite equal to Panasonic's FZ150,..." - Nov 29 2011 More »|
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