Canon SX40 HS Brief Review


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  • 12.1 megapixel BSI CMOS sensor
  • 35x optical zoom with 24mm wide-angle
  • 1080p full HD video with stereo sound
  • 3-inch articulated LCD screen
  • Manual modes
  • Flash hotshoe
  • Optical image stabilization
  • Lithium-ion battery
  • Release Date: 2011-09-15
  • Final Grade: 78 3.9 Star Rating: Recommended

Canon SX40 HS
12.1 megapixel BSI CMOS sensor; 35x optical zoom with 24mm wide-angle; 1080p full HD video with stereo sound; 3-inch articulated LCD screen; Manual modes; Flash hotshoe; Optical image stabilization; Lithium-ion battery
By Digital Admin, Last updated on: 8/21/2014

Hey! You should know that Canon has released a newer version of this product: the Canon PowerShot SX50 HS.

The SX40 replaces the SX30 as Canon's top-of-the-line extended zoom camera. The improvements are all under the hood; Canon has replaced the SX30's aging CCD sensor with a new 12.1 megapixel backside-illuminated sensor, bringing the SX40 into the High Sensitivity (HS) family. Video has been improved to 1080p at 24 fps, continuous burst is now just over 10 fps, and there are options for high speed video at reduced resolution, too. Image quality is really quite good, yet the SX40 HS needs to compete against the very good Panasonic FX150 and newly-announced Sony HX200V. The Canon, which lacks RAW capture and has an aging 230,000 dot LCD, may just be outgunned. Either way, they're all great choices.

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While other manufacturers are concentrating on mirrorless models and packing more power into smaller cameras, Canon doesn't seem to be following that trend exactly. They've released some smaller DSLRs like the SL1, but haven't been putting time into mirrorless models. Whether this is good or bad is a matter of personal opinion, but the models that are out there are, more often than not, solid performers.

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