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The Canon PowerShot SX40 HS is a brand new super-zoom camera sporting a 35x zoom lens which is equivalent to a focal length of 24-840mm. Replacing the previous SX30IS model, the SX40 HS features a 12 megapixel back-illuminated CMOS sensor, DIGIC 5 image processor, 4.5-stop optical Image Stabilizer with new Intelligent IS technology, full manual controls, full 1080p HD movie recording, 2.4fps burst shooting, stereo sound and a HDMI port, a 2.7 inch vari-angle LCD screen, flash hotshoe, a range of Creative Filters and an electronic viewfinder. The Canon PowerShot SX40 HS is available in black priced at £459 / €529 / $429.99. Like most big zoom bridge cameras, Canon's PowerShot SX40 HS is a chunky beast not a great deal smaller than the entry level digital SLR it takes its styling cue from. However it is, after all, the whopper of a 35x optical lens that is the main selling point, boasting a comprehensively and creatively broad focal range stretching from 24mm to 840mm that would be otherwise hideously unaffordable or impractical for the average DSLR user.
Megazoom digital cameras aren't quite as good in low light, but if you want to zoom into a far-away object, you want nothing else. Canon has been a player in this game for a long time, but it has never been my favorite megazoom. The very earliest long zooms were pioneered by Olympus, which continues to produce some compelling designs. But Panasonic, Fujifilm, Casio, Canon, and Nikon have joined the game since the 18x zoom days. Not that there was anything amiss with Canon's image quality, but using the Canon megazooms was just not quite as pleasant an experience. With the SX40 HS, Canon is challenging for the league lead. Canon fans may not have minded the flaws of its predecessors, but the Canon SX40 HS is a camera that anyone interested in a megazoom should consider. It was a delightful experience. Look and Feel. Sculpted, that's the word. Sculpted like an EOS dSLR, in fact, with those Brooks Brothers natural shoulders. Mad men. But the Canon SX40 fits the hand so well, so comfortably, that you don't even think of discrete components like a grip or the controls. It's all just one very attractive sculpture. Though it's compact even compared to other compact megazooms, the Canon SX40 still won't fit in your pocket.
Several of the design and features are identical between the Canon PowerShot SX40 HS and the Canon PowerShot SX30 IS we reviewed earlier, so readers of the earlier review may experience some déjà vu when reading the same sections below. The Canon PowerShot SX40 HS is a nice improvement over its predecessor, the SX30 IS. Sure, they look the same, have the same ultrawide-angle 35x zoom lens, and, for the most part, have the same shooting modes. But a switch to a new sensor and new image processor seemed to have improved both photo quality and shooting performance, though its performance is still sucking wind a bit behind competing models from Nikon, Sony, and Panasonic. For that matter, so is its feature set and its design, particularly if you want to take advantage of its electronic viewfinder and manual controls. On the other hand, it has some of the best JPEG photo quality you're going to find from a high-end megazoom. 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.
After revolutionising its bridge camera with last year's SX30 IS, Canon is back with an updated model that doesn't look to have changed all that much. Appearances can be deceptive, however, as although the new PowerShot SX40 HS looks a lot like its predecessor, big changes have been made on the inside of the camera, notably with the addition of a BSI CMOS sensor and Full HD video. From the outside the SX40 HS may look exactly the same as the SX30 IS, but there is one slight difference in design: the shape of the microphone holes between the flash and the lens. Three little round holes have in fact been replaced by a single oval-shaped hole. Everything else is exactly the same. The SX40 still has the kind of design that some users will like and others will hate, as while some people may like the smooth lines and flush-set controls, others may be put off by the mix of plastics. Aesthetics aside, everyone in our office seems to agree that the handle doesn't offer sufficient grip, especially since the SX40 HS isn't the lightest of bridges out there. That said, the nice big dip of a thumb-rest does help a little. The flip-put swivel screen is a handy touch, but the LCD's size and resolution are the same as in the previous model.
Canon introduced the SX40 in September, at the same time as the compact PowerShot S100. The SX40 is one of a new generation of Canon cameras to be equipped with the fast Digic 5 processor. Canon promises that this boosts the HS system and now also supports Full HD (1080p) video shooting. On board the camera is a 35x zoom, making it the longest zoom lens on any Canon compact camera. In 35mm terms, that makes the zoom range from a wide angle 24mm, to an incredible 840mm - and all this is optical zoom, not digital.The lens itself also features Ultrasonic and Voice Coil Motors, which allow for fast, and crucially for video recording, near silent zooming and focusing. New intelligent IS technology has been included in the SX40. Capable of identifying the shooting situation and automatically applying the most appropriate image stabilisation settings, the camera comes equipped with seven different IS modes (which include panning and macro) that are automatically applied.HS in the 'HS system' stands for high sensitivity, something which Canon has been working on improving for some time. The SX40 uses a back-illuminated 12.1 megapixel CMOS sensor, which is actually a reduction in pixel count from the SX30.
Canon has thrown all it's got at the PowerShot SX40 HS: a long zoom, creative scene modes and only the second instance of its new Digic 5 image processor in its whole camera line-up. With versatile video features and a handy articulated screen, this £380 sharp shooter isn't cheap, but it's certainly feature-rich. The first thing you notice about the PowerShot SX40 HS is the sheer size of the lens. With a 35x optical zoom it works out at 24-840mm on a regular dSLR. The equivalent detachable lens from Canon's own range would set you back £11,500. You don't want to be shifting this backwards and forwards once you've found your perfect composition, so a handy overview button on the back of the body zooms out while it's depressed to preview the rest of the scene, returning the lens to its previous position when you release it. The Canon PowerShot SX40 HS has a huge lens with a 35x optical zoom equivalent to 24-840mm on a regular dSLR. Without any kind of image stabilisation, a 35x zoom would be almost impossible to use without the aid of a tripod. Fortunately the PowerShot SX40 HS has what Canon terms Intelligent IS -- a stabilisation feature that tailors itself to the shooting conditions.
The Canon PowerShot SX40 HS is a 12 Megapixel super-zoom camera with a massive 35x optical range. Announced in September 2011, it replaces the best-selling PowerShot SX30 IS. The new model keeps essentially the same body, lens, screen, controls and battery as its predecessor, but switches its 14 Megapixel CCD for a 12 Megapixel CMOS sensor. This reduction in resolution and adoption of CMOS technology is part of Canon's High Sensitivity, HS, system which claims to reduce noise levels; the SX40 HS is also one of the first PowerShots to employ the company's latest DIGIC 5 processor. The combination of CMOS and DIGIC 5 also allow the SX40 HS to offer 1080p video at 24fps and faster continuous shooting at up to 10.3fps (for eight frames). Both are very welcome upgrades over its predecessor which only offered 720p video and 1.3fps continuous shooting. The SX40 HS also adds new slow motion movie effects with 120fps VGA and 240fps QVGA options. A selection of Creative Filters can also be applied live, including a miniature effect which also works on movies.
From a distance, the 12-megapixel Canon PowerShot SX40 HS ($429.99 direct) could be mistaken for a D-SLR camera. Its black body, large lens, deep hand grip, and top hump are signature characteristics of SLRs like Canon's own EOS Rebel T3i ($899.99, 3.5 stars). The SX40's lens doesn't come off, though; its large size is due to an long 35x zoom range, one that is unmatched by any existing SLR lens. You can't slip it into your pocket, like the 18x zoom Editors' Choice Nikon Coolpix S9100 ($329.95, 4 stars), but that's a small price to pay for an 840mm (35mm equivalent) telephoto reach. Design and Features The SLR-inspired SX40 HS is neither compact nor light. It measures 3.6 by 4.8 by 4.2 inches (HWD) and tips the scales at 21.2 ounces, or about 1.3 pounds. Nikon's similarly styled Coolpix P500 ($399.95, 4 stars) is slimmer and slightly lighter, measuring 2.3 by 4.1 by 1.3 inches and weighing 1.1 pounds, with a slightly wider 22.5-810mm (35mm equivalent) 36x zoom lens. The SX40's 35x lens isn't quite as wide at 24mm on the short end, but it does extend to 840mm to give you a little extra reach on the long end while still keeping a wide angle.
One of our favorite cameras of 2010 — the Canon PowerShot SX30 IS — was just freshened up with a new sensor and imaging processor as the SX40 HS. While a touch up like that is seldom a bad thing, the new model also adds boosts the price even more into the point-and-shoot stratosphere. We gave the new model a shake down to see if the upgrade was worth Canon’s effort – and your extra cash.The key reason the SX30 IS was such a hit for this reviewer was its mind-boggling 35x zoom. This gives you a focal range of a nice wide-angle (24mm) with a telephoto that extends as far as 840mm. People, you really have to hold this camera and work the zoom to appreciate these numbers. It’ll shake your imaging world — and more importantly, put some sizzle into your photography. We remember shooting a sculler on the Charles River near Harvard with the SX30 IS, taking in the expanse of the water then zooming in so close on the rower as to see the stitching on his shirt. This made us wax philosophical about learning how to photographically “see” all over again. Fortunately, that period of introspection didn’t last too long — it was back to reviewing cameras and camcorders once again.We were not alone in our praise for the SX30 IS, and it’s one of the top-selling high-end mega-zooms.
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The Canon PowerShot SX40 HS reworks last year's SX30 IS superzoom. While the design and 24-840mm (35x optical zoom) lens remain the same as per its predecessor, it's the SX40 HS's inner workings that see an overhaul. With a new 12.1MP back-lit 1/2.3in size CMOS sensor, DIGIC 5 processor, 10.3fps burst mode and 1080p24 movie capture has the SX40 got the muscle to see off its competitors, or are these updates not quite enough to keep up with the superzoom market's upward curve? The SX40 HS's most prominent feature is its huge zoom range. With a wideangle 24mm setting that can power through to 840mm at the telephoto end and there are few other cameras out there with quite the range, particularly at the wide end. Add to this Canon's optical image stabilisation system (IS) that claims to counter for up to 4.5 stops of hand shake and this camera looks like a winner. A new Intelligent IS mode is able to auto-select from seven different options for stills and movie clips. Canon PowerShot SX40 HS review sample image - click for full size gallery Compared to the SX30 the SX40's biggest shift comes in the form of the new back-lit 1/2.3in CMOS sensor.
Canon's PowerShot SX40 HS is a safe bet, but a good one. By simply replacing the SX30's sensor with a more advanced CMOS model, and keeping almost every other design feature the same, the company has succeeded in delivering an ultrazoom superior to all others we've tested so far this year. Canon is a company that takes color accuracy very seriously, especially when it comes to the top of their lineup. In this case however, the results are strictly decent. Many colors in the spectrum are relatively far off, especially bright yellows, reds, and blues. This is going to noticeably detract from the appearance of human subjects. Overall saturation is also off by about 7%. More on how we test color. With a color error value of 3.15, the SX40 HS scores in the middle of our pack of comparison cameras, which include the excellent Panasonic Lumix FZ47, Nikon’s P500, and this model’s predecessor: the SX30 IS. We were hoping Canon’s improved CMOS sensor would at least come close to the FZ47, but instead these results swung to the other direction.
The Canon PowerShot SX40 HS is a 12 Megapixel super-zoom camera with a massive 35x optical range. Announced in September 2011, it replaces the best-selling PowerShot SX30 IS. The new model keeps essentially the same body, lens, screen, controls and battery as its predecessor, but switches its 14 Megapixel CCD for a 12 Megapixel CMOS sensor. This reduction in resolution and adoption of CMOS technology is part of Canon's High Sensitivity, HS, system which claims to reduce noise levels; the SX40 HS is also one of the first PowerShots to employ the company's latest DIGIC 5 processor. The combination of CMOS and DIGIC 5 also allow the SX40 HS to offer 1080p video at 24fps and faster continuous shooting at up to 10.3fps (for eight frames). Both are very welcome upgrades over its predecessor with only offered 720p video and 1.3fps continuous shooting. The SX40 HS also adds new slow motion movie effects with 120fps VGA and 240fps QVGA options. A selection of Creative Filters can also be applied live, including a miniature effect which also works on movies. The 35x zoom may deliver the same 24-840mm equivalent range as its predecessor, but Canon's added Intelligent IS technology which automatically switches between different stabilisation modes to best suit the subject and conditions, whether it's normal handheld, panning, macro or tripod-based.
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