Summary: The Canon PowerShot SX40 HS is definitely one of the top-level cameras in its class. It has the features and performance remains strong, especially thanks to the new DIGIC 5 processor of the latest generation (do not forget that it is the first machine to mount this processor). The camera is a Bridge but is suitable for an audience of both professionals and enthusiasts that allows you to have characteristics of SLR in a more compact camera body.
Pros: Swiveling display, 35x optical zoom, Image Stabilizer (4.5-stop) HS System, Intelligent IS, Full HD
Conclusion: The Canon PowerShot SX40 HS offers an impressive 35x zoom range, fast continuous shooting, and very good image quality. You won't be able to fit it into your pocket, but this megazoom can capture telephoto images that a smaller camera couldn't dream of.
Excerpt: The Canon PowerShot SX40 HS ($429) is a super zoom camera with one of the most powerful lenses on the market. This 35X zoom lens has an incredible focal range of 24 - 840 mm, which should cover every possible shooting situation that you'll run into.
Conclusion: For those looking to get started with photography, this is a fantastic, fuss-free choice that will help you learn more about manual controls and different shooting options. It's worth noting that while you can pick up an entry level DSLR, such as the Canon EOS 1100D for around the same price, which will give better image quality overall, you do get the incredible zoom range in a smaller and lighter body that isn't part of a more expensive system.
Canon PowerShot SX40 HS Review: A Formidable Ultrazoom
Digital Camera Review
16 November 2011
Summary: I loved the promise of the SX40 - a single, integrated, relatively inexpensive camera that can capture every image from wide-angle to telephoto, from landscapes to sports - but quirky auto-focus at the telephoto end and the difficulty of finding subjects when zoomed in make it less than great for any type of wildlife or distance sports photography. And the penalty for the huge zoom range is a bulky lens which makes it difficult to fit in your pocket.
Pros: 35x optical zoom, Impressive Image Stabilization, Full complement of features
Cons: Quirky auto focus, No RAW Mode, Bulky for a point and shoot, Small sensor compared to non-ultrazooms in its price range
Summary: The PowerShot SX40 HS is available now with a suggested retail price of $429.99 USD. See our buy box below for the most current online pricing at various retailers.
Pros: Almost unmatched 35x optical zoom with extremely versatile zoom range, Produces pleasing 12-megapixel images both indoors and out, Powerful built-in flash, Hot shoe for external speedlites, Capable OIS and Intelligent IS systems, Records good quality 1080 HD video for a point-n-shoot, Awesome 2.7-Inch vari-angle LCD, Handy Zoom Assist button, Robust shooting performance, Exposure options for just about everyone, Excellent battery life
Cons: Higher noise in shadow areas than we'd like to see - only visible when critically inspecting images at 100%, EVF shows slightly different colors than LCD, No audio input for HD video recording, Shutter lag with autofocus in Smart Auto mode is slightly longer than other models; like Program, The stereo microphones pick up a lot of background noise when shooting video
Conclusion: If you’re considering a mega-zoom, the SX40 HS is a slam dunk. We can’t be any clearer: If you’re in this neighborhood, buy it. The camera takes fine photos, is loaded with nice features, has cool filters and takes quality movies. And, oh that lens.
Pros: Awesome 24-840mm zoom, Quality stills, accurate colors, Packed with features including OIS
Cons: A steady grip is a must at maximum telephoto, Movie quality not state-of-the-art
Summary: Make no mistake, the SX40 isn’t a budget camera and will launch with an asking price around the £460 mark. Indeed that’s the same price as a budget DSLR system, or you could pick up a Sony SLT-A35 with 18-55mm lens for the same cash. On the surface the SX40 HS is almost indistinguishable from its SX30 predecessor, and much the same can be said about using the camera.
Pros: Good image quality, decent high ISO performance, lens barrel markings, optical stabilisation