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.
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
Summary: Sure Nikon and Olympus now have models boasting 36x zooms, but the difference between them and the 35x zoom of the SX40 HS is negligible. As such it's fair to say they all share the broadest and longest ranges around. You can't help but be impressed when you zoom from one end of the range to the other.
There is however one other camera which shares this powerful range: Canon's earlier PowerShot SX30 IS.
Pros: Enormous 35x zoom lens. Can zoom while filming., 1080/24p video and choice of two slow motion modes., Fully articulated screen and flash hotshoe., Fast continuous shooting option.
Cons: Relatively small and coarse screen compared to rivals., Buffer at 10.3fps only lasts for about one second of action., No built-in GPS, no RAW, can't assemble its own panoramas., Continuous AF sometimes struggled a little during video.
Summary: PowerShot are the larger of two small Digital Camera ranges offered by Canon . This unit is larger than most and on first glance could be mistaken for a DSLR unit. The main difference is that its lens is not interchangeable.