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.
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
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: 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.
Conclusion: Your decision to buy the Canon Powershot SX40 HS is likely to be based on whether or not you prefer the simplicity and lower price of a digital camera with a fixed lens or whether you prefer the ultimate flexibility of a Digital SLR. If you prefer a camera where one lens covers just about all photo opportunities then the Powershot SX40 HS is hard to beat. There are no real issues with picture quality and it has a set of features that few other models can match.
Pros: Picture quality, features, manual controls, movie features, vari angle LCD screen, handling
Excerpt: The Powershot SX40 HS is Canon's latest release into the superzoom market, replacing the previous SX30 model. Still retaining most of the key design features from its predecessor, the SX40 builds on the original blueprint with the inclusion of Canon's new DIGIC 5 image processor, which enables rapid-fire shooting up to 10.3fps.
Summary: Canon's latest ultra-zoom digicam introduces an updated High Sensitivity (HS) CMOS sensor, DiG!C 5 processing, improved image stabilisation and new slow-motion movie effects.Canon's PowerShot SX40 HS has most of the same features as its predecessor, the PowerShot SX30 IS, which we reviewed in October 2010.
Pros: You're looking for an ultra-zoom digicam that can record widescreen Full HD video with stereo sound., You want good imaging performance with moderately high ISO settings., You want plenty of adjustable controls and effective image stabilisation., You'd enjoy taking very close ‘macro' shots., You want to shoot slow-motion movies. Don't buy this camera if :, You want a pocketable camera., You want to take long exposures at night., You prefer shooting raw files as well a...