Excerpt: Just returned from a trip to Africa and am happy with the pictures I took with this camera. However, I specifically asked for a camera with a good viewfinder. The view finder was very hard to use, couldn't see clearly what I was taking a picture of. I had to resort to always using the bigger picture screen.
Pros: Fast/accurate auto-focus, Good in Low Light, Great Zoom, Nice Body Color, Short Lag Time
Excerpt: I am a birder and amateur photographer. I have owned, and loved, both the predessors to this model. Loved the SX40 so much I recommended it to numerous friends...think I must have sold 15 or so of those cameras for Canon. I could get good clear shots of birds and animals that, at times, would turn out better than my husband's shots with his full frame DSLR and big telephoto lens. We both shoot in JPEG.
Pros: Easy To Use, Good Image Stabilization, Small / Compact
Cons: NO instruction manual. No kidding. The manual comes on a CD that has to be loaded on the computer, but you need a cable to attached the camera to your computer before the manual will load and the cable is NOT included. Can't load your pic's either
Excerpt: It's the best superzoom camera, but you can use it in full daylight only . It has a very poor F6.5 at full zoom , I hope Canon do much better in next model, because if you want use it in evening it's blind in videos and photos without flash. The bad F6.5 aperture cause diffraction limit so the real resolution is 1,7 megapixel s. Another bad thing is it has very slow autofocus (it takes about 3 seconds to focus!
Summary: The camera seems fine, but the kit is of almost no value except for the battery. The kit comes with two tripods. Both flimsy little things that are absolutely not useable with this camera when the telephoto lens is extended. I wish I had bought the extras separately myself and gotten things that really work.
Excerpt: It is a very nice camera with fantastic zoom capability, but unfortunately the image quality is not very good. If you got used to DSLR image quality then don't even think about buying this camera. Digital viewfinder is useless.
Pros: Easy To Use, Great Zoom, Nice Body Color, Small / Compact