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Canon Powershot SX40 HS review

Is it time to upgrade to the SX40?

Our Verdict

For

  • 35x zoom range
  • Full HD video recording
  • Low noise levels
  • 10.3fps shooting

Against

  • Poor EVF
  • No raw shooting

As part of our image quality testing for the Canon PowerShot SX40 HS, we've shot our resolution chart.

If you view our crops of the resolution chart's central section at 100% (or Actual Pixels) you will see that, for example, at ISO 100 the Canon PowerShot SX40 HS is capable of resolving up to around 22 (line widths per picture height x100) in its highest quality JPEG files.

Examining images of the chart taken at each sensitivity setting reveals the following resolution scores in line widths per picture height x100:

Canon powershot sx40 hs iso 100
Canon powershot sx40 hs iso 100

Canon powershot sx40 hs iso 100
Canon powershot sx40 hs iso 100

ISO 100, score: 22 (see full image)

Canon powershot sx40 hs iso 200
Canon powershot sx40 hs iso 200

ISO 200, score: 22 (see full image)

Canon powershot sx40 hs iso 400
Canon powershot sx40 hs iso 400

ISO 400, score: 22 (see full image)

Canon powershot sx40 hs iso 800
Canon powershot sx40 hs iso 800

ISO 800, score: 20 (see full image)

Canon powershot sx40 hs iso 1600
Canon powershot sx40 hs iso 1600

ISO 1600, score: 20 (see full image)

Canon powershot sx40 hs iso 3200
Canon powershot sx40 hs iso 3200

ISO 3200, score: 10 (see full image)

Tech Specs

Product TypeBridge Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Green CompliantYes
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
Effective Camera Resolution12.1 Megapixel
USBYes
PictBridgeYes
Product FamilyPowerShot SX
Image StabilizationOptical
ColourBlack
Optical Zoom35x
Digital Zoom4x
Brand NameCanon
FeaturesBlink Detection, Wink Detection, External Flash Shoe, Face Detection, Orientation Sensor, Continuous Shooting Mode, Smart Capture, Smile Detection, Self-timer
Screen Size6.9 cm (2.7")
Video FormatsQuickTime MOV, MPEG-4
Viewfinder TypeElectronic
Weight (Approximate)557 g
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityREACH, RoHS, WEEE, ENERGY STAR
Minimum Focus Distance0 nm
Maximum Image Resolution4000 x 3000
Maximum Frame Rate240 fps
Number of Batteries Supported1
Battery Built-inNo
Battery RechargeableYes
Battery IncludedYes
Display Screen TypeLCD
Image Sensor TypeCMOS
HDMIYes
HD Movie ModeYes
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), Secure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card
Height92.4 mm
Width122.9 mm
Depth107.7 mm
Autofocus Points1
Product SeriesSX
Focal Length4.30 mm to 150.50 mm
Image FormatsJPEG
Flash ModesAuto Flash, Flash OFF, Flash ON, Red-eye Reduction, Slow Sync, Rear Curtain Sync, Flash Exposure Compensation
Focus ModesAuto, Manual
ManufacturerCanon, Inc
Product ModelSX40 HS
Product NamePowerShot SX40 HS Bridge Camera
Product LinePowerShot
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part Number5251B011
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.canon.co.uk
Marketing Information

Get closer with the PowerShot SX40 HS. An ultra-wide 35x optical zoom, great low light results of the HS System, Full HD and high-speed shooting make this the travel powerhouse for those who want it all.

Battery Life400 Shot/1.33 Hour Video
Package Contents
  • PowerShot SX40 HS Bridge Camera
  • Battery Pack NB-10L (with Terminal Cover)
  • Battery Charger CB-2LC/CB-2LCE
  • Lens Cap
  • Interface Cable IFC-400PCU
  • Neck Strap NS-DC11
  • Case for Hot Shoe Cap
  • Getting Started
  • Software Disk
  • Warranty System Booklet
  • Digital Camera Manuals Disk
Display Resolution230000 Pixel
Limited Warranty1 Year
Built-in DevicesMicrophone, Speaker