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Canon PowerShot SX40 HS

alaTest has collected and analysed 1162 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers are impressed by the performance and responsiveness. The screen and image quality also get good feedback. There are some mixed ratings about the memory and build quality. There are some less positive ratings about the features and shutter.

usability, image quality, screen, responsiveness, performance

shutter, features

We analysed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Canon PowerShot SX40 HS is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 93/100 = Excellent quality.

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Canon Powershot SX40 HS review


Updated Canon introduced the SX40 in September, at the same time as the compact PowerShot S100. The SX40 is one of a new generation of Canon cameras to be equipped with the fast Digic 5 processor. Canon promises that this boosts the HS system and now...

35x zoom range ; Full HD video recording ; Low noise levels ; 10.3fs shooting

Poor EVF ; No raw shooting

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...

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Canon PowerShot SX40 HS


Canon's new flagship ‘power zoom' features a new super fast processor plus drops its resolution to boost low light performance

Big zoom ; Angle adjustable rear monitor ; Large well marked controls

Pricey ; Low resolution EVF ; No Raw file capture or hotshoe

For those photo opportunities when shuffling your feet forward or back in order to get the framing you want simply isn’t an option, the Canon PowerShot SX40 HS delivers the goods with its extremely broad focal range (not to mention tilting LCD screen)...

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Canon PowerShot SX40 HS review


The Canon PowerShot SX40 HS superzoom may look a great deal like its SX30 IS predecessor, but the innards of this 35x optical zoom bridge camera have been stripped out and reworked. The SX40 features a new 12.1MP back-lit CMOS sensor paired with the...

Decent image quality, mega zoom, optical image stabilisation, hotshoe for external flash

Not very different to SX30, 2.7in screen is small and low resolution, viewfinder is like a TV at the end of a tunnel

The Canon PowerShot SX40 will keep many a superzoom snapper happy thanks to the huge 24-840mm zoom and great image quality. But the same design and low-resolution screen as its predecessor, paired with a focusing system that can’t quite outdo its...


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Canon PowerShot SX40 HS review


There's much to like about the Canon PowerShot SX40 HS. It's rich in features, with a powerful zoom, a sharp lens and plenty of creative tools. The price is the only stumbling block. At £380 it isn't bad value, but the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ48 boasts...

Long zoom ; Great colours ; Sharp focus ; Creative effects ; Good movie results ; Tight macro

Electronic, not optical viewfinder ; Price undercut by similar Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ48


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Canon PowerShot SX40 HS


With a 35x optical zoom this camera is good for papping the man on the moon.

Great image stabilisation ; Good burst mode ; Good image quality

No RAW ; Slightly limited manual control

The Canon PowerShot SX40 HS is a brilliantly versatile bridge camera whose key feature, that 35x optical zoom, is made all the more attractive by an excellent image stabilisation system. Picture quality is good and overall speed is much improved over...

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Canon PowerShot SX40 HS review


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A little slow, but immaculate image quality should compensate for people who are happy to take their time over photos

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Preview: Canon PowerShot SX40 HS


Despite lacking RAW image capture, this megazoom makes it up with excellent image quality and a 35x optical zoom.

Flexible lens range; very good image stabilization; excellent photo quality for its class; has shooting modes for every kind of user

Shooting performance lags behind that of the competition; has a few potentially irritating design points

The Canon PowerShot SX40 HS doesn't offer all the bells and whistles of competing full-size megazooms and its shooting performance lags behind them, too. However, it has plenty of positives including some of the best JPEG photo quality you'll find in...

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Canon Powershot SX40 HS


The Nikon Coolpix S100 gets most things right. It is great to use such a responsive screen. This is matched by minimal shutter lag. Some of the buzz features such as High Definition movies with stereo sound, 3D photography and easy panoramas are likely...

Picture quality, features, manual controls, movie features, vari angle LCD screen, handling

No RAW mode

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...

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Canon PowerShot SX40 HS review


Canon's new hybrid camera goes for quality over speed. Buying a camera before the digital era used to be...

Stunning quality even at full zoom and low light

Slow frame capture rate and no RAW

Canon has raised the bar considerably in terms of image quality, quietness of operation and low light performance. This is thanks to its new HS System, but it's not as speedy as its rivals and it could do with a display upgrade and a RAW option.

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Canon PowerShot SX40 HS Digital Camera Review


The Canon PowerShot SX40 HS has a 35x optical zoom lens, full HD video recording and high-speed shooting, Daniel Bell gives us his opinion.

Full 1080p HD video recording; 0cm minimum focusing distance; 35x optical zoom; 10 fps High-speed shooting at full resolution; Electronic viewfinder

Costs similar to that of an entry level DSLR

Product Specifications


Autofocus: Yes
Built-in Flash: Yes
Changeable Lens: No
Image Stabiliser:Optical Image Stabiliser
Integrated GPS Module: No
Touchscreen: No
View Finder Type:LCD Monitor / Optical / Electronic Viewfinder / Optical / Electronic Viewfinder + LCD


Bluetooth: No
HDMI Interface: Yes
PictBridge: Yes
WiFi Connectivity: No

General Features

3D: No
Bridge Camera: Yes
Chip Type:CMOS
Product Type:Compact Camera
Sensor Size:1/2.3''
SLR / Compact:Compact Camera


Longest Shutter Speed in s:15
Shortest Shutter Speed in s:1/3200


Compact Flash Card: No
Memory Stick / Memory Stick Pro: No
Memory Stick Duo / Duo Pro: No
Memory Type:External
Micro Drive: No
Multimedia Card: No
SDXC Card: Yes
Secure Digital Card: Yes
Secure Digital High Capacity Card: Yes
XD Card: No

Power Supply

Battery Model:Canon NB-10L
Battery Type:Canon NB-10L


Aperture Priority: Yes
Face Detection Mode:Face + Smile Detection
Movie / Voice Recording:Movie + Voice
RAW Format: No
Serial Shot Mode: Yes
Shutter Priority: Yes