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Canon PowerShot SX40 HS Point-and-Shoot Camera Prices, Specifications and Reviews

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  With a range of automatic and manual options plus a 35X optical zoom, the Canon PowerShot SX40 HS is both an advanced and a superzoom point-and-shoot camera. It can be a good step up for amateur photographers who want to experiment with manual controls but still get great images in automatic modes. The SX40 HS has an electronic viewfinder and a 2.7" LCD display that flips out to the side and swivels for easier viewing and to reduce glare.

The Smart Auto system selects the best settings based on 32 predefined shooting situations. The Zoom Framing Assist feature makes it easier to track moving subjects and the optical stabilizer helps prevent blur. The Face Detection and Smart Shutter features keep faces in focus and can be set to capture an image the minute the subject smiles.


(Prices as of 11/19/2012)
SX40-HS    Source
$389Beach Camera on Amazon
$349Amazon (Typically free shipping)
$349B&H Photo Video (Typically free shipping)

Additional Costs:

$5-$25Additional SD (standard capacity) memory cards, 4GB-8GB, Class 4-6 (Class 10 is fastest)
$15-$75Additional SDHC (high capacity) memory cards, 16GB-32GB, Class 10
$50-$200+Additional SDXC (extended capacity, used for video) memory cards, 64GB-128GB, Class 10
$30-$100+Eye-Fi (wireless) SDHC memory cards, 4GB-16GB
$60 Replacement lithium-ion rechargeable battery pack
$50 Replacement battery charger


DimensionsHeight: 3.64"
Width: 4.84"
Depth: 4.24"
Weight21.2 oz.
Included in BoxBattery pack, battery charger, lens cap, case for hot shoe (electrical outlet) cap, neck strap, interface cable, Digital Camera Solution software
Type of MediaSD memory card, SDHC memory card, SDXC memory card, Eye Fi (wireless) SDHC memory card
Megapixels12.1 MP
Sensor1/2-3" CMOS sensor
(Typical point-and-shoot: 1/2.3" sensor ratio. Larger sensors: 1/1.7")
ViewfinderElectronic viewfinder (202K dots)
Monitor2.7" TFT color vari-angle LCD (folds out and swivels) with wide viewing angle (230k dots)
Video1080p full-HD video in stereo sound with dedicated movie button; zoom while shooting
FlashBuilt-in flash; 1.6'-23' range; recycling time 10 seconds or less
Zoom35X optical zoom
(Basic point-and-shoots: 3X-10X optical zoom. Superzoom: 10X-40X+)
Photographic ValuesFocal length: X4.3mm-150.5mm (film equivalent 24mm-840mm)
Aperture: f/2.7-f/5.8
Shutter speed: 15 seconds to 1/3200th of a second
ISO: Auto, 100-3200
Manual SettingsAE lock, aperture priority, manual, shutter priority
Continuous ShootingUp to 8 shots at about 2.4 shots per second in P mode; 10.3 shots per second in High-speed Burst HQ mode
BatteriesRechargeable lithium-ion battery pack, about 400 shots per charge with viewfinder; 380 shots with LCD; playback time about 9 hours
Other FeaturesZoom Framing Assist helps track moving subjects
Face Detection keeps faces in focus
Smart Shutter doesn't take a picture until someone winks, smiles or enters the frame
SmartAuto system selects proper settings based on 32 predefined shooting situations
Optical image stabilizer (to prevent blur)
Self-timer with 2 second delay, 10 second delay and custom (0-15 seconds or 250/25/30 seconds)
Warranty1 year limited, parts and labor

The manufacturer's detailed product information is available at

What People Are Saying:

The SX40 HS is recommend by Consumer Reports; named one of the Top 4 Best Reviewed Ultra-Zoom Digital Camera Reviews at; and on a list of the seven best digital cameras for beginners at User reviews are strongly positive, with most praising its still-picture and video image quality, optical zoom and wide variety of features.
  • CNET: " If you're after a wide and long lens and excellent photo quality, the Canon PowerShot SX40 HS is a standout. In features, design, and performance, though, it's a bit lacking."
  • "Canon's PowerShot SX40 HS is a safe bet, but a good one. By simply replacing the SX30's sensor with a more advanced CMOS model, and keeping almost every other design feature the same, the company has succeeded in delivering an ultrazoom superior to all others we've tested so far this year."
  • "As an amateur tool the PowerShot SX40 HS cuts the mustard and is great fun. But we would only unconditionally recommend it if you can find a street price that shaves a decent chunk off the manufacturer's price."