Canon PowerShot SX40 HS Review

Overall Score

49

Main Features

  • 12 MP 1/2.3 BSI-CMOS Sensor
  • 24-840 mm (35x) F2.7-5.8 Zoom Lens
  • 100 - 3200 ISO
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 2" Articulated Screen
  • Electronic Viewfinder
  • 10 fps continuous shooting
  • 1920 x 1080 video resolution
  • Built-In Wireless
  • 123 x 92 x 108 mm, 600g.
  • Price Category:
  • Replaced: PowerShot SX30 IS
  • Replaced by: PowerShot SX50 HS

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Canon PowerShot SX40 HS Overview


First introduced in September, 2011, Canon PowerShot SX40 HS is a 12 MP Compact with a 1/2.3 (6.17 x 4.55 mm) sized BSI-CMOS sensor. Canon replaced the older Canon SX30 IS with PowerShot SX40 HS. Follow the link to read our detailed comparison of these models:

Compare Canon SX40 HS with Canon SX30 IS

Canon replaced PowerShot SX40 HS with Canon SX50 HS. Follow the link to read our detailed comparison of these models:

Compare Canon SX40 HS with Canon SX50 HS


Canon SX40 HS comes with a 6.16 x 4.62 mm BSI-CMOS sensor, which has a diagonal of 7.7 mm (0.3").

- Full Frame
- Canon PowerShot SX40 HS

Sensor resolution of Canon SX40 HS ~ 3995 x 3003 pixels.

Canon SX40 HS has Crop Factor: 5.62

The sensor has a surface area of 28.5 mm².

There are approximate 11,996,985 photosites (pixels) on this area.


Proc and Cons of Canon SX40 HS


Get to know this camera closer. Let's look at the features and characteristics of this model. Compare Canon PowerShot SX40 HS with competitors in small sensor superzoom cameras.

Pros
Built-in Wireless
Articulating Screen
AF Face Detection
1/3200s Max Shutter Speed
Manual Focus
9 Focus Points
±2 AE Bracketing Range
Optical Image Stabilization
External Flash
10.0 fps Continuous Shooting
380 shots Long Battery Life
Manual Exposure Mode
5.8 Lens at Tele
24 mm Wide Angle Lens
Selfie Friendly Screen
Cons
No Bluetooth
No Touch Screen
Slow Lens at Wide: F2.7
Small LCD Screen: 2"
No Articulating Screen
No Environmental Sealing
Slow Lens at Tele: F5.8
Low Screen Resolution: 230k dots
Type Scores

Canon PowerShot SX40 HS has an Overall Score of 49/100 and ranked #177 out of 801 in Compact cameras, and ranked #508 out of 1201 in all cameras.

Canon SX40 HS Scores
Imaging score
20
Features score
60
Value for money score
66
Portability score
75
Overall score
49
Average Scores in Small Sensor Superzoom
Imaging Score
24
Features Score
50
Value For Money Score
61
Portability Score
85
Overall score
45

Physical Dimensions of Canon SX40 HS


Canon PowerShot SX40 HS weighs 600g and has external dimensions of 123 x 92 x 108mm (4.84 x 3.62 x 4.25"). Considering that the average weight of Small Sensor Superzoom cameras is 388g, Canon SX40 HS is 212 grams more than the average weight of cameras in this category.

Weight Comparison
Small Sensor Superzoom Cameras


Canon SX40 HS
600g
Average weight
388g
Min weight
136g
Max weight
1415g

Thickness Comparison
Small Sensor Superzoom Cameras


Canon SX40 HS
108mm
Average Thickness
65mm
Min Thickness
0mm
Max Thickness
181mm

Here is the front and top view image of Canon PowerShot SX40 HS with the dimensions:

Canon PowerShot SX40 HS

Size Compared to Major Competitors


Model Weight PowerShot SX40 HS Dimensions PowerShot SX40 HS
Canon PowerShot SX50 HS Canon SX50 HS 595 g 600 g 123 x 87 x 106 mm 123 x 92 x 108 mm
Canon PowerShot SX60 HS Canon SX60 HS 650 g 600 g 128 x 93 x 114 mm 123 x 92 x 108 mm
Canon PowerShot SX30 IS Canon SX30 IS 601 g 600 g 123 x 92 x 108 mm 123 x 92 x 108 mm
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 Panasonic FZ200 588 g 600 g 125 x 87 x 110 mm 123 x 92 x 108 mm
Canon PowerShot SX20 IS Canon SX20 IS 600 g 600 g 128 x 88 x 87 mm 123 x 92 x 108 mm
Nikon Coolpix P900 Nikon P900 899 g 600 g 140 x 103 x 137 mm 123 x 92 x 108 mm
Canon PowerShot SX530 HS Canon SX530 HS 442 g 600 g 120 x 82 x 92 mm 123 x 92 x 108 mm
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 Panasonic FZ1000 831 g 600 g 137 x 99 x 131 mm 123 x 92 x 108 mm

Specifications of Canon PowerShot SX40 HS


General
Brand Canon
Model PowerShot SX40 HS
Announced September, 2011
Body Type SLR-like (bridge)
Lens
Lens Mount fixed lens
Manual Focus
Focal Lens Multiplier
Number of Lenses 0
Macro Focus Range 0
Screen
Screen Size 2"
Screen Type Articulated
Screen Resolution 230k pixels
Touch Screen
Live View
Viewfinder
Viewfinder Electronic
Viewfinder Resolution no electronic viewfinder
Viewfinder Coverage n/a%
Viewfinder Magnification 0.0
Autofocus
AF Touch
AF Continuous
AF Single
AF Tracking
AF Selective
AF Center
AF Multi Area
AF Live View
AF Face Detection
AF Contrast Detection
AF Phase Detection
Number of Focus Points 9
Number of Cross Focus Points 0
Photography Features
RAW Support
Min Shutter Speed 1/15 sec
Max Shutter Speed 1/3200 sec
Continuous Shooting 10.0 fps
Shutter Priority
Aperture Priority
Manual Exposure Mode
Exposure Compensation
Custom White Balance
Image Stabilization
Built-in Flash
Flash Range 7.00
Flash Modes Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync, Fill-in
External Flash
AE Bracketing
AE Bracketing Range ±2 EV
WB Bracketing
Sensor
Sensor Size 1/2.3
Sensor Type BSI-CMOS
Sensor Dimensions 6.16 x 4.62 mm
Sensor Area 28.5 mm²
Sensor Resolution 12 MP
Max Image Resolution 4000 x 3000
Max Native ISO 3200
Min Native ISO 100
Max Boosted ISO 0
Min Boosted ISO 0
Video Features
4K
Max Video Resolution 1920 x 1080
Video Formats MPEG-4, H.264
Timelapse Recording
Microphone Port
Headphone Port
Exposure Modes
Multi-Segment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF-Area
Center Weighted
Connectivity
GPS None
Wireless Connectivity Built-In
Bluetooth
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Battery
Battery Life 380 shots
Battery Type Battery Pack
Battery Model NB-10L
Physical
Weight 600 g
Physical Dimensions 123 x 92 x 108 mm
Environmental Sealing
Water Proof
Dust Proof
Shock Proof
Crush Proof
Freeze Proof
Shock Proof
Storage
Storage Type SD/SDHC/SDXC
Storage Slots 1
Other Features
Self Timer
Selfie Friendly

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