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Canon SX40 HS 12.1MP Digital Camera with 35x Wide Angle Optical Image Stabilized Zoom and 2.7-Inch Vari-Angle Wide LCD

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  • 2.7-inch Vari-angle LCD,1-Year Canon U.S.A. Warranty
  • 35x Wide-Angle (24-840mm) Optical Zoom Lens,Shutter: 15 - 1/3200 sec, Self Timer: 2 Sec, 10 Sec
  • Capture stunning Full HD 1080p video in stereo sound
  • SD/SDHC/SDXC Memory Card Compatible (156, 7.4v)
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Technical Details

  • Built-in Microphone
  • Built-in Flash
  • Image Stabilization
  • Video Capability
  • HD Compatible

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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 4.8 x 4.2 x 3.6 inches ; 1.3 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • Item model number: 5251B001
  • Batteries 1 Nonstandard Battery batteries required. (included)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (526 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #742 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: August 14, 2011

Product Description

From the Manufacturer

Canon SX40 HS Zoom to Infinite Possibilities

The PowerShot SX40 HS is a versatile compact point-and-shoot camera that easily captures amazing photos and videos. Canon PowerShot S100 at Amazon.comThe Canon HS SYSTEM boosts low-light performance with the new Canon DIGIC 5 Image Processor and a high-sensitivity 12.1 Megapixel CMOS sensor. This advanced Canon technology delivers stunning image quality with reduced noise and blur. Colors are more vibrant and white balance is true-to-life. The 35x Optical Zoom offers incredible reach and range, allowing you to shoot any scene, near or far. The Optical Image Stabilizer helps images come out steady and clear, and a 24mm ultra Wide-Angle lens makes it easy to take pictures of large groups of people, tall buildings, expansive landscapes and much more. The camera also features a 2.7-inch Vari-angle LCD for great shooting flexibility. Packed with an array of powerful technologies, the PowerShot SX40 HS is a convenient digital camera capable of brilliant image capture. 

Extreme 35x Wide-Angle Optical Zoom and 24mm Lens

The PowerShot SX40 HS is equipped with a Genuine Canon 35x Zoom lens that provides the telephoto power to bring your distant subjects incredibly close. It also features a useful zoom range that begins at 24mm wide-angle and extends to 840mm telephoto (35mm equivalent). The 24mm ultra Wide-Angle allows you to create shots with dramatic perspective and makes it easy to shoot sweeping landscapes, large groups of people and tall buildings. Canon PowerShot SX 40 HS at Amazon.comThis superb lens delivers outstanding optical performance throughout its zoom range. It’s advanced design employs UD glass, double-sided aspherical glass-molded and ultra-high-refraction-index glass lens elements to effectively suppress chromatic aberration while maintaining a remarkably compact size. The camera uses a VCM (Voice Coil Motor) for high-speed, quiet, energy-efficient lens movement with precise control.

Optical Image Stabilizer

Handheld shooting can often lead to camera shake, making photos and videos blurry. Canon’s Optical Image Stabilizer is a sophisticated system that uses lens-shift technology to correct for unwanted camera movement. It makes handheld photography more practical, providing excellent image quality in many difficult shooting situations: outdoors at dusk, inside without a flash, and even at the telephoto end of the zoom range without a tripod. For photos, it enables shooting at slower shutter speeds, accommodating more low-light shooting situations than ever before without having to boost ISO sensitivity. With camera shake and vibration reduced, you get a sharper, steadier image. And because it is an optical system, there is none of the image degradation typical with electronic image stabilizers.

Canon DIGIC 5 Image Processor

The latest-generation Canon DIGIC 5 Image Processor brings phenomenal increases in processing speed and power.  Improved chip architecture and algorithms deliver greatly expanded functionality with further refinement in image quality.
Improved noise reduction produces clearer images when shooting in low light at high ISO speeds. Enhanced i-Contrast performance adjusts differences between light and dark areas to achieve even more natural-looking results.
The faster processing speed also results in faster continuous shooting capability while maintaining full image quality. The DIGIC 5 Image Processor also makes possible a new, highly advanced automatic white balance system. Whereas conventional white balance makes an overall adjustment based on a single type of light source, the new Canon Multi-Area White Balance analyzes several areas of the image to determine whether different adjustments are needed, for example, for the main subject and the background.
Noise Reduction
Conventional Image Processor
White Balance
With DIGIC 5 Image Processor
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The Canon HS SYSTEM lets you take bright, clear photos in an even wider range of shooting situations. Beautiful low-light shots are possible with minimal noise and maximum detail in highlight and shadow areas. The system is the result of two technologies brought together in PowerShot cameras: a high-sensitivity imaging sensor, which is able to capture more light; and the DIGIC Image Processor, which actively reduces noise with high-speed image processing. The 12.1 Megapixel Canon CMOS sensor in the PowerShot SX40 HS incorporates advanced light reception technology that enhances sensitivity. The new DIGIC 5 Image Processor provides a major boost in noise reduction, expanding the usable ISO range to an amazing high of ISO 3200. The Canon HS SYSTEM thus lets you use higher shutter speeds to capture clearer images with reduced noise and blur.

Memorable Moments in Spectacular Full HD

In addition to the Canon HS SYSTEM, the combination of the advanced CMOS sensor and DIGIC 5 Image Processor in the PowerShot SX40 HS makes it possible to shoot crisp, clear high definition video. Imagine the fun and excitement of being able to shoot spectacular 1080p Full HD video with stereo sound that you can later watch on your HDTV or download to your computer to share with family and friends. The PowerShot SX40 HS shoots Full HD video at 24* frames per second, ensuring clear lifelike motion images with a beautiful cinematic quality. It also shoots beautifully detailed 720p HD video at 30 fps.**
*Actual frame rate is 23.976 fps.
**Actual frame rate is 29.97 fps.

Dedicated Movie Button, Wind Filter and Optical Zoom While Shooting

It’s never been easier to shoot videos with a PowerShot digital camera. The PowerShot SX40 HS has a dedicated movie button that lets you start and stop recording instantly. There is no need to go through layers of menus or operate switches or dials to switch to and from video recording mode. The camera is always ready to shoot stills or video whenever you want. The PowerShot SX40 HS also incorporates an electronic wind filter, which suppresses wind noise that can muffle or distort the sound. And unlike less sophisticated point-and-shoot cameras, the PowerShot SX40 HS lets you use the full range of optical zoom when you’re shooting a video.

HDTV Playback via HDMI with CEC Support

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It’s easy to enjoy and share the videos you shoot with the PowerShot SX40 HS. Simply connect its HDMI terminal to your HDTV using an HDMI cable (not included). And because the PowerShot SX40 HS supports HDMI-CEC technology, you’ll be able to control the playback of your images and videos on any CEC-enabled HDTV using the TV’s remote control. (CEC – Consumer Electronic Control – is part of the HDMI specification, enabling components in a system to communicate with one another.)

iFrame Movie Support
With the PowerShot SX40 HS, you can also shoot video in the Apple™ iFrame format, Canon PowerShot SX40 HS at Amazon.comwhich is a computer-friendly standard that speeds up importing and editing of videos. It keeps file sizes small, making it more convenient to upload or e-mail high-quality videos. The iFrame format enjoys native support in compatible Mac and Windows video applications, making it unnecessary to perform time-consuming and often quality-degrading conversions.

Vari-Angle LCD

The PowerShot SX40 HS features a convenient and highly useful 2.7-inch Vari-Angle LCD screen that swivels out almost a full 180 degrees. It also rotates through approximately 270 degrees, letting you tilt itCanon PowerShot SX20 HS at Amazon.com up or down to shoot at low or high angles. You can compose freely even when shooting from difficult vantage points and use the full range of angle adjustment even when the camera is mounted on a tripod. You can even rotate the LCD facing forward to capture perfectly framed self-portraits and to join group shots. The PureColor System LCD screen has 230,000 dots, giving you a crisp, clear picture to make shooting, playback and using the camera's menu functions especially convenient.

A Steady Image is a Beautiful Image

Intelligent IS
The latest advance in Canon Optical Image Stabilization technology, Intelligent IS analyzes camera movement and applies the best shake correction method for the shooting situation. For stills, the system automatically selects among Normal, Panning, Macro (Hybrid) and Tripod IS modes. When shooting video, the system automatically selects among Dynamic, Powered, Macro and Tripod IS modes. With Intelligent IS, you can concentrate on image capture, letting the camera make the most effective IS settings to assure the steadiest possible image.

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Corrects for a wide range of camera movement when shooting stills.
Panning motion is detected so that IS does not interfere with desired camera movement.
Corrects for shift-type camera shake, which typically occurs in macro (close-up) shooting.
Effective for video shooting at wide-angle focal lengths, eliminating the unwanted shaking that typically occurs while walking.
Compensates for hand movement when shooting video at the telephoto end of the zoom range, where camera shake is magnified.
When tripod use is detected, the Image Stabilizer is stopped because it is not needed.

Modes/Special Scene Modes
Custom Define and store your own settings to achieve the effects you prefer.
You have complete control of exposure, selecting both aperture and shutter speed manually.
You set the aperture, controlling depth-of-field. The camera automatically selects the shutter speed.
Shutter-Priority You select the shutter speed to stop or blur action, and the camera finds the appropriate aperture. With slow exposure times, Canon's noise reduction system activates to ensure low image noise.
Program Access advanced exposure compensation features while shooting mostly automatically.
Smart AUTO
The camera automatically selects the best shooting settings for optimal quality based on subjects and environmental factors to provide point-and-shoot simplicity.
Movie Digest Records a video clip before capturing a still image and then combines one day’s worth of clips into a video.
Portrait The camera sets a large aperture, focusing the subject and artistically blurring the background to make your subject “pop.”
Kids & Pets Reduced focusing time freezes fast-moving subjects, so you won't miss those special shots.
Increases depth-of-field for sharp and sweeping landscape shots.
Smart Shutter The camera automatically takes the photo when people smile, wink, or get into frame.
High-Speed Burst HQ Capture fast-action shots at full sensor resolution, by shooting continuously when the shutter button is held down.
Handheld Night Scene Take clear and steady pictures at night without the use of a tripod.
Beach Beach Get clear shots of people at a sunny beach without darkened faces.
Underwater Capture underwater images with reduced backscatter effect. Optional Underwater Case required.
Capture brilliant shots of autumn foliage, greenery and blossoms.
Snow Shoot clear snow scenes without darkened subjects or an unnatural bluish tint.
Fireworks Grab brilliant images of skyrocketing fireworks.
Stitch Assist
Easy-to-use guidelines simplify the shooting of aligned multiple frames that can later be combined (using bundled software) to create panoramic photos.
Creative Filters
This setting provides easy access to special filter effects and scene modes, such as Toy Camera Effect, Poster Effect, Monochrome and more.
High Dynamic Range
The camera combines three different exposures to get one evenly lit image.
Super Slow Motion Movie Record your clips in high speed (approx. 240 fps), and then watch your videos in slow motion.
Program Access advanced exposure compensation features while shooting mostly automatically.
Fisheye Effect Add a classic photo distortion without a fisheye lens.
Create the look and feel of old photographs using sepia tones and black-and-white.
Fisheye Effect
Add a classic photo distortion without a fisheye lens.
Miniature Effect for Movies & Stills Emphasizes perspectives for a miniature effect by blurring upper and bottom portions of the image.
Toy Camera Effect Simulates photos taken with "toy" or pinhole cameras, darkening the image at the edges to create a vignette effect.
Poster Effect Poster Effect combines several similar shades into one color, turning subtle gradations into eye-catching, scene-popping contrasts.
Monochrome Choose from three single-tone effects: Black-and-White, Sepia, or Blue.
Super Vivid
Super Vivid intensifies existing hues, saturating the scene with bright colors.
Color Accent Choose to retain a single color in your image while other colors turn monochrome.
Color Swap Select a color and replace it with a color you specify for special effects.
Movie The camera takes five photos in succession, and then chooses the best one out of the bunch.
Super Slow Motion Movie
Record your clips in high speed (approx. 240 fps), and then watch your videos in slow motion.
iFrame Movie The Apple® movie format, iFrame, makes it easier and quicker to import and upload videos while retaining high image quality.

Product Description

The Canon 5251B001 PowerShot SX40 HS 12.1MP Black Compact Digital Camera is a versatile compact point-and-shoot camera that easily captures amazing photos and videos. The HS SYSTEM boosts low-light performance with the DIGIC 5 Image Processor and a high-sensitivity 12.1 Megapixel CMOS sensor. The 35x Optical Zoom offers incredible reach and range, allowing you to shoot any scene, near or far. The camera also features a 2.7-inch Vari-angle LCD for great shooting flexibility. Packed with an array of powerful technologies, the PowerShot SX40 HS is a convenient digital camera capable of brilliant image capture.Built-in Flash Yes: Auto, Auto/Red-eye Reduction, FE Lock, Flash On, Off, Red-eye Reduction, Slow Sync.Effective Flash Range Wide: 1.6 - 23' (0.49 - 7.01 m),Telephoto: 4.6 - 9.8' (1.40 - 2.99 m).What's in the Box: PowerShot SX40 HS Body, Battery Pack NB-10L, Battery Charger CB-2LC, Lens Cap, Case for Hot Shoe Cap, Neck Strap NS-DC11, Interface Cable IFC-400PCU and Digital Camera Solution CD-ROM.

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Customer Reviews

The image stability for long distance and close up shots is relatively crisp. The camera moves smoothly between single shots and video and back again. Read more ›
I have my camera on a sling strap and hardly notice it's there. Quality of pictures is very good. If you're doing a photo with high zoom, a tripod would be a good idea for… Read more ›
This camera has amazing zoom, it takes amazing pics, I use it at Nascar races also and am extremely happy…People have commented on my photo quality it is a great camera. Read more ›
I feel that I am able to use it pretty efficiently without too much trouble. The photo quality is very good. I would definitely recommend this camera! Read more ›
You don't need anything else to shoot movies, movie's quality is great, image stabilization works as a charm and you can set up the camera for a variety of conditions. Its… Read more ›
The camera itself is almost too…The pictures are just fantastic for the non-flash, at night zoom, with the image stabilizer, and I haven't even read the manual yet. Yea… Read more ›
I love this camera. The zoom is fantastic for the price. It's not a small camera but the pictures are AWESOME! Read more ›
Living in SW Florida there are a lot of great places to take photos, this camera is just perfect, awesome point and shoot camera, the zoom is great and the price was the… Read more ›
I love my camera, it was a replacement for the same kind I had that got broken so, I knew exactly what I was getting, clear pics, video is awesome. zoom is very nice. couldn… Read more ›
With a little practice, I can keep from accidentally hitting it while lining up a shot. Zoom is incredible and the stabilization works very well. Hard to do better! Read more ›
What a great camera. The zoom is great for taking pictures of wild life. A little bigger that a hand held but well worth the money. Read more ›
The image stabilization works well. The wide range zoom is very useful. Batteries last a long time. Read more ›
great camera, good still shots, the video's are wonderful, so clear like a pro. Also taking stills while shooting videos is a good asset highly recommend this camera! Read more ›
I LOVEd this camera for 16 months, especially the 35x zoom. The video is also sharp, and I get a ton of complements on my photos. However, after 16 months, my photos are… Read more ›
The digital zoom is great. Video quality is great. Love the Digic processor. Read more ›
There is so much you can do with this camera, takes beautiful photos and the HD video is quite stunning. Read more ›
Great quality pictures with sensational colours. The super slow recording is really awesome. I am only an amateur, and for me it has everething I expected. Read more ›
3) Fantastic zoom and an amazing image stabilizer 4) 1080p Video is amazing 5) Lots of features and versatility Read more ›
Easy to use! Takes awesome quality pictures! Read more ›
The flip out viewer is key for above the head shots (at weddings or other crowded events). And for me, its very easy to use. The only improvement is that i would like the… Read more ›
I have never been able to get good night shots until now! :D The pictures turn out beautiful and the camera is pretty simple to use. Read more ›
Takes great pictures and pretty easy to use. I bought it because my friend has one and I love how far it will zoom without changing a lense. Read more ›
Love my camera. Very easy to use. and a great optic soom Recommended to a friend and she got one as well Read more ›
Bought a used camera because I admired my friends. Easy to use and awesome pictures I made sure to request one made in Japan, not China. Read more ›
I am not familiar with a lot of the manual options available on this camera but it takes amazing photos even in "Auto" mode! The scene setting menu is great too. The… Read more ›
The in-camera controls are very intuitive. For most users, the Auto and Scene modes will speak for themselves and get the job done very well, with minimal controls for the… Read more ›
I would recommend this if you have some experience with cameras, just because you'll have more fun playing…The automatic settings are great as well as the manual settings. Read more ›
You cannot add any lenses but the effective 840mm zoom with image stabilization is very good. SCN mode is great for shooting landscapes, wildlife, foliage etc. Hope the… Read more ›
The battery was flashing red after 24 hours,(but is still going) but considering that I was playing with it so…The macro works great, and the "play" features are awesome. Read more ›
Returned my camera, with the belief that my camera was defective, and that this model is really good (it had all signs of a great camera). All those 5 & 4 stars could not… Read more ›
I think for the price this is the best deal on the market. It takes fantastic photos and as long as you read the user manual you won't have any problems with your photos. Read more ›
I really wish I had not bought this camera, but I needed one, and the price was really good. Read more ›
I can't wait to try it out in Yellowstone and Grand Teton National parks this fall!! The price is also nice. :) Read more ›
I am an average picture taker and for the price this is a good solution. The pictures are very clear and beautiful. Read more ›
great camera at a great price Read more ›
I love it, great produce, great price. Photos are fantastic and the zoom is like no order. Read more ›
Love my new camera, very easy to use and takes awesome pictures. The telescopic lens work extremely well. Great product, you will not be disappointed. Read more ›
I took pictures while standing in the noonday equitorial sun while my subject was in the deep shade and the camera knew exactly what to do. - 35x power lens is great. I… Read more ›
I like the ability to adjust settings or have it automatically set. The telephoto lens is good too. I'm still learning, but this is the perfect camera for me. Read more ›
The lens is exceptional for some of those rare shots. I was able to zoom in on the August 31 blue moon from my deck and get not only a clear detailed shot, but actual moon… Read more ›
I did not take any pictures of brick walls to check clarity of the image periphery (nor would I ever do that) but just having that zoom range in a single lens is really nice. Read more ›
The 10 % were discharged due to blurr or some…That is the learning and adapting process... I have another camera, a DSLR (Pentax k-r with kit lens)witch is very good. B… Read more ›
If you use the SCN setting you get clarity throughout the photo from foreground to the deepest reaches of the photo. Color is great. It makes very good HDR images... that… Read more ›
-can do good video. -color is good. -seems to have good dynamic range. Read more ›
In my view, both the clarity of the pictures (overall) and coloring are much improved. Read more ›
Pics are usually remarkably free of blur. Colors are good. IQ is good. Read more ›
The CMOS sensor is excellent at providing very low noise even at the highest ISO settings. Colors are excellent and the auto white balance seems to work well. One thing to… Read more ›
Video - Remember, it's a camrea first. However, the HD footage is pretty good, lags a little, but the color is great and the 1080p video is clear. Picks up a lot of… Read more ›
Battery is great! - ( Unless you use the flash for all pictures.) Read more ›
Video is great and can zoom in and out also while taking…Battery life is good and got one extra battery just in case and a 16 GB class 10 memory card and love this camera! Read more ›
The images come out clear and the burst shooting is a lot faster on this model as compared to the SX30. The battery life is pretty awesome too. I can go several hundred… Read more ›
But it will not replace a true…The proprietary battery is less convenient becuase it will require purchasing a spare to carry along to ensure no interruption in shooting. Read more ›
Nosie levels are excellent. Battery durability was good with over 450 shots taken, but I also turn the camera off between every shots. Read more ›
It takes amazing pictures and has a powerful zoom. The battery life is good. The only downside is that it doesn't come with a memory card, but that can be taken care of at… Read more ›
The Canon SX40 meets all my needs. The focus is quick and sharp, the focal length is great. The images are beautiful, and I have the flexibility to change the f-stop and… Read more ›
the burst and high speed modes are better on the panasonic, it's not even a close call, the zoom seems smoother, the video at least as good, the auto focus is faster on the… Read more ›
Everything works Great. Great low light pictures, the Auto Focus works Great. The Movies come out Awesome. Read more ›
When I came to buy it, I saw this one and didn't think twice, went with the SX40. Quality is MUCH better and the focus is really good. The only thing I wish this camera had… Read more ›
It looks 100% new! Beautiful pictures,videos,and great focusing!!!! Read more ›
Still I got some photos of a NASCAR race with the cars at full speed. The video was well exposed and focus decent throughout. There was more noise in the video than the… Read more ›
I like the size & the "grip" on the camera. The LCD is great! Large! Read more ›
The canon has longer zoom, but it's really only practical for stills on a tri…The variable angle display is useful and the fit and finish are first class as in all canons. Read more ›
A must have for outdoor sporting events. 8 shot burst is really cool, and 1080p movie recording with the flip out screen works awesome with a handle. Better indoor shots… Read more ›
The LCD display is pretty good, and is visible in bright light. Read more ›
It has to be said though that in video mode the stabilization at extreme zooms will cause strange wobbling (think…The fully articulating lcd screen is a huge plus as well. Read more ›
The quality of the photos are great. It's easy to hold and the vari-angle LCD works well for different photo situations. I am so pleased with this camera. Read more ›
The zoom on this camera is excellent. The size is perfect for those wanting more than just a small pocket camera. Photo colors are sharply detailed for what I want. Read more ›
The size is good, it cradles in the hand nicely and balances well, even at extreme zoom settings. The readout on the screen is easy to see and intuitive to use. Read more ›
liked it,but this is so much easier to use. zoom is fantastic for the size of camera. pictures are great. Read more ›
Until now I have preferred compact travel zooms because of the convenient size but my last one gave disappointing results, so after reading all the glowing reviews I… Read more ›
Excellent image stabilization. All in a compact, easy to carry size. Read more ›
Do…I was really debating between this one and EOS Rebel when shopping, but I think spending quite less and getting all great features in more compact size was a good choice. Read more ›

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

1,211 of 1,229 people found the following review helpful By Paradise Reviewer on October 9, 2011
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In this video there are two sailboats passing each other nearly a half a mile out off of Waikiki Beach. The zoom on this Canon SX40 is pretty amazing as you can see. I'm happy with the camera as it also takes nice photos also.
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653 of 682 people found the following review helpful By Ed H on October 20, 2011
Just got one today, and was having a real problem with macro, shots blurring ect. My old Canon S3 was out performing the SX40 in macro. So I took it back to Best Buy, and found a real camera buff working there, and he told me I bought the wrong 8 GB SDHC card a class 4 (4 mb per second transfer rate) which caused the camera to blur, so I purchased a class 10 (20 mb per second) for $10 bucks more, now I love my camera!!!
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288 of 305 people found the following review helpful By Adam Petrone on September 27, 2011
I've only had the SX40HS for 1 day , but in comparing the photo's from the SX30is I own to the SX40hs the quality of the photo's are much sharper with true to life colors, the biggest improvement I see is in low light. The low light photo's are sharp and bright but with that natural lighting look.I purchased the SX30IS last fall and was generally happy with it. When I heard that the SX40HS was to have the new Digic 5 processor I jumped at it. I love the fact that it's an all in 1 camera, HD Video, zoom and wide angle photo's. The SX40HS has the new Canon DIGIC 5 Image Processor and a high-sensitivity 12.1 Megapixel CMOS sensor dropped down from 14 Megapixel in the SX30IS. This advanced Canon technology delivers stunning image quality with reduced noise and blur and for the first time in the super zoom it brings high-speed burst shooting and 1080p video to the party, even though the video looks super it's only at 24fps, why not 30 fps is beyond me. As I play more I'll add to this post. My SX30IS is up on E-Bay as I type this.
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147 of 153 people found the following review helpful By D. Couse VINE VOICE on October 7, 2011
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This camera is simply amazing. I've been looking to upgrade from our original point and shoot to something a little more robust. You know, those dang slim models just didn't seem to have the oomph to produce high quality indoor pictures from any distance other than about 10 feet.

Enter the Canon Powershot SX40 HS. This is your all in one camera. No where will you find a camera short of a full on DSLR that can go 35x optical. I've seen 24, but not 35x. How sweet is being able to zoom in at 35x? Watch my video to see. Did you hear the lens zooming in during the video? Nope. It is whisper quiet.

The battery took just over 1.5 hours to charge and we were off to a Homecoming football game on rather cool, crisp night (45-50 degrees). I was worried, because my other point shoot really seemed to be bothered by the cold weather and would not zoom well and started to lose battery life. The Canon performed beautifully after nearly 100 shots and upwards of 10 minutes of video. I came back home, downloaded the pictures and the camera is still reported 100% battery level.

There are many, many options that I can't even begin to discuss, much less have tried yet. All I can tell you is if you want an upgrade and don't want to go full on DSLR for $600 basic model upwards to $2000, you should not hesitate to purchase this camera.
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318 of 341 people found the following review helpful By A. Rose on December 17, 2011
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I bought this camera a month ago and I've passed the 2000 picture mark, so I guess I'll jump in and provide a review. I upgraded from the Canon PowerShot SX10 IS to this one and I've been thrilled with some of the new features and less than thrilled with others.

The quick verdict:
This is a great camera for anyone who wants lots of features and versatility but doesn't want to use manual settings and doesn't travel a lot.
Pros: great zoom range, nice picture and video quality, improved low light performance
Cons: ISO locked to 100 with >1 second exposures, proprietary Li-ion battery

The camera is a bit bulky, as you would expect from a camera with a 35x zoom lens, but I quickly got the hang of handling it. I tend to accidentally hit the zoom framing assist button when shooting. It seems to be right where my thumb wants to be when holding the camera, especially when switching between landscape and portrait orientation. I had similar issues with the SX10. I'm not sure I like the memory card being slotted in with the battery on the bottom of the camera. Access to the battery/card slot is blocked when attaching the camera to a tripod quick release plate.

Zoom capabilities:
The zoom range is a nice feature. The size of the full moon is about 1/5th along the long side of the image at full optical zoom and close to 850 pixels across. On a clear night, you can get some nice detail. Clipping the Raynox DCR-250 macro conversion lens on at full zoom and using a light box for trans-illumination, I was also able to take pictures of microscope slides at 125x total magnification on a 150 dpi test print. They look better than the images I took with a scope and CCD camera at the lab. Very nice!
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93 of 96 people found the following review helpful By CrazyMom on October 15, 2011
I bought this camera a few weeks ago, it is an early Christmas present from my husband!! After I read up on the reviews by professionals (which I find sometimes biased) I tried to find some USER reviews which are the reviews I always base my decision buying on, but could only find 2 on amazon. I decided to buy it because I knew I could always return it. Well, let's just say I have not been able to put it down! I currently own a Canon Rebel which is 6 years old and have never been totally happy with it, especially sport shots which are very tricky especially indoors and low light. This camera far exceeds any camera I have ever owned and I have owned Sony, Olympus & Canon. BUY IT! You will not regret it. I see the price has dropped since I purchased it 2 weeks ago as I paid $429.99 but even at that price it is worth every penny. Sports shots have come out fantastic and I even took a picture of the moon with the 35x optical zoom withOUT a tripod, it came out magnificent!!!! Super clear ! The video is nice too and I love being able to video and then take a picture while videoing! Landscape shots are fantastic just play with all the modes to see which works best for you and oh let me tell you about the VIVID color! Yes it makes all your pictures have just a little bit extra color and what a difference it makes!!! I could go on and on but take my advice, BUY IT you won't regret it!!!
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