xoio: Getting a bit tired of this .. more zoom! more zoom! FAD. Then dumbing down other fundamental features... if what 'motiv500' says is true ... "no raw," & only 200K screens & EVFs ... thats rubbish!
The Pro1, a 7 year old camera, had a screen and EVF that were 235K, it HAD RAW, & even had the extra quick info top LCD (something you only get on mid range SLRs now)Seems that the user interfaces are becoming more & more retarded, as is image quality, in favour of faddy rubbish like GPS & 'baby mode'. - I suppose at least it still has an EVF. Something else that seems to be getting left off cameras these days.. In favour on waving them about in front of your face like an iphone! :-/
I agree on the lack of RAW. But if you care that much about having RAW then you should be buying a DSLR. And I think this is Canon's strategy as well.
Mark 100: What is the actuation lifespan of this camera?
If anyone knows, please post this somewhere under a simple findable heading, e.g. "Actuation Benchmark SX40".I'm referring to the sensor corrupting, and they do corrupt and the repair cost might outweigh the second-hand market value.
I'm still smarting from my Canon SX-10, for which I bought the lensmate attachment, the filter adaptor, extra lenses to fit onto the filter adaptor, multiple sets of batteries, dedicated camera bag and other extras, all worthless when the sensor corrupted after the 1 year warranty expired.
I have bought, owned and shot to hell and back an SX1, SX10, and SX30, alongside my 7D (with "L" lenses) on pro and personal shooting trips without incident. In the beginning I just used the SX cameras for "test" shots and location coverage, but with the SX20 (under good daylight) the shots are hard to discern from DSLR shots in regular enlargement. I have taken thousands of shots with the SX20 without issue. I have friends and relatives who have taken my recommendation on this camera and are very pleased over the past two years of all kinds of shooting. I will buy an SX40 now that the sensor is CMOS. I've found NO issue with Canon CMOS sensors at all in longevity.
williams359: not sure why anyone into photography as a hobby would choose this over a basic SLR. no raw no hot shoe small sensor slower at focusing fixed lens but sam price.
Actually, I don't choose this over a DSLR, but rather buy it in ADDITION to a DSLR for very long shots and different perspectives. The SX40 sometimes provides "walk around" shots that are different from what I can get with my 7D and "L" lenses without all the switch-glass effort and the umpteen pounds of glass in my backpack when I am shooting for me instead of the client. shots from SX cameras have appeared in magazine alongside my DSLR shots and the reader cannot tell. "Every sniper needs to carry a handgun" is something I learned in 'Nam, and it's true.
Anybody who needs GPS data for all pictures should just cut back on the drug prescriptions so they can recall where the heck they were when they pressed the shutter. I mean, really, go buy a point-and-shoot camera with GPS instead; the rest of us know where we were and what we shot. I may make an exception for National Geographic photogs (who wouldn't be buying this camera anyway for other reasons), but otherwise GPS is a crutch for amateurs and has nothing to do with core imagery and creative photography. If it is your discerning feature between two cameras, then you are not a photographer, you're a map freak.
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