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Canon launches PowerShot SX40 HS 35x CMOS superzoom

By dpreview staff on Sep 15, 2011 at 12:01 GMT

Canon has launched the PowerShot SX40 HS - a 12MP CMOS-based superzoom with 35x zoom. The SX40 steps into the place of the SX30 and offers a 24-840mm equivalent zoom range. It can shoot at up to 10.3 frames per second for 8 shots and can capture 1080p24 HD video. An 'Intelligent IS' system attempts to assess the shooting conditions and use the most appropriate stabilization mode, to make the camera's huge lens range usable.

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35x ultra-zoom and enhanced low-light performance – Canon introduces the PowerShot SX40 HS

London, UK, 15th September 2011 – Canon today unveils the latest addition to its range of powerful, ultra-zoom compact cameras. Combining an incredible 35x ultrawide- angle zoom lens, full manual control and Full HD movie capture, the PowerShot SX40 HS is ideal for photographers who want the flexibility and control of a DSLR and the versatility of a huge focal range packed into a compact body. Providing outstanding image quality, the PowerShot SX40 HS is among the first PowerShot models to feature Canon's new DIGIC 5 image processor which boosts the performance of the HS System and offers advanced shooting options as well as supporting Full HD (1080p) movie capture. The amazing zoom range allows any subject to be captured with ease, from high-speed action at the racetrack to distant wildlife on the African plains and abstract close-ups. New Intelligent IS technology also ensures still images are crisp, and video footage is smooth and clear.

Ultra-powerful, ultra-zoom

The PowerShot SX40 HS is incredibly versatile, capturing subjects near and far with amazing precision thanks to one of the most powerful zooms on the market, which draws on the same optical expertise behind Canon's industry-leading professional lenses. The versatile 35x zoom, with Ultrasonic and Voice Coil Motors to ensure fast, silent zooming and focusing, extends from a 24mm ultra-wide-angle to a maximum telephoto range of 840mm, enabling users to capture wide-angle shots of stunning landscapes as well as portraits and distant action. The 4.5-stop optical Image Stabilizer has also been enhanced with new Intelligent IS technology that detects the shooting situation and automatically applies the most appropriate image stabilisation settings from seven possible modes1. For example, Panning IS is enabled when following the action of a racetrack, ensuring the IS system stabilises in only one direction, while Macro IS with Hybrid IS technology is perfect for shooting clear close-ups. Powered IS uses Canon camcorder technology to make it easy to film distant subjects with the long zoom, and Tripod mode switches off the Image Stabilizer when the camera is on a stable surface or attached to a tripod.

Raising the bar for image quality

The PowerShot SX40 HS is the latest model to feature the HS System, combining a high-sensitivity back-illuminated 12.1 Megapixel CMOS sensor with Canon's new breed of image processor to capture beautiful, low noise images in all conditions. The new DIGIC 5 image processor offers even more advanced noise reduction technology, giving up to 75% less noise2 at all ISO levels and producing more natural, blur-free results without needing to use a tripod or the flash. New Multi-area White Balance can make images look more natural by detecting situations where there are two different light sources and then applying area-specific white balance correction. For example, when shooting a casual portrait with flash inside a room lit with tungsten lighting, the camera will apply tungsten white balance on the background and flash white balance on the face, ensuring both the subject and the background keep their natural colours.

High speed, high drama

The new DIGIC 5 processor takes the high-speed shooting capabilities of the 12.1MP CMOS sensor to a new level, enabling photographers to capture every moment in stunning detail and quality. Photographers shooting fast-paced action can choose between shooting full resolution photos continuously to card capacity at 2.4 shots/sec., or with the new High-speed Burst HQ mode, a high-speed sequence of up to 8 full resolution shots can be captured at 10.3 shots/sec. Alternatively, experiment with Super Slow Motion Movie – shooting VGA resolution video at 120fps (or QVGA resolution at 240fps) and playing it back at a fraction of the real speed3 - to add dramatic flair or analyse a goal or golf swing. For even greater support when shooting after dark without a tripod, Handheld Night Scene captures a high-speed sequence of shots, combining the image data to produce one well-exposed shot with minimal blur.

Full HD movies – shoot and share with ease

The dedicated movie button allows photographers to become videographers instantly, switching from high quality stills to Full HD (1080p) video at 24fps with stereo sound for fantastic home movies. The USM and VCM on the huge telephoto lens enable the PowerShot SX40 HS to zoom and focus quickly and silently, allowing photographers to make use of the full focal range whilst filming. Sharing and editing your home movies also couldn't be easier. The PowerShot SX40 HS supports the Apple iFrame Movie format, allowing video clips to be imported and immediately edited in common software programs, simplifying and accelerating the post-production process. Frame and view your footage on the 6.8 cm (2.7") vari-angle PureColor II VA LCD screen, alternatively, share your footage and photos on the big screen, straight from the camera's HDMI port. You can also use the remote control of an HDMI-CEC compatible HDTV to browse the camera from the comfort of your sofa – perfect for sharing holiday snaps or home movies with friends and family.

Manual control and creative support

For more advanced users, the PowerShot SX40 HS offers the complete flexibility of full manual control. On-screen Hints & Tips can also be engaged to guide beginners through the different camera settings, helping to develop their photographic skills with every new shot. Smart Auto has also been enhanced, detecting up to 32 different scenes4 and automatically adjusting the camera settings to capture the best possible image. Tracking AF allows the photographer to select an object and track it as it moves around the frame, ensuring off-centre compositions are perfectly in focus at the moment the photo is taken. To add creative flair to every shot, the PowerShot SX40 HS also features a range of Creative Filters including Fish-eye Effect, Super Vivid, Poster Effect and Miniature Effect which also extends to movies. Toy Camera Effect recreates the nostalgic effects of a pinhole camera and Monochrome produces shots in black and white, sepia and blue tones. Further extending its creative possibilities, the PowerShot SX40 HS can be used with Canon Speedlite EX flash units as well as a lens filter adapter and other accessories. This provides Canon compact camera users with many of the benefits of the EOS DSLR System, combined with the unsurpassed versatility of this model's incredible zoom range.

Join the CANON iMAGE GATEWAY community

Owners of the PowerShot SX40 HS can also join the CANON iMAGE GATEWAY, an online facility for sharing photos and video. The CANON iMAGE GATEWAY Online Photo Album provides up to 2GB of personal storage capacity - enough room for hundreds of high-quality images.

PowerShot SX40 HS – key features :

  • 35x ultra wide-angle zoom with USM
  • Image Stabilizer (4.5-stop). Intelligent IS
  • HS System (12.1 MP) with DIGIC 5
  • Full HD, HDMI
  • 6.8 cm (2.7") vari-angle LCD, EVF
  • Smart Auto, Multi-area WB
  • High-speed Burst HQ
  • Manual modes
  • Zoom Framing Assist
  • Range of accessories

1 Normal IS, Dynamic IS, Powered IS, Panning IS, Macro IS, Tripod mode, Dynamic Macro IS
2 Compared to the previous Canon DIGIC 4 processor
3 QVGA movies (320x240) play back at 1/8 of real speed, VGA movies (640x480) play back at 1/4 of real
speed
4 21 scenes detected in Movie mode

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Comments

Total comments: 158
lonfrankphoto
By lonfrankphoto (Aug 22, 2012)

just got the sx40hs 8/19 from best buy for $345. b&h nyc is still the best but this was close to house & fast to hands. plus i think a no ??? 30day full refund/maybe???!!! i better check to be sure!!
reason: replace wife's useless 3-4yrs P&S nikon. have a 35lb 60d system that's the best BUT maybe not on sw air to nyc next month for tennis open. this looks like the answer BUT where's the manual/owner's guide???!!! couldn't get flash to pop-up & how to switch from live view to slr viewfinder. figured it had to be the camera BUT called secret canon assist #8008284040 (don't let anybody else know this #)!!! gal was great & in nj, usa!! told them canon was best but forget 'bout saving trees which are renewable. just ask & they send FREE full owners guide like 300pages. goodluck, lfp

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Pittinix
By Pittinix (Jul 28, 2012)

It seem like you people do more talking than photography. A camera is not the human brain. So why expect everything out of it? And does it really matter whether you have the best camera or not? Even the most advanced cameras depend on how you operate them. Thank you.

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Alan O
By Alan O (Nov 29, 2012)

Precisely. It is 99% photographer and 1% equipment! Years ago I saw this TV program where Pro photographers competed taking shots of swim suit models, and the winner was not the guys with $50K in equipment but the pro that used a disposable.

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Lost Aussie
By Lost Aussie (3 months ago)

But they were using something unknown to newer photographers .... FILM

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camera digital store
By camera digital store (Apr 30, 2012)

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SLOphoto1
By SLOphoto1 (Nov 28, 2011)

I just posted a video I made on You Tube about the problems the SX40 has in making nighttime time-lapse photos virtually impossible.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ncILazaR18g&hd=1

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Radbul
By Radbul (Dec 30, 2011)

Solved with CHDK alpha version and scripts give you full control of ISO and extends shutter speeds http://chdk.wikia.com/wiki/SX40 . Soon there will be full version. CHDK does not violate warranty (as it is seperate soft run from card not from Canon SX40 internal memory ergo can not brick camera) Also CHDK enables RAW and much more fantastic options (e.g. Professional control - RAW files, bracketing, full manual control over exposure, zebra mode, live histogram, grids, etc. Motion detection - Trigger exposure in response to motion, fast enough to catch lightning. USB_Remote - Simple DIY remote allows you to control your camera remotely. Scripting - Control CHDK and camera features using ubasic and Lua scripts. Enables time lapse, motion detection, advanced bracketing, and much more. )

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SLOphoto1
By SLOphoto1 (Jan 2, 2012)

When you say, “CHDK does not violate warranty,” you are actually offering a legal opinion. Are you qualified to do that?

Canon’s official policy is that if you use ANY non-approved software in any of their cameras it DOES void the warranty. It is irresponsible to post information which ignores that fact.

However safe you may personally feel CHDK to be, you still use CHDK at your own risk. Canon’s legal department says that it DOES void the warranty to use it in one of their cameras. If something does go wrong, then legally you are on your own to fix it at your own expense.

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AlanJones
By AlanJones (Apr 15, 2012)

If I listened to certain people on these forums then i would never buy a camera because every camera has its flaws. Point and shoot cameras don't have full frame sensors or the full frame Canon is not as good as the Nikon....yada yada yada.

How can anyone in their right mind think a statement from me constitutes a legal opinion unless I represent myself as a lawyer.

I believe that it is fair to say that CHDK unlocks features that would not normally be accessible to a camera's user. Be sure to read the CHDK documentation thoroughly as it even explains which features that have a potential for permanently damaging hardware. Also, it comes with a disclaimer that you are ultimately responsible for deciding to use the software on your camera therefore you are using at your own risk.

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BelDDB
By BelDDB (Oct 21, 2011)

I am waiting for this with raw file. but ...

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SLOphoto1
By SLOphoto1 (Oct 19, 2011)

The Manual setting does NOT "offer[s] the complete flexibility of full manual control" for the SX40. There is now a governor on it. Try to set the ISO at 400 for a night shot, and then spin the dial towards a 15 second shutter speed. It stops it at 1 second and drops the ISO to 100. Then a message appears on the LCD which says, "ISO speed is limited due to slow shutter speed." I verified it with Canon today. Canon also verified that all previous Canon cameras DID allow full Manual control in setting both the ISO and shutter speed, but no more. This has halted a large portion of the sunset and night photography I have been doing of the Monterey Bay Harbor for the past 2 years. It is condescending and insulting to long-term Canon users to presume to say to us, "We think you don't know what you are doing, and we are no longer going to let you use those traditional manual settings anymore." Obviously if we use a Manual setting it is precisely because we DO KNOW what we are doing!

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bcrain2
By bcrain2 (Oct 19, 2011)

I headed up to the mountains last night excited to try out my new SX40HS and get some clear shots of the Milky Way. Having been a loyal user of the Canon SX series, i have captured starry skies with my SX20is and my SX30is, usually setting the camera to an ISO of 400 and shutter speed at 15sec. Any ISO higher than 400 on these cameras would result in some bad noise in the picture due to their CCD sensors. So, i was looking forward to ramping up the ISO on my new SX40HS to 1600 or more to try and capture more than just stars and needless to say i was quite surprised and upset when i got to the top of the mountain and received the message "ISO speed is limited due to slow shutter speed!!" I took a few pictures for the hell of it, but with a limitation like that, my SX30 or even the SX20 before it would have taken better star pics! what gives Canon? I am already looking forward to a CHDK firmware update to get around this!

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Stan Wong Photography
By Stan Wong Photography (Nov 8, 2011)

Currently, this is the primary issue keeping me from purchasing the SX40.
What's the point installing a lower noise sensor if the manufacturer's firmware doesn't let you take advantage of higher ISO during longer exposures?
Personally, I most likely wouldn't be using it to photograph astro objects but I do enjoy photographing late evening skyline, around ISO 400, 2 - 8 sec exposures.

Comment edited 34 seconds after posting
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AStew98946
By AStew98946 (Nov 29, 2012)

bcrain2,

Were you ever able to try your Milky Way shot using the CHDK? If so, were you successful? Please give some details on your settings.

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NoNerd
By NoNerd (Oct 9, 2011)

l have a SX20 and after 3 years it feels like it is getting worn out so l was waiting to buy the SX40 as a replacement, which l will not as just like the SX30 it runs on a IONLithium battery and not AA's. For me a bridge is a travel camera. This year l have spent 2 weeks in the Sahara and 2 x 2 weeks in the Himilayas in both cases there were no possiblities to charge batteries, which didnt bother me as with the XS20 l use lithium AA's that allow abt 1500 shots. l have now bought a Fuji HS20 (uses AA's!), but l don't like it's handling. Could Canon PLEASE make the XS50 for AA's. One last remark for those who want RAW on a bridge. My HS20 has it and uses abt 15 seconds to calulate a RAW shot, so no travel camera. It can only do this because of the manual zoom elec.consumption is low, but for a traveller it's a useless camera as you can't make fast situation shots of people and movements.

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Jim5k
By Jim5k (Oct 15, 2011)

I agree - please, please, please make these cameras run on AAs. Sometimes I don't see an outlet for days on vacation.

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SLOphoto1
By SLOphoto1 (Oct 19, 2011)

I totally agree with the AAs. I made a trip to northern Alaska last month, and HAD to rely on an AA battery camera. I used the Canon SX 130 for that very reason - because it still runs on AAs. Some nights I could recharge them, some nights I could not. I ran out of extra recharged AAs at one point, but was able to buy 2 four-packs of AAs at a truck stop just north of the Arctic Circle and keep on shooting. Try that with ANY other battery! Canon, PLEASE bring back the SX50 in an AA battery format! There are those of us who go out into the wild to photograph, and we need a good camera with a AA battery power source that we can rely on because it is universally available to us in an emergency if we cannot get our own batteries recharged for a few days! And the AAs also cost a lot less than proprietary lithium batteries, and they can be transferred to the next camera or to a million other devices whenever we make an upgrade. Please listen to us!

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graphguy
By graphguy (Oct 29, 2011)

What is it with people wanting AA's? They are inefficient, non-green and a lot of extra to carry. BUY a second or third rechargeable and get out of the 1980's.

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SLOphoto1
By SLOphoto1 (Nov 1, 2011)

Buy a "second" or "third" rechargeable battery for 2 weeks of photo shooting in the Sahara or in the Himalayas, or for 10 days shooting in Alaska north of the Arctic Circle like we just said in our posts above? Buy these extra batteries for each of the 3 or 4 cameras we are carrying with us? And if there is no place to plug in those 3 or 4 battery chargers? Shooting an average of about 1000 photos per day, that should last maybe 2 days at most. Some of the cameras will end up being used more than others so their spare batteries will start to run out first. Using your system the remaining charged batteries will not be interchangeable in the other cameras, and since they would not be AAs, and you wouldn’t even be able to buy or trade with the locals to get some standard replacement batteries for them to keep on shooting.

How would you suggest we handle that situation, based of course on your own similar travel experience in photography?

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martyca
By martyca (Jan 13, 2012)

Manufacturers need to be dragged back to the 1980s when batteries were a standard size. We need to force them to adopt a standard size battery that will fit any camera. Okay there is some limitation here with thin point and shoot cameras requiring a thin battery. But there shouldn't be a reason why this battery shouldn't fit a similar camera of a different make. If lithium ion become a standard size that fit a broad range of products then there is chance of getting one in a remote place. To give an example we have a Nokia 3115 whose battery died recently. I managed to source a Chinese branded one but even this was being phased out. Just imagine 8 years down the road needing get a battery for your camera that still works, only to be foiled by the manufacturer changing the shape of the battery slightly so it doesn't fit your 8 year old camera anymore!

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Sarwa Gunawan
By Sarwa Gunawan (Apr 2, 2012)

There are Chinese charger for Li-on Battery (for all mobile phones) which is generated by one AAA battery and if the AAA battery run out, just replace the AAA battery. It was very useful when the light off and we need to charge our Li-on Battery. The price is about $2 to $3 each. Hope it will solve your problem.

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jcburke
By jcburke (Oct 4, 2011)

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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joe26
By joe26 (Oct 13, 2011)

Anyone who writes an arrogant comment like you needs to cut back on his drug usage. Lots of people, including myself, take too many photos a day to remember the exact location of each shot. It's a useful addition to good photos if the place is identifyable for later usage.

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arc97
By arc97 (Oct 19, 2011)

Agreed with the reply above. While shooting around your town or city, you may immediately recognize the location of every picture you took.

But if you travel internationally, especially countries that do not speak your language where place names will last only in short term memory, you will have a tough time remembering where you pressed the shutter.

It's a very useful and practical feature for many people, and nobody's forcing you to use it, so just relax.

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SLOphoto1
By SLOphoto1 (Nov 8, 2011)

The original comment was utterly contemptuous arrogant ignorance in the extreme. I've used my GPS to track my position along rural roads to see exactly which turn of the road I was on when I took each photo.

The person who posted the original comment is an impostor, not a real photographer in any genuine sense of the word. No one with any real world professional experience in travel photography would ever have posted such an utterly ridiculous comment as that.

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Macist
By Macist (Dec 15, 2011)

I guess jcburke never leaves his/her little town, so no need for a GPS.

But there is whole world out there and some of us travel, and to places other than the Eiffel Tower or the Statue of Liberty. If you meander across borders, it's hard to be certain where a shot was taken sometimes.

So GPS on a travel camera is a must nowadays.

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wuzzittoya
By wuzzittoya (Jan 5, 2012)

Perhaps it was made by a luddite like myself who doesn't understand the reason for GPS OR for articulated screens (it just looks like something to break and replace later, kind of like power windows).

I can admit I don't know exactly WHERE many of my pictures were taken. I can usually tell you the county and state (I no longer travel internationally), but that's as good as I can get.

I don't care for some reason about exactly where within a city block - it's more of a "somewhere around there" to me. I'm more interested in the composition of the image, the light, etc.

What I have discovered is that behind the camera I am not "experiencing" what I'm filming - I get to experience it later (which is a serious disconnect regarding my son's football games). Kind of frustrating.

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rocketboy1950
By rocketboy1950 (Jan 13, 2012)

Pre GPS I took shots in many countries and at best had a vague idea where they were shot some years later. When I started posting shots to Panoramio and attempted to map them with Google I spent hours trying to be precise by using Google Maps and streetview. GPS would have saved me considerable time.

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Bart B Van Bockstaele
By Bart B Van Bockstaele (Jul 30, 2012)

That is a very short-sighted remark. It's not just about "remembering" (in that case, why bother with photography at all?), it's also about saving time and effort. For my field work, I need the as-exact-as-possible co-ordinates of every picture I take. The amount of time and effort and risk for mistakes saved with a built-in GPS would not be trivial.

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lonfrankphoto
By lonfrankphoto (Aug 22, 2012)

hey gps can kill yo'!!! like snow up in the andes & yo' take the shortest route into 25' of the stuff. they'l find you like maybe never!!! lfp ps aa/aaas, etc will never get it but 1size lit for all should work.

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jwilkinson
By jwilkinson (Sep 29, 2011)

Pity that there is no GPS or a panorama mode.

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mertmag
By mertmag (Sep 26, 2011)

I keep seeing the canned reviews that are just the retoric from the manufacturer. It is so absurd that a camera is reviewed as good or excellent and then in the CON's it states it has soft images. If the camera produces soft images how is it good? I thought the camera was to capture images not see how much BS you can pack into a tiny box. I would like to see actual photos taken with the various cameras at different ISO's. It seem like all you get are reviews of the DSLR's. Why not reviews of all those superzooms that people are buying? Before buying it would be nice to to see shots from the Canon SX40HS, Panasonic DMC-FZ150, Sony HX100V and the Fujifilm HS20. Then perhaps one could make a decision based on photos not hype.

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RafaPolit
By RafaPolit (Sep 28, 2011)

This is NOT a review! This is news of the release of the camera with Canon's own description/propaganda. You need to wait for a 'hands on' review here where the Dpreview team will offer detailed information about quality, build, features, etc.

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Sunflower6
By Sunflower6 (Sep 29, 2011)

But will they review it? They skipped the SX30.

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Sunflower6
By Sunflower6 (Sep 29, 2011)

But will they review it? They skipped the SX30.

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NVRMOR2PARADISE
By NVRMOR2PARADISE (Sep 25, 2011)

Personaly, I think this is the perfect camera for me. After checking out the FX150 specs, it appears that it is the better camera, but at what cost? I don't care to learn a new completely new camera (read: different brand) and at times, I may only have a few seconds to capture that perfect shot that might be lost because of old habits. Not only that, I don't care to replace my speedlite flash. This should be a huge step up from my current SX10 IS. I'm a huge NASCAR fan and love to travel so that 35X will come in very handy. Not only that, I'm about sick of that 640x480 video. And 10fps full res burst... OH YEAH!

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Macist
By Macist (Sep 23, 2011)

Without GPS, this does not even merit a second look.

Super-zooms are cameras for travel. Nowadays, virtually every photo software and storage site incorporates GPS functionality, so that the user can find out exactly where the photo was taken.

So, without GPS, this super-zoom fails as a travel camera.

Too bad.

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Sunflower6
By Sunflower6 (Sep 24, 2011)

If I was there, operating the camera, I probably already know exactly where the photo was taken.

And so does my smartphone. I'd rather not pay for redundant features.

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Macist
By Macist (Sep 25, 2011)

Well, you either have an amazing memory, or you don't travel much.

Even a two-week long trip can take you through enough similar locations, to make you wonder if this was in city A or City B, village A or village B, or even what country it was.

Then try remembering all this 5 years (and 15 or 20 trips) later.

Again, the main reason I see for getting a super-zoom is to use as a travel camera, where it is often the best compromise between convenience, features and size.

And what does your smartphone has to do with wondering where that rice field photo you are looking at 5 years from now was taken?

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Sunflower6
By Sunflower6 (Sep 29, 2011)

A barely-passable system of organization will tell you where the photo was taken, and when. For eternity.

If your cam doesn't have GPS, but your phone does, you can record locations using the phone or the phone and cam in combination.

All it takes is a little planning and a little effort.

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Macist
By Macist (Sep 30, 2011)

No offense, based on your responses, I would guess that (1) you have never used a camera with a good GPS when traveling, and (2) that you do not travel much.

For me GPS has been a revelation: I do several trips a year, virtually all to multiple locations. Before GPS, I'd come back with a couple of thousand photos and sometimes it would be a while before I get the time to edit them. Many are shots taken while driving or hiking, so the locale is unfamiliar to me. Often I'd be trying to guess where a shot was taken (small islands are the worst :) Even if I remember where a shot was taken, often I remember the name of the location (or never knew the name).

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Macist
By Macist (Sep 30, 2011)

cont.

GPS has changed all this. Now I can plot my shots on Google Earth, or on any of the other map services offered by virtually all of the major photo sites.

For instance, I went through Micronesia over Christmas. Canoeing around small islands the names of which I never knew, I took a ton of shots of locations that I would never know how to find on a map. Same for meandering around islands and going through villages the names of which were then unknown to me.

With the photos tagged with GPS coordinates, I can zoom in on the exact location in Google Earth, and actually find out where I've been :)

As to the phone thing, it is absurd to think that I would try to tag 2000 with it, and then enter the coordinates manually into LightRoom.

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ghall24
By ghall24 (Oct 16, 2011)

HI
All my folders saved have a location listed, even at same GPS location. Works great for me.

Gus

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williams359
By williams359 (Sep 22, 2011)

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.

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Bashar Yassin
By Bashar Yassin (Sep 22, 2011)

Hello,
Well it has a hot shoe ;D . but it's hidden with the cover on the top just like the previous model .

Best Regards

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daza
By daza (Sep 22, 2011)

maybe, because if you want more than 700mm in a basic SLR you will have to invert more than twice the cost of the basic SLR, and even with than, you will have to carry a bag of lenses wherever you go.

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BuckeyeBilly
By BuckeyeBilly (Sep 22, 2011)

To Williams359, this SX40 is designed for use by everyday, ordinary people and the camera happens to have some outstanding features on it to make those everyday people feel as if they're shooting like a pro. Of course, you can get better results from a DSLR! If you're someone who is complaining about "no raw" then you shouldn't even be making any comments about this camera. It's not in the same league with a DSLR so don't try to make it that way. Geez!

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jcburke
By jcburke (Oct 4, 2011)

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.

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Mark 100
By Mark 100 (Sep 20, 2011)

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.

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BuckeyeBilly
By BuckeyeBilly (Sep 22, 2011)

Sorry about your luck. I, too have the SX 10 and it is still going strong after more than two years. I've also purchased many of the same accessories as you and am really quite pleased with it. That's what makes me salivate even more for the SX 40!

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jcburke
By jcburke (Oct 4, 2011)

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.

2 upvotes
CrashCargo
By CrashCargo (Oct 5, 2011)

I've had my SX 10 for 3 years. One warranty repair (free), and no other problems. My wife liked it so much she bought the SX20.

1 upvote
zoozig
By zoozig (Sep 20, 2011)

It is less than a year ago that Canon has released the SX30! The lens is the same. The big zoom is questionable, I still say as I have said in my user review that the pictures look more like a digital zoom than an optical zoom. Also reading the owner reviews it seems there are two groups of users, lovers and haters, the first celebrating the picture quality and the later stating that pictures are washed out with detail missing. Maybe Canon has a production line problem and 50% of their lenses are faulty? The lenses in the superzooms are such a compromise one should wonder if it is worth it to have such a stretch in a lens.
The auto setting is a nightmare in the SX30, doing basically what ever it wants and now they automated the SX40 even further?!
Any how untill it gets professinoally tested and compared to other super zooms here at dp I will not even consider looking at it.

2 upvotes
Beefy_SAFC
By Beefy_SAFC (Sep 19, 2011)

My one complaint about the SX30 (the big zoom beig the appeal - no extra telephoto lens) is it's a slow camera. The SX40 looks alot faster. I would like the focus hunting at the long end of the zoom range fixed too.

If it doesn't meet the bill, I my bail out and go back to the Panasonic FZ150.

1 upvote
Beefy_SAFC
By Beefy_SAFC (Sep 19, 2011)

I've just noticed the UK price at £450 from Jessops. Ouch!!!

1 upvote
BuckeyeBilly
By BuckeyeBilly (Sep 22, 2011)

I personally know of 2 professional photographers who use superzooms in addition to their pro equipment. Why? For the very reason ZOOZIG, above, is complaining about! Depending on the situation and the client, the long range is adequate for many shots and saves them from having to purchase really expensive zooms.

2 upvotes
Desifinado
By Desifinado (Sep 18, 2011)

I've been a fan of this camera line since the S3is. This one might be the all-purpose grab-and-go buddy I've been waiting for.

I shoot commercials at 60i, but like shooting personal video at 24p, for its movie look (which is why I balked at the SX30).

If the stills are decent, and when the price comes down, I'm on it.

1 upvote
pratul biswas
By pratul biswas (Sep 18, 2011)

why not hot shoe?

1 upvote
yehudakgtbnet
By yehudakgtbnet (Sep 17, 2011)

No hot shoe ...

1 upvote
Sunflower6
By Sunflower6 (Sep 18, 2011)

The hot shoe has a rubber/plastic cover. Please reread the third paragraph under Manual control and creative support.

1 upvote
Le Kilt
By Le Kilt (Sep 18, 2011)

Have you seen the hot-shoe? It could be wireless control of Speedlites (which would be pretty good anyway).

1 upvote
Le Kilt
By Le Kilt (Sep 18, 2011)

Confirmed, hot-shoe and wireless flash control, great!
Nice to see focus bracketing.
No external mic connector :-/
Nice video speeds to play with.
Lots of features to have fun with here, if lens and IQ are good, it'll be a winner.

3 upvotes
BuckeyeBilly
By BuckeyeBilly (Sep 22, 2011)

Yes, there is a hotshoe. Please go to Canon's website and find the info for the SX 40. Once there, click on "Brochures and Manuals" and you'll be able to find just about anything you want to know on the SX 40.

2 upvotes
tocar
By tocar (Sep 17, 2011)

I'll stick with my SX1IS. The ultra zoom is nice but other features it lacks. They might figure out thru firmware updates to add RAW in the future.

1 upvote
aghatole
By aghatole (Sep 16, 2011)

Any one compared it Nikon P500?

1 upvote
JerseyJohn
By JerseyJohn (Sep 18, 2011)

Nikon P500 IS is no match for the SX40 Canon... or the old SX30 . Tried it. NO MATCH.

2 upvotes
longtalker
By longtalker (Sep 20, 2011)

Do you mean the SX40 was better than those two other cameras, or worse?

0 upvotes
xoio
By xoio (Sep 16, 2011)

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! :-/

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Le Kilt
By Le Kilt (Sep 16, 2011)

Yes, the bridges and G series went downhill after the Pro1.
The G series have been slowly climbing back up and will get there if they put a good fast lens on them.
At least the bridge lenses have got wider (24mm). The 840mm must be fun if it handles well, here's hoping the stabiliser works well !!!

1 upvote
Le Kilt
By Le Kilt (Sep 16, 2011)

Wonder if we could put the Pro1's 1.5x TC on it with an adapter? That would give us a 1260mm f5.7 lens, awsome !!!

1 upvote
grahamdyke
By grahamdyke (Sep 18, 2011)

I agree totally, I had a Canon Pro1 all those years ago and it was a very good camera for it's time. Many of the images on the first page my web site were taken with it

http:/www.grahamdykephotography.co.uk/photography

Also don't forget it even had an Canon "L" series lens, serious stuff. We seem to Have seriously lost the plot with bridge cameras...

1 upvote
Le Kilt
By Le Kilt (Sep 18, 2011)

Just imagine, a pro1 with the SX40's screen, sensor, and digic 5 processor, yummy!

0 upvotes
BuckeyeBilly
By BuckeyeBilly (Sep 22, 2011)

To LE Kilt, I'm not sure if you can attach what you mention, but the SX40 does have a thread on the end of the lens. You have to buy an adapter for it, according to Canon, and the filters that can be used on this camera are 67 mm. Go to Canon's website, find info about the SX40, then click on "Brochures and Manuals." The manual will tell you EVERYTHING there is to know about this camera. I'm not picking on you but I really get weary of people complaining about this-and-that on a camera when the solution cna answers to their questions can simply be found in the manual, which can be downloaded and saved.

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jcburke
By jcburke (Oct 4, 2011)

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.

0 upvotes
motov500
By motov500 (Sep 16, 2011)

Damn. :(
No RAW, only 207K LCD screen, only 200K EVF, small 1/2.3-inch CMOS sensor
I had my hopes really high for the sx30is successor. :(
I Hope on the November the third they will announce something really big!

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Sdaniella
By Sdaniella (Sep 16, 2011)

finally 24p/1080p... nice... now the 24p-1080p EOS dSLR family will not be alone... but with a nice 24mm-840mm super-zoom when one doesn't want to carry anything heavier (interchangeable systems with equivalent lenses).

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bugbait
By bugbait (Sep 16, 2011)

Very good point Patman888,

SX230HS is an excellent camera. I had one so I know. Zoom should be most important in a zoom camera. Of course quite zooming etc can send one over to another brand.

But folks like me fretting over the remote jack, raw, 60p vs 24p, well it just doesn't matter for the birders and family. I expect the vast majority of purchasers will LOVE their SX40, in low light included. And two modes of slow motion etc is pure icing on a tasty cake.

Some of us with business needs like myself; believe it or not barely care about zoom at all. Its the laundry list of must haves that the FZ150 has that can seal the deal, things that DSLRs can not do. Mostly its, very good images at even 1600, raw, mic jack, remote jack for time-lapse, articulated screen, dead on color reproduction, and all for $500. Silly yes but that is what is driving me toward a superzoom. That is my rational anyhow.

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Patman888
By Patman888 (Sep 16, 2011)

35x zoom SX230hs? Sounds good to me. The 24x zoom that Panasonic is sticking to really isn't enough. I can totally outclass the FZ series with a G2 + 100-300mm for not that much more right now. Plus an A55 + 18 - 270 really isn't that much shorter than the FZ series.

Panasonic needs to get with the program. People buy these types of cameras for their zoom and versatility. The FZ series just doesn't differentiate enough from the superior dslr cameras.

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bugbait
By bugbait (Sep 15, 2011)

Ya, too bad. I get their wanting to not cannibalize their SLRs. But this half offering is too obvious. No RAW, and CHDK while fun isn't something you can count on. I took back a SX230 HS because it was too limited with glitches enabling the hack. Early work from voluntary programmers on their own time. But I got burned waiting on an earlier model that was obsolete by the time the exact firmware for it was CHDK hacked.

Smallish screen, no microphone jack, no remote jack, no RAW and 24p, bad joke? Smells like a simple cash grab. I will be eager to see the DPReview group test that is likely well under way. But After the poor Sony image quality it looks like a slam dunk for Panasonic this time.

While I will be putting off my purchase till the holidays I think, either $500 bridge or $1,500 DSLR I will now not be so inclined toward Canon if I go all in.

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Zoltan Csuka
By Zoltan Csuka (Sep 15, 2011)

I agree with most of the comments. CMOS sensor with 24p in 2012? And do this with a new digic 5? 24p is not for home use at all. This is casting a long dark shadow on all the cameras to be announced by Canon for the next 2 years. This thing was outdated before the design process started at Canon.

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Lupti
By Lupti (Sep 15, 2011)

1080p24? The old SX1 IS had 1080p30. Geez, shove 24p up your ar*e, Canon. FZ150 offers 50/60p and you come up with 24p? Fail.

4 upvotes
Elaka Farmor
By Elaka Farmor (Sep 15, 2011)

Both its main rivals FZ150 and HX100V offers 50/60pin 1080p. I agree, 24p is a....no comments. The 120fps in VGA is cool but Casio has had this since january 2009. Is it that difficult to make a 720p 120fps?

1 upvote
sh10453
By sh10453 (Sep 15, 2011)

And also no hot shoe for external flash. Bummer. That by itself makes me pass & take the FZ-150.

Couldn't they make it a 3" screen?
Canon seems to be going backwards.

2 upvotes
Ikari120378
By Ikari120378 (Sep 16, 2011)

No flash hotshoe...? Are you sure? It is just covered by a hotshoe cap, like the previous model.

1 upvote
kkardster
By kkardster (Sep 16, 2011)

There may be a hot shoe, but if so it should've been included in even these priliminary specs. There's not enough improvement over the previous model and it's disappointing compared to the competition. The 35X appears to be its only real advantage.

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kkardster
By kkardster (Sep 16, 2011)

There may be a hot shoe, but if so it should've been included in even these priliminary specs. There's not enough improvement over the previous model and it's disappointing compared to the competition. The 35X appears to be its only real advantage.

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iffer
By iffer (Sep 17, 2011)

Yes the manual indicates there is a hotshoe under the top cover...

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Mark 100
By Mark 100 (Sep 20, 2011)

Agreed.

SX 1 - what happened to that angle - did Canon find it to good for the competitors and decided to wait for a more developed market?

SX 20 also has 12 MP, and takes penlight batteries.

It seems Canon brings out a good model and then releases micro changes to suit the market demand. E.g. Canon G10 - then G11 and G12, talk about going backwards.
Real competition is needed. Let's hope Sony can offer it.

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BuckeyeBilly
By BuckeyeBilly (Sep 22, 2011)

OK, critics, even DPreview lists 24 fps as acceptable for general movie-making, so what is your beef really? Why are you trying to make the HS40 to be something that it's clearly not intended to be? If you want the quality of something higher than 24 frps, then spend the money and get it (probably around $1500 to $2000 or more!). Otherwise keep your shutter-mouths locked and allow us everyday people to have excitement about new products like the SX40. I can't afford the higher-end cameras but if I can get ahold of a camera like this one and get decent results from it, then I'm happy. And clearly it is people like me who will buy this camera.

0 upvotes
BuckeyeBilly
By BuckeyeBilly (Sep 22, 2011)

Ooops! I should have said SX40! My apologies.

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Lupti
By Lupti (Sep 27, 2011)

24fps isn´t good for smooth motion. Some people brag about "film look", but I don´t see the point. So what do you find exciting about the SX40 IS? It is nothing special at all and there are better alternatives for the price. If you want to buy it, well, its your mony, no one will stop you.

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So_called_expert
By So_called_expert (Sep 15, 2011)

I'm disappointed that they didn't compress the control layout to allow for a larger screen. The 3.0" 921k screen would have been a great feature for this camera. Instead it's stuck with basically the same screen that's on cheap point and shoot cameras.

1 upvote
manthasfamily
By manthasfamily (Sep 15, 2011)

I totally agree! 230K/2.7 screen? What is Canon thinking about? Now a days you want to move forward not stand still. And I was disappointed in the Panasonic FZ150's 450k screen not being like the Sony Hx100v 921K.

1 upvote
bimbobo
By bimbobo (Sep 15, 2011)

..for all asking of RAW, look at the CHDK options.. and stop crying, please.
If I want RAW I would buy a DSLR.

1 upvote
bimbobo
By bimbobo (Sep 16, 2011)

..I cannot judge your photography, but if it's like your style in talking about people, then is below average.
If you were proper, you would respect other people's points of view. I see it's not the case.
Proper photographrers like you should stay in the DSLR forum.. this is a compact camera, rememeber??
Anyway.. I think moderators should ban you, for calling other trash just because you do not agree.

2 upvotes
tlinn
By tlinn (Sep 15, 2011)

No RAW = irrelevant

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tlinn
By tlinn (Sep 15, 2011)

To clarify (since we can't edit our comments anymore), any camera in this class that doesn't offer RAW is irrelevant as far as I'm concerned.

4 upvotes
bigdaddave
By bigdaddave (Sep 15, 2011)

It's not like it woud be hard to include RAW and make some extra sales.

Newbies could just ignore it

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SM7
By SM7 (Sep 16, 2011)

they're saving it for a future "upgrade"

1 upvote
laith
By laith (Sep 15, 2011)

im waiting for reviews

1 upvote
ecka84
By ecka84 (Sep 15, 2011)

Still no RAW? Unbelievable.

3 upvotes
ZoeEnPhos
By ZoeEnPhos (Nov 1, 2011)

Hello ecka84 - Please let me just tell you that your short and powerful comment made me in reality to really lauging out load here at home! I agree 100% to your statement! RAW should be there - no compromises - especially because of the smaller sensor and to get the very best of best in every situation! Nice comment ecka84!
Best Regards, from Carl in Sweden

2 upvotes
Ahmad Hailan
By Ahmad Hailan (Sep 15, 2011)

thanx a lot eddie

1 upvote
eddie_cam
By eddie_cam (Sep 15, 2011)

You're welcome!

1 upvote
eddie_cam
By eddie_cam (Sep 15, 2011)

Hopefully, the new engine removes PF for a change ... ;-)

1 upvote
Kevin Coppalotti
By Kevin Coppalotti (Sep 15, 2011)

Has it got the same dog slow focusing of the old model? Panny have fast focusing in the new FZ150.

2 upvotes
EricoftheNorth
By EricoftheNorth (Sep 15, 2011)

What? The SX30?? It has voice coil focus, fast as anything I've used.

1 upvote
L Bradford
By L Bradford (Sep 15, 2011)

You obviously haven't used the new Panny FZ's.

1 upvote
eddie_cam
By eddie_cam (Sep 15, 2011)

Manual:
http://gdlp01.c-wss.com/gds/0/0300005730/01/pssx40hs-cug-c-en-web.pdf

4 upvotes
duartix
By duartix (Sep 15, 2011)

Very impressive ISO100. Lots of detail and no artefacts in sight!

0 upvotes
Loren3
By Loren3 (Sep 15, 2011)

I'd like to see it compared to the SX20 (which I own) and the 30, in IQ and dimension. The SX20 is the max size I'm willing to carry for mountaineering, but its IQ outside bright light is not acceptable to me.

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EricoftheNorth
By EricoftheNorth (Sep 15, 2011)

Well, it can't be any better IQ wise, the 30 wasn't, but it is quite a bit larger than the SX20. The 30 and the 40 use the exact same body, as the sx10 and sx20 did.

On top of that, the 30 and 40 both use a rechargeable battery which is way heavier than energizer lithiums.

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Wayne Vaughan
By Wayne Vaughan (Sep 16, 2011)

Why didn't Canon use the energizer ? It gives the users only inconvenience and nothing else. Should you carry a charger with extra battery ? No, get one which you can use the most available battery and forget Canon !

0 upvotes
eddie_cam
By eddie_cam (Sep 15, 2011)

Sample shot:
http://www.canon-europe.com/Images/PowerShot_SX40_HS_tcm13-858550.jpg

2 upvotes
duartix
By duartix (Sep 15, 2011)

This time the reply on the right post:
Very impressive ISO100. Lots of detail and no artefacts in sight!

1 upvote
Eugenio Guarente
By Eugenio Guarente (Sep 15, 2011)

Among the Sony HX100v, Canon SX40 and the Panasonic FZ-150, the smartest and the best is the Panasonic FZ-150. To maintain a respected 24x zoom, which is more than enough, and a resolution of 12 MP. and allowing it to better relations between the lens and small sensor of these cameras. Do not be fooled .. You seriously need a zoom greater than 20x or 25x?. The Panasonic has a Raw, Hot shoe, the best stabilization of the three, super fast shooting, and excellent Leica lens. My choice, The Panasonic DMC-FZ150

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jcmarfilph
By jcmarfilph (Sep 15, 2011)

If you are into birding your 24x is kinda short unless you use tele-converter or if the sensor is big (cropping comes in here). FZ150 is good but will fall a little short for birding. HS20 with its bigger sensor and longer reach will trounce FZ150 anytime of the day.

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ijustloveshooting
By ijustloveshooting (Sep 15, 2011)

you must be a some kind of joke...i just reviewed iso100 shots of HS20 and they have too much artifacts...take a look at sx40's iso 80 shot on canon website, it's very clean comparing to other superzooms.

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jcmarfilph
By jcmarfilph (Sep 15, 2011)

And you are another user who prolly don't know how to use HS20 properly. ISO-80 won't glorify your SX40. You need a low-light/high-ISO performer. HX100, SX30, FZ35 are only good up to ISO-400. Maybe SX40 can go up to ISO-800 but not as good as HS20.

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ijustloveshooting
By ijustloveshooting (Sep 15, 2011)

chill out man,,,,HS20 sucks even at base iso, do not tell me about higher isos, my iphone4 takes similar photos at base iso with HS20 TRASH.

1 upvote
jcmarfilph
By jcmarfilph (Sep 15, 2011)

In your dreams, iPhone 4 is nothing but a over-hyped phone. Samsung Galaxy will thrash it anytime of the day. Your phone is good for taking snapshot of yourself that's it. SX40 is very good for birding and moonshot but for low-light lets see. Would be nice to see if CA/PF is gone in SX40 in sunshine.

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jcmarfilph
By jcmarfilph (Sep 15, 2011)

Here is your horrible IP4
http://216.18.212.226/PRODS/IPHONE4/FULLRES/IPHONE4INB.JPG

Here is HS10
http://216.18.212.226/PRODS/HS10/FULLRES/HS10INBI0200.JPG

At ISO-200

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daza
By daza (Sep 22, 2011)

i dont know about the new canon sx40 but if you know how to use the hs20 it realy can make good pics, even better than hx100 and all the panasonics, and obviously better than the canon sx30. The hs20 and s200 exr are the only two superzoom cameras that can match the dinamic range of a DSRL camera, maybe if you do a 100% zoom to a pic of the canon sx40 it will look better than the pic of the hs20, but if you look the complete pic, you will realice how the dinamic range make te diference, and obviously the hs20 will be very much better.

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daza
By daza (Sep 22, 2011)

By the way, a pic taked in iso 80 doesnt have dinamic range, even the canon 500d have to take pics in iso200 to have some of dinamic range. So maybe the canon take betters pics in iso80 than the hs20 in iso100 if you look it with magnifying glasses, but if you know something about fotography and look the whole pics togheter you will see how the 400% of dinamic range of the hs20 in iso100 make a hugh diference. By the way excuse me about my spelling because im from mexico and english is not my natural language.

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shaocaholica
By shaocaholica (Sep 15, 2011)

Yes! Cheap 24p and 840mm. Sometime getting extreme telephoto on a 24p setup is very impractical both in size, weight and price. Sure this thing won't be the best IQ but its a step in the right direction.

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williams359
By williams359 (Sep 15, 2011)

it would be nice to see an image of the back of the camera

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Cy Cheze
By Cy Cheze (Sep 15, 2011)

Time for a group review of the competing 2011 ultra-zoom models.

5 upvotes
jaykumarr
By jaykumarr (Sep 15, 2011)

Group Reivew != Indepth reivew

Group review should be avoided, for clear and thourough testing results.

Just compare group test against an in-depth review of say Canon S5is or Panasonic FZ50. Several tests, several etc informations, clear cut results. In group tests, the reviewers know everything, but won't be able to write. so novice readers like me are not able to get the whole picture.

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Condor
By Condor (Sep 15, 2011)

Dpreview,

Please, this time remember that we are talking about a "superzoom" camera and that the optical performance, AF, IS, etc. of an extended zoom lens is different than when the same lens is in the wide position. So, if you can't provide outdoors, real-world, "handheld", one single distant subject, spot-center-focused, NR to 0, lowest ISO, side-by-side comparative samples. At least it must be one ail or two points 10-15 mts away inside your offices to provide relevant comparative samples for real users of this very specific type of cameras (birders the most, airshows, wildlife, flowers and nature, cocerts, long distance events and similar observers).

Thanks in advance,

Ed

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Cy Cheze
By Cy Cheze (Sep 15, 2011)

IS at >800mm equivalent is a daunting challenge. When tracking a flying object, any video is likel to be wobbly, and you're better off with the AF "off" and the focus fixed at near infinity.

Comparison of ultra-zoom performance based on shots of flowers at short distance seems sort of beside the point. A hand-held shot of a landmark or object at uniform distance, under the same light, would be the ideal standard of comparison. An evening or indoor sports event might be proper, too, provided Dpreview could get six or more competing cameras into the venue for the trial!

0 upvotes
jcmarfilph
By jcmarfilph (Sep 15, 2011)

It would be nice if DPR can include HS20. Wonder why they are not reviewing it? Afraid that Panasonic and Canon will lose this time.

0 upvotes
ijustloveshooting
By ijustloveshooting (Sep 15, 2011)

because it's a trash.

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jcmarfilph
By jcmarfilph (Sep 15, 2011)

Because there are dumb users/snapshooters who are using it. HS20 is an EXR camera and it should be used as EXR.

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Condor
By Condor (Sep 15, 2011)

Hi jcmarfilph,

By the way, I forgot to post the details comparative analysis you asked me to do in between SX30IS and HS20 some months ago. I'll post them in Canon and Fuji forums. What do you know about FZ150 longest end zoom performance.

Ed

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jcmarfilph
By jcmarfilph (Sep 16, 2011)

Ed,

FZ150 looks promising but the reach won't be enough for birding. It will be beaten by HS10/HS20, SX30, HX100. I hope yellow blotches are gone coz that's the long time problem of Panasonic FZ cameras. SX40 is most prolly a step-up from SX30 especially in low-light performance.

0 upvotes
bigdaddave
By bigdaddave (Sep 15, 2011)

Cameras like this need RAW to be considered seriously IMO.

I know it's an amateur cam but if you want the best out of the small sensors then we need a RAW mode

0 upvotes
bimbobo
By bimbobo (Sep 15, 2011)

..just wait few weeks and CHDK will have a fw with RAW for it..
This cam is my next one..

2 upvotes
bigdaddave
By bigdaddave (Sep 15, 2011)

chdk is a crap option, it doesn't work properly, it's a nerd's kludge

0 upvotes
kkardster
By kkardster (Sep 16, 2011)

Forget chdk - just include it in the product. Rather than jailbreak, I'll spend my money on the FZ150.

1 upvote
newcameraguy2821
By newcameraguy2821 (Sep 15, 2011)

This looks very intriguing

0 upvotes
Chaitanya S
By Chaitanya S (Sep 15, 2011)

with Digic 5 in two newly released camera, we soon might see the much awaited Canon EOS7D mark II.

2 upvotes
Bruno Almeida
By Bruno Almeida (Sep 15, 2011)

Or the Canon EOS 5D mark III/6D...
No matter what, some "nasty" stuff!

5 upvotes
raywes
By raywes (Sep 15, 2011)

Nothing has come along in a while to compete with the Sony HX100v, but this changes everything. Along with the Panasonic FZ150, these two cameras will bed the new leaders I predict. And I thought I had my mind made up about purchasing the FZ150 already.

1 upvote
Mirfak
By Mirfak (Sep 15, 2011)

I'll wait for at least a preview here plus checking the comparometer for an IQ comparison. Image-wise, the Sony pales in comparison to the FZ150

3 upvotes
Eztarget
By Eztarget (Sep 15, 2011)

Still 230K 2.7 inch viewfinder? Sony Hx100v has 921K/3.0 inch and FZ150 has 460K/3.0 inch.

Wake up Canon.

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Krocket
By Krocket (Sep 15, 2011)

I agree with Eztarget, Canon omitted some very important details on this offering, the 230K/2.7 viewfinder is so 2010- Sony's viewfinder isn't great, but the 921K/3.0 inch screen is awesome, and is easy on the eyes!

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Bruce Dunkle
By Bruce Dunkle (Sep 15, 2011)

I see no mention, in the SX40 narrative, of GPS. Canon has apparently decided it's unnecessary, yet the narrative mentions
using the camera on an African safari. Sony has some work to
do on image quality, and I'm going to wait for the successor to
the HX100V to see if they can get it done. If the HX100V can
be used as a guide, its successor will have GPS.

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Bill Force
By Bill Force (Sep 15, 2011)

No "hot shoe", no raw, 2.7 monitor....gimmee a break Canon.
The HS20EXR and now the FZ150 has all of these features, I simply don't understand manufactures thinking? Another Ho Hum mediocre offering from the HASBEEN leader.

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bimbobo
By bimbobo (Sep 16, 2011)

Many people here comment without even checking the specs or without waiting any test, previe, image samples.
The SX40HS has Hot Shoe...
About RAW, many use imany more do not.
About Slow Motion 120fps and GPS and other options, those are just marketing stunts.

I still believe that before saying something, people should see and fell.
We have not a single pic or else.
RAW and maybe burst speed could still give FZ150 some advantages.

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Eduardnic
By Eduardnic (Sep 16, 2011)

They say it uses the 12.1 MP 'high sensitivity' CMOS sensor in the 1/1.7" format: it is the same from S95 (and from my knowledge the G12)? If that is true the image quality should be awesome! I had every Power Shot since S3 and while not a DSLR, I was happy with the results - for an amator like me! The only cons I found was the speed burst and design mishaps: small LCD display, bad EVF, small grip and awkward manual functions (focus). Regarding the RAW capabilities, if anyone wants that, they should buy a DSLR, base models are cheaper that this bridge camera. Nothing can replace the peace of mind of having one lens camera for everything. I hopped that Canon would increase the specs for this model with 3 inch screen, better EVF, manual focus buttons on the lens, Casio had released a new camera, JVC GC-PX10 that is very interesting! So other camera makers! Why not, Canon?

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kkardster
By kkardster (Sep 16, 2011)

Checking the specs? What specs have been released the mention there's a hot shoe? Even the fairly extensive specs on the Canon website don't mention any hot shoe in the Flash nor Interfaces sections nor in any text. The only mention of the hot shoe is found in the downloadable User's Manual. It's not like a hot shoe is an obscure item - it should be mentioned in the specs if it exists and it's a fair gripe when it's not spec'd.

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dave_bass5
By dave_bass5 (Sep 22, 2011)

From Canon UK website
"Range of accessories
An optional Lens Filter Adapter lets you attach 67mm lens filters from Canon’s EOS range. A hot-shoe allows use of Canon Speedlite EX flash units to increase flash range and expand your creativity.
"

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dave_bass5
By dave_bass5 (Sep 22, 2011)

Oh, and this picture showing the shot shoe.
http://static.trustedreviews.com/80fded|7192_PowerShot-SX40-HS-TOP.jpg

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Timzee
By Timzee (Sep 24, 2011)

Amazing how many are harping about "no hot shoe" when there has been MANY posts pointing out that it does indeed have one.

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dhall31794
By dhall31794 (Sep 26, 2011)

First of all, it does have a "hot shoe". I received my camera this past Saturday and I am very pleased with one exception. I am used to being able to follow my subject through the viewfinder as I am taking pictures but as soon as you press the button to take a picture, the viewfinder is useless as you attempt to track your subject because it displays the picture you just took. What gives with that? To me, that pretty much makes the ability to take rapid-fire pictures useless because you can't track your subject.

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XVOYAGERX
By XVOYAGERX (Oct 8, 2011)

the FZ150`s picture quality can only math the sx40`s picture if its used in raw mode and then converted to jpeg according to several reviews i have read, at the end of the day its PICTURE QUALITY THAT COUNTS not speed or gimmick features.....PICTURE QUALITY!!!!!!!!

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cuchonieri
By cuchonieri (Oct 30, 2011)

Hola:
Como yo no soy tan experto como Ustedes me podrían decir cuál eligen entre la:

Canon PowerShot SX40 HS ; Nikon Coolpix P500 ; y la Panasonic FZ150 ?...gracias.

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Sarwa Gunawan
By Sarwa Gunawan (Apr 2, 2012)

Certainly has hidden ''hot shoe'', please open the cover behind the pop-up flash. Canon SX40 HS and also the previous have Ultrasonic Motor and it cannot be beaten by almost superzoom camera. Canon flash compatible are also avalaible, such Young Nuo. It should be considered, if we want to buy a camera. No camera will fulfill alll needs with low or reasonable price. Please consider also Fujifilm SL 300 which has also hot shoe, but the compatible flash (same as Nikon) may be difficult to find.

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