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Canon PowerShot SX40 HS

alaTest has collected and analyzed 2158 reviews of Canon PowerShot SX40 HS. The average rating for this product is 4.5/5, compared to an average rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras for all reviews. Reviewers really like the portability and image quality. The zoom and performance also get good feedback. There are some less positive reviews about the shutter.

usability, performance, zoom, image quality, portability


We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Canon PowerShot SX40 HS is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 91/100 = Excellent quality.

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Expert review by : Andrew Williams (

Canon PowerShot SX40 HS


With a 35x optical zoom this camera is good for papping the man on the moon.

Great image stabilisation ; Good burst mode ; Good image quality

No RAW ; Slightly limited manual control

The Canon PowerShot SX40 HS is a brilliantly versatile bridge camera whose key feature, that 35x optical zoom, is made all the more attractive by an excellent image stabilisation system. Picture quality is good and overall speed is much improved over...

Oct, 2011

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Canon PowerShot SX40 HS


Canon's PowerShot SX40 is styled like a professional bridge model but easy to use

Big zoom ; Angle adjustable rear monitor ; Large well marked controls

Pricey ; Low resolution EVF ; No Raw file capture or hotshoe

Expert review by : William Perceval (

Canon PowerShot SX40 HS


The Canon PowerShot SX40 HS superzoom may look a great deal like its SX30 IS predecessor, but the innards of this 35x optical zoom bridge camera have been stripped out and reworked. The SX40 features a new 12.1MP back-lit CMOS sensor paired with the...

Decent image quality, mega zoom, optical image stabilisation, hotshoe for external flash

Not very different to SX30, 2.7in screen is small and low resolution, viewfinder is like a TV at the end of a tunnel

The Canon PowerShot SX40 HS may not differ a great deal from its SX30 predecessor, but it’s still a mighty fine superzoom. Image and movie quality are both decent, the 35x optical zoom has a huge range that few other models can challenge and the...

Oct, 2011

Expert review by : Amy Davies (

Canon Powershot SX40 HS review


Is it time to upgrade to the SX40?

35x zoom range ; Full HD video recording ; Low noise levels ; 10.3fps shooting

Poor EVF ; No raw shooting

Canon introduced the SX40 in September, at the same time as the compact PowerShot S100. The SX40 is one of a new generation of Canon cameras to be equipped with the fast Digic 5 processor. Canon promises that this boosts the HS system and now also...

Dec, 2011

Expert review by : Ben Pitt (

Canon PowerShot SX40 HS review


A little slow, but immaculate image quality should compensate for people who are happy to take their time over photos

Oct, 2011

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Canon Powershot SX40 HS


The Nikon Coolpix S100 gets most things right. It is great to use such a responsive screen. This is matched by minimal shutter lag. Some of the buzz features such as High Definition movies with stereo sound, 3D photography and easy panoramas are likely...

Picture quality, features, manual controls, movie features, vari angle LCD screen, handling

No RAW mode

Your decision to buy the Canon Powershot SX40 HS is likely to be based on whether or not you prefer the simplicity and lower price of a digital camera with a fixed lens or whether you prefer the ultimate flexibility of a Digital SLR. If you prefer a...

Apr, 2012

Expert review by : GadgetSpeak (

Canon PowerShot SX40HS


PowerShot are the larger of two small Digital Camera ranges offered by Canon . This unit is larger than most and on first glance could be mistaken for a DSLR unit. The main difference is that its lens is not interchangeable.

Mar, 2012

Expert review by : Martyn Clayden (

Canon PowerShot SX40 HS review


Canon's new hybrid camera goes for quality over speed. Buying a camera before the digital era used to be...

Stunning quality even at full zoom and low light

Slow frame capture rate and no RAW

Canon has raised the bar considerably in terms of image quality, quietness of operation and low light performance. This is thanks to its new HS System, but it's not as speedy as its rivals and it could do with a display upgrade and a RAW option.

Feb, 2012

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Canon PowerShot SX40 HS Digital Camera Review


The Canon PowerShot SX40 HS has a 35x optical zoom lens, full HD video recording and high-speed shooting, Daniel Bell gives us his opinion.

Full 1080p HD video recording; 0cm minimum focusing distance; 35x optical zoom; 10 fps High-speed shooting at full resolution; Electronic viewfinder

Costs similar to that of an entry level DSLR

Jan, 2012

Expert review by : Mike Lowe (

Canon PowerShot SX40 HS review


Canon's latest SX40 HS superzoom retains the 35x optical zoom and design of the previous SX30 IS. But with a new CMOS sensor is the PowerShot SX40 the superzoom we've been waiting for? The What...

Good image quality, decent high ISO performance, lens barrel markings, optical stabilisation

Low resolution 2.7in LCD, electronic viewfinder, expensive

Sep, 2011

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