Canon PowerShot SX40 HS Compact Point-and-Shoot 12.1MP CMOS Sensor Digital Camera, with 24mm Wideangle, 35x Optical Zoom Lens, DIGIC 5 Image Processor, 2.7" Vari-angle LCD

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About Canon SX40 HS

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The PowerShot SX40 HS is a versatile compact point-and-shoot camera that easily captures amazing photos and videos.

The 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.

The Canon SX40 HS is commonly used for Landscape/scenery, Low light, Wildlife and more.The Canon SX40 HS is most used by customers who consider themselves to be a Photo enthusiast among others.The Canon SX40 HS is popular because customers like the following qualities of the Canon SX40 HS: Durable, Easy to use, Excellent image quality, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Good battery life, Good image quality, Good in low light, Good low-light performance, Great picture quality, Image stabilization, Large clear LCD, Lightweight/portable, Nice features/settings, Short lag time, Simple controls/menu, Super-sharp images and Zoom range/performance

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Easy to use (67),Excellent image quality (64),Good battery life (57),Nice features/settings (56),Good low-light performance (49),Large clear LCD (48),Simple controls/menu (47),Durable (46),Lightweight/portable (37),Image stabilization (9),Zoom range/performance (8),Good image quality (5) Great picture quality (5),Fast / accurate auto-focus (4),Good in low light (4),Short lag time (4),Super-sharp images (4),Great zoom (3) View All
Complicated controls/menu (10),Heavy/bulky (8),Poor low-light performance (7),Missing features/settings (4),Poor image quality (4),Manual focus (3),No hard copy manual (3)
Best Uses:
Landscape/scenery (4),Low light (4),Wildlife (4)
Reviewer Profile:
Photo enthusiast (4)

Canon SX40 HS Features

  • Canon's high powered 35x Wide-Angle Optical Zoom (24-840mm) with Optical Image Stabilizer delivers magnificent images whether you are up close or far away.
  • 12.1 Megapixel CMOS sensor combined with the new DIGIC 5 Image Processor createsthe Canon HS SYSTEM for improved low-light performance up to ISO 3200 and enhanced image quality.
  • Capture stunning Full HD 1080p video in stereo sound with a dedicated movie button; zoom while shooting and play back videos on an HDTV via the HDMI output.
  • Intelligent IS automatically chooses from six different modes to optimize image stabilization for the shooting condition. os on an HDTV via the HDMI output.
  • High-Speed Burst HQ allows for continuous capture at a maximum of 8 frames* while maintaining superb image quality and Super Slow Motion Movie records videoat high speeds to allow playback in slow motion.
  • 2.7-inch wide Vari-Angle LCD enables easy viewing from any angle.
  • Zoom Framing Assist button aids in tracking and capturing subjects during super telephoto photography.
  • Improved Smart AUTO intelligently selects the proper settings for the camera based on 32 predefined shooting situations.
  • Face Detection Technology & Smart Shutter
  • Special Scene Modes
  • Best Image Selection

Canon SX40 HS Specifications

Camera Type
Compact digital camera with built-in flash, 35x Optical & 4x Digital & 140x Combined Zoom with Optical Image Stabilizer System
Total Pixels
12.1 Megapixels 1/2.3-inch CMOS sensor
Effective Pixels
Approx. 12.1 Megapixels
Focal Length
4.3 (W) - 150.5mm (T) (35mm film equivalent: 24 (W) - 840mm (T))
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Approx. 4.0x, up to 140x in combination with optical zoom
Focusing Range
Auto: 0 in. (0 cm) - infinity (W), 4.6 ft. - infinity (T)
Normal: 2 in. (5 cm) - infinity (W), 4.6 ft. (1.4 m) - infinity (T)
Macro: 0 in. (0 cm) -1.6 ft. (50 cm) (W)
Autofocus System
TTL Autofocus , Manual (Shooting standby only in movie mode.)
Optical Viewfinder
Optical N/A.
Electronic Viewfinder available (Effective dots: Approx. 202,000 (67,000 x3))
LCD Monitor
2.7-inch TFT color Vari-angle LCD with wide viewing angle
LCD Pixels
Approx. 230,000 pixels
LCD Coverage
Maximum Aperture
f/2.7 (W) - f/5.8 (T)
Shutter Speed
1-1/3200 sec.
15-1/3200 sec. (Total shutter speed range)
AUTO, ISO 100/200/400/800/1600/3200
Light Metering Method
Evaluative*, Center-weighted average, Spot**?
* Control to incorporate facial brightness in Face Detection AF?
** Metering frame is fixed to the center
Exposure Control Method
AE Lock
Exposure Compensation
+/-2 stops in 1/3-stop increments
White Balance Control
Auto*, Day Light, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Flash, Custom
* Facial color is evaluated in Face AiAF
Built-in Flash
Auto, Red-eye Reduction, Auto Red-eye Correction, Flash On, Flash Off; FE lock, Slow Synchro, Smart Flash
Flash Range
1.6 - 23 ft. (W), 1.6 - 7.5 ft. (T) (50 cm - 7.0 m (W), 50 cm - 2.3 m (T))
Recycling Time
10 sec. or less (battery voltage 7.4V)
Flash Exposure Compensation
+/-2 stops in 1/3-stop increments
Shooting Modes
C2, C1, M, Av, Tv, P, Auto (Smart AUTO, also available for videos) Sports, SCN (Movie Digest, Portrait, Landscape, Smart Shutter*, High-Speed Burst HQ, Handheld Night Scene, Low Light, Beach, Foliage, Snow, Fireworks, Stitch Assist)
Smile, Wink Self-timer, Face Self-timer
Shooting Modes (continued)
Creative Filters ( Fish-eye Effect, Miniature Effect, Toy Camera Effect, Monochrome, Super Vivid, Poster Effect, Color Accent, Color Swap )
Movie (Standard, iFrame Movie, Super Slow Motion Movie )
Photo Effects
My Colors Off, Vivid, Vivid Blue, Vivid Green, Vivid Red, Neutral, Sepia, Black & White, Positive Film, Lighter Skin Tone, Darker Skin Tone, Custom
Self Timer
Custom*, Approx. 2-sec. delay, Approx. 10-sec. delay
* Delay time (0-15 sec. (in one-second increments), 20/25/30 sec.) and number ofshots (1-10 shots (in one-shot increments)) can be specified.
Wireless Control
Not Available
Continuous Shooting
Approx. 2.4 shots/sec. (in P mode)
Approx. 10.3 shots/sec. (in High-speed Burst HQ mode)*
* Maximum of 8 continuous shots per burst
Storage Media
SD memory card, SDHC memory card, SDXC memory card, Eye-Fi
File Format
Design rule for camera file system, DPOF Version 1.1
Image Recording Format
Normal, Fine
JPEG Compression Mode
Still Image: Exif 2.3 (JPEG)
Videos: MOV (Image data: H.264 data: Linear PCM (stereo))
Number of Recording Pixels 1
Still Image: 16:9: Large: 4000 x 2248, Medium 1: 2816 x 1584, Medium 2: 1920 x 1080, Small: 640 x 360
3:2: Large: 4000 x 2664, Medium 1: 2816 x 1880, Medium 2: 1600 x 1064, Small: 640 x 424
4:3: Large: 4000 x 3000, Medium 1: 2816 x 2112, Medium 2: 1600 x 1200, Small: 640 x 480, RAW: 4000 x 3000
1:1: Large: 2992 x 2992, Medium 1: 2112 x 2112, Medium 2: 1200 x 1200 Small: 480 x 480
Playback Modes File
Still Images: Single, Index (4-100 thumbnails*), Magnification (Approx. 2x-10x),Easy, Auto Rotate, Scroll Display, Rotate, Favorites, My Category, Jump, Smart Shuffle, Filtered Playback, Information Display, Resume Playback, Red-Eye Correction, i-Contrast, Trimming, Resize, My Colors, Focus Check, Histogram, Overexposure Warning
Videos: Normal Playback, Special Playback, Auto Rotate, Resume, Easy
*As viewed in LCD monitor
Erase Modes
Select Image, single image, select all images
Video Out
Audio Out
Other Interfaces
Memory card slot; direct connection to Canon and SELPHY Compact Photo Printers, PIXMA Photo Printers and PictBridge-compatible printers via camera's USB 2.0 Hi-Speed cable
Power Supply
Battery Pack NB-10L, Compact Power Adapter CA-PS700 (when used with AC Adapter Kit ACK-DC80)
Shooting Capacity
Approx. 400 shots (Viewfinder)
Approx. 380 shots (LCD)
Playback Time
Approx. 9 hours
Operating Temperature
32-104 deg.F/0-40 deg.C
Operating Humidity
Dimensions (W x H x D)
4.84 x 3.64 x 4.24 in. / 122.9 x 92.4 x 107.7mm
Approx. 21.2 oz (600g) (including the battery and memory card)
Approx. 19.6 oz. (557g) (camera body only)
27 display languages provided (English, German, French, Dutch, Danish, Finnish, Italian, Norwegian, Swedish, Spanish, Simplified/Traditional Chinese, Japanese, Russian, Portuguese, Korean, Greek, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Turkish, Thai, Arabic, Romanian, Ukrainian, Farsi, Hindi)
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Canon SX40 HS Reviews

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Most Liked Positive Review


A telescope with a camera attached.

This camera was purchased as a replacement for my A3300 IS. It by far exceeded my prospects for quality and features. I had for some time been wanting to purchase a camera that had a manual mode and a strong zoom when the SX40 HS was announced. Having the good fortune of borrowing one for a week, I was so satisfied with the unit that I purchased one from a local store. I have played with all the shooting modes and the settings and have found the following information: The battery life is good...

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This camera was purchased as a replacement for my A3300 IS. It by far exceeded my prospects for quality and features. I had for some time been wanting to purchase a camera that had a manual mode and a strong zoom when the SX40 HS was announced. Having the good fortune of borrowing one for a week, I was so satisfied with the unit that I purchased one from a local store. I have played with all the shooting modes and the settings and have found the following information: The battery life is good. I can shoot a day's worth of photos and videos for a small excursion on one charge. Charging is not long either. Flash is powerful; the camera has a shoe for an additional flash, but I have not found this necessary. Focus: my only complaint. The auto-focus is superb, but sometimes slow. Manual focus is cool, but hard to do as the only ring on the camera is a small ring on the back that takes a long time to rotate. Screen is great; variangle, high-quality. Zoom is UNBELIEVEABLE! It can shoot wide for huge landscapes and telephoto like a telescope. Overall, I am highly satisfied at this purchase and would reccomend this camera to anyone who is looking for pro-features in an inexpensive camera. I often quipped that I would like to have an adapter for my telescope so that I could put my A3300 on it. I no longer desire this as I have a camera with a telescope for a lens!


Most Liked Negative Review


Can't Give a Good Review

I'd like to review this product but it does not come with a manual and the "getting Started" guide does just that...gets you started. It does not explain a 10th of the settings and controls/functions on the camera. I am no camera pro, and I can't figure half this stuff out. I think I'll love the camera once I learn how to use it properly.

Reviewed by 129 customers

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


amazing birthday gift


from Undisclosed

I had this a few months, my husband gave me for my early birthday and I was very please it's very easy to use and like other costumers it has a lot of settings you can choose. I just play all of them myself and figuring out so fast. the photos are very crisp and I tooka lot of photos far without any problems or blury. I had to took photos of a moon all the way closer. I love and highly recommend this, I guess this are more better than other camera.


Great Camera


from Ithaca, NY

I have had this camera for over two years. Over a vacation I took over 1000 pictures and a few videos and only had to charge the battery once. The image quality is great. It has a lot of features I have not really used yet.


Excellent Camera


from Undisclosed

I have been using this camera for 2 years now. I find that it is very easy to use. There are a lot of amazing settings on this camera, and they are easy to figure out. This camera does not come with a paper instruction manual, but it does come with one to load onto your PC. I did just that and read it, and had no trouble figuring out all of the settings. I truly wish I could download a photo with this review. I have done numerous photo shoots for my family, and now have other's asking me if I do it professionally. My latest subject was my 6 month old baby. I took over 300 photos, and only 3 were blury...not bad considering my subject doesn't stop moving! Colors are vibrant, images are clear. The auto focus does not take that long unless your subject continues to move (then set to sports mode or HQ setting). Hold down the button half way, and it quickly adjusts. I absolutely love this camera!


Just what I needed


from Rock Hill SC

Got it in 2012 and love it! Point and shoot before an DSLR any day. Has more features than I thought, but you don't need to use them unless you really want to. The AUTO option works just fine for most shots. Needed a new camera, but was trying to stay away from the DSLR and I am glad that I did.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


dont waste your money


from Montana

I purchased this camera because I love to take pictures of all the wild life in our area. I wanted a good zoom That plus when the grandkids are here I always have a camera ready on short notice for the cute things that happen. well the camera was really clumsy to hold and the flip out LCD screen was terrible. It wobbled and just the slightest movement it would move and then you lost what you were trying to see. The built in view finder was ridiculous. You couldnt see through that if you tried. The other bad idea was that you have to manually flip up the flash option. If you forget and you are in a dark place you have just lost your precious moment. I returned the camera and found something else with better options.


Wonderful Camera with a loud zoom.


from Overland Park, KS

The powershot sx 40 hs is my new favorite camera! i love everything about it except for: the zoom noise, the time it takes to focus, and the weight. the good things are: the image quality, THE ZOOM, the ease of use, and all of the cool functions and options. i photograph birds and nature. it is a quick, fun, and easy camera to use. it really took the term Point and Shoot into account. over all great camera. some good ad-ons are the price and the slow-mo.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)


"Fan"tastic Camera


from Texas

I have owned this SX50 for more than one year. I also owned the SX30 (sold to another Rangers fan) AND the SX40 which I still use. have taken approximately 500 GB of pictures with these 3 cameras, mostly at Rangers games. 10 FPS on the SX50 cranked it up to 300GB this season alone, because of RAW mode. 3 great cameras. The SX30 was purchased during the AL Championship Series and captured the moment ARod struck out, sending the Rangers to the 2010 World Series. It's shortcoming was the "continuous" mode, not being fast enough an no RAW mode. When the SX40 came out, it included 8 frames per second, solving the "continuous" mode that I needed. When the SX50 came out, camera RAW was included, making this the perfect camera. The zoom on all 3 cameras is outstanding. My seat in Rangers Ballpark is in Section 2xx just beyond first base. I have some great head shots of all 3 outfield position players. I've got some fine pictures of stealing of second base, one of an airborne Home Plate umpire trying to avoid a baserunner stealing home. I can't imagine what the SX60 will bring. Bulb maybe? I keep looking for a reason to go with a DSLR over the SX50 and can't find one yet.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


Who knew a Canon could fit into a Coach?


from Asheville, NC

I am dedicated Canon lover and fan! This camera is not only as handy as a point and shoot, but, works as good as a very expensive camera with replaceable lenses. I was on the balcony at my Daughter's Graduation and zoomed all the way in as close as front row. This was in a huge auditorium. Best of all, it is still smaller and compact. So compact, it fits in my Coach purse! Highly recommend!

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)


easy for beginners!!


from Missouri

Love the features, especially the 35x zoom! (I don't have to buy another lens)..I'm no professional photographer, and this one is perfect ( good for beginners too!)..had mine now for 2 years and it's still great!!..


Love it BUT


from Rockland, NY

I bought this camera last year and I was amazed by it. I absolutely love it. However, I am forced to give it a 4 starts review because after having it for a little over a year, I already need to service it. Since it's been over a year, it is now out of warranty and I have to pay for the repair. I get a lens error message since it seems the lens is stuck. I have no idea how this happened because I have never dropped it or anything like that. It is a good purchase but I think it shouldn't need servicing so quickly.


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JOE G  Canon at the time had the highest zoom. Having used it for the past 3 months I am still entrhalled by the results ... escpecially in low light.
Shopper  I have a Power Shot SX40 HS - I am going to take a camera boot camp but I am not sure if this camera is fancy enough ... does it have all the items they are talking about? make sure you know how to change ISO, aperture (f-stop), shutter speed in the Manual Mode. Lastly, please find out where your histogram is located in your camera. I was hoping to take this class because I don't know tons about how to use my new camera in the best way but I am not sure if I have these items and the terms kinda freak me out! Help! Thanks, K
JOE G  You'll have to read the manual as you have all the necessary options they mention. It's a fantastic camera.
Ronald C  Can we use a SX40HS like a live camera on a TV with the HDMI cable? I used to have a Lumix (i think) which had a "monitor" function but i can't find such a thing on my Canon.
GEORGE S  Athough I have never tried it you can according to the manual. Page 175 gives the instructions.
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