Canon PowerShot SX40 HS Digital Camera Kit - Black - with FREE 16GB SD Memory Card, Camera Case, and Table Top Tripod

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About Canon SX40 HS

At Adorama, we want you to be ready to shoot as soon as you get your new camera.That's why we've put together this kit. It includes basic accessories you probably can't shoot without-essentials such as a memory card, and a case. We also thought about; your wallet so we offer our kits at a special price that's less than what you'd pay if you had to come back later and buy these accessoriesseparately. For this reason we suggest you opt for the kit-and you're ready to start enjoying the camera!

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)
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)

Canon SX40 HS Reviews

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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!

(3 of 3 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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Shopper  I'm trying to decide what to get. Why did you pick this one?
LAUREL T  I read the reviews of the Canon SX40. It has excellent image quality, a viewfinder, and other features that make it better than an ordinary point and shoot. Zoom range is the best among this price range. I looked at other cameras with similar features and this one had the best rating at a number of sites. At the time, the additional componenets of the kit were only $5 more than the camera -- seemed a no-brainer to me.
Shopper  hello does this come with the camera?
JIM L  Yes, but the tripod is pretty worthless. The case is the right size for the camera. A lens hood does not come with the camera but can be ordered. I have professional grade Nikon cameras and lenses but this one filled a few photography niches very nicely. The 35x zoom is great and the video seems to work well. I liked enough that my brother bought one also. Hope this helps. Jim
annie R  Is this camera user-friendly with its instructions and using different capabilities? Current camera is a Panasonic DMC-ZS10 which I do not find easy to understand!
IVAN R  Certainly this is not an entry level camera, but it has a worry free mode so it can make all the adjustments totally auto. IMHO, it worth every penny, so go for it!
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