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Canon PowerShot SX40 HS Digital Camera - Black (12.1MP, Super Wide Angle, 35x Optical Zoom) 2.7 inch Vari-Angle LCD

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4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (79 customer reviews)
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  • 35x ultra wide-angle (24-840mm) optical zoom lens with Ultrasonic Motor for fast zooming
  • Intelligent IS adapts the class-leading optical Image Stabilizer to the scene (7 modes)
  • 12.1 MP HS System with powerful DIGIC 5 processor for great results even in low-light
  • Full HD movies (1080p) with optical zoom, stereo sound and HDMI-CEC
  • Smart Auto with Multi-area WB detects 32 scene types and optimises settings
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  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 12.3 x 9.2 cm ; 558 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 1.4 Kg
  • Item model number: 5251B011AA
  • ASIN: B005MX0G6S
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 16 Sep 2011
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (79 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 10,394 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

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Product Description

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. Colours 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.

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Canon Powershot SX40 HS Camera Black 12MP 35xZoom 2.7LCD FHD 24mm Wide Lens

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37 of 37 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I am very pleased with this camera 15 Feb 2012
By Anton
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I am very pleased with this camera
I have a Canon 600D SLR with several lens up to 250mm I bought a Tokina 400mm without IS it was so heavy and I could not get on with it. So I sold it and bought the SX40 HS mainly for the 35x 840 mm Telephoto zoom.
I've had Canon bridge cameras before so I know what their like. I've had good results and looking at the finished photo's it's only by looking at the Exif file I can tell which camera I used.
No Raw files but I can live without that! And if you're an 'Old Git' like me the Flipout twisty screen is a Godsend. Also the `Burst Rate' is good for aircraft/bird shots.
It fit's in my camera bag along with my SLR and I now feel I can tackle any photographic situation that may arise.
I can recommend this camera
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94 of 96 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars good camera with many features 25 Nov 2011
I was looking for an SLR camera having had one in my young days, but found the price was too high with the zoom that I wanted. I plumped for the sx40 having read reviews that indicated that the images produced from this camera were generally good. I am very pleased with the camera having owned it several weeks. I have experimented with as many features as I can, and have found the auto setting to be very good at producing natural looking images, which are generally fairly sharp with very good colour reproduction. Do not expect SLR sharpness as the sensor on this camera is just not capable of this given its size limitation. Having said this, the image can be sharpened with any basic photo software. The zoom on this camera is very good and the lens is really all you need for any situation. This was a major reason for my purchase of this camera.
I am especially impressed with the nightshot feature which can produce some very good results with very little available light. I think this may be assisted by the backlit cmos sensor. There are numerous scene functions, and you can perform all the manual functions that you would get on a SLR. The only niggle that I have found is that the mamual focus can be a bit fiddly, as it involves turning of a wheel that also has other functions on it. It is very easy to enable these inadvertently whilst trying to focus.
All in all, if you are looking for a bridge camera, I think this is one of the best.
I have only given 4 stars due to the focussing issues.
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123 of 127 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Zoom is a joy to use 21 Dec 2011
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I previously owned the SX20. I often used it for bird photography. I loved it but at 20x it was easy to lose the subject of the shot; it was then necessary to zoom out to find the subject, then zoom in again. This has been solved in the SX40. After zooming up to 35x you can click a button to show the full field of view [with a central frame] - release it and you are back on full zoom. Superb for small birds or for flying birds. In this context the 10 fps in a burst shot is very good. The 2 customer settings are very useful. For birds I call up one of these and immediately I am on full zoom, at ISO800, spot focussing and exposure, and set to take 2-3 fps continuously.
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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars CANON SX40 great zoom and video 2 April 2012
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I bought this camera as something lighter and smaller than my EOS400 plus telephoto lens and with a better zoom than my old G3 powershot. The zoom and image stabilisation is very impressive producing sharp images at maximum zoom handheld.As an example I could see a small white craft on the seas. Zoomed in and took the picture still a small dot, then digital zoom and two masted boat appeared. I only got the camera two days before going on holiday so not much time to familiarise however, as a Canon user, all basic operation is straightforward. Used the HD video to film street musicians and got very impressive results when viewed on large TV.
The flip out back screen, like my G3, is very useful permitting viewing from front, side and rear and below/above. Large size and very clear as is the viewfinder. Battery life on holiday was good, one recharge after 12 days of daily usage. Slight problem with macro as tried to use it with zoom and it doesn't focus. Read the book and then OK. Hot shoe takes my EZ320 flashgun and works with its zoom/auto settings. HDMI output plugged into my Panasonic TV gives control of camera through TV remote to move through pictures. Overall a very good first impression and would recommend for the telephoto capability and overall performance.
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77 of 80 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding! 8 Mar 2012
By Bamalam
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I can honestly say that this is the first camera, of any sort, that I have bought that I am completely satified with. First of all the 35x zoom is a joy to use. It is perfect for bird photography allowing me to fill the frame from a long way off. Even hand held there is no sign of shake at full zoom (in daylight conditions)the image stabilisation is that good.
Navigating around all the available functions is made so much easier with the helpful hints, and builds user confidence to try new things.
Photos are clear with the autofocus being spot on, and the colours are natural.
SO glad I chose this camera!
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50 of 52 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Feature packed, Canon quality 8 Jan 2012
This is what is known as a "Bridge" camera in that it bridges the gap between a compact camera and an SLR. Having owned both, I would say that is a very fair description. When considering a camera like this you must be prepared to accept that it is not a true compact nor is it an SLR and so direct comparisons with either may make it appear flawed but it depends whether you are a glass half full or half empty sort of a person. for example it's quite a bit bigger than most compacts but not as big or heavy as an SLR.

The camera looks beautiful with typical Canon finish. not too many buttons to intimidate. The camera fits very comfortably into the hand and has a nice quality feel (as you might expect). I found all the controls easy to reach and large enough to be recognised by the finger or thumb easily.

For me, the range of features is the real beauty of this camera. The massive 35X optical zoom is made usable by superb image stabilisation, certainly outdoors, and why would you need to zoom like that indoors anyway! Offering everything from smart Auto setting to fully manual mode this is a camera which you can really grow into. It is light and compact enough to carry around without being too much of burden but offers the capability to get a shot in almost any conditions without having to fit flash guns, swap lenses, mount tripods etc.

The only slight negative for me is that I would like an optical viewfinder rather than a digital one but it doesn't detract too much and for those who wear glasses, offers the possibility of adjusting the focus of the diopter for the finder which almost makes up for that. I understand that this is a common feature in cameras of this type.

For me, the bridge camera concept is exactly what I was looking for and this is a superb example. It's not cheap but I think you get what you pay for here.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Canon quality
Wanted a new slr because the picture quality is that much better than camera phone or a compact. It has been very satisfactory in all conditions.
Published 7 days ago by Richard Crossan
5.0 out of 5 stars Best camera ever
This is my first bridge camera, and I completely love it. Will never go back to a compact again. Great for taking wildlife shots.
Published 1 month ago by Geek Girl
4.0 out of 5 stars Powershot.
Good camera. Not too heavy. Good zoom and simple to use which I need. Nice sharp pictures. I am pleased with it.
Published 3 months ago by S howard
5.0 out of 5 stars Great camera..but don't bother buying filter adapters or rings. A...
I purchased this camera to replace my old film canon SLR camera and so far have been impressed with the quality of the images and the relative ease of use (you do need to read the... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Gina Congera
5.0 out of 5 stars SX40 HS
Compared to its price this is the camera to have. Some newer models may offer more pixels, but with this type of camera you won't be producing poster size prints anyway, so 12. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Nerijus
5.0 out of 5 stars Tested up Kilimanjaro and out on Safari
Great quality pics, even when zoomed in. Bought for travelling in Africa and it served me well, battery life lasted a week with moderate use up the mountain. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Meg Norris
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent all round camera
I bought this camera for its versatility, namely the super zoom and the ability to date/time stamp photos at the time that the photo was actually taken. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Xacti user
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Camera arrived within 48 hours or ordering. I have only taken a couple of photos so far but I am really pleased with the quality. Read more
Published 6 months ago by V. MacLean
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
The zoom lens is awesome, and provides a quality camera with a number of useful options. It has improved the quality of my photographs!
Published 6 months ago by Mr. Roger Boaden MBE
5.0 out of 5 stars Canon SX40
This is an excellent camera to compliment any aspiring photographer looking for a bridge camera to add to their collection. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Wessexman
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