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Canon PowerShot SX40 HS Black 12.1 MP 35X Optical Zoom 24mm Wide Angle Digital Camera

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  • 1/2.3" CMOS 12.1 MP
  • 35X Optical Zoom
  • 24mm Wide Angle
  • 2.7" 230K LCD
  • 1920 x 1080
  • Approx. 400 shots (Viewfinder)
  • Approx. 380 shots (LCD)

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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.

  • newegg Extreme Zoom for Infinite Possibilities with 35x Zoom, 24mm wide-angle & Optical Image Stabilizer The PowerShot SX40 HS is equipped with a Genuine Canon 35x Zoom lens that provides the telephoto power to bring your distant subjects incredibly close. It also features a useful zoom range that begins at 24mm ultra wide-angle and extends to 840mm telephoto (35mm equivalent). The lens employs UD glass, double-sided aspherical glass-molded and ultra-high-refraction-index glass lens elements to effectively suppress chromatic aberration while maintaining a remarkably compact size. It uses a VCM (Voice Coil Motor) for high-speed, quiet, energy-efficient lens movement with precise control. Canon's sophisticated Optical Image Stabilizer uses lens-shift technology to correct for unwanted camera movement for sharper, steadier image in many difficult shooting situations.
  • newegg Experience the Power with Canon DIGIC 5 Image Processor & HS SYSTEM The latest-generation Canon DIGIC 5 Image Processor brings phenomenal increases in processing speed and power. Improved chip architecture and algorithms deliver greatly expanded functionality with further refinement in image quality. Improved noise reduction produces clearer images when shooting in low light at high ISO speeds. Enhanced i-Contrast performance adjusts differences between light and dark areas to achieve even more natural-looking results. The faster processing speed also results in faster continuous shooting capability while maintaining full image quality. Also, Canon DIGIC 5 Image Processor makes possible a new, highly advanced automatic white balance system. Combining the power of high-sensitivity 12.1 Megapixel Canon CMOS sensor and the DIGIC Image Processor, the Canon HS SYSTEM lets you take bright, clear photos in an even wider range of shooting situations, letting you use higher shutter speeds to capture clearer images with reduced noise and blur.
  • newegg Memorable Moments in Spectacular Full HD. The PowerShot SX40 HS shoots Full HD video at 24 frames per second and allows use the full range of optical zoom, ensuring clear lifelike motion images with a beautiful cinematic quality. It also shoots beautifully detailed 720p HD video at 30 fps. The camera has a dedicated movie button that lets you start and stop recording instantly without going through layers of menus or operate switches or dials to switch to and from video recording mode. The PowerShot SX40 HS also incorporates an electronic wind filter, which suppresses wind noise that can muffle or distort the sound. Enjoy and share videos by simply connecting its HDMI terminal to your HDTV using an HDMI cable. You can even control the playback of your images and videos on any CEC-enabled HDTV using the TV's remote control. Plus, the PowerShot SX40 HS supports Apple iFrame Movie so you can enjoy movies in compatible Mac and Windows video applications.
  • newegg A Steady Image Is a Beautiful Image. The latest advance in Canon Optical Image Stabilization technology, Intelligent IS analyzes camera movement and applies the best shake correction method for the shooting situation. For stills, the system automatically selects among Normal, Panning, Macro (Hybrid) and Tripod IS modes. When shooting video, the system automatically selects among Dynamic, Powered, Macro and Tripod IS modes. With Intelligent IS, you can concentrate on image capture, letting the camera make the most effective IS settings to assure the steadiest possible image.
  • newegg Versatile Still and Video Shooting Options. Utilizing the increased processing speed and power of the new Canon DIGIC 5 Image Processor, High-Speed Burst HQ makes it possible to capture fast action stills at full resolution during continuous shooting. The results are exceptionally high-quality images recorded in rapid sequence. In this mode, the PowerShot SX40 HS can capture a maximum of 8 shots in a single burst. And, when you use Movie Digest on the PowerShot SX40 HS, the camera will automatically record a short video clip (up to approximately 4 seconds) every time you shoot a still image. That entire day's worth of clips will then be automatically combined into a single video. Miniature Effect for Movies & Stills emphasizes perspective for a miniature effect by blurring upper and bottom portions of videos and stills. Super Slow Motion Movie enables you to record your clips in high speed (approx. 240 fps), and then watch your videos in slow motion.
  • newegg 2.7-inch Vari-Angle LCD The PowerShot SX40 HS features a convenient and highly useful 2.7-inch Vari-Angle LCD screen that swivels out almost a full 180 degrees. It also rotates through approximately 270 degrees, letting you tilt it up or down to shoot at low or high angles. You can compose freely even when shooting from difficult vantage points and use the full range of angle adjustment even when the camera is mounted on a tripod. You can even rotate the LCD facing forward to capture perfectly framed self-portraits and to join group shots. The PureColor System LCD screen has 230,000 dots, giving you a crisp, clear picture to make shooting, playback and using the camera's menu functions especially convenient.

Learn more about the Canon PowerShot SX40 HS


PowerShot SX Series
PowerShot SX40 HS
Part Number



Image Sensor

Image Sensor
1/2.3" CMOS
Gross Pixels
12.8 MP
Effective Pixels
12.1 MP
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
[1:1] Large: 2992 x 2992
Medium 1: 2112 x 2112
Medium 2: 1200 x 1200
Small: 480 x 480


Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Wide Angle
Focal Length
4.3 (W) - 150.5mm (T) (35mm film equivalent: 24 (W) - 840mm (T))
f/2.7 (W), f/5.8 (T)


Shutter Speed
1-1/3200 sec.

15-1/3200 sec. (Total shutter speed range)
Custom*, Approx. 2-sec. delay, Approx. 10-sec. delay

* Delay time (0-15 sec. (in one-second increments), 20/25/30 sec.) and number of shots (1-10 shots (in one-shot increments)) can be specified.


Focus Type
TTL Autofocus, Manual focus*
* Shooting standby only in movie mode
Normal Focus Range
2 in. (5 cm) - infinity (W), 4.6 ft. (1.4 m) - infinity (T)
Macro Focus Range
0 in. (0 cm) -1.6 ft. (50 cm) (W)


Flash Mode
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), 4.6 - 9.8 ft. (T), (50 cm - 7.0 m (W), 1.4 - 3.0 m (T))


Exposure Compensation
-2 EV to +2 EV in increments of 1/3 EV
AUTO, ISO 100/200/400/800/1600/3200

White Balance

White Balance
Auto*, Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Flash, Custom

*Facial color is evaluated in Face AiAF.

Viewfinder & Monitor

Optical N/A.
Electronic Viewfinder available (Effective dots: Approx. 202,000 (67,000 x3))
2.7" 230K


Continuous Drive
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
Under conditions where the flash does not fire automatically.
Differs depending on the zoom position.
Shooting Modes
C2, C1, M, Av, Tv, P Auto*1, Sports, SCN*2, Creative Filters*3, Movie*4

*1 Smart AUTO also available for videos
*2 Movie Digest, Portrait, Landscape, Smart Shutter*5, High-Speed Burst HQ, Handheld Night Scene, Low Light, Beach, Foliage, Snow, Fireworks, Stitch Assist
*3 Fish-eye Effect, Miniature Effect, Toy Camera Effect, Monochrome, Super Vivid, Poster Effect, Color Accent, Color Swap
*4 Standard, iFrame Movie, Super Slow Motion Movie
*5 Smile, Wink Self-timer, Face Self-timer
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

Recording System

File Formats
Storage Media
SD memory card, SDHC memory card, SDXC memory card, Eye-Fi


Movie Format
MOV (Image data: H.264 data: Linear PCM (stereo))
Movie Recording
Max. Recording Resolution
1920 x 1080


A/V Out


Battery Pack NB-10L
Battery Life
Approx. 400 shots (Viewfinder)

Approx. 380 shots (LCD)


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 creates the 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.

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 video at 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.

Dimensions & Weight

Dimensions (WxHxD)
4.84 x 3.64 x 4.24 in.
Approx. 21.2 oz (600g) (including the battery and memory card)

Approx. 19.6 oz. (557g) (camera body only)

Package contents

Package Contents
PowerShot SX40 HS Body
Battery Pack NB-10L
Battery Charger CB-2LC
Lens Cap
Case for Hot Shoe Cap
Neck Strap NS-DC11
Interface Cable IFC-400PCU
Digital Camera Solution CD-ROM
Warranty, Returns, And Additional Information
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year
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  • Eric R.
  • 8/22/2012 1:41:50 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAwesome Camera/Camcorder

Pros: Camera is great! 32GB memory card holds thousands of high res photo's and hours of HD video. Best pictures I've ever taken and even the best video's! Battery life is very good also.

Cons: Can take some time getting used to it as it can do so many things. Doesn't come with a printed manual.

Other Thoughts: I would definitely print out the manual on the CD for quick reference. And get a good high quality camera case.

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  • Steven T.
  • 7/11/2012 7:37:47 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggsWhat a camera! CHDK is a plus

Pros: I got mine from a friend who needed money fast. It was brand new except no box and no charger. I did some research and found that this camera has some hidden capabilities if you employ CHDK (Canon Hack Development Kit).
CHDK makes this camera a super camera capable of higher end DSLR camera features. With CHDK, you can run scripts and change exposures that the factory settings will not do.

CHDK allows for shooting in RAW which is the only way I shoot. Far better image info and better image manipulation with all that info.

The camera is a bridge camera to me. What I mean is that it is not a pocket camera and not a full size DSLR. It is a little of both with features that make it better than either.

The Zoom feature is great. There are lenses available for macro and even a 2x zoom extension lens. There is a hot shoe for external flashes and all kinds of other accessories that make this camera even better.

Cons: CHDK should be standard. CHDK has to be installed on the SD card and the camera booted from the SD card. Kind of a pain but it does work well once going.

Lots of info on CHDK on the net. Worth looking into.

You will need a good USB card reader / writer...I use USB3 and have a 64GB SDXC card and a 32 GB card.

This camera does have some faults. The screen is sort of small. The viewfinder is kind of small and your nose will hit the screen if using the viewfinder.

Other Thoughts: Higher capacity batteries are available for this camera. Lots of other aftermarket stuff available too.

The video on this camera is really pretty good for a still camera. Image quality is good with the image stabilization feature. Sound is adequate but I wish it had an external mic jack.

The Canon SX40 HS looks like a higher end camera and with CHDK, has pretty much the same abilities.

RAW capabilities makes this camera really shine. Not available on the camera from the factory, RAW is part of the CHDK hack.

CHDK also allows for exotic exposure settings and even motion detection to shoot lightning if you wish. CHDK extends ISO and other features that high end cameras have.

This camera also has a YouTube following and several web sites that cater to SX 40 fans. Lots of info out there on this camera and what it can do.

BEST BANG FOR THE BUCK. I highly recommend this camera for its capabilities and the price.

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  • 7/8/2012 11:42:44 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsI LOVE it! Great art camera

Pros: Ultimate Zoom, and it's fast! Sweet macro, also. Dedicated video button records in whatever creative mode you have photos set to. It takes outstanding photos while recording video! Excellent creative effects such as miniature, super vivid, and slow motion. EZ Color accent or swapped video. Cinematic quality 24fps. Rapid fire 8 photos in less then a second, with 2 second refresh time. Great battery life and charger.. this style battery is affordable too! Buy an extra for like 12 bucks! Cool strap. Wonderful price (NewEggs got it for $379 right now with free 8gig SD card).

Cons: The auto focus can be a little slow.. I've missed a few more shots then I did with SX150IS. There is some funky ISO limitation so that you can't get awesome night shots.. I think it was implemented to keep this camera from becoming TO POWERFUL. It would take away from their EOS market if this cam was that amazing out of the box. However, you CAN get around the ISO lock with CHDK and make this camera do the stuff of dreams. The only other con I can consider is there is a tiny bit of rolling shutter if your moving quickly like all other CMOS sensors. No big deal if you are in control of your composition.

Other Thoughts: I've made killer Macro videos in super vivid mode. You'll need more then 4gb. I recently when out shooting rapid fire stills, mini (faux tilt shift) videos and normal videos, and you can fill up 4 gigs in about an hour of fairly active shooting. It's a GREAT "Bridge" camera. You don't need a huge bag of lenses. There is a fantastic YouTube community supporting learning about this camera! But it!

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  • Joey G.
  • 6/21/2012 8:20:38 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggsIt DOES have a hotshoe

Pros: Powerful zoom, image stabilization, plenty of MP's, easy to use, can use (w/adapter) filters and/or macro, wide angle, telephoto, or fisheye lenses... and did I mention it had a powerful zoom? IS zoom in stills or video.

N/A commented about the lack of a "horseshoe" for flash. It DOES have a hotshoe, but it's concealed under the top cover. If you take a very slender screwdriver and CAREFULLY pry up the front of the cover a tiny little bit, the cover will slide back and off, exposing the hotshoe.

Cons: Have to put something here: Uhm... limited lens/filter options. Not really a con, since it's a non-DSLR camera.

Other Thoughts: A great point-and-shoot camera with plenty of adjustable features. Powerful IS zoom that can capture far away shots that would be impossible with a lesser camera. Great video camera, too. While it's not quite DSLR, it's about as close as you can get without spending the "big bucks".

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  • James H.
  • 6/7/2012 1:03:20 AM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggsExcellent camera

Pros: Can use filters, merely requires the purchase of the FA-DC67A adapter. Can save in RAW format, but requires the installation of CHDK (which adds more features than can be listed here - time lapse photography script, for example)

Cons: The ONLY con I can come up with is the fact that the camera does not come with an SD card.

Other Thoughts: I looked at many cameras before choosing the SX40. The existence of CHDK (from open source programmers) was the final factor in favor of this camera.

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  • Adam R.
  • 5/1/2012 7:29:33 AM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGood Things

Pros: Really nice combo of a superzoom and macro. Detail is pretty incredible, even though it's only 12.1MP. Nice bells and whistles in the various settings. HD video looked great on my 55" 1080P plasma.

Cons: No horseshoe for flash. Can't add lens filters (although you can find them out there, camera isn't manufactured for them). Only 12.1 MP. Even though pics are amazingly crisp, would really love to be able to blow these up more than 9x14". Only had it for a week, will update if any more crop up.

Other Thoughts: Great camera for the price. Looked at this one, the Fujifilm h25exr (h30exr shoots in RAW, only difference), and the Panasonic fz150. Ended up being between the Canon and Panasonic, with the Canon winning for better zoom and $100 cheaper. All the reviews I read through had picture quality as basically the same, even though the others had more MP. CMOS sensor apparently was the right move. I didn't feel like dropping the cash for a DSLR (and lenses), but needed something more than a simple point and shoot. This was a great compromise.

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  • Steve P.
  • 4/21/2012 5:49:32 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsSuperb Camera!

Pros: - Excellent zoom capability- impressive quality photos across the zoom range (surprisingly, even when fully zoomed- a rare find!).
- Overall fantastic image and video quality! When displaying photos on computer screen or large HDTV, the pictures are excellent. Video taken with the camera is extremely impressive when viewed on a large-screen HDTV.
- Very good controls (full manual to automatic).
- Battery life seems satisfactory.

Cons: - On rare ocassions, skin tones when using the flash appear a strange orange/reddish color. It's not horrible, but is un-natural looking. Only skin tones are rendered with this color- nothing else.

Other Thoughts: As a semi-professional photographer, I have high expectations for photo and video quality- this camera will not disappoint! Rather than taking very expensive equipment on a trip to Mexico, we decided to only take this camera. It was a very difficult decision, however I experienced no limitations with it and was ultimately vert glad I did not have to worry about my bulky/expensive equipment. This was an excellent alternative and comparitively very compact.

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  • RAY E.
  • 4/7/2012 6:32:27 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggsA great intermediate camera with a ton of features

Pros: This is one of my favorite cameras, It feels good holding it in your hands. It is a worthy upgrade from a SX10 SX30 G11 SX110 And it takes a picture as good as my S100 coming from a point and shoot world never using raw,I am sure a advanced user could get a better picture from S100 but I am getting good quality photos without a lot of hassle using auto & P mode with the SX40.

Very good image quality, good auto white balance, user-friendly design make the SX40 difficult to exceed in a single-lens camera unless you go to the canon G1X. I posted some pictures on this site to see the sharpness and true to life colors. I was also very pleased with its image stabilization The camera isn't perfect, but no camera is. The most improvement is lower noise even at 200iso and up in my test, with all my cameras, that said my canon G1X is the best here but it has that huge sensor in it.

Cons: The camera isn't perfect, but no camera is.

Other Thoughts: I am using a 8gb extreme pro sandisk card, I know it is a little over kill here. Note if taking alot of movies get a spare card just in case... The canon speedlite 270EX works great with this cameras hot shoe, I would highly recommend getting one when you can afford it...

If you want something that is easy to use, has a great zoom lens, takes great photos and is under $400, this is the camera for you. By the way if you need a little shirt pocket camera I think the canon 300HS is a great little camera.

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