It's What's on the Inside That Matters
Looking on the exterior, the new Canon SX40 HS doesn't appear to be any different than the previous SX30 IS. However, it is what's on the inside that matters.
While other camera makers had begun installing CMOS
backside-illuminated (BSI) image sensors for their higher-level 2010 compact digital cameras, not Canon, they stayed with a 14-MP CCD for the SX30. That has all changed on the SX40 HS acquiring the identical 12-megapixel VMOS BSI that's included in the Canon Elph HS cameras, which up until have proved their worth for improved shooting performance and
poor-light photo image quality.
In addition to the new image sensor, this camera has the new Digic 5 image processor which pledges to enhance color and noise along with contributing to
speedier burst shooting plus full HD video capture. For instance, Canon says the newest High-speed HQ Burst function will let the SX40 shoot as many as 8 fps using full resolution.
A couple of other new functions have been included such as Intelligent image stabilization IS which looks at your shooting situation to decide how to best employ the optical IS function. However, the camera remains otherwise unchanged from the PowerShot SX30 right down to the 24-840mm f/2.7-5.8 35x lens. The SX40 HS should be available in the later part September for around $429.99. Announced Sep 14, 2011
• 35x Zoom Lens (24-840mm Equivalent)
• 12.1MP High Resolution CMOS Sensor
• 2.7 inch Wide Vari-Angle LCD Display
• 1080p Full HD Video with Stereo Sound
• High Speed Burst Shooting @ 8fps
• Use Stabilization & Zoom for Video
• Advanced Smart AUTO for 32 Situations
• Optical Image Stabilizer for Sharp Pix
• Powerful DIGIC 5 Image Processor
• Lithium-ion Rechargeable Batteries