Canon PowerShot SX40 | Stabilization | BSI Sensor

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It's What's on the Inside That Matters

Canon PowerShot SX40 HS 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

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Camera type SLR-like (bridge)  
Camera Image sensor
Maximum resolution 4000 x 3000  
Image ratio width:height 1:1, 4:3, 3:2, 16:9  
Operational pixels 12.1 megapixels  
Image sensor size 1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm)  
Image sensor type BSI-CMOS  
Camera Image
ISO value Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200  
White bal presets 6  
Custom white bal modes Yes  
Stabilization type Optical  
Uncompressed format type No  
Focusing and Optics
Focal length (equiv.) 24 840 mm  
Optical image zoom 35  
Autofocus type Contrast Detect (sensor), Multi-area, Selective single-point, Single, Continuous, Face Detection, Live View  
Digital image zoom Yes (4x)  
Manual focus ability Yes  
Macro focus ratio 0 cm (")  
Number of focus positions 9  
Camera mount Unknown  
Monitor and viewfinder
Pivoting LCD Fully articulated  
Monitor size 2.7"  
Screen resolution 230,000  
Touch screen interface No  
Live view LCD Yes  
Viewfinder style Electronic  
Photography highlights
Largest aperture opening F2.7 - F5.8  
Slowest shutter speed 15 sec  
Fastest shutter speed 1/3200 sec  
Aperture priority mode Yes  
Shutter priority mode Yes  
Manual exposure setting Yes  
Scene modes Yes  
Flash built-in Yes (Pop-up)  
Flash coverage 7 m  
External flash Yes (Hot-shoe)  
Flash mode settings Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync, Fill-in  
Continuous shooting Yes (0.8 fps)  
Self-timing device Yes (2 or 10 sec, Custom)  
Metering mode settings Multi, Center-weighted, Spot  
Exposure compensation 2 EV (at 1/3 EV steps)  
White balance bracketing No  
Videography highlights
File formats MPEG4  
Audio channels Stereo  
Video clips Yes (1920 x 1080 (24fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps) 640 x 480 (30, 120 fps), 320 x 240 (30, 240 fps))  
HD Modes 1920 x 1080 (24fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps) 640 x 480 (30, 120 fps), 320 x 240 (30, 240 fps)  
Frames per second1920 x 1080 (24fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps) 640 x 480 (30, 120 fps), 320 x 240 (30, 240 fps)  
Media storage
Storage devices SD/SDHC/SDXC  
Multiple Device Connections
USB port USB 2.0 (480Mbit/sec)  
HDMI interface Yes  
Wireless connectivity EyeFi  
Remote ability No  
Physical features
Environmental sealing No  
Power Battery Pack  
Battery type Lithium-Ion NB-10L rechargeable battery & charger  
Battery life cycle 380  
Overall weight 600 g (1.32 lb / 21.16 oz)  
Overall dimensions 123 x 92 x 108 mm (4.84 x 3.62 x 4.25")  
Additional features
Built-in orientation sensor Yes  
Interval recording No  
Global Positioning System None

Camera Includes

Canon PowerShot SX40 HS Digital Camera
Lens Cap (with Strap)
Neck Strap NS-DC11
Case for Hot Shoe Cap
Battery Pack NB-10L (with Terminal Cap)
Battery Charger CB-2LC
IFC-400PCU USB Interface Cable
Digital Camera Solution Disk
Getting Started Customer Support Leaflet
1-Year Canon U.S.A. Warranty
Note:Memory Card is Not Included

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