I had the opportunity to work with (perhaps “play” would be more appropriate, since I never used it to work) with this Canon model, the Canon sx40 HS, which already has a successor (la SX50 HS), and even though it’s a bit old, it’s still worth checking out, especially with the SX50 HS on the market, since many are curious about its predecessor.
Camera Type: BRIDGE
Sensor: 12.1 Megapixel CMOS (the first CMOS-family, the SX30 IS came with CCD)
Processor: Digic 5
Video: Full HD
Burst HQ of 8 shots in 1 second (functional enough really)
Folding Screen / Swivel
Super Zoom 35X with a 24mm-840mm equivalent … yes, literally everything a telescope 840mm.
Among some other more.
One of its most attractive features is the CMOS sensor, capable of working with higher ISOs than the CCD of a previous model, allowing the user to work with ISO 800 and in some cases even ISO1600 with a lot of noise. Another good feature is the 840-mm super zoom –felt like a small telescope-, and if you don’t believe us, here are some pictures taken with the famous super zoom (the first two only).
This camera is very user-friendly, controlling it is simple and intuitive, and you can get the hang of it with just a few minutes without messing around with it or looking for hidden buttons. It has a good reaction time and the only thing we don’t like about is that, if you’ve used a DSLR before, you’ll notice the zoom is extremely slow and sometimes very imprecise; you have to keep adjusting it until you can get the results you want.
Aside from this little issue with the zoom, the camera works impeccably, the manual use is quick and intuitive, even for a bridge, with the huge advantage –especially for beginner- that the camera shows not only what we’re taking a picture from, but also every change in the adjustments like speed or ISO, so the screen actually shows a preview of the picture, very useful for beginners who are still starting to understand what each little option and adjustment changes in the picture.
The burst mode is also excellent, but –sadly- automatic without a manual option, which greatly limits it, but sometimes the 8 FPS burst mode can give great results. It only shoots in JPG, which is perfect and comfortable for those used to cell phone and compact cameras, but a camera like this would greatly benefit from shooting in RAW, so it’s a shame for advanced users.
With the zoom near the maximum levels, the pictures can present some vignetting, but this can be solved by simply applying the correction profile in lightroom.
This is certainly a good camera, not as good as a reflex, but still pretty solid among the Bridge cameras. Without a doubt, the Canon SX40 HS is one of the best options if you’re looking for a BRIDGE camera, and let’s not forget it has a successor now.
The image quality is good and you can comfortable post-process them, the color is the classic Canon one with a good resolution and detail, and the integrated flash is certainly an invaluable tool.
Wi-Fi, GPS and more recent technologies are the standard nowadays, but this model only features the classic USB and mini HDMI connectivity. It doesn’t really need anything else than this, although some would have found the Wi-Fi useful.
The Canon sx40 hs is one of the best bridge I have tested, after testing others like Nikon’s P510 which is also a great camera, they’re both noteworthy and very good models of this kind of cameras.
The SX40 HS is a great quality camera with a semi-compact body that makes it easy to carry around, a decent battery life that can last one entire day without a problem, a 16GB memory with enough space for all of your pictures, -you can also get a 32GB one- and even your Full HD videos, so you’re never short of space.
I think this camera is for those who had good experiences with a compact model (even a mobile phone) or an older bridge, since they’ll feel very comfortable with this camera. Still, if you’re thinking about migrating to reflex cameras, you have to know the offer a much greater quality. The SX40 HS, as good as it is, is no reflex, and that’s worth considering.
If you’re looking for a bridge, the XS40 HS is an excellent option, but if you’re looking for something more powerful, a DSLR camera may be the thing for you.