Canon PowerShot SX40 HS

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Canon PowerShot SX40 HS

Go far, get closer with 35x zoom

Get closer with the PowerShot SX40 HS. An ultra-wide 35x optical zoom, great low light results of the HS System, Full HD and high-speed shooting make this the travel powerhouse for those who want it all.

  • 35x ultra wide-angle zoom with USM
  • Intelligent IS
  • HS System (12.1 MP) with DIGIC 5
  • Full HD, HDMI
  • 6.8 cm (2.7") vari-angle LCD, EVF
  • Smart Auto, Multi-area WB
  • High-speed Burst HQ
  • Manual modes
  • Zoom Framing Assist
  • Range of accessories
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  • Great low-light shots Great low-light shots
  • 35x ultrazoom with ultra wide-angle 35x ultrazoom with ultra wide-angle
  • 12.1 Megapixel CMOS 12.1 Megapixel CMOS
  • Steady shots in every situation Steady shots in every situation
  • Powerful DIGIC processing Powerful DIGIC processing
  • 1080p movies 1080p movies
  • Flip-out for viewing at any angle Flip-out for viewing at any angle
  • Aperture and shutter speed control Aperture and shutter speed control
  • Find your subject easily at full zoom Find your subject easily at full zoom
  • Auto mode with 32-scene detection Auto mode with 32-scene detection
  • Full resolution high-speed shooting Full resolution high-speed shooting
  • View stills and videos on TV View stills and videos on TV

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35x ultra wide-angle zoom with USM

A huge optical zoom including 24mm ultra wide-angle provides an incredible range (24-840mm) to suit everything from sweeping landscapes and indoor scenes to long-range close-ups of wildlife. The Ultrasonic Motor ensures highly accurate, near silent zooming even in movie mode.

Shake-free images with Intelligent IS

A powerful optical Image Stabilizer delivers sharp images in low light or when using the full extent of the zoom. Intelligent IS automatically selects the optimal image stabilisation mode from 7 options, to ensure clear, detailed photos and videos.

HS System with DIGIC 5

A powerful combination of the latest DIGIC 5 image processor and high-sensitivity CMOS sensor, the HS System lets you shoot with low noise and high image quality even in low light - reducing the need for flash or tripod, freezing motion without blur and increasing available flash range

Full HD Movies with HDMI-CEC

Record superb, Full HD (1080p) movies at 24fps with stereo sound. HDMI-CEC connection allows for loss-less viewing on a compatible HDTV and control of playback using the TV remote.

Vari-angle LCD and Viewfinder

A 6.8 cm (2.7”) vari-angle PureColor II VA LCD provides excellent visibility and enables easy framing from difficult angles. The Electronic Viewfinder can give steadier aiming.

Smart Auto with Multi-area WB

Smart Auto is truly automatic, allowing the camera to detect from 32 different scenes (21 in movies), ensuring optimum results. Multi-area White Balance captures scenes in their natural colours even when illuminated by multiple types of light.

High-speed Burst HQ

Capture split second action in full 12.1 MP resolution, at up to 10.3 shots/sec. for up to 8 shots, using High-speed Burst HQ mode.

Manual modes

Manual modes let you take full control of the exposure to get the results you want. Easily choose your own settings such as aperture, shutter speed, white balance and ISO.

Zoom Framing Assist

Zoom Framing Assist helps you keep track of a distant subject when shooting with maximum zoom. At the press of a button it quickly zooms out of the scene - so you can relocate the subject - zooming back in the moment it’s released.

Range of accessories

An optional Lens Filter Adapter lets you attach 67mm lens filters from Canon’s EOS range. A hot-shoe allows use of Canon Speedlite EX flash units to increase flash range and expand your creativity.

Product Specification

IMAGE SENSOR

Type 1/2.3 type back-illuminated CMOS
Effective Pixels Approx. 12.1M
Aspect Ratio/Colour Primary Colour

IMAGE PROCESSOR

Type DIGIC 5 with iSAPS technology
Focal Length 4.3 – 150.5 mm (35 mm equivalent: 24 – 840 mm)
Zoom Optical 35x. Digital Approx. 4x (with Digital Tele-Converter Approx. 1.5x or 2.0x and Safety Zoom¹). Combined Approx. 140x
Maximum f/number f/2.7-f/5.8
Construction 13 elements in 10 groups (1 Hi-UD lens, 1 UD lens and 1 double-sided aspherical lens)
Image Stabilisation Yes (lens shift-type). Intelligent IS
Ultrasonic Motor (USM) Yes, zoom

FOCUSING

Type TTL
AF System/ Points Face Detection, 1-point AF (Any position is available, fixed to centre or Face Select and Track)
AF Modes Single, Continuous (only available in Smart Auto mode), Servo AF/AE¹, Tracking AF
AF Point Selection Manual selection using FlexiZone AF/AE, Size (Normal, Small)
AF Lock On/Off Selectable
AF Assist Beam Yes
Manual Focus Yes
Focus Bracketing Yes
Closest Focusing Distance 0 cm (W) from front of lens in Macro

EXPOSURE CONTROL

Metering modes Evaluative (linked to Face Detection AF frame), Centre-weighted average, Spot (centre or linked to Face Detection AF or FlexiZone AF frame)
AE Lock Yes
Exposure Compensation +/- 2 EV in 1/3 stop increments
Enhanced i-Contrast for automatic dynamic range correction
AEB 1/3 – 2 EV in 1/3 stop increments
ISO sensitivity* AUTO, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200
Speed 1 – 1/3200 sec. (factory default)
15 – 1/3200 sec. (total range – varies by shooting mode)

WHITE BALANCE

Type TTL
Settings Auto (including Face Detection WB), Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Flash, Custom. Multi-area WB correction available in Smart Auto

VIEWFINDER

Viewfinder EVF (0.20 type), 4:3 aspect ratio, Approx. 202,000 dots
Viewfinder / Coverage Approx. 100%
Dioptre Correction Yes

LCD MONITOR

Monitor Vari-angle 6.8 cm (2.7”) PureColor II VA (TFT), Approx. 230,000 dots
Coverage Approx. 100%
Brightness Adjustable to one of five levels. Quick-bright LCD
Modes Auto, Manual Flash On / Off, Slow Synchro
Slow Sync Speed Yes. Fastest speed 1/2000 sec.
Red-Eye Reduction Yes
Flash Exposure Compensation +/- 2 EV in 1/3 stop increments. Face Detection FE, Safety FE, Smart Flash Exposure
Flash Exposure Lock Yes
Manual Power Adjustment 3 levels with internal flash (up to 19 levels with external EX Speedlites 270EX, 270EX II, 320EX and 430EX II. 22 levels with 580EX II¹)
Second Curtain Synchronisation Yes
Built-in Flash Range 50 cm – 7.0 m (W) / 1.4 m – 3.0 m (T)
External Flash E-TTL with EX series Speedlites ¹

SHOOTING

Modes Smart Auto (32 scenes detected), Program AE, Shutter priority AE, Aperture priority AE, Manual, Custom1, Custom2, Sports, SCN (Movie Digest, Portrait, Landscape, Smart Shutter(Smile, Wink Self-Timer, FaceSelf-Timer), High-speed Burst HQ, Handheld Night Scene, Low Light (3.0MP), Beach, Foliage, Snow, Fireworks, Stich Assist), Creative Filters (Fish-eye Effect, Miniature Effect, Toy Camera Effect, Monochrome, Super Vivid, Poster Effect, Color Accent, Color Swap)
Modes in Movie Smart Auto (21 scenes detected), Standard, Program AE, Portrait, Landscape, Beach, Foliage, Snow, Fireworks, Miniature Effect, Monochrome, Super Vivid, Poster Effect, Color Accent, Color Swap, iFrame Movie, Super Slow Motion Movie
Photo Effects My Colors (My Colors Off, Vivid, Neutral, Sepia, Black & White, Positive Film, Lighter Skin Tone, Darker Skin Tone, Vivid Blue, Vivid Green, Vivid Red, Custom Color)
Drive modes Single, Continuous, Continuous with AF, Self-Timer
Continuous Shooting Approx. 2.4 shots/sec., AF: Approx. 0.8 shots/sec., LV: Approx. 0.9 shots/sec., High-speed Burst HQ: Approx. 10.3 shots/sec., up to 8 shots¹ ²

RECORDING PIXELS / COMPRESSION

Image Size 4:3 - (L) 4000 x 3000, (M1) 2816 x 2112, (M2) 1600 x 1200, (S) 640 x 480
16:9 - (L) 4000 x 2248, (M1) 2816 x 1584, (M2) 1920 x 1080, (S) 640 x 360
3:2 - (L) 4000 x 2664, (M1) 2816 x 1880, (M2) 1600 x 1064, (S) 640 x 424
1:1 - (L) 2992 x 2992, (M1) 2112 x 2112, (M2) 1200 x 1200, (S) 480 x 480
Resize in playback (M2, S, XS)
*XS is half the length and width of S
Compression Fine, Normal
Movies (Full HD) 1920 x 1080, 24 fps, (HD) 1280 x 720, 30 fps, (L) 640 x 480, 30 fps
Super Slow Motion Movie (L) 640 x 480, 120fps, (M) 320 x 240, 240fps
Miniature Effect (HD, L) 6fps, 3fps, 1.5 fps
iFrame Movie (HD)
Movie Length (Full HD & HD) Up to 4 GB or 29 min. 59 sec.¹
(L) Up to 4 GB or 1 hour ²
(Super Slow Motion Movie) 30 sec.

FILE TYPES

Still Image Type JPEG compression, (Exif 2.3 [Exif Print] compliant) / Design rule for Camera File system, Digital Print Order Format [DPOF] Version 1.1 compliant
Movies MOV [H.264 + Linear PCM (stereo)]
iFrame

DIRECT PRINT

Canon Printers Canon SELPHY Compact Photo Printers and Canon Inkjet Printers supporting PictBridge (ID Photo Print, Fixed Size Print and Movie Print supported on SELPHY CP & ES printers only)
PictBridge Yes

OTHER FEATURES

Red-Eye Correction Yes, during shooting and playback
My Camera / My Menu Start-up image and camera sounds customisation. Menu customisation
My Category Image tagging feature
Intelligent Orientation Sensor Yes
Histogram Yes, live histogram
Playback zoom Approx. 2x – 10x
Self Timer Approx. 2 or 10 sec., Custom
Menu Languages English, German, French, Dutch, Danish, Finnish, Italian, Norwegian, Swedish, Spanish, Simplified Chinese, Chinese (traditional), Japanese, Russian, Portuguese, Korean, Greek, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Turkish, Thai, Arabic, Ukrainian, Romanian, Farsi, Hindi

INTERFACE

Computer Hi-Speed USB (MTP, PTP) dedicated connector (Mini-B compatible)
Other HDMI Mini Connector (HDMI-CEC compatible) A/V output (PAL/NTSC)

MEMORY CARD

Type SD, SDHC, SDXC

SUPPORTED OPERATING SYSTEM

PC & Macintosh Windows 7 / 7 SP1 / Vista SP2 / XP SP3
Mac OS X v10.5 – 10.6 (Intel processor required)

SOFTWARE

Browsing & Printing ZoomBrowser EX / ImageBrowser
Other PhotoStitch, Movie Uploader for YouTube, CameraWindow

POWER SOURCE

Batteries Rechargeable Li-ion Battery NB-10L (battery and charger supplied)
Battery life Approx. 380 shots ¹
Approx. 540 min. playback
A/C Power Supply Optional, Power adapter ACK-DC80

ACCESSORIES

Cases / Straps Soft Case DCC-850
Lenses Filter Adapter FA-DC67A (Compatible with Canon 67mm Filters: Circular Polarizing PL-C B, Protect Filter)
Flash Canon Speedlites (including 270EX, 270EX II, 320EX, 430EX II, 580EX II¹), Speedlite Transmitter ST-E2, Speedlite bracket SB-E2, Off-Camera Shoe Cord OC-E3
Remote Controller/ Switch AC Adapter Kit ACK-DC80, Battery Charger CB-2LCE
Power Supply & Battery Chargers Lens Hood LH-DC60
Canon HDMI Cable HTC-100

PHYSICAL SPECIFICATIONS

Operating Environment 0 – 40 °C, 10 – 90% humidity
Dimensions (WxHxD) 122.9 x 92.4 x 107.7 mm
Weight Approx. 600 g (including battery/batteries and memory card)
Zoom ¹ Depending on the image size selected.
AF Modes ¹ Some settings limit availability.
Manual Power Adjustment ¹ Not all functions of the flash are supported.
External Flash ¹ Not all functions of the flash are supported.
Continuous Shooting ¹ Under conditions where the flash does not fire.
² Depending on memory card speed / capacity / compression setting.
Movie Length ¹ The following Speed Class memory cards are required for maximum record time: (HD) 1280 x 720 Speed Class 4 or above. (Full HD) 1920 x 1080 Speed Class 6 or above. (iFrame) 1280 x 720 Speed Class 6 or above.
² Depending on memory card speed / capacity / compression setting.
Battery life ¹ Using the batteries and memory card format supplied with the camera (where included), except where indicated.
Flash ¹ Not all functions of the flash are supported.
  • Standard Output Sensitivity / Recommended Exposure Index.
  • According to ISO 12232:2006 (20th April 2006) which specifies the method for assigning and reporting ISO speed ratings for digital still cameras.
  • All data is based on Canon standard testing methods (according to CIPA Standards) except where indicated.
  • Subject to change without notice.

Accessories & Supplies

Power

Trust Canon for guaranteed power performance. Extra batteries, battery chargers and AC adapter kits let you shoot photos and video for longer and review images without worrying about fading battery life.

NB-10L

A spare or replacement battery for your Canon digital compact camera. Genuine Canon batteries offer 100% compatibility, safety and performance.

CB-2LCE

A spare or replacement battery charger, perfect for travelling.

ACK-DC80

Power your Canon compact camera directly from a mains electricity supply. Ideal for shooting longer projects and powering the camera while it’s connected to a computer.

Softcases & Straps

Carry your compact camera comfortably and protect it from dust and scratches.

DCC-850

Protect your Canon PowerShot camera with a soft case when you are out and about.

Flashes

Get creative with your lighting and explore new and exciting types of photography. Canon Speedlites deliver accurate flash exposures time after time, and is quick and simple to use.

Speedlite 320EX

Featuring Wireless Slave technology, a bounce/swivel head and a constant LED light source for video work, the Canon Speedlite 320EX opens up new creative possibilities for EOS photographers.

Speedlite 270EX II

Explore the creative side of lighting with the Canon Speedlite 270EX II – a compact flashgun that is as easy to use off-camera as it is in your camera’s hotshoe.

Off Camera Shoe Cord OC-E3

Use a Canon Speedlite off-camera while retaining E-TTL II flash exposure control.

Lens Accessories

Change your angle of view and bring distant objects closer with a teleconverter. Or fit optical filters to your camera with a filter adapter.

Lens Filter Adapter FA-DC67A

Attaches directly to the front of the camera’s lens, allowing the use of 67mm optical filters.

Lens Hood LH-DC60

Maintains image quality by preventing flare, and protects your lens against bumps and knocks.

Cables & Other Accessories

Stay connected with the correct interface cable.

AV Cable AVC-DC400 ST

Show photos and movies on TVs and displays that have composite video connections. Carries picture and stereo sound.

HDMI Cable HTC-100

Show photos and movies on TVs and displays that have an HDMI connection. Carries picture and stereo sound, and features gold-plated contacts to ensure a reliable connection.

Interface Cable IFC-400PCU

Transfer photos and movies from your camera to a PC or Mac computer via USB. 1.5m (5ft) cable length.

irista

Manage, access and enjoy your photo library like never before