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Canon PowerShot SX40 HS

12.1-megapixel digital camera with 35X optical zoom

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Get sharp, detailed close-ups from the nosebleed seats
It's graduation day, and you're nowhere near the stage. Luckily, the Canon PowerShot SX40 HS is ready with 35X optical zoom to get a close-up of your graduate's triumphant grin. Built-in image stabilization helps keep your shots steady, which is especially helpful for long-zoom photography. This camera also features a wide-angle lens for shooting the graduates tossing their hats in the air or your proud scholar and ten of his closest friends. And Canon's latest DIGIC 5 image processor makes for speedy operation, so you're more likely to catch those great photo opportunities when they happen.

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Get sharp, detailed close-ups from the nosebleed seats
It's graduation day, and you're nowhere near the stage. Luckily, the Canon PowerShot SX40 HS is ready with 35X optical zoom to get a close-up of your graduate's triumphant grin. Built-in image stabilization helps keep your shots steady, which is especially helpful for long-zoom photography. This camera also features a wide-angle lens for shooting the graduates tossing their hats in the air or your proud scholar and ten of his closest friends. And Canon's latest DIGIC 5 image processor makes for speedy operation, so you're more likely to catch those great photo opportunities when they happen.

Easy operation and fun features
Compose your photos and high-def videos on the fold-out, rotating LCD screen, or set up your shots using the electronic viewfinder. Face detection helps you take true-to-life portraits and group photos. The camera focuses on the faces in your frame and adjusts exposure, flash, and white balance settings to accurately capture skin tones, regardless of the surrounding light. Manual modes let you customize settings for creative, artistic photographs. And if you want to grab a video of the graduation ceremony to put on YouTube™, you can switch over to full HD video mode quickly by pressing the movie button on the back.

I bought this to replace my long enjoyed Canon PowerShot S410.

Robin, New Jersey

What's in the Box:

  • Digital camera (black)
  • Lens cap (with attached cord)
  • NB-10L Lithium-Ion battery (7.4V/920mA) with plastic terminal cover
  • CB-2LC battery charger (8.4V/0.7A)
  • Adjustable neck strap
  • Case for hot shoe cap
  • 50" USB cable with in-line noise filter (cable has a USB Type A connector on one end and a mini-USB type-B connector on the other)
  • Digital Camera Solution Disk Ver.95.0
  • Canon Warranty card
  • Getting Started booklet (English)
  • Getting Started booklet (Spanish)
  • Canon Customer Support/Online Product Registration card
  • Important Safety Instructions (for battery charger)
  • Canon Printer advertisement

Product Highlights:

  • 12.1-megapixel effective recording
  • 2-11/16" Vari-Angle LCD screen rotates and swivels
  • 35X optical zoom (4X digital/140X total zoom)
  • records photos and video onto optional SD, SDHC, and SDXC memory cards
  • 35mm equivalent lens focal length: 24-840mm
Special Features:
  • high-definition movie mode (up to 1080p resolution)
  • optical image stabilization
  • electronic viewfinder
  • advanced CMOS image sensor for sharp photos even in low light
  • DIGIC 5 image processor for fast camera response and detailed photos
  • full-resolution, high-speed shooting — up to 8 frames at 10.3 frames per second
  • wide-angle lens for shooting landscapes or large groups
  • face detection automatically sets focus, exposure, flash, and white balance for better portraits
  • zoom framing assist button helps get close-ups of a subject in action
  • full manual mode
  • custom white balance settings
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
Connections and Dimensions:
  • mini HDMI output for connection to an HDTV (cable not included)
  • high-speed USB interface
  • compatible with PictBridge-enabled printers
  • 4-7/8"W x 3-11/16"H x 4-1/4"D
  • weight: 21.2 oz. (with battery and media)
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Features and Specs

General
LCD Screen Size 2.7"
Adjustable-angle LCD Yes
Wi-Fi No
Touchscreen No
Waterproof No
GPS-enabled No
Lens 35mm Equivalent 24-840mm
Optical Zoom 35x
Digital Zoom 4x
Filter Diameter N/A
Manual Focusing Yes
Manual Exposure Yes
Built-in Flash Yes
HDMI Output Mini
Memory
Internal Memory None
Memory Media SD/SDHC/SDXC
Image
Sensor Size 1/2.3" CMOS
Megapixels 12.1
Image Stabilization Optical
Highest Resolution 4000 x 3000
4K Video No
Video Resolution 1920 x 1080, 1280 x 720
Dimensions
Width (inches) 4-7/8
Height (inches) 3-11/16
Depth (inches) 4-1/4
Weight With Battery (ounces) 21.2
Warranty
Parts Warranty 1 Year
Labor Warranty 1 Year

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Features
Playback, Editing and Print Functions
Battery Information
Inputs and Outputs Notes
Supplied Software

Recording Features

Variangle LCD Monitor: The Canon PowerShot SX40 HS has a 2.7" TFT LCD monitor, featuring 230,000 dots with approximately 100% picture coverage. The monitor can be folded out nearly 180° and rotated forward or backward up to 270°, making it easier to frame your shots from difficult low or high angles. The LCD display's brightness can be adjusted to one of five levels. The LCD display also features a Night Display feature that when shooting in dark conditions, the camera automatically brightens the LCD monitor to suit the brightness of the subject, making it easier to frame the subject.

Electronic Viewfinder: In addition to the 2.7" LCD monitor, the SX40 HS has an electronic viewfinder with approximately 202,000 dots. It has a 5-step brightness adjustment, and a diopter for adjusting the viewfinder to your eyesight.

Image Sensor: The camera is equipped with a 1/2.3" CCD image sensor with 12.8-million total pixels, and 12.1-million effective pixels. Along with the new DIGIC 5 Image Processor, the SX40 HS gives you clear photos with accurate colors and less noise.

Face Detection Technology: The DIGIC 5 chip's Face Detection Technology finds and tracks the faces of moving subjects until you're ready to shoot, then delivers perfect focus. In addition, exposure, flash, and white balance are compensated, so that faces exhibit natural skin tones and backgrounds are properly exposed.

Smart Shutter: Smart Shutter technology automatically takes a picture a short time after the camera detects a specific change in the scene. There are three Smart Shutter functions:

  • Face Self-Timer: The Face Self-Timer automatically detects an increase in the number of faces, and makes the appropriate adjustments. When the Face Detection Self-Timer is set, the camera waits for the photographer's face to get on-camera before it takes the shot. The camera will shoot, two seconds after the new face is detected.
  • Smile Self-Timer: The Smile Self-Timer captures smiles by tracking your subject's face and automatically releases the shutter as smiles are detected.
  • Wink Self-Timer: The Wink Self-Timer lets you set the camera in a "shooting standby" mode after the shot is composed. When a designated person in the frame winks, the camera takes a picture, two seconds after the wink is detected.

Optics and Stabilization: The SX40 HS has a 35x optical zoom lens with a 4.3-150.5mm focal length (35mm equivalent is 24-840mm). The built-in lens shift-type Image Stabilizer helps control camera shake to give you clear images when you're zoomed way in. Image Stabilization can be set to Continuous, Shoot Only, or Panning.

Zoom: In addition to the 35x optical zoom, the camera features a 4x digital zoom. When used in combination, the total zoom is approximately 140x.

Digital Tele-Converter: The focal length of the lens can be increased by an equivalent of 1.5x or 2.0x through the use of the Digital Tele-Converter. The equivalent focal lengths of the lens (35mm equivalent) are 36-1260mm when using the 1.5x digital tele-converter, and 48-1680mm with the 2.0x tele-converter. The digital zoom and digital tele-converter cannot be used simultaneously.

Recording Media: The camera records still images or moving images with stereo audio on SD Memory Cards (2GB or less), SDHC Memory Cards (4GB to 32GB), and SDXC Memory Cards (32GB and higher). Still images are recorded in JPEG format, and the movies are recorded in MOV format (Image data: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264, Audio data: Linear PCM (stereo)). The camera has no built-in memory, and no memory card is included with the camera.

Still Image Resolution/Compression: The SX40 HS can record still images in 4 different sizes (Large, Medium 1, Medium 2, and Small) and 4 aspect ratios (4:3, 16:9, 3:2, and 1:1). For each resolution, you can set the compression to Fine or Normal. You can choose from the following resolutions:

  4:3 16:9 3:2 1:1
Large 4000 x 3000 4000 x 2248 4000 x 2664 2992 x 2992
Medium 1 2816 x 2112 2816 x 1584 2816 x 1880 2112 x 2112
Medium 2 1600 x 1200 1920 x 1080 1600 x 1064 1200 x 1200
Small 640 x 480 640 x 360 640 x 424 480 x 480

Movies: Movies can be shot in High Definition at 1920 x 1080 at 24 fps, and 1280 x 720 at 30 fps with stereo audio. Standard definition movies can be recorded at 640 x 480 pixels, with a frame rate of 30 frames per second and stereo audio. Recording will automatically stop when either the clip file size reaches 4 GB or the recording time reaches approximately 30 minutes for HD, and 1 hour for SD. SD Speed Class 6 or higher memory cards are recommended.

Movie Modes: There are 3 Movie Modes to choose from:

  • Standard: Shoots standard movies
  • iFrame: Shoots movies that can be edited with iFrame compatible software or devices
  • Super Slow Motion: Shoots fast moving subjects and plays them back in slow motion

Continuous Shooting Mode: You can use the continuous shooting mode to shoot successive frames while the shutter button is fully pressed. You can shoot continuously at approximately 2.4 images per second. In the High Speed Burst HQ mode, you can shoot up to 8 continuous shots at a maximum speed of approximately 10.3 images per second.

AutoFocus Frame Modes: The camera utilizes TTL (through-the-lens) automatic focusing with two focusing methods:

  • Face AiAF: The camera automatically detects the position of a face and uses the data to set the focus, exposure (evaluative metering only) and white balance (auto). When the camera is pointed at subjects, a white frame appears on the face the camera judges to be the main subject, and up to 2 gray frames will appear on other faces.
  • FlexiZone/Center: A single AF frame in the center of the frame is used. This is effective for focusing on a specific point. FlexiZone allows you to change the size and position of the AF frame.

AF-Point Zoom: You can magnify the AF frame and check the focus. In Face Detect mode, the face selected as the main subject will appear magnified in the monitor. In Center mode, the contents of the center AF frame will appear magnified.

Auto Focus Lock: If it becomes difficult to focus on the subject due to low contrast to the surroundings, close up and far away subjects in the same shot, or quickly moving subjects, you can choose to lock the focus or auto focus on an object at a similar distance, then shoot the picture after recomposing the shot.

Focusing Range: The camera features the following focus ranges (from the end of the lens):

  • Normal: 0.0" to infinity (W), 4.6' to infinity (T)
  • Macro: 0.0" to 1.6' (wide)

Shooting Modes: Using the mode dial on the top, you can switch between the following shooting modes:

  • Auto: The camera will automatically select the best settings for the scene.
  • Program: The camera sets both the aperture value and shutter speed.
  • Aperture Priority: You can set the aperture to a value at which you want to shoot, and the camera sets the appropriate shutter speed for the aperture you set. Aperture values can be set between F2.7 to F8.0 at wide angle and F5.8 to F8.0 at telephoto.
  • Shutter Priority: You can set the shutter speed to a value at which you want to shoot, and the camera sets the appropriate aperture value for the shutter speed you set. Shutter speeds can be set between 15 and 1/3200 seconds.
  • Manual: You can manually set the shutter speed and aperture.
  • Custom Modes(C1/C2): You can register commonly used shooting modes and setting to your preference in either of the two positions on the Mode Dial: C1 or C2.
  • Creative Filters: You can add various effects to images when shooting, such as Fish-eye Effect, Miniature Effect, Toy Camera Effect, Monochrome, Color Accent, or Color Swap.
  • Sports: For shooting continuous images while focusing automatically.
  • Scene: Select from the following, according to the scene or effects desired: Portrait, Landscape, Handheld Night Scene, Low Light, Beach, Foliage, Snow, and Fireworks.
  • Movies: Record movies in High Definition or Standard Definition in Standard Mode, iFrame Movie, and Super Slow Motion Movie modes.

Metering Modes: You can select from the following metering modes:

  • Evaluative Light Metering: used for standard conditions. The area within the frame is divided into several zones and light is measured based on subject position, brightness, direct light and backlighting.
  • Center-Weighted Averaging: averages the exposure from the entire image, but places more weight on the subject at the center
  • Spot: meters the area within the spot AE point at the center of the LCD monitor or viewfinder.

Exposure Compensation: If you are shooting against a bright background or strong backlight, you may need to correct the exposure so that the subject doesn't come out too dark. You can set the adjustments from -2 to +2 in 1/3-step increments.

Locking the Exposure Setting (AE Lock): You can set the exposure and focus separately. This is effective when the contrast is too strong between the subject and background, or when a subject is backlit. Flash Exposure Lock (FE Lock), just as with the AE lock, lets you lock the exposure for shooting with the flash.

White Balance: You can choose from the following white balance settings: Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Flash, and Custom.

Flash Modes: The PowerShot SX40 HS has a built-in pop-up flash. You can select Auto (flash fires in low light), Slow-synchro, On (flash always fires), or Off (flash doesn't fire). The built-in flash has a range of 1.6' to 23' in Wide Angle and 4.6' to 9.8' in Telephoto. In the menu, you can turn on the Red-Eye Reduction lamp for the flash, and apply Red-Eye Correction to the images that have been taken. As with Exposure Compensation, you can adjust the Flash Exposure Compensation +/- 2 stops in 1/3-stop increments when using the flash.

ISO Speed: The ISO speed can be set Automatically (ISO Auto), or manually to ISO 80, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600 or 3200. Lowering the ISO speed results in sharper images but there's a greater chance of subject or image blurring in certain shooting conditions. Raising the ISO speed results in a faster shutter speed, reducing blurred images. The images, however, will appear more coarse.

My Colors: You can choose the look and feel of the photos you take by using My Colors to add the following effects to the image you are currently recording or have already recorded: Vivid, Neutral, Sepia, B/W, Positive Film, Lighter Skin Tone, Darker Skin Tone, Vivid Blue, Vivid Green, Vivid Red, and Custom Color.

Display Overlay: You can customize the display with the following overlays:

  • Shooting Info: A wide range of information on the shooting conditions and settings will display on the viewfinder or LCD monitor.
  • Grid Lines: Displays gridlines dividing the monitor into 9 areas, allowing you to check the subject's horizontal and vertical alignment
  • Histogram: A graphic display that shows the distribution of brightness in an image horizontally.

Self-Timer: The SX40 HS utilizes a 10-second, 2-second, and a custom self-timer to allow the photographer to be included in the shot, or to avoid camera shake when using a tripod. The custom self-timer allows you to set the time delay to 1-15, 20, 25, or 30 seconds for up to 10 shots.

Playback, Editing and Print Functions

Index Display: This feature allows you to view 4, 9, 36, or 100 images at once on the LCD monitor so that you can search for an image quickly. Movies cannot be played in the index playback mode. You can view the index display by rotating the zoom lever toward wide angle while the camera is in playback mode.

Filtered Playback: When there are many images on the memory card, you can filter and display them by a specified filter. You can also protect or delete all images at once while filtered. Available filters include: Favorites, Date, Category, Type, and Number of Images.

Playback Displays: You can choose from the following types of displays: No Information, Simple Information, Detailed Information, and Focus Check.

Red-Eye Correction: You can correct red eyes in already recorded images. However, red eyes may not be automatically detected in some images such as faces near the screen edge, faces that appear extremely small, larger dark or bright in relation to the overall image and faces turned to the side or at a diagonal and faces with a portion hidden which prevents the Red-Eye Correction from working. You can choose to overwrite the file with the corrected image, or store the image as a new file, retaining the original image.

PictBridge/Direct Print: Using the supplied USB cable, you can connect this camera directly to a PictBridge-compatible printer of any brand, or a Canon printer that supports the Direct Print function. You can also connect the camera directly to certain Canon SELPHY compact photo printers and PIXMA inkjet photo printers. In this way, you can make prints directly from the camera without having to connect to a computer.

Battery Information

Power Requirements: The Canon PowerShot SX40 HS powered by the NB-10L Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery. The camera includes the CB-2LC battery charger, which can charge the NB-10L battery in approximately 1 hour 50 minutes. For long periods of continuous use, or when connected to a computer, it is recommended that the camera be connected to the optional ACK-DC80 AC adapter kit. A fully-charged battery will last for approximately 380 shots (400 shots using the viewfinder), 1 hour 20 minutes of movie shooting time, 2 hours 30 minutes of continuous shooting, and 9 hours of playback time.

Date/Time Battery: The camera uses a built-in backup battery for maintaining the date and time data for about three weeks after the battery pack has been removed. By inserting a charged battery or connecting an AC adapter kit, the date/time battery can be charged in approximately 4 hours, even if the camera is not turned on.

Power Saving Functions: The camera is equipped with the following power saving functions:

  • Auto Power Down for Shooting Mode: The screen will turn off approximately 1 minute after the camera is last operated. You can "wake" the camera at this point by pressing the shutter button halfway to turn on the screen and continue shooting. After about 2 more minutes, if no buttons are pressed, the lens will retract and the power will turn off.
  • Auto Power Down for Playback Mode and Connection to a Printer: The camera power down approximately 5 minutes after the last control is accessed on the camera.

Note: The Power Saving Function will not activate during a Slide-Show or while the camera is connected to a computer.

Inputs and Outputs Notes

HDMI Output: The PowerShot SX40 HS is equipped with a mini-HDMI (Type C) for connecting the camera to your HDTV. An optional mini-HDMI-to-HDMI cable, such as the Canon HTC-100 (item # 280HTC100), is required.

A/V Output/Digital Terminal: The camera has a Mini-B Version 2.0 USB terminal to allow you to connect the camera to a compatible computer or compatible Canon printer via the supplied USB cable. This USB 2.0 Hi-Speed-compatible terminal allows you to rapidly download images to your computer or printer. Through the same USB jack, you can connect the camera to a TV or video monitor with stereo RCA audio and composite video input jacks using the optional AVC-DC400ST Stereo AV Cable. You can set the video output to NTSC or PAL.

Supplied Software

Included Software: The PowerShot SX40 HS comes supplied with the Canon Digital Camera Solution Disk Ver.95.0 CD-ROM. It contains the following programs:

  • Canon Utilities:
    • ZoomBrowser EX 6.8 (Windows) / ImageBrowser 6.8 (Mac): manage images transferred to a computer (view, edit, and print)
    • CameraWindow DC 8.6: transfer images to and from camera, organize images on the camera, and upload movies on the camera to web services
    • PhotoStitch 3.1 (Windows) / 3.2 (Mac): use to merge still images to make panoramas
  • User Guides: Camera User Guide, Software Guide

Compatible Operating Systems:

  • Windows 7 (SP1)
  • Windows Vista (SP2)
  • Windows XP (SP3)
  • Mac OS X (v10.5-v10.6)

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