Canon PowerShot SX40 Digital Camera Review

Posted: October 26, 2011
Canon PowerShot SX40 Digital Camera Review

The Canon PowerShot SX40 digital camera makes shooting photos even easier with a built-in 35x zoom, a 12.1 megapixel sensor, Canon's DIGIC 5 image processor and a dedicated movie button to shoot 1080P full HD video. Chris Hardwick and Grace Helbig review the $429 camera on Gadget Pr0n.

 What You Need To Know

  • The PowerShot SX40 is the latest super zoom point and shoot from Canon with a body that is only slightly smaller than a DSLR.
  • The design is pretty standard and it's lighter than you expect because the lens is built in.
  • The setting buttons are all where you would expect them.
  • The function wheel on here has no feedback and it kind of just spins in place without clicking.
  • The one touch button on the camera to record video is a nice touch.
  • Not only does the camera have a swivel LCD but there's also the option to use the viewfinder.
  • However, we did notice the color temperature through the viewfinder was cooler than through the LCD.
  • The camera has an optical zoom of 35x, which is pretty impressive.
  • There's also a digital zoom of 140x with a clarity better than most.
  • As far as optical zoom on a point and shoot, this PowerShot does not disappoint.
  • The 12 megapixel images look vibrant and accurate.
  • The new CMOS sensors lead to excellent resolution.
  • The Canon DIGIC 5 image processor boosts low light performance and as a result, the low light noise levels were greatly reduced.
  • There is a burst shooting mode that will fire off little over 2 shots per second and we could have liked to see it faster.
  • Another thing we didn't like is you can't shoot raw; with all the other features of this camera, it seems like a natural fit.
  • The PowerShot shoots 1080p at 24FPS HD video which had very little motion blur.
  • The zoom is a bit slower when shooting video but that is to cut down on the sound of the motor.
  • This does capture stereo sound right from the mic.
  • Overall, the video quality was very good.


  • $388


  • 4 Seals of Approval out of 5 (How do we rate gadgets?)
  • The zoom on this camera is amazing and it's the fastest PowerShot yet.
  • We like having an LCD and a viewfinder.
  • We wish you could capture raw images.
  • If you want a point and shoot with great zoom, this Canon camera is definitely the way to go.

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Comments are Closed


    They are a good laugh these two, but they forgot to mention that you can shoot slow-mo videos with this camera, you can alter the rec level of audio in video, you can do manual focus in video and stills which is great for video as it stops the AF hunting all the time i.e coming in and out of focus all the time. I think virtually everyone in the photog' fraternity knows that digital zoom is totally worthless though.

    Posted: November 11, 2011 5:47 AM
  • szir

    More Grace & Chris please
    "And he wears makeup" - "Do you like me now?!" :)

    Posted: November 1, 2011 10:04 AM
  • J_Boolihans

    good luck, chris. hope you sell a million

    Posted: October 27, 2011 11:07 PM
  • Effinepic

    G4's two best! Without a doubt. MOAR!!!

    Posted: October 27, 2011 2:29 PM
  • Slynkee

    This is what happens when you stick two comedians together on AOTS. Hilarious.

    Posted: October 26, 2011 5:54 PM