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Canon PowerShot Black 12.1 Megapixel Digital Camera - 5251B001

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35x Optical And 4x Digital And 140x Combined Zoom with Optical Image Stabilizer System/ 12.1 Megapixels/ Focal Length 4.3 (W) - 150.5mm (T)/ 2.7-inch LCD Monitor/ Maximum Aperture f/2.7 (W), f/5.8 (T)/ Shutter Speed 1-1/3200 sec. 15-1/3200 sec/ Exposure Control Method AE Lock/ White Balance Control/ Black Finish
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Canon PowerShot Black 12.1 Megapixel Digital Camera - SX40HS

Zoom to Infinite Possibilities. The PowerShot SX40 HS is a versatile compact point-and-shoot camera that easily captures amazing photos and videos. The Canon HS SYSTEM boosts low-light performance with the new Canon DIGIC 5 Image Processor and a high-sensitivity 12.1 Megapixel CMOS sensor. This advanced Canon technology delivers stunning image quality with reduced noise and blur. Colors are more vibrant and white balance is true-to-life. The 35x Optical Zoom offers incredible reach and range, allowing you to shoot any scene, near or far. The Optical Image Stabilizer helps images come out steady and clear, and a 24mm ultra Wide-Angle lens makes it easy to take pictures of large groups of people, tall buildings, expansive landscapes and much more. The camera also features a 2.7-inch Vari-angle LCD for great shooting flexibility. Packed with an array of powerful technologies, the PowerShot SX40 HS is a convenient digital camera capable of brilliant image capture.

The compact Canon SX40HS 12.1MP Digital Camera helps you capture those memorable moments of your life with ease. The Canon DIGIC 5 Image Processor and a highly sensitive 12.1MP CMOS sensor ensure that your images are of excellent quality even in low light and sensitive conditions. This PowerShot digital camera is equipped with a 24mm wide angle lens that comes in handy while taking large landscape photos and group photos. On the other hand, the Optical Image Stabilizer ensures steady, blur-free images. This Canon digital camera features a wide 2.7" Vari-Angle LCD display that provides the flexibility of clear view from any angle. The Canon SX40HS 12.1MP Digital Camera makes use of the Intelligent IS technology that analyzes the camera movement and automatically selects the proper mode to produce the steadiest image. Annoying red-eye in the pictures will be a thing of the past as this digital camera incorporates features, such as Red Eye Reduction and Auto Red Eye Correction.

Features:

  • Canon's high powered 35x Wide-Angle Optical Zoom (24-840mm) with Optical Image Stabilizer delivers magnificent images whether you are up close or far away.
  • 12.1 Megapixel CMOS sensor combined with the new DIGIC 5 Image Processor creates the Canon HS SYSTEM for improved low-light performance up to ISO 3200 and enhanced image quality.
  • Capture stunning Full HD 1080p video in stereo sound with a dedicated movie button; zoom while shooting and play back videos on an HDTV via the HDMI output.
  • Intelligent IS automatically chooses from six different modes to optimize image stabilization for the shooting condition.
  • High-Speed Burst HQ allows for continuous capture at a maximum of 8 frames* while maintaining superb image quality and Super Slow Motion Movie records video at high speeds to allow playback in slow motion.
  • 2.7-inch wide Vari-Angle LCD enables easy viewing from any angle.
  • Zoom Framing Assist button aids in tracking and capturing subjects during super telephoto photography.
  • Improved Smart AUTO intelligently selects the proper settings for the camera based on 32 predefined shooting situations.

Specifications:

Type

  • Compact digital camera with built-in flash, 35x Optical & 4x Digital & 140x Combined Zoom with Optical Image Stabilizer System

Image Capture Device

  • Type 12.1 Megapixels 1/2.3-inch CMOS sensor
  • Total Pixels Approx. 12.8 Megapixels
  • Effective Pixels Approx. 12.1 Megapixels

Lens

  • Focal Length 4.3 (W) - 150.5mm (T) (35mm film equivalent: 24 (W) - 840mm (T))
  • Digital Zoom Approx. 4.0x, up to 140x in combination with optical zoom
  • Focusing Range Auto: 0 in. (0 cm) - infinity (W), 4.6 ft. - infinity (T) Normal: 2 in. (5 cm) - infinity (W), 4.6 ft. (1.4 m) - infinity (T) Macro: 0 in. (0 cm) -1.6 ft. (50 cm) (W)
  • Autofocus System TTL Autofocus, Manual focus* * Shooting standby only in movie mode

Viewfinders

  • LCD Monitor 2.7-inch TFT color Vari-angle LCD with wide viewing angle
  • LCD Pixels Approx. 230,000 dots
  • LCD Coverage Approx. 100%

Aperture and Shutter

  • Maximum Aperture f/2.7 (W), f/5.8 (T)
  • Shutter Speed 1-1/3200 sec. 15-1/3200 sec. (Total shutter speed range)

Exposure Control

  • Sensitivity AUTO, ISO 100/200/400/800/1600/3200
  • Light Metering Method Evaluative*, Center-weighted average, Spot** * Control to incorporate facial brightness in Face Detection AF ** Metering frame is fixed to the center
  • Exposure Control Method AE Lock
  • Exposure Compensation +/-2 stops in 1/3-stop increments

White Balance

  • White Balance Control Auto*, Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Flash, Custom *Facial color is evaluated in Face AiAF.

Flash

  • Built-in Flash Auto, Red-eye Reduction, Auto Red-eye Correction, Flash On, Flash Off; FE lock, Slow Synchro, Smart Flash
  • Flash Range 1.6 - 23 ft. (W), 4.6 - 9.8 ft. (T), (50 cm - 7.0 m (W), 1.4 - 3.0 m (T))
  • Recycling Time 10 seconds or less (battery voltage: 7.4V)
  • Flash Exposure Compensation +/-2 stops in 1/3-stop increments

Shooting Specifications

  • Shooting Modes C2, C1, M, Av, Tv, P Auto*1, Sports, SCN*2, Creative Filters*3, Movie*4 *1 Smart AUTO also available for videos *2 Movie Digest, Portrait, Landscape, Smart Shutter*5, High-Speed Burst HQ, Handheld Night Scene, Low Light, Beach, Foliage, Snow, Fireworks, Stitch Assist *3 Fish-eye Effect, Miniature Effect, Toy Camera Effect, Monochrome, Super Vivid, Poster Effect, Color Accent, Color Swap *4 Standard, iFrame Movie, Super Slow Motion Movie *5 Smile, Wink Self-timer, Face Self-timer
  • Photo Effects My Colors Off, Vivid, Vivid Blue, Vivid Green, Vivid Red, Neutral, Sepia, Black & White, Positive Film, Lighter Skin Tone, Darker Skin Tone, Custom
  • Self Timer Custom*, Approx. 2-sec. delay, Approx. 10-sec. delay * Delay time (0-15 sec. (in one-second increments), 20/25/30 sec.) and number of shots (1-10 shots (in one-shot increments)) can be specified.
  • Continuous Shooting Approx. 2.4 shots/sec. (in P mode) Approx. 10.3 shots/sec. (in High-speed Burst HQ mode)* * Maximum of 8 continuous shots per burst Under conditions where the flash does not fire automatically. Differs depending on the zoom position.

Image Storage

  • Storage Media SD memory card, SDHC memory card, SDXC memory card, Eye-Fi
  • File Format Design rule for camera file system, DPOF Version 1.1 compliant
  • Image Recording Format Normal, Fine
  • JPEG Compression Mode Still Image: Exif. 2.3 (JPEG) Videos: MOV (Image data: H.264 data: Linear PCM (stereo))
  • Number of Recording Pixels [16:9] Large: 4000 x 2248 Medium 1: 2816 x 1584 Medium 2: 1920 x 1080 Small: 640 x 360 [3:2] Large: 4000 x 2664 Medium 1: 2816 x 1880 Medium 2: 1600 x 1064 Small: 640 x 424 [4:3] Large: 4000 x 3000 Medium 1: 2816 x 2112 Medium 2: 1600 x 1200 Small: 640 x 480 [1:1] Large: 2992 x 2992 Medium 1: 2112 x 2112 Medium 2: 1200 x 1200 Small: 480 x 480

Playback Specifications

  • Playback Modes File Still Images: Single, Index (4-100 thumbnails*), Magnification (Approx. 2x-10x), Easy, Auto Rotate, Scroll Display, Rotate, Favorites, My Category, Jump, Smart Shuffle, Filtered Playback, Information Display, Resume Playback, Red-Eye Correction, i-Contrast, Trimming, Resize, My Colors, Focus Check, Histogram, Overexposure Warning Videos: Normal Playback, Special Playback, Auto Rotate, Resume, Easy *As viewed in LCD monitor

Erasing Specifications

  • Erase Modes Select Image, single image, select all images

Interfaces

  • Video Out NTSC/PAL
  • Audio Out Stereo
  • Other Memory card slot; direct connection to Canon and SELPHY Compact Photo Printers, PIXMA Photo Printers and PictBridge-compatible printers via camera's USB 2.0 Hi-Speed cable
  • Power Source Battery Pack NB-10L, Compact Power Adapter CA-PS700 (when used with AC Adapter Kit ACK-DC80)
  • Shooting Capacity Approx. 400 shots (Viewfinder) Approx. 380 shots (LCD)
  • Playback Time Approx. 9 hours

Physical Specifications

  • Operating Temperature 32-104°F/0-40°C
  • Operating Humidity 10-90%

What's In The Box:

  • PowerShot SX40 HS Body
  • Battery Pack NB-10L
  • Battery Charger CB-2LC
  • Lens Cap
  • Case for Hot Shoe Cap
  • Neck Strap NS-DC11
  • Interface Cable IFC-400PCU
  • Digital Camera Solution CD-ROM

Approximate Weight:

  • Unit: 2 lbs
  • Shipping: 5 lbs

Approximate Dimensions:

  • Depth: 4.24"
  • Height: 3.64"
  • Width: 4.84"

Warranty Information:

  • Manufacturer Warranty (authorized online retailer): 1 Year Parts And Labor
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TypePoint And Shoot
Effective Pixels12.1 megapixels
Records VideoNo
Records HD VideoNo
Height (inches)3.64"
Width (inches)4.84"
Depth (inches)4.24"
Optical Zoom35x
Digital Zoom4x
Built-In FlashYes
Focal Length4.3 (W) - 150.5mm (T)
Focus ModesAuto, Manual
Image StabilizationYes
LCD Screen Size (inches)2.7"
Red-Eye ReductionYes
Self TimerYes
Self Timer Delay2sec / 10sec
Shutter SpeedYes
Storage MediaSD memory card, SDHC memory card, SDXC memory card, Eye-Fi
Power SourceBattery Pack NB-10L, Compact Power Adapter CA-PS700
White BalanceAuto
  

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Canon PowerShot Black 12.1 Megapixel Digital Camera
 
4.7

(based on 124 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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  • 4 Stars

     

    (20)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

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90%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (64)
  • Excellent image quality (64)
  • Good battery life (57)
  • Nice features/settings (56)
  • Good low-light performance (49)

Cons

  • Complicated controls/menu (10)
  • Heavy/bulky (8)
  • Poor low-light performance (7)
  • Missing features/settings (4)
  • Poor image quality (4)

Best Uses

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    A telescope with a camera attached.

    This camera was purchased as a replacement for my A3300 IS. It by far exceeded my prospects for quality and features. I had for some time been wanting to purchase a camera that had...Read complete review

    This camera was purchased as a replacement for my A3300 IS. It by far exceeded my prospects for quality and features. I had for some time been wanting to purchase a camera that had a manual mode and a strong zoom when the SX40 HS was announced. Having the good fortune of borrowing one for a week, I was so satisfied with the unit that I purchased one from a local store. I have played with all the shooting modes and the settings and have found the following information: The battery life is good. I can shoot a day's worth of photos and videos for a small excursion on one charge. Charging is not long either. Flash is powerful; the camera has a shoe for an additional flash, but I have not found this necessary. Focus: my only complaint. The auto-focus is superb, but sometimes slow. Manual focus is cool, but hard to do as the only ring on the camera is a small ring on the back that takes a long time to rotate. Screen is great; variangle, high-quality. Zoom is UNBELIEVEABLE! It can shoot wide for huge landscapes and telephoto like a telescope. Overall, I am highly satisfied at this purchase and would reccomend this camera to anyone who is looking for pro-features in an inexpensive camera. I often quipped that I would like to have an adapter for my telescope so that I could put my A3300 on it. I no longer desire this as I have a camera with a telescope for a lens!

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    Great camera with one fatal limitation

    My wife and I have been using this camera for a couple of months now. We really enjoy the power of the zoom lens and it has enabled us to get some great shots....Read complete review

    My wife and I have been using this camera for a couple of months now. We really enjoy the power of the zoom lens and it has enabled us to get some great shots. But living in Alaska, one of the greatest photographic opportunities we have is the aurora. This camera would not allow us to take a decent shot. The sx40hs will only allow us to use iso 100 or lower if we want to use an exposure time of over 1 second. At iso 100, even at 15 seconds the pictures were almost completely dark. At 1 second at iso 1600 or 3200, the aurora was visible but not great. My daughter had her Rebel T1i out and took some outstanding pictures using high iso setting and longer exposures. I have used many Canon digital cameras over the years from cheaper powershots to previous versions of the sx40hs like the sx3is. I have always been able to use higher iso settings with long exposure times to get decent aurora pictures. Canon needs to fix it so you can use ISO settings up to at least 1600 for the full 15 seconds in Manual and shutter priority modes. It was a major disappointment not to be able to use a camera in this price range to take decent aurora shots.

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    5.0

    Great Camera

    By loomex

    from Ithaca, NY

    Pros

    • Super-sharp images

    Cons

    • slo-motion video is not 1080p

    Best Uses

      Comments about Canon PowerShot Black 12.1 Megapixel Digital Camera:

      I have had this camera for over two years. Over a vacation I took over 1000 pictures and a few videos and only had to charge the battery once. The image quality is great. It has a lot of features I have not really used yet.

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      4.0

      Excellent Camera

      By Crimson782

      from Undisclosed

      Pros

      • great picture settings
      • Superior build quality
      • Super-sharp images
      • Vibrant colors

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Canon PowerShot Black 12.1 Megapixel Digital Camera:

          I have been using this camera for 2 years now. I find that it is very easy to use. There are a lot of amazing settings on this camera, and they are easy to figure out. This camera does not come with a paper instruction manual, but it does come with one to load onto your PC. I did just that and read it, and had no trouble figuring out all of the settings. I truly wish I could download a photo with this review. I have done numerous photo shoots for my family, and now have other's asking me if I do it professionally. My latest subject was my 6 month old baby. I took over 300 photos, and only 3 were blury...not bad considering my subject doesn't stop moving! Colors are vibrant, images are clear. The auto focus does not take that long unless your subject continues to move (then set to sports mode or HQ setting). Hold down the button half way, and it quickly adjusts. I absolutely love this camera!

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          4.0

          Just what I needed

          By Frost

          from Rock Hill SC

          Pros

          • Fast auto-focus
          • Superior build quality
          • Super-sharp images

          Cons

          • Flip up flash

          Best Uses

            Comments about Canon PowerShot Black 12.1 Megapixel Digital Camera:

            Got it in 2012 and love it! Point and shoot before an DSLR any day. Has more features than I thought, but you don't need to use them unless you really want to. The AUTO option works just fine for most shots. Needed a new camera, but was trying to stay away from the DSLR and I am glad that I did.

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            3.0

            dont waste your money

            By Montana

            from Montana

            Pros

            • Fast auto-focus
            • Super-sharp images

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Canon PowerShot Black 12.1 Megapixel Digital Camera:

                I purchased this camera because I love to take pictures of all the wild life in our area. I wanted a good zoom That plus when the grandkids are here I always have a camera ready on short notice for the cute things that happen. well the camera was really clumsy to hold and the flip out LCD screen was terrible. It wobbled and just the slightest movement it would move and then you lost what you were trying to see. The built in view finder was ridiculous. You couldnt see through that if you tried. The other bad idea was that you have to manually flip up the flash option. If you forget and you are in a dark place you have just lost your precious moment. I returned the camera and found something else with better options.

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                4.0

                Wonderful Camera with a loud zoom.

                By MaxBird

                from Overland Park, KS

                Pros

                • Bright LCD
                • Durable
                • Easy to use
                • Excellent Image Quality
                • Good battery life
                • Good Zoom Range
                • Nice features/settings
                • Simple controls/menu

                Cons

                • heavy/bulky
                • Loud zoom noise
                • poor low-light performance

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Canon PowerShot Black 12.1 Megapixel Digital Camera:

                  The powershot sx 40 hs is my new favorite camera! i love everything about it except for: the zoom noise, the time it takes to focus, and the weight. the good things are: the image quality, THE ZOOM, the ease of use, and all of the cool functions and options. i photograph birds and nature. it is a quick, fun, and easy camera to use. it really took the term Point and Shoot into account. over all great camera. some good ad-ons are the price and the slow-mo.

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                  (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  "Fan"tastic Camera

                  By TexasRangersFan

                  from Texas

                  Pros

                  • Durable
                  • Easy to use
                  • Excellent Image Quality
                  • Good battery life
                  • good low-light performance
                  • lightweight/portable
                  • Nice features/settings
                  • Simple controls/menu

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Canon PowerShot Black 12.1 Megapixel Digital Camera:

                      I have owned this SX50 for more than one year. I also owned the SX30 (sold to another Rangers fan) AND the SX40 which I still use. have taken approximately 500 GB of pictures with these 3 cameras, mostly at Rangers games. 10 FPS on the SX50 cranked it up to 300GB this season alone, because of RAW mode. 3 great cameras. The SX30 was purchased during the AL Championship Series and captured the moment ARod struck out, sending the Rangers to the 2010 World Series. It's shortcoming was the "continuous" mode, not being fast enough an no RAW mode. When the SX40 came out, it included 8 frames per second, solving the "continuous" mode that I needed. When the SX50 came out, camera RAW was included, making this the perfect camera. The zoom on all 3 cameras is outstanding. My seat in Rangers Ballpark is in Section 2xx just beyond first base. I have some great head shots of all 3 outfield position players. I've got some fine pictures of stealing of second base, one of an airborne Home Plate umpire trying to avoid a baserunner stealing home. I can't imagine what the SX60 will bring. Bulb maybe? I keep looking for a reason to go with a DSLR over the SX50 and can't find one yet.

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                      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Who knew a Canon could fit into a Coach?

                      By DCharleneNix

                      from Asheville, NC

                      Pros

                      • Bright LCD
                      • Durable
                      • Easy to use
                      • Excellent Image Quality
                      • Good battery life
                      • good low-light performance
                      • lightweight/portable
                      • Nice features/settings
                      • Simple controls/menu

                      Cons

                      • heavy/bulky

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Canon PowerShot Black 12.1 Megapixel Digital Camera:

                        I am dedicated Canon lover and fan! This camera is not only as handy as a point and shoot, but, works as good as a very expensive camera with replaceable lenses. I was on the balcony at my Daughter's Graduation and zoomed all the way in as close as front row. This was in a huge auditorium. Best of all, it is still smaller and compact. So compact, it fits in my Coach purse! Highly recommend!

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                        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        easy for beginners!!

                        By Airam

                        from Missouri

                        Pros

                        • Bright LCD
                        • Durable
                        • Easy to use
                        • Excellent Image Quality
                        • Good battery life
                        • good low-light performance
                        • Nice features/settings
                        • Simple controls/menu

                        Cons

                        • heavy/bulky

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Canon PowerShot Black 12.1 Megapixel Digital Camera:

                          Love the features, especially the 35x zoom! (I don't have to buy another lens)..I'm no professional photographer, and this one is perfect ( good for beginners too!)..had mine now for 2 years and it's still great!!..

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                          4.0

                          Love it BUT

                          By Em

                          from Rockland, NY

                          Comments about Canon PowerShot Black 12.1 Megapixel Digital Camera:

                          I bought this camera last year and I was amazed by it. I absolutely love it. However, I am forced to give it a 4 starts review because after having it for a little over a year, I already need to service it. Since it's been over a year, it is now out of warranty and I have to pay for the repair. I get a lens error message since it seems the lens is stuck. I have no idea how this happened because I have never dropped it or anything like that. It is a good purchase but I think it shouldn't need servicing so quickly.

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                          5.0

                          Love my camera

                          By Lyn

                          from Pleasanton Texas

                          Pros

                          • Bright LCD
                          • Easy to use
                          • Excellent Image Quality
                          • Good battery life
                          • good low-light performance
                          • Nice features/settings
                          • Simple controls/menu

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about Canon PowerShot Black 12.1 Megapixel Digital Camera:

                              I bought this camera because it was the next step up...I love it...would and I do recommend this camera

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