Released in September, the Powershot SX40 HS is the latest addition to Canon’s new generation of cameras. It’s a clever little thing too, thanks to its intelligent IS technology the camera can not only automatically apply image stabilisation settings but can also identify the shooting situation, saving you precious time when you are trying to get a specific shot.
The rest of the camera’s spec is pretty impressive too. It has a 35x zoom lens, which is the longest lens that Canon have ever attached to a compact camera, and due to its ultrasonic and voice coil motors its provides near silent zoom and focus, which is ideal for its full 1080p HD video recording function.
It also has a Digic 5 processor for fast shooting, allowing you to shoot up to eight frames at once, when you use the in built high burst mode. Also according to Canon, this camera is 75% quieter than its previous models, so it should be perfect for taking a number of candid shots in quick succession.
The camera itself is actually quite cute, which is exactly what you’d want your camera to be. Canon were obviously keen to model it on a DSLR, and they’ve even gone so far as to include a fake lens release button on the base of the lens barrel.
It’s a nice idea, but essentially it’s nothing more than a useless gimmick. The camera also has an amazing range of manual controls that will undoubtedly delight amateurs and professionals alike, but will most likely intimidate novice photographers.