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#1 JimBob

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Posted 11 April 2012 - 06:15 PM

I think I am going to get a Canon sx40 HS. Does anybody have things they would like to say about it? I would love to know that pros/cons of it. How much lag does it have after you press the take button to when it takes the pic? Anyway I would just love to know.

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Posted 12 April 2012 - 01:53 AM

Bump? Guess no one uses this camera.

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Posted 17 April 2012 - 10:37 PM

I know Kryptos18 uses the preceding model (the SX30), which isn't much different at all. Try hitting him up a PM.

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#4 whatsinthesky

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Posted 18 April 2012 - 12:54 AM

I don't know about the SX 40, but I use the SX 30 and I'm very happy with it. It's a great camera for someone who wants to do more than just get good photos using the Autofocus.

#5 JI Bird Guy

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Posted 18 April 2012 - 06:42 PM

The SX40 is a good camera. I have the SX30 and purchased the SX40, although it is a good step up from the 30, I couldn't justify it as a $400.00 step up. I returned it and went DSLR.

#6 JimBob

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Posted 25 April 2012 - 01:44 PM

Thanks guys.

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Posted 05 May 2012 - 09:40 PM

I have a Canon 7D and bought the SX40 as a second "small" camera. I selected it because of the impressive zoom capabilities. Here are my personal pro's and con's:

Pros:
  • It's light enough and small enough so that I'll take it when I don't want to lug (and don't need) my 7D.
  • You can get a converter to add 58mm filters (such as a UV filter or circular polarizer). I felt that I really wanted a bit of protection on the lens.
  • Auto mode works pretty good most of the time.
Cons:
  • No raw mode. This caused me some hesitancy in purchasing the camera, but since I wanted a "simpler" camera, I figured it wouldn't matter. I really miss raw mode. And most of the pics seem to come out heavily compressed - like 3-4MB.
  • AV and TV mode controls are a bit cumbersome to use. You really get the idea that they want you to stick with Auto mode - which I now do.
  • Lots of warnings regarding camera movement while in Auto - especially when using the zoom. I'd like to switch over to AV mode for low light shots, but I just haven't been very successful in getting the results that I want.

Overall I'm glad that I got it - and use it quite a bit. I think of it as a camera that gives you "better than average" snapshots.


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Posted 07 May 2012 - 08:33 PM

Thanks for that!

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Posted 10 May 2012 - 07:14 PM

  • No raw mode. This caused me some hesitancy in purchasing the camera, but since I wanted a "simpler" camera, I figured it wouldn't matter. I really miss raw mode. And most of the pics seem to come out heavily compressed - like 3-4MB.


Install CHDK and you get raw mode back. http://chdk.wikia.com/wiki/SX40
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Posted 14 May 2012 - 10:33 PM

I've had this camera since December, but never posted on here because I never learned all the manual options.

We were birding with a group Saturday and one of the others had the same camera as I and we asked him if he uses the manual settings. He said no, mostly auto, but he uses the 8 shots per second mode a lot. It's technically called High-speed Burst HQ and the images are full resolution. You can access this when the dial is turned to SCN. and the icon shows HQ.

I wish I knew about this setting long before this. Though not as clear as some photos on the forum, my hummingbirds have wings!! Our computer is super slow, so I never attempted to read through that instruction manual CD. Through trial and error, I am learning a little of settings outside of Auto.

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