Canon has updated it superzoom range with the PowerShot SX40 HS which features a 35x ultra-wide-angle zoom lens, full manual controls and Full HD movie capture.
The Canon PowerShot SX40 HS, an update to last year's SX30, is among the first Canon models to feature the new Digic 5 image processor which aims to boost the performance of the HS system and offers advanced shooting options as well as supporting Full HD (1080p) movie capture.
Looking at the headline feature of the SX40, the lens features a 35x optical zoom that comes with Ultrasonic and Voice Coil Motors (USM and VCM) to allow for fast and silent zooming and focusing. The focal range extends from 24mm for wide-angle shots (35mm equivalent) to 840mm for close-up shooting.
The 4.5-stop optical Image Stabilizer has also been enhanced with new Intelligent IS technology that detects the shooting situation and automatically applies the most appropriate image stabilisation settings from seven possible modes.
The HS system seen on previous Canon models is also present here and it combines a high-sensitivity back-illuminated 12.1 megapixel CMOS sensor with the Digic 5 processor for better low-noise images. The Digic 5 processor promises a huge 75 per cent less noise at all ISO levels that the predecessor.
High speed continuous shooting at full resolution images to card is available at 2.4 shots/sec, or with the new High-speed Burst HQ mode, a high-speed sequence of up to 8 full resolution shots can be captured at 10.3 shots/sec. A Super Slow Motion Movie mode is also available shooting VGA quality images at 120fps (or 240fps at QVGA resolution).
Full HD shooting at 24fps is available with stereo sound with the USM and VCM features ensuring you can use the full focal range without annoying noise or shake.
As well as allowing full manual control for the more advanced users, the PowerShot SX40 also comes with a wide range of creative filters including Fish-eye Effect, Super Vivid, Poster Effect and Miniature Effect which also extends to movies.
The PowerShot SX40 HS will be available next month and will set you back £459.