Canon PowerShot SX40 HS comparison

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Canon PowerShot SX40 HS

Canon PowerShot SX40 HS
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Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

Canon PowerShot SX50 HS
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Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

Canon PowerShot SX510 HS
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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200
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Nikon Coolpix P520 (Black)

Nikon Coolpix P520 (Black)
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Price $388 to $562 at 2 stores $319 to $539 at 11 stores $209 to $229 at 8 stores $272 to $599 at 5 stores $329 to $396 at 5 stores
CNET editors' rating
3.5 stars Very good
    Overall score: 7.5 (3.5 stars)
3.5 stars Very good
    Overall score: 7.5 (3.5 stars)
3.5 stars Very good
    Overall score: 7.7 (3.5 stars)
Editors' choice 4.0 stars Excellent
    Overall score: 8.5 (4.0 stars)
3.5 stars Very good
    Overall score: 7.7 (3.5 stars)
Average user rating 5.0 stars out of 9 reviews 4.0 stars out of 4 reviews 4.0 stars out of 1 review 4.5 stars out of 6 reviews 3.0 stars out of 1 review
Release date October 01, 2011 September 06, 2012 August 21, 2013 July 17, 2012 January 28, 2013
The Bottom Line If you're after a wide and long lens and excellent photo quality, the Canon PowerShot SX40 HS is a standout. In features, design, and performance, though, it's a bit lacking. If you simply must have the longest zoom in the room, the Canon PowerShot SX50 HS satisfies. A change in sensor brings the 30x zoom Canon PowerShot SX510 HS' photo and movie quality as well as its shooting performance up a notch. If you're searching for a long-zoom camera that falls in between a point-and-shoot and digital SLR experience, look no further than the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200. More point-and-shoot than dSLR in terms of features and performance than some competing high-end megazooms, the Nikon Coolpix P520 is a very good camera for those after a big zoom range, better control over results, and fine picture quality.

Basic specs

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Type LCD display - TFT active matrix - 2.7 in - Color
LCD display - 2.8 in
Info unavailable LCD display - 3 in
LCD display - 3.2 in
Dimensions (W x D x H) 4.8 in x 4.3 in x 3.6 in
4.8 in x 4.2 in x 3.4 in
Info unavailable 4.9 in x 4.3 in x 3.4 in
4.9 in x 4 in x 3.3 in
Lens System 35 x x Zoom lens - 4.3 mm - 150.5 mm - F/2.7-5.8
50 x x Zoom lens - 4.3 mm - 215 mm - F/3.4-6.5
30 x x
24 x x Zoom lens - 4.5 mm - 108 mm - F/2.8
42 x x Zoom lens - 4.3 mm - 180 mm - F/3.0-5.9
Optical sensor type BSI-CMOS
BSI-CMOS
CMOS
MOS
BSI-CMOS
Light sensitivity ISO 3200
ISO 1600
ISO 800
ISO 100
ISO 200
ISO 80
ISO 400
ISO auto
ISO 5000
ISO 2000
ISO 3200
ISO 125
ISO 1600
ISO 4000
ISO 2500
ISO 250
ISO 800
ISO 1250
ISO 100
ISO 200
ISO 80
ISO 6400
ISO 1000
ISO 160
ISO 640
ISO 320
ISO 400
ISO 500
Info unavailable ISO auto (1600-6400)
ISO 3200
ISO 1600
ISO 800
ISO 100
ISO 200
ISO 6400
ISO 400
ISO auto
ISO auto (80-400)
ISO 6400
ISO auto (80-800)
ISO 12800
ISO 80-3200
Video capture H.264 - 1920 x 1080 -
H.264 - 1280 x 720 -
H.264 - 640 x 480 -
iFrame - 1280 x 720 -
H.264 - 640 x 480 -
H.264 - 320 x 240 -
H.264 - 640 x 480 - Miniature Effect
H.264 - 640 x 480 - Miniature Effect
H.264 - 640 x 480 - Miniature Effect
H.264 - 1280 x 720 - Miniature Effect
H.264 - 1280 x 720 - Miniature Effect
H.264 - 1280 x 720 - Miniature Effect
H.264 - 1920 x 1080 -
H.264 - 1280 x 720 -
H.264 - 640 x 480 -
iFrame - 1280 x 720 -
H.264 - 640 x 480 -
H.264 - 320 x 240 -
H.264 - 640 x 480 - Miniature Effect
H.264 - 640 x 480 - Miniature Effect
H.264 - 640 x 480 - Miniature Effect
H.264 - 1280 x 720 - Miniature Effect
H.264 - 1280 x 720 - Miniature Effect
H.264 - 1280 x 720 - Miniature Effect
Info unavailable AVCHD - 1920 x 1080 -
AVCHD - 1920 x 1080 -
MPEG-4 - 1920 x 1080 -
AVCHD - 1280 x 720 -
MPEG-4 - 1280 x 720 -
MPEG-4 - 640 x 480 -
MPEG-4 - 1280 x 720 -
MPEG-4 - 640 x 480 -
H.264 - 1920 x 1080 -
H.264 - 1920 x 1080 -
H.264 - 1280 x 720 -
H.264 - 640 x 480 -
H.264 - 1920 x 1080 -
H.264 - 1280 x 720 -
H.264 - 640 x 480 -
iFrame - 960 x 540 -
Digital zoom 4 x
4 x
Info unavailable 4 x
2 x
Weight 19.6 oz
19.4 oz
Info unavailable 1.2 lbs
19.4 oz
Product Type Digital camera - Compact
Digital camera - Compact
Info unavailable Digital camera - Compact
Digital camera - Compact
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