Expert Review of Canon PowerShot SX240 HS Point & Shoot Digital Camera Black
Powerful 20x, 25-500mm optical zoom lens with a built-in 4-stop image stabilizer and Intelligent IS technology, 12.1 megapixel back-illuminated CMOS sensor, 3 inch LCD screen with 460k-dot resolution, DIGIC 5 image processing engine, face ID recognition, full 1080p HD Movie Mode with stereo sound and an HDMI output, and a Smart Auto mode with Scene Detection Technology and an Easy mode for beginners- all the ingredients for a blockbuster compact digicam are found in the latest canon release- the Canon PowerShot SX240. It weighs 224gms and measures 106.3mm x 61.0mm x 32.7mm and is available in black, silver and pink. The camera however lacks a GPS function as opposed to many of its counterparts.
Design and Build Quality
The canon PowerShot SX240 HS comes with a sturdy layout being made of a mix of plastic and metal to withstand the rugged usage.Being light weighted and measuring 106.3mm x 61.0mm x 32.7mm, it fits in the pocket making it easily portable. Given the marvellous 20x built-in zoom power, with lens does extending 2-inches from the body when using the maximum 500mm equivalent telephoto setting, accounts for the bulky nature but its worth compromising. Having the equivalent of a 25-500mm zoom lens in such a tiny body is sure cherry on the cake. However, the maximum apertures at either end of the range are pretty slow (f/3.5 and f/6.8 respectively. Adding to the camera’s stability is a new handgrip on the front and the effective image stabilisation system which automatically prevents blur. The front of the camera also sports a self timer/AF assist lamp positioned to the top left of the lens. The zoom can be very well adjusted by a rocker switch on the top of the camera alongside which we can see the on off button, and stereo and microphone holes. The shooting mode wheel is on the top right of the back plate with 12 optionsincluding an easy mode for beginners..
Focus and Face Detection
The canon PowerShot SX240 HS ha an Autofocus with different modes- Continuous, Servo AF (follows Servo AE) and Manual focus. The AF Frame supports Face AiAF, Tracking AF and center. Evaluative, Center-weighted average, Spot metering systems are also found in this new canon release. Exposure compensation is +/-2 stops in 1/3-stop increments. The camera has an ISO sensitivity upto 3200. The Aperture has a f number of /3.5 - f/8.0 (W), f/6.8 - f/8.0 (T) giving images close to real and helping capturing memories just like they are! Auto, on, slow synchro, off are some of the modes the Flash can be adjusted to according to the light demand. The camera automatically selects the optimum settings for all situations and subjects to help you take priceless picture-perfect memories. Face ID recognition helps you to capture familiar faces in a crowd of upto 12 people easily.
Lens and Image Stabilization
An approx. 12.1 million pixels is what the camera Canon PowerShot SX240 HS has to offer. Having a lens with focal length of 4.5 (W) - 90.0 (T)mm, (35mm film equivalent: 25 (W) - 500 (T)mm) and Zoom magnification of 20x gives you picture clarity like never before. Focusing range of the camera is 5cm (2.0in.) - infinity (W), 1m (3.3ft.) - infinity (T) and in macro mode 5 - 50cm (2.0in. - 1.6ft.) (W). It uses an Image Stabilizer (IS) System of the Lens-shift type and DIGIC 5 imaging processor.
Screen and Menus
LCD Monitor of the Canon PowerShot SX 240 HS is a TFT colour (wide viewing angle type) having a size similar to a 3.0 type. It has effective pixels of an Approx. 461,000 dots and Aspect Ratio of 4:3. It allows brightness adjustment of up to 5 levels. The camera boasts of a quick responsive non touch LCD. The easy to scroll through menu gives an option of a wide variety of shooting modes - Auto, Easy, Movie Digest, SCN, Creative Filter, Discreet and Movie. Image capture is also possible in Portrait, Smooth Skin, Smart Shutter, High-speed Burst HQ, Handheld Night Scene, Low Light, Underwater, Snow, Fireworks, Stitch Assist modes. It also has Fish-eye Effect, Miniature Effect, Toy Camera Effect, Monochrome, Soft Focus, Super Vivid, Poster Effect, Color Accent, Color Swap and movie recording in Standard, iFrame Movie, Super Slow Motion Movie. It has a wink and face self time along with face ID. Digital tele convertor is also found in this camera. Red-Eye Correction is found during shooting and playback. The camera allows My Menu Start-up image and camera sounds customisation along with Image tagging feature. It has a playback zoom of Approx. 2x - 10x and a Self Timer which can be set Approx. 2 or 10 sec. or Customised. Menu Languages include English, German, French, Dutch, Danish, Finnish, Italian, Norwegian, Swedish, Spanish, Simplified Chinese, Chinese (traditional), Japanese, Russian, Portuguese, Korean, Greek, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Turkish, Thai, Arabic, Ukrainian, Romanian, Farsi, Malaysian,Indonesian, Vietnamese making this a perfect choice people around the globe.
The canon PowerShot SX240 HS uses a Battery Pack NB-6L for power source which requires a Compact Power Adapter CA-DC10 that comes inclusive with AC Adapter Kit ACK-DC40. It has a hi speed USB interface and HDMI output and stereo and microphone for input.
The movie recording time during continuous shooting is an Approx. 1hr. 10mins in the Canon PowerShot SX 240 HS. The SD memory card, SDHC memory card, SDXC memory card can be used for storing the recorded media in the MOV format. The iFrame Movie and Movies made in Movie Digest mode shoot at 30 fps while the Actual frame rate is 29.97fps. An approx. of 4.9X zoom can be achieved in both still photography and video recording.
The camera has an effective pixel range of approx 12.1 million pixels and has intelligent orientation sensor. It supports white balance and has PhotoStitch and Browsing and Imaging browser EX.
nice body layout and handgrip.
great image quality.
Face ID recognition.
value for money is good.
10fps fast full resolution burst mode.
HD movie recording.
Noisy dual speed zoom.
Modest 5cm close focus.
not touch sensitive LCD.
may seem bulky.