Canon PowerShot SX50 HS vs Canon Powershot SX40

Winner
Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

54

Canon Powershot SX40

43

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

Great image quality
Overall image quality
47.0
Wide dynamic range
Dynamic range
11.2 EV
Shoots RAW
Supports RAW
Better editing
High speed movies
High-speed framerate
240 fps
 

Reasons to buy the Canon Powershot SX40

Aperture
Wide aperture
f/2.7
High-speed framerate
High speed movies
240 fps
Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
External flash
External flash
Better lighting

galleries

Explore our gallery of 8 sample photos taken by the Canon PowerShot SX50 HS.
Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Canon Powershot SX40.

competitors

Canon PowerShot SX50 HS Competitors

Canon PowerShot SX60 HS

Canon PowerShot SX60 HS

Super zoom

$364 - $449

Zoom Significantly more zoom
External mic jack Has an external mic jack
Supports 24p No 24p support
Canon PowerShot SX10 IS

Canon PowerShot SX10 IS

Super zoom

Aperture Wider aperture
Macro focus Better macro capability
High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300

Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300

Super zoom

$360 - $448

3D Takes 3D photos
Aperture Wider aperture
High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies

Canon Powershot SX40 Competitors

Canon PowerShot SX720 HS

Canon PowerShot SX720 HS

Travel zoom

$329

Screen size Much larger screen
Size Much smaller
High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
Canon PowerShot SX60 HS

Canon PowerShot SX60 HS

Super zoom

$364 - $449

Zoom Much more zoom
Screen size Much larger screen
Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
Canon PowerShot SX520 HS

Canon PowerShot SX520 HS

Super zoom

$159

Screen size Much larger screen
Zoom More zoom
High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies

discussion

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Bob (5:28 PM, July 14, 2014)
Hi, I had canon powershot S5 IS and the resolution of photos I took was higher than the SX40. Does any body know why? I set up my camera on L and fine mode but the quality is still less than S5 IS. Also the size of photo is smaller than 3mb. Any opinion please?
 
Avatar for norm norm (0:12 PM, May 01, 2014)
they say the 50 is better than the 40. The only thing is I was able to take better pictures with the 40 hs. I understand many of the shots were intuitive such as the re peat capture action mode, where you are blind to what is happening while the shots are captured. Does the wide aperture really count for that much? I actually sold my 50 hs and re purchased a new 40 hs. So why am I wondering, the lense can be pushed to 1300mm on the 40hs, and you need steady hands. I find the edges of the moon are sharper with the 40 hs vs the 50 hs. The zoom pictures of the 40 hs seamed to work better. Has any one had both? Can you share your experience? And what about the sony 300 super zoom? Does any other brand come close? Is a carl zeiss lens worth all that?
 
bi (1:39 AM, November 01, 2013)
How come sx50 is cheaper? Sx40 is cheaper on Amazon
 
Nicole68 (11:43 PM, September 16, 2013)
Which is a better camera? Sx40 or sx50?
 
Avatar for Justin Chia Justin Chia (2:43 PM, June 22, 2013)
Not sure how they come up with 315 shots for SX 40 HS. I am still using SX 40 HS as my back up camera, telephoto and video. On certain concert, I can max out to over 860-880 shots on a single fully charged default battery. Sometimes I am still taking shots while the video recording is still on (not quite an ideal for video). The autofocus is quite fast I can zoom in detail of a face of the performers 90-130 meters out. However, as usual the lightning has to be good. I went to Bestbuy and tested out SX 50 HS but the focus is horrible .. It is understandable that you have to sacrifice certain feature if you want to increase the optical zoom ie. 50x. SX 40 HS as to my own personal opinion is best used for concert where, any DSLR or interchangeable camera lens are not allow to be used.
 
Vinod (7:42 AM, June 04, 2013)
Btw, I bought SX40 an year ago at Rs.22k from flipkart.com unlike the Rs.25k that you're suggesting.. maybe it is out of stock on many websites.
 
Vinod (7:40 AM, June 04, 2013)
Any improvements in SX50 picture-quality wise? or just the zoom and fps..?
I'm currently satisfied with SX40's picture quality.. any quality-specific reason that I should go for SX50?


Has there been an improvement in quality at the high zoom?
 
Vinod (7:30 AM, June 04, 2013)
Yep! SX40 forevaa!
 
Joe Samer (3:43 PM, April 23, 2013)
Love my SX40 !! Joe