Canon PowerShot SX50 HS vs Canon Powershot SX40

Winner
Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

82

Canon Powershot SX40

68

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

Great zoom
Zoom
50x
High speed movies
High-speed framerate
240 fps
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Lens
24p movies
Supports 24p
For that film look
 

Reasons to buy the Canon Powershot SX40

Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
10.3 fps
Battery life
Great battery life
380 shots
Fastest shutter speed
Fast shutter speed
1/3200 of a second
High-speed framerate
High speed movies
240 fps

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

Nikon Coolpix L320

Nikon Coolpix L320

Super zoom

Wide angle Better wide angle
Size Smaller
High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
Canon PowerShot G12

Canon PowerShot G12

Pro digicam

$420

Size Significantly smaller
Aperture Wider aperture
High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 IV

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 IV

Pro digicam

$829 - $898

Aperture Much wider aperture
Movie format Higher resolution movies
High-speed framerate Lower speed movies

Canon Powershot SX40 Competitors

Canon PowerShot SX60 HS

Canon PowerShot SX60 HS

Super zoom

$315 - $429

Zoom Much more zoom
Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
Aperture Narrower aperture
Nikon D3200

Nikon D3200

Entry-level DSLR

$358 body only

$438 with 18-55mm lens

Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
True resolution Much higher true resolution
High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ48

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ48

Super zoom

Size Smaller
Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
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?
 
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