- Many thanks, been waiting for this! Now - for Internet's prime Main-Review of it.....!
- Another SX10-er here. Good to see that the trend towards "daft" sensor-counts in P&S devices is retreating a bit.
Not too sure about the change to CMOS (like the SX10-era SX1) with the size reduction, though.
My 10Mpix SX10 still does better walk-around JPEGs (at SuperFine) than does my 10Mpix BSI-CMOS Fuji HS10. The Fuji needs its RAW mode to beat it.
I bought the HS10 partly to get RAW, partly to get Fast Continuous, to complement the few things the SX10 doesn't do.
With firmware 1.02 the HS10 does 12.5fps Continuous for 7 frames, JPEG - 5fps RAW or RAW+JPEG.
Would have been nice to see RAW - maybe 7fps RAW and RAW+JPEG - with the SX40, though.
The XS40's slightly slower JPEG Continuous rate wouldn't make any difference to me - I tend to use the 7fps JPEG setting, or 5fps JPEG or RAW, anyway.
With the continuation of the SX30's little Li-Ion power-pack - not really a good idea for power-hungry P&S devices - in the SX40, that's a real shame...
Surely Canon designers are at least as competent as those at Pentax - where entry-level DSLRs have been 4 x AA since the K200D - through to the K-R - which has the option of a little power-pack for the more "Pro" users or for the usual/average users, 4 x AAs in an optional holder - giving over twice as many shots... (With 4 x AA Lithiums, 4 times as many as the power-pack.)
If Canon wants us - the myriad of SX10-lovers still out here - to update our Bridge-Zooms - at least an "Optionable" 4 x AA holder should be available. It's not as if the SX30-SX40 are "physically smaller" than a Pentax K-R - and the few grams the little Li-Ion saves in an over-600-gram camera wouldn't be noticed by most...
Nope - the Li-Ions are just a "trendy style" - like the missing-EVFs - from the tiny to micro size mid to low-end P&S cameras to make them "smaller and trendier" - like mobile phones...
Put an SX30 beside an SX10/20 - and see "how much tinier" the SX30 handgrip is... Well - isn't.... Even if some want to pay extra to get far fewer shots with a Li-Ion - and ensure that, on a trip - once the Li-Ion and spare are flat - the camera is useless, many of us would like at least the option of a 4 x AA holder that'll still fit easily into the SX30-etc's nice big handgrip...!
Of course - with the SX50 - to really "save size and weight" - they could "trendise" (remove) the EVF... And copy that lovely non-selling Olympus No-EVF Bridge-Zoom... Or maybe remove that big-bulky-heavy lens - but micro-4/3's been done before, too...
Interesting to see that Canon hasn't gone to "40x" with the SX40 lens - if only to get ahead of Nikon's 36x... Perhaps realising that any of the Ultra-Zooms - over 26x - are already a challenge to most users at full zoom or close to it - as they're so sensitive to movement or even tripod vibes...
But - that 10fps Continuous will change the way the SX40 is used - particularly if the CMOS allows good lower-light high shutter-speeds along with it, for moving targets. Having Panning IS mode (which the HS10 doesn't have) - to go with that, will make a very usable combination.