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Canon SX40 HS vs Canon SX530 HS

Portability
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Imaging
36
Features
50
Overall
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Canon PowerShot SX40 HS front
 
Canon PowerShot SX530 HS front
Portability
69
Imaging
41
Features
48
Overall
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Canon SX40 HS vs Canon SX530 HS Key Specs

Canon SX40 HS
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fully Articulated Display
  • ISO 100 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 24-840mm (F2.7-5.8) lens
  • 600g - 123 x 92 x 108mm
  • Announced September 2011
  • Older Model is Canon SX30 IS
  • Later Model is Canon SX50 HS
Canon SX530 HS
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 24-1200mm (F3.4-6.5) lens
  • 442g - 120 x 82 x 92mm
  • Announced January 2015
  • Old Model is Canon SX520 HS
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Canon SX40 HS vs Canon SX530 HS Overview

Let's look more closely at the Canon SX40 HS and Canon SX530 HS, both Small Sensor Superzoom digital cameras and they are both offered by Canon. There is a huge difference between the resolutions of the SX40 HS (12MP) and SX530 HS (16MP) but both cameras boast the same sensor dimensions (1/2.3").

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The SX40 HS was manufactured 4 years prior to the SX530 HS which is quite a significant gap as far as tech is concerned. The two cameras have the same body design (SLR-like (bridge)).

Before we go right into a complete comparison, here is a short summary of how the SX40 HS scores versus the SX530 HS with regard to portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Canon SX40 HS over the Canon SX530 HS

 SX40 HS SX530 HS 
Display typeFully ArticulatedFixed Fully Articulating display
Selfie screen Take selfies

Reasons to pick Canon SX530 HS over the Canon SX40 HS

 SX530 HS SX40 HS 
AnnouncedJanuary 2015September 2011More modern by 40 months
Display dimensions3"2.7"Larger display (+0.3")
Display resolution461k230kSharper display (+231k dot)

Common features in the Canon SX40 HS and Canon SX530 HS

 SX40 HS SX530 HS 
Focus manually Very exact focusing
Touch display Neither offers Touch display

Canon SX40 HS vs Canon SX530 HS Physical Comparison

If you are looking to carry around your camera regularly, you should think about its weight and proportions. The Canon SX40 HS offers exterior measurements of 123mm x 92mm x 108mm (4.8" x 3.6" x 4.3") with a weight of 600 grams (1.32 lbs) and the Canon SX530 HS has measurements of 120mm x 82mm x 92mm (4.7" x 3.2" x 3.6") along with a weight of 442 grams (0.97 lbs).

Take a look at the Canon SX40 HS and Canon SX530 HS in the new Camera with Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Don't forget, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will vary depending on the lens you are utilizing at that moment. Here is a front view size comparison of the SX40 HS and the SX530 HS.

Canon SX40 HS vs Canon SX530 HS size comparison

Using size and weight, the portability rating of the SX40 HS and SX530 HS is 64 and 69 respectively.

Canon SX40 HS vs Canon SX530 HS top view buttons comparison

Canon SX40 HS vs Canon SX530 HS Sensor Comparison

Usually, it can be difficult to visualize the contrast between sensor sizes merely by looking at specifications. The pic below will help offer you a greater sense of the sensor sizing in the SX40 HS and SX530 HS.

To sum up, both of these cameras provide the same sensor dimensions but different resolution. You should expect to see the Canon SX530 HS to give you more detail due to its extra 4 Megapixels. Greater resolution will make it easier to crop images more aggressively. The more aged SX40 HS is going to be behind with regard to sensor technology.

Canon SX40 HS vs Canon SX530 HS sensor size comparison

Canon SX40 HS vs Canon SX530 HS Screen and ViewFinder

Canon SX40 HS vs Canon SX530 HS Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Canon SX40 HS Portrait photography information
Canon SX530 HS Portrait photography information
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you can focus manually
high flash sync speed (1/2,000s)
features face detection focusing
low megapixels (12 megapixels)
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
does not have RAW format
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you can focus manually
good resolution (16 megapixels)
supports face detection autofocus
external flash not possible
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
has no RAW support
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Street Comparison

Canon SX40 HS Street photography details
Canon SX530 HS Street photography details
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screen articulates fully
image stabilization (Optical)
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
does not have RAW format
heavier than competition in class (600g)
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built in image stabilization (Optical)
screen is fixed
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
has no RAW support
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Canon SX40 HS
Sports photography with Canon SX530 HS
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long zoom range (24-840mm 35.0 x zoom)
image stabilization (Optical)
better than average battery power (380 shots)
low megapixels (12 megapixels)
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
does not have phase detect AF
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excellent zoom range (24-1200mm 50.0 x zoom)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
good resolution (16MP)
supports tracking autofocus
has phase detect autofocus
max fps very slow (1.6 frames per second)
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
not so great battery life (210 per charge)
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Travel Comparison

Canon SX40 HS as a Travel photography camera
Canon SX530 HS as a Travel photography camera
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better than average battery power (380 CIPA)
built-in flash
display is selfie friendly
fairly wide (24mm)
very long reach (840mm)
lack of Time Lapse mode
heavier than competition in class (600g)
low megapixels (12 megapixels)
sluggish max aperture (f2.7)
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good resolution (16MP)
has built in flash
relatively wide (24mm)
great reach (1200mm)
doesn't have Time Lapse recording
not so great battery life (210 per charge)
does not have a selfie friendly display
slow maximum aperture (f3.4)
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Landscape Comparison

Landscape photography with Canon SX40 HS
Landscape photography with Canon SX530 HS
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you can focus manually
fairly wide (24mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
better than average battery power (380 shots)
can't change lens (fixed lens mount)
sluggish max aperture (f2.7)
small screen (2.7")
low megapixels (12MP)
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
does not have RAW format
lack of Time Lapse mode
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you can focus manually
relatively wide (24mm)
good sized screen (3")
built in image stabilization (Optical)
good resolution (16 megapixels)
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
slow maximum aperture (f3.4)
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
has no RAW support
not so great battery life (210 shots)
doesn't have Time Lapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Canon SX40 HS Vlogging features
Canon SX530 HS Vlogging features
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fairly wide (24mm)
display is selfie friendly
image stabilization (Optical)
features face detection focusing
high res video (1920 x 1080 resolution)
sluggish max aperture (f2.7)
lack of external mic jack
heavier than competition in class (600 grams)
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relatively wide (24mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
supports face detection autofocus
video resolution high (1920 x 1080 pixels)
slow maximum aperture (f3.4)
does not have a selfie friendly display
doesn't have external mic support
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Canon SX40 HS vs Canon SX530 HS Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Canon SX40 HS and Canon SX530 HS
 Canon PowerShot SX40 HSCanon PowerShot SX530 HS
General Information
Make Canon Canon
Model type Canon PowerShot SX40 HS Canon PowerShot SX530 HS
Class Small Sensor Superzoom Small Sensor Superzoom
Announced 2011-09-15 2015-01-06
Physical type SLR-like (bridge) SLR-like (bridge)
Sensor Information
Powered by - DIGIC 4+
Sensor type BSI-CMOS BSI-CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions 6.17 x 4.55mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor surface area 28.1mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 12MP 16MP
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Peak resolution 4000 x 3000 4608 x 3456
Highest native ISO 3200 3200
Minimum native ISO 100 100
RAW photos
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch to focus
AF continuous
AF single
AF tracking
AF selectice
Center weighted AF
Multi area AF
Live view AF
Face detect AF
Contract detect AF
Phase detect AF
Total focus points 9 9
Lens
Lens support fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 24-840mm (35.0x) 24-1200mm (50.0x)
Largest aperture f/2.7-5.8 f/3.4-6.5
Macro focusing range 0cm 0cm
Focal length multiplier 5.8 5.8
Screen
Display type Fully Articulated Fixed Type
Display diagonal 2.7" 3"
Display resolution 230k dots 461k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch display
Display technology PureColor II VA TFT LCD -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Electronic None
Features
Minimum shutter speed 15 seconds 15 seconds
Fastest shutter speed 1/3200 seconds 1/2000 seconds
Continuous shutter rate 10.0 frames/s 1.6 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Set WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash distance 7.00 m 5.50 m
Flash settings Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync, Fill-in Auto, on, off, slow synchro
External flash
AEB
WB bracketing
Fastest flash synchronize 1/2000 seconds -
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (24fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps) 640 x 480 (30, 120 fps), 320 x 240 (30, 240 fps) 1920 x 1080 (30p), 1280 x 720 (30p), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Highest video resolution 1920x1080 1920x1080
Video data format MPEG-4, H.264 MPEG-4, H.264
Mic support
Headphone support
Connectivity
Wireless Eye-Fi Connected Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environmental sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 600 gr (1.32 lbs) 442 gr (0.97 lbs)
Physical dimensions 123 x 92 x 108mm (4.8" x 3.6" x 4.3") 120 x 82 x 92mm (4.7" x 3.2" x 3.6")
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating not tested not tested
DXO Color Depth rating not tested not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating not tested not tested
DXO Low light rating not tested not tested
Other
Battery life 380 photos 210 photos
Battery style Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery ID NB-10L NB-6LH
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec, Custom) Yes (2 or 10 secs, custom)
Time lapse shooting
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC SD/SDHC/SDXC
Card slots Single Single
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