Canon SX240 HS

 
Canon PowerShot SX240 HS front
 
Portability
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Imaging
37
Features
44
Overall
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Canon SX240 HS overview

Canon SX240 HS is Canon's Small Sensor Superzoom camera first launched on February of 2012. It uses a 12 MegaPixel, BSI-CMOS 1/2.3" sized sensor and has a maximum resolution of 4000 x 3000.

Canon introduced this camera in order to improve the older Canon SX230 HS (Read Full Comparison) and afterwards introduced the fresher Canon SX260 HS (Read Full Comparison) in order to improve this camera.

The SX240 HS ranks at #155 out of 243 in Small Sensor Superzoom cameras and all round #731 out of 1428 for cameras in our database. Remember to test our Advanced camera finder to get camera ratings based on your personal requirements.

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Here is a chart of multiple criteria used in the scoring system.

Canon SX240 HS family

The Canon SX240 HS is part of a family of products. You can read the complete range below.

ModelVisualizeLensResolutionSensor SizeReleased
Canon-PowerShot-SX70-HS front thumbnailCanon SX70 HS
SX240 HS vs SX70 HS
21-1365mm
F3.4-6.5
20MP1/2.3"2018
Canon-PowerShot-SX740-HS front thumbnailCanon SX740 HS
SX240 HS vs SX740 HS
24-960mm
F3.3-6.9
21MP1/2.3"2018
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Canon-PowerShot-SX730-HS front thumbnailCanon SX730 HS
SX240 HS vs SX730 HS
24-960mm
F3.3-6.9
20.3MP1/2.3"2017
Canon-PowerShot-SX620-HS front thumbnailCanon SX620 HS
SX240 HS vs SX620 HS
25-625mm
F3.2-6.6
20MP1/2.3"2016
Canon-PowerShot-SX720-HS front thumbnailCanon SX720 HS
SX240 HS vs SX720 HS
24-960mm
F3.3-6.9
20.3MP1/2.3"2016
Canon-PowerShot-SX540-HS front thumbnailCanon SX540 HS
SX240 HS vs SX540 HS
24-1200mm
F3.4-6.5
20MP1/2.3"2016
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Canon-PowerShot-SX420-IS front thumbnailCanon SX420 IS
SX240 HS vs SX420 IS
24-1008mm
F3.5-6.6
20MP1/2.3"2016
Canon-PowerShot-SX410-IS front thumbnailCanon SX410 IS
SX240 HS vs SX410 IS
24-960mm
F3.5-5.6
20MP1/2.3"2015
Canon-PowerShot-SX530-HS front thumbnailCanon SX530 HS
SX240 HS vs SX530 HS
24-1200mm
F3.4-6.5
16MP1/2.3"2015
Canon-PowerShot-SX710-HS front thumbnailCanon SX710 HS
SX240 HS vs SX710 HS
25-750mm
F3.2-6.9
20MP1/2.3"2015
Canon-PowerShot-SX610-HS front thumbnailCanon SX610 HS
SX240 HS vs SX610 HS
25-450mm
F3.8-6.9
20MP1/2.3"2015
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Canon-PowerShot-SX60-HS front thumbnailCanon SX60 HS
SX240 HS vs SX60 HS
21-1365mm
F3.4-6.5
16MP1/2.3"2014
Canon-PowerShot-SX400-IS front thumbnailCanon SX400 IS
SX240 HS vs SX400 IS
24-720mm
F3.4-5.8
16MP1/2.3"2014
Canon-PowerShot-SX520-HS front thumbnailCanon SX520 HS
SX240 HS vs SX520 HS
24-1008mm
F3.4-6.0
16MP1/2.3"2014
Canon-PowerShot-SX700-HS front thumbnailCanon SX700 HS
SX240 HS vs SX700 HS
25-750mm
F3.2-6.9
16MP1/2.3"2014
Canon-PowerShot-SX600-HS front thumbnailCanon SX600 HS
SX240 HS vs SX600 HS
25-450mm
F3.8-6.9
16MP1/2.3"2014
Canon-PowerShot-SX510-HS front thumbnailCanon SX510 HS
SX240 HS vs SX510 HS
24-720mm
F3.4-5.8
12MP1/2.3"2013
Canon-PowerShot-SX170-IS front thumbnailCanon SX170 IS
SX240 HS vs SX170 IS
28-448mm
F3.5-5.9
16MP1/2.3"2013
Canon-PowerShot-SX160-IS front thumbnailCanon SX160 IS
SX240 HS vs SX160 IS
28-448mm
F3.5-5.9
16MP1/2.3"2013
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Canon-PowerShot-SX270-HS front thumbnailCanon SX270 HS
SX240 HS vs SX270 HS
25-500mm
F3.5-6.8
12MP1/2.3"2013
Canon-PowerShot-SX280-HS front thumbnailCanon SX280 HS
SX240 HS vs SX280 HS
25-500mm
F3.5-6.8
12MP1/2.3"2013
Canon-PowerShot-SX50-HS front thumbnailCanon SX50 HS
SX240 HS vs SX50 HS
24-1200mm
F3.4-6.5
12MP1/2.3"2013
Canon-PowerShot-SX500-IS front thumbnailCanon SX500 IS
SX240 HS vs SX500 IS
24-720mm
F3.4-5.8
16MP1/2.3"2012
Canon-PowerShot-SX260-HS front thumbnailCanon SX260 HS
SX240 HS vs SX260 HS
25-500mm
F3.5-6.8
12MP1/2.3"2012
Canon-PowerShot-SX150-IS front thumbnailCanon SX150 IS
SX240 HS vs SX150 IS
28-336mm
F3.4-5.6
14MP1/2.3"2012
Canon-PowerShot-SX240-HS front thumbnailCanon SX240 HS25-500mm
F3.5-6.8
12MP1/2.3"2012
Canon-PowerShot-SX40-HS front thumbnailCanon SX40 HS
SX240 HS vs SX40 HS
24-840mm
F2.7-5.8
12MP1/2.3"2011
Canon-PowerShot-SD4500-IS front thumbnailCanon SD4500 IS
SX240 HS vs SD4500 IS
36-360mm
F3.4-5.6
10MP1/2.3"2011
Canon-PowerShot-SX230-HS front thumbnailCanon SX230 HS
SX240 HS vs SX230 HS
28-392mm
F3.1-5.9
12MP1/2.3"2011
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Canon-SX220-HS front thumbnailCanon SX220 HS
SX240 HS vs SX220 HS
28-392mm
F3.1-5.9
12MP1/2.3"2011
Canon-PowerShot-SX30-IS front thumbnailCanon SX30 IS
SX240 HS vs SX30 IS
24-840mm
F2.7-5.8
14MP1/2.3"2010
Canon-PowerShot-SX130-IS front thumbnailCanon SX130 IS
SX240 HS vs SX130 IS
28-336mm
F3.4-5.6
12MP1/2.3"2010
Canon-PowerShot-SD4000-IS front thumbnailCanon SD4000 IS
SX240 HS vs SD4000 IS
28-105mm
F2.0-5.3
10MP1/2.3"2010
Canon-PowerShot-SX20-IS front thumbnailCanon SX20 IS
SX240 HS vs SX20 IS
28-560mm
F2.8-5.7
12MP1/2.3"2010
Canon-PowerShot-SX210-IS front thumbnailCanon SX210 IS
SX240 HS vs SX210 IS
28-392mm
F3.1-5.9
14MP1/2.3"2010
Canon-PowerShot-SD3500-IS front thumbnailCanon SD3500 IS
SX240 HS vs SD3500 IS
24-120mm
F2.8-5.9
14MP1/2.3"2010
Canon-PowerShot-SD1300-IS front thumbnailCanon SD1300 IS
SX240 HS vs SD1300 IS
28-112mm
F2.8-5.9
12MP1/2.3"2010
Canon-PowerShot-SD980-IS front thumbnailCanon SD980 IS
SX240 HS vs SD980 IS
24-120mm
F2.8-5.9
12MP1/2.3"2009
Canon-PowerShot-SX200-IS front thumbnailCanon SX200 IS
SX240 HS vs SX200 IS
28-336mm
F3.4-5.3
12MP1/2.3"2009
Canon-PowerShot-SX1-IS front thumbnailCanon SX1 IS
SX240 HS vs SX1 IS
28-560mm
F2.8-5.7
10MP1/2.3"2009
Canon-PowerShot-SD970-IS front thumbnailCanon SD970 IS
SX240 HS vs SD970 IS
37-185mm
F3.2-5.7
12MP1/2.3"2009
Canon-PowerShot-SD960-IS front thumbnailCanon SD960 IS
SX240 HS vs SD960 IS
28-112mm
F2.8-5.8
12MP1/2.3"2009
Canon-PowerShot-SD1200-IS front thumbnailCanon SD1200 IS
SX240 HS vs SD1200 IS
35-105mm
F2.8-4.9
10MP1/2.3"2009
Canon-PowerShot-SX10-IS front thumbnailCanon SX10 IS
SX240 HS vs SX10 IS
28-560mm
F2.8-5.7
10MP1/2.3"2009

Canon SX240 HS Pros and Cons

Below is a selection of upsides and downsides of the Canon SX240 HS based on factors that are generally viewed as necessary in a camera.

above average min ISO (100)
excellent zoom range (25-500mm 20.0 x zoom)
features face detect autofocus
features tracking focus
flash built-in
has image stabilization (Optical)
high quality video (1920 x 1080 pixels)
includes HDMI socket
lighter than average in class (224g)
long reach (500mm)
manual focus
nice screen size (3 inch)
quite wide (25mm)
doesn't have a selfie friendly display
does not have phase detect autofocus
does not have RAW support
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
low battery (230 per charge)
low resolution (12 megapixels)
low resolution screen (461 thousand dots)
max frames per second low (2.0 frames/s)
missing headphone socket
missing microphone socket
missing Timelapse function
screen is fixed
slow at full zoom (f6.8)
small sensor (1/2.3")
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.5)
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Canon SX240 HS Sensor details

The Canon SX240 HS is run by the Digic 5 processor chip. The sensor size in the Canon SX240 HS is 6.17mm x 4.55mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor has the ability to resolve 4000 x 3000 pixels and aspect ratios of 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9. The camera has got Image Stabilization (Optical). Sensor stabilization is better than digital stabilization as the latter may produce cropping.

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The BSI-CMOS sensor boasts 12 megapixels and supports a native ISO range of 100 - 3200. Sadly, RAW format is not saved therefore the user has less margin for error.

The picture below displays the SX240 HS's sensor dimensions compared to other common sizes. The SX240 HS sensor comes with a crop factor of 5.8 and is displayed in green.

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To get an idea of different aspect ratios, you should refer to the visual below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Canon SX240 HS dimensions

Canon SX240 HS is 0.49 lbs (224 grams / 7.90 oz) and the measurement of the camera is 106mm x 61mm x 33mm (4.2" x 2.4" x 1.3"). The weight of normal Small Sensor Superzoom camera is 387 grams so the Canon SX240 HS is lighter when compared to various rivals.

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Listed below is a visual of the Canon SX240 HS alongside a soft drink to help you have a sense of its scale.

Canon PowerShot SX240 HS dimensions scale

The top view directly below will highlight the button design on the SX240 HS.

Canon PowerShot SX240 HS topview buttons dials

Canon SX240 HS Lens specs

The SX240 HS features a fixed lens featuring a focal range of 25-500mm making it a 20.0 x zoom which is ideal and is going to let you zoom right in.

At the widest 25mm, the lens provides an aperture of f3.5 and that's rather slow and not good in low light events and you will find it difficult to capture good bokeh. You will probably also have to raise the ISO setting producing noisy photographs. At the tele end, 500mm is amazing zoom and comes at f6.8 which is quite slow and you will need to apply slow shutter speeds.

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Canon SX240 HS Connectivity

The SX240 HS has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • HDMI Yes

Cameras that have NFC and Bluetooth support are able to be used wirelessly through smartphones. You will be able to send pictures and usually alter camera settings without the hassle of connecting physically to the camera.

Many applications even give a Liveview and click the shutter whenever you aren't near the camera. If the camera provides a HDMI out, it can easily be attached to an external monitor. The majority of cameras will allow you to recharge the battery through the USB socket.

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Canon SX240 HS Video specs

The maximum video resolution in the Canon SX240 HS is 1920 x 1080 and it can shoot in H.264 format. 1080p resolution will provide a decent balance between quality versus file sizes but FULL HD is not going to leave you with much room to downsample. The camera doesn't feature a mic and headphone port which means that you have got little control over your sound. It is perhaps a better idea to get an alternative camera if you require decent sound in your video clips.

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Canon SX240 HS Weather Sealing

Canon SX240 HS doesn't include weather sealing so wet conditions could damage the camera.

Canon SX240 HS Display and Viewfinder

The Canon SX240 HS houses a 3 inch fixed screen supporting a resolution of 461 thousand dots.

Please note that the screen offers no touch support.

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The View Finder specifications regarding Canon SX240 HS are the following:

  • ViewFinder None

Viewfinders are really handy during bright outdoor situations which can easily make the camera display washed out and very difficult to view.

Canon SX240 HS Shutter specs

Canon SX240 HS continuous shooting speed is 2.0 frames/s. The maximum shutter speed is 1/3200 seconds.

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Canon SX240 HS Flash and Hot shoe specs

Canon SX240 HS has got both in-built flash plus external flash ability.

Canon SX240 HS Autofocus specs

Canon SX240 HS has got just Contrast Based AF and lacks Phase Detect AF. Phase Detection focusing is more quicker & accurate when compared to Contrast Based focusing. The camera boasts Face detect making it valuable for people photography.

The AF system boasts 9 focus points to pick from. It also comes with Tracking AF for subjects on the move. Canon SX240 HS can use manual focusing if required during low light conditions or you need more accurate control on focusing.

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Canon SX240 HS Battery life

The battery (NB-6L) on the Canon SX240 HS is built to last for 230 images based on the CIPA specifications which is lesser when compared to its competitors. The general Small Sensor Superzoom camera battery life is 316. Fujifilm HS35EXR has got the highest possible (600) battery life within this type of cameras.

Following is a listing of Small Sensor Superzoom cameras that come with the highest battery life:

Canon SX240 HS for specific kinds of photography

The following graph provides a overview of the Canon SX240 HS for specific kinds of photography. To learn more, browse to the specific section below.

Portrait photography with Canon SX240 HS

The Canon SX240 HS gets a points total of 38 which is subpar, and means the camera is not appropriate to use for portraits. Taking portraits leans greatly towards sensor resolution, RAW support together with the potential to use off-camera lighting.

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has manual focus
provides face detect focusing
MP count low (12 megapixels)
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
no RAW format

Canon SX240 HS Street photography details

Coming in at a above average score of 61, the Canon SX240 HS is a very decent choice to use in street photography. A very good street photography camera offers a fine balance of image quality plus portability.

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built in image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than competitors (224 grams)
screen is fixed
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
no RAW format

Canon SX240 HS as a Sports photography camera

A subpar sports photography score of 37 suggests the Canon SX240 HS is not appropriate for taking photos of sports. A camera should have very good focusing and fast continuous shooting for sports photography.

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incredible zoom range (25-500mm 20.0 x zoom)
has image stabilization (Optical)
supports tracking focus
continuous shooting slow (2.0 fps)
resolution not great (12MP)
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
bad battery pack (230 CIPA)
does not have phase detect auto focus

Canon SX240 HS Travel photography details

Weight is pretty critical when picking a travel camera. On the whole, the Canon SX240 HS gets a above average 61 as a travelling camera which is a respectable pick to purchase for your trips.

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lighter than competitors (224g)
has built in flash
rather wide (25mm)
long zoom (500mm)
does not have Timelapse function
not so great battery (230 CIPA)
sensor resolution low (12MP)
screen isn't selfie friendly
sluggish max aperture (f3.5)

Landscape photography with Canon SX240 HS

For anybody planning to pick a digital camera for landscape photos, the most critical factor will no doubt be image quality. The Canon SX240 HS at it's subpar score of 42 as a landscape camera is not appropriate in the current marketplace.

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focusing manually
rather wide (25mm)
decent sized screen (3 inches)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
sluggish max aperture (f3.5)
sensor resolution not great (12MP)
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
has no RAW support
terrible battery (230 shots)
missing Timelapse recording

Canon SX240 HS Vlogging info

A vlogging camera should really posses a articulating display screen, mic input and ideally IBIS. Taking everything in to account, the Canon SX240 HS is not appropriate for vlogging as it delivers a subpar score of 34.

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relatively wide (25mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
has face detection focus
high quality video (1920 x 1080 pixels)
lighter than competitors in class (224 grams)
sluggish max aperture (f3.5)
display is not selfie friendly
does not have external mic support

Canon SX240 HS Alternatives

If you are in the market for alternatives to the SX240 HS, below is a collection of the highest ranked cameras that fall within the category of Small Sensor Superzoom.

The diagram down below provides you a bird's eye view of the SX240 HS versus it's highest ranking rivals shown earlier.

Following are additional cameras you may have a look at as alternate options. To read through a comprehensive comparison, visit the "compare" link.

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Specifications

General Information
Brand Name
Canon
Model type
Canon PowerShot SX240 HS
Class
Small Sensor Superzoom
Introduced
2012-02-07
Physical type
Compact
Sensor Information
Sensor type
BSI-CMOS
Processor Chip
Digic 5
Sensor size
1/2.3"
Sensor measurements
6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor area
28.1mm²
Sensor resolution
12 megapixels
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio
1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Full resolution
4000 x 3000
RAW photos
Max native ISO
3200
Min native ISO
100
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
Autofocus touch
Autofocus continuous
Autofocus single
Tracking autofocus
Selective autofocus
Center weighted autofocus
Multi area autofocus
Autofocus live view
Face detect focus
Contract detect focus
Phase detect focus
Total focus points
9
Lens
Lens support
fixed lens
Lens zoom range
25-500mm (20.0x)
Max aperture
f/3.5-6.8
Macro focusing distance
5cm
Crop factor
5.8
Screen
Type of display
Fixed Type
Display diagonal
3 inch
Display resolution
461 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch friendly
Display tech
PureColor II TFT LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type
None
DXO scores
DXO All around rating
not tested
DXO Color Depth rating
not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating
not tested
DXO Low light rating
not tested
Features
Slowest shutter speed
15 seconds
Maximum shutter speed
1/3200 seconds
Continuous shooting rate
2.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation
Yes
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash distance
3.50 m
Flash modes
Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Supported video resolutions
1920 x 1080 (24 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps) 640 x 480 (30, 120 fps), 320 x 240 (240 fps)
Max video resolution
1920x1080
Video file format
H.264
Microphone port
Headphone port
Connectivity
Wireless
None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS
None
Physical
Environment sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight
224 gr (0.49 lbs)
Dimensions
106 x 61 x 33mm (4.2" x 2.4" x 1.3")
Other
Battery life
230 photos
Style of battery
Battery Pack
Battery ID
NB-6L
Self timer
Yes (2 or 10 sec, Custom)
Time lapse feature
Storage type
SD/SDHC/SDXC
Card slots
1
Cost at launch
$0