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 #148 out of 244 in Small Sensor Superzoom cameras and all round #738 out of 1453 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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Canon SX240 HS family
The Canon SX240 HS is part of a family of products. You can read the complete range below.
Canon SX240 HS Gallery
You can check the SX240 HS from different angles in the gallery underneath.
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.
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.World's smallest camera makes it into Guinness Book of Records
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.Last day to get your files as Canon Irisa shuts down
To get an idea of different aspect ratios, you should refer to the visual below.
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.Instagram's $20 billion Ad success
Listed below is a visual of the Canon SX240 HS alongside a soft drink to help you have a sense of its scale.
The top view directly below will highlight the button design on the SX240 HS.
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.
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.
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.
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.Google will print your 'Best' photos for $8 a month
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.
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.
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 37 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.
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.
Canon SX240 HS as a Sports photography camera
A subpar sports photography score of 36 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.
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.
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 41 as a landscape camera is not appropriate in the current marketplace.
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.
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.