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The Canon Poweershot SX240 HS is this years update to the Canon Powershot SX230 HS - and updates the optical zoom from a 14x optical zoom, to a new 20x optical zoom lens! Other features include a 12 megapixel backlit CMOS sensor and 3 inch screen. Another version of this camera is available with GPS, called the Canon Powershot SX260 HS.
- 12.1 megapixel backlit CMOS sensor
- 20x optical zoom lens, 25 - 500mm equivalent
- Intelligent Optical Image Stabilisation
- 3inch screen
- Full HD Video, Stereo sound
- P/A/S/M Controls
- Digic 5 processor
- High Speed (HS) System
- Smart Auto 58 scenes
- Face ID
Menus - Built in hints and tips explains each option on the camera. Manual focus is available, flash compensation, and the camera gives an overlay of the most common options making it easy to choose and change settings. The menu button lets you set additional photo and setup options. In playback there are also playback and print options.
Battery Life - Battery life is rated at 230 shots according to CIPA standards. We were able to take over 250 shots which is better than expected.
Speed - We tested each camera's performance at focusing, shutter response, shot-to-shot time, continuous shooting etc. and have posted the results below. To test this we took 6 or more shots and calculated the average, so that consistent results were produced.
|Canon SX240 HS
|Wide - Focus / Shutter Response
|Full zoom - Focus / Shutter Response||0.4
|Switch on Time to Taking a Photo||1.7||2.0|
|Shot to Shot (without flash)||1.9||2.5|
|Shot to Shot with Flash||3.3||3.9|
|Continuous Shooting (JPEG)||2fps||1fps|
|Continuous HS mode (mp)
||10fps (10 shots, 12mp)||10fps (20 shots, 5mp)|
|Continuous Shooting (with Flash)||1.5s||N/A|
Start up screen was switched off. Shutter response and focus was quick and the camera offers a quick 10fps continuous shooting mode at 12 megapixels, although this is only available in the scene modes. In other modes the continuous shooting slows to 2fps.
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Canon PowerShot SX240 HS Sample Photos
Portrait | 1/60 sec | f/4.5 | 11.9 mm | ISO 320
Drive | 1/250 sec | f/4.0 | 4.5 mm | ISO 100
Landscape | 1/400 sec | f/4.0 | 4.5 mm | ISO 100
Landscape With Buidling | 1/500 sec | f/4.0 | 5.8 mm | ISO 100
Sample Photos - In our portrait shot there was little to no red-eye in photos, and good colour reproduction. The outdoor photos were particularly colourful with bright saturated colours that are pleasing to view, as well as good levels of detail.
Canon PowerShot SX240 HS Lens test images
Wide Angle | 1/640 sec | f/4.0 | 4.5 mm | ISO 100
Some Optical Zoom | 1/320 sec | f/5.0 | 23.0 mm | ISO 100
Full Optical Zoom | 1/160 sec | f/6.8 | 90.0 mm | ISO 250
Digital Zoom | 1/160 sec | f/6.8 | 90.0 mm | ISO 250
Trees | 1/50 sec | f/4.0 | 4.5 mm | ISO 100
Macro | 1/10 sec | f/3.5 | 4.5 mm | ISO 100
Lens Performance - The 20x optical zoom lens performs well at both the wide and telephoto ends of the lens, although there is some barrel distortion at wide-angle. There is also some pincushion distortion at full zoom. Detail is good although there is slight softness in the corners but not excessive. Vignetting was not noticed during testing, although some purple fringing was visible in areas of high contrast.
Canon PowerShot SX240 HS ISO test images
ISO100 | 1/8 sec | f/4.5 | 11.2 mm
ISO200 | 1/15 sec | f/4.5 | 11.2 mm
ISO400 | 1/30 sec | f/4.5 | 11.2 mm
ISO800 | 1/80 sec | f/4.5 | 11.2 mm
ISO1600 | 1/160 sec | f/4.5 | 11.2 mm
ISO3200 | 1/320 sec | f/4.5 | 11.2 mm
ISO Noise Performance - Noise is lowest at ISO100, with good results at ISO200 and ISO400. At ISO800 noise becomes more noticeable with detail and colour lost. Again at ISO1600 as noise increase detail and colour decrease although the results should still be useful if resized or used on the web. At ISO3200 noise increases and we'd definitely recommend resizing or further processing to remove some of the noise.
Canon PowerShot SX240 HS White-balance test images
AWB preset - incandescent preset | 1/13 sec | f/4.0 | 7.5 mm | ISO 100
Incandescent preset - incandescent lighting | 1/10 sec | f/4.0 | 7.5 mm | ISO 100
AWB preset - fluorescent lighting | 0.5 sec | f/4.0 | 7.5 mm | ISO 100
Fluorescent preset - fluorescent lighting | 0.5 sec | f/4.0 | 7.5 mm | ISO 100
White Balance Performance - Under tungsten lighting images have a yellow cast when using the auto white balance. Using the tungsten preset gives very good results. Under fluorescent lighting the auto white balance gives very good results with the fluorescent preset giving reasonable results. Detail is very good even in darker areas of the image.
Canon PowerShot SX240 HS Digital filters
Colour Accent | 1/40 sec | f/4.5 | 15.4 mm | ISO 800
Colour Swap | 1/40 sec | f/4.5 | 16.6 mm | ISO 800
Fisheye | 1/60 sec | f/4.5 | 16.2 mm | ISO 1600
Monochrome | 1/80 sec | f/4.5 | 16.2 mm | ISO 1600
My Colours Black And White | 1/5 sec | f/4.5 | 16.2 mm | ISO 100
My Colours Neutral | 1/4 sec | f/4.5 | 16.2 mm | ISO 100
My Colours Off | 1/5 sec | f/4.5 | 16.2 mm | ISO 100
My Colours Positive Film | 1/4 sec | f/4.5 | 16.2 mm | ISO 100
My Colours Red | 1/4 sec | f/4.5 | 16.2 mm | ISO 100
My Colours Sepia | 1/4 sec | f/4.5 | 16.2 mm | ISO 100
My Colours Vivid | 1/4 sec | f/4.5 | 16.2 mm | ISO 100
My Colours Vivid Blue | 1/4 sec | f/4.5 | 16.2 mm | ISO 100
My Colours Vivid Green | 1/4 sec | f/4.5 | 16.2 mm | ISO 100
Miniature | 1/320 sec | f/5.0 | 20.6 mm | ISO 100
Poster Effect | 1/30 sec | f/4.5 | 16.2 mm | ISO 800
Soft Focus | 1/40 sec | f/4.5 | 16.2 mm | ISO 800
Super Vivid | 1/30 sec | f/4.5 | 16.2 mm | ISO 800
Toy Camera | 1/40 sec | f/4.5 | 16.2 mm | ISO 800
Digital Filters - While the SX240 doesn't offer a HDR mode, it does offer iContrast instead - iContrast boosts the ISO setting and while it does increase dynamic range, it also increases the level of purple fringing. Scenes include: Handheld nightscene, low-light, it's also where they keep the 10fps shooting mode, and then creative effects is where you find: fish-eye, miniature, toycam, soft focus, mono,super vivid, poster effect, colour accent, colour swap. There's also a discreet mode. Live view lets you alter Dark/Light , Neutral/Vivid, Warm/Cool. There is no automatic panoramic mode.
My Colours lets you choose from a number of presets, as well as custom where you can alter contrast, sharpness, saturation, red, green, blue levels and skin tone.
Video - The video features wind filter and stereo sound. Optical zoom is quite quick and you can also take photos while recording, these are at the full 12 megapixels. There are also high speed video modes at 240 or 120 fps. Movie digest is another feature of the camera where it records a short video with every photo, then puts each clip into one video file, giving you a quick video of your day's activities.
Value For MoneyThe Canon Powershot SX240 HS is available for around £229, this is quite good value for money with alternative cameras costing between £250 to £350. These cameras also offer a lot of optical zoom in a compact body with GPS: Sony Cybershot HX20v, Panasonic Lumix TZ30, Fujifilm FinePix F770EXR and Nikon Coolpix S9300. Other options without GPS include the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150, Olympus SP-620 UZ, Nikon Coolpix L310, Pentax Optio VS20 and Olympus SZ-31MR. You'll also need to buy a memory card and a case or bag to keep your camera safe and protected - have a look at our complete guide to camera bags.
Canon Powershot SX260 HS. Full HD video is available with stereo sound and optical zoom as well as high speed video modes and the camera's movie digest mode is a good way to record both videos and photos. Image quality is good with pleasing colours and good levels of detail and the high speed shooting mode will also appeal, although it would be nice if it was available in all of the modes. The camera offers good value for money and its compact size and high zoom should make it high up on your shortlist if you're looking for a compact travel zoom.
|The Canon Powershot SX240 HS is a very capable travel zoom with a compact and stylish body.
Canon Powershot SX240 HS ProsGood image quality - good detail and colour
20x optical zoom lens in a compact camera
Full HD video, Stereo sound, also Slow motion video
10fps shooting, 10 frames
Reasonable value for money
Canon Powershot SX240 HS ConsLacks HDR mode
Lacks auto-panoramic stitching
High Speed 10fps only available in one mode
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Canon PowerShot SX240 HS Specifications
|Max Aperture||f/3.5 - f/6.8|
|35mm equivalent||25mm - 500mm|
|CCD pixels||12.1Mp (Megapixels)|
|Sensor Size||1/2.3 inch|
|Sensor Size (width)||No Data|
|Sensor Size (height)||No Data|
|Shutter speeds shortest||1/3200sec|
|Shutter speeds longest||15sec|
|ISO sensitivity||100 - 1600|
|Stereo Sound||No Data|
|Optical Zoom with Video||No Data|
|Battery Type||Rechargeable Li-ion Battery NB-6L|
|Box Contents||No Data|