Canon PowerShot XS40 HS

One of the advantages for being known as the "hobbyist photographer" at work - sometimes the folks at work give you fun photography-centered assignments outside your normal job scope. Case in point - I was asked to spec out a replacement for the facility's aging point and shoot camera. Aging, indeed - the current camera is a circa 2003 Kodak Easy Share model.

The requirements - something that wasn't too small, with a decent zoom and low light capabilities.

I chose the new Canon Powershot XS40 HS with 35x zoom, IS stabilization and sized smaller than a compact DSLR.

They even let me play with it first.

PowerShot SX40 HS

The handling is decent, with an articulating live display screen and an electronic view finder.
In addition to full Auto, there is a command dial, with DSLR modes - P, Av, Tv (Shutter priority in Nikon speak), even Manual Mode and some User Defined modes.
I tried to use some of these modes, but found myself extremely constrained due to the lens capability, especially in Av mode.
New Toy at Work

But I'm not the main user of this camera - the engineers in the plant are, and they don't care about having shallow depth of field!

They want the zoom and this is where this one shines.

The view of the bookcase in my office, as I stand behind the desk, using the camera's widest setting:
The Wide View

A mid-zoomed view, still standing behind the desk:
Zoom A Little Closer

Zoomed all the way in:
Zoomed In

All photos SOOC, taken in AUTO mode and no flash.

I also tested out the camera's Macro Mode:
Real Leaves
Meh, it didn't do much for me - I couldn't zoom in to get the detail I wanted.

So this work assignment was a fun change of pace from my normal every day work duties. I also learned a bit about myself and my camera preferences. See, I've been considering a more compact camera to take with me when I can't take my DSLR. I learned that these pseudo-DSLRs aren't a fit for me.

In summary, the camera is great for those who desire a wide zoom capability, decent low light capability in an easy to use package.

Lisa RedWillow  – (October 13, 2011 at 10:22 PM)  

Congrats on your new cam. I thought of something like this for when I travel again. Im just not sure . Loved the photos. Cant wait to see more.

Puna  – (October 15, 2011 at 7:44 AM)  

So glad you are able to find a little bit of creativity in your everyday work! You get to buy the camera and use the camera. How great is that?

Maribeth Wester  – (January 25, 2012 at 7:23 PM)  

Hi
Thanks for the review - I just bought this cam yesterday and so far it seems fine - I didn't want to spend too much, want a decent vid capability and large zoom
Have 19 days to return it - any other suggestions - better ??

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