• 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 12.1 megapixels
  • 24.00mm - 840.00mm (35mm eq.)
  • 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 16.1 megapixels
  • 23.00mm - 900.00mm (35mm eq.)

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Differences

Canon SX40 HS advantages over Nikon B500

  • Slower slow-motion
    240 fps vs 120 fps
    Supports slower slow-mo
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Eye-level vs Rear display only
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 1.54 vs 1.34 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Manual focus
    Yes vs No
    AF is for the weak. Real photographers focus manually.
  • Shoots 24p video
    Yes vs No
    Gives your movies a big-screen feel
  • Hot shoe
    Hot shoe vs None
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Longer exposure
    15 vs 4 sec
    Long exposures for night shots
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    10.3 fps vs 7.4 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Faster shutter
    1/3200 vs 1/1500 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light

Nikon B500 advantages over Canon SX40 HS

  • In-camera panoramas
    Yes vs No
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Wi-Fi vs None
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • NFC
    Yes vs No
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Yes vs No
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • Newer
    3 years vs 7 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • More dots on screen
    921k vs 230k dots
    Can mean greater resolution or a brighter screen
  • More pixels
    16.1 vs 12.1 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Higher extended ISO
    6400 vs 3200 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Both provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Tiltable Screen
    Both provide
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • Internal flash
    Both provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video
  • Slow-motion videos
    Both provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

Common Weaknesses

  • Focus peaking
    Neither provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Touchscreen
    Neither provide
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • RAW file ability
    Neither provide
    Gives you more flexibility to develop your photos later
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Neither provide
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Integrated ND filter
    Neither provide
    Shoot in daylight with a large aperture or slow shutter
  • External Mic Jack
    Neither provide
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Bulb shutter
    Neither provide
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures

User reviews

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Review Excerpt

  • Wide, long all-purpose zoom lens performs well; Very good image quality; Articulating LCD; Good grip; Excellent controls.

  • Rear scroll wheel is too sensitive; Low-res LCD; No lens hood included; Slow startup time; Slow cycle time.

The Competition

Compared to Fujifilm HS10

Canon SX40 HS
Fujifilm HS10
  • $342
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • $500
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Slower slow-motion
  • RAW file ability
Nikon B500
Fujifilm HS10
  • $257
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • In-camera panoramas
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • $500
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Slower slow-motion
  • Eye-level viewfinder

Compared to Canon SX30 IS

Canon SX40 HS
Canon SX30 IS
  • $342
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Shoots 24p video
  • Shoots 1080p video
  • $440
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More pixels
  • Higher extended ISO
Nikon B500
Canon SX30 IS
  • $257
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • In-camera panoramas
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • $440
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • Manual focus

Compared to Panasonic FZ200

Canon SX40 HS
Panasonic FZ200
  • $342
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • Shoots 24p video
  • $320
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • In-camera panoramas
Nikon B500
Panasonic FZ200
  • $257
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • $320
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Slower slow-motion

Compared to Samsung WB1100F

Canon SX40 HS
Samsung WB1100F
  • $342
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Bigger pixels
  • Tiltable Screen
  • $298
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • In-camera panoramas
Nikon B500
Samsung WB1100F
  • $257
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Built-in Bluetooth
  • $298
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • Manual focus

Compared to Nikon L840

Canon SX40 HS
Nikon L840
  • $342
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Slower slow-motion
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $252
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • In-camera panoramas
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
Nikon B500
Nikon L840
  • $257
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Built-in Bluetooth
  • Newer
  • $252
  • 1/2.3 inch
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