Canon PowerShot SX240 HS Review
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The new Canon PowerShot SX240 HS travel-zoom narrows the gap to the market-leading Panasonic TZ series by offering a much longer zoom, more features and fixing some of the issues that afflicted its predecessor. Full 1080p HD movies make the SX240 HS a more than competent all-in-one camera for both photos and video, although the built-in GPS system of the otherwise identical and slightly more expensive SX260 HS model is worth the extra cost.
The new 25-500mm, 20x zoom lens offers a broad focal range that makes it possible to frame up subjects near or far in pretty much an instant, pretty amazing given the size of the SX240 HS which is only a little larger than most compacts. We're glad to see the back of the flash unit that always popped up whenever the camera SX230 was turned on, and also the inexplicable 6-step delete image process which slowed down operation. Fast 10.3fps burst shooting at full 12 megapixel resolution is another big improvement offered by the SX240 HS.
Image quality is on a par with the previous SX230, that is to say very good. The employment of a back-illuminated sensor helps the SX240 to perform well in low light, with a usable ISO range of 100-800 and even the higher settings proving adequate for web use and smaller prints. The inclusion of full manual controls makes the SX240 HS as well suited to more experienced users looking for a compact alternative to their DSLR as it is the beginner, although as you'd perhaps expect there is no raw format support to sweeten the deal further.
Despite looking outwardly similar to its predecessor, the PowerShot SX240 HS represents a big step forward for Canon's travel-zoom cameras and is a real challenger to Panasonic's TZ30 and TZ25 models. Anyone looking for a pocket camera that can shoot high quality stills and video both near and far should seriously consider the exciting new Canon PowerShot SX240 HS.
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