Record Screens & Menus

Please excuse the quality of these screen captures. The SX40 kit does not include an AV cable, therefore we had to photograph the LCD for these screens.

The SX40 HS offers a wealth of exposure options for users to choose from. Here we can see the camera's Smart Auto exposure mode, which is almost 100% fully automatic. It not only chooses optimal exposure settings, but will also apply per-programmed Scene mode settings to a shot if the camera detects certain elements within the frame; like portrait above. You only have the options to change the resolution, aspect ratio, and control the flash in this setting.

Smart Auto is designed to allow anyone the ability to enjoy using the SX40 HS, no matter what their experience level is. Pressing the display button will control the amount of onscreen information, as well as switch between the LCD and EVF for the active viewfinder.

Half-pressing the shutter release will activate the Autofocus and Auto Exposure systems. Once focus has been achieved, and the exposure is locked, the camera will display a Green square showing the active AF point if focus is successful, or red if it fails. Along the bottom you will also see the shutter speed, aperture, and ISO settings the camera has chosen for the photo. The symbol at the top near the work Auto indicates that there is a possibility of blur from camera shake due to a slower shutter speed.

As you rotate the mode dial, this graphical display is shown on both the LCD and EVF.

Program mode also offers automatic exposure control, however it also gives novice users access to more advanced settings such as ISO, Exposure compensation, White Balance, Focus mode, etc.

In Tv (Shutter Speed Priority) mode, you now have control over the shutter speed of the camera. All other options are the same as program mode. As you change the shutter speed, the camera will then choose the appropriate aperture settings to ensure you still get a good exposure. Fast shutter speeds help you freeze the action at a football game or other sport, while slower settings allow you to capture things like flowing water and night scenes.

Av or Aperture Priority mode is the exact opposite of Tv mode. You choose the aperture settings to control things like depth of field, and the camera will select the corresponding shutter speed.

In Manual mode, you have complete control over the camera's exposure settings. You have to manually dial in the exposure using the control wheel on the back, along with the EV Comp button (up on the 4-way) to switch between shutter speed and aperture. A handy exposure value scale is display on the right hand side (above the ISO indicator), which helps you dial in the exposure to your liking. This mode is recommend for experience users, or those who are diving in head first to learn more about the photography process.

FUNC. Menu Options (P/S/A/M):

  • White Balance - Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H or Custom
  • My Colors - Off, Vivid color, Neutral color, Sepia, B&W, Custom (Contrast, Sharpness, Saturation)
  • Bracketing - Off, AEB, or Focus-BKT
  • Drive Mode - Single Shot, Continuous, Continuous Shooting AF
  • Flash Compensation - Adjust the output level of the flash +/- 2.0 EV
  • Metering - Evaluative, Center Weighted Averaging, Spot
  • Image Aspect - 16:9, 3:2, 4:3, 1:1
  • Image Size - Large 4000x3000, Medium1 2816x2112, Medium2 1600x1200, Small 640x480
  • Image Quality - Fine or Normal JPEG compression
  • Video Size - 1920, 1280, 640

Options under the "SCN" position on the mode dial: Movie Digest, Portrait, Landscape, Smart Shutter, High-Speed Burst HQ, Handheld Night Scene, Low Light, Beach, Foliage, Snow, Fireworks, and Stitch Assist.

The SX40 HS also incorporates Canon Special Scene modes. These include: Fish-eye Effect, Miniature Effect, Toy Camera Effect, Monochrome, Super Vivid, Poster Effect, Color Accent, and Color Swap.

Record Menu Options (P/S/A/M):

  • AF Frame - FlexiZone, Face Detect, Tracking AF
  • Digital Zoom - Off, Standard, 1.5x, or 2.0x
  • AF-Point Zoom - On or Off
  • Servo AF - On or Off
  • Continuous AF - On or Off
  • AF-assist Beam - Enable or disable AF-assist lamp
  • MF-Point Zoom - Magnify focus area during manual focus
  • Safety MF - On or Off
  • Flash Control - Set Flash Output, Red-eye Correction, Red-eye lamp
  • i-Contrast - Auto or Off
  • Spot AE Point - Center, AF Point
  • Movie Audio - Allows you to control the MIC level and wind filter
  • Review - Post-capture review time, Off, Hold or settable for 2 - 10 seconds
  • Review Info - Off, Detailed, Focus Check
  • Blink Detection - On or Off
  • Custom Display - Choose the features you want displayed on at a time for the LCD and EVF (Shooting Info, Grid Lines, 3:2 Guide, Histogram)
  • Reverse Display - On or Off
  • IS Mode - IS mode: Off, Continuous, Shoot Only; Power IS: On or Off
  • Display Area - Small, Medium, Large
  • Date Stamp - Off, Date, Date and Time
  • Set Shortcut Button - Choose a function for the shortcut button
  • Save Settings - Save the current settings to either C1 or C2 on the mode dial

The SX40 HS includes some robust video options. You have three resolution choices; full 1080p HD, 720p HD, or 640x480 VGA. The frame rate is fixed at approx. 30fps (29.97fps), and Stereo sound is recorded. The SX40 is among only a few mega-zoom cameras that allows you to have full use of the optical zoom lens while video is recording. This adds to the versatility of this camera, with the ability to zoom in tightly on a subject without having to stop recording; and likely miss the action. The SX40 also provides two alternative video modes; iFrame and Super Slow Motion Movie. iFrame mode records video in the Apple iFrame format, which helps speed up the importing and editing process for Mac users. Super Slow Motion movie lets you record video at a super fast rate (240 or 120fps), which gives you a slow motion playback when reviewing the footage. Standard mode movies are saved in the QuickTime format, and saved with the .MOV file extension.

FUNC. Menu Options (Movie):

  • Movie mode- Standard, iFrame, and Super Slow Motion Movie
  • White Balance - Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H or Custom
  • My Colors - Off, Vivid color, Neutral color, Sepia, B&W, Custom (Contrast, Sharpness, Saturation)
  • Image Size - Large 4320x3240, Medium1 3072x2304, Medium2 1600x1200, Small 640x480, Wide 3744x2104
  • Image Quality - Fine or Normal JPEG compression
  • Video Size - 1280, 640,320

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