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Great Photos with a Canon PowerShot

Updated on June 22, 2014

Canon SX40 HS has a Great Zoom and Amazing Features

I just can't stop raving about my new Canon PowerShot camera. This little camera takes photos that are every bit as good as my DSLR and has an amazing selection of features. I especially love the 35X zoom. The photo here was taken from my kitchen table through our sliding doors. You can see where I zoomed in and caught this little squirrel eating bird seed that had fallen to the ground under our birdfeeder. The zoom allowed me to get close while sitting in the comfort of my own kitchen.

The camera has many of the features of a DSLR and yet is compact enough to easily carry with me wherever I go. I have been taking photos with a DSLR for 6 years now and my camera takes great shots, but sometimes it gets heavy carrying the camera and extra lenses when I travel. My new Canon camera should solve that problem and give me more flexibility on my photo shoots.

On this page I will share with you some of the photos that I have taken using the various features on the camera.

all photos are myself, mbgphoto

Canon PowerShot SX40 HS - a great all round camera

This little point and shoot has many of the advantages of a much bigger sized DSLR. It has a multitude of both auto and manual features.

Shooting Special Scenes - a fun feature on the camera

One of the features that I really like is the SCN or special scenes feature. In this feature you set your dial to SCN and then pick the scene you want to shoot. Here are the scenes available.

  • Portrait-soft, natural looking portraits
  • Landscape-shoot landscapes with a real sense of depth
  • Nightscapes-without a Tripod
  • Low Light (for example blowing out birthday candles)
  • Beach- capturing a beach scene on a bright day
  • Foliage- bringing out the vivid colors of trees and leaves
  • Snow- avoiding the glare on a snowy day
  • Fireworks- showing fireworks in vivid color

I'll let the Photos speak for themselves. Here are some of the shots I've taken with the Canon PowerShot SX40 HS

Close Up of Flower - beautiful detail

I was standing in my front yard and I took this photo on my neighbors side yard. I was probably 25 feet away. I love the way the zoom can take such great close ups of flowers from a distance. I can't wait to take this camera next time I go to the botanical garden. It will be so easy to photograph flowers that are in the middle of the flower beds.

Foliage - bright vivid colors of leaves

Bright Leaves
Bright Leaves

This photo was taken using the SCN and clicking on the foliage option.

Shooting Fireworks - clear photos...brilliant colors

This is a photo I took of fireworks. I used the Fireworks scene setting and the zoomed in on the shot. I was amazed at the clear photo I was able to get without a tripod.

Low Light Camera Setting - clear pictures in low light

I took this photo of my son's band playing at a dimly lit venue near his home. I was very pleased with the clarity I got while using the low light scene setting.

Photographing in the Rain - right from my kitchen table

I was sitting at my kitchen table looking at the way the water was reflecting on the flowers when I took this photo. This pot of flowers was on the other side of my patio...about 10 feet away.

Fish Eye Effect - creative filters

Fish Eye Garden
Fish Eye Garden

The camera also allows you to use several creative effects just by making a couple of selections. Here is a photo of my back garden using a fish-eye effect.

Canon PowerShot from Ebay - great buys

I bought my camera on Ebay and was very happy with the service. I first researched the camera that I wanted online and by going to a retail store to get a feel for the camera.

Great Features on PowerShot SX40 HS - Canon Point and Shoot

This great little camera has so many features I would find it hard to pick my favorite.

Which of these features would interest you?

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    • Lynda Makara profile image

      Lynda Makara 

      5 years ago from California

      I have a Canon Powershot A800 that I like a lot.

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      Barbara Walton 

      5 years ago from France

      I'm looking for a new camera and this certainly ticks all the boxes. DSLR or this? Would I really tote around a big and heavy camera? Many thanks for the clear information and the fabulous photos.

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      John Dyhouse 

      6 years ago from UK

      Well since seeing your photos, this could well be a new favourite. Wonderful images, so clear and detailed

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      6 years ago

      This camera is the newer model of my old workhorse Powershot S3IS. I loved that camera, and travelled with it everywhere! I've recently upgraded to a DSLR (Rebel T4i), but still have my Powershot as 'backup'. If I hadn't switched to the DSLR system, your camera would have been my next choice!

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      6 years ago

      Beautiful photos! I recently purchase the Canon Powershot. I have been quite pleased with it thus far!

    • sittonbull profile image


      6 years ago

      I know the powershot is great quality so that's probably what I will buy. As stated above, I'm limited with what I have now as far as zoom mainly... but that's a crucial limitation to me... so Canon... here I come :)

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 

      6 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      My husband gave me a new PowerShot for my birthday last year but for some reason I can not use it with my old computer so I am still using my older one. I can upload the pictures from my new one at our office but not this old worn out computer that I have at home. It is definitely time for a new computer.

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      Michey LM 

      6 years ago

      Like usual, you have excellent photos in your lens, and yes it is a combination of a great eye photographer, and a good equipment as well.

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      6 years ago

      Your photos always impress me. That gray squirrel in the intro is so cute! :)

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      Judy Filarecki 

      7 years ago from SW Arizona and Northern New York

      I have the Cannon EOS Ti3 and love it. My zoom lenses go from 18 to 55mm and 55 to 250mm. I'm amazed at you fireworks photo and the rain drops on you flowers is just ready for painting. Beautiful. Here is some Angel dust to sprinkle around you subjects.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 

      7 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      I am on my second Power Shot and love it. Your photos are excellent. I still have so much to learn

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      7 years ago

      My camera tries hard but it really isn't up to the job. Seems this camera is a good buy! Love your photos too.

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      Fcuk Hub 

      7 years ago

      This camera is making really great pictures :)

    • flycatcherrr profile image


      7 years ago

      I'm afraid I don't have anywhere near your skill with photography, but perhaps a new camera would help... you never know!

    • Nelskin profile image


      7 years ago

      Great informational lens here. Nice work! =)

    • VeseliDan profile image


      7 years ago

      Your pictures are great and I'm seriously thinking of buying this camera too.

    • markadamdouglass profile image


      7 years ago

      My partner just bought a new Canon EOS 60D. She loves it!

    • designsbyharriet profile image


      7 years ago from Indiana

      I never understand what my camera can do, so I rarely see its benefits.

    • raelcalu profile image


      7 years ago

      And I own a canon digicamera...and it is a good brand.

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      7 years ago

      The way you describe taking your pictures in the distant, at the comfort of your home, and have amazing results makes me reconsider buying a digicam and an expensive DSLR and go for this one.

      I'm saving money so I could buy a camera and explore the world of photography.

      Thanks for the share. There's a lot of choices and could not pick one, now I have encircled this item on my brochure.

      Great lens.

    • vinodkpillai lm profile image

      vinodkpillai lm 

      7 years ago

      I used Canon Powershot A95 for many years before switching to their DSLRs. I have never tried Nikon because the Canon cameras were all great cameras and I had no problems.

      The latest Powershot SX40 HS has interesting features / specs but this lens and especially your beautiful photographs make it seem a compelling option for serious consideration. I definitely enjoyed reading this lens for which - big Thanks !

    • LisaDH profile image


      7 years ago

      I've owned Canon cameras for the past 30 years, and they've always taken great photos. I confess that until recently I've been an SLR/DSLR snob and couldn't understand the appeal of a point-and-shoot, but I've recently acquired some point-and-shoot waterproof cameras that have made me rethink my position. I still love my DSLR, but I also love some of the fewest in the new point-and-shoots. And you can't go wrong with a Canon!!

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      7 years ago

      I had a high-zoom Canon before my current Olympus, it took very good photos.

    • KathyMcGraw2 profile image

      Kathy McGraw 

      7 years ago from California

      I absolutely love Canon's Powershot cameras. I had one overseas that took excellent photos, and it was small enough to stick in my pocket. I love that you showed the pictures for zooming and stuff, and telling how far away you were. The proof is in the pudding as they say, and this Powershot SX40 HS sure did it's job :) *Blessed*

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      7 years ago

      Thanks for checking on how it photographs jewelry for me. I just purchased one and gave you the credit.

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      7 years ago

      My favourite is the Canon G11. All my squidoo lens and zazzle photos are done with it.

    • mel-kav profile image


      7 years ago

      Great photos! I have a Nikon Coolpix L110. My very first lens was done about my backyard paradise with photos I had taken with my Nikon.

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      7 years ago

      Thanks for the rceommendation. I have been trying to decide what to purchase. How would this camera do in taking close-up photos of small pieces of jewelry? Would it pick up the markings and details?

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      Angela F 

      7 years ago from Seattle, WA

      I have a powershot too that is a few years old and it's still my favorite.

    • Virginia Allain profile image

      Virginia Allain 

      7 years ago from Central Florida

      I've been using the SX20 and loving it! The zoom has nabbed some awesome alligator photos in my backyard without my risking life and limb.

      Guess I should read my manual, as I haven't experimented with the SCN. Looks like I'm missing out on a good feature.


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