Canon PowerShot SX400 IS

Canon PowerShot SX400 IS

The firm Canon has released the new Canon PowerShot SX400 IS camera . A bridge camera that stands out for a super optical zoom of up to 30x , a compact design with an ergonomic grip and 1 6 MegaPixels of resolution incorporating Intelligent IS technology that analyzes the scene and automatically adjusts the stabilization mode both for taking photos and for record HD videos . The new Canon PowerShot SX400 IS will be available in stores next August for about 220 euros(price to be confirmed). Here are all the features of this new Canon compact camera .

Canon PowerShot SX400 IS

Lens and focus

The new Canon PowerShot SX400 IS has a very versatile lens . Its lens incorporates a 30x super zoom that translates into a wide focal range ranging from 24mm to 720mm . This specification is quite useful for users of the new Canon PowerShot SX400 IS since they will be able to take pictures in both wide angle mode , in 24mm, and in telephoto mode , reaching 720mm focal length.

And is that one of the main advantages of the lens of the new Canon PowerShot SX400 IS is its 30x optical zoom . The main advantage of the optical zoom is that it offers a real approach to the object or subject that we are trying to photograph, unlike digital zoom, which simply enlarges the central part of the image, cutting the margins. In addition, thanks to this 30x zoom, the new Canon PowerShot SX400 IS also incorporates the ZoomPlus function that will allow the scene to be enlarged up to 60 times .

The lenses that feature a wide focal range as the new Canon PowerShot SX400 IS are particularly bright . Specifically, it has a minimum aperture of f / 3.4 for the 24mm focal length and f / 5.8 for the 720mm focal length . This will allow us to take pictures in low light conditions, however, we will have to be careful that they are not shaken, as well as that all the elements of the scene are in focus.

Regarding its focus , that of the Canon PowerShot SX400 IS is TTL type and has two types of autofocus. One that reaches 9 points with automatic face detection , and another in a single fixed point, in the center of the image . In this new compact Canon PowerShot SX400 IS we can find four autofocus modes, the "Photo by photo", "Serial", "AF / AE Servo" and "With tracking" .

What certainly characterizes the new PowerShot SX400 IS Canon is its Optical Image Stabilizer signature Canon that stands for Intelligent IS technology that automatically adjusts the stabilization mode adapting to eight different scenes .

Canon PowerShot SX400 IS

Image sensor and processor

The sensor of the new Canon PowerShot SX400 IS is the type CCD 1 / 2.3 inches and offers a resolution of 16 megapixels which will give us a good image quality will be worth so much to correctly display photos on any screen and to to be able to print said photographs in more than acceptable poster-type measurements.

As for the image processor of the Canon PowerShot SX400 IS, it is of the DIGIC 4+ type that incorporates iSAPS technology . Both the sensor and the image processor will give us greater flexibility when taking pictures or recording videos without light variations affecting the final result.

Canon PowerShot SX400 IS

Shooting modes and functions

As far as photographs are concerned, the Canon PowerShot SX400 IS incorporates a large number of functions and shooting modes that will be very useful when selecting the camera settings for the scene we want to portray. However, if what we want is not to think, we can choose the Smart Auto mode that will detect among 32 shooting scenes the one that best suits the ones we want to portray . Other shooting modes, apart from the most basic ones, such as Portrait Mode or Self-timer with face detection , highlight a series of very original shooting modes that will enhance all our creativity. We talk about the ways that effects such asFish-eye, Miniature, Monochrome, or Toy Camera . Notably, in Burst mode , the Canon PowerShot SX400 IS achieves a speed of 0.8 photos per second .

When making video the Canon PowerShot SX400 IS also supports multiple modes, including the already mentioned Smart Auto will select between 21 different scenes detected automatically choose the one that best suits our needs that time. For the rest we will also find modes such as Monochrome, Super Intense, Poster Effect, Snow and Fireworks .

The files resulting from taking screenshots as well as video recording are compressed but do not show an alarming loss of quality . As for the pictures , the compression is in the JPEG format and can choose between different aspect ratios such as 4: 3, 16: 9, 3: 2 or 1: 1 . In addition, we can choose in each one of them the size of the resulting image that can be Maximum, Large, Medium or Small . As for recording video , the resulting file is in MOV format and can decide whether to burn themHD quality with a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels at 25 frames per second , or store them with a resolution lower than 640 x 480 pixels at 30 frames per second .

Canon PowerShot SX400 IS

Design and display

The new Canon PowerShot SX400 IS has an ergonomic design and quite light , it only weighs 313 grams with battery and memory included. Those of Canon have decided to put a touch of color offering it in both black and red . Its dimensions 104.4 x 69.1 x 80.1 mm , makes the new PowerShot SX400 Canon a very compact camera comfortable to carry , either hung on the neck or kept in a holster. One of the qualities of this camera is that it adopts a design very similar to that of DSLR cameras , that is why, despite being light, it has aHandle that makes it easy to hold the equipment when taking photos and videos.

Its screen is of type LCD and measures 7.5 centimeters , ie 3 inches with a resolution of up to 230 000 points . We can adjust the brightness of it thanks to the five levels that we will find in the internal menu of the Canon PowerShot SX400 IS .

At the top of the camera we can find the built-in flash , if we don't decide to use an external one. The Canon PowerShot SX400 IS can be used at a speed of 1/6000 seconds, and also has face detection and an intelligent mode to automatically determine the exposure.

Canon PowerShot SX400 IS

Connectivity and autonomy

The new Canon PowerShot SX400 IS has a fairly basic connectivity for what we are used to today. It can be connected to the computer thanks to its high-speed USB digital connector . On the other hand, we can connect the Canon PowerShot SX400 IS to a larger screen to view its contents thanks to its PAL / NTSC audio and video output . The Canon PowerShot SX400 IS accepts memory cards of different types such as SD, SDHC and SDXC .

As for the battery , the new PowerShot SX400 IS Canon is lithium and, according to Canon , lasts about a 190 shots . However, the Canon PowerShot SX400 IS also features a power saving mode in which the camera can hold up to 260 shots and 300 minutes of playback without connecting to the mains.

Canon PowerShot SX400 IS


The Canon PowerShot SX400 IS stands out for being an affordable compact camera , easy to handle, as well as for its 30x zoom that covers a wide focal range . The versatility of its autofocus system as well as the wide variety of shooting modes and creative filters such as Fish-eye and Monochrome is one of the characteristics that have most attracted the attention of users. We can buy the new Canon PowerShot SX400 IS next August for about 220 euros .

Canon PowerShot SX520 HS

ModelPowerShot SX400 IS
TypologyCompact - Bridge


Size1 / 2.3 inch
Resolution16 effective megapixels

16.6 true megapixels

FilterPrimary color
Image processorDIGIC 4 with iSAPS technology


Focal distance4.3 - 129.0 mm

Equivalent to 24 - 720 millimeters in 35 mm

Opening (No. F)f / 3.4 - f / 5.8
Zoom30x optical zoom

ZoomPlus 60x

4x digital zoom with Digital Tele-converter

Auto Zoom Framing Assist Function

Building13 elements in 10 groups
Image StabilizerYes, four-axis stabilizer


AF systemAiAF

Face detection 9 points

1 point fixed to the center

Focus modesSingle / Continuous / Servo AF-AE / Object Tracking
FeaturesFocus lock


Measuring systemEvaluative / Center-weighted / Concrete point (center)
Exposure compensation+/- 2 EV in 1/3 stop increments
ISO sensitivityAUTO, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600
Shutter1 - 1/1600 seconds

15 - 1/1600 seconds

White balanceAuto / Daylight / Cloudy / Tungsten / Fluorescent / Custom

Display and layout

Size3 inch TFT
Resolution230,000 points
Dimensions104.4 x 69.1 x 80.1 mm
Weight313 grams


Scope Angular: 50 centimeters - 5.5 meters

Tele: 1.4 meters - 3 meters

FeaturesSynchro. 1/1600 seconds

Flash exposure lock

Three power levels

Canon High Power Flash HF-DC2 Compatible External Flash


Photo modesSmart Auto (32 scenes detected), Program AE, Live View Control, Creative Shooting, Scenes (Portraits, Self-timer with Face Detection), High Speed ​​Burst (4.0 MP), Low Light, Snow, Fireworks), Creative Filters (Fisheye Effect, Miniature Effect, Toy Camera Effect, Monochrome, Super Vivid, Poster Effect), Video
Photo effectsMy Colors (My Colors Off, Vivid, Neutral, Sepia, Black & White, Slide Film, Lighter Skin Tones, Darker Skin Tones, Vivid Blue, Vivid Green, Vivid Red, Custom Color)
Video modesSmart Auto (21 scenes detected), Standard, Program AE, Portrait, Miniature Effect, Monochrome, Super Vivid, Poster Effect, Snow, Fireworks
Burst shootingApprox. 0.8 fps (speed held until the

memory card)

Image size4: 3 - (L) 4.608 x 3.456, (M1) 3.264 x 2.448, (M2) 2.048 x 1.536, (S) 640 x 480

16: 9 - (L) 4,608 x 2,592, (M1) 3,264 x 1,832, (M2) 1,920 x 1,080, (S) 640 x 360

3: 2 - (G) 4.608 x 3.072, (M1) 3.264 x 2.176, (M2) 2.048 x 1.368, (S) 640 x 424

1: 1 - (W) 3.456 x 3.456, (M1) 2.448 x 2.448, (M2) 1.536 x 1.536, (P) 480 x 480

Video size(Full HD) 1,920 x 1,080, 30 fps, (HD) 1,280 x 720, 30 fps, (L) 640 x 480, 30 fps

Miniature Effect (HD, G) 6 fps, 3 fps, 1.5 fps

Hybrid Auto (HD) 30 fps

File formatsJPEG compression

MOV [Video: MPEG-4 AVC (H.264), Audio: Linear PCM (stereo)]

Connections and autonomy

Memory cardSD, SDHC, SDXC
With cablesHi-Speed ​​USB Digital Connector (MTP, PTP)

HDMI mini connector

audio / video output (PAL / NTSC)

Without cablesNot
BatteryRemovable and rechargeable Canon NB-11LH battery

190 shots of autonomy

260 shots in Eco mode

300 minutes of video playback

+ info

Release dateJuly 2014
Manufacturer's websiteCanyon

Price to be confirmed