Canon PowerShot SX410 IS Review

There is a 40x optical zoom range available on the Canon PowerShot SX410 IS, which is a superzoom camera. Even while it won’t readily fit in your pocket, it won’t take up much room in a backpack either, making it one of the most compact super-zooms that are designed to resemble SLR cameras.

The SX410 IS was released in February of 2015, making it the successor to the SX400 IS, which was made available in July of the previous year. In addition to increasing the zoom range from the previous models’ maximum of 30x, this new model brings the total number of megabytes that can be captured by the CCD sensor up to 20.

The majority of the other features from the previous generation have been carried over, including the 3-inch LCD screen. In point of fact, aside from the longer zoom and the new sensor, there isn’t much else that is new, and it’s a bit sad to see that Canon has opted against incorporating Wifi or increasing the HD video capabilities beyond 720p. The only thing that is new is the sensor and the longer lens.

Having said that, an increase of 25 percent in the zoom range is not to be sneered at, and a higher resolution sensor means that you can produce larger prints or crop in even closer, but it is unknown how the image quality compares to that of previous models. Read on for my comprehensive review to find out, and to see how the PowerShot SX410 IS stacks up against its more costly stablemate, the PowerShot SX530 HS, as well as Nikon’s affordable bridge super-zoom, the COOLPIX L840. Compare and contrast!

lens and image stabilization

The PowerShot SX410 IS now has a whopping 40x optical zoom, giving it a focal length equivalent of 24 to 960mm. To be packed into a camera of this size, that is an impressively competent zoom range. There are, of course, bridge cameras available that have greater zoom ranges than the SX410 IS; but, these cameras are significantly larger and heavier.

The PowerShot SX530 HS is one among them. It has a 50x optical zoom, beginning at the same 24mm wide-angle but stretching all the way to 1200mm equivalent. The 38-times zoom range of the Nikon COOLPIX L840 begins wider than any of the Canon versions, at 22.5 millimeters, but it ends up with a lower maximum focal length of 855 millimeters.

The lens on the PowerShot SX410 strikes, in my opinion, an excellent balance between, on the one hand, its physical dimensions and weight and, on the other, its zoom range. When it comes to models like this one, I can’t think that there will be a lot of people searching for a longer zoom. For one reason, even with image stabilization, it becomes fairly difficult to hold the camera stable at longer focal lengths. Because of this, the SX530 HS has specific capabilities to assist you to maintain your subject in the frame even while you are shooting at longer focal lengths.

The video modes of the

The PowerShot SX410 IS retains the same standard level of simplicity in its video capabilities as its predecessor, the SX400 IS. The video format with the greatest quality is 720p25, and the only other choice is VGA with a resolution of 640 by 480 pixels and a frame rate of 30 frames per second.

Another option is the tiny effect, which simulates a tilt-shift effect on video and offers the user the choice between three speeds that play back at 5, 10, or 20 times normal speed. This may be done in either the 640 x 480 or 720 formats, either of which can be chosen from the fast menu when the mode is set to Miniature.

Movies are encoded using the H.264 codec at a bit rate of around 13Mbit/s on average, and they are stored in the same folder as images as QuickTime files with a MOV extension. On a card with a capacity of 4 gigabytes, you’ll be able to save the film for close to 40 minutes, but the maximum recording length is just 29 minutes and 29 seconds.

You can tell that the SX410 IS has a mono microphone since the hole that it should go in is located just behind the pop-up flash head. You can use the optical zoom while recording, and you can also use the digital zoom if you want to; however, in contrast to the COOLPIX L840, you have the option to disable it, which is also a nice thing.

In Program mode, the exposure is decided automatically; however, in Smart Auto mode, the SX410 IS employs the Digic 4+’s scene identification algorithms to recognize 21 different scenario types and adjusts the exposure appropriately. In Program mode, the exposure is adjusted automatically. The Intelligent IS image stabilization of the SX410 IS may also be put to good use for hand-held video recording, examples of which can be seen below. However, the Intelligent IS image stabilization can be disabled if desired, for instance, if the camera is placed on a tripod.

The shooting experience

There are three different AF area modes available on the PowerShot SX410 IS: Face AiAF, Centre, and tracking. If the illumination is relatively decent and the faces are within a few meters of one another, Face AiAF is able to quickly identify them in the shot. If there are no faces in the frame, it will automatically switch to the nine-area AF mode, which is relatively quick and dependable even when the light is dim.

It’s true that the Centre AF mode doesn’t let you shift the focus area about the screen as you can on some Canon compacts and the COOLPIX L840, but that limitation doesn’t affect the camera’s overall usefulness. It is not necessary to use a tripod in order to easily focus by utilizing the center region of the frame and recompose your photo while retaining half-pressure on the shutter release button.

Image Quality

I took pictures of the same scene with three different cameras—the Canon PowerShot SX410 IS, the Canon PowerShot SX530 HS, and the Nikon COOLPIX L840—within a few seconds of one another, making sure to use each camera’s highest quality JPEG setting and keeping the sensitivity at its default level. This allowed me to evaluate the cameras’ actual performance.

In order to carry out this test, each camera was placed on a tripod and its image stabilization was turned off. The cameras had their zooms increased so that they had the same field of view; the ISO sensitivity was manually set to the lowest available level, and the exposure mode was set to Program Auto.

A quick reminder that in this article, we are contrasting a 16 Megapixel CMOS sensor found in the PowerShot SX530 HS and the COOLPIX L840 with a 20 Megapixel CCD sensor found in the PowerShot SX140 IS. If you cast your attention down the column of crops from the PowerShot SX410 IS, you’ll see right away that there’s quite a bit of apparent noise. This is the reason why I mention it right at the beginning of the article.

It is not unusual to observe noise in crops taken by small cameras when the sensitivity setting is set to a low value; nevertheless, the level of noise in the crops taken by the SX410 IS is rather invasive and is having a negative impact on the amount of detail that can be seen.

The first crop appears to have an excessive amount of noise, and there is also some chromatic aberration present in the form of some purple fringing. Because of the noise, the sensor is unable to clearly distinguish smaller details such as the window frames, roof tiles, and masonry in the second and third crops as well as the lighthouse in the fourth crop.

If you want to produce large prints, which is one of the primary reasons you’d buy a camera with a high-resolution sensor, you’ll most likely be unhappy with the results. However, if you see photographs on-screen at lower sizes, this isn’t as much of an issue for you.

In contrast, the crops taken with the PowerShot SX530 HS beside had a far lower level of noise. The SX530 HS, which has “only” 16 million photosites on its sensor, creates crops that seem more cleaner and include a proportionally greater amount of detail at 100 ISO.

The same holds true with the 16-Megapixel COOLPIX L840, however, I believe the SX530 may have a little edge in terms of image quality. The fact that both the SX540 HS and the L840 make use of CMOS sensors that have been optimized to produce low levels of background noise is another advantage offered by both of these cameras. It would be fascinating to observe what happens in low light when it is essential to boost the sensitivity given their significantly improved performance when used outside at their basic ISO settings.

A quick reminder that in this article, we are contrasting a 16 Megapixel CMOS sensor found in the PowerShot SX530 HS and the COOLPIX L840 with a 20 Megapixel CCD sensor found in the PowerShot SX140 IS. If you cast your attention down the column of crops from the PowerShot SX410 IS, you’ll see right away that there’s quite a bit of apparent noise. This is the reason why I mention it right at the beginning of the article.

It is not unusual to observe noise in crops taken by small cameras when the sensitivity setting is set to a low value; nevertheless, the level of noise in the crops taken by the SX410 IS is rather invasive and is having a negative impact on the amount of detail that can be seen.

The first crop appears to have an excessive amount of noise, and there is also some chromatic aberration present in the form of some purple fringing. Because of the noise, the sensor is unable to clearly distinguish smaller details such as the window frames, roof tiles, and masonry in the second and third crops as well as the lighthouse in the fourth crop.

If you want to produce large prints, which is one of the primary reasons you’d buy a camera with a high-resolution sensor, you’ll most likely be unhappy with the results. However, if you see photographs on-screen at lower sizes, this isn’t as much of an issue for you.

In contrast, the crops taken with the PowerShot SX530 HS beside had a far lower level of noise. The SX530 HS, which has “only” 16 million photosites on its sensor, creates crops that seem more cleaner and include a proportionally greater amount of detail at 100 ISO. The same holds true with the 16-Megapixel COOLPIX L840, however, I believe the SX530 may have a little edge in terms of image quality.

The fact that both the SX540 HS and the L840 make use of CMOS sensors that have been optimized to produce low levels of background noise is another advantage offered by both of these cameras. It would be fascinating to observe what happens in low light when it is essential to boost the sensitivity given their significantly improved performance when used outside at their basic ISO settings.

Noise

I took pictures of this situation with the Canon PowerShot SX410 IS, the Canon PowerShot SX530 HS, and the Nikon COOLPIX L840 within a few seconds of each other at each of their respective ISO settings. This allowed me to evaluate the amount of noise produced by the cameras under real-world conditions. The three cameras were each mounted on a tripod and their image stabilization was turned off. The best quality JPEG option was used for each camera.

Specifications

Body typeCompact
Max resolution5152 x 3864
Image ratio w:h1:1, 4:3, 3:2, 16:9
Effective pixels20 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors21 megapixels
Sensor size1/2.3″ (6.17 x 4.55 mm)
Sensor typeCCD
ProcessorDIGIC 4+
ISOAuto, 100-1600
White balance presets6
Custom white balanceYes
Image stabilizationOptical
Uncompressed formatNo
JPEG quality levelsSuper fine, fine
Focal length (equiv.)24–960 mm
Optical zoom40×
Maximum apertureF3.5–5.6
AutofocusContrast Detect (sensor)Multi-areaCenterSingleContinuousFace DetectionLive View
Digital zoomYes (4x)
Manual focusYes
Normal focus range5 cm (1.97″)
Macro focus range0 cm (0″)
Number of focus points9
Articulated LCDFixed
Screen size3″
Screen dots230,000
Touch screenNo
Screen typeTFT-LCD
Live viewYes
Viewfinder typeNone
Minimum shutter speed15 sec
Maximum shutter speed1/4000 sec
Aperture priorityNo
Shutter priorityNo
Manual exposure modeNo
Subject / scene modesYes
Built-in flashYes
Flash range5.00 m
External flashNo
Flash modesAuto, flash on, slow synchro, flash off
Continuous drive0.5 fps
Self-timerYes (2 or 10 secs)
Metering modesMultiCenter-weightedSpot
Exposure compensation±2 (at 1/3 EV steps)
Resolutions1280 x 720 (25p), 640 x 480 (30p)
FormatH.264
MicrophoneMono
SpeakerMono
Storage typesSD/SDHC/SDXC
USBUSB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMINo
Microphone portNo
Headphone portNo
Remote controlNo
Environmentally sealedNo
BatteryBattery Pack
Battery descriptionNB-11LH
Battery Life (CIPA)185
Weight (inc. batteries)325 g (0.72 lb / 11.46 oz)
Dimensions104 x 69 x 85 mm (4.09 x 2.72 x 3.35″)
Orientation sensorYes
Timelapse recordingNo
GPSNone

Final Verdict

The Canon PowerShot SX410 IS is an upgraded version of the SX400 IS, which was first made available to consumers a little less than a year ago. Both the zoom range and the resolution of the CCD sensor have been increased by Canon. The zoom range has increased from 30x to 40x, while the resolution of the CCD sensor has increased from 16 to 20 Megapixels.

It is undeniably preferable to be able to zoom in closer to your subject when using a camera such as this one, and a zoom range that extends to 960mm, as opposed to 720mm in the past, brings all kinds of subjects, particularly wildlife and sports, that much closer. The first of these updates is unquestionably an improvement.

There is some debate as to whether or not the increase from 10 to 20 megapixels constitutes an improvement at all. Although Canon has increased the number of megapixels from 16 to 20 on small super-zooms such as the SX610 HS and SX710 HS, these models utilize CMOS sensors with reduced levels of noise. Canon has maintained a megapixel count of 16 for the higher-end SX530 HS. In contrast, the CMOS sensor used in the SX530 HS and the Nikon COOLPIX L840 both have 16 megapixels, but the CCD sensor used in the SX410 IS has noticeably higher levels of noise across the entire sensitivity range. I found this to be the case when I compared the SX530 HS and the Nikon COOLPIX L840.

Photos with a greater resolution will have more noise, but the trade-off is that you will be able to print larger images, despite the fact that they will still have noise. Although to be fair, if you downsampled the images taken with the SX410 IS to the size of the 16 Megapixel competitors, the noise artifacts would be less obvious. However, at best, this only brings you back to where you started. It is difficult to detect much of a benefit from the increased resolution, regardless of which perspective you take it from.

Pro & Cons

Good For
  • It features a quick shutter speed, making it perfect for taking pictures of moving subjects.
  • Even in low-light situations, you’ll be able to get a steady shot thanks to the incorporated stabilizer.
  • The LCD display is a practical and nearly necessary component of the product.
  • Even at the highest magnification settings, this is one of the brightest cameras in its class, which is a significant advantage for photographing outdoor activities and natural environments.
Need Improvement
  • It’s possible that the quality of the images will suffer due to the sensor’s very modest size.
  • Caution: the Canon PowerShot SX410 IS is not a camera designed for use in tropical environments. You run the risk of destroying it if you use it in unfavorable settings.
  • Caution: the autonomy of the battery in the Canon PowerShot SX410 IS only extends to 185.0 shots. If you anticipate needing to take many lengthy photo sessions without having the opportunity to recharge it, this may be a problem that restricts your options.
  • The Canon PowerShot SX410 IS does not allow a wifi connection, which is unfortunate.

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