CMOS sensor and the all new DIGIC V, running the Canon Hack Development kit, CHDK (found HERE ) which enables taking RAW photos make this better than any DSLR to me.
The lens with 35x stabilized optical zoom takes excellent macro and telephoto pictures, Full HD 1080p, iFrame and 720p as well as VGA slow motion, and these are just some of the available options for video.
This thing is a beast!
Check out my new flickr photostream in the right column, or HERE -all the photos were taken with this beautiful tool.
Please note: if anyone is interested in working on the capability to vary the fps while shooting video with the SX40 or other Canon cameras, please contact me by leaving a comment. This is a project I'm working on singlehandedly at the moment as none of the devs at the CHDK forums are interested in the enhancement... Unfortunately CHDK focuses almost exclusively on picture taking enhancements, as opposed to video enhancements like the Magic Lantern firmware
( http://magiclantern.wikia.com/wiki/Magic_Lantern_Firmware_Wiki ) for 5D's and similar DSLR's.
The M.L. community have made some progress to vary video framerates, but are not quite there yet.
And yes, those are the craters on the moon!
(the original photos' size is 4000x3000, but flickr image size is set to 1024x768 @ largest resolution so the images won't display as sharply as the originals)
I've got Lion up and running on my Toshiba Satellite a205 - s508 successfully!
Yes I love my HacShiba! Gonna be testing FCP X (which I hear nothing but bad things about) and the new Motion (which I hear nothing but good things about) when I buy the program (soon).
If anyone is interested in a tutorial for the Canon CHDK or how to Lionize your own HacShiba, drop me a line in comments and I'll be glad to write one up.
The only tutorials on the net for the a205 are for Leopard and with custom distributions, so to get Lion running I had to try a few different things so everything would work.
Hope your projects are just as successful!