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Canon PowerShot SX540 HS

alaTest has collected and analyzed 206 reviews of Canon PowerShot SX540 HS. The average rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras for all reviews. Comments about the image quality and performance are overall positive. The portability and zoom also get good reviews, but there are mixed opinions on the flash and low light performance. The color and screen get less positive reviews.

usability, zoom, portability, performance, image quality

durability, lens, viewfinder, screen, color

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Canon PowerShot SX540 HS is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 91/100 = Excellent quality.

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Consumer review (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Canon PowerShot SX540 HS

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 17 user reviews of Canon PowerShot SX540 HS from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 3.8/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.2/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on Amazon.com. Reviewers are impressed by the screen and image quality. The zoom and performance are also mentioned favorably, but there are mixed comments on the reliability and design. There are some critical opinions about the durability and memory.

portability, performance, zoom, image quality, screen

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71% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Canon PowerShot SX540 HS with 50x Optical Zoom and Built-In Wi-FiCanon PowerShot SX540 HS with 50x Optical Zoom and Built-In Wi-Fi

Oct, 2018

Expert review by : Michael Palmer (steves-digicams.com)

Canon PowerShot SX540 HS

 

Lots of manual controls, a 50x zoom, speedy burst mode, accurate autofocus, and high overall image quality make the SX540 HS a great fit for intermediate shooters. Read more in our Full Conclusion.

Lots of manual controls ; Powerful zoom with wide angle (24-1200mm) ; Effective image stabilization ; Auto focus is usually quick ; Lens can focus at 0cm in macro ; High image quality ; Fast burst shooting ; Full HD video at 60fps ; Dial quickens...

No RAW mode ; Dial operation could be better ; Tracking AF had difficulty in shadows ; Low light shots can be a little noisy ; No bulb function for long shutter release ; No viewfinder ; LCD is fixed, does not hinge outward ; No external flash shoe

Lots of manual controls, a 50x zoom, speedy burst mode, accurate autofocus, and high overall image quality make the SX540 HS a great fit for intermediate shooters. Read more in our

Jul, 2016

Expert review by : William Brawley (imaging-resource.com)

Canon SX540 HS Review

 

Last year's PowerShot SX530 HS saw this affordable long-zoom model gains a sizable increase in zoom range from a 30x to a 50x optical zoom ratio. Now for its 2016 refresh, the Canon PowerShot SX540 HS maintains the versatile 24-1200mm-equivalent 50x...

The Canon SX540 HS digital camera comes only in black and is scheduled to be available from March 2016 for an estimated retail price of US$399.99.

Jan, 2016

Expert review by : Joshua Goldman (cnet.com.au)

Canon defines 'incremental updates' with CES 2016 PowerShot announcements

 

Canon has been focused lately on improving its higher-end advanced compacts like the PowerShot G5 X, and you really can't blame it for that since smartphone cameras have put a hurt on its other compacts. And if its CES 2016 announcements are any...

Canon also tuned up three of its ultracompact Elph models, though the updates are so minor I'm not entirely sure why Canon touched them at all. The new models are the 12x 25-300mm zoom Elph 350 HS for $210, the $160 10x 24-240mm zoom Elph 190 IS and...

Jan, 2016

Expert review by (which.co.uk)

Canon PowerShot SX540 HS review

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Including a higher resolution sensor and faster processor than its predecessor, the Canon Powershot SX540 HS is a camera that tries to do it all, at an inexpensive price. It captures photos and videos in great detail, but how does the image...

Jul, 2016

Expert review by : ePHOTOzine (ephotozine.com)

Canon PowerShot SX540 HS Hands-On

 

We go Hands-On with the new Canon PowerShot SX540 HS.

Jan, 2016

Consumer review (currys.co.uk)

CANON PowerShot SX540 HS Bridge Camera - Black

 

Easy to use. Good zoom and pictures.

Hardly any features on it. Disappointed with product and purchase. Doesn't even have a panoramic photo option. Plus, no view finder on it.

Nov, 2017

Consumer review (reevoo.com)

Canon PowerShot SX540 HS

 

Easy to use. Good zoom and pictures.

Hardly any features on it. Disappointed with product and purchase. Doesn't even have a panoramic photo option. Plus, no view finder on it.

Nov, 2017

Consumer review (currys.co.uk)

CANON PowerShot SX540 HS Bridge Camera - Black

 

Very easy to use at a simple everyday level.

Don't like having to look on-line to find the handbook. Then you find that there are so many features you'll never find them all, let alone try them out!

Nov, 2017

Consumer review (reevoo.com)

Canon PowerShot SX540 HS

 

Very easy to use at a simple everyday level.

Don't like having to look on-line to find the handbook. Then you find that there are so many features you'll never find them all, let alone try them out!

Nov, 2017

Consumer review (currys.co.uk)

CANON PowerShot SX540 HS Bridge Camera - Black

 

Everything

Nothing, Ignore all the negative comments, this is a great camera.

Nov, 2017

Product Specifications

Audio

Audio formats supported:LC-AAC,MP4
Audio system:Stereo
Built-in Microphone: Yes
Voice recording: Yes

Battery

Battery life (CIPA standard):205
Battery Technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Type:NB-6LH
Number of batteries supported:1
Power source type:Battery
Video recording time:300

Camera

Brightness adjustment: Yes
Camera file system:DCF, DPOF 1.1 / DCF,DPOF 1.1
Contrast adjustment: Yes
Direct printing:Y / Yes
GPS: Yes
GPS (satellite):Y
Histogram:Y / Yes
Languages support:Multi
Orientation sensor:Y / Yes
Photo effects:Black&White, Neutral, Positive film, Sepia, Skin tones, Vivid / Black&White, Neutral, Positive film, Sepia, Vivid
Playback zoom:10
Playback zoom (max):10
Scene modes:Fireworks, Portrait
Self-timer:2,10
Self-timer delay:2,10
Shooting modes:Aperture priority, Auto, Shutter priority
Tripod mountable: Yes
Tripod mounting supported:Y
White Balance:Auto, Cloudy, Custom modes, Daylight, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Tungsten

Certificates

Certification:CE

Design

Color of product:Black

Display

Display:TFT
Display Diagonal:3
Display Diagonal (metric):2.95
Display resolution (numeric):461000
Field of view:100
Flip-out screen:N
Second display:N
Touch screen: No
Touchscreen:N
Vari-angle LCD display:N

Flash

Flash exposure compensation: Yes
Flash exposure correction:±2EV (1/3 EV step)
Flash exposure lock: Yes
Flash modes:Auto, Flash off, Flash on, Manual, Slow synchronization
Flash range (tele):51.2 - 118.1
Flash range (wide):19.7 - 216.5
Flash sync-speed:1/2000

Focusing

Auto Focus (AF) assist beam: Yes
Auto Focus (AF) lock: Yes
Auto Focus (AF) points:9
Auto Focus (AF) points selection:Manual
Auto focusing (AF) modes:AI Focus, Face detection
Focus:TTL
Focus adjustment:Auto/Manual
Smile detection:Y

Lens System

Digital Zoom:4
Extra/Smart zoom:100
Focal length range (f-f):0.169 - 8.46
Lens structure:13/10
Lens structure (elements/groups):13/10
Maximum aperture number:6.5
Maximum focal length (35mm film equiv):47.2
Minimum aperture number:3.4
Minimum focal length (35mm film equiv):0.945
Number of aspheric elements:13
Optical Zoom:50

Light Exposure

Auto Exposure (AE) lock: Yes
ISO sensitivity:80, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200
ISO sensitivity (max):3200
ISO sensitivity (min):80
Light exposure control:Program AE
Light exposure correction:± 2EV (1/3EV step)
Light exposure modes:Auto, Manual
Light metering:Centre-weighted, Evaluative (Multi-pattern), Spot

Logistics data

Master carton height:8.46
Master carton length:16.3
Master carton weight:14.4
Master carton width:13.2
Quantity per master carton:6

Memory

Compatible memory cards:SD, SDHC, SDXC
Memory slots:2

Networking

Bluetooth:N / No
Near Field Communication (NFC): Yes
Wi-Fi: Yes
Wi-Fi standards:802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n / IEEE 802.11b,IEEE 802.11g,IEEE 802.11n

Operational Conditions

Operating relative humidity (H-H):10 - 90
Operating relative humidity range:10 - 90
Operating temperature (T-T):0 - 40
Operating temperature range (T-T):0 - 40

Other Features

Number of cartons per pallet:5
Number of layers per pallet:5
Quantity per pallet:200
Software CD:Y
USB connectivity:Y

Packaging Content

Batteries included:Y / Yes
Battery charger: Yes
Battery charger included:Y
Bundled software:CameraWindow DC, Map Utility, Image Transfer Utility
Cables included:AC
Hand strap:Y / Yes
Quick start guide:Y

Picture Quality

Camera Type:Bridge camera / Compact camera
Image formats supported:JPEG
Image Sensor Size:1/2.3
Image Stabilizer: Yes
Image stabilizer location:Lens
Maximum image resolution:5184 x 3888
Megapixel:20.3
Sensor Type:CMOS
Still image resolution(s):4:3 - (L) 5184 x 3888, (M) 2592 x 1944, (M1) 3648 x 2736, (M2) 2048 x 1536, (S) 640 x 480\n16:9 - (L) 5184 x 2912, (M1) 3648 x 2048, (M2) 1920 x 1080, (S) 640 x 360\n3:2 - (L) 5184 x 3456, (M1) 3648 x 2432, (M2) 2048 x 1368, (S) 640 x 424\n1:1 - (L) 3888 x 3888, (M1) 2736 x 2736, (M2) 1536 x 1536, (S) 480 x 480
Supported aspect ratios:1:1, 3:2, 4:3, 16:9
Total megapixels:21.1

Ports & interfaces

HDMI: Yes
HDMI connector type:Mini
Headphone outputs:1
PictBridge: Yes
USB connector:Mini-USB B
USB connector type:Mini-USB B
USB port:Y
USB version:2.0

Shutter

Camera shutter type:Electronic
Fastest camera shutter speed:1/2000
Slowest camera shutter speed:15

System Requirements

Mac operating systems supported:Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite,Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan,Mac OS X 10.12 Sierra,Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks

Technical Details

Image processor:DIGIC 6
Lens cap included:Y
Self-timer:Y

Video

Analog signal format system:NTSC,PAL
HD type:Full HD
Maximum video resolution:1920 x 1080
Motion JPEG frame rate:59.94
Resolution at capture speed:1920x1080@30fps
Video compression format:H.264, MP4, MPEG4
Video formats supported:H.264,MP4,MPEG4
Video Frame Rate:59.94
Video recording: Yes
Video Resolutions:640 x 480,1280 x 720,1920 x 1080

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:3.62
Height:3.22
Package depth:6.99
Package height:5.1
Package weight:33.7
Package width:6.24
Pallet weight:330.7
Weight (including battery):15.6
Width:4.72