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Canon PowerShot A530

alaTest has collected and analyzed 746 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers are impressed by the responsiveness and image quality. The portability and value for money also get good feedback. Some have doubts about the control panel and features, while comments about the lens and screen are mixed.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Canon PowerShot A530 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 83/100 = Very good quality.

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Canon A530

 

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Canon PowerShot A530

 

Robust controls and features; logical design.

Lackluster performance; noisy, high-ISO photos; awkward zoom switch.

The Canon PowerShot A530 is a solid budget camera that could use a shot of adrenaline.

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Canon PowerShot A530

 

Canon introduces two new additions to its affordable line of point-n-shoot PowerShot cameras, the A540 and the A530. The A530 features five-megapixels of resolution together with a retractable 4x optical zoom lens with a focal length of 35-140mm (35mm equ

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Canon PowerShot A530 Digital Camera - Full Review - The Imaging Resource!

 

Full Manual control ; Vibrant, appealing color ; Good skin tones ; Auto white balance handles a wide range of lighting well ; Better than average exposure accuracy ; Good lens, generally low distortion ; Clean user interface ; Wide aspect ratio image...

No Aperture or Shutter Priority modes ; Only average speed from shot to shot ; Movie mode offers only 10fps at 640x480 or 20fps at 320x240 ; Average shutter response at wide angle settings ; Contrast is a little high, tends to lose highlight and shadow...

The Canon A530 features a 5.0-megapixel sensor, a 4x optical zoom lens, and full manual control. It's an impressive offering for a low price of less than $200

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Canon PowerShot A530 Digital Camera Review

 

Unlike most og the compact digital cameras on the market (which usually feature 3x optical zoom), this Canon A530 comes with 4x optical zoom. The LCD is smaller than the newer cameras, it lacks the Shutter and Aperture Priority, but, it does have a...

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Canon PowerShot A530

 

The Canon PowerShot A530 has 5 megapixels, a 1.8 inch LCD and a 4X zoom lens it shares with the cameras above. This camera may be distinguished from the higher-end A540 in several ways, but is image quality one of those points? Let's find out more...

Nice 4x zoom lens ; Good (not excellent) battery life ; Full manual mode ; Unlimited, fast continuous shooting ; Fast performance ; Produces good photos, low noise till ISO 400; ISO 800 useable for small prints ; Affordable

Small LCD with low resolution ; No priority modes; incompatible with conversion lenses ; Overall performance could be faster and better; especially autofocus ; Mediocre movie mode

I'll make this short and simple, the A530 is a watered down A540 which sells at a lower price. Things like battery life and image quality are still good and the full manual mode is a plus. Performance was snappy too.

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Canon Powershot A530 Digital Camera Review

 

The Canon PowerShot A530 is a capable digital camera with a respectable zoom range.

The A530 is very similar to its slightly more expensive sibling, the Canon Powershot A540. In fact, it shares the same User Guide with the A540. The A540 bumps up the specs a bit with a 6 megapixel sensor, 2.5 inch LCD, aperture and shutter priority...

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"I regret having this cam"

 

Its sad Canon Canada is not like Canon USA that replaces/trade in broken cams. I honestly don't feel justified that with just 2 years my camera is dead. 5 years should have been more reasonable.

convenience

It often says "Change battery" even if the battery is fully charged or even new batteries are installed. I've been embarassed a lot of times using this cam. Imagine, you say smiiiile, then no photos were taken coz it ran out of bat (again?)

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Canon PowerShot A530

 

Its sad Canon Canada is not like Canon USA that replaces/trade in broken cams. I honestly don't feel justified that with just 2 years my camera is dead. 5 years should have been more reasonable.

convenience

It often says "Change battery" even if the battery is fully charged or even new batteries are installed. I've been embarassed a lot of times using this cam. Imagine, you say smiiiile, then no photos were taken coz it ran out of bat (again?)

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"It's alright I suppose."

 

Honestly, I'd pick a different camera.

Takes pretty good photo quality. Quite a few options to tinker around with your photos. Has a raised edge that proves a nice grip when you're taking pictures. Upload speed is very fast. Takes AA's.

Provided memory card does not allow for many pictures. Uses up battery juice VERY quickly. Zoom's jog dial is frustrating if you're trying to get the picture juuust right. Screen is pretty small and it and the lens are prone to smudges.

Product Specifications

The PowerShot A530 is equipped with an approximately 5.0 million camera effective pixel 1/2.5-inch Charge Coupled Device (CCD). Also, with DIGIC II, higher resolution and high-speed processing were achieved and the startup time and response time were shortened. This camera is equipped with the 4x optical zoom lens, which covers a 35mm film equivalent focal length ranging from 35 mm (Wide Angle) to 140 mm (Telephoto) and an f/2.6 (Wide Angle) - f/5.5 (Telephoto) aperture. The PowerShot A530 succeeds the basic shooting functions of the PowerShot A510 and has additional or more advanced functions as well except omitting Tv (Shutter-Priority AE) and Av (Aperture-Priority AE) in the shooting mode. The recording pixels now include a "Widescreen" feature that has the same aspect ratio as so-called 16:9 widescreen TVs for shooting wide images. Adding ISO [800] has resulted in a faster shutter speed even when shooting in dark environments. The Color Accent mode and Color Swap mode that transform colors when shooting have been added to the Special Scene mode. The new "My Colors" in the FUNC. menu is used to change the look and feel of the pictures when shooting. With the newly added "Standard", "Compact", "Color Accent" and "Color Swap" in the movie mode, it is easier to select modes to meet the purpose. In the Standard mode, digital zoom while recording movies is available.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Mono
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser
Type:Microphone

Battery

Battery Form Factor:Standard form factor
Supported Battery Form Factor:AA

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction: Yes
Type:Built-in flash

Digital Camera

Supported Flash Memory:MultiMediaCard / SD Memory Card

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:1.7in
Height:2.5in
Weight:6oz
Width:3.5in

Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:1.8in
Diagonal Size (metric):4.6cm
Display Form Factor:Built-in
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Beach / Fireworks / Foliage / Indoor / Kids & pets / Landscape / Night scene / Night snapshot / Portrait mode / Snow / Stitch assist

Flash Memory

Form Factor:MultiMediaCard
Storage Capacity:16MB

Header

Manufacturer:Canon
Model:A530
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Canon PowerShot

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/2.6-5.5
Max Focal Length:23.2mm
Min Focal Length:5.8mm
Optical Zoom:4
Type:Zoom lens

Optical Sensor

Optical Sensor Size:1/2.5"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):10.2 mm ( 1/2.5 ) / 10.2 mm ( 1/2.5" )
Optical Sensor Type:CCD
Sensor Resolution:5Megapixel

Optical Viewfinder

Type:Real-image zoom

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Digital Video Format:AVI
Digital Zoom:4
ISO (Max):800
Light Sensitivity:ISO 100 / ISO 200 / ISO 400 / ISO 80 / ISO 800 / ISO auto
Shooting Modes:Frame movie mode
Special Effects:Black & White / Color Accent / Color Swap / Darker Skin Tone / Lighter Skin Tone / My Colors / Neutral / Positive / Sepia / Vivid
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Digital camera

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Type:Optical
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