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Canon PowerShot A540

alaTest has collected and analyzed 367 reviews of Canon PowerShot A540. 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. People really like the size and price. The screen and image quality also get good views. Comments about the storage and durability are mixed, and there are some negative opinions about the sensor and shutter.

usability, image quality, screen, price, size

battery, flash, memory, shutter, sensor

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Canon PowerShot A540 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 86/100 = Very good quality.

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Expert review by : PCMag Staff (pcmag.com)

Canon PowerShot A540

 

Preview of the Canon PowerShot A540.

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Feb, 2007

Expert review by : Richard Baguley (pcworld.com)

Powershot A540 Digital Camera

 

The $280 (as of 6/15/06) PowerShot A540 offers a lot of features for those who want to manually set controls such as shutter speed for full creative control. It's one of the few cameras in this class that offers full manual control as well as the usual...

Many manual controls Wide-screen mode

Low battery life Lacks exposure bracketing

The A540's battery life of 191 shots, from the two disposable AA batteries, was a little on the low side. You can also use optional AA NiMH rechargeable batteries, but these cannot be recharged inside the camera. Canon sells a kit with four...

Jul, 2006

Expert review by : Richard Baguley (pcworld.com)

Canon Powershot A540

 

Photograph: Chris Manners

Many manual controls ; Wide-screen mode

Low battery life ; Lacks exposure bracketing

Low-priced model offers many manual controls, a generous 4X zoom, and a wide-screen mode. But battery life was unimpressive.

Jul, 2006

Expert review by : David D. Busch (cnet.com)

Canon PowerShot A540 review

 

Canon PowerShot A540

Manual and automated exposure and focus controls; solid image quality; robust burst mode; usable ISO 800 shots.

Long flash-recycle time; LCD washes out in direct sunlight.

Solid image quality plus manual and automated exposure controls make the Canon PowerShot A540 a nice low-cost option for snapshooters and photo enthusiasts.

Apr, 2006

Expert review by : Steve's Digicams (steves-digicams.com)

Canon Powershot A540

 

Physical Views The A540 compared to an average CD disc. The Powershot A540 and the 5-megapixel Powershot A530 . Continue on to Features & Controls Powershot A540 Specifications Camera Effective Pixels Approx. 6.0 million Image Sensor 1/2.5-inch CCD...

Mar, 2006

Expert review by (steves-digicams.com)

Canon PowerShot A540

 

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

Mar, 2006

Expert review by (imaging-resource.com)

Canon PowerShot A540

 

Featuring a 6.0-megapixel CCD a 4x lens and a full range of exposure control, the PowerShot A540 is another fine addition to Canon's A-series of digital cameras. Built on the same long-tested design as many A-series predecessors, the Canon A540 offers...

Full Manual control (PASM) ; 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...

Only average speed from shot to shot ; Average shutter response at wide angle settings ; Contrast is a little high, tends to lose highlight and shadow detail under harsh lighting ; Battery life is rather short with the LCD enabled ; Unusually slow...

Jun, 2006

Expert review by : Jeff Keller (dcresource.com)

Canon PowerShot A540

 

There are a few differences between the A530 and A540 (besides the resolution) that are worth pointing out. The A530 has a 1.8" LCD, compared to the 2.5" screen on the A540. While the A540 can record movies at 640 x 480, 30 frames/second, the A530's...

Very good photo quality; ISO 200 and 400 settings are usable for small prints ; 4X optical zoom gives you a bit more telephoto power than most entry-level cameras ; Large 2.5" LCD display is usable in low light (though see issues below) ; Full manual...

Poor LCD resolution ; Some redeye ; Can only record about 8 minutes of VGA video due to 1GB file size limit ; Plastic tripod mount ; No rechargeable batteries bundled; tiny memory card included

All-in-all, the PowerShot A540 is a great choice for those who want full manual controls, expandability, and great photo quality, but don't want to spend a bundle. It's not perfect, but the positives far outweigh the negatives, so the A540 gets an easy...

Aug, 2011

Expert review by (photoaxe.com)

Canon PowerShot A540 Digital Camera Review

 

Canon Powershot A540 adds Shutter and Aperture Priority Modes to the old Canon A530 as well as 6MP instead of 5MP, and continues featuring the 4x optical zoom. Also, it enlarges the LCD screen and a 16:9 widescreen resolution option. Not only that I'm...

May, 2007

Expert review by : Consumer Electronics Net (consumerelectronicsnet.com)

Sub $300 model with 6 megapixel resolution

 

The Canon PowerShot A540 is an entry to mid level, sub-$300 digital camera that offers six megapixel image resolution and a 4X optical zoom lens. The camera is a bit larger than the credit card sized cameras that have become popular, and is powered by...

Oct, 2006

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