Canon PowerShot SX540 HS

Canon PowerShot SX540 HS

Canon PowerShot SX540 HS
Announced: 05 Jan 2016
Sensor Resolution: 20Mp
Sensor Type: 1/2.3" BSI-CMOS
ISO: 80-3200
Weight: 442g
Physical Dimensions: 120 x 82 x 92 mm
Viewfinder: None
Screen Type: 3" Fixed
Video Resolutions: 1920 x 1080
27
Overall Score
2
Image Quality
31
Speed Performance
44
Versatility
57
Comfort
Portrait

12

Portrait
Landscape

10

Landscape
Sport

28

Sport
Street

42

Street
Everyday

44

Everyday

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prospros

  • The integrated stabilizer allows you to shoot firmly even in low light conditions
  • The LCD display is a convenient and almost indispensable feature
  • This is one of the brightest cameras in its category, even at the longest zoom settings - a huge plus in sports and nature photography
  • It has fast shutter speed, ideal for action photos
  • Thanks to the wireless connection, Canon PowerShot SX540 HS allows immediate picture sharing

conscons

  • Warning - Canon PowerShot SX540 HS is not a tropicalized camera. If you use it in adverse conditions, you could ruin it.
  • Warning - Canon PowerShot SX540 HS battery has only 205.0 shoots autonomy. This might be a limiting factor if you think you'll have to do long photo sessions without having the chance to recharge it.
  • The small size of the sensor could lower the quality of the photos

Canon PowerShot SX540 HS and its rivals

Review compare Canon PowerShot SX540 HS with overall score Portrait
Portrait
Landscape
Landscape
Sport
Sport
Street
Street
Everyday
Everyday
Canon PowerShot SX540 HS Canon
PowerShot SX540 HS
27 12 10 28 42 44 £32.00
Leica V-Lux 5 Leica
V-Lux 5
48 40 39 52 49 53 £10.99
Nikon Coolpix B600 Nikon
Coolpix B600
37 13 11 49 50 53 £8.55

Canon PowerShot SX540 HS: concluding remarks and technical specifications

The Canon PowerShot SX540 HS is a bridge camera launched on 05/01/2016.

Technically speaking, the Canon PowerShot SX540 HS ranks well below the category average, scoring 27 overall. The Canon PowerShot SX540 HS weights 442 gr and spans 120 x 82 x 92 mm. This means that it is particularly light and small, indeed one of the most handy options within its category.

Going into details, the Canon PowerShot SX540 HS behaves better than average in its category for:

  • Image Quality - Score 2, ranks in the category best 26%.
  • Speed Performance - Score 31, ranks in the category best 44%.

On the contrary, the performance of Canon PowerShot SX540 HS is below the category average in:

  • Comfort - Score 57, ranks among the worst 28% of its category.
  • Versatility - Score 44, ranks among the worst 20% of its category.

However, the technical performance of your camera should be put in context. Indeed, depending on the type of photography you are interested in, each individual camera feature can impact your pictures to a different extent. This is the reason why we developed the iCamRank. iCamRank has been designed to weight all the individual technical specifications of each camera in the camerarace database, depending on different shooting conditions. Thus, here is what we suggest, depending on the photography type you like most:

  • Portrait - Good, score 12, ranks in the best 55% of its category. Canon PowerShot SX540 HS works well for Portrait photography, however even better options are available, which you may want to take into account.
  • Landscape - Good, score 10, ranks in the best 47% of its category. Canon PowerShot SX540 HS works well for Landscape photography, however even better options are available, which you may want to take into account.
  • Sport - Good, score 28, ranks in the best 51% of its category. Canon PowerShot SX540 HS works well for Sport photography, however even better options are available, which you may want to take into account.
  • Street - Suboptimal, score 42, ranks 18% in its category. Canon PowerShot SX540 HS is not the best choice for Street photography; if Street is your priority, you should definitely look for alternatives.
  • Everyday - Suboptimal, score 44, ranks 19% in its category. Canon PowerShot SX540 HS does not work well for daily photography, you may want to consider some alternatives.

Last but not least, the price. You can find the Canon PowerShot SX540 HS sold on Amazon for a price comprised between 32.0 GBP and 32.0 GBP, which is in the average for this camera category.

Overall, Canon PowerShot SX540 HS is not the best value for money. Unless you have specific reasons to go for it, we suggest you to consider available alternatives. Click here to see alternative options.

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Canon PowerShot SX540 HS technical specs

Sensor Type

Sensor Type

BSI-CMOS

Sensor Size

1/2.3"

Sensor Dimensions

6.17 x 4.55 mm

Sensor Area

28.07 mm2

Sensor Resolution

20 Mp

Max Image Resolution

5184 x 3888

Max Native ISO

3200

Min Native ISO

80

RAW Support

no

Lens

Manual Focus

yes

Lens Mount

fixed lens

Lens Focal Range

24-1200mm

Max Aperture

F3.4-6.5

Macro Focus Range

0 cm

Screen Type

Screen Type

Fixed

Screen Size

3.0"

Screen Resolution

461Kdot

Live View

yes

Touch Screen

no

Viewfinder

Viewfinder

None

Viewfinder Resolution

None

Viewfinder Coverage

Viewfinder Magnification

None

Features

Min Shutter Speed

15s

Max Shutter Speed

1/2000s

Continuous Shooting

6fps

Shutter Priority

yes

Aperture Priority

yes

Manual Exposure Mode

yes

Exposure Compensation

yes

Custom White Balance

yes

Image Stabilization

yes

Built-in Flash

yes

Flash Range

5.5

Max Flash Sync

-

Flash Modes

Auto
on
off
slow synchro

External Flash

no

AE Bracketing

no

WB Bracketing

no

Dxo Sensor Scores

DxO Overall Score

DxO Color Depth

DxO Dynamic Range

DxO Low Light ISO

Exposure Modes

Multi-Segment

yes

Average

no

Spot

yes

Partial

no

AF-Area

no

Center Weighted

no

Autofocus

AF Touch

no

AF Continuous

yes

AF Single

yes

AF Tracking

no

AF Selective

yes

AF Center

yes

AF MultiArea

yes

AF Live View

yes

AF Face Detection

yes

AF Contrast Detection

yes

AF Phase Detection

no

Number of Focus Points

0

Number of Cross Focus Points

0

Video Features

Video Resolutions

1920 x 1080 (60p 30p) 1280 x 720 (30p) 640 x 480 (30p)

Max Video Resolution

1920x1080

Video Formats

MPEG-4 H.264

Microphone Port

no

Headphone Port

no

Connectivity

Wireless Connectivity

Built-in

HDMI

yes

USB

USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)

Physical

Environmental Sealing

no

Water Proof

no

Dust Proof

no

Shock Proof

no

Crush Proof

no

Freeze Proof

no

Weight

442g

Physical Dimensions

120 x 82 x 92 mm

Battery Life

205

Battery Type

Battery Pack

Battery Model

NB-6LH

Other Features

Self Timer

Yes (2 or 10 secs, custom)

Timelapse Recording

no

GPS

no

Storage Type

SD SDHC SDXC

Storage Slots

1

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