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Canon PowerShot SX540 HS 1/2.3" Compact Camera (2016)

MSRP 399 USDNeoscore 34%NEX score 36%

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Product Overview

Canon PowerShot SX540 HS is an entry-level 1/2.3" compact camera with a large zoom range. Introduced by Canon in 2016, it comes with a 1/2.3" sensor with 20 MP (5184 x 3888) resolution.
The camera has a poor battery life, and a second or third battery may be needed to get you through the day. The PowerShot SX540 HS's 5.9 fps burst rate limits its use for certain types of photography, but it is hardly something that most photographers should worry about.
Canon has endowed this compact camera with a 50x zoom lens, which can be quite useful for travels. Last but not least, the camera can focus quite close to the subject.

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Ratings

What we found**

Neoscore: 34% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Quite light
  • Very useful 50x super zoom
Cons
  • Menu not touch-enabled
  • Tiny 1/2.3-inch sensor
  • Poor battery life
  • Low 5.9 fps burst rate
  • Low 20 MP resolution
  • Lacks weather sealing

What external reviewers found***

NEX score: 36% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Great continuous shooting speed
  • Excellent video stabilization performance
  • Lightweight and decently comfortable to use
  • Lightweight & comfortable to wear
  • Wide maximum focal length
Cons
  • Poor autofocus performance
  • No viewfinder or fixed screen
  • Lack of viewfinder and fixed screen can make it hard to compose your shots
  • Image quality degrades noticeably at higher ISO levels
  • Can't shoot in RAW
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Price Comparison (incl. referral links)*

Specifications

Connectivity

Ports
HDMI + Remote Control + USB 2.0
Wireless Connectivity
802.11b/g/n with NFC

Construction

Form Factor
Compact camera with zoom lens
Image Size
1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm)
Microphone
Stereo
Sensor | Resolution
20 MP (5184 x 3888)
Sensor | Type
BSI-CMOS
Speakers
Mono

Dimensions

Size | Depth
92 mm / 3.62 in
Size | Height
82 mm / 3.23 in
Size | Width
120 mm / 4.72 in
Weight
442 g / 15.62 oz

Display

Display Diagonal
3 inch
Display Type
Fixed TFT LCD
Resolution
461,000 dots
Viewfinder | Type
None

Function

Angle Of View
84.1° Diagonal | 73.7° Horizontal | 53.1° Vertical (wide) ~ 2.1° Diagonal | 1.7° Horizontal | 1.1° Vertical (tele)
Aperture
f/3.4 (wide) ~ f/6.5 (tele)
Crop Factor
5.6
Exposure Compensation
±2 (at 1/3 EV steps)
Exposure Mode
Auto / Aperture Priority / Shutter Priority / Manual
Flash
Built-in
Focal Length
4.3 mm ~ 214.3 mm
Focal Length (35mm Equivalent)
24 mm ~ 1200 mm
GPS
No
Image Stabilization
Optical
Intervalometer
No
ISO Range
ISO 80 ~ 3200
Processor
DIGIC 6
Touch Screen
No
Video Codecs
MPEG-4, H.264
Video Recording
1920 x 1080 (60p, 30p), 1280 x 720 (30p), 640 x 480 (30p)
Weather Resistance
No
Zoom
50x optical zoom, Digital zoom available

Performance

Battery Life
205 shots
Flash Range
5.50 m
Max Burst Rate
5.9 fps
Min Focus Distance
0 mm / 0.00 in
Storage
SD/SDHC/SDXC

Production

Battery
NB-6LH lithium-ion battery & charger
Debut
2016-01-05

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External Reviews

rtings[1]

Sentiment Score 36%
Reviewers from rtings have found the following***:
Canon PowerShot SX540 HS is middling for travel photography. It's lightweight and comfortable to use, though it isn't nearly small enough to fit into a pocket or a small bag. The lens' enormous focal range should allow you to frame both wide-angle shots as well as tight zooms on far-away subjects. Image quality degrades noticeably at higher ISO levels, while its built-in lens has a narrow maximum aperture.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Lightweight and decently comfortable to use
  • Excellent video stabilization performance
  • Wide maximum focal length
  • Lightweight & comfortable to wear
  • Great continuous shooting speed
Cons
  • Can't shoot in RAW
  • No viewfinder or fixed screen
  • Image quality degrades noticeably at higher ISO levels
  • Lack of viewfinder and fixed screen can make it hard to compose your shots
  • Poor autofocus performance

User Reviews

References

1. ^ Canon PowerShot SX540 HS Camera Review. [rtings]. https://www.rtings.com/camera/reviews/canon/powershot-sx540-hs. 2021-09-28. Retrieved 2022-02-04.

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