Canon ELPH 530 HS

Canon PowerShot ELPH 530 HS front
  • 10MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3.2" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 28-336mm (F3.4-5.6) lens
  • 163g - 86 x 54 x 20mm
  • Introduced February 2012
  • Also Known as IXUS 510 HS
  • Read full specs
  • Alternatives
  • Size Comparison
  • FAQ

Canon ELPH 530 HS overview

Canon ELPH 530 HS is Canon's Small Sensor Superzoom digital camera first announced on February of 2012. The camera uses a 10MP, BSI-CMOS 1/2.3" size sensor with a peak resolution of 3648 x 2736. It is referred to as "IXUS 510 HS" in other markets.

The ELPH 530 HS ranks at #200 out of 244 in Small Sensor Superzoom cameras & all around #886 out of 1465 for cameras in our list. You can check our Smart camera search to get camera rankings based on your customized requirements.

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The following is a diagram of various criteria used in the scoring system.

Canon ELPH 530 HS history

The Canon ELPH 530 HS is part of a family of cameras. You can read the complete list below.

ModelVisualizeLensResolutionSensor SizeReleased
Canon-PowerShot-ELPH-330-HS front thumbnailCanon ELPH 330 HS
ELPH 530 HS vs ELPH 330 HS
Canon-ELPH-510-HS front thumbnailCanon ELPH 510 HS
ELPH 530 HS vs ELPH 510 HS
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Canon-PowerShot-ELPH-530-HS front thumbnailCanon ELPH 530 HS28-336mm
Canon-ELPH-500-HS front thumbnailCanon ELPH 500 HS
ELPH 530 HS vs ELPH 500 HS

Canon ELPH 530 HS Pros and Cons

Here is a checklist of positives and negatives of the Canon ELPH 530 HS based on things that are normally seen as crucial in a digital camera.

built-in flash
comes with touch focus
does have HDMI port
features face detection focusing
features tracking autofocus
good zoom range (28-336mm 12.0 x zoom)
has image stabilization (Optical)
high video quality (1920 x 1080 pxls)
lighter than competition in class (163 grams)
long reach (336mm)
nice screen size (3.2 inches)
really wide (28mm)
screen is touchscreen
very good min ISO (100)
can't change lenses (fixed lens mount)
doesn't contain selfie friendly screen
doesn't have phase detect AF
doesn't have RAW format
external flash not possible
lack of shutter priority mode
low fps (3.0 frames/s)
low resolution screen (461 k dot)
manual focus not available
missing external mic port
missing headphone port
missing Time Lapse mode
no aperture priority mode
no articulating screen
no manual mode
not so great battery power (190 per charge)
sensor resolution low (10 megapixels)
slow maximum aperture (f3.4)
sluggish at full zoom (f5.6)
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
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Canon ELPH 530 HS Sensor specs

The Canon ELPH 530 HS houses the DIGIC 5 chip. The sensor size on the Canon ELPH 530 HS is 6.17mm x 4.55mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor has the capability to resolve 3648 x 2736 pixels using aspect ratios of 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9. The camera features Image Stabilization (Optical). In body stabilization is preferable than digital stabilization since the latter might produce cropping.

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The BSI-CMOS sensor has 10 megapixels and supports a standard ISO range of 100 to 3200. Sadly, RAW files are not supported which means that you have less margin for error.

The graphic below shows the ELPH 530 HS's sensor size when compared to other popular sizes. The ELPH 530 HS sensor has a crop factor of 5.8 and is displayed in green.

Canon PowerShot ELPH 530 HS sensor size Japan-exclusive Leica Leitz Phone 3 features big sensor and new modes

To get an idea of different aspect ratios, you can refer to the graphic below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Canon ELPH 530 HS dimensions

Canon ELPH 530 HS weighs 0.36 lb (163g or 5.75 ounces) & the dimensions of the camera is 86mm x 54mm x 20mm (3.4" x 2.1" x 0.8"). The weight of general Small Sensor Superzoom camera is 387g and the Canon ELPH 530 HS is lighter as compared to various rivals.

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The following is a pic of the Canon ELPH 530 HS beside a softdrink so you're able to get a feel for its size.

Canon PowerShot ELPH 530 HS dimensions scale

The top view below will show you the button design on the ELPH 530 HS.

Canon PowerShot ELPH 530 HS topview buttons dials

Canon ELPH 530 HS Lens details

The ELPH 530 HS has a built in lens offering a focal range of 28-336mm giving it a 12.0 x zoom which might not be perfect nevertheless it will be valuable in a few situations.

At it's widest 28mm, it features an aperture of f3.4 and that is pretty sluggish and not ideal for low light situations and you might struggle to get a shallow depth of field. You will also have to increase your ISO setting which results in noisy shots. Towards the long end, 336mm is brilliant zoom and comes at f5.6 making it fairly sluggish and you would have to choose slower shutter speeds.

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Canon ELPH 530 HS Connectivity

The ELPH 530 HS has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • Wireless Yes
  • HDMI Yes

Cameras which have NFC and / or Bluetooth compatibility can be controlled wirelessly by smartphones. You will be able to copy files and sometimes change camera settings without connecting directly with the camera.

Some apps also give a Liveview and press the shutter when you aren't close to the camera. If the camera has a HDMI port, it can be attached to an external monitor. Virtually all cameras will allow you to charge the battery through the USB port.

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Canon ELPH 530 HS Video details

The highest video quality on the Canon ELPH 530 HS is 1920 x 1080 and you can record in H.264 file format. 1080p quality provides a good balance in video quality and file size but FULL HD will not leave you with any room to crop. The body doesn't include a microphone and / or headphone jack which means you get absolutely no control over the sound. It is probably a better idea to look at a different camera if you require better sound for your videos.

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Canon ELPH 530 HS Weather Sealing

Canon ELPH 530 HS doesn't have weather proofing so rainy conditions could damage the camera.

Canon ELPH 530 HS Screen and Viewfinder

The Canon ELPH 530 HS houses a 3.2" fixed display having a resolution of 461k dots.

Additionally the display is touch friendly which means that you are able to adjust focus point and change settings using your finger.

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The ViewFinder specs for Canon ELPH 530 HS are the following:

  • ViewFinder None

Viewfinders can be rather helpful in bright outdoor conditions which can easily make the camera screen washed out and very difficult to see.

Canon ELPH 530 HS Shutter details

Canon ELPH 530 HS continuous shooting speed is 3.0 frames/s. The maximum shutter speed is 1/4000 seconds.

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Canon ELPH 530 HS Flash and Hot shoe details

Canon ELPH 530 HS features just built-in flash with missing external flash ability.

Canon ELPH 530 HS Autofocusing details

Canon ELPH 530 HS features only Contrast Based Auto Focus & lacks Phase Detect Auto Focus. Phase Detection autofocusing is a lot more quicker and accurate as compared to Contrast Based autofocusing. The camera boasts Face detection which makes it valuable for portrait photography.

It boasts 9 focus points to pick from. Canon ELPH 530 HS has tap to focus. You are able to use your fingers to switch focus. It also has Tracking Auto Focus for objects on the move. Canon ELPH 530 HS has not got manual focusing. Manual focusing option can be good in low light situations or you need more exact focus control.

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Canon ELPH 530 HS Battery life

The battery power (NB-9L) on the Canon ELPH 530 HS is designed to last for 190 images with respect to the CIPA requirements making it lesser in comparison with it's competitors. The typical Small Sensor Superzoom camera battery life is 316. Fujifilm HS35EXR has the highest (600) battery life in this class of cameras.

Here is a list of Small Sensor Superzoom cameras which have the highest battery life:

Canon ELPH 530 HS for various kinds of photography

The following diagram shows a analysis of the Canon ELPH 530 HS for various kinds of photography. To understand more, scroll to the specific paragraph below.

Canon ELPH 530 HS Portrait photography highlights

The Canon ELPH 530 HS receives a rating of 26 which is awful, and means the camera is simply not good for portrait photos. Taking portrait photos leans greatly towards sensor specs, RAW support plus the capability to use off-camera lighting.

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provides face detection autofocus
manual focus not available
lack of manual exposure
cannot use external flash
low resolution (10 megapixels)
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
has no RAW files

Canon ELPH 530 HS Street photography details

With a nice score of 66, the Canon ELPH 530 HS is a respectable choice to use in street photography. A decent street photography camera offers a perfect balance of image quality plus portability.

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image stabilization (Optical)
includes touch focus
lighter than average (163 grams)
fixed screen
small sensor size (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW support

Canon ELPH 530 HS Sports photography features

A awful sports photography rating of 29 indicates the Canon ELPH 530 HS is simply not good for taking pictures of sports. A camera must have good tracking and shutter speeds for sports photography.

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has image stabilization (Optical)
includes tracking autofocus
max frames per second low (3.0 frames per second)
no shutter priority mode
low MP (10MP)
sensor is small (1/2.3")
bad battery life (190 shots)
does not have phase detect auto focus

Canon ELPH 530 HS Travel photography features

Weight is really important in getting a travel camera. In general, the Canon ELPH 530 HS gets a nice 64 for a travel camera which makes it a very decent choice to purchase for your journeys.

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lighter than average (163 grams)
provides touch focus
built-in flash
reasonably wide (28mm)
very long zoom (336mm)
no Time Lapse mode
bad battery pack (190 per charge)
low resolution sensor (10 megapixels)
does not posses selfie friendly screen
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.4)

Canon ELPH 530 HS Landscape photography highlights

For anybody looking to choose a camera for landscape photographs, the most vital aspect is going to be image quality. The Canon ELPH 530 HS with it's awful rating of 35 for a landscape camera is simply not good amongst it's competition.

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fairly wide (28mm)
nice screen size (3.2 inches)
has image stabilization (Optical)
lack of manual focus
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
slow maximum aperture (f3.4)
manual exposure not available
sensor resolution low (10 megapixels)
small sensor size (1/2.3")
lack of RAW files
bad battery life (190 shots)
missing Timelapse function

Vlogging with Canon ELPH 530 HS

A camera for vlogging ought to come with a moving screen, mic port and preferably image stabilization. Taking everything into account, the Canon ELPH 530 HS is simply not good for vlogging as it comes to a awful rating of 35.

Photography Glossary
pretty wide (28mm)
touchscreen functionality
image stabilization (Optical)
supports face detect focusing
video resolution high (1920 x 1080 pixels)
lighter than competition (163 grams)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.4)
doesn't have selfie friendly screen
does not have mic jack

Canon ELPH 530 HS Alternatives

If you are shopping for alternatives to the ELPH 530 HS, here is a range of the highest scored cameras which fall under the family of Small Sensor Superzoom.

The line chart underneath gives you an overview of the ELPH 530 HS versus it's highest rated rivals listed previously.

Here are a handful of other cameras you might view as alternative options. To check out a detailed comparison, simply click the "compare" link.

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General Information
Model type
Canon PowerShot ELPH 530 HS
Also referred to as
Small Sensor Superzoom
Body design
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Sensor size
Sensor dimensions
6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor surface area
Sensor resolution
10 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio
1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Full resolution
3648 x 2736
RAW data
Max native ISO
Lowest native ISO
Manual focusing
AF touch
AF continuous
AF single
Tracking AF
AF selectice
Center weighted AF
Multi area AF
Live view AF
Face detection AF
Contract detection AF
Phase detection AF
Total focus points
Lens support
fixed lens
Lens zoom range
28-336mm (12.0x)
Maximal aperture
Macro focusing range
Crop factor
Range of screen
Fixed Type
Screen sizing
3.2 inches
Resolution of screen
461k dot
Selfie friendly
Touch screen
Screen technology
PureColor II Touch TFT LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type
DXO scores
DXO All around rating
not tested
DXO Color Depth rating
not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating
not tested
DXO Low light rating
not tested
Lowest shutter speed
15 seconds
Highest shutter speed
1/4000 seconds
Continuous shooting speed
3.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Change WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash distance
2.50 m
Flash modes
Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync
Hot shoe
WB bracketing
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Supported video resolutions
1920 x 1080 (24 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps) 640 x 480 (30, 120 fps), 320 x 240 (240 fps)
Max video resolution
Video data format
Mic jack
Headphone jack
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Environment seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
163g (0.36 lb)
86 x 54 x 20mm (3.4" x 2.1" x 0.8")
Battery life
190 images
Battery form
Battery Pack
Battery ID
Self timer
Yes (2 or 10 sec, Custom)
Time lapse feature
Storage media
Storage slots
Price at launch