Canon SX530 HS

 
Canon PowerShot SX530 HS front
 
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 24-1200mm (F3.4-6.5) lens
  • 442g - 120 x 82 x 92mm
  • Introduced January 2015
  • Succeeded the Canon SX520 HS
  • Read full specs
  • Alternatives
  • Size Comparison
Portability
69
Imaging
42
Features
48
Overall
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Canon SX530 HS summary

Canon SX530 HS is Canon's Small Sensor Superzoom camera initially released on January of 2015. The camera uses a 16MP, BSI-CMOS 1/2.3" sized sensor and has a full resolution of 4608 x 3456.

Canon introduced this camera as a way to replace the previous Canon SX520 HS (Read Full Comparison)

The SX530 HS is ranked #75 out of 243 in Small Sensor Superzoom cameras and over all #533 out of 1428 for digital cameras in our collection. Please check out our Advanced camera search to get camera ratings based on your customized requirements.

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Canon SX530 HS family

The Canon SX530 HS comes with a history of related digital cameras. Down below, you can discover all previous and more recent models as well as important specifications.

ModelVisualizeLensResolutionSensor SizeReleased
Canon-PowerShot-SX70-HS front thumbnailCanon SX70 HS
SX530 HS vs SX70 HS
21-1365mm
F3.4-6.5
20MP1/2.3"2018
Canon-PowerShot-SX740-HS front thumbnailCanon SX740 HS
SX530 HS vs SX740 HS
24-960mm
F3.3-6.9
21MP1/2.3"2018
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Canon-PowerShot-SX730-HS front thumbnailCanon SX730 HS
SX530 HS vs SX730 HS
24-960mm
F3.3-6.9
20.3MP1/2.3"2017
Canon-PowerShot-SX620-HS front thumbnailCanon SX620 HS
SX530 HS vs SX620 HS
25-625mm
F3.2-6.6
20MP1/2.3"2016
Canon-PowerShot-SX720-HS front thumbnailCanon SX720 HS
SX530 HS vs SX720 HS
24-960mm
F3.3-6.9
20.3MP1/2.3"2016
Canon-PowerShot-SX540-HS front thumbnailCanon SX540 HS
SX530 HS vs SX540 HS
24-1200mm
F3.4-6.5
20MP1/2.3"2016
400 Megapixel mode coming to Fujifilm GFX 100
Canon-PowerShot-SX420-IS front thumbnailCanon SX420 IS
SX530 HS vs SX420 IS
24-1008mm
F3.5-6.6
20MP1/2.3"2016
Canon-PowerShot-SX410-IS front thumbnailCanon SX410 IS
SX530 HS vs SX410 IS
24-960mm
F3.5-5.6
20MP1/2.3"2015
Canon-PowerShot-SX710-HS front thumbnailCanon SX710 HS
SX530 HS vs SX710 HS
25-750mm
F3.2-6.9
20MP1/2.3"2015
Canon-PowerShot-SX530-HS front thumbnailCanon SX530 HS24-1200mm
F3.4-6.5
16MP1/2.3"2015
Canon-PowerShot-SX610-HS front thumbnailCanon SX610 HS
SX530 HS vs SX610 HS
25-450mm
F3.8-6.9
20MP1/2.3"2015
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Canon-PowerShot-SX60-HS front thumbnailCanon SX60 HS
SX530 HS vs SX60 HS
21-1365mm
F3.4-6.5
16MP1/2.3"2014
Canon-PowerShot-SX520-HS front thumbnailCanon SX520 HS
SX530 HS vs SX520 HS
24-1008mm
F3.4-6.0
16MP1/2.3"2014
Canon-PowerShot-SX400-IS front thumbnailCanon SX400 IS
SX530 HS vs SX400 IS
24-720mm
F3.4-5.8
16MP1/2.3"2014
Canon-PowerShot-SX700-HS front thumbnailCanon SX700 HS
SX530 HS vs SX700 HS
25-750mm
F3.2-6.9
16MP1/2.3"2014
Canon-PowerShot-SX600-HS front thumbnailCanon SX600 HS
SX530 HS vs SX600 HS
25-450mm
F3.8-6.9
16MP1/2.3"2014
Canon-PowerShot-SX510-HS front thumbnailCanon SX510 HS
SX530 HS vs SX510 HS
24-720mm
F3.4-5.8
12MP1/2.3"2013
Canon-PowerShot-SX170-IS front thumbnailCanon SX170 IS
SX530 HS vs SX170 IS
28-448mm
F3.5-5.9
16MP1/2.3"2013
Canon-PowerShot-SX160-IS front thumbnailCanon SX160 IS
SX530 HS vs SX160 IS
28-448mm
F3.5-5.9
16MP1/2.3"2013
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Canon-PowerShot-SX280-HS front thumbnailCanon SX280 HS
SX530 HS vs SX280 HS
25-500mm
F3.5-6.8
12MP1/2.3"2013
Canon-PowerShot-SX270-HS front thumbnailCanon SX270 HS
SX530 HS vs SX270 HS
25-500mm
F3.5-6.8
12MP1/2.3"2013
Canon-PowerShot-SX50-HS front thumbnailCanon SX50 HS
SX530 HS vs SX50 HS
24-1200mm
F3.4-6.5
12MP1/2.3"2013
Canon-PowerShot-SX500-IS front thumbnailCanon SX500 IS
SX530 HS vs SX500 IS
24-720mm
F3.4-5.8
16MP1/2.3"2012
Canon-PowerShot-SX260-HS front thumbnailCanon SX260 HS
SX530 HS vs SX260 HS
25-500mm
F3.5-6.8
12MP1/2.3"2012
Canon-PowerShot-SX150-IS front thumbnailCanon SX150 IS
SX530 HS vs SX150 IS
28-336mm
F3.4-5.6
14MP1/2.3"2012
Canon-PowerShot-SX240-HS front thumbnailCanon SX240 HS
SX530 HS vs SX240 HS
25-500mm
F3.5-6.8
12MP1/2.3"2012
Canon-PowerShot-SX40-HS front thumbnailCanon SX40 HS
SX530 HS vs SX40 HS
24-840mm
F2.7-5.8
12MP1/2.3"2011
Canon-PowerShot-SX230-HS front thumbnailCanon SX230 HS
SX530 HS vs SX230 HS
28-392mm
F3.1-5.9
12MP1/2.3"2011
Canon-SX220-HS front thumbnailCanon SX220 HS
SX530 HS vs SX220 HS
28-392mm
F3.1-5.9
12MP1/2.3"2011
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Canon-PowerShot-SX30-IS front thumbnailCanon SX30 IS
SX530 HS vs SX30 IS
24-840mm
F2.7-5.8
14MP1/2.3"2010
Canon-PowerShot-SX130-IS front thumbnailCanon SX130 IS
SX530 HS vs SX130 IS
28-336mm
F3.4-5.6
12MP1/2.3"2010
Canon-PowerShot-SX20-IS front thumbnailCanon SX20 IS
SX530 HS vs SX20 IS
28-560mm
F2.8-5.7
12MP1/2.3"2010
Canon-PowerShot-SX210-IS front thumbnailCanon SX210 IS
SX530 HS vs SX210 IS
28-392mm
F3.1-5.9
14MP1/2.3"2010
Canon-PowerShot-SX200-IS front thumbnailCanon SX200 IS
SX530 HS vs SX200 IS
28-336mm
F3.4-5.3
12MP1/2.3"2009
Canon-PowerShot-SX1-IS front thumbnailCanon SX1 IS
SX530 HS vs SX1 IS
28-560mm
F2.8-5.7
10MP1/2.3"2009
Canon-PowerShot-SX10-IS front thumbnailCanon SX10 IS
SX530 HS vs SX10 IS
28-560mm
F2.8-5.7
10MP1/2.3"2009

Canon SX530 HS Pros and Cons

Below is a checklist of good and bad points of the Canon SX530 HS based on criterias that are generally regarded as useful in a camera.

above average minimum ISO (100)
amazing zoom range (24-1200mm 50.0 x zoom)
built-in flash
built in image stabilization (Optical)
features face detect autofocus
features tracking focus
good MP (16 megapixels)
great reach (1200mm)
high quality video (1920 x 1080 pxls)
includes HDMI socket
manual focus
nice screen size (3 inches)
relatively wide (24mm)
sensor has phase detect autofocus
doesn't have RAW files
does not have headphone socket
does not have mic socket
does not have Time Lapse recording
does not offer selfie friendly display
external flash not possible
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
low resolution screen (461 thousand dots)
no moving screen
not so great battery life (210 shots)
slow at full zoom (f6.5)
sluggish max aperture (f3.4)
very slow continuous shooting (1.6 frames per second)
very small sensor (1/2.3")
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Canon SX530 HS Sensor details

The Canon SX530 HS features the DIGIC 4+ processor. The sensor dimension on the Canon SX530 HS is 6.17mm x 4.55mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor has the capability to capture 4608 x 3456 pixels and aspect ratios of 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9. The camera boasts Image Stabilization (Optical). In body stabilization is more effective than digital stabilization since the latter may cause cropping.

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The BSI-CMOS sensor boasts 16 megapixels and supports a native ISO range of 100 to 3200. Unfortunately, RAW files are not saved therefore the user has less room to maneuver in post.

The picture below shows the SX530 HS's sensor dimensions when compared to other common sizes. The SX530 HS sensor comes with a crop factor of 5.8 and is outlined in green.

Canon PowerShot SX530 HS sensor size World's smallest camera makes it into Guinness Book of Records

To get an understanding of various aspect ratios, you should refer to the visual below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Canon SX530 HS dimensions

Canon SX530 HS weighs around 0.97 pounds (442g / 15.59 oz) and features outer dimensions of 120mm x 82mm x 92mm (4.7" x 3.2" x 3.6"). The weight of average Small Sensor Superzoom camera is 387g and the Canon SX530 HS is heavier when compared to other rivals.

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Below is a visual of the Canon SX530 HS alongside a softdrink so you're able to have a sense of its scale.

Canon PowerShot SX530 HS dimensions scale

The top view below will illustrate the button design on the SX530 HS.

Canon PowerShot SX530 HS topview buttons dials

Canon SX530 HS Lens specs

The SX530 HS provides a built in lens featuring a focal range of 24-1200mm making it a 50.0 x zoom which is huge and does allow you to zoom right in.

At the widest 24mm, it will have an aperture of f3.4 which is quite slow and not the best in low light circumstances and you might struggle to capture a shallow depth of field. You will also need to raise the ISO causing noisy files. Towards the tele end, 1200mm is amazing zoom and comes to f6.5 which is pretty slow and you will need to go with slow shutter speeds.

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Canon SX530 HS Connectivity

The SX530 HS has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • Wireless Yes
  • HDMI Yes

Digital cameras that have NFC and / or Bluetooth compatibility are able to be controlled wirelessly with smartphones. You can send pictures and usually adjust camera settings without connecting physically to the camera.

Some applications even allow a Liveview and release the shutter when you are not near the camera. If the camera comes with a HDMI out, it can easily be attached to an external screen. The majority of cameras will allow you to recharge the battery pack using the USB socket.

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Canon SX530 HS Video specs

The highest possible video quality on the Canon SX530 HS is 1920 x 1080 and it can shoot in MPEG-4 and H.264 format. 1080p quality will provide a decent balance in quality vs file sizes but 1080p is not going to leave you with much room to crop. The camera does not offer a mic and / or headphone jack which means that you have little control over your sound. It is perhaps best to find another camera should you want good sound in your video clips.

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Canon SX530 HS Weather Sealing

There is no environment sealing on the Canon SX530 HS so you need to be careful in rainy and dusty conditions.

Canon SX530 HS Display and Viewfinder

The Canon SX530 HS houses a 3 inch fixed display supporting a resolution of 461 thousand dots.

Unfortunately the display is not a touch screen.

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The ViewFinder specifications regarding Canon SX530 HS are below:

  • ViewFinder None

In those bright outdoor conditions which make the camera displays washed out and difficult to view, viewfinders can be quite valuable.

Canon SX530 HS Shutter specs

Canon SX530 HS has the capability to shoot continuously at 1.6 frames per second. The highest shutter speed is 1/2000s.

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Canon SX530 HS Flash and Hot shoe specs

Canon SX530 HS boasts only built in flash with missing external flash support.

Canon SX530 HS Autofocus specs

Canon SX530 HS boasts both Phase Detect AF and Contrast Based AF. Phase Detection focusing is a lot more faster & exact when compared to Contrast Based focusing. The camera boasts Face detect making it handy for portraits.

It boasts 9 focus points to choose from. It also features Tracking AF for things on the move. Canon SX530 HS supports manual focusing in case it is required in low light occasions or you want more precise focusing control.

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Canon SX530 HS Battery life

The battery life (NB-6LH) on the Canon SX530 HS is built to last for 210 shutters with respect to the CIPA benchmarks which is lesser when compared to its competition. The average Small Sensor Superzoom camera battery life is 316. Fujifilm HS35EXR offers the best (600) battery life in this type of cameras.

Following is a listing of Small Sensor Superzoom cameras which have the strongest battery life:

Canon SX530 HS for different types of photography

The following bar chart shows a summary of the Canon SX530 HS for different types of photography. To learn more, browse to the specific section below.

Canon SX530 HS Portrait photography information

The Canon SX530 HS has a rating of 45 which is low, and means the camera is not appropriate for portrait images. Photographing portraits favors greatly towards sensor specs, support for RAW files & flexibility to use off-camera flash.

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manual focus
decent sensor resolution (16MP)
provides face detect autofocus
no external flash support
small sensor size (1/2.3")
does not have RAW support

Canon SX530 HS Street photography features

Getting a decent points tally of 47, the Canon SX530 HS is reasonably appropriate for street photography. A good street photography camera gives a good balance of picture quality plus portability.

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image stabilization (Optical)
no moving screen
small sensor (1/2.3")
no RAW format

Canon SX530 HS Sports photography features

A moderate sports photography points total of 52 suggests the Canon SX530 HS is somewhat acceptable for photographing sports. A camera needs great autofocus plus fast continuous shooting for sports photography.

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great zoom range (24-1200mm 50.0 x zoom)
image stabilization (Optical)
good resolution (16 megapixels)
includes tracking focus
has phase detect autofocus
max fps low (1.6 fps)
small sensor (1/2.3")
low battery power (210 per charge)

Canon SX530 HS Travel photography features

Weight is very critical when choosing a camera for travel. Overall, the Canon SX530 HS gets a decent 56 as a travelling camera which is reasonably acceptable for your journeys.

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resolution is good (16MP)
flash built-in
decently wide (24mm)
great zoom (1200mm)
doesn't have Timelapse mode
terrible battery life (210 CIPA)
does not feature selfie friendly display
sluggish max aperture (f3.4)

Canon SX530 HS as a Landscape photography camera

In case you're planning to buy a digital camera for landscape photos, the most vital factor is going to be image quality. The Canon SX530 HS and it's reasonable grade of 46 as a landscape camera is fairly appropriate in the current marketplace.

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manual focus
really wide (24mm)
screen size is good (3 inches)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count decent (16MP)
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.4)
small sensor (1/2.3")
has no RAW files
terrible battery power (210 shots)
lack of Time Lapse recording

Vlogging with Canon SX530 HS

A camera for vlogging really should posses a articulating display screen, microphone input and if possible IBIS. Taking everything in to account, the Canon SX530 HS is not appropriate for vlogging as it delivers a low score of 29.

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quite wide (24mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
provides face detect focus
high video quality (1920 x 1080 pixels)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.4)
doesn't posses selfie friendly display
lack of mic support

Canon SX530 HS Alternatives

If you are interested in alternatives to the SX530 HS, below is a list of the highest ranked cameras that fall within the class of Small Sensor Superzoom.

The diagram just below provides you a bird's eye view of the SX530 HS vs it's top scoring rivals listed above.

Following are additional cameras you may check out as alternatives. To read through a complete comparison, visit the "compare" link.

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Specifications

General Information
Company
Canon
Model type
Canon PowerShot SX530 HS
Class
Small Sensor Superzoom
Introduced
2015-01-06
Physical type
SLR-like (bridge)
Sensor Information
Sensor type
BSI-CMOS
Processor
DIGIC 4+
Sensor size
1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions
6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor surface area
28.1mm²
Sensor resolution
16 megapixels
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio
1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Highest Possible resolution
4608 x 3456
RAW images
Maximum native ISO
3200
Min native ISO
100
Autofocusing
Focus manually
AF touch
Continuous AF
Single AF
Tracking AF
AF selectice
AF center weighted
AF multi area
Live view AF
Face detect AF
Contract detect AF
Phase detect AF
Total focus points
9
Lens
Lens mount type
fixed lens
Lens zoom range
24-1200mm (50.0x)
Highest aperture
f/3.4-6.5
Macro focusing distance
0cm
Crop factor
5.8
Screen
Display type
Fixed Type
Display size
3 inches
Resolution of display
461 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch function
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type
None
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating
not tested
DXO Color Depth rating
not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating
not tested
DXO Low light rating
not tested
Features
Minimum shutter speed
15 secs
Fastest shutter speed
1/2000 secs
Continuous shutter rate
1.6 frames per sec
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation
Yes
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash distance
5.50 m
Flash settings
Auto, on, off, slow synchro
Hot shoe
AEB
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Video resolutions
1920 x 1080 (30p), 1280 x 720 (30p), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Maximum video resolution
1920x1080
Video file format
MPEG-4, H.264
Mic port
Headphone port
Connectivity
Wireless
Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS
None
Physical
Environment sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight
442g (0.97 pounds)
Physical dimensions
120 x 82 x 92mm (4.7" x 3.2" x 3.6")
Other
Battery life
210 photos
Type of battery
Battery Pack
Battery ID
NB-6LH
Self timer
Yes (2 or 10 secs, custom)
Time lapse feature
Type of storage
SD/SDHC/SDXC
Card slots
Single
Cost at release
$379