Canon SX540 HS overview
Canon SX540 HS is Canon's Small Sensor Superzoom digital camera originally released on January of 2016. The camera uses a 20MP, BSI-CMOS 1/2.3" size sensor with a maximum resolution of 5184 x 3888.
The SX540 HS is placed #46 out of 243 in Small Sensor Superzoom cameras & all round #473 out of 1428 for cameras in our database. Remember to check out our Advanced camera search to get camera ratings based on your personal criteria.
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Canon SX540 HS history
The Canon SX540 HS is part of a family of digital cameras. You can view the full list underneath.
Canon SX540 HS Gallery
You can look at the SX540 HS from various angles in the gallery underneath.
Canon SX540 HS Pros and Cons
Here is a selection of pros and cons of the Canon SX540 HS based on factors which are oftentimes viewed as necessary in a digital camera.
Canon SX540 HS Sensor information
The Canon SX540 HS features the DIGIC 6 processor chip. The measurement of the sensor on the Canon SX540 HS is 6.17mm x 4.55mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor can resolve 5184 x 3888 pixels using aspect ratios of 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9. The camera has Image Stabilization (Optical). Sensor stabilization is better than digital stabilization since the latter might cause cropping.Google will print your 'Best' photos for $8 a month
The BSI-CMOS sensor has 20MP and supports a standard ISO range of 80 to 3200. Unfortunately, RAW format is not saved therefore the user has less margin for error.
The picture underneath illustrates the SX540 HS's sensor size compared to other popular sizes. The SX540 HS sensor has a crop factor of 5.8 and is pointed out in green.Unsplash partners with Institutions to bring historical archive photos
To get an understanding of various aspect ratios, you can refer to the graphic below.
Canon SX540 HS dimensions
Canon SX540 HS weighs 0.97 pounds (442g / 15.59 ounces) & the physical size of the camera is 120mm x 82mm x 92mm (4.7" x 3.2" x 3.6"). The weight of normal Small Sensor Superzoom camera is 387g and the Canon SX540 HS is more heavy as compared with various competitors.World's smallest camera makes it into Guinness Book of Records
Down below is a shot of the Canon SX540 HS besides a softdrink to help you to get a sense of its size.
The top view under will highlight the button arrangement on the SX540 HS.
Canon SX540 HS Lens information
The SX540 HS offers an inbuilt lens having a focal range of 24-1200mm giving it a 50.0 x zoom which is exceptional and can let you zoom all the way in.
At it's widest 24mm, it has an aperture of f3.4 making it really sluggish and not ideal for low light conditions and you will find it difficult to get a shallow depth of field. You could also have to raise your ISO setting resulting in noisy images. For the long end, 1200mm is exceptional zoom and comes to f6.5 which is very slow and you would have to utilize slower shutter speeds.
Canon SX540 HS Connectivity
The SX540 HS has the following connectivity:
- USB Yes
- Wireless Yes
- NFC Yes
- HDMI Yes
Cameras that have NFC or Bluetooth support can easily be controlled wirelessly through smartphones. You are able to copy images and in some cases change camera settings without connecting directly with the camera.
Certain apps also give a Liveview and click the shutter if you aren't near the camera. If the camera provides a HDMI port, it could be attached to an external screen. Many cameras enable you to recharge the battery using the USB port.
Canon SX540 HS Video information
The maximum video quality on the Canon SX540 HS is 1920 x 1080 and you can record in MPEG-4 and H.264 file format. 1080p quality will provide a decent balance for video quality versus file size but FULL HD is not going to give you any room to crop. The body doesn't feature a microphone or headphone socket which means that you get absolutely no control over the audio. It is perhaps best to take a look at an alternative model in case you need decent audio for your videos.
Canon SX540 HS Weather Sealing
Canon SX540 HS doesn't have weather sealing so rainy conditions can easily damage the camera.
Canon SX540 HS Screen and Viewfinder
The Canon SX540 HS houses a 3 inch fixed display having a resolution of 461 thousand dots.
Please be aware that the display screen has no touch support.Handle those 8K RED files like a boss
The ViewFinder specs for Canon SX540 HS are as follows:
- ViewFinder None
For sunny outdoor conditions that make the camera screens washed out and challenging to see, viewfinders are very valuable.
Canon SX540 HS Shutter information
Canon SX540 HS continuous shooting rate is 5.9 frames/s. The highest shutter speed is 1/2000 seconds.
Canon SX540 HS Flash and Hot shoe information
Canon SX540 HS has just built in flash with missing external flash ability.
Canon SX540 HS Autofocus information
Canon SX540 HS has only Contrast Detect Autofocus & does not have Phase Detect Autofocus. Phase Detection focusing is a lot snappier & precise as compared with Contrast Detect focusing. The camera boasts Face detection making it useful for portraits.
Canon SX540 HS has manual focus when needed for low light scenarios or you need to have more exact control on focus.
Canon SX540 HS Battery life
The battery (NB-6LH) for the Canon SX540 HS is built to last for 205 photographs based on the CIPA benchmarks which is lower when compared with it's rivals. The general Small Sensor Superzoom camera battery life is 316. Fujifilm HS35EXR features the highest possible (600) battery life for this type of cameras.
Following is a list of Small Sensor Superzoom cameras having the strongest battery life:
Canon SX540 HS for different styles of photography
The following bar chart gives a overview of the Canon SX540 HS for different styles of photography. To view more, browse to the specific section underneath.
Canon SX540 HS Portrait photography features
The Canon SX540 HS receives a points total of 48 which is modest, meaning that it is relatively acceptable for portrait images. Shooting portraits favors heavily to sensor specs, support for RAW files and capability to use off-camera lighting.
Street photography with Canon SX540 HS
Having a reasonable score of 48, the Canon SX540 HS is fairly adequate to buy for street photography. A very good street photography camera has a fine balance of image quality plus portability.
Canon SX540 HS Sports photography advice
A terrible sports photography rating of 45 means the Canon SX540 HS is simply not acceptable for shooting sports. A camera needs excellent autofocus and continuous shooting for sports photography.
Travel photography with Canon SX540 HS
Weight is pretty important in choosing a travel camera. All things considered, the Canon SX540 HS gets a moderate 57 for a travelling camera which makes it reasonably appropriate to buy for your travels.
Landscape photography with Canon SX540 HS
For those who are planning to buy a digital camera for landscape photography, the most critical factor will no doubt be image quality. The Canon SX540 HS with it's modest rating of 48 as a landscape camera is fairly suitable in the current marketplace.
Canon SX540 HS Vlogging features
A camera for vlogging really should offer a articulating display screen, mic input and ideally IBIS. Taking everything in to account, the Canon SX540 HS is simply not acceptable for vlogging as it gets a terrible score of 30.
Canon SX540 HS Alternatives
If you want alternatives to the SX540 HS, below is a selection of the highest placed cameras that fall in to the category of Small Sensor Superzoom.
The graph underneath provides you a bird's eye view of the SX540 HS compared to it's highest ranked rivals shown above.
These are various other cameras you may look into as alternatives. To look at a complete comparison, just click on the "compare" link.