PowerShot SX530 HS

PowerShot SX530 HS

Canon PowerShot SX530 HS Review

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Review posted 03/26/2015

Quick Take
Pros
  • Extremely powerful zoom lens
  • Very effective image stabilization
  • Strong built-in flash
  • Auto focus is usually fast and accurate
  • Full 1080p HD video recording
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • NFC for connecting to smartphones
  • Tracking AF works pretty well
  • Good assortment of filters and effects
Cons
  • Subpar image quality in upper zoom range
  • Unimpressive image quality in low light
  • Burst mode is slow
  • Images lack sharp details
  • Menu navigation is a little clumsy
  • Battery life isn't great
  • No external flash shoe
Bottom Line
The big canon of a zoom with solid image stabilization offers a lot of fun, and the built-in flash is very effective. Though tasteful filters and photo effects are appealing, the burst mode is sluggish and the camera lacks RAW mode. Image quality is mediocre in low light and deteriorates as you zoom in at higher magnifications, making this Powershot less versatile than it first appears. Read more in our Full Conclusion
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The Canon PowerShot SX530 HS is a budget super-zoom that updates and improves upon the SX520, taking a 42x optical zoom lens all the way up to 50x. A camera designed for those who love to travel or take shots of distant subjects, the SX530 HS boasts a 16MP "High Sensitivity" CMOS image sensor and the DIGIC 4+ image processor for optimal low-light shooting capability. With a 24-1200mm zoom equivalency, you're going to love the optical image stabilization that Canon describes as Intelligent. In other words, the camera optimizes itself for blur-free photos and shake free videos. Speaking of which, the SX530 HS is capable of recording Full 1080p HD videos.

This model also includes a number of built-in features to help newbies capture please photos. These include Smart and Hybrid AUTO to ensure the camera is always set up for the current shooting conditions, Zoom Framing Assist which identifies and can track the focus of the main subject in any shot, and a Creative Shot Mode for artistically enhancing still images and videos.

Finally, the SX530 boasts built-in Wi-Fi and NFC technologies for wirelessly connecting this ultra-zoom camera to smartphones, tablets, and other compatible devices.

Canon PowerShot SX530 HS Features:
  • 50x optical zoom lens
    • 24-1200mm
  • 16MP High Sensitivity CMOS image sensor
  • DIGIC 4+ image processor
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • Intelligent Image Stabilization 
  • High Speed AF
  • Zoom Framing Assist
  • Creative Shot Mode
  • Smart AUTO
  • Hybrid AUTO
  • Full 1080p HD Video Recording
  • 3.0-inch LCD display (416K pixels)
  • Active NFC
  • Built-in Wi-Fi

The Canon PowerShot SX530 HS is available in black for about $429.99. See our lowest price box at the top right of this page, or visit our Camera Store, to see current online pricing at various retailers. 


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