PowerShot SX540 HS

PowerShot SX540 HS

Canon PowerShot SX540 HS Review

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Preview posted 01/05/2016 by Michael Palmer
Full review posted 07/05/2016 by Eric Butterfield

Quick Take
Pros
  • Lots of manual controls
  • Powerful zoom with wide angle (24-1200mm)
  • Effective image stabilization
  • Auto focus is usually quick
  • Lens can focus at 0cm in macro
  • High image quality
  • Fast burst shooting
  • Full HD video at 60fps
  • Dial quickens settings changes
  • Filters produce attractive shots
  • Tracking AF is accurate in bright light
  • Extremely up-close macro AF
Cons
  • No RAW mode
  • Dial operation could be better
  • Tracking AF had difficulty in shadows
  • Low light shots can be a little noisy
  • No bulb function for long shutter release
  • No viewfinder
  • LCD is fixed, does not hinge outward
  • No external flash shoe
Bottom Line
Lots of manual controls, a 50x zoom, speedy burst mode, accurate autofocus, and high overall image quality make the SX540 HS a great fit for intermediate shooters. Read more in our Full Conclusion.
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Earlier this year, Canon introduced a new super-zoom member to their PowerShot SX lineup. The SX540 HS features a 20.3-megapixel "High Sensitivity" CMOS image sensor mated to the DIGIC 6 image processor, which makes for strong performance in low light conditions.

On top of that, the SX540 HS boasts a whopping 50x optical zoom lens, which covers a 35mm equivalent zoom range of 24-1200mm. With that level of reach, you're going to enjoy the built-in optical image stabilization in both still photography and video recording.

Speaking of which, this digicam shoots Full 1080p HD movies at 60 frames-per-second in stereo sound. A dedicated Movie Button allows you to shoot video without having to change modes. There's also a Story Highlights feature that captures video clips before taking each still image for assembling into a highlight reel.

Canon PowerShot SX540 HS Features:
  • 20.3MP High-Sensitivity CMOS sensor
  • DIGIC 6 Image Processor
  • 50x optical zoom lens
  • 24-1200mm
  • Optical Image Stabilizer
  • Zoom Framing Assist
  • 3.0-inch LCD screen rear display (approx. 461,000 dots)
  • Full 1080p HD Video Recording
  • 60 frames-per-second
  • Dedicated movie button
  • Stereo Sound
  • Hybrid Auto mode
  • Built-in Wi-FI (with a dedicated button)
  • NFC

The Canon PowerShot SX540 HS is available now with a $399.99 MSRP. See our best price box at the top right to see current online pricing at various retailers.

What's in the box?:
  • PowerShot SX540 HS
  • Battery Pack NB-6LH
  • Battery Charger CB-2LY
  • Neck Strap NS-DC11
  • Lens Cap (with Strap)
  • (USB Interface Cable and Digital Camera Solution CD-ROM are not included)


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