Canon Powershot SX540 IS Review

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Canon PowerShot SX540 HS Digital Camera w/ 50x...
  • Powerful 50x optical zoom with optical image stabilizer for outstanding optical performance
  • 20.3 Megapixel CMOS sensor with DIGIC 6 Image Processor helps deliver stunning image quality even in...
  • Built-in Wi-Fi and NFC allows for easy sharing and transferring of images and videos. Canon High...

Canon Powershot SX540 IS

Canon PowerShot SX540 HS Digital Camera w/ 50x...

Specifications​​​​​

  • 20 megapixel 1/2.3” CMOS sensor
  • 50x optical zoom
  • Maximum aperture f/3.4-f/5.6
  • Shutter speed 15 sec. to 1/2000
  • ISO 80-3200
  • Optical image stabilization
  • Manual modes
  • 5.9 fps burst
  • 3” LCD
  • Wi-fi
  • Battery life rated at 205 shots
  • Weighs .97 lbs. (442g)
  • Release Date: 2016-01-05

Canon has spent a lot of resources developing their high-end cameras–and their smaller cameras are starting to suffer for that a bit. The Canon PowerShot SX540 IS is a small update to the SX530, bumping up the megapixels from 16 to 20 and allowing for 60 fps HD video.The Canon SX540 still embodies a nice 50x optical zoom, packed in a relatively small body.

That zoom lens has a pretty average speed, at f/3.4-f/5.6. Advanced features like manual modes are included, though no RAW. Speed is so-so at 5.9 fps and a maximum shutter speed of 1/2000. Optical image stabilization is also included.All in all, the Canon SX540 is just average. The zoom range and brightness of the lens, the speed–there’s nothing horrible, but nothing too astounding either.

The Nikon P610 offers better speed and more zoom, albeit with 16 megapixels. The Olympus SP-100 has a much brighter lens at a better price point. The Canon SX540 doesn’t look horribly exciting, though it doesn’t appear to be a horrible camera either.