Canon Powershot SX540 vs SX530

When choosing a camera that is easy to control with less complexity in changing lense, people would choose the Fixed-lens cameras. What are those? The fixed-lens camera is basically cameras that aren’t able to interchange the lenses. You’ll be using one lense only, and mostly they come with very large zoom lenses.

Usually, they come in different kinds of form. You could meet the simplest point and shoot camera, or the ones that are really similar to DSLR cameras. You are able to adjust the zoom level, but can’t use better lenses. This could be less problematic for people who want to look for the simplicity aspect.

The basic fixed-lens camera offers an adjustable zoom setting. Some of them come with foldable shapes as well, making them easy to carry everywhere. Meanwhile, the Premium Fixed-lens cameras have wider aperture, with less zoom level. The photographers may have the ability to change the blur as well. But the premium ones could be very costly.

Today, we’re gonna talk about the fixed-lens cameras from Canon, the Powershot SX540 and SX530. We would determine which one can be the winner from this battle, especially with the notable gap on the release date.We’re gonna see which one should be worth the money, the older or newer version. Without further ado, let’s take a look at each of them.

Canon Powershot SX530

  •     Vendor : Canon
  •     Price: 279$
  •     Launch Date : January 2015

Let’s take a look at the first one here, Canon Powershot, which came about a year older than SX540. The price now is in the level of 270-ish dollars, and many would consider to buy it after all these years. It’s a bit weighty camera, since it’s about 442 grams. It’s the same amount of weight the SX540 has. Read also: Sony DSC W800 vs Canon Ixus 185.

The screen display is 3 inch wide with 461.000 dots, able to deliver     sharper images when reviewing the taken pictures. Both the SX530 and SX540 have flash installed and may be used as a flashlight as well. The display also has 3 subpixels per pixel, so the images can be more crisp and look sharper.

About the camera, it has a lesser 16MP camera with 6.17 x 4.55 mm sensor. The ISO can be adjusted up to the maximum 3200. Still being a camera that is not suitable for night pictures. However, taking a continuous shooting with this camera only allows you to have 1.5 fps, and that’s not so bad for a camera at this price level. You may also enjoy the supporting features as well like image stabilization and Autofocus that uses phase-detection.

For video taking, this camera can only capture videos with 1080P with the maximum 30 FPS. But, it does have autofocus for video as well. Also, if you’re planning to take some vlogs with this, then you probably need another budget planning for an external microphone since it doesn’t have any built-in one.

The battery life is one important aspect of a camera. Canon Powershot SX530 is able to fully use its battery until 210 shots. And the battery is removable and rechargeable as well, so you can use one over and over again. You may also receive low battery notification as well when using the camera.

And now the features. Despite its launch five year before, Canon Powershot SX530 still has some things that are still relevant for today usage. It has the external memory slot that you can switch easily. The wifi 4 connection is also supported, and the older wifi version as well. And also it’s integrated to remote control, which can be included as an option. But still, it can’t connect to your smartphone.

Canon Powershot SX540

  •     Vendor : Canon
  •     Price: 299$
  •     Launch Date : January 2016

The newer version, SX540 came a year later with some upgrades within. The screen display used on this camera is still the same as SX530’s. The screen is still the same 3 inch screen with 461.000 dots, LCD display has 3 subpixels per pixel to make pictures clearer. The weight is the same 442 grams, and the volume is the same also. So basically on the display, SX540 is still the same with SX530.

One difference that is noticeable is on the megapixel. This camera has 25% better MP, which is 20MP. The sensor used is the same 6.17 x 4.55 mm though. The other things like Maximum ISo Adjustment is still the same 3200, and optical image stabilization is still here. For continuous shooting, SX540 could deliver better experience with 5.9 FPS. But phase-detection autofocus was cut down, only allowing the contrast detection autofocus to exist.

This camera is also getting better upgrades for video taking. It can deliver videos at 1080P resolution on a full 60FPS. It is still able to use the autofocus feature when taking videos, and also, there’s the built-in stereo microphone that is installed. So you don’t need any external microphone for taking vlogs or making content.

Despite being a newer version, the SX540 camera came with slightly smaller battery capacity. It’s allowing you to take 205 shots until it’s dead. But that 5 shots in between is not that significant and noticeable either.

The features are almost the same in this one. The wifi connection support is still here, and an external slot for an additional memory also present. But, the remote control support is now can’t be found. Instead, you can use your smartphone as a remote. It’s more relevant now, since people are always bringing their phones everywhere instead of a remote. You may also use the additional Accelerometer if you want to.

Canon Powershot SX540 vs SX530

- Capture spectacular 1080p Full HD video at 60p with stereo sound
- Zoom Framing Assist now features a lock button option for quick and accurate subject recognition
- Large 3.0-inch LCD (approx. 461,000 dots) allows easy viewing even from a wide angle
- Hybrid Auto lets you record up to four seconds of video before each image you capture, then automatically combines each clip and still into a quick video recap of the day
- Canon authorized dealer - includes USA Manufacturer's
- 16MP 1/2.3" High-sensitivity CMOS sensor/ DIGIC 4+ Image processor/ Canon 5x optical zoom Lens
- 24-12Mm (35mm equivalent)/ 3." 461K-dot LCD monitor
- Built-in NFC wireless technology/ full HD 18P video capture at 3P


With a better upgrade in the camera pixel and more comforting video shooting, we think that the winner is SX540 with its newer upgrades and newer age. Higher 20$ can be traded with a better quality camera with better quality as well. Even though it has some features eliminated like the remote support or phase-detection feature, it could outshine X530 in the picture and video quality. It is a good camera for the beginners, as well for people who want to look for an affordable camera for content making. 


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