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Canon PowerShot SX540 HS

Canon PowerShot SX540 HS
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Canon PowerShot SX540 HS review: specs and price

Canon PowerShot SX540 HS

Why is Canon PowerShot SX540 HS better than the average?

  • Megapixels (main camera)
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    20MPvs18.19MP
  • Video recording (main camera)
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    1080 x 60fpsvs43542.78fps
  • Optical zoom
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    50xvs11.04x
  • Screen size
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    3"vs2.98"
  • Maximum focal length
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    1.2mvs252.2mm
  • Number of microphones
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    2vs1.46
  • Minimum focal length
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    24mmvs24.26mm
  • Height
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    82mmvs94.94mm

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Design

1.Has a flip-out screen
Canon PowerShot SX540 HS
Flip-out screens can be useful for tricky shots.
2.weather-sealed (splashproof)
Canon PowerShot SX540 HS
The device is protected with extra seals to prevent failures caused by dust, raindrops, and water splashes.
3.Has a built-in focus motor
Canon PowerShot SX540 HS
The focus motor moves the lens in order to autofocus. For system cameras, having a focus motor in the camera's body allows you to use a wide range of lenses, including lenses which do not have their own focus motor. For compact cameras, a focus motor is usually built-in.
4.is dustproof and water-resistant
Canon PowerShot SX540 HS
The device is dustproof and water-resistant. Water-resistant devices can resist the penetration of water, such as powerful water jets, but not being submerged into water.
5.has an optical viewfinder
Canon PowerShot SX540 HS
An optical viewfinder (or OVF) allows the photographer to compose a shot while seeing exactly what the lens will capture. OVFs have no time lag and require no power - as opposed to electronic viewfinders, which can drain battery life. OVFs are also better in low light situations.
6.viewfinder coverage

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With 100% coverage, you can compose the image correctly when you capture the photo. With less than full coverage, you may have to crop your photos afterward to get them looking perfect.
We consider a lower weight better because lighter devices are more comfortable to carry. A lower weight is also an advantage for home appliances, as it makes transportation easier, and for many other types of products.
8.Has a hot shoe
Canon PowerShot SX540 HS
A hot shoe can be used to attach an external flash, as well as light meters, viewfinders, rangefinders and other attachments.
9.resolution

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Resolution is an essential indicator of a screen's image quality, representing the maximum amount of pixels that can be shown on the screen. The resolution is given as a compound value, comprised of horizontal and vertical pixels.

Optics

One of the most important aspects of a camera is the size of its sensor. A larger sensor will capture more light, which results in improved low-light performance, dynamic range, and general image quality.
2.focus points

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The more focus points the more flexibility in picking which part of the scene to focus on. They also give the image sensor a better probability in identifying the right area of the scene to focus on in more automatic modes.
The number of megapixels determines the resolution of the images captured with the main camera. A higher megapixel count means that the camera is capable of capturing more details. However, the megapixel count is not the only important element determining the quality of an image.
With a higher light sensitivity (ISO level), the sensor absorbs more light. This can be used to capture moving objects using a fast shutter speed, or to take images in low light without using a flash.
Fast continuous shooting is useful for catching action shots.
6.has AF tracking
Canon PowerShot SX540 HS
With AF tracking, once you choose the subject and press the shutter release part way down, as the subject moves, the autofocus will follow it. No more out of focus shots.
Optical image stabilization uses gyroscopic sensors to detect the vibrations of the camera. The lens adjusts the optical path accordingly, ensuring that any type of motion blur is corrected before the sensor captures the image.
Phase-detection autofocus is much faster than a contrast detection autofocus, allowing for sharper images.
A faster maximum shutter speed allows taking pictures of fast moving subjects without blur.

Videography

The maximum resolution available for videos shot with the main camera. Although it may be possible to choose among other frame rates, those recordings usually have lower resolutions.
A phase-detection autofocus system is faster than a contrast detection autofocus system. Even when recording scenes with a lot of fast movements, the videos are sharp and clear.
When recording movies they stay focussed and sharp.
4.Has timelapse function
Canon PowerShot SX540 HS
A timelapse shows a long passage of time sped up. A series of photographs taken from the same position over a long period is joined together to create a short video. It is great way to capture things like the setting sun, or clouds moving across the sky.
5.has a 24p cinema mode
Canon PowerShot SX540 HS
24p is a video format (24 frames per second) traditionally used in cinema. Nowadays, it is used to create film-like motion characteristics.
6.supports slow-motion video recording
Canon PowerShot SX540 HS
Slow-motion is an artistic video effect that makes time seem to go slower. It is achieved by recording a video at a higher frame-rate than the standard playback rate of 24fps or 30fps. Depending on camera capabilities, frame rates for slow-motion videos vary between 60fps and 960fps.
7.movie bitrate

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The higher the movie recording bitrate the better the movie quality with more and crispier details and less compression artifacts.

Audio

1.has a microphone input
Canon PowerShot SX540 HS
A microphone port allows connecting external high-end or specialized microphones.
2.has a stereo microphone
Canon PowerShot SX540 HS
A stereo microphone allows to record audio files or movies in stereo without an external microphone.
More microphones result in better sound quality and enable the device to filter out background noise.
4.has a socket for a 3.5 mm audio jack
Canon PowerShot SX540 HS
With a standard mini jack socket, you can use the device with most headphones.

Battery

CIPA is an independent, standard measurement that determines how many shots a camera can take before the battery dies.
2.has a removable battery
Canon PowerShot SX540 HS
The battery is removable and can be replaced by the user if broken.
3.has a rechargeable battery
Canon PowerShot SX540 HS
The battery can be recharged and used over again.
4.has a battery level indicator
Canon PowerShot SX540 HS
An indicator shows you when the device has low battery.
Battery power, or battery capacity, represents the amount of electrical energy that a battery can store. More battery power can be an indication of longer battery life.

Features

1.noise

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The maximum ISO at which the device still captures excellent quality images. Source: DxOMark.
2.supports Wi-Fi
Canon PowerShot SX540 HS
The device can connect to Wi-Fi.
3.image quality

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A device's overall image quality score considers: color depth, dynamic range and low light performance. Source: DxOMark.
4.color depth

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The better a device's color depth the more color nuances it can distinguish. Source: DxOMark.
5.has an external memory slot
Canon PowerShot SX540 HS
The device has a standard memory slot (such as an SD or micro SD card slot) that enables you to extend the built-in internal storage with affordable memory modules, or easily retrieve data, such as photographs, from the memory card.
6.dynamic range

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The better the dynamic range the system captures a wider number of values from dark to light leading to more details in low and highlights. Source: DxOMark.
7.shoots raw
Canon PowerShot SX540 HS
A raw image file contains minimally processed data from the image sensor. Raw files are so named because they are not yet processed and therefore are not ready to be printed or edited with a bitmap graphics editor.
8.supports Wi-Fi 4 (802.11n)
Canon PowerShot SX540 HS
Wi-Fi 4 (802.11n) is a wireless standard released in 2009. It has faster transfer rates and improved security compared to its predecessors – a, b, and g.
9.supports a remote smartphone
Canon PowerShot SX540 HS
This technology allows the users to use their smartphone as a remote control for the device.

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