Canon PowerShot SX540 HS

Canon PowerShot SX540 HS

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The PowerShot SX540 HS was introduced by Canon in January 2016. It belongs to the Superzooms category.

Canon is well-known and shouldn't require further introduction, please see our manufacturer's page for more digital cameras by Canon.


The PowerShot SX540 HS features a CMOS sensor in Compact size that has an area of approximately 6 x 5 mm² (0.24" x 0.18").

The PowerShot SX540 HS's image sensor has an effective resolution of around 20 megapixel. The resolution is above average and will be sufficient for the foreseeable future. Photos with this resolution can easily be printed in A2 size or larger, even if unwanted parts of the photo have to be cropped.

The Canon does not support recording RAW images. RAW images are stored as they come from the sensor, without any in-camera processing or sharpening. Converting to JPEG or other formats takes place on the computeand involves one extra processing step but will almost always result in superior image quality.

Sensor area6.17 x 4.55mm²
(0.24" x 0.18")
Resolution (physical)21.10 megapixel
Resolution (effective)20.30 megapixel
Pixel size1.42 µm²
Sensor cleaning
RAW support
Continuous 6 frames/second

The PowerShot SX540 HS has a built-in lens that can not be changed.

The Canon's focal length goes from 24mm to 1200mm, a zoom range of 50x. The aperture varies from F3.4 at the short or wide-angle end, to F6.5.

Focal length (min)24mm
Focal length (max)1200mm
Aperture (max)3.4
Aperture (min)6.5

The PowerShot SX540 HS does not come with a built-in viewfinder. The camera's display is used to compose the photo. That can be cumbersome in broad daylight.


The PowerShot SX540 HS's shutter speeds range from 1/2000s to 15s.

The highest shutter speed of the Canon is just 1/2000s. That's no longer state of the art and may cause problems in challenging light conditions.

Max. shutter speed1/2000s
Min. shutter speed15s

The PowerShot SX540 HS's sensitivity goes from 100 ISO und 3200 ISO, a very useful and practical range.

Min. sensitivity100 ISO
Max. sensitivity3200 ISO

The PowerShot SX540 HS supports all common metering modes.

The Canon will also allow spot metering, a must for challenging motives.

Center weight

The PowerShot SX540 HS's auto focus processor uses 9 AF points (or sensors). A basic rule of thumb says that the more AF points you have, the better. More AF points mean a better chance to have a point at the location of interest in a scene, a big plus in challenging situations (e.g. in low light).

The Canon doesn't support manual focussing. That can be an issue if the auto focus has problems with your subject or lighting.

AF points9
Manual focus

The PowerShot SX540 HS features a built-in flash with a range of up to 6m (18 ft.). That range will work for most situations.

A hotshoe is missing from the Canon.

(18 ft.)
Hot shoe
PowerShot SX540 HS display

The PowerShot SX540 HS features a monitor with a diagonal of 75.00mm (3.0 in.) and a resolution of c. 0.46 megapixel. That rather low resolution is no longer state of the art and will make it difficult to evaluate images on the display.

Unfortunately, the PowerShot SX540 HS's monitor is not articulated. That can make it tricky to frame your subject in some situations, e.g. when taking selfies.

The PowerShot SX540 HS does not feature a touch screen.

Display characteristics at a glance:

Size75.00mm (diagonal)
(3.0 in.)
Resolution0.46 megapixel
Touch screen

When recording videos with the PowerShot SX540 HS, the highest supported resolution is 1920 x 1080 pixel, in other words Full HD Video. 4K videos are not supported by the Canon.

A connector for an external microphone is missing from the Canon. A built-in mike will usually record everything in front and to the sides of the camera which is not always what the film maker wants. Internal microphones also tend to record camera sounds like focus beeps.

Videos with the Canon PowerShot SX540 HS at a glance:

Max. resolution1920 x 1080 pixel
...with frame rates30 frames/second
60 frames/second
External microphone

The PowerShot SX540 HS has Wifi connectivity already built-in. Use Wifi to transfer images to a smartphone or computer and to remote control the camera. With NFC, camera and smartphone can be paired without the need for passwords.

Connect the Canon to a monitor or TV set over HDMI.

The Canon connects to your PC over USB 2.0.

The Canon's connectivity at a glance:

Remote (wired)
Remote (infrared)
HDMI (standard)
HDMI (mini)
HDMI (micro)
USB 2.0
USB 3.0
USB Micro
USB Mini

What memory cards can be used with the Canon PowerShot SX540 HS?

The camera will accept all common SD HC and SD XC cards.

With an average image size of 8 megabytes (JPEG, fine) a 32 GByte memory card would hold up to 4000 images.

Supported memory cards at a glance:

Memory cardsSD

Let's have a look at some other features of the Canon PowerShot SX540 HS:

The PowerShot SX540 HS doesn't have a built-in GPS receiver. If you want to add coordinates to your photos, you'll have to do so in 3rd party software like Adobe Lightroom. However, with Wifi built-in, location data can also be added via a connected smartphone.

The PowerShot SX540 HS features a built-in stabilizer. With a 50x zoom a must-have.

If you are into HDRs, the camera won't create those automatically. You will have to manually create image sequences and later assemble those sequnces in third-party software.

The PowerShot SX540 HS is not environmentally sealed against dust and moisture; keep that in mind in the rain and on the beach.

The Canon's features in a handy table:

Image stabilizer
Level indicator
Environmentally sealed

The Canon PowerShot SX540 HS works with a NB-6LH LiIon battery. The battery lifetime is an average 205 shots. That's on the lower side of things for a full day, consider a spare battery for the PowerShot SX540 HS.

The battery can not be charged while in camera. Instead you have to take it out of the camera and put it into the supplied dedicated charger.

The PowerShot SX540 HS's battery at a glance:

TypeNB-6LH LiIon
In-camera charging
Battery life205 photos

The Canon PowerShot SX540 HS's dimensions are 120.0 x 81.7 x 91.9mm³. (4.7" x 3.2" x 3.6"). This includes the lens. The camera's weight is a reasonable 442 grams (14.3 oz.), lens included.

Front and top view of the PowerShot SX540 HS with dimensions:

Canon PowerShot SX540 HS Dimensions (Width / Height)
Canon PowerShot SX540 HS Dimensions (Width / Depth)

To put the size of the camera in context, here it is next to a german ID card (c. 86mm x 55mm, about the size of a credit card).

The PowerShot SX540 HS is clearly bigger:

Canon PowerShot SX540 HS size comparison
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