Canon PowerShot SX540 HS Digital Camera

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Canon SX 540 HS

The Canon PowerShot SX540 HS Digital Camera, symbolized by its far-reaching zoom, also takes advantage of the included 20.3 megapixel High-Sensitivity CMOS sensor along with the matching DIGIC 6 image processor to accomplish notable image quality, sensitivity all the way to ISO 3200, and 5.9 frames per second continuous shooting, as well as the ability to capture full 1080p HD video at 60 frames per second.

The 50x optical zoom lens handles a 24 thru 1200mm equivalent focal length range, covering wide-angle thru super telephoto aspects, and an Intelligent IS image stabilization system augments this range by diminishing the appearance of camera shake when capturing both still photos and videos. Equalizing this extended reach, an ergonomic body design features a large grip for added stability, as well as a big 3.0" 461k-dot LCD for composing images and reviewing stills and movies. In addition, built-in Wi-Fi with included NFC allows you to wirelessly share your images directly with a linked smartphone or tablet.

20.3MP CMOS Sensor and DIGIC 6 Image Processor

A 20.3 megapixel 1/2.3" High-Sensitivity CMOS sensor is paired with the DIGIC 6 image processor to attain notable image quality and sensitivity to take advantage of both still shooting and full 1080p HD video recording at 60 frames per second and 30 frames per second. Combined, the sensor and processor also deliver continuous shooting up to 5.9 frames per second, to take advantage of working with moving subjects, and handles sensitivity up to ISO 3200 for photographing in difficult lighting situations.


50x Zoom Lens and Intelligent Image Stabilization

An expansive 50x optical zoom lens offers a 24-1200mm equivalent focal length range, covering wide-angle to super telephoto perspectives. This extensive reach is complemented by a versatile Intelligent IS image stabilization system that minimizes the appearance of camera shake for both stills and video shooting:

Stills: Normal IS corrects for a wide range of common camera movements. Panning IS detects deliberate panning movements and does not compensate for lateral movements to permit desired camera movements. Macro (Hybrid) IS corrects for shift-type camera shake that commonly occurs when working with close-up subject matter. Tripod is a dedicated setting that automatically deactivates IS when the use of a tripod is detected since camera-based stabilization is not needed.

Video: Dynamic IS is well-suited to recording at wide-angle focal lengths and reduces unwanted shaking that typically occurs when walking while recording. Powered IS compensates for hand movements that become more visually discernible when working at the telephoto end of the zoom range. Macro (Hybrid) IS minimizes the appearance of shake when walking as well as compensates for shift-type shake that occurs when working with close-up subject matter. Active Tripod IS minimizes the slight amount of shake that can happen when recording video while using a tripod.

Built-In Wi-Fi with NFC Built-in Wi-Fi with NFC allows you to wirelessly share your photos and movies with a linked smartphone or tablet as well as remotely control the camera from the mobile device by using the Camera Connect app. A dedicated Wi-Fi button is also featured on the camera body to expedite the process of connecting with a smartphone or tablet and sharing imagery between devices.

Other Camera Features A large 3.0" 461k-dot LCD monitor is available for composing imagery, navigating the menu, and reviewing photos and videos. Zoom Framing Assist automatically zooms in or out to keep a subject within the frame and in focus when using longer telephoto focal lengths. Hybrid Auto records up to four seconds of video prior to taking a still photo, and then automatically combines the two types of imagery into a video recap. Story Highlights can automatically produce a highlight reel, comprised of videos and photos from a day or an event, and then add music and effects for playback. The included NB-6LH battery is rated to provide approximately 205 shots per charge, or up to 290 shots when using the ECO Mode to conserve power.

Specifications
Price
MSRP $399.99
Body type
Body type SLR-like (bridge)
Sensor
Max resolution 5184 x 3888
Image ratio w:h 1:1, 4:3, 3:2, 16:9
Effective pixels 20 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors 21 megapixels
Sensor size 1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm)
Sensor type BSI-CMOS
Processor DIGIC 6
Image
ISO Auto, ISO 80-3200
White balance presets 5
Custom white balance Yes
Image stabilization Optical
Uncompressed format No
JPEG quality levels Superfine, fine
Optics & Focus
Focal length (equiv.) 241200 mm
Optical zoom 50
Maximum aperture F3.4
Autofocus
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Multi-area
  • Center
  • Selective single-point
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
Digital zoom Yes (4X)
Manual focus Yes
Normal focus range 5 cm (1.97)
Macro focus range 0 cm (0)
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCD Fixed
Screen size 3
Screen dots 461,000
Touch screen No
Screen type TFT LCD
Live view Yes
Viewfinder type None
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed 15 sec
Maximum shutter speed 1/2000 sec
Aperture priority Yes
Shutter priority Yes
Manual exposure mode Yes
Subject / scene modes Yes
Built-in flash Yes
Flash range 5.50 m (at Auto ISO)
External flash No
Flash modes Auto, on, off, slow synchro
Continuous drive 5.9 fps
Self-timer Yes (2 or 10 secs, custom)
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
Exposure compensation 2 (at 1/3 EV steps)
Videography features
Resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60p, 30p), 1280 x 720 (30p), 640 x 480 (30p)
Format MPEG-4, H.264
Microphone Stereo
Speaker Mono
Storage
Storage types SD/SDHC/SDXC
Connectivity
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMI Yes (mini-HDMI)
Microphone port No
Headphone port No
Wireless Built-In
Wireless notes 802.11b/g/n with NFC
Remote control Yes (via smartphone)
Physical
Environmentally sealed No
Battery Battery Pack
Battery description NB-6LH lithium-ion battery & charger
Battery Life (CIPA) 205
Weight (inc. batteries) 442 g (0.97 lb / 15.59 oz)
Dimensions 120 x 82 x 92 mm (4.72 x 3.23 x 3.62)
Other features
Orientation sensor Yes
Timelapse recording No
GPS None


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