Canon SX540HS Black Digital Camera

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Ideal travel companion, equipped with a 50x zoom lens.

Designed for travellers wanting to zoom into their subjects with ease, you'll capture the beauty of your surrounds thanks to the amazing 50x (24-1200mm) zoom power of the PowerShot SX540 HS camera. High-magnification shooting is simple with the PowerShot SX540 HS thanks to its comfortable ergonomic grip to its advanced systems like Intelligent IS and Zoom Framing Assist, the PowerShot SX540 HS is designed to let you track your subject easily, and capture it with accurate focus and clarity. The quality of both your still images and breathtaking 1080p Full HD video at 59.94fps will impress you, especially in low-light situations, due to a 20.3 Megapixel High-Sensitivity CMOS sensor and the DIGIC 6 Image Processor, which together create the Canon HS SYSTEM. Fully equipped with Canon's sophisticated wireless connectivity, so sharing your spectacular images and videos with friends, family and other devices is seamless and simple, the PowerShot SX540 HS is the ideal travel companion.

50x Zoom

From sporting events to travel highlights, wildlife to landscapes, the powerful zoom lets you capture the details that make your photography stand out. Not only will you have the ability to move in all the way to the exact shot you want, but you'll be able to capture those shots with incredible Canon quality. The camera's secure ergonomic grip makes steady handheld shooting easy and comfortable, while Intelligent IS analyzes the shooting situation and applies the best stabilization technology to keep images clear and virtually shake-free in a wide variety of conditions.

  • Camera Connect App

    The Canon Camera Connect app makes it easy to see what your camera has captured, transfer photos and videos to your mobile device, and use your device to control your camera.

    Zoom Framing Assist

    With its 50x Optical Zoom lens, the PowerShot SX540 HS camera has the telephoto reach to capture subjects a long distance away. At maximum telephoto, however, it can be challenging to track a moving subject. The Zoom Framing Assist seek function makes it much easier to use the camera's powerful zoom lens. When you press and hold the Zoom Framing Assist button, the camera will automatically zoom out to include a wider angle of view, enabling you to more easily locate your moving subject. Once you find it, releasing the button will cause the lens to return to its original zoom position, intelligently keeping the subject in focus until you're ready to shoot and capture the perfect close-up moment. You can even make zoom adjustments while the button is pressed, with an animated assist frame that makes viewing easy. When the button is released, the lens will return to the adjusted zoom position. And with the Zoom Framing Assist Lock, the camera will lock onto and automatically track a subject, intelligently keeping them in the center of the frame until you're ready to capture the perfect close-up shot.

    Zoom Framing Assist offers a seek assist function that detects when you're panning (for instance, to search for the location of a soccer ball) and automatically zooms out to help; stop panning, and the zoom returns to its original position. Zoom Framing Assist keeps your subject's face the same size in your frame no matter how they move. Tap the Zoom Framing Assist function button to detect your subject's face. As your subject retreats and advances the camera automatically zooms in and out so their face remains the same size. It's especially useful for capturing the expressions of fast-moving children. The system has been further enhanced by letting you choose the subject's size: choices include face, upper body, whole body, manual or off for superior assistance and control. And, for even more convenience, all Zoom Framing Assist functions are also available when shooting video.

    Full HD Movies

    Bring your memories to life as you experience your videos on Full High Definition. The PowerShot SX530 HS camera lets you record highly detailed Full HD video at up to 59.94 frames per second with clear sound. Imagine the fun and excitement of being able to shoot high definition video whenever you want, right from your compact digital camera.The high quality resolution and MP4 audio recording will make your audience feel like they were there with you all along.

    Advanced Image Processing

    The PowerShot SX540 HS is powered by the latest iteration of Canon's proprietary processor, the DIGIC 6 Image Processor, which takes still and video image quality to a beautiful new level. Improved light sensitivity allows for higher resolution with less noise when shooting in dark conditions, and Dynamic IS now detects and compensates for tilt and parallel movement (shift blur) to create video that's exceptionally free of distortion. The DIGIC 6 Image Processor also enhances the performance capabilities of the PowerShotSX540 HS, powering full resolution high-speed continuous still shooting (even in P, Av, Tv and M modes) and the advanced star shooting modes. The processor allows for MP4 video recording for better compatibility with mobile devices and tablets. Highly compressed MP4 video not only preserves space on your memory card but also improves playback on mobile devices. The new processor also supports an MF Peaking function, giving you a pro-level focusing tool.

    Creative Shot

    The camera features an advanced Creative Shot mode to make creating artistic photos even more fun. In Creative Shot mode, the camera captures the original composition and automatically produces and saves five additional variations by using advanced Canon technologies to apply filter options based on the individual scene, subject and exposure. On the camera, over 40 filter choices are available and are grouped into Retro, Monochrome, Special and Natural categories to make exploring the world of artistic photography fun and easy. With Creative Shot mode, the result is stunning artistic photos that are perfect for sharing.

Detailed Specifications

Image Sensor

1/2.3 type back-illuminated CMOS
Effective Pixels
Approx. 20.3M (9)
Effective / Total Pixels
Approx. 21.1M
Colour Filter Type
Primary Colour

Image Processor

DIGIC 6 with iSAPS technology


Focal Length
4.3 – 215.0 mm (35 mm equivalent: 24 – 1200 mm)
Optical 50xZoomPlus 100xDigital approx. 4x (with Digital Tele-Converter approx. 1.6x or 2.0x and Safety Zoom (1)).Combined approx. 200x
Maximum f/number
f/3.4 - f/6.5
13 elements in 10 groups (3 UD lenses and 1 double-sided aspherical lens)
Image Stabilisation
Yes (lens shift-type), approx. 3-stop (8). Intelligent IS with 5-axis Enhanced Dynamic IS


AF System/ Points
AiAF (Face Detection / 9-point), 1-point AF (fixed to centre)
AF Modes
Single, Continuous, Servo AF/AE (4), Tracking AF
AF Point Selection
Size (Normal, Small)
AF Lock
AF Assist Beam
Manual Focus
Yes, plus MF Peaking
Closest Focusing Distance
0 cm (W) from front of lens in Macro

Exposure Control

Metering modes
Evaluative (linked to Face Detection AF frame), Centre-weighted average, Spot (Centre)
AE Lock
Exposure Compensation
+/- 2 EV in 1/3 stop increments Enhanced i-Contrast for automatic dynamic range correction
ISO sensitivity
AUTO, 80, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200 AUTO ISO: 80 - 1600


1 – 1/2000 s (factory default) 15 – 1/2000 s (total range – varies by shooting mode)

White Balance

Auto (including Face Detection WB), Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Custom. Multi-area WB correction available in Smart Auto

Colour Matrix


LCD Monitor

7.5 cm (3.0”) TFT, approx. 461,000 dots
Approx. 100%
Adjustable to one of five levels. Quick-bright LCD


Auto, Manual Flash On / Off, Slow Synchro
Slow Sync Speed
Yes. Fastest speed 1/2000 s
Red-Eye Reduction
Flash Exposure Compensation
+/- 2 EV in 1/3 stop increments. Face Detection FE. Safety FE, Smart Flash Exposure
Flash Exposure Lock
Manual Power Adjustment
3 levels with internal flash
Built-in Flash Range
50 cm – 5.5 m (W) / 1.3 m – 3.0 m (T)
External Flash
Canon High Power Flash HF-DC2


Smart Auto (58 scenes detected), Program AE, Shutter priority AE, Aperture priority AE, Manual, Hybrid Auto, Live View Control, Creative Shot, SCN (Sport, Portrait, Smart Shutter (Smile, Wink Self-Timer, FaceSelf-Timer), Handheld Night Scene, Low Light, Fireworks), Creative Filters (Fish-eye Effect, Miniature Effect, Toy Camera Effect, Soft Focus, Monochrome, Super Vivid, Poster Effect), Movie
Modes in Movie
Smart Auto (21 scenes detected), Standard, Program AE, Portrait, Miniature Effect, Monochrome, Super Vivid, Poster Effect, Fireworks, Short Clip, iFrame Movie
Photo Effects
My Colors (My Colors Off, Vivid, Neutral, Sepia, Black & White, Positive Film, Lighter Skin Tone, Darker Skin Tone, Vivid Blue, Vivid Green, Vivid Red, Custom Color)
Drive modes
Single, Auto Drive, Continuous, Continuous with AF, Self-Timer
Continuous Shooting
Approx. 5.9 shots/s with AF: Approx. 4.4 shots/s with Live View: Approx. 4.5 shots/s (all speeds are until memory card becomes full) (2) (3) (7)

Recording Pixels / Compression

Image Size
4:3 - (L) 5184 x 3888, (M) 2592 x 1944, (M1) 3648 x 2736, (M2) 2048 x 1536, (S) 640 x 480 16:9 - (L) 5184 x 2912, (M1) 3648 x 2048, (M2) 1920 x 1080, (S) 640 x 360 3:2 - (L) 5184 x 3456, (M1) 3648 x 2432, (M2) 2048 x 1368, (S) 640 x 424 1:1 - (L) 3888 x 3888, (M1) 2736 x 2736, (M2) 1536 x 1536, (S) 480 x 480 Resize option available in playback
Superfine, Fine
(Full HD) 1920 x 1080, 59.94 / 29.97 fps, (HD) 1280 x 720, 29.97 fps, (L) 640 x 480, 29.97 fps Miniature Effect (HD, L) 6 fps, 3 fps, 1.5 fps Hybrid Auto Movie (HD) 29.97 fps iFrame Movie (Full HD) 29.97 fps Short Clip (HD) 29.97 fps
Movie Length
(Full HD & HD) Up to 4 GB or 29 min 59 s (5) (L) Up to 4 GB or 1 hour (3)

File Types

Still Image Type
JPEG compression (Exif 2.3 [Exif Print] compliant) / Design rule for Camera File system, Digital Print Order Format [DPOF] Version 1.1 compliant
MP4 [Video: MPEG4-AVC (H.264), Audio: MPEG-4 AAC-LC (stereo)]

Direct Print

Canon Printers
Canon SELPHY Compact Photo Printers and Canon Inkjet Printers supporting PictBridge
Yes (via USB or Wireless LAN)

Other Features

GPS via mobile (via Canon Camera Connect app with compatible smart devices)
Red-Eye Correction
Yes, during shooting and playback
Intelligent Orientation Sensor
Yes, with Auto Rotate
Yes, during playback
Playback zoom
Approx. 2x – 10x
Self Timer
Approx. 2, 10 s or Custom
Menu Languages
English, German, French, Dutch, Danish, Finnish, Italian, Greek, Norwegian, Portuguese, Russian, Swedish, Spanish, Ukrainian, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Turkish, Simplified Chinese, Chinese (traditional), Japanese, Korean, Thai, Arabic, Romanian, Farsi, Hindi, Malay, Indonesian, Vietnamese, Hebrew


Hi-Speed USB composite connector (Mini-B compatible)
HDMI Mini (Type-C) Connector A/V output, composite connector (PAL/NTSC)
Wi-Fi (IEEE802.11b/g/n), (2.4 GHz only), with Dynamic NFC support (6)

Memory Card

SD, SDHC, SDXC (UHS Speed Class 1 compatible)

Supported Operating System

PC & Macintosh
Windows 10 / 8.1 / 8 / 7 SP1 (10)Mac OS X 10.9 / 10.10 / 10.11For Wi-Fi connection to a PC:Windows 10 / 8.1 / 8 / 7 SP1Mac OS X 10.9 / 10.10For Image Transfer Utility:Windows 10 / 8.1 / 8 / 7 SP1Mac OS X 10.9 / 10.10 / 10.11


CameraWindow DC Map Utility Image Transfer Utility Camera Connect app available on iOS and Android devices

Power Source

Rechargeable Li-ion Battery NB-6LH (battery and charger supplied)
Battery life
Approx. 205 shots Eco mode approx. 290 shots Approx. 300 min playback


Cases / Straps
Soft Case DCC-850 PowerShot Accessory Organizer
Lens Hood LH-DC60 Filter Adapter FA-DC67A (Compatible with Canon 67mm Filters: Circular Polarizing PL-C B, Protect Filter)
Canon High Power Flash HF-DC2
Power Supply & Battery Chargers
Battery Charger CB-2LYE Rechargeable Li-ion Battery NB-6LH
Canon HDMI Cable HTC-100 Canon AV cable AVC-DC400ST Interface cable IFC-400PCU

Physical Specifications

Operating Environment
0 – 40 °C, 10 – 90% humidity
Dimensions (WxHxD)
120.0 x 81.7 x 91.9 mm
Approx. 442 g (including battery and memory card)


PowerShot SX540 HS
All data is based on Canon standard testing methods (according to CIPA Standards) except where indicated.Subject to change without notice.(1) Depending on the image size selected.(2) Under conditions where the flash does not fire.(3) Depending on memory card speed / capacity / compression setting.(4) Some settings limit availability.(5) The following Speed Class memory cards are required for maximum record time: (HD) 1280 x 720 Speed Class 4 or above. (Full HD) 1920 x 1080 Speed Class 6 or above. (iFrame) 1280 x 720 Speed Class 6 or above.(6) Wi-Fi use may be restricted in certain countries or regions. Wi-Fi support varies by device and region. For more information visit Sustained continuous shooting function requires compatible SDHC/SDXC UHS Speed Class 1 memory card, total number of frames captured varies depending on shooting subject.(8) Values at maximum optical focal length. Cameras whose focal length exceeds 350 mm (35 mm equivalent) are measured at 350 mm.(9) Image processing may cause a decrease in the number of pixels.(10) Software applications compatible with Windows 10 in Windows 10 Desktop Mode only

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