The PowerShot A540 and A530 inherit and expand on the outstanding imaging performance of their predecessors, the PowerShot A520 and A510, released in March 2005. In addition to being newly equipped with Canon’s proprietary high-speed DIGIC II image engine, the A540 incorporates a 6.0-megapixel CCD sensor and the A530 a 5.0-megapixel CCD sensor for exceptional imaging quality and performance.
In combination with the 4x optical zoom lens for which their predecessors were widely acclaimed, the A540 and A530 employ 2.5-inch and 1.8-inch high-resolution LCD monitors, respectively, for superior operability. Moreover, the new Canon cameras allow users to enjoy photography in their own style, offering 21 shooting modes (18 for the A530) that include settings ranging from automatic to manual.
|Camera Effective Pixels||Approx. 5.0 million|
|Image Sensor||1/2.5-inch CCD (Total number of pixels: Approx 5.3 million)|
|Lens||5.8 (W) - 23.2 (T) mm (35 mm film equivalent: 35 - 140 mm)
f/2.6 (W) - f/5.5 (T)
|Digital Zoom||Still images: Approx. 4.0x (Up to approx. 16x in combination with the optical zoom)
Movies:Approx. 2.0x (Up to approx. 8.1x in combination with the optical zoom)
|Optical Viewfinder||Real-image zoom viewfinder|
|LCD Monitor||1.8-inch, TFT color LCD, approx. 77,000 dots (Picture coverage 100%)|
|AF System||TTL autofocus
AF lock and Manual focus are available
Focusing frame: 9-point (AiAF) / 1-point (AF)
|Shooting Distance (From the front of the lens)||
|Shutter||Mechanical shutter and electronic shutter|
15 - 1/2000 sec.
*The shutter speed varies according to the shooting mode.
*Slow shutter speeds of 1.3 sec. or slower operate with noise reduction.
|Metering System||Evaluative, Center-weighted average or Spot*
* Fixed to center or linked to the AF frame
|Exposure Compensation||±2.0 stops in 1/3-stop increments|
|ISO Speed||Auto*, ISO 80/100/200/400/800 equivalent
* Camera automatically sets the optimal speed.
|White Balance||TTL auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H or Custom|
|Built-in Flash||Auto*, on*, off
* Red-eye reduction is available.
(When ISO speed is set to AUTO.)
|Flash Exposure Compensation||± 2.0 stops in 1/3-stop increments|
** Standard, Compact, Color Accent and Color Swap.
|Continuous Shooting||Approx. 2.1 shots/sec. (Large/Fine mode)|
|Self-timer||Activates shutter after an approx. 10-sec./approx. 2-sec. delay, Custom Timer|
|Recording Media||SD memory card/MultiMediaCard
* This camera has been tasted with memory cards through 2 GB. Use of all memory cards cannot be guaranteed.
|File Format||Design rule for camera file system and DPOF compliant|
* This digital camera supports Exif 2.2 (also called "Exif Print"). Exif Print is a standard for enhancing the communication between digital cameras and printers. By connecting to an Exif Print-compliant printer, the camera's image data at the time of shooting is used and optimized, yielding extremely high quality prints.
|Compression||Superfine, Fine, Normal|
|Number of Recording Pixels (Still images)||
|Number of recording pixels (Movies)||
*Using super high-speed memory cards (SDC-512MSH recommended).
|Playback Modes||Single (histogram displayable), Index (9 thumbnail images), Magnified (approx. 10x (max.) in LCD monitor, advance or reverse through magnified images possible), Jump (it is possible to jump to every tenth or hundredth image, to the first image of each shooting date, to the first image in each folder, or to movies. In index playback mode, it displays 9 images at once.), Sound memos (up to 1 min.), Auto Play or Movie (edit/slow motion play back possible).|
|Direct Print||PictBridge compliant, and Canon Direct Print and Bubble Jet Direct compatible|
|My Camera Settings||Start-up image, start-up sound, operation sound, self-timer sound, and shutter sound.|
|Interface||USB 2.0 Hi-Speed (mini-B), PTP (Picture Transfer Protocol)
Audio/Video output (NTSC or PAL selectable, monaural audio)
2 AA-size alkaline batteries
2 AA-size rechargeable NiMH batteries NB4-300 (sold separately)
AC Adapter Kit ACK800 (sold separately)<
|Operating Temperature||0-40°C (32-104°F)|
|Dimensions||90.4 x 64.0 x 43.2 mm (3.56 x 2.52 x 1.70 in.) (excluding protrusions)|
|Weight||Approx. 170 g (6.00 oz.) (camera body only)|