Canon PowerShot A530 review

Started Mar 31, 2006 | User reviews
FujiS1Pro Junior Member • Posts: 29
Canon PowerShot A530 review

Found the A530 at a store for only ¥19800 so took the plunge (impulse buy.) This
is my first Canon; I've always been a FujiFilm user.

Construction: The construction is good. All plastic body, and it feels light but not
cheap. No metal it seems, but consider the low price.

Features: Lots of features, ISO settings, vivid color, B&W, etc. Lots of pre-sets for
the novice and experienced user alike.

Image quality: Image quality is quite good for such a cheap camera. I was skeptical
at first, but it has impressed me so far. Night time shots haven't been so impressive,
especially when shooting at ISO 800. When viewed at 100% noise is definitely
visible, though thankfully there are no hot pixels, and no banding. If creative noise
is your thing, this may not be an issue. Flash pictures come out nicely. Macro
images stunned me with their detail! Wonderful macro abilities!!

Easy of use: Definitely usable for a first time photographer. No cryptic settings or
icons on the camera. It's all very straight-forward. The manual is well laid out.

Value for money: Excellent! It honestly performed much better than I had hoped. I
bought a small pouch for it to carry around, so it's my new go-anywhere camera.


Noise in night time, no flash pictures. I personally dislike using flash in general, but
the use of it will reduce visible noise.

Rear LCD can be hard to see in bright sunlight.

Canon PowerShot A530
5 megapixels • 1.8 screen • 35 – 140 mm (4×)
Announced: Feb 21, 2006
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