Canon PowerShot A540 User Reviews

Announced Feb 21, 2006 •
6 megapixels | 2.5 screen | 35 – 140 mm (4×)

This was one of the best gifts I've had in photography. :-) It succeeded in nearly erasing memory of previous digitals I had owned. Worked competently in nearly every place I took it. Still works well after 50,000 shots and a 1000 videos, even though 1/3rd the case paint is wearing off. If you disable the afterview, auto focus light and red eye reduction, the A540 will reshoot as fast as you can press the shutter. Also with these options disabled, I have nearly instant and repeatable ...

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4 weeks ago, I found this camera in a rubbish bin at the dump. I took it home and found that it works. Unfortunately, it is only compatible with SD cards smaller than 2 gigabytes. It is difficult to find such cutting-edge SD cards in the shop nowadays, so I had to borrow one from a friend. The Canon Powershot A540 has a 1/2.5 inch sensor, which is the smallest sensor I've ever heard of. It's smaller than the sensor in recent mobile phone cameras. Photos taken with this camera are 6 ...

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Miggel
 

Perfect camera for carrying around. Easy to pull out of your pocket without being noticed. Handy if you want to take photo's in places where a big expensive camera is in danger of being stolen, or makes it a bit uneasy to blend in, but also good to take spontaneous shots of people who don't realise that they are in the image. All basic variables are there. Av Tv and Manual. And very important: workable manual focus. Lens 2.6 makes a lot possible even in low light. Nice bokeh to, specially ...

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This nice little A540 was purchased form my wife's birthday in 2006 so she would have something to take to the Grand Canyon without having to take my bulky Digital Rebel. She came back with some of the most gorgeous pictures I've ever seen from a point in shoot. The camera performs like a champ, has never had a single glitch, it durable, and in Program mode with the ISO set to 80 takes smooth beautiful photos. We also take the camera out hiking with us a lot and this past summer I stumbled ...

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Marana
 

I've owned this inexpensive camera for years now, and it's still the one I compare new cameras to! The pictures are beautiful, colorful, saturated. All my best pix have come from this camera, and I've owned quite a few brands! Problems: The battery door DOES seem weak and flimsy, but I've not had it break. Other than that, no problems at all!

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I got this canon powershot A540 form a friend who is a megapixel hypo.. well i am not .. ;) this canon (which i have found out that it can be off too (sorry for that old joke)) is a 6mp (5.9 effective) digital compact camera with great manual functions and scene modes and movie mode , i like the 4x zoom lens, the large lcd screen , the ease of use (no manual needed) the fact that it takes penlight since that can be bought almost erverywhere in any part of the world and that it takes popular ...

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JBratko
 

This is the second power shot camera that I have owned. The first being the A-40, and now the A-540. The quality of pictures is fairly good. The color is true. The only thing that I feel that Canon did not do a good job with is the recharge time when using the flash. I feel that when they went from 4 batteries to 2, this really slowed the recharge time down. I get very frustrated with this time delay. When trying to shoot pictures in rapid succession it is nearly impossible with the ...

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dcxdan
 

A great camera like my other Canon A series ones. BUT...buy a Nikon L11 camera. I gave up trying to carry my Canon A540 around to take impromptu photos, the battery would go dead within a few days. NOTE - My camera is NOT one of the recalled models. Anyway, I bought a Nikon L11, put the alkaline batteries that came with the camera in, and it has been going strong for over 3 weeks. The Nikons also have a setting for what kind of battery you are using - alkaline, NiMH recharable ot lithium. ...

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THIS CAMERA HAS PROVED EXELLENT. THE RANGE OF MANUAL CONTROLS INCLUDING APERTURE PRIORITY AND SHUTTER PRORITY, VARIOUS ISO SETTINGS ETC PROVIDE LOTS OF OPPORTUNITY FOR CREATIVITY. I RECENTLY SHOT MANY PICS. AT A FLOWER FESTIVAL INSIDE A CHURCH. SET AT ISO800, NO FLASH, THE PICS. WERE GREAT. SOME USED BY THE CHURCH FOR CHRISTMAS CARDS. OVERALL 9 OUT OF 10 Problems: SLIGHTLY SLOW TO USE DIFFERENT SETTINGS AND OCCASIONALLY THE LENS COVER FAILS TO OPEN

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RJL65
 

I have owned the Canon A540 for nearly a year now. It generally delivers sharp pictures, though it's fairly noisy at high ISO settings (ISO 400 and ISO 800). It has lots of manual controls for such a small, inexpensive camera, along with a decent zoom range. And its speed performance (shutter lag, next-shot delay) is about average for a recent digital camera. This review just goes to show you that a higher megapixel rating isn't better. Problems:

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