Canon PowerShot SX530 HS Review

The Canon PowerShot SX530 is a digital camera that has a resolution of 16 megapixels and a zoom lens that is quite strong. Because of its compact size and low weight, it is an ideal choice for activities such as traveling, hiking, and going on vacation. We investigated whether or not it is actually worth it to have this camera in your vacation luggage despite having a resolution that is comparable to that of many contemporary mobile phones.

Design: Looks like a small DSLR

The Canon PowerShot SX530 weighs in at slightly under a pound at 15.59 ounces and measures 4.7 inches in height, 3.2 inches in width, and 3.6 inches in depth. For a camera that functions similarly to a DSLR, this one is surprisingly lightweight. Although it is not a real DSLR, Canon’s SX530 nevertheless takes certain design cues from the company’s other DSLR models. Its form and the layout of its user interface are extremely comparable to those of Canon’s EOS Rebel series.

It has a resolution of 16 megapixels, making it comparable to high-end mobile phones such as the Samsung Note10

The conventional mode selection dial used by Canon may be found on the top of the camera; however, it has fewer possibilities than the dial found on a DSLR such as the EOS Rebel T7. The SX530 features a variety of shooting modes, including Auto, Scene, Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority, Program, and Manual, as well as a Fish-Eye. There is not an actual power switch, but rather a power button that is located just next to the mode dial.

Two buttons for the search and lock capabilities of the frame assist are located on the left side of the screen. After using the manual zoom, you will be able to quickly reacquire subjects and create photographs with these.

On the rear of the camera, to the right of the LCD screen that measures 3 inches, a number of additional function buttons may be found. They are large enough to be used with ease, however, in contrast to EOS Rebel cameras, the SX530 features a function and set button in the middle that is encircled by a circular four-way button on all sides. Because there was no room between the central button and the surrounding controls, we frequently pressed numerous buttons at once by accident.

The DSLR-like body is wonderful, and one of the reasons for this is that it has a very comfortable grip. Due to the fact that it is so tiny, the controls that are located on the right side are incredibly simple to access with only one hand. Despite the fact that the camera’s body is made of lightweight plastic, which doesn’t seem particularly strong, the camera feels extremely comfortable in our hands and would be ideal for use on a long journey when you don’t want a lot of weight in your travel bag or over your shoulders.

In general, we really liked how this camera felt in our hands and thought that the design was quite user-friendly and straightforward. The grip was even more comfortable than the Canon EOS Rebel T7, and the highly strong zoom lens enabled us to shoot photographs that we would not have been able to capture with the other lenses that we had lying around. Canon did an excellent job making a camera that is not only portable but also feels very light and has the appearance of being more costly than it actually is.

The process of setting everything up is quite simple.

We were blown away by how straightforward and simple the process of setting up the Canon PowerShot SX530 was. After quickly inserting the battery, turning on the device, and establishing the date and time, we were immediately prepared to move on. The SX530 is intended to be user-friendly, making it ideal for novices and first-timers. This is the type of camera that would be perfect for giving to one’s mother or father as a present.

We experimented with the various settings on the mode selection dial and discovered that all of them functioned well. Because this camera isn’t geared at experts who want to go deep into settings and picture processing, the auto mode will probably be the method that the majority of users choose to use, although there is also a manual mode. This is essentially a point-and-shoot camera, and it does an excellent job of making itself as user-friendly as is humanly feasible for inexperienced or occasional shooters.

We found that everything in the Canon user manual was presented in easy-to-understand words, and there were enough diagrams to help you determine what each button on the device does. The Canon user manual is excellent. We decided to include a grid structure on the LCD display of the camera to make it simpler for users to compose their photographs. The camera features a few helpful options that aren’t turned on by default. We also discovered that the LCD’s default brightness was a touch on the dim side, so we bumped it up a bit and were pleased with the results after making the adjustment.

The image quality is acceptable, and it has an impressive zoom.

The picture processor and sensor that are included in the Canon PowerShot SX530 are not particularly powerful. It has a resolution of 16 megapixels, making it comparable to high-end mobile phones such as the Samsung Note10. The image quality of the SX530 did not leave us feeling particularly thrilled; but, it does perform better in conditions with low light, and no smartphone is ever going to have the amazing zoom capabilities that the SX530 possesses.

The SX530 is unable to match the capabilities of some of its competitors, which are capable of recording video in Full HD 1080p at up to 60 frames per second. While we were moving around a subject, we did detect some little stuttering, but when the camera remained still, the image was clean and vibrant.

The camera is considered to be a “superzoom” since it has a zoom range that is comparable to 24–1200 millimeters in terms of focal length. The lens has a large field of view, allowing you to take pictures of expansive landscapes; in addition, it has sufficient power to catch fine details even when used at a great distance. The image stabilization was fairly strong, and it helped to stabilize the shot, which made it possible to take shots from an extremely close range. However, in order to maintain a consistent level of quality while working at the telephoto end of the zoom range, a tripod is absolutely necessary.

The aperture may be adjusted between f/3.4 and f/6.5, which is a somewhat narrow range but is comparable to that of many other superzoom cameras. Because of this, it is challenging to get a small depth of focus, and it does restrict some low-light scenarios. However, the built-in flash was unexpectedly good, and it did not interfere with the images that we shot in any way. The photographs that we took of our friends and family inside turned out quite nice.

Powerful picture stabilization is one of its features.

In addition to its potent 50x optical zoom lens, the Canon PowerShot SX530 is equipped with the optical image stabilization technology known as Intelligent IS. The camera does an analysis of both the image and its own movement, and then selects the most appropriate technique of correction based on the subject of the photograph. When capturing still photographs, the camera has many different stabilization settings, including Normal, Panning, Macro (Hybrid), and Tripod. When you are recording video, you may help steady whatever you are filming by using the modes known as Dynamic, Powered, Macro (Hybrid), and Active Tripod.

Wi-Fi and near-field communication (NFC) sharing capabilities are also available on the SX530. Using a mobile software developed by Canon called Camera Connect, you may wirelessly transfer your photographs from the camera to an Android or iOS smartphone if your camera is equipped with Wi-Fi. You may also operate the camera from a distance by using your mobile smartphone as a remote control. You have the ability to alter the settings and start recording both images and videos.

Users of Android handsets equipped with NFC radio capabilities are able to connect to the camera in a prompt and hassle-free manner just by touching the two devices together. A dedicated button on the camera allows you to connect to any of your connected devices with only the push of a single button, which is a feature that we thought was pretty cool.

Software: Fully functional automatic mode

The Canon PowerShot SX530 utilizes Canon’s proprietary software, which, despite the fact that it does not have a particularly large number of features, is simple to browse and has all that a user with a casual interest in photography would require. It is in your best interest to go through the handbook completely in order to become acquainted with all of the settings and image stabilization choices that the camera possesses. Simply glancing through the available menu selections did not provide us with sufficient information to fully comprehend what each component did without consulting the handbook.

There are several Canon cameras in the same price range that have very comparable specifications, and there are even some that are more capable than the SX530

The firmware enables a function known as Hybrid Auto capture, which simultaneously records up to four seconds of video whenever a shot is taken. The Smart Auto feature of your camera analyzes the subject and the backdrop of the shot you are taking, determines the sort of photo you are taking, and then selects the appropriate settings for you automatically.

There are many other photography modes available, ranging from straightforward portraiture to more imaginative filters such as fisheye, toy camera, and monochromatic effects. These modes may be used for a variety of different scenarios. Even snow scapes and fireworks may be captured with the settings it comes with.

Compared: the Panasonic Lumix FZ80 with the Canon PowerShot SX530

The Panasonic Lumix FZ80 has a manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) of $400, however, it often sells for approximately $300. This is the same MSRP as the Canon PowerShot SX530 and is just $50 higher than its street value.

The Lumix FZ80 is a camera that can take photographs in 4K resolution and has a 60x optical zoom. It has 18.1 megapixels. The camera is even capable of recording 4K video and features an aperture range of f/2.8 to f/5.9, a touch-enabled LCD, and Wi-Fi connectivity. The DC VARIO 20-1220mm lens on this camera is more powerful than the one on the SX530, and it performs better in low light. All of this is contained in a body that is small and similar to a DSLR.

The Panasonic Lumix Fz80 is a significant improvement over the Canon PowerShot SX530 and should be considered the undisputed victor in this competition.

Specifications

Body typeSLR-like (bridge)
Max resolution4608 x 3456
Other resolutions4:3 (3264 x 2448, 2048 x 1536, 640 x 480), 16:9 (4608 x 2592, 3264 x 1832, 1920 x 1080, 640 x 360), 3:2 (4608 x 3072, 3264 x 2176, 2048 x 1368, 640 x 424), 1:1 (3456 x 3456, 2448 x 2448, 1536 x 1536,
Image ratio w:h1:1, 4:3, 3:2, 16:9
Effective pixels16 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors17 megapixels
Sensor size1/2.3″ (6.17 x 4.55 mm)
Sensor typeBSI-CMOS
ProcessorDIGIC 4+
ISOAuto, 100-3200
White balance presets5
Custom white balanceYes
Image stabilizationOptical
Uncompressed formatNo
JPEG quality levelsSuperfine, fine
Focal length (equiv.)24–1200 mm
Optical zoom50×
Maximum apertureF3.4–6.5
AutofocusContrast Detect (sensor)Phase DetectMulti-areaCenterTrackingSingleContinuousFace DetectionLive View
Digital zoomYes (4X)
Manual focusYes
Normal focus range5 cm (1.97″)
Macro focus range0 cm (0″)
Number of focus points9
Articulated LCDFixed
Screen size3″
Screen dots461,000
Touch screenNo
Screen typeTFT LCD
Live viewYes
Viewfinder typeNone
Minimum shutter speed15 sec
Maximum shutter speed1/2000 sec
Aperture priorityNo
Shutter priorityNo
Manual exposure modeNo
Subject / scene modesYes
Built-in flashYes
Flash range5.50 m
External flashNo
Flash modesAuto, on, off, slow synchro
Continuous drive1.6 fps
Self-timerYes (2 or 10 secs, custom)
Metering modesMultiCenter-weightedSpot
Exposure compensation±2 (at 1/3 EV steps)
Resolutions1920 x 1080 (30p), 1280 x 720 (30p), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
FormatMPEG-4, H.264
MicrophoneStereo
SpeakerMono
Storage typesSD/SDHC/SDXC
USBUSB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMIYes (mini-HDMI)
Microphone portNo
Headphone portNo
WirelessBuilt-In
Wireless notes802.11b/g/n
Remote controlYes (via smartphone)
Environmentally sealedNo
BatteryBattery Pack
Battery descriptionNB-6LH lithium-ion battery & charger
Battery Life (CIPA)210
Weight (inc. batteries)442 g (0.97 lb / 15.59 oz)
Dimensions120 x 82 x 92 mm (4.72 x 3.23 x 3.62″)
Orientation sensorYes
GPSNone

Final Verdict

An excellent camera that has seen better days.

During its prime, the Canon PowerShot SX530 was an excellent choice for a compact camera; but, in today’s competitive landscape, it is not the most cost-effective choice available. Even though there is a lot of other competitors available, we believe the Panasonic Lumix FZ80 is the best choice currently available. You should go ahead and make the purchase of the SX530 secondhand if you are able to get it for a good price. However, for the price it is selling for on the street, you would be better off investing your money in something newer and more powerful.

Pros & Cons

Good For
  • To a reasonable degree.
  • Performance that is responsive.
  • Strong control arrangement and design.
  • 50x zoom ratio.
Need Improvements
  • When zoomed in, it might be a long process to lock focus.
  • HD video restricted to 1080p30.
  • Pricey.
  • No EVF.

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