Canon Powershot SX530 16.0 Megapixel HS Digital Camera Review

Canon Powershot SX530 16.0 Megapixel HS Digital Camera Review

Canon has improved its spectrum of PowerShot cameras with new models, headed by the Canon PowerShot SX530 HS. We are facing a compact camera in which the zoom is the highlight. It has a lens equivalent to 24-1000 mm, which translates into a 50x optical zoom and can be raised to 100x using the ZoomPlus mode. The Canon PowerShot SX530 HS features a 16-megapixel sensor with DIGIC 4+ processor, three-inch LCD screen, integrated high-power flash and WiFi connectivity. It is a camera for the amateur looking for a versatile item, which allows him to take photos in any situation and especially at any distance. It is the perfect addition to your vlogging camera kit.

Specifications Of The Canon Powershot SX530

  • Autofocus: Manual Focus plus TTL Autofocus
  • Digital zoom strenght: 4.0x
  • Optical zoom strenght: 50x
  • Megapixels: 16.8 approx.
  • Flash Range: 4.3 > 9.8 ft.(T),1.6 ft.> 18 ft. (W)
  • Iso Range: 100 to 3200

Canon Powershot SX530 Features

  • Video recording and still Image Shooting
  • Creative Shot mode functionality
  • Built-in Near Field Communication(NFC)

One of the feature that makes the SX530 such a goof value, is the zoom capability that when comparing it with the price that you have to pay for any SLR that have similar zoom power appears like a great deal. Other plus that the camera shows are the shutter adjustments and manual aperture which again, doesn’t have anything to envy to the SLR cameras.

Additional and more obvious positives, are the light weigh and portability that the camera is recognized for , and without a doubt is one of the reasons why the product is so popular.

The camera displays an excellent balance between quality features an simplicity,and even thought the item is not intended to be used by professional photographers, the camera will be awesome for amateur  persons that like to grab outstanding images.

The machine cannot use RAW format, and doesn’t comes with the ability to connect a number of external tools.


After finished our Canon PowerShot SX530 16.0 megapixel hs digital Camera review we have the feeling that the size is a great advantage, and even it is not in the group of the most compact cameras, is still light and manageable. Talking about individual parts, we see that the dial is easy to manipulate, but on the contrary the shutter is a little stiff and you will have to push it more strongly to activate it. The disadvantage of this action is that it can provoke a slight shake when shooting the picture.

One of the options that we liked is the hybrid automatic mode. The mode is designed to take a brief video every time that you are about to shoot a still picture, and then at the end of your sessions put them together into a movie.

The Canon PowerShot SX530 16.0 megapixel makes possible to access easily numerous options especially when using manual or semiautomatic modes. Aspect ratio, image size, or white balance are handy without the necessity to use the menu. In our opinion a small drawback is the lack of zoom button on the barrel like normally is seen in other cameras of this kind.

Unboxing The Canon PowerShot SX530 HS Digital

The Box Contains

  • PowerShot SX530 HS Digital Camera
  • Battery Charger CB-2LY
  • Battery Pack NB-6LH
  • Neck Strap NS-DC11
  • Lens Cap (with strap)


Digital Camera Solution CD-ROM and USB Interface Cable don’t come in the package .

Camera Design

The Canon PowerShot SX530 HS is a relatively compact and lightweight camera, easy to carry in a bag or backpack, but it is not a pocket camera, its zoom does not allow it. The advantage is that it is more ergonomic than most compact. It has a fairly prominent grip on the right side, which offers better grip and good access to controls that are spread between the top and the back. The camera housing is made of plastic and has a piece of non-slip rubber on the handle to prevent it from slipping. The connections are on the right side, protected with a rubber cover, and the battery is at the bottom.

Canon Powershot SX530 16.0 Rear View

The power button is in the upper right and has been placed between the mode dial and the flash, where access is not as comfortable as we would like. It also has a wheel to facilitate operation through the menus or adjust the parameters of the shot, and the shutter button, which is surrounded by the zoom dial. If we go to the back we find the screen, a three-inch LCD with 461,000 pixels resolution. It offers sharp images, but sometimes it produces reflections when shooting in full sun and on more than one occasion we have missed the possibility of framing through a digital viewfinder, but unfortunately the Canon PowerShot SX530 HS lacks this function. From the rear controls we can control parameters such as ISO sensitivity, macro mode, connection with a mobile phone or access to the menu. In the upper right corner is the video recording button and the key to control the opening when we are in manual mode.

Canon PowerShot SX530 16.0 Megapixel HS Sensor And Image Processor

The 16 megapixel high sensitivity CMOS sensor produces high resolution images that when combined with the DIGIC 4+ image processor, show remarkable clarity and sensitivity at ISO 3200, as well as a maximum continuous shooting speed of 10 fps. The sensor and processor work together to create the Canon HS System, which is capable of producing crisp, rich images in low light situations with minimal noise and vivid details.
Beyond recording still images, the SX530 is also capable of recording 1080p HD video at 30 fps, which is easily accessible through a dedicated movie button.
Normal IS: Corrects a wide range of common camera movements.
Panning IS:  Panning movements are intentionally identified  and avoid the distortion provoked by shaky movements.
Macro (Hybrid) IS: Corrects the tremor of the shift-type camera that commonly occurs when working with foreground objects.
Tripod: Is a dedicated setting that automatically deactivates IS when a tripod is detected as camera-based stabilization is not required.
Dynamic IS: Is very suitable for recording at wide-angle focal lengths and reduces unwanted tremors that normally occur when walking during recording.
The motorized IS compensates for hand movements that become more visual when working at the telephoto end of the zoom range.
Macro (Hybrid) IS minimizes the occurrence of shaking while walking and also compensates for sudden movements that occur when working with foreground objects.
Active Tripod IS minimizes the small amount of movement that can occur when recording video while using a tripod.

Quality Image Of The  Canon SX530 16.0 HS

The Canon PowerShot SX530 HS integrates a 16 megapixel sensor that measures 1 / 2.3 inches and is accompanied by a DIGIC 4+ processor with iSAPS technology. It is backlit, so you can take advantage of more light and the results in poor lighting conditions are better. However, the Canon PowerShot SX530 HS floats when conditions are not suitable, such as indoors without flash or when zooming in very close. When the lighting is abundant, the results are as expected in a camera of its category. Wide and sharp images, although with a more limited dynamic range, especially when the contrast is very marked. We highlight the macro mode, which allows us to focus objects at 0 centimeters when we are in angular mode and get very interesting details.

Camera Modes

Smart Auto (32 scenes detected), Shutter Speed AE,  Aperture Priority, AE, Programmed, AE, Manual, Auto Hybrid, LIVE Live Control, SCN, Smart Shutter, Wink Self-timer, Self-timer with Face Detection, Creative Shot High Speed Burst (4.0 MP), Low Light (4.0 MP), Snow, Fireworks), Creative Filters, Miniature Effect, Fect Toy Camera, Fisheye Effect, Monochrome Super Intense, poster Effect.

SX530 16.0 Megapixel HS Digital Camera Connectivity

Built-in Wi-Fi connectivity allows for uninterrupted and instant transfer of photos and videos to mobile devices, home computers and to select social networking sites. It helps connect Android devices to the camera by incorporating NFC (Near Field Communication), which facilitates connection by simply touching the two devices together. In addition, linked mobile devices can also be used to remotely control and release the camera shutter and display a live view image on the linked device’s screen when using the Canon CameraWindow application.
Wi-Fi and NFC connectivity also supports optional Connect Station CS100 for automatic wireless transfer and file sharing.

HS System

The Canon PowerShot SX530 HS is the new member of the firm’s advanced compact cameras. This is why it is composed of the highest performance HS system to capture images with details, even in low light conditions.

The optical structure has a 16 megapixel CMOS image sensor. This sensor provides optimum image quality, which adapts to the user’s basic needs. Although it is not one of the most powerful sensors, it is still highly sensitive to light with its maximum ISO of 3200.

It also has the latest generation of PowerShot equipment, the DIGIC 4+. It is responsible for quickly reproducing colors and brightness, and in turn reduces ISO noise.

Memory Card An Battery For The Canon PowerSshot SX530 16.0

The camera uses NB-6LH  batteries and the memory card of your choice can be easily found on Amazon.

Canon SX530 User Manual

Manual Link


Our Canon PowerShot SX530 16.0 Megapixel HS Digital Camera Review made us finally conclude that this camera is perfect for people that wants to enjoy photography without major pretensions, but is keen to spend a decent amount of money to get a product of premium quality. The item is light in weigh, very easy to manage and carry and presents a number o features that will make the aforementioned type of person very happy.

In short, the camera presents great value, and it is not easy to find its quality features in cameras that are not SLR.