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Canon PowerShot A540

alaTest has collected and analyzed 367 reviews of Canon PowerShot A540. The average rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras for all reviews. Opinions about the size and price are on the whole positive. The screen and image quality also get good feedback, whereas some have doubts about the sensor and shutter. The storage and durability get mixed reviews.

usability, image quality, screen, price, size

battery, flash, memory, shutter, sensor

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Canon PowerShot A540 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 86/100 = Very good quality.

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Expert review by : Trusted Reviews (

Canon PowerShot A540


A 6MP Canon camera at a a bargain price. Cliff Smith looks at the PowerShot A540.

Feb, 2011

Expert review by : Doug Harman (

Canon PowerShot A540 digital camera


Canon's "A" PowerShot range of digital compacts are aimed at the more consumer end of the market, unlike the company's more stylish and arguably more sophisticated IXUS counterparts. Nevertheless, just because the new A540 may be built without the...

Great handling, good specification, and features, nice optical viewfinder, good image quality, good price

Blocky design, noise in higher ISO images and in shadow areas

The Canon PowerShot A540 provides plenty of meat for those wishing to buy and use an easy to operate camera but still want room to grow, as they get better at taking their snaps. So, whether you’re simply snapping or taking more studied shots, the 540...

May, 2006

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Canon Powershot A540


The Canon Powershot A540 has six megapixels and a four times optical zoom lens. The zoom available is slightly longer than standard. I like this camera and although the price is fairly low it still produces good quality photos.

Manual controls ; Picture quality ; Value for money

Build quality ; Red eye

"The Canon Powershot A540 offers excellent value for money. It has a good set of features for the price including manual exposure. Picture quality is also pretty good too. Build quality and style are not perfect, but all in all this is an impressive...

May, 2006

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Canon - PowerShot A540


The PowerShot A540 is a 6-megapixel camera with a quick Digic II image processor, a new, more sensitive CCD sensor, a large 2.5-inch screen and 4x optical zoom. It's pretty much the same size as the ...

The PowerShot A540 is a nice compact camera with a quality feel, and it's easy to use on many levels. A larger memory card would have been nice, as would a rechargeable battery. However, these issues are easily overcome and the camera still has much to...

Apr, 2006

Expert review by : Good Gear (

Expert Review


Another great Canon advanced camera, the PowerShot A540 is a great choice for those looking to move up to more manual photography as it combines a strong feature set with great pictures.

Low chromatic aberration, Good noise performance, Strong colour reproduction

Some slight softness around edges

Jan, 2008

Expert review by : PCMag Staff (

Canon PowerShot A540


Preview of the Canon PowerShot A540.

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Feb, 2007

Expert review by : Richard Baguley (

Powershot A540 Digital Camera


The $280 (as of 6/15/06) PowerShot A540 offers a lot of features for those who want to manually set controls such as shutter speed for full creative control. It's one of the few cameras in this class that offers full manual control as well as the usual...

Many manual controls Wide-screen mode

Low battery life Lacks exposure bracketing

The A540's battery life of 191 shots, from the two disposable AA batteries, was a little on the low side. You can also use optional AA NiMH rechargeable batteries, but these cannot be recharged inside the camera. Canon sells a kit with four...

Jul, 2006

Expert review by : Richard Baguley (

Canon Powershot A540


Photograph: Chris Manners

Many manual controls ; Wide-screen mode

Low battery life ; Lacks exposure bracketing

Low-priced model offers many manual controls, a generous 4X zoom, and a wide-screen mode. But battery life was unimpressive.

Jul, 2006

Expert review by : David D. Busch (

Canon PowerShot A540 review


Canon PowerShot A540

Manual and automated exposure and focus controls; solid image quality; robust burst mode; usable ISO 800 shots.

Long flash-recycle time; LCD washes out in direct sunlight.

Solid image quality plus manual and automated exposure controls make the Canon PowerShot A540 a nice low-cost option for snapshooters and photo enthusiasts.

Apr, 2006

Expert review by : Steve's Digicams (

Canon Powershot A540


Physical Views The A540 compared to an average CD disc. The Powershot A540 and the 5-megapixel Powershot A530 . Continue on to Features & Controls Powershot A540 Specifications Camera Effective Pixels Approx. 6.0 million Image Sensor 1/2.5-inch CCD...

Mar, 2006

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