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Canon PowerShot A540
Canon PowerShot A540

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Canon PowerShot A540

We've given the A540 a grade of C+.

Editor's Review

The Canon Powershot A540 is a user favorite, offering simple operation and high-powered features for a low and affordable price. The A540 gives users access to full manual controls without demanding they shell out tons of money or struggle with a more advanced and confusing shooter. Take a look at our user reviews and you'll see, the Canon A540 is a crowd pleaser.


  • 6 megapixels
  • 4x optical zoom / 4x digital zoom
  • auto focus
  • auto and manual exposure
  • JPEG file format
  • ISO 80-800 (High ISO auto)
  • movie mode w/sound
  • 2 AA batteries
  • 2.5 inch LCD
  • SD/MMC card storage (16MB included)
  • Part Number: 1118B001
  • UPC: 013803062861
  • Release Date: Feb 24, 2006

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Canon PowerShot A540 Reviews

Canon PowerShot A540 Reviews by Digital Camera-HQ Users

  • 4.0 out of 5
A good compact camera (Dirk-Jan Boon — 12/30/2009)

i love this camera, it delivers good sharp photo's with more than decent possibilites. This camera excells in the manual possibilities in P, AV, TV and M mode .

you can:
- adjust iso manually (not many compacts can this)
- adjust white balance manually
- adjust transport mode
- adjust tone / colours
- adjust flash intensity
- adjust metering mode
- adjust quality level

it is a 6mp effective camera and the noise on the images is good up to 200 iso , above that the noise is more visible

it doesn't perform good with nimh batteries (a big flaw)
the other flaw is that sometimes the lens cover protection does not open full , but one tip with a nail softly is enough to have the full few

the images it makes are good, mine is good

it is a recommended buy still i would grade a B label

  • 5.0 out of 5
takes a beating (ronnie collins — 11/19/2009)

this camera is tough my son dropped it in the lake! i pulled it out dried it out worked fine. he also dropped it on the cement several times still takes beautiful pics. i have had no problems with this camera i love it you will too

  • 4.0 out of 5
A camera of excellent size and quality (Fred329 — 09/28/2009)

The camera is a little heavy but is an excellent size for carrying in a coat pocket, handbag etc.. Although automatic it is full of features and it goes without saying that takes very good pictures.

  • 4.0 out of 5
A very nice P&S with above average manual control (Nikocanion — 05/11/2009)

Canon has done it again, the Powershot range doea what the name consists off deliver wonderfull Shots with less Power.

This camera has a huge 2.5 inch LCD screen with good resolution , only in very bright sunlight hard to see , but were the sun shine there is always a shade , to wath the pictures taken.

6 MP (effective 5.9) is a great resolution and more than enough to make high quality print outs with ease 20*30 cm minimal up to 55*75 cm is possible

The things i like are :
++ batteries AA size (available at almost every spot of the world)
++++ great manual setting of White Balance , Iso , Colour modes
the program modes , scene modes and other shooting modes are very good.

This is a prety fast compact , when you do not use the flash.
flash recycle time is a few seconds during this time the camera is locked , but so it is with all major compacts of any brand.

the canon delivers a good to very good image and it's handeling is good thanks to the great mini grip.

The camera takes SD memory ( NOT SDHC! ) up to 2 gb leaving the user more than 1100 images aka a good for one week holliday in greece (par example)

mine camera has not let me down yet , and i expect that it will work the same for you, guarantee is not given since i do not have any relationship with canon other than a customer relationship of 5 canon products (2 camera's + 2 scanners i photoprinter)

What are the things i like less?

Size : it is big for a compact , it is bigger , thicker and heavier than most other compact you dont put it away easyly in the pocket of a trousers or skirt .

flash recharcing time could be faster
no raw possibility

but every camera has it goods and lesser points.
do i recommend it > Yes i do

  • 5.0 out of 5
Great all round camera (clipper — 03/02/2009)

taken something is excess of 7500 phots with my A540, camera has never failed me

  • 5.0 out of 5
Lens error oops (photoman4 — 09/06/2008)

My teen's camera was used a lot, carried a lot, dropped some, and generally used by a young teen. It developed a lens error and it was stuck in the extended position. The pictures it took were wonderful (and she does use all the functions as she loves her camera). Canon worked with me in repairing the camera (I was honest with them about it being a teen's camera and all I had was a point of sale as it was a gift), and they repaired it under warranty! I asked before I sent it and they said if it was due to neglect it would be $88 - worth it to her for a great camera - but they fixed it for free. Canon also repaired an earlier camera (out of warranty but a common problem), so I was happy to have another Canon in the house (currently four) after scrapping a Fujifilm FinePix and also several other brands under $100.

  • 5.0 out of 5
water (rock yo ma — 04/12/2008)

I dropped my canon A540 in the river, completely submerged, and it dryed out and worked like the first day I bought it. I couldnt believe it! There was streams of water coming from every crevice!! It still works like a dream!!!!!!!!!

  • 2.0 out of 5
this camera.... (Lauren — 01/09/2008)

the camera was ok at
"Buyer beware! (Robert Evans - 11/30/07) " said it only took 15-20 need to have it on a certian setting.

But what I found, the shutter wouldnt close all that easily, and it just didnt take pictures fast enough. Dont get me wrong, the camera was a really good one and it has a lot of good features, but it just didnt take pictures on command, or maybe I just got a bad camera. i dont know.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Buyer beware! (Robert Evans — 12/01/2007)

I bought this camera as a Christmas present for my wife in late 2006. Right out of the box, it would only get 15-20 pictures before indicating "low batteries". Even with brand new alkalines or fully charged NiMH. A few months later, the camera achieved a condition in which it would power up, but would not autofocus or take a picture when the shutter release button was depressed. Sent to Canon factory warranty service center, they returned the camera unrepaired, claiming there was a white liquid, possibly salt water, in it. Absolutely impossible...the camera has never been out of my possession, and had only been out of its case a few times. Canon does not honor their warranty, and as a result, I will never buy another Canon product of any type. Ever.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Terrible customer service (Kathy — 11/09/2007)

I had the same problem as others. They wanted to charge me $99 for a camera under warranty to be fixed.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Canon Powershot A540 (smarshall — 10/26/2007)

I have owned this camera for a short period of time and I am very happy with the way it functions. It takes beautiful pictures and is easy to use. In Macro Mode, it takes very good pictures. I am very impressed and I wouldn't want to purchase a newer mode as this camera has all the functions I need (eg. Aperture Priority Mode, Shutter Priority Mode, etc).

  • 1.0 out of 5
Why does Canon NOT stand behind their Cameras? (David — 09/04/2007)

How could a company like Canon ignore problems that so many people are having? Why should I pay $99 to get a $200 camera fixed? Canon... take some responisbility! People please don't buy Canon and suffer like many of us are. I wish this information was out there when I was buying. Let's send a message. Shame on you Canon for not supporting your poor quality cameras!

  • 4.0 out of 5
Good worth the price (Sai — 08/22/2007)

Its modes and features are worth its price. It served my purpose for taking snaps. May not serve pro's purpose.

But can be used under water and almost all locations without any problems. It fell twice from my hands still robust.

  • 1.0 out of 5
I agree Camera is garbage (Cory — 08/16/2007)

I know three people including myself whose Canon Camera broke down. The shutter stops working and the pictures all come out black. Should have been recalled for sure.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Love it (Sal — 08/11/2007)

Unlike many on the board, I have had no problems at all with the A540. I use it often, day and night, with no problems in picture quality either. I have it with me almost daily and am an amateur who just likes takes photos of scenes while walking in different areas.
I am just starting to use some of the more advanced features.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Lens and shutter problems (Doreen — 07/10/2007)

I think that this camera is a complete waste of money and time. Everyone has basically the same problems with the camera. The lens and the shutters breaks easily and then Canon wants to charge you an arm and a leg to fix it. This camera needed to be recalled, replaced, or repaired for free. I have only used my camera 4 times after buying it and it broke down. It did take some fairly decent pictures, though. I wouldn't recommend this camera to anyone. My husband owns one too, same model and everything, and the battery door to his is loose, so it reads an error message and it has to be taped down so it will work properly. Both are pieces of junk.

  • 1.0 out of 5
very unsatisfied (Grover K. Mills — 07/07/2007)

Took the camera back to Sears in Altoona, Pa. and
they would not exchange it because it had been purchased in May. The pictures are very fuzzy andwe are very unhappy with it. Can't believe we paid that much for a camera that takes terrible

  • 1.0 out of 5
I must have gotten a lemon (MoBad — 06/14/2007)

My A540 is a big disappointment. Here are problems I've had: Photos are blurry and dark. While taking one shot after another without making any adjustments to the zoom, the image can appear at two zoom levels! When taking photos of something up close, like a flower, you have to use the LCD screen—not the viewfinder—if you want the flower centered. It eats up batteries VERY quickly. At one point, all the photos in my camera disappeared, and I had not deleted them. How's that for REALLY, REALLY BAD?

  • 5.0 out of 5
Perfect (Cassie — 04/16/2007)

i really liked this camra. it has soo meny features, and a variety of settings. i got it for christmas last year and i have been loving it since. i wouldnt of changed anything on it. the perfect present for the perfect person.

  • 5.0 out of 5
buy it (hector maseret — 03/23/2007)

Ecellent, very good pics, when you use 2700 NMH batterys, you cant shoot about 800 pic and more.
conectiosn to pc is an snap, very simple via USB, in the other hand the only problem i see is LCD in sunlight condition, very poor visibility and is not for you pocket a litle big

  • 4.0 out of 5
Awesome buy (KK — 03/14/2007)

A very good camera. Great photos, good video and good sound capture. Lot of features. I wud recommend using the batteris energizer lithium with it. Not that it eat batteries but i found these batteries as a good companion with this camera. Excellent photo quality! I loved it. Money well spent

  • 1.0 out of 5
Don't Waste Your Money (Ted Zing — 03/05/2007)

Canon really messed up on this one. I should have heeded the poor battery marks...I got maybe 50 shots with regular batteries, and my fully-charge re-chargeable batteries get the "low battery" signal on initial power up...then this $180 piece of junk shuts down.
Sent it in to Canon to check for problem...they returned it saying they cleaned the battery terminals and it looked good...hmmmmm, did they even check with batteries? Never know...
Buyer beware on this one!

  • 5.0 out of 5
easy to use and takes great pictures (amy — 02/27/2007)

I have used this camera a lot it is easy to take with you and takes beautiful pictures.I would recommend this camera to a beginner or an expert. Everyone could and should own one.

i wuld

  • 4.0 out of 5
good value (brittany — 01/10/2007)

this camera is great for the price. the pictures are very high quality, i had them printed and they look like they came from 35mm film. my one complaint is there is a split second of lag time after pressing the button to take a photo so i've missed a few great moments— but i think this is normal for digital cameras. overall i like it very much.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Shutter Problems (Jim — 01/06/2007)

I got this camera just before Christmas, and was fairly pleased with it. One annoyance, however, is how long it takes in between pictures for it to reload to take the next picture. But, a couple days ago I went to snap a picture and the shutter wouldn't open. I had to pry it open manually, and then it would not close again. Fortunately for me, I was able to swap it for another one at Circuit City because it fell within the store's 30-day exchange policy. So, here's to hoping that I don't have a repeat occurance with the shutter problem. What's really disturbing to me is that I had only taken a few pictures with it. So, I can't understand why the shutter would have gotten stuck that quickly, or at all, for that matter. So, I'm keeping my fingers crossed this time around.

  • 4.0 out of 5
not bad (Dawn — 01/02/2007)

I bought this to replace my coolpix 7 megapixel that I dropped in the sand at the beach and it no longer works :(
I have the Canon A20 from years figured Canon does hold up, time for another!
Only thing I do not like is the delay when snapping more than one picture at a time.
I bought it because it's equipped to have a waterproof case so I can take it jet skiing with us! I'm having a little trouble locating this case.
Not a bad camera for the price...clear pictures for Real Estate and Family! I paid $189 on sale at Target!
My father in laws Kodak takes quicker pictures with no delay
but the screen on this Canon is bigger than his Kodak...
hope this helps!

  • 5.0 out of 5
Very nice camera (Joe G — 12/30/2006)

I received this camera as a Christmas gift and have only been using it a few days now. But from what I have seen so far I am very impressed. I am well satisfied with the indoor pics and outdoor shots I have taken thus far. As an extra bonus the 4X zoom seems to be better then I had anticipated, and have really enjoyed its Macro Mode and have taken some real good shots with it in this mode. So far I am having alot of fun with it and I think its a winner, but I will follow this review up with another one after I have used it a while longer.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Canon powershot (Paige — 12/30/2006)

It's the most amazing camera, in my opinion. Overall, it's very good. But it's EXTREMELY hard on batteries.

  • 5.0 out of 5
So far so good (NiNi — 12/29/2006)

I have only owned this camera for one day,but i am very pleased so far.This is my 3rd digital camera, my first being 3.1 mp and my second 5.0.This camera makes the other two look like disposable cameras!The pictures are crystal clear and show every bit of detail.I bought this camera to take pictures of items i sell for my online store and im pleased so far.

  • 5.0 out of 5
The Canon a540 (Bob — 12/27/2006)

Hello there. I have owned the Canon a540 for a year and by far is the best deal for the price. It has incredible quality, is affordable, and is easy to use. This camera is great for anyone, and is unbelievable. GO GET IT!!!

  • 5.0 out of 5
Great little camera. If you know a little. (Michael J Pitts — 12/22/2006)

This camera feels like a 350 dollar camera. If your willing to learn a little. And like a 190 dollar one. If your not. But that's not to say its not super easy to use. Its vary easy. And its not that hard to learn to get vary good easy to take shots, with just a tad bit of knowledge. But wear this camera shines is if your willing to learn. For a camera this price. Its awesome in Low light. If your willing to nudge the ISO just a little. 800 is not needed. Any Photoshop or decent image editing program can rid any slight little grain easy. But you cant rid blur. And this camera just does not have the blur, that others in its price range do. For a camera in this price range. It has vary sharp images. And like I said, its great in all types of lighting. Another thing is it white balance is great! The tones feel solid. You don't get to much of that odd blue like purple feel. Colors feel vary natural. But if you don't go manual for a like night shots of Christmas lights. You will get unwonted results. But if you learn just a tiny bit about it. And not other camera in this price range gives you real full auto controls like this one. You can get night shots that rival camera in the 400 dollar range. But their some learning their. But on everyday normal shots. Its simple manual works fine. And its movie and 21 photo mode are great. The movies look nice. So your gonna want a 2gb card. One for video and 1 for pictures. No its not a video camera. But its fills in as a quick go to one vary well. But this camera wins in the Auto department. Like I said,, if you know a little. Or are willing to learn. This camera is Awesome. And if not,, its still a vary solid manual point and click camera to. Perfect for a beginner, who wants to grow with the camera.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Glad to have a Canon A540 Camera (Mike Francis — 12/08/2006)

Before I purchased this Canon A540 I searched in the web for an affordable yet money-worth camera for three weeks. I checked the specs in accordance to what I need in a camera. I bought this camera because I wanted to use with ease and have manual functionalities. I found what I need in Canon A540. As of this moment I haven't encountered any problems and it operates smoothly. The pictures were outstanding. I tried several experiments to get the desired settings and I did. I am satisfied with my Canon A540.

  • 3.0 out of 5
good camera - problem in manual exposure (Jitendra Bhatkal — 12/06/2006)

i hv bn using A540 for the last few days. i find it little bit difficult to operate in manual mode as lot of adjustments are required to get correct exposure. sometimes the picture come out on darker side lacking correct exposure as stated.

otherwise it is a good camera easy operation modes and understand.

recently i had an opportunity to operate my friends A400 which i find it very good in its manual mode, every thing coming properly in difficult lighting conditions.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Whoo! (Eliza — 11/20/2006)

The Canon Powershot A540 is amazing. I just got it to replace an old camera that was giving me way too many problems. This camera has excellent Photo Quality, and has a lot of useful features. I would not recommend it for beginner photographers, as it could become confusing with all the "Creative Features". But overall, I really love this camera. P.S. The screen is really big, and isn't LCD, so no more Liquid Crystal problems!

  • 4.0 out of 5
Nice camera! (Pat — 10/31/2006)

I'm using my A540 to take insurance photos, professionally. It works well in outdoor daylight, where the optical viewfinder is a plus. I also take indoor pics, and those have also turned out well. The camera's flash won't be able to fill a dark room (like a rock concert someone was complaining about), but it's quite adequate for normal photos. I like the AA battery compartment and handgrip, which makes it easy to hold the camera, unlike smaller cameras. The SD card is a good feature for me, as my laptop has an SD card socket.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Awesome Camera (Matthew — 10/28/2006)

This is a great camera for those looking for a quality camera at a reasonable price. Also, the 21 shooting modes keep you covered for almost any shooting situation you find yourself in

  • 5.0 out of 5
excellent camera (Steve — 10/24/2006)

I've had the Canon powershot A540 for a month and could not be happier. My last digital camera was a Kodak DC210 and had that for about 8 years.
Enjoyed using this camera because it is so far ahead of the Kodak that I was used to.
I have been snapping photos at a very rapid rate of late and the 2 GIG SD 150X card is amazing.
Over 500 photos on this card and it is still not full. Good image quality from a very affordable camera. I would recommend it to anyone.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Would never have called the A540 excellent, even when it WAS functioning (Karma E. Omowale — 10/10/2006)

The one thing I will say about this camera is that it comes fully loaded. Problem I have is missing so many shots while the camera refreshed itself in a concert low light situation. The manual setting did not seem to rectify the problem either. Shutter lag is TOO slow. Battery life is atrocious on NiMH batteries. Then the day before a big gig, I go to check the forever changing settings on the camera and guess what I got the most horrible message ever, "Lens error. Please restart camera"! According to the manual, there's no troubleshooting for that. Called Canon, I need to send the camera in for repair. They claim it can be fixed..well here's to hoping. I spent $300 including the 1 GB card so if they cannot fix this issue, I will NEVER purchase another one of the "Industry's best" again! Keeping my fingers and toes crossed in the meantime.

  • 3.0 out of 5
Poor photo quality-Ghosting in a lot of shots on automatic setting. (Anke Wheeler — 10/07/2006)

Although this camera has been praised by many due to its ease of use, which is true. However, I found the photo quality lacking. Takes very fuzzy, dark photos. The LCD washes out and has a low resolution. I could not tell if the photos were clear or blurry until I downloaded photos to PC. After a week of using it, I returned it for a refund. If you like high resolution photos, don't buy this camera.

  • 3.0 out of 5
Canon Powershot A540 (Maureen Greenwood — 09/22/2006)

Very disappointed in this camera - LCD screen not clear, fewer features than A75, which I purchased two years ago. Finish is cheap and controls not as easy to use as the A75. I have returned this camera and would not recommend it.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Good for beginner (Avinash — 09/01/2006)

This camera takes great outdoors pictures in good light conditions. I have yet to learn the art of low-light photography with low-cost digitals. The manual exposure is a great addition for beginners to experiment with their own intutive photography, before going for a digital SLR. A year in the super-taxing tropical Indian conditions has left no dent on the camera performance as yet (touch wood):-)

  • 2.0 out of 5
Beware lens opening/closing (Garry Golding — 08/20/2006)

Two days after purchase, the lens opening would not completely close. I took it back, some adjustment made, then after another week the lens opening would not close again. Dealer refunded my money. Wasted time.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Not a good camera (Robert — 08/15/2006)

this camera was not right for me it did not work. Do noit buy this camera it is a awful camera it has all sort of problems it was always in the repair shop i switch to a new camera and it workeed out great BEAWARE OF PROBLEMS!!!

  • 5.0 out of 5
Great camera -- I fixed the lens cover problem (Michael — 08/11/2006)

This is easily the best camera I've ever owned.

Like some on this post, I also had problems with a "stuck" lens cover. I fixed it by using pressurized air and blowing the lens and lens cover(from a safe distance). Don't hold the air too close, though! (It doesn't need a lot of pressure to fix it.)

Apparently there was dust, etc., that was making it stick. It is a common problem, but, apparently, fixable.

  • 2.0 out of 5
A540 return (Claire Morgan — 08/09/2006)

I owned the A520 for 10months when I had a problem with the lens not opening all the way. Very frustrating. I sent it for repair 2 days later, it happened again. I exchanged it for the A540 but I find this camera is always warning camera shake, in almost every situation. Will try one more time with the next model A620, if same problems will most likely get another brand.

  • 3.0 out of 5
Also had lens cover problem (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

This is our second Canon powershot. We had a temporary problem with the first camera lens cover not opening all the way, but it fixed itself, so we forgot about it. We bought the A540 before we went to Africa - and upon using it briefly, encountered the same problem. We lost a number of shots when the lens cover did not open completely and we didn't realize it. We returned it to the store, and of course the store clerk said he had never heard of such a problem. It was happening intermittently, and he told us that Canon would "laugh at him" if he returned it. He cleaned it and it is working but the problem may return. Anybody have any luck getting Canon to fix it?

  • 5.0 out of 5
My third Canon "A" - and the very BEST! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I began, years back, with Canon's Powershot A20 2MP), then promoted myself up to the A70 (3.2MP) about two year ago. Three days ago, I received my newest self-indulgence: the new Powershot A540 (6MP). So far, I have used it to take 40=50 shots, indoors and out, day and night, using both the Automatic and Custom settings. In every instance, I have been more than simply pleased.
The 2 1/2 inch LCD display is a particularly welcome feature for me at nearly age 60 - everything is a LOT easier to see. I bought a 1GB Secure Digital card for it (Canon insists in shipping their cameras with a useless 16MB card) and a set of 2500s (NiMH batteries.)
Compared to the A70, this camera is easy to manage, quite light (requiring only two batteries, not the four needed by earlier models.) A simple delete button also simplifies the immediate dumping of bad shots. The 4X optical zoom is also a welcome change to the older format.
I am purely an amateur photographer.
Other criticisms I have seen re the poor definition on the LCD screen are, I feel, kind of 'nit picking' - looking for something to criticize about a really good camera.
I found this one online for $223. (Shipping included), sold the A70 used through Amazon for $160 in 24 hours - so the upgrade cost me about $60 net. Well worth every penny.
The pictures themselves are clear. The white balance is great and I leave the setting at 1600x1200 - unless I feel I will need a poster size print. This setting allows over 1700 images on the 1GB card!
I think it will do quite nicely.
Light, easy to handle and good quality images. What else could we realistically hope for at this kind of price?
I recommend it heartily.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Lense Cover Problems (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I purchase a Canon PowerShot A530, within two weeks, the lense cover wouldn't retract. The camera store replace my faulty camera, and surprise, within three weeks the lense cover on my second camera completely quit opening. Canon won't refund my money, I have to pay for postage for repairs on a new camera, which is expense sending from Alaska. I'm not happy with Canon. I'd say, buyer beware.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Problems on 2nd day ownership (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I've had the Canon A540 2 days and had problems after the first download of photos. When chip was placed back in camera after removing from my printer the camera wouldn't turn on at all! Or it would flicker on the LCD and the lens would only start to extend. As I was packing it up to send it back for a refund, I tried it one more time and it SEEMS to be working. I can't trust this camera now to function properly for travel/scenery when I haven't even taken it 10 feet away from my front porch since I got it home!

  • 2.0 out of 5
Horrible charge time between pictures (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I had this camera for 3 weeks and it drove me crazy. It took FOREVER for the camera to be ready for the next picture. I missed so many shots. Beware!

  • 5.0 out of 5
A great camera for technophobics (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

This is a great camera for technophobics. It is so easy to use and down load the pictures on to a the computer. The only problem is I brought the camera in Japan and all the user manual is in Japanese. To get the manual here in the UK costs ��13, this is the first time I have ever been asked to pay for a user manual in another language.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Lens Cover Problems! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I bought the A530 and traded it for the A540 within two weeks because the A530 lens cover wouldn't open open properly. Within a week I returned the A540 with the same problem for a refund. My son has the A510 and had the same problem and had to have it replaced. Is this a common problem with all Canon A-series cameras?

  • 4.0 out of 5
For "advanced" beginner (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Photographer usually do :
manual focus
set his own shutter time
set his own aperture
set his own ISO settings
And Canon A 540 has all those categories.

Canon Power Shot A Series really knock other brand
under $300 because:all categories above

Set your manual exposure, manual shutter time, manual ISO, manual focus and get your creative photographs

(+) 8 type and auto detect white balance, many program exposure
(-) don't has Image Stabilizer :( ha..ha..ha

  • 5.0 out of 5
From A75 to A540 (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Looking to upgrade the 2 year old 3.2MP A75, I walked into the store looking to buy the Sony DSC-W50. Much to my amazment the sales rep at Futureshop told me that they have just recieved the A540 not even on display yet. This was great news as I already own 8 AA recharable batteries, that I would have to find another use for if I had bought the Sony.
Being a man with large fingers I quickly put the Sony down as it had very small buttons as compared to the A540. The other thing I was looking at was the screen size I was wanting to walk out with a 2.5" screen witch the Canon has. 4x opitcal zoon was also a plus for me as I do a bit of wildlife photography.
From the little time I have played around with this camera I have felt pretty comfortable with it. Unlike the smaller cameras this one fits my hands perfect and it doesn't feel like I am going to break it in half.
I would recomend The A540 to any friends or family that is looking to get into digital photography or even looking to upgrade. This is an absolute great point and shoot camera.

  • 5.0 out of 5
simple to use (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Great! with my poor eyesight the large screen really helps in taking correct pictures. My wife is Polish and it even has the language option for her 1st language. Top quality photos too.