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Canon PowerShot A540

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Not many point-and-shoot digicams offer extensive manual controls, but the Canon Powershot A540 does exactly that. There are also 13 scene modes, offering a good blend between manual options and automatic choices. The camera is well-built, despite its plastic construction. While small overall, PC World felt it was a bit thick, and found it too bulky to simply slip into a pocket. It does handle comfortably though, and TrustedReviews felt it was designed mainly for function rather than form. Large, respons…

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Not many point-and-shoot digicams offer extensive manual controls, but the Canon Powershot A540 does exactly that. There are also 13 scene modes, offering a good blend between manual options and automatic choices. The camera is well-built, despite its plastic construction. While small overall, PC World felt it was a bit thick, and found it too bulky to simply slip into a pocket. It does handle comfortably though, and TrustedReviews felt it was designed mainly for function rather than form. Large, responsive controls are clearly labeled and feel well constructed. With 6 megapixels, image quality on the A540 is decent. Fine details and edges were a bit soft, according to PC World, and Imaging-Resource found it hard to get clear images at lower ISOs, forcing them to accept the higher noise associated with more sensitive ISOs. 4x optical zoom should suffice for most uses, and macro mode performs well at the other end of the spectrum. Colors are vibrant, and skin tones are especially pleasing, though Imaging-Resource felt some might be dismayed by the slightly oversaturated tones.

PC World found noticeable noise at ISO 400, and it was considerably worse at ISO 800. The feature set is where the A540 really seems to please. A widescreen mode shoots at a resolution of 2816 x 1584, with an 1.8:1 aspect ratio. While this matches the configuration of many HDTVs, PC World notes that it can't connect directly to HDTV sets, with only composite video out. Fans of panoramic shots should enjoy the in-camera stitch assitance, and sound caption recording makes it easy to remember details about a particular shot. Imaging Resource laments the lack of a manual in book form; the only manual is found on a CD Rom, making it impossible to look up unfamiliar functions unless a computer is nearby. Overall, however, the A540 represents decent value for the money, and amateurs seeking more creative control without making the leap to higher end units should enjoy the creative control the camera offers them.

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  • Cannon A540 quality dropped significantly after first repair

    I have a A540. Before sending it for its firt repair at the service centre, I have a very good battery performance. I could leave the battery in it and after many days bring the camera out and take more pictures. I rememebred the camera can take a good numbers of pictures. However after the repair for something not related, I noticed two things: 1) when the camera starts, if I press to focus, the focusing sound did not respond. Usually I have to wait for about one minute, and press before it respond by giving a click sound; 2) the battery life is very-very short. I need only to take a few shots and the low battery indicator comes on. Then after a few more shots the camera shut down. I have had the cover to the battery compartment changed, but it did not helped. The reair man could not understand me when I related that I noticed the difference before and fater the repair. I am at a lost of what to do. Please help.

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