Pros Feature rich, good video,
Cons Annoying lag between photos
Summary This is my second canon camera. Previously I had A70.
I purchased this in May '06. After using for some time, the only complain I have is that there is a considerable lag between photos. I have to literraly wait for 5 seconds to take another photo. Earlier I thought its because of my battries but after changing batteries I realized it could be the way its been designed. Its frustrating to wait before i can take another flash photo.
I never experienced this in my A70.
Rest of the features are excellent.Updated
I like the quality of photos. You can check the photo comparision and other details at http://www.steves-digicams.com/2006_reviews/a540.htmlUpdated
"Good basic camera"on by Mayasdad
Pros Excellent sharpness, superb (and very smart) flesh, large LCD screen, ergonomic, and at the right weight.
Cons The LCD screen is not as "high resolution" as some others.
Summary We already had the top-notch Kodak DX7630, when decided, a month ago, we need another, lighter, smaller camera. Problem is, as we found out, those small, light cameras are so small and light that they are actually very inconvenient to hold and too light to keep steady, especially for video taking.
This camera is good. The pictures are sharp, the flesh does a great job, especially when used to shoot close items, it does not wipe out the elements in the picture. The video is great, sound is great, and you can zoom in while in video, wich you can't in many comparable cameras. It is easy to learn and use, very intuitive interface.
The only drawback I can think of, is -- compared to our Kodak, that has a smaller LCD screen -- Canon's larger screen is made of a "screen" namely small dots that, if checked closely, resemble a picture printed in a newspaper... Our Kodak has a different kind of a screen, totally SMOOTH, like a photograph, which gives you a better-quality picture on the LCD. I was annoyed enough to go back to the store and check all their cameras on display. Some have the "screened" screen, and some have the smooth screen... Maybe the larger LCD are usually the ones that are also "screened" but I am not sure.
Pros high pictures quality, good flash, many functions and programs, uses normal AA batteries, easy to use, zoom
Cons not so stylish, no rechargable batteries and charger included
Summary I have buyed this camera for family use. What I expect from a camera is:
- to be easy (my wife doesn't like complicated things)
- have high quality pictures
- be robust
for easy I mean that when i buy the camera, i open the box, insert charged batteries, make a photo and the photo must be a qualitative photo.
And this camera is easy.
You have more advanced features too, i.e. many shot programs (21 i think).
The flash is ok, doesn't make white-faces or so.
One pro (or cons? don't know it's to early to say) is that this camera works with normal LR6 AA batteries; batteries problems? no problem, go to a shop and buy a pair!
The camera isn't stylish as sony ones or others.
And no rechargeable batteries are provided, nor a cable/charger and docking station. you can buy these canon accessoires...
if you are looking for a simple but powerful camera this is surely an excellent choice.
Pros great battery life. sturdy design, quick start up time. lots of features. great pics. great lcd. optical viewfinder!!!!
Cons delay between each pictures taken, but to be expected with most digital cameras.
Summary everything about this camera is great. the only camera i would have chosen over this one would be the sony w70, but its a little pricier. this is an amazing camera for the cost. great video mode!!!!
Pros Light, 4X optical zoom, good images
Cons Cheapo plug cover and trite 16MB card included
Summary 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.