LCD and Viewfinder
Canon ELPH 530 HS has a Fixed Type 3.2" LCD screen with a resolution of 461k dots. The 3.2" screen is larger than average but461kdot resolution is lower than most of the recent models in this class.
LCD is Touch screen
type, so you can change the settings and set the focus point with your fingertips.
ELPH 530 HS doesn't have a viewfinder and no option for external viewfinder. Lack of a viewfinder can be problematic especially under strong light where visibility of LCD screens goes down dramatically. If you need a Compact camera with a built-in viewfinder in a similar price range, consider Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS70 (Lumix DC-TZ90) (Compare) or Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS60 (Lumix DMC-TZ80) (Compare). If the price is not an issue, take a look at our Top Rated Cameras with Viewfinders.
Max Shutter speed
Canon ELPH 530 HS can shoot continuously at max speed of 3 fps
and has max shutter speed of 1/4000 sec
Unfortunately ELPH 530 HS doesn't have an external flash shoe so you are limited with the built-in flash.
Canon ELPH 530 HS features a Contrast Detection autofocusing system. The AF system has 9 points to choose from. Canon ELPH 530 HS also features Face detection AF
where it intelligently detects the faces in the frame and locks the focus automatically.
With Canon ELPH 530 HS, you can record your videos at a highest resolution of 1920 x 1080 at 24 fps and save in and H.264 formats. Full HD resolution of Canon ELPH 530 HS will be adequate in most of the situations. But if you are after the highest resolution videos available, see our list of Top Cameras with 4K (Ultra-HD) Video
ELPH 530 HS also a high speed mode where it captures videos at 240 fps for ultra slow motion videos. ELPH 530 HS has a built-in Stereo microphone and a Mono speaker.
Canon ELPH 530 HS doesn't have any connections for external microphones and headphones. If you need a Compact camera with external microphone connectivity, consider Nikon Coolpix P7000 or Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 in a similar price range.
Connectivity and Storage
Thanks to the built-in wireless (Wi-Fi)
connectivity feature, Canon ELPH 530 HS lets you transfer your photos directly to compatible devices without any physical connection.
You can connect ELPH 530 HS to compatible devices via its HDMI port or USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) port.
Canon ELPH 530 HS is powered by battery which provides a shooting life of 190 according to CIPA standards.
Considering that the average battery life of Compact type cameras is 255 shots, Canon ELPH 530 HS has a short battery life for its class so we strongly recommend ELPH 530 HS owners to buy some extra batteries.
Battery Life Comparison in Small Sensor Superzoom Cameras
Fujifilm HS35EXR with its 600shots is the model with longest battery life among Small Sensor Superzoom cameras. Check the comparison of Canon ELPH 530 HS vs Fujifilm HS35EXR or take a look at Longest Battery Life Compact cameras list.
Canon ELPH 530 HS Features Compared to Main Competitors