LCD and Viewfinder
Canon SX540 HS has a Fixed Type 3″ LCD screen with a resolution of 461k dots. Both the screen size and the screen resolution is up to the standards of this class.
SX540 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 DSLR-Like camera with a built-in viewfinder in a similar price range, consider Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300 (Compare) or Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 (Compare). If the price is not an issue, take a look at our Top Rated Cameras with Viewfinders.
Max Shutter speed
Canon SX540 HS can shoot continuously at max speed of 5.9 fps and has max shutter speed of 1/2000 sec.
Unfortunately SX540 HS doesn't have an external flash shoe so you are limited with the built-in flash.
Canon SX540 HS features a Contrast Detection autofocusing system.
Canon SX540 HS also features Face detection AF
where it intelligently detects the faces in the frame and locks the focus automatically.
With Canon SX540 HS, you can record your videos at a highest resolution of 1920 x 1080 at 60p,30p fps and save in MPEG-4 and H.264 formats. Full HD resolution of Canon SX540 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.
SX540 HS has a built-in Stereo microphone and a Mono speaker.
Canon SX540 HS doesn't have any connections for external microphones and headphones. If you need a DSLR-Like camera with external microphone connectivity, consider Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300 or Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 in a similar price range.
Connectivity and Storage
Canon SX540 HS features built-in wireless (Wi-Fi) connectivity ( 802.11b/g/n with NFC) which lets you transfer your photos directly to compatible devices without any physical connection. With its NFC feature, SX540 HS can communicate with devices such as smartphones which are also equipped with this technology by simply touching each other.One other feature that we like is the ability to use our smartphone as a remote to control our SX540 HS. You can change camera settings, release shutter, view LCD screen and tranfer files using remote control app.
You can connect SX540 HS to compatible devices via its HDMI port or USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) port.
Battery Canon SX540 HS is powered by battery which provides a shooting life of 205 according to CIPA standards.
Considering that the average battery life of DSLR-Like type cameras is 354 shots, Canon SX540 HS has a short battery life for its class so we strongly recommend SX540 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 SX540 HS vs Fujifilm HS35EXR or take a look at Longest Battery Life Compact cameras list.
Canon SX540 HS Features Compared to Main Competitors