Featuring a 6.0-megapixel CCD a 4x lens and a full range of exposure control, the Canon Powershot A540 is another fine addition to Canon’s A-series of digital cameras. Built on the same long-tested design as many A-series predecessors, the Canon A540 offers a lot in its compact package.
Its combination of automatic and manual features make it very approachable for novices, but interesting for experienced users, the net result being a camera that will satisfy a broad range of interests and provide a good path for novice users to expand their photographic horizons as their experience grows. You can even add accessory lenses and put it in a waterproof case. One of the more popular features of the A-series is their use of AA batteries, something we also like. I’d like to see it equipped with a more accurate optical viewfinder (the optical path is not straight through the front to the back), and its image noise at ISO 400 and 800 was on the high side, but that’s pretty normal.
As with other legendary Canons, the A540 is a camera that will meet the needs of the average consumer very well.