Canon PowerShot SX530 HS

The Canon PowerShot SX530 HS is a fairly compact superzoom camera with a 50x zoom lens, but it can be slow to focus when zoomed in all the way.

Pros

  • 50x zoom ratio.
  • Solid control layout.
  • Responsive performance.
  • Fairly compact.
  • Framing assist function.
  • Canon Creative Shot mode.
  • Integrated Wi-Fi with NFC.

Cons

  • Can be slow to lock focus when zoomed.
  • No EVF.
  • HD video limited to 1080p30.
  • Pricey.

The Canon PowerShot SX530 HS ($429.99) is one of the smaller cameras available with a 50x zoom ratio, and it doesn't really skimp on features in order to get there. The superzoom uses a 16-megapixel CMOS image sensor that supports 1080p video capture and Canon's unique Creative Shot mode, and its control layout is quite good for a point-and-shoot model. It doesn't quite earn Editors' Choice accolade for models with 50x or higher reach, though. Another Canon camera, the PowerShot SX60 HS, is our choice instead, thanks to a 65x zoom lens, an integrated EVF, and Raw shooting support. But the SX60 HS is bigger and more expensive, giving you reason to consider the SX530 HS as a more affordable alternative.

Design and Features

The SX530 HS measures in at 3.2 by 4.7 by 3.6 inches (HWD) and weighs 15.6 ounces. It's got a deep handgrip and a big lens that juts out from the body, giving the appearance of a very small D-SLR or mirrorless camera, but the lens is not detachable and there's no electronic viewfinder. If size isn't a priority, and you're looking for the most zoom you can get on a budget, don't count out the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70 (3.8 by 5.1 by 4.7 inches, 1.3 pounds), which includes a 60x lens and EVF, but omits Wi-Fi.