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Canon PowerShot Elph 530 HS

10-megapixel digital camera with 12X optical zoom and built-in Wi-Fi® (White)

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You've just taken a photo of your baby's first swimming lesson, and you can't wait to send it to your extended family. Now with the Canon PowerShot 530 HS you don't have to hunt for your camera cable to upload your photos. This camera's built-in Wi-Fi® makes transferring images easy via your wireless home network. A free app for your iPhone®, iPad®, or iPod touch® lets you instantly send pictures from your camera to your mobile device — and from there to social media sites like Facebook. Everyone will be ooh-ing and aah-ing in no time.

Upload your photos without hunting for cords and cables

You've just taken a photo of your baby's first swimming lesson, and you can't wait to send it to your extended family. Now with the Canon PowerShot 530 HS you don't have to hunt for your camera cable to upload your photos. This camera's built-in Wi-Fi® makes transferring images easy via your wireless home network. A free app for your iPhone®, iPad®, or iPod touch® lets you instantly send pictures from your camera to your mobile device — and from there to social media sites like Facebook. Everyone will be ooh-ing and aah-ing in no time.

The Canon PowerShot Elph 530 HS

Big zoom doesn't have to mean a big camera

Now getting close enough to see all the details doesn't mean you have to give up the convenience of having a pocket-sized camera that's easy to carry everywhere. The Elph 530 HS packs a lot of power in its slim frame. An advanced CMOS sensor gives you sharp detailed photos, even in low light. And the DIGIC 5 image processor makes the camera fast and responsive, so you can get crisp photos even when your subject is on the move.

Optical image stabilization helps counteract unsteady hands so you can snap clear, sharp images. The camera is full of great features, including a "Smart Auto" mode that'll recognize just about every type of scene you might want to capture. There's a bright 3-1/8" LCD to easily frame your pictures, and the touchscreen makes it simple to search the menu. High-speed burst mode lets you shoot up to 6.8 frames a second at key moments to make sure you don't miss that great shot. And if you'd like to shoot video instead, you can switch over and capture beautiful 1080p HD video to play on your TV. (HDMI cable required, not included.)


  • 10.1-megapixel effective recording
  • 12X optical zoom (4X digital zoom/48X total zoom)
  • 3-1/8" LCD touchscreen
  • records photos and video onto optional MicroSD, MicroSDHC, and MicroSDXC memory cards
  • 35mm equivalent lens focal length: 28-336mm
Special Features:
  • built-in Wi-Fi® for easy, wireless uploading of images and videos
  • high-definition movie mode (up to 1080p resolution)
  • optical image stabilization
  • high-speed burst mode (6.8 frames/second)
  • DIGIC 5 image processor for advanced face detection, red-eye correction, and better contrast in your photos
  • advanced CMOS sensor for sharp photos even in low light
  • face detection automatically sets focus, exposure, flash, and white balance for better portraits
  • super slow motion video mode
  • special scene modes including Toy Camera and Monochrome
Connections and Dimensions:
  • mini HDMI output (HDMI cable not included)
  • high-speed USB interface
  • audio/video output for connection to a TV
  • 3-7/16"W x 2-1/8"H x 13/16"D
  • weight: 5.47 oz. (with battery and media)
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
Supplied Accessories:
  • rechargeable lithium ion battery
  • AC battery charger
  • USB cable
  • wrist strap
  • software CD-ROM

What's in the Box:

  • Digital camera (white)
  • NB-9L Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery pack (3.5 V/870 mAh/3.1 Wh) with plastic terminal cover
  • CB-2LB Battery charger (4.2V/0.7A)
  • Wrist strap
  • 50" USB cable (IFC-400PCU) with in-line noise filter with Type A USB on one end and Mini-B USB 2.0 on the other end
  • Digital Camera Solution Disk Ver. 115.0
  • Getting Started booklet (English)
  • Getting Started booklet (Spanish)
  • Warranty card
  • Canon Customer Support sheet
  • Important Safety Instructions (for battery charger)
  • Canon printer advertisement

Canon PowerShot Elph 530 HS Reviews

Average Customer Review(s):

(1 Review)

Great camera

cvilleartist from Waynesboro, VA on 7/24/2013

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This camera is great so far. I needed something with a very close focus for digitizing slides and it did a great job for that- even for 110 slides! I'd give it 5 stars if the battery life was longer. I haven't done too much else with it yet, but it seems like what I've done has been just fine. I love the small size so I can always have with me. "The best camera is the one you use"

Pros: Close focus, small size

Cons: low battery life


Hands-on research

Features and Specs

LCD Screen Size 3.2"
Adjustable-angle LCD No
Wi-Fi Built-in
Touchscreen Yes
Waterproof No
GPS-enabled No
Lens 35mm Equivalent 28-336mm
Optical Zoom 12x
Digital Zoom 4x
Filter Diameter N/A
Manual Focusing No
Manual Exposure No
Built-in Flash Yes
HDMI Output Mini
Internal Memory None
Memory Media MicroSD
Sensor Size 1/2.3" CMOS
Megapixels 10.1
Image Stabilization Optical
Highest Resolution 3648 x 2736
4K Video No
Video Resolution 1920 x1080, 1280 x 720
Width (inches) 3-7/16
Height (inches) 2-1/4
Depth (inches) 0-13/16
Weight With Battery (ounces) 5.75
Parts Warranty 1 Year
Labor Warranty 1 Year

Product Research

Playback, Editing and Print Functions
Battery Information
Inputs and Outputs Notes
Supplied Software

Recording Features

Touch Panel LCD Monitor: The Canon PowerShot ELPH 530 HS has a 3.2" TFT LCD monitor with touch panel technology, featuring 461,000 dots with approximately 100% picture coverage and a 5-level brightness adjustment. The intuitive display lets you choose and track an AF point, change camera settings, record and play videos, and take a photo just by touching the screen. The Night Display feature automatically brightens the LCD monitor to suit the brightness of the subject, making it easier to frame the subject in dark conditions.

Built-in Wi-Fi: The camera has built-in Wi-Fi technology, allowing you to wirelessly connect to and send images to other Wi-Fi capable devices such as computers, smartphones, and other Wi-Fi enable PowerShot cameras. You can also share images and video through the Canon Image Gateway, on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. It is compatible with IEEE 802.11 b/g/n wireless LAN specifications.

Image Sensor/Processor: The camera is equipped with a 1/2.3" CMOS image sensor with 16.8-million total pixels, and 10.1-million effective pixels. Together, the 10.1-megapixel CMOS sensor and the DIGIC 5 processor make up the Canon HS System, which delivers clear, blur-free shots indoors or in low light up to ISO 3200.

Optics: The ELPH 530 HS has a 12x optical zoom lens with a 4.0-48.0mm focal length (35mm equivalent is 28-336mm).

Zoom: In addition to the 12x optical zoom, the camera features a 4x digital zoom. When used in combination, the total zoom is approximately 48x. The focal length when using the optical zoom and digital zoom together is approximately 28-1344mm.

Digital Teleconverter: The focal length of the lens can be increased by an equivalent of 1.4x or 2.3x through the use of the Digital Teleconverter. The equivalent focal lengths of the lens (35mm equivalent) are 39.2-470mm when using the 1.4x digital teleconverter, and 64.4-773mm with the 2.3x teleconverter. The digital zoom and digital teleconverter cannot be used simultaneously.

Recording Media: The camera records still images or moving images with stereo audio on microSD Memory Cards (2GB or less), microSDHC Memory Cards (4GB to 32GB), and microSDXC Memory Cards (32GB and higher). The camera does not have internal memory, nor does it include a microSD card, so you will be required to obtain a memory card before recording.

Still Image Resolution/Compression: The ELPH 530 HS can record still images in JPEG format in 4 different sizes (Large, Medium 1, Medium 2, and Small) and 4 aspect ratios (4:3, 16:9, 3:2, and 1:1). For each resolution, you can set the compression to SuperFine or Fine. You can choose from the following resolutions:

  4:3 16:9 3:2 1:1
Large 3648 x 2736 3648 x 2048 3648 x 2423 2736 x 2736
Medium 1 2816 x 2112 2816 x 1584 2816 x 1880 2112 x 2112
Medium 2 1600 x 1200 1920 x 1080 1600 x 1064 1200 x 1200
Small 640 x 480 640 x 360 640 x 424 480 x 480

Movies: Movies can be recorded in MOV format (Image data: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264, Audio data: Linear PCM 2 channel stereo) in High Definition at 1920 x 1080 (24 fps) and 1280 x 720 (30 fps). You can also shoot in Standard Definition at 640 x 480 pixels (30 fps). Recording will automatically stop when either the clip file size reaches 4 GB or the recording time reaches approximately 30 minutes. Other movie options include iFrame Movie, Movie Digest, Miniature Effect, and Super Slow Motion Movie.

Image Stabilization: The ELPH 530 HS is equipped with optical (lens-shift type) image stabilization. To correct the effects of camera shake, you can choose from the following Image Stabilization settings:

  • Continuous: always applied for still images
  • Panning: for still images when panning
  • Hybrid IS: for Macro shots
  • Dynamic IS: for movies, reducing strong camera shake as when shooting when walking
  • Powered IS: for movies, for subtle camera shake, such as when shooting movies at telephoto
  • None: no image stabilization

Face Detection Technology: The camera's Face Detection Technology finds and tracks the faces of moving subjects until you're ready to shoot, then delivers perfect focus. In addition, exposure, flash, and white balance are compensated, so that faces exhibit natural skin tones and backgrounds are properly exposed. Smart Shutter automatically shoots a picture after detecting a smile, even without pressing the shutter release button.

Auto Focus Lock: If it becomes difficult to focus on the subject due to low contrast to the surroundings, close up and far away subjects in the same shot, or quickly moving subjects, you can choose to lock the focus or auto focus on an object at a similar distance, then shoot the picture after recomposing the shot.

Focusing Range: The camera features the following focus ranges (from the end of the lens):

  • Auto: 0.4" to infinity (W), 3.3' to infinity (T)
  • Normal: 2" to infinity (W), 3.3' to infinity (T)
  • Macro: 0.4" to 1.6' (wide)
  • Infinity: 9.8' to infinity (W/T)

Shooting Modes: You can choose between several shooting modes. In the Smart Auto mode, the camera will automatically select the best settings for the scene, detect and focus on faces, and set the color and brightness to optimal levels. Other shooting modes to choose from include: Program, Movie Digest, Portrait, Smooth Skin, Smart Shutter, High-Speed Burst, Handheld Night Scene, Low Light, Fish-Eye Effect, Miniature Effect, Toy Camera Effect, Soft Focus, Monochrome, Super Vivid, Poster Effect, Color Accent, Color Swap, Snow, Fireworks, Long Shutter, iFrame movie, and Super Slow Motion Movie.

Continuous Shooting: In the Continuous Shooting mode, the camera will take pictures at approximately 2.6 frames per second, as long as you hold down the shutter button. The image size is not limited, and the focus and exposure are determined when you press the shutter button halfway. Continuous Shooting AF (shooting at 0.8 fps) will focus for each frame. Continuous Shooting LV (shooting at 0.8 fps) mode fixes the focus at the position determined in AF Lock. The High-Speed Burst mode lets you shoot a series of shots in rapid succession (about 6.1 fps) by holding the shutter button down fully. The resolution is fixed to 1824 x 1368, and the focus, image brightness, and color are determined by the first shot.

Metering Modes: You can select from the following metering modes:

  • Evaluative: used for standard conditions. The area within the frame is divided into several zones and light is measured based on subject position, brightness, direct light and backlighting.
  • Center-Weighted Averaging: averages the exposure from the entire image, but places more weight on the subject at the center
  • Spot: meters the area within the spot AE point at the center of the LCD monitor or viewfinder

Exposure Compensation: If you are shooting against a bright background or strong backlight, you may need to correct the exposure so that the subject doesn't come out too dark. You can set the adjustments from -2 to +2 in 1/3-step increments.

Locking the Exposure Setting (AE Lock): You can set the focus and exposure separately to shoot. When the exposure is set, you can lock the setting, then compose the scene and shoot. This is effective when the contrast is too strong between the subject and background, or when a subject is backlit. Flash Exposure Lock (FE Lock), just as with the AE lock, lets you lock the exposure for shooting with the flash.

White Balance: You can choose from the following white balance settings: Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, and Custom.

Flash Modes: The PowerShot ELPH 530 HS has a built-in flash with a range of 1.6' to 8.2' in Wide Angle and 3.3' to 4.9' in Telephoto. You can select Auto (flash fires in low light), On (flash always fires), Slow Synchro (illuminates subject in foreground while the slow shutter speed brightens the background not reached by the flash), or Off (flash doesn't fire). In the menu, you can turn on the Red-Eye Reduction lamp for the flash, and apply Red-Eye Correction to the images that have been taken.

ISO Speed: The ISO speed can be set Automatically (ISO Auto), or manually to ISO 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600 or 3200. Lowering the ISO speed results in sharper images but there's a greater chance of subject or image blurring in certain shooting conditions. Raising the ISO speed results in a faster shutter speed, reducing blurred images. The images, however, will appear more coarse.

My Colors: You can choose the look and feel of the photos you take by using My Colors to add the following effects to the image you are currently recording or have already recorded: Vivid, Neutral, Sepia, B/W, Positive Film, Lighter Skin, Darker Skin, Vivid Blue, Vivid Green, Vivid Red, and Custom Color.

Self-Timer: The ELPH 530 HS utilizes a 10-second, 2-second, and a custom self-timer to allow the photographer to be included in the shot, or to avoid camera shake when using a tripod. The custom self-timer allows you to set the time delay to 1-15, 20, 25, or 30 seconds for up to 10 shots.

Wink Self Timer: In addition to the standard and custom self-timers, the ELPH 530 HS can be set to record an image of a person approximately two seconds after detecting a wink.

Face Self-Timer: The Face Self-Timer automatically detects an increase in the number of faces, and makes the appropriate adjustments. When the Face Detection Self-Timer is set, the camera waits for the photographer's face to get on-camera before it takes the shot. The camera will shoot, two seconds after the new face is detected.

Playback, Editing and Print Functions

Slide Show: Images stored on a memory card can automatically be displayed one-by-one using the Slide Show function. You can set the playback time for each image, and the transition effects when switching between images. If desired, you can repeat the slide show automatically.

Index Display: This feature allows you to view 4, 9, 16, 36, or 100 images at once on the LCD monitor so that you can search for an image quickly. Movies cannot be played in the index playback mode.

Magnifying Images: Using the zoom button, you can magnify a photo up to 10x. Once zoomed in, you can use the "arrow" buttons to move around the displayed area.

Playback Displays: You can choose from three types of displays:

  • Simple Information: screen includes basic information about the image
  • Detailed Information: screen include a histogram display as well as detailed information about the settings used when the image was captured.
  • Focus Check: magnifies the area of a recorded image that was inside the AF frame so you can check the focus.

Resizing Images: You can save images a lower recording pixel setting than the original image, saving the resized image as a separate file.

Trimming: You can cut out a portion of a recorded image and save it as a new image file.

Protecting Images: The protect feature allows you to protect important images from accidental erasure. You can protect images by the image itself or select All Images.

PictBridge: Using the supplied USB cable, you can connect this camera directly to a PictBridge-compatible printer of any brand. You can also connect the camera directly to certain Canon SELPHY compact photo printers and PIXMA inkjet photo printers. In this way, you can make prints directly from the camera without having to connect to a computer.

Battery Information

Power Requirements: The Canon PowerShot ELPH 530 HS is powered by the supplied NB-9L Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery pack (3.5 Volts / 870mAh / 3.1Wh). A fully charged battery pack can provide power for up to approximately 190 shots, 30 minutes of movie shooting time, or 3 hours of playback time. The NB-9L is charged in approximately 110 minutes in the supplied CB-2LB battery charger.

Date/Time Battery: The camera uses a backup battery for maintaining the date and time data for approximately 3 weeks. The backup battery charges in approximately 4 hours while a charged main battery (NB-9L) is inserted, or the camera is connected to an external AC adapter.

AC Adapter: If you need to operate the camera for long periods of time during a slide show or when connected to a printer, it is recommended to use the optional ACK-DC70 AC Adapter Kit.

Power Saving Functions: The camera is equipped with the following power saving functions:

  • Auto Power Down During Shooting: The screen will turn off approximately 1 minute after the camera is last operated. You can "wake" the camera at this point by pressing the shutter button halfway to turn on the screen and continue shooting. After about 2 more minutes, if no buttons are pressed, the lens will retract and the power will turn off.
  • Auto Power Down During Playback: The camera power down approximately 5 minutes after the last control is accessed on the camera.

Note: The Power Saving Function will not activate during a slide show or while the camera is connected to a computer.

Inputs and Outputs Notes

A/V Out / Digital Terminal: The camera has a Mini-B Version 2.0 USB terminal to allow you to connect the camera to a compatible computer or compatible Canon printer via the supplied USB cable. This USB 2.0 Hi-Speed-compatible terminal allows you to rapidly download images to your computer or printer. You can also connect the camera to a TV (via composite video and monaural audio) using the optional AVC-DC400 A/V cable in the same terminal. The A/V output can be set to NTSC or PAL as needed.

HDMI: The camera has a mini-HDMI output for connecting it to an HDTV. A mini-HDMI-to-HDMI cable, such as the optional Canon HTC-100 (item # 280HTC100) is required. When the camera is connected to an HDMI-CEC-compatible TV, you can control the camera's functions with the TV remote.

Supplied Software

Included Software: The PowerShot ELPH 530 HS comes supplied with the Canon Digital Camera Solution Disk Version 115.0 CD-ROM. It contains the following programs:

  • Canon Utilities:
    • ImageBrowser EX 1.0: manage images transferred to a computer (view, edit, and print)
    • CameraWindow DC 8.8: transfer images to and from camera, organize images on the camera, and upload movies on the camera to web services
    • PhotoStitch 3.1 (Windows) / 3.2 (Mac): use to merge still images to make panoramas
  • User Guides: Camera User Guide, Software Guide

Compatible Operating Systems:

  • Windows 7 (SP1)
  • Windows Vista (SP2)
  • Windows XP (SP3)
  • Mac OS X (v10.6)

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Stripped-down simplicity

Written by Ralph Graves, Staff Writer - Creative, on 6/13/2012 11:04:00 AM

The first thing that struck me when I took the Elph 530 HS out of the box was its minimalist design. Some cameras have curve edges, contoured surfaces and so on. Not the 530 HS. It's basically just a small, rectangular box. But that's not a bad thing.

The case has a slightly ruff finish that makes it easy to grip. And it's small enough to hold effortlessly in one hand. The display has bright colors and sharp, vivid contrast. The touchscreen control icons lie on either side of the main display, which minimizes finger smudges on the part of the screen you're trying to compose your shot with. Very nice!

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