• 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 20.3 megapixels
  • 24.00mm - 1200.00mm (35mm eq.)
  • APS-C 332.3mm2
  • 24.2 megapixels
  • 24.00mm - 72.00mm (35mm eq.)

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Differences

Canon SX540 HS advantages over Canon G1X Mark III

  • Less expensive
    $349 vs $1099
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • More telephoto lens reach
    1,200 mm vs 72 mm
    Capture objects farther away
  • Lacks anti-aliasing filter
    No Filter vs Filter
    Enjoy sharper photos

Canon G1X Mark III advantages over Canon SX540 HS

  • Focus peaking
    Peaker vs Non-peaker
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Larger sensor
    APS-C vs 1/2.3 inch
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Tilt-swivel vs none
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Eye-level vs Rear display only
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 3.72 vs 1.19 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Touchscreen
    Touch vs No touch
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • In-camera panoramas
    Yes vs No
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Larger lens aperture
    f/2.8 vs f/3.4
    Take photos in low-light or isolate your subject
  • RAW file ability
    Yes vs No
    Gives you more flexibility to develop your photos later
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Yes vs No
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • Longer video battery life
    85 vs 45 minutes
    Capture more video
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Yes vs No
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Integrated ND filter
    Yes vs No
    Shoot in daylight with a large aperture or slow shutter
  • Thinner
    51 mm vs 91 mm
    Thinner
  • Newer
    10 months vs 3 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • Shoots 24p video
    Yes vs No
    Gives your movies a big-screen feel
  • More dots on screen
    1040k vs 461k dots
    Can mean greater resolution or a brighter screen
  • Hot shoe
    Hot shoe vs None
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • More pixels
    24.2 vs 20.3 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Has anti-aliasing filter
    Filter vs No Filter
    Reduces unsightly moiré in photos
  • Longer exposure
    30 vs 15 sec
    Long exposures for night shots
  • Bulb shutter
    Bulb vs No bulb
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    9.3 fps vs 5.9 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Higher extended ISO
    25600 vs 3200 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Both provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Both provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • NFC
    Both provide
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Internal flash
    Both provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Manual focus
    Both provide
    AF is for the weak. Real photographers focus manually.
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video

Common Weaknesses

  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • External Mic Jack
    Neither provide
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Slow-motion videos
    Neither provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

User reviews

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The Competition

Compared to Canon SX520 HS

Canon SX540 HS
Canon SX520 HS
  • $382
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • $257
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Faster JPEG shooting
Canon G1X Mark III
Canon SX520 HS
  • $1099
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $257
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • More telephoto lens reach

Compared to Leica X-E (Typ 102)

Canon SX540 HS
Leica X-E (Typ 102)
  • $382
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $1537
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
Canon G1X Mark III
Leica X-E (Typ 102)
  • $1099
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $1537
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels

Compared to Canon SX530 HS

Canon SX540 HS
Canon SX530 HS
  • $382
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Newer
  • More pixels
  • $249
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
Canon G1X Mark III
Canon SX530 HS
  • $1099
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $249
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • More telephoto lens reach

Compared to Fujifilm X70

Canon SX540 HS
Fujifilm X70
  • $382
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $749
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
Canon G1X Mark III
Fujifilm X70
  • $1099
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $749
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Larger sensor

Compared to Nikon B700

Canon SX540 HS
Nikon B700
  • $382
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • $447
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Focus peaking
Canon G1X Mark III
Nikon B700
  • $1099
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
  • $447
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Shoot 4K video
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