Are you looking for the best camera to suit your needs? Due to a wide range of options, making a wise and weighted decision can be rather challenging. Which specs to keep in mind? What are the key pros and cons of each model? This comparison should give some helpful hints!
In this overview, we are going to take a look at two different camera models that fall into different categories: the first model we are about to review, Canon EOS 5D Mark IV is a camera from Semi-Pro DSLR category. It features CMOS sensor with a resolution of 30.0 MP. The second model we are looking at, Canon PowerShot SX540 HS, falls into a Small Sensor Superzoom category and it is equipped with BSI-CMOS sensor that has a resolution of 20.0 MP.
Without a doubt, these two categories have a few considerable distinctive features. However, it is worth saying that cameras from DSLR category create serious competition to models that fall into SuperZoom category. Such an intense competition between these two categories is explained by the significant advantages of cameras from the first category in terms of size and weight. In addition, thanks to the latest enhancement, this type of cameras come with increased focus speeds. This fact makes our comparison overview even more exciting.
Now, before we can move on to our comparison, let's take a moment to look at the key characteristics of Canon EOS 5D Mark IV and Canon PowerShot SX540 HS.
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV Key Features:
Canon PowerShot SX540 HS Key Features:
Being a newer model, Canon EOS 5D Mark IV substituted Canon 5D MIII.
|Gps||Built-in vs No||Has GPS|
|Timelapse Recording||Yes vs No||Creative shooting|
|Storage Slots||2 vs 1||Extra storage slot|
|Sensor Resolution||30.0 MP vs 20.0 MP||33.3% more pixels|
|Sensor Area||864 mm2 vs 28.07 mm2||96.8% larger pixel area|
|Raw Support||Yes vs No||Better image quality|
|Continuous Shooting||7 fps vs 5.9 fps||1.1 fps faster|
|External Flash||Yes vs No||Connect off-camera flash|
|Max Shutter Speed||1/8000 vs 1/2000||Faster shutter speed|
|Screen Size||3.2″ vs 3″||0.2" larger screen|
|Screen Resolution||1,620k dots vs 461k dots||71.5% higher resolution screen|
|Touch Screen||Yes vs No||Easy control of camera functions|
|Battery Life||900 shots vs 205 shots||695 more frames with a single charge|
|Environmental Sealing||Yes vs No||Shoot at tough conditions|
|Max Video Resolution||4096 x 2160 vs 1920 x 1080||Higher Resolution Video|
|Microphone Port||Yes vs No||High quality audio recording option|
|Headphone Port||Yes vs No||Has headphone port|
|Viewfinder Magnification||0.71 vs No||0.71 better magnification|
|Image Stabilization||Yes vs No||All lenses are stabilized|
|Built-In Flash||Yes vs No||All the lenses are stabilized|
|Flash Range||5.5 vs No||5.5 better flash range|
|Weight||442 g vs 890 g||448 g lighter|
|Screen Size||3.2″ | 3″||Large display|
|AutoFocus Face Detection||Yes | Yes||Very handy for portraits|
|Screen Type||Fixed Type | Fixed Type||No flexible viewing angles|
|Continuous Shooting||7.0 fps | 5.9 fps||Low continuous shooting|
Before heading straight to the technical characteristics of each model, let’s start with comparing their physical specs. Let’s start with looking at the physical difference of the two products. Below are images that clearly show the sizes of Canon EOS 5D Mark IV and Canon PowerShot SX540 HS from the front view.
Now, let’s go on and see how the reviewed models are different or similar by the top view.
After looking at these images, you should get a clear idea of each model’s dimensions and how they are different from each other. However, we are not going to stop there. The next characteristic worth looking at is the weight. Of course, not every photographer is concerned about the weight, for example, it wouldn't be a decisive point for those who shoot in a studio. However, it is still an important factor because if you happen to go on a long photo session or just love having the camera with you wherever you go, you want to be sure that the chosen model isn't too heavy.
Speaking of weight, Canon PowerShot SX540 HS is a lighter option of these two, as it weights 448g less than the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV. This difference, in fact, can become a significant disadvantage for the photographers, who prefer to have their cameras with them wherever they go.
Sensor is, without a doubt, the most significant element of every digital camera. Its type, size, and resolution are the factors that define the quality of future shots. Thus, it is barely possible to pick a suitable camera without looking at these specs.
Are Canon EOS 5D Mark IV and Canon PowerShot SX540 HS any different in terms of sensor type?
In fact, that's exactly what makes these two models really different. Thus, it is a good point to consider if your are choosing between these two cameras. Canon EOS 5D Mark IV features a 30.0 MP Full frame sized CMOS sensor . Canon PowerShot SX540 HS, in its turn, comes with a 20.0 MP 1/2.3" sized BSI-CMOS sensor , which makes it significantly different from the first model.
Take a look below to find the comparison of Canon EOS 5D Mark IV and Canon PowerShot SX540 HS by the size of their sensors.
One more distinctive feature of compared models is the sensor size. Canon EOS 5D Mark IV has a sensor area 0.0x bigger compared to Canon PowerShot SX540 HS. What does it mean? This basically means that if you these cameras them with the same aperture and focal length, the first model will give you more control in terms of the blurry background and depth of field.
In terms of sensor size, both Canon EOS 5D Mark IV and Canon PowerShot SX540 HS feature similar sensors. Thus, none of these models can boast of a significant advantage over the other. Both cameras should deliver about the same control over the depth of field if they are used with the same aperture and focal length.
If you are interested in photography or has made a career in this field, you should know that different types of shooting actually require different camera characteristics. While one model can produce outstanding portraits, at the same time, it can be terrible for shooting landscapes, and so on. Thus, before you purchase a specific camera, it is vital to decide, which type of shooting you do most often and consider an option that suits it the most.
This section of our comparison is devoted to the performance of Canon EOS 5D Mark IV and Canon PowerShot SX540 HS in different fields of photography. Here we are going to look at the five main areas and evaluate how well each of the reviewed models performs in them. This will help you choose an option that suits your needs the most depending on your interest in one or several of these fields.
|Photography Type||Canon EOS 5D Mark IV||Canon PowerShot SX540 HS|
Disadvantages:No Significant Disadvantages
Hopefully, our detailed overview of these models has helped you consider all the main specs, pros and cons of each cameras. Maybe, after reading this comparison, some of you have already decided which option to opt for depending on your needs and preferences. However, if you are still wondering which option is a better choice, Canon EOS 5D Mark IV or Canon PowerShot SX540 HS, below you can see what scores each of them received in five different aspects. To wrap up, we have used our unique Decision Algorithm that assesses different camera models upon 63 different factors including their price, and, if possible, DxO Mark scores. This algorithm allows us to make our verdict more consistent and objective.
What is our final verdict? Based on our comparison and the final scores of Canon EOS 5D Mark IV and Canon PowerShot SX540 HS here is what we can say in conclusion:
According all the factors that we considered in the process of comparing these two cameras, Canon EOS 5D Mark IV deserves a higher Total Score than the Canon PowerShot SX540 HS. Thus, if you are choosing between these options, we would recommend you to choose the first model over the other one.
For better understanding of each model’s technical characteristics, find the detailed comparison below:
|Canon EOS 5D Mark IV||Canon PowerShot SX540 HS|
|Model||EOS 5D Mark IV||PowerShot SX540 HS|
|Announced||Aug 25, 2016||Jan 05, 2016|
|Body Type||Mid-size SLR||SLR-like (bridge)|
|Sensor Size||Full frame||1/2.3"|
|Sensor Dimensions||36 x 24 mm||6.17 x 4.55 mm|
|Sensor Area||864.00 mm2||28.07 mm2|
|Sensor Resolution||30.0 MP||20.0 MP|
|Max Image Resolution||6720 x 4480||5184 x 3888|
|Max Native ISO||25,600||3,200|
|Max Boosted ISO||102,400||n/a|
|Min Native ISO||100||80|
|Lens Mount||Canon EF||Fixed lens|
|Number of Lenses||256||n/a|
|Focal Length Multiplier||1x||n/a|
|Macro Focus Range||0|
|AF Multi Area|
|AF Live View|
|AF Face Detection|
|AF Contrast Detection|
|AF Phase Detection|
|Number of Focus Points||61||n/a|
|Number of Cross Focus Points||41||n/a|
|Screen Type||Fixed Type||Fixed Type|
|Screen Resolution||1,620k dots||461k dots|
|ViewFinder Resolution||0k dots||0k dots|
|Min Shutter Speed||30 s||15 s|
|Max Shutter Speed||1/8000 s||1/2000 s|
|Continuous Shooting||7.0 fps||5.9 fps|
|Manual Exposure Mode|
|Custom White Balance|
|Flash Modes||no built-in flash||Auto, slow synchro|
|Video Resolutions||4096 x 2160 (29.97p, 24p, 23.98p), 1920 x 1080 (59.94p, 29.97p, 24p, 23.98p), 1280 x 720 (119.9p)||1920 x 1080 (60p, 30p), 1280 x 720 (30p), 640 x 480 (30p)|
|Max Video Resolution||4096 x 2160||1920 x 1080|
|Video Formats||MPEG-4, Motion JPEG||MPEG-4, H.264|
|USB||USB 3.0||USB 2.0|
|Weight||890 g||442 g|
|Physical Dimensions||151 x 116 x 76 mm||120 x 82 x 92 mm|
|Battery Life||900 shots||205 shots|
|Battery Type||Battery Pack||Battery Pack|
|Storage Type||CompactFlash + SD/SDHC/SDXC card (UHS-I enabled)||SD/SDHC/SDXC|