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Which battery does the Canon SX530 take?

The Canon PowerShot SX530 HS is a digital compact camera that features a 15.9MP sensor. It is powered by the Canon NB-6LH, which is a rechargeable Lithium-Ion battery pack. Lithium-Ion batteries offer a high energy density and low self-discharge, and are nowadays found in many portable electronic devices.

Battery Pack

The NB-6LH operates at a voltage of 3.7V and has a capacity of 1060mAh. It can be charged from a standard electrical outlet via the Canon CB-2LY charger (that can be purchased separately, for example, at amazon). The battery pack measures 38 mm in width, 5 mm in height, and 35 mm in depth. It weighs 18 g. The Canon NB-6LH has been on the market since August 2013 and sells at good camera retailers, such as amazon, for about $60. Canon provides the NB-6LH in a gray outer finish. Generic alternatives (see below) that are compatible with the Canon PowerShot SX530 HS can be obtained at substantially lower cost.

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What is the difference between the Canon NB-6LH and the NB-6L?

The NB-6LH was preceded as a battery pack for digital cameras by the NB-6L. Both types operate at a similar voltage and are fully interchangeable, so that the NB-6L can also be used with the Canon SX530. The main difference between the two packs is their capacity. The Canon NB-6LH has a 5.7 percent higher mAh value (1060 vs 1000 mAh) and, hence, somewhat better performance (5.7 percent more shots per battery charge) than the NB-6L.

How many shots can I take with a fully charged ?

The number of shots that one can get out of a battery pack depends heavily on the style and imaging practice of the photographer. For example, the extended use of the LCD screen for framing or reviewing will result in reduced battery performance.

Canon NB-6LH

The Camera & Imaging Products Association (CIPA) has established guidelines that manufacturers are supposed to respect when reporting the battery life of their cameras. According to this CIPA-rating, the Canon SX530 can take 210 images on a single charge. Given the relatively demanding energy usage of the CIPA procedures, this rated number should be achievable or be surpassed in most practical situations. However, if the environment is cold, the LCD screen is used heavily, or the camera is turned on and off frequently, battery mileage might drop towards or even below the rating. Also, as the battery pack ages, its performance will tend to deteriorate.


What about generic battery packs?

Canon sells the original NB-6LH battery pack at quite a steep price. This premium pricing strategy has left room in the market for third party suppliers to offer fully compatible battery packs at much lower prices. Savings from buying generic replacement batteries can amount up to 70 percent of the price of the genuine battery pack.

Canon NB-6LH Specifications

  • Battery type: Rechargeable Lithium-Ion power pack
  • Compatibility: Canon SX530 & other selected Canon cameras
  • Voltage: 3.7V DC
  • Capacity: 1060mAh
  • Number of shots (CIPA) with the Canon SX530: 210

Indeed, one can often find a variety of competitively-priced NB-6LH replacements from different vendors at major online platforms (see, for example, here on ebay). All these generic alternatives should work fine with your Canon SX530. So why would anybody then buy the more expensive original battery? Well, below are some arguments in favor of the genuine Canon NB-6LH, which can perhaps be summarized as "peace of mind":

  • Assurance that the warranty of the camera will not be rendered void if a battery-related failure occurs;
  • Assurance that the battery pack will indeed have the stated capacity;
  • Assurance that the battery will have low self-discharge rates and, thus, will hold its charge even when not in use;
  • Assurance that the power unit will not trigger any warning messages on the camera and can be effectively charged with the standard charger;
  • Assurance that the manufacturing process has respected the safety guidelines for Lithium-Ion batteries;

If you can live without these assurances, then you are in for some nice savings from buying generic replacements for the Canon NB-6LH. Unfortunately, the market for generic battery packs is rather fluid, with new trade names popping up regularly while others disappear. Hence it is difficult to keep track of all the suppliers and the quality of their products. That said, in North America, battery packs from Wasabi have gained a good reputation, while in Europe, replacement power packs from Patona have received many favorable reviews. In any case, the existing comparisons tend to find that the cheapest of the generic replacement packs score worse in terms of achieving their rated capacity, holding their charge over time, or allowing for a large number of charge-discharge cycles than somewhat pricier battery packs (or the genuine Canon offer). Thus, the old adage, "If the price sounds too low to be true, it probably is" has some merit with respect to camera batteries also. You can check the current offers and prices for the original Canon NB-6LH and its clones by using the buttons below.

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Which other cameras use the Canon NB-6LH or the NB-6L?

The SX530 is not alone in using the Canon NB-6LH or the NB-6L. Several other cameras from Canon are powered by the same type of lithium-ion pack. The adjacent table lists some of them along with a selection of their headline specifications.

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Cameras using the Canon NB-6LH or the NB-6L
Battery life
Sensor Size
Launch Price
Street Price
1Canon IXUS 85Canon NB-6L3001/2.310.0170Aug 2008229ebay.com
2Canon IXUS 95Canon NB-6L2601/2.310.0260Feb 2009229ebay.com
3Canon IXUS 105Canon NB-6L2401/2.312.0140Feb 2010179ebay.com
4Canon IXUS 200Canon NB-6L2401/2.312.0150Aug 2009329ebay.com
5Canon IXUS 210Canon NB-6L2201/2.314.0160Feb 2010329ebay.com
6Canon IXUS 300Canon NB-6L2501/2.310.0175May 2010349ebay.com
7Canon S90Canon NB-6L2201/2.310.0195Aug 2009429ebay.com
8Canon S95Canon NB-6L2001/2.310.0195Aug 2010399ebay.com
9Canon S120Canon NB-6LH2301/1.712.0217Aug 2013449ebay.com
10Canon SD770Canon NB-6L3001/2.310.0170Aug 2008229ebay.com
11Canon SD980Canon NB-6L2401/2.312.0150Aug 2009329ebay.com
12Canon SD1200Canon NB-6L2601/2.310.0260Feb 2009229ebay.com
13Canon SD1300Canon NB-6L2401/2.312.0140Feb 2010179ebay.com
14Canon SD3500Canon NB-6L2201/2.314.0160Feb 2010329ebay.com
15Canon SD4000Canon NB-6L2501/2.310.0175May 2010349ebay.com
16Canon SX170Canon NB-6LH3001/2.315.9251Aug 2013179ebay.com
17Canon SX240Canon NB-6L2301/2.312.0224Feb 2012339ebay.com
18Canon SX260Canon NB-6L2301/2.312.0231Feb 2012349ebay.com
19Canon SX270Canon NB-6L2101/2.312.0233Mar 2013269ebay.com
20Canon SX280Canon NB-6L2101/2.312.0233Mar 2013279ebay.com
21Canon SX500Canon NB-6L1951/2.315.9341Aug 2012329ebay.com
22Canon SX510Canon NB-6LH2501/2.315.9349Aug 2013249ebay.com
23Canon SX520Canon NB-6LH2101/2.315.9441Jul 2014399ebay.com
24Canon SX530Canon NB-6LH2101/2.315.9442Jan 2015429ebay.com
25Canon SX540Canon NB-6LH2051/2.320.2442Jan 2016399ebay.com
26Canon SX600Canon NB-6LH2901/2.315.9188Jan 2014249ebay.com
27Canon SX610Canon NB-6LH2701/2.320.2191Jan 2015249ebay.com
28Canon SX700Canon NB-6LH2501/2.315.9269Feb 2014349ebay.com
29Canon SX710Canon NB-6LH2301/2.320.2269Jan 2015349ebay.com

Canon NB-6LH FAQ

The Canon NB-6LH is the standard power source for the SX530. As such it is an indispensable camera accessory. Below are some additional questions and answers concerning some particular aspects of the battery pack and Lithium-Ion power units more generally.

Is there a car charger available for the NB-6LH?

Canon does not offer a travel charger, but third party suppliers might do (see here on ebay).

Can I use the NB-6LH in any of my other electronic devices?

No, the battery is specifically designed for use in the Canon SX530 and other selected cameras from Canon.

How should the NB-6LH be stored?

Lithium-ion batteries can hold a charge for a long time. However, these battery packs have a safety mechanism built-in that disables any re-charge if the voltage drops below a certain minimum level. To avoid this safety-trigger to be activated, the battery pack should be charged at least once every few months.

How should I discard my old Canon NB-6LH battery pack?

The contents of Lithium-Ion batteries is under pressure and the packs can explode if exposed to extreme heat. Lithium-Ion battery units should therefore never be incinerated and should not be thrown into the household trash, but put into the recycling stream. Most places that sell camera batteries will also accept them back for recycling.

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