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Canon SX530 vs T100

The Canon PowerShot SX530 HS and the Canon EOS Rebel T100 (labelled Canon 4000D in some countries) are two digital cameras that were revealed to the public, respectively, in January 2015 and February 2018. The SX530 is a fixed lens compact, while the T100 is a DSLR. The cameras are based on a 1/2.3-inch (SX530) and an APS-C (T100) sensor. The SX530 has a resolution of 15.9 megapixels, whereas the T100 provides 17.9 MP.

Below is an overview of the main specs of the two cameras as a starting point for the comparison.

Headline Specifications
Canon SX530
versus
Canon T100
Canon SX530   Canon T100
Fixed lens compact camera Digital single lens reflex
24-1200mm f/3.4-6.5 Canon EF mount lenses
15.9 MP, 1/2.3" Sensor 17.9 MP, APS-C Sensor
1080/30p Video 1080/30p Video
ISO 100-3,200 ISO 100-6,400 (100 - 12,800)
No viewfinder, LCD framing Optical viewfinder
3.0 LCD, 461k dots 2.7 LCD, 230k dots
Fixed screen (not touch-sensitive) Fixed screen (not touch-sensitive)
1.6 shutter flaps per second 3 shutter flaps per second
210 shots per battery charge500 shots per battery charge
120 x 82 x 92 mm, 442 g 129 x 102 x 77 mm, 436 g

Going beyond this snapshot of core features and characteristics, what are the differences between the Canon PowerShot SX530 HS and the Canon EOS Rebel T100? Which one should you buy? Read on to find out how these two cameras compare with respect to their body size, their imaging sensors, their shooting features, their input-output connections, and their reception by expert reviewers.

Body comparison

The physical size and weight of the Canon SX530 and the Canon T100 are illustrated in the side-by-side display below. The two cameras are presented according to their relative size. Three consecutive views from the front, the top, and the rear side are shown. All size dimensions are rounded to the nearest millimeter.

Size Canon SX530 vs Canon T100
Compare SX530 versus T100 top
Comparison SX530 or T100 rear

If the front view area (width x height) of the cameras is taken as an aggregate measure of their size, the Canon T100 is notably larger (34 percent) than the Canon SX530. In this context, it is worth noting that neither the SX530 nor the T100 are weather-sealed.

The above size and weight comparisons are to some extent incomplete and possibly misleading, as the SX530 has a lens built in, whereas the T100 is an interchangeable lens camera that requires a separate lens. Attaching the latter will add extra weight and bulk to the setup. You can compare the optics available for the T100 and their specifications in the Canon EF Lens Catalog.

Concerning battery life, the SX530 gets 210 shots out of its NB-6LH battery, while the T100 can take 500 images on a single charge of its LP-E10 power pack.

The following table provides a synthesis of the main physical specifications of the two cameras and other similar ones. If you would like to visualize and compare a different camera combination, you can navigate to the CAM-parator app and make your selection from a broad list of cameras there.

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Body Specifications
    Camera
Model
Camera
Width
Camera
Height
Camera
Depth
Camera
Weight
Battery
Life
Weather
Sealing
Camera
Launch
Launch
Price (USD)
Street
Price
1.
 
Canon SX530 120 mm 82 mm 92 mm 442 g 210 n Jan 2015 429 i
2.
 
Canon T100 129 mm 102 mm 77 mm 436 g 500 n Feb 2018 399 i
3.
 
Canon T6 129 mm 101 mm 78 mm 485 g 500 n Mar 2016 449 i
4.
 
Canon SX540 120 mm 82 mm 92 mm 442 g 205 n Jan 2016 399 i
5.
 
Canon SX720 110 mm 64 mm 36 mm 270 g 250 n Feb 2016 379 i
6.
 
Canon SX520 120 mm 82 mm 92 mm 441 g 210 n Jul 2014 399 i
7.
 
Canon SX700 113 mm 66 mm 35 mm 269 g 250 n Feb 2014 349 i
8.
 
Canon SX60 128 mm 93 mm 114 mm 650 g 340 n Sep 2014 549 i
9.
 
Canon T5 130 mm 100 mm 78 mm 480 g 500 n Feb 2014 449 i
10.
 
Canon SL1 117 mm 91 mm 69 mm 407 g 380 n Mar 2013 549 i
11.
 
Canon T3 130 mm 100 mm 78 mm 495 g 700 n Feb 2011 449 i
12.
 
Canon T2i 129 mm 98 mm 62 mm 530 g 440 n Feb 2010 699 i
13.
 
Nikon L840 113 mm 78 mm 96 mm 538 g 590 n Feb 2015 299 i
14.
 
Panasonic FZ100 124 mm 82 mm 92 mm 540 g 410 n Jul 2010 499 i
15.
 
Sony HX90V 102 mm 58 mm 36 mm 245 g 360 n Apr 2015 429 i
Notes: Measurements and pricing do not include easily detachable parts, such as add-on or interchangeable lenses or optional viewfinders.

Any camera decision will obviously take relative prices into account. The listed launch prices provide an indication of the market segment that the manufacturer of the cameras have been targeting. Usually, retail prices stay at first close to the launch price, but after several months, discounts become available. Later in the product cycle and, in particular, when the replacement model is about to appear, further discounting and stock clearance sales often push the camera price considerably down.

Sensor comparison

The size of the sensor inside a digital camera is one of the key determinants of image quality. A large sensor will generally have larger individual pixels that offer better low-light sensitivity, provide wider dynamic range, and have richer color-depth than smaller pixels in a sensor of the same technological generation. Moreover, a large sensor camera will give the photographer more control over depth-of-field in the image and, thus, the ability to better isolate a subject from the background. On the downside, larger sensors tend to be more expensive and lead to bigger and heavier cameras and lenses.

Of the two cameras under consideration, the Canon SX530 features a 1/2.3-inch sensor and the Canon T100 an APS-C sensor. The sensor area in the T100 is 1086 percent bigger. As a result of these sensor size differences, the cameras have a format factor of, respectively, 5.6 and 1.6. The sensor in the SX530 has a native 4:3 aspect ratio, while the one in the T100 offers a 3:2 aspect.

Canon SX530 and Canon T100 sensor measures

With 17.9MP, the T100 offers a higher resolution than the SX530 (15.9MP), but the T100 nevertheless has larger individual pixels (pixel pitch of 4.31μm versus 1.33μm for the SX530) due to its larger sensor. Moreover, the T100 is a much more recent model (by 3 years and 1 month) than the SX530, and its sensor will have benefitted from technological advances during this time that further enhance the light gathering capacity of its pixel-units. Coming back to sensor resolution, it should be mentioned that the SX530 has no anti-alias filter installed, so that it can capture all the detail its sensor resolves.

The resolution advantage of the Canon T100 implies greater flexibility for cropping images or the possibility to print larger pictures. The maximum print size of the T100 for good quality output (200 dots per inch) amounts to 25.9 x 17.3 inches or 65.8 x 43.9 cm, for very good quality (250 dpi) 20.7 x 13.8 inches or 52.7 x 35.1 cm, and for excellent quality (300 dpi) 17.3 x 11.5 inches or 43.9 x 29.3 cm. The corresponding values for the Canon SX530 are 23 x 17.3 inches or 58.5 x 43.9 cm for good quality, 18.4 x 13.8 inches or 46.8 x 35.1 cm for very good quality, and 15.4 x 11.5 inches or 39 x 29.3 cm for excellent quality prints.

The Canon PowerShot SX530 HS has a native sensitivity range from ISO 100 to ISO 3200. The corresponding ISO settings for the Canon EOS Rebel T100 are ISO 100 to ISO 6400, with the possibility to increase the ISO range to 100-12800.

SX530 versus T100 MP

For many cameras, data on sensor performance has been reported by DXO Mark. This service is based on lab testing and assigns an overall score to each camera sensor, as well as ratings for dynamic range ("DXO Landscape"), color depth ("DXO Portrait"), and low-light sensitivity ("DXO Sports"). The following table provides an overview of the physical sensor characteristics, as well as the sensor quality measurements for a selection of comparators.

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Sensor Characteristics
    Camera
Model
Sensor
Class
Resolution
(MP)
Horiz.
Pixels
Vert.
Pixels
Video
Format
DXO
Portrait
DXO
Landscape
DXO
Sports
DXO
Overall
1.
 
Canon SX530 1/2.3 15.9 4608 34561080/30p...... ..
2.
 
Canon T100 APS-C 17.9 5184 34561080/30p21.911.4695 63
3.
 
Canon T6 APS-C 17.9 5184 34561080/30p...... ..
4.
 
Canon SX540 1/2.3 20.2 5184 38881080/60p...... ..
5.
 
Canon SX720 1/2.3 20.2 5184 38881080/60p...... ..
6.
 
Canon SX520 1/2.3 15.9 4608 34561080/30p...... ..
7.
 
Canon SX700 1/2.3 15.9 4608 34561080/60p...... ..
8.
 
Canon SX60 1/2.3 14.2 4608 30721080/60p19.210.8127 39
9.
 
Canon T5 APS-C 17.9 5184 34561080/30p21.911.3724 63
10.
 
Canon SL1 APS-C 17.9 5184 34561080/30p21.811.3843 63
11.
 
Canon T3 APS-C 12.2 4272 2848720/30p21.911.0755 62
12.
 
Canon T2i APS-C 17.9 5184 34561080/30p22.111.5784 66
13.
 
Nikon L840 1/2.3 15.9 4608 34561080/60i...... ..
14.
 
Panasonic FZ100 1/2.3 14.0 4320 32401080/60i...... ..
15.
 
Sony HX90V 1/2.3 18.0 4896 36721080/60p...... ..

Many modern cameras cannot only take still pictures, but also record videos. Both cameras under consideration are equipped with sensors that have a sufficiently high read-out speed for moving images, and both provide the same movie specifications (1080/30p).

Feature comparison

Apart from body and sensor, cameras can and do differ across a variety of features. For example, the T100 has an optical viewfinder, which can be very useful when shooting in bright sunlight. In contrast, the SX530 relies on live view and the rear LCD for framing. The table below summarizes some of the other core capabilities of the Canon SX530 and Canon T100 in connection with corresponding information for a sample of similar cameras.

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Core Features
    Camera
Model
Viewfinder
(Type or
000 dots)
Control
Panel
(yes/no)
LCD
Size
(inch)
LCD
Resolution
(000 dots)
LCD
Attach-
ment
Touch
Screen
(yes/no)
Mech
Shutter
Speed
Shutter
Flaps
(1/sec)
Built-in
Flash
(yes/no)
Built-in
Image
Stab
1.
 
Canon SX530none n 3.0 461 fixed n 1/2000s 1.6 Y Y
2.
 
Canon T100optical n 2.7 230 fixed n 1/4000s 3.0 Y n
3.
 
Canon T6optical n 3.0 920 fixed n 1/4000s 3.0 Y n
4.
 
Canon SX540none n 3.0 461 fixed n 1/2000s 5.9 Y Y
5.
 
Canon SX720none n 3.0 922 fixed n 1/3200s 5.9 Y Y
6.
 
Canon SX520none n 3.0 461 fixed n 1/2000s 1.6 Y Y
7.
 
Canon SX700none n 3.0 922 fixed n 1/3200s 8.5 Y Y
8.
 
Canon SX60922 n 3.0 922 swivel n 1/2000s 6.4 Y Y
9.
 
Canon T5optical n 3.0 460 fixed n 1/4000s 3.0 Y n
10.
 
Canon SL1optical n 3.0 1040 fixed Y 1/4000s 4.9 Y n
11.
 
Canon T3optical n 2.7 230 fixed n 1/4000s 3.0 Y n
12.
 
Canon T2ioptical n 3.0 1040 fixed n 1/4000s 3.7 Y n
13.
 
Nikon L840none n 3.0 921 tilting n 1/4000s 7.4 Y Y
14.
 
Panasonic FZ100202 n 3.0 460 swivel n 1/2000s 11.0 Y Y
15.
 
Sony HX90V638 n 3.0 921 tilting n 1/2000s 10.0 Y Y

Concerning the storage of imaging data, both the SX530 and the T100 write their files to SDXC cards.

Connectivity comparison

For some imaging applications, the extent to which a camera can communicate with its environment can be an important aspect in the camera decision process. The table below provides an overview of the connectivity of the Canon PowerShot SX530 HS and Canon EOS Rebel T100 and, in particular, the interfaces the cameras (and selected comparators) provide for accessory control and data transfer.

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Input-Output Connections
    Camera
Model
Hotshoe
Port
Internal
Microphone
Internal
Speaker
Microphone
Port
Headphone
Port
HDMI
Port
USB
Port
WiFi
Support
NFC
Support
Bluetooth
Support
1.
 
Canon SX530-stereomono--mini2.0YY-
2.
 
Canon T100Ymonomono--mini2.0YY-
3.
 
Canon T6Ymonomono--mini2.0YY-
4.
 
Canon SX540-stereomono--mini2.0YY-
5.
 
Canon SX720-stereomono--micro2.0YY-
6.
 
Canon SX520-stereomono--mini2.0---
7.
 
Canon SX700-stereomono--micro2.0YY-
8.
 
Canon SX60YstereomonoY-mini2.0YY-
9.
 
Canon T5Ymonomono--mini2.0---
10.
 
Canon SL1YmonomonoY-mini2.0---
11.
 
Canon T3Ystereomono--mini2.0---
12.
 
Canon T2iYstereo-Y-mini2.0---
13.
 
Nikon L840-stereomono--micro2.0YY-
14.
 
Panasonic FZ100Ystereomono--mini2.0---
15.
 
Sony HX90V-stereomono--micro2.0YY-

It is notable that the T100 has a hotshoe, which makes it possible to easily attach optional accessories, such as an external flash gun. The SX530 does not feature such an accessory-socket.

The T100 is a recent model that features in the current product line-up of Canon. In contrast, the SX530 has been discontinued (but can be found pre-owned on eBay). As a replacement in the same line of cameras, the SX530 was succeeded by the Canon SX540. Further information on the two cameras (e.g. user guides, manuals), as well as related accessories, can be found on the official Canon website.

Review summary

So what conclusions can be drawn? Which of the two cameras – the Canon SX530 or the Canon T100 – has the upper hand? Is one clearly better than the other? Below is a summary of the relative strengths of each of the two contestants.


Advantages of the Canon PowerShot SX530 HS:

  • Maximized detail: Lacks an anti-alias filter to exploit the sensor's full resolution potential.
  • Larger screen: Has a bigger rear LCD (3.0" vs 2.7") for image review and settings control.
  • More detailed LCD: Has a higher resolution rear screen (461k vs 230k dots).
  • Ready to shoot: Comes with a built-in lens, while the T100 requires a separate lens.
  • More compact: Is smaller (120x82mm vs 129x102mm) and thus needs less room in the bag.
  • Sharper images: Has hand-shake reducing image stabilization built-in.
  • More heavily discounted: Has been available for much longer (launched in January 2015).


Reasons to prefer the Canon EOS Rebel T100:

  • More detail: Has more megapixels (17.9 vs 15.9MP), which boosts linear resolution by 8%.
  • Better moiré control: Has an anti-alias filter to avoid artificial patterns to appear in images.
  • Better image quality: Is equipped with a larger and more technologically advanced sensor.
  • Richer colors: The sensor size advantage translates into images with better, more accurate colors.
  • More dynamic range: Larger sensor captures a wider spectrum of light and dark details.
  • Better low-light sensitivity: Larger sensor produces good images even in poorly lit environments.
  • Easier framing: Has an optical viewfinder for image composition and settings control.
  • Faster shutter: Has higher mechanical shutter speed (1/4000s vs 1/2000s) to freeze action.
  • Faster burst: Shoots at higher frequency (3 vs 1.6 flaps/sec) to capture the decisive moment.
  • More flexible: Makes it possible to change lenses and thus to use specialty optics.
  • Longer lasting: Gets more shots (500 versus 210) out of a single battery charge.
  • Better lighting: Features a hotshoe and can thus hold and trigger an external flash gun.
  • More modern: Reflects 3 years and 1 month of technical progress since the SX530 launch.

If the count of relative strengths (bullet points above) is taken as a measure, the T100 is the clear winner of the contest (13 : 7 points). However, the relevance of individual strengths will vary across photographers, so that you might want to apply your own weighing scheme to the summary points when reflecting and deciding on a new camera. A professional wedding photographer will view the differences between cameras in a way that diverges from the perspective of a travel photog, and a person interested in cityscapes has distinct needs from a macro shooter. Hence, the decision which camera is best and worth buying is often a very personal one.

SX530 07:13 T100

How about other alternatives? Do the specifications of the Canon SX530 and the Canon T100 place the cameras among the top in their class? Find out in the latest Best Superzoom Camera and Best DSLR Camera listings whether the two cameras rank among the cream of the crop.

In any case, while the specs-based evaluation of cameras can be instructive in revealing their potential as photographic tools, it remains incomplete and does no justice, for example, to the way the SX530 or the T100 perform in practice. At times, user reviews, such as those published at amazon, address these issues in a useful manner, but such feedback is on many occasions incomplete, inconsistent, and unreliable.

Expert reviews

This is where reviews by experts come in. The table below provides a synthesis of the camera assessments of some of the best known photo-gear review sites (amateurphotographer [AP], cameralabs [CL], dpreview [DPR], ephotozine [EPZ], photographyblog [PB]). As can be seen, the professional reviewers agree in many cases on the quality of different cameras, but sometimes their assessments diverge, reinforcing the earlier point that a camera decision is often a very personal choice.

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Expert Camera Reviews
     Camera 
 Model 
 AP 
 score 
 CL 
 score 
 DPR 
 score 
 EPZ 
 score 
 PB 
 score 
Camera
Launch
Launch
Price (USD)
Street
Price
1.
 
Canon SX530..+ +..4/54/5 Jan 2015 429 i
2.
 
Canon T100..o..3.5/53.5/5 Feb 2018 399 i
3.
 
Canon T64/5o73/1004/54/5 Mar 2016 449 i
4.
 
Canon SX540.......... Jan 2016 399 i
5.
 
Canon SX720..+..4/54.5/5 Feb 2016 379 i
6.
 
Canon SX520..+..3.5/53.5/5 Jul 2014 399 i
7.
 
Canon SX700..+ +..4/54/5 Feb 2014 349 i
8.
 
Canon SX603/5+ +75/1004/54.5/5 Sep 2014 549 i
9.
 
Canon T53/5+..4/54.5/5 Feb 2014 449 i
10.
 
Canon SL14/5+78/1004/54/5 Mar 2013 549 i
11.
 
Canon T3..80/10069/1004/54.5/5 Feb 2011 449 i
12.
 
Canon T2i..+ +77/1004/54.5/5 Feb 2010 699 i
13.
 
Nikon L840..+ +..3.5/54/5 Feb 2015 299 i
14.
 
Panasonic FZ100..+..4.5/54.5/5 Jul 2010 499 i
15.
 
Sony HX90V4/5+ +..4/54.5/5 Apr 2015 429 i
Notes: (+ +) highly recommended; (+) recommended; (o) reviewed; (..) not available.

The review scores listed above should be treated with care, though. The ratings were established in reference to similarly priced cameras that were available in the market at the time of the review. Hence, a score should always be seen in the context of the camera's market launch date and its price, and comparisons of ratings among very different cameras or across long time periods have little meaning. Also, kindly note that some of the listed sites have over time developped their review approaches and their reporting style.

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Other camera comparisons

Did this review help to inform your camera decision process? In case you would like to check on the differences and similarities of other camera models, just use the search menu below. As an alternative, you can also directly jump to any one of the listed comparisons that were previously generated by the CAM-parator tool.

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    Specifications: Canon SX530 vs Canon T100

    Below is a side-by-side comparison of the specs of the two cameras to facilitate a quick review of their differences and common features.

    Camera Specifications
    Camera Model Canon SX530 Canon T100
    Camera Type Fixed lens compact camera Digital single lens reflex
    Camera Lens 24-1200mm f/3.4-6.5 Canon EF mount lenses
    Launch Date January 2015 February 2018
    Launch Price USD 429 USD 399
    Sensor Specs Canon SX530 Canon T100
    Sensor Technology BSI-CMOS CMOS
    Sensor Format 1/2.3" Sensor APS-C Sensor
    Sensor Size 6.17 x 4.55 mm 22.3 x 14.9 mm
    Sensor Area 28.0735 mm2 332.27 mm2
    Sensor Diagonal 7.7 mm 26.8 mm
    Crop Factor 5.6x 1.6x
    Sensor Resolution 15.9 Megapixels 17.9 Megapixels
    Image Resolution 4608 x 3456 pixels 5184 x 3456 pixels
    Pixel Pitch 1.33 μm 4.31 μm
    Pixel Density 56.73 MP/cm2 5.39 MP/cm2
    Moiré control no AA filter Anti-Alias filter
    Movie Capability 1080/30p Video 1080/30p Video
    ISO Setting 100 - 3,200 ISO 100 - 6,400 ISO
    ISO Boost no Enhancement 100 - 12,800 ISO
    Image Processor DIGIC 4+ DIGIC 4+
    DXO Sensor Quality (score) .. 63
    DXO Color Depth (bits) .. 21.9
    DXO Dynamic Range (EV) .. 11.4
    DXO Low Light (ISO) .. 695
    Screen Specs Canon SX530 Canon T100
    Viewfinder Type no viewfinder Optical viewfinder
    Viewfinder Field of View 95%
    Viewfinder Magnification 0.50x
    LCD Framing Live View Live View
    Rear LCD Size 3.0inch 2.7inch
    LCD Resolution 461k dots 230k dots
    LCD Attachment Fixed screen Fixed screen
    Shooting Specs Canon SX530 Canon T100
    Focus System Contrast-detect AF Phase-detect AF
    Continuous Shooting 1.6 shutter flaps/s 3 shutter flaps/s
    Fill Flash Built-in Flash Built-in Flash
    Storage Medium SDXC cards SDXC cards
    Second Storage Option Single card slot Single card slot
    UHS card support no no
    Connectivity Specs Canon SX530 Canon T100
    External Flash no Hotshoe Hotshoe
    USB Connector USB 2.0 USB 2.0
    HDMI Port mini HDMI mini HDMI
    Wifi Support Wifi built-in Wifi built-in
    Near-Field Communication NFC built-in NFC built-in
    Body Specs Canon SX530 Canon T100
    Battery Type NB-6LH LP-E10
    Battery Life (CIPA)210 shots per charge500 shots per charge
    Body Dimensions 120 x 82 x 92 mm
    (4.7 x 3.2 x 3.6 in)
    129 x 102 x 77 mm
    (5.1 x 4.0 x 3.0 in)
    Camera Weight 442 g (15.6 oz) 436 g (15.4 oz)

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