Canon has decided to skip quite a few numbers in this series to accommodate the release of the SX700HS, which places the camera at the pinnacle of the company’s lineup of travel-friendly compact cameras. The SX700HS is the superior zoom-equipped brother of the SX600HS and the replacement for the SX280HS.
The advantage that these types of cameras have over the much more common smartphone, as well as inexpensive compact cameras, is that they have a higher zoom ratio; for example, the SX700HS has a staggering 30x optical zoom capability. That’s the equivalent of 25 millimeters up to 750 millimeters in 35mm equivalents. This reach can be increased to an astounding 1500mm in 35mm terms thanks to Canon’s ZoomPlus technology, which the company refers to as its digital zoom.
This lens has a maximum aperture of f/3.2 when it is at its widest position, and it increases to f/6.9 when it is at its most telephoto point. It is slightly better than the SX600HS, which can only manage f/3.5 at the widest point of the lens, but those looking for a wide aperture lens for shallow depth-of-field effects would do better to look at something like the Canon PowerShot S120. The SX600HS can only manage f/3.5 at the widest point of the lens.
In addition to the 30x optical zoom, there is a CMOS sensor with 16.1 million pixels and a Digic 6 CPU. Both of these features are included in the camera. Canon is known for trying out its newest processors in its tiny cameras, and the newest processor can be found in the SX700HS. This should imply that low-light photography is much better in comparison to the SX280.
Additionally, the camera features a five-axis dynamic image stabilization system, which could be very helpful for shooting movies, which the SX700HS can capture in full high definition (1080p).
The SX700HS has built-in Wi-Fi, which is a technology that is becoming more and more popular in today’s electronics. GPS is not integrated; however, if you link up the camera to your smartphone, you may add location data to your photos if that interests you.
Until recently, the only thing that could be done between a camera and a smartphone or tablet was to exchange photographs. However, Canon has now released a new app for smartphones, which means that you can now remotely manage the camera from your smartphone or tablet.
The camera’s rear features a PureColor II LCD screen that is three inches (7.5 centimeters) in size and has 922k dots. Unfortunately, the screen does not support touch sensitivity, unlike the screens on some of Canon’s IXUS devices like the PowerShot G1X Mark II.
Canon PowerShot SD700 IS Build Quality
The SX700HS is a wonderfully compact camera, especially considering it contains a 30x optical zoom. It is simple enough to fit the camera in the pocket of the typical pair of jeans, which is one reason why it is so enticing to those who are traveling. A noticeable grip is located on the front of the camera, which helps it feel stable in hand, particularly helpful while shooting with only one hand.
Most of the camera’s buttons are clustered on the right-hand side of the device, which places them near one another and makes it possible to reach any of them with the thumb. The only exception to this rule is the switch that allows the flash to come up and the button that allows for framing assistance, both of which are located on the left side of the camera on the side that faces the user.
You may make a speedy selection of the exposure setting you wish to utilize by using the mode dial, which is located at the very top of the rear of the camera. On this screen, you have a wide variety of options, such as Automatic, video, Creative, scenario, and each of the manual and semi-automatic shooting modes.
Because the dial can be turned in any direction without having to go back on itself, it may be used rather quickly. If you are at one end of it, you can twist it back around to the beginning, rather than having to go back on itself. Those comfortable with the mode dial on a DSLR camera are likely to enjoy this.
In general, Canon small cameras offer outstanding performance and are consistently placed at the top of our list of recommendations. My expectations were very lofty for the SX700HS because of its enviable position at the pinnacle of the travel segment and its cutting-edge features, such as the Digic 6 CPU.
Thankfully, the results that the camera is capable of creating have not left me feeling let down in any way. The colors are vivid and full-bodied, with a satisfying level of warmth that is fairly typical of Canon cameras, both from their small and DSLR ranges of products.
Particularly impressive for a camera with a sensor of this size is the level of detail that can be resolved. Even when zooming in to 100 percent, there isn’t a lot of indication that the image has been smoothed out at the lower end of the sensitivity range.
The overall sense of detail is extremely good when looking at photographs at conventional printing or online sharing sizes. However, there is some loss of information when the sensitivity scale is increased, which is to be expected.
Canon PowerShot SD700 IS Image Quality
Canon’s My Colors photo effects may now be applied to photographs before and after, giving users more chances to personalize their works without linking their devices to a personal computer. There are 16 different shooting modes available on the Digital IXUS 800 IS, one of which is the Manual mode.
There are several different preset scene settings, one of which is an Underwater mode, which enables the user to take photographs while underwater with the Waterproof Case accessory. Both still and moving pictures can benefit from the spectacular color effects that can be produced using the Color Accent and Color Swap modes.
A new Widescreen recording mode with pixels of 2816 by 1584 makes it possible to capture still images in the 16:9 aspect ratio. This mode is ideal for viewing photographs on widescreen television or printing wide photos with a SELPHY CP series Compact Photo Printer.
The robust movie functions of the camera allow for the recording of VGA movie clips of up to 1 gigabyte in size at 30 frames per second. A 60fps QVGA mode is perfect for recording quick action sequences and analyzing them in slow motion. In contrast, the convenient Compact mode captures up to three minutes of film at low quality for simple transmission via email. Both of these modes may be used simultaneously.
Canon PowerShot SD700 IS Specs
|Naming||SD 700 IS Digital ELPH (US)|
Digital IXUS 800 IS (EU)
|Body Material||Metal and plastic|
|Sensor||• 1/2.5 ” Type CCD|
• 6.0 million effective pixels
|Image sizes||• 2816 x 2112|
• 2816 x 1584
• 2272 x 1704
• 1600 x 1200
• 640 x 480
|Movie clips||• 640 x 480 @ 30 / 15fps|
• 320 x 240 @ 60 / 30 / 15fps
• 160 x 120 @ 15fps
• AVI (Motion JPEG compression)
• WAVE audio
|File formats||• Still: JPEG (Exif 2.2)|
• Movie: AVI (Motion JPEG compression)
|Lens||• 35-140mm equiv|
• 4x Optical zoom
|Image stabilization||Yes (lens shift-type)|
|Digital zoom||up to 4x|
• 9-point AiAF
• 1-point AF (Fixed center)
|AF area modes||• Normal|
|AF assist lamp||Yes|
|Focus distance||• Normal: 1.5 ft./45cm-infinity|
• Macro: 0.79 in.-2.0 ft./2-60cm (WIDE), 1.3-2.0 ft./40-60cm (TELE)
• Digital Macro: 0.79 in.-2.0 ft./2-60cm (WIDE)
• Center-weighted average
|ISO sensitivity||• Auto|
• High ISO Auto
• ISO 80
• ISO 100
• ISO 200
• ISO 400
• ISO 800
|Exposure compensation||• +/- 2EV|
• in 1/3 stop increments
|Shuttter speed||15-1/1600 sec|
• Digital Macro
• Night Snapshot
• Special Scene
• Stitch Assist
|Scene modes||• Foliage|
• Kids & Pets
• Color Accent
• Color Swap
|White balance||• Auto|
• Fluorescent H
|Self timer||• 2 or 10secs|
|Continuous shooting||approx. 2.1fps until card is full|
|Image parameters||• My Colors (Off, Vivid, Neutral, Sepia, B&W, Positive film, Lighter skin tone, Darker skin tone, Vivid blue, Vivid red, Custom color)|
• Saturation: 5 levels
• Contrast: 5 levels
• Sharpness: 5 levels
• Red, Green, Blue, Skintone: 5 levels each
• Manual Flash On / Off
• Slow synch
• Red eye reduction
• Flash exposure lock
• Range: 50cm-3.5m (wide) / 2.0m (tele)
|Viewfinder||Real-image zoom optical viewfinder|
|LCD monitor||• 2.5-inch P-Si TFT|
• 173,000 pixels
|Connectivity||• USB 2.0 Hi-Speed|
• AV out
|Print compliance||• PictBridge|
• Canon SELPHY Compact Photo Printers and PIXMA Printers supporting PictBridge (ID Photo Print, Movie Print supported on SELPHY CP printers only)
|Storage||• SD / MMC compatible|
• 16MB card supplied
|Power||• Rechargeable Lithium-ion battery NB-5L|
• Optional AC adapter
|Other features||• Optional High Power Flash HF-DC|
• Optional Waterproof Case (WP-DC5)
|Weight (No batt)||165 g / 5.8 oz (approx 192g / 6.7 oz with case and battery)|
|Dimensions||90.4 x 56.5 x 26.4 mm (3.56 x 2.22 x 1.04 in)|
Canon PowerShot SD700 IS Final Verdict
Once again, Canon has created a travel camera with an impressively broad range of capabilities. This camera, which has a market-leading 30x optical zoom, is surely going to be appealing to those individuals who are searching for something versatile to take on vacation with them.
The colors are vivid and full-bodied, and the resolution of the finer details is excellent, especially for a camera that has a sensor that is so small. We have pretty well come to anticipate these things from Canon.
You have a large lot of freedom thanks to the 30x optical zoom, and the fact that you can extend it to an even further reach by employing the very well-performing digital zoom makes it an intriguing proposition for those that require it.
Both in terms of assisting in the framing of a photo and in terms of producing shots that are free of blur, optical image stabilization performs an excellent job in this regard. When attempting to follow a topic that is quite a distance away, the Frame Assist button is another function that may be helpful.
Canon PowerShot SD700 IS Pros & Cons
- 4x zoom range
- Good resolution, excellent edge-to-edge sharpness
- Reliable exposure system
- Very clean results at lower ISO settings, perfectly usable up to ISO 400
- Very little manual control
- ISO 800 noisy (low noise reduction means there is detail, however)
- Battery life when using LCD not fantastic
- AiAF focus a bit unpredictable – turn it off