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Canon PowerShot SX700 HS Review

The latest top-of-the-line model in Canon’s lineup of compact high-zoom cameras is the PowerShot SX700 HS. Canon has squeezed a 30x zoom lens with a 35mm-equivalent focal length range of 25-750mm into a camera with tiny dimensions of 112.7 x 65.8 x 34.8 millimeters.

Thankfully, lens-shift Image Stabilization is also present. When paired with the sensor’s maximum sensitivity of ISO 3200, it should be possible to take clear pictures even at extremely long focal lengths and in low light. The sensor built inside the Canon PowerShot SX700 HS is a 1/2.3-inch back-illuminated, high-sensitivity CMOS chip with 16 million effective pixels combined with Canon’s most recent DIGIC 6 image processor.

Manual, Av, and Tv shooting modes, the Creative Shot mode, which captures a standard image plus five stylized variations, and the Hybrid Auto mode, which automatically captures a 4-second movie before each shot and combines the stills and video into a montage, are just a few of the many available features.

You also get Wi-Fi connectivity and NFC for wireless image sharing and remote camera control, which cost around £329, equivalent to €399 and $349.

Canon PowerShot SX700 HS Controls

SX700 HS is a zoom ring encircled by the shutter release button on the very top of the Canon PowerShot. You are in luck since the zoom ring has two different speed settings. This enables you to make precise adjustments to the focal length by moving the ring only a little bit, or you can give it a whole twist to quickly zoom in and out.

Holding down the button on the left side of the camera grants access to the SX700 HS’s ingenious zoom assist feature. When utilizing the more excellent telephoto settings, this feature zooms the lens out to help with framing, and then it automatically zooms back in again.

A movie record button that can be activated with a single touch is located right next to the shutter release on the SX700 HS. This camera can record movies in Full 1080p at either 60 or 30 frames per second, and it can also record in 720p at 30 frames per second. At the other end is where you’ll find the pop-up flash.

A button on the camera’s left side is used to expel the flash manually; however, doing so removes any possibility of the moment going off automatically when you aren’t expecting it.

When you turn on the SX700 HS, it comes to life in a little more than a second, and the on-screen display is straightforward if a little old; still, all of the information you want is quite simple to see. The menu’s user interface is similarly clear and easy to browse; the Func/Set button displays the most frequently used shooting choices in a consolidated fashion.

The Canon PowerShot SX700 HS doesn’t spend any time autofocusing when you’re ready to take a picture, and it finds its target faster in dim light than you’d expect it to, even in bright sunlight. The system may become confused if you take photos of a macro subject that doesn’t take up much of the frame. Still, if you are taking pictures of anything else, you may keep the camera in auto mode and be sure that it will focus quickly and adequately. When concentrating on macro subjects, a minimum focus distance of 1 centimeter is considered extremely good for cameras of this type.

The SX700 HS is also a speed demon when it comes to shooting continuously. Indeed, the camera’s frame rate of 3.1 frames per second isn’t precisely lightning-fast, but unlike many other compacts, it won’t give up after a few images and crawl along at a snail’s pace.

The burst rate may gradually decrease depending on the speed of your memory card. However, we discovered that the camera remained shooting at least two frames per second. You also can shoot at a more speedy 8.5 frames per second, albeit doing so will only allow you to fire off four rounds. Full high-definition video capture is available if all of this is still insufficient to keep up with the activity you want to film.

When you’re in the mood to be creative, the Canon PowerShot SX700 HS provides you with a selection of effects that are adequate but not overly extensive. Fish-eye and miniaturization distortions and the typical vintage look of a toy camera may be found in the shooting mode menu, in addition to the Creative Shot and Hybrid Auto settings discussed before.

These are combined with the standard photography modes, which also feature the helpful Smart Shutter function. This takes the picture for you when the camera recognizes a happy face and triggers the camera to take the picture. If you go to the My Colors menu, you’ll see that you can have your photographs automatically recorded with increased color saturation, sepia tones, or in black and white.

The lack of a touch-sensitive screen may be a minor inconvenience, but the three-inch display that comes as standard is more than adequate for the task at hand. It has good contrast, is bright, has excellent viewing angles, and has more than adequate resolution at 922k dots.

A circular mode dial is located next to the screen, allowing you to choose from 12 distinct shooting modes. The SX700 HS, to its credit, provides the entire range of PASM creative shooting modes. These modes are great for individuals who want to take more control of their photographs.

The aperture and shutter speed may be controlled via the relatively narrow control wheel on the back of the camera. If you put the camera into Creative Shot mode, it will take a series of six pictures at once. The first picture is a straight-out-of-the-camera shot, but the subsequent five are all altered by the camera in various ways, both in terms of their aspect ratios and the color effects they apply, allowing you to choose the most interesting one later on.

If you select the Hybrid Auto mode, the SX700 HS will continue functioning as usual. Still, in addition to taking pictures, it will covertly record a four-second video to accompany each shot. A video and picture montage of your day is created from the resulting footage and stills, which are combined. It’s a cool trick that’s somewhat similar to the Zoe function that’s available on select HTC devices, and it’s going to be one of those features that users will either adore or forget about.

As we move down the rear panel of the Canon PowerShot SX700 HS, we discover buttons that are a suitable size to control playback and a button that is specifically designated to activate the camera’s Wi-Fi mode. Installing Canon’s CameraWindow app on your mobile device and then connecting to the wifi hotspot provided by the SX700 HS will allow you to wirelessly upload photographs from the camera and control it remotely if you want to engage in some covert photography. You can also use the mobile’s GPS feature to provide a location tag for every photo. The system has a few hiccups here and there, but overall, we found the connection reliable and the image transfer times acceptable.

Canon PowerShot SX700 HS Image Quality

All of the example pictures included in this review were captured using the camera’s default setting of 16 megapixels SuperFine JPEG, resulting in an average image size of around 7 megabytes.

The SX700 HS creates visually appealing photographs. The level of detail is excellent over the whole frame. It is not as vulnerable to the smoothing effects of noise reduction as it is in many other cameras with sensors of comparable size. As a result, delicate details in landscape pictures are captured accurately and do not get smeared or otherwise distorted, as is often the case with other cameras in this market segment. The reproduction of vibrant and full-bodied colors, together with faultless exposure metering and consistent white balance, contribute to the overall allure of the product.

Chromatic aberration, often known as purple fringing, is an optical phenomenon that can be seen in high-contrast areas but is rarely disturbing. Despite its extensive focal length range, the lens performs exceptionally well in terms of distortion. Shooting at wide angles exhibits only a trace of barrel distortion, but when zoomed in, there is no discernible pincushion effect.

Considering how well the SX700 HS performs elsewhere, it’s a shame that the image noise levels aren’t quite as good as they may be. Images captured with the SX700 HS are free of noise from ISO 100 to 400; beginning at ISO 800, a limited amount of noise and desaturation of color can be seen.

ISO 1600 produces rather noticeable noise, a blurring of fine detail, and desaturation of color. In contrast, the highest possible setting of ISO 3200 has considerably more noise but is still helpful for producing tiny prints.

Canon PowerShot SX700 HS Battery life

Battery life is a less exciting feature of the SX700 HS, but it is certainly not unimportant. It has an average lifespan of 250 photos, but turning on Eco mode increases that number to an astonishing 360 shots per charge if you are going to be away from the charger for some time. This low hunger for power is mainly achieved by dimming the display after only a handful of seconds’ worth of idleness and then shutting it off totally shortly after that. However, you may recover your life by pressing any button. The effect is comparable to the start/stop button found on many current automobiles and does not appear to have any drawbacks, provided that you do not have to wait for more than a few seconds before you can snap your picture.

Canon PowerShot SX700 HS Specifications

Body typeCompact
Max resolution4608 x 3456
Other resolutions4608 x 3072, 4608 x 2592, 3456 x 3456, 3264 x 2448, 3264 x 2176, 3264 x 1832, 2448 x 2448, 640 x 480, 640 x 424, 640 x 360, 480 x 480
Image ratio w:h1:1, 4:3, 3:2, 16:9
Effective pixels16 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors17 megapixels
Sensor size1/2.3″ (6.17 x 4.55 mm)
Sensor typeBSI-CMOS
ProcessorDigic 6
ISOAuto, 100-3200
White balance presets6
Custom white balanceYes
Image stabilizationOptical
Uncompressed formatNo
JPEG quality levelsSuperfine, fine
Focal length (equiv.)25–750 mm
Optical zoom30×
Maximum apertureF3.2–6.9
AutofocusContrast Detect (sensor)Multi-areaCenterSingleContinuousFace DetectionLive View
Digital zoomYes (4X)
Normal focus range5 cm (1.97″)
Macro focus range1 cm (0.39″)
Number of focus points9
Articulated LCDFixed
Screen size3″
Screen dots922,000
Touch screenNo
Screen typePureColor II G TFT
Live viewYes
Viewfinder typeNone
Minimum shutter speed15 sec
Maximum shutter speed1/3200 sec
Aperture priorityYes
Shutter priorityYes
Manual exposure modeYes
Subject / scene modesYes
Built-in flashYes
Flash range3.50 m
External flashNo
Flash modesAuto, on, slow synchro, off
Continuous drive8.5 fps
Self-timerYes (2 or 10 secs, custom)
Metering modesMultiCenter-weightedSpot
Exposure compensation±2 (at 1/3 EV steps)
WB BracketingNo
Resolutions1920 x 1080 (60p, 30p), 1280 x 720 (30p), 640 x 480 (30p)
FormatH.264
MicrophoneStereo
SpeakerMono
Storage typesSD/SDHC/SDXC
USBUSB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMIYes (micro HDMI)
Microphone portNo
Headphone portNo
WirelessBuilt-In
Wireless notes802.11b/g/n with NFC
Remote controlNo
Environmentally sealedNo
BatteryBattery Pack
Battery descriptionNB-6LH lithium-ion battery and charger
Battery Life (CIPA)250
Weight (inc. batteries)269 g (0.59 lb / 9.49 oz)
Dimensions113 x 66 x 35 mm (4.45 x 2.6 x 1.38″)
Orientation sensorYes
Timelapse recordingNo
GPSNone

Canon PowerShot SX700 HS Final Verdict

The next flagship travel-zoom compact from Canon has a lot going for it. Still, in terms of features and performance, it isn’t quite up to par with one of its primary competitors and the camera we’re currently gravitating toward, the Panasonic DMC-TZ60.

The Canon PowerShot SX700 HS is easy to use since it has appropriate settings and menus that are easy to understand. You also have the chance to take greater control over the camera by utilizing the PASM mode, and the autofocusing, exposure metering, and auto white balance algorithms all function brilliantly.

We particularly enjoy the ingenious zoom assist function that, when utilizing the more excellent telephoto settings, zooms the lens out to help with framing, then automatically zooms back in again. This is a feature that we find very useful. However, the additional functions of the camera are a bit of a hit-or-miss proposition.

The reliable Wi-Fi connection and the Hybrid Auto and Creative Shot modes are undeniably cool. Still, we’d wager that a panorama mode and proper multi-shot HDR capture would be more helpful. This is in addition to RAW shooting, a faster burst mode, a touchscreen interface, and possibly even a viewfinder.

The Canon PowerShot SX700 HS has excellent optics since it has a zoom range that can accommodate a wide variety of shooting situations and produces minimal distortion. Nevertheless, its image clarity in well-lit environments is the true gem of its performance. Impressive detail, color reproduction, and dynamic range combine to generate photos that are almost as good as you’ll get from a camera with a 1/2.3-inch sensor, thanks to the combination of these three factors.

If only the same could be true for pictures taken in bad lighting, which suffer from noticeable noise, blurring of fine detail, and color abnormalities when using an ISO setting of 800.

Canon PowerShot SX700 HS Pros & Cons

Good For
  • v2.5fps picture capture.
  • Sharp lens.
  • Reduces background noise up to ISO 800.
Need Improvement
  • When utilizing Creative Shot, you only have limited control.
  • Pricey.
  • When the ISO is really high, there is a loss of detail.

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