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PowerShot SX720 HS

Canon PowerShot SX720 HS

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The PowerShot SX720 HS is a compact camera with a whopping 40X zoom lens, which is equivalent to 24-960mm. It has a 20.3MP BSI CMOS sensor and DIGIC 6 image processor, which allows for 1080/60p video and 5.9 fps continuous shooting. Other features include a 3" LCD with 922k dots, a Zoom Framing Assist feature which keeps subjects in the scene as they approach or retreat from the camera and Wi-Fi with NFC.

Body type
Body type Compact
Max resolution 5184 x 3888
Image ratio w:h 1:1, 4:3, 3:2, 16:9
Effective pixels 20 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors 21 megapixels
Sensor size 1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm)
Sensor type BSI-CMOS
Processor DIGIC 6
ISO Auto, 100-3200
White balance presets 5
Custom white balance Yes
Image stabilization Optical
Uncompressed format No
JPEG quality levels Superfine, fine
Optics & Focus
Focal length (equiv.) 24960 mm
Optical zoom 40
Maximum aperture F3.36.9
Contrast Detect (sensor)
Face Detection
Live View
Digital zoom Yes (4X)
Manual focus Yes
Normal focus range 5 cm (1.97″)
Macro focus range 1 cm (0.39″)
Number of focus points 9
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCD Fixed
Screen size 3″
Screen dots 922,000
Touch screen No
Screen type TFT LCD
Live view Yes
Viewfinder type None
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed 15 sec
Maximum shutter speed 1/3200 sec
Aperture priority Yes
Shutter priority Yes
Manual exposure mode Yes
Subject / scene modes Yes
Built-in flash Yes
Flash range 4.00 m
External flash No
Flash modes Auto, on, off, slow synchro
Continuous drive 5.9 fps
Self-timer Yes (2 or 10 secs, custom)
Metering modes
Exposure compensation 2 (at 1/3 EV steps)
Videography features
Resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60p, 30p), 1280 x 720 (30p), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Format MPEG-4, H.264
Microphone Stereo
Speaker Mono
Storage types SD/SDHC/SDXC card
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMI Yes (micro-HDMI)
Microphone port No
Headphone port No
Wireless Built-In
Wireless notes 802.11b/g/n with NFC
Remote control Yes (via smartphone)
Environmentally sealed No
Battery Battery Pack
Battery description NB-13L lithium-ion battery & charger
Battery Life (CIPA) 250
Weight (inc. batteries) 270 g (0.60 lb / 9.52 oz)
Dimensions 110 x 64 x 36 mm (4.33 x 2.52 x 1.42″)
Other features
Orientation sensor Yes
GPS None

Latest reviews

  • Compact 40x zoom = 960 mm in 35 mm equivalent, good burst mode
  • The IQ is not very high
Overal - very good compact superzoom camera for birding when you don't have your DSLR with yourself. Bought it to be able to have a camera everyday with myself to be able to make the proof shots of interesting birds that I met occasionally. I carry it in a pocket or in a waistbag while walking with my dog or going somewhere with my wife when I don't want to carry DSLR with myself. Used this camera in airports successfully for very distant birds also.

I sold Canon sx620 with its 25x zoom which was not enought for occasional birding and bought used Canon sx720 half the price of the new one in brand new condition. It is a bit bigger and heavier than sx620, but it is the smallest and the lightest camera with 40x zoom. I can still just place it in my pocket. 40x zoom on the distant end is 960 mm in 35 mm equivalent and is the same as on 600 mm on my tamron 150-600 lens on a camera with APSC sensor. And you can enlarge the zoom range with nice digital zoom. Also it has Apperture and Shutter priority modes as on dslr. Also it has a burst mode wich can be used with digital zoom also. Sx620 had a burst mode without digital zoom and on 5 mpix only.

When I bought it from the first shot it was obvious that this camera is much more suitable for birding than sx620. The image quality of the pics is not very bad even on digital zoom. You can still use pics for ID. Wish only if it could be as small and as lightweight as sx620.
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