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Canon Powershot SX70 HS review (1 Viewer)

Hamhed

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Leave it to you, crazyfingers, to dig past deep into the why's and how's of the Canon SX series. Thanks for your efforts to solve the SX70 puzzles.
Dragged my feet in replacing my SX50 which has multiple aging problems, including the IS button seldom working and very slow start up. Your posts will have me reconsider the SX70.

Steve
 

DRodrigues

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From a review on YT (didn't took note of the link and now I don't find it..), I learned that the SX70 on 4K results on a focal length increase over the FHD videos. From the example, I estimated an increase of about 1,346x.
Does anyone knows the crop factor from photo to FHD video?
 

Brownee

New member
Pakistan
In past, this was one of the best result camera. But now for the purpose of photoshops, many of advance options are in the market. But yet those who have it can use it and get appropriate outcomes. Overall, the review of this one is up to mark too.
 

KC Foggin

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In past, this was one of the best result camera. But now for the purpose of photoshops, many of advance options are in the market. But yet those who have it can use it and get appropriate outcomes. Overall, the review of this one is up to mark too.
I'm just going to jump in here and wish you a warm welcome from those of us on staff here at BirdForum (y)
We're glad you found us and please join in wherever you like ;)
 

Chrisbkm

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Canada
After a few weeks now experimenting, I started noticing a few things. What got me started was that when taking a photo with the SX70, the image would appear very focused in the EVF but when shown an almost instantaneous image of the photo after the shot, they almost always appeared less focused. I start to get irritated why that was happening. I also noticed that SX70 photos are a lot less noisy than the same shot taken with the SX50. To me this was a puzzle. I'd have expected that with the 22.3 MP chip on the SX70, vs the 12 MP chip in the SX50, that the SX70 would be more noisy.

This got me thinking about how the SX70 may be smoothing the JPG too much when it saves. With a cooperative bird, like a cardinal, the SX50 was frequently getting better feather detail than the SX70. So was the SX70 smoothing more aggressively?

After some searching I came to this thread at DPSreview SX70 HS - Scarce PicStyle settings, idea of Sharpness settings combined with amount of NR: Canon PowerShot Talk Forum: Digital Photography Review

Specifically page 115 in the user manual on this "Customizing Colors (Style Settings)". This is all there is in the user manual. Contract, saturation or other settings. Searching the user manual for the word "sharp" or "sharpness" gets zero hits. Poor user manual. So under the pencil and S, press Info button and you can adjust the sharpness, and 3 other settings. The default sharpness is in the middle and I pushed to up to max. This can be saved under C1 or C2 along with all the other settings I use.

So outside this morning, two comparison shots of the top of a large tree with leaves and berries. Both of these images are taken with each of the camera's maximum reach and with the 2X teleconverter and then cropped to about the same area.

I took several photos with each camera and chose the best of the lot for each to attach. Most of the SX70 shots were actually better than the SX50 shots. I have not yet found a cooperative cardinal to try this on a live bird yet but the SX70 is getting improved results on other static objects like the tree leaves below. I am also really surprised that the SX70 is not noisier than the SX50.

Of course this is ideal conditions. I know that both cameras will fall down when the lighting is not perfect but that's expected.
Photos:

1. Page from the user Manual
2. SX70 photo
3. SX50 photo
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This was incredibly helpful!! I was getting desperate as my SX50 is slowly but surely wearing out. Almost all of my shooting is birds and the SX50 has been amazing for many years. I thought it would be great to move up to the SX70. A friend who hasn't really been using his let me borrow it to test out. I did a lot of fussing with and just couldn't really get a decent photo. Read your comments with immediate positive results. Still a few little issues, but I'll very comfortably upgrade now to the SX70. Phew! Thanks!!

Shot the attached image after reading your post and following the advice.
 

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KC Foggin

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This was incredibly helpful!! I was getting desperate as my SX50 is slowly but surely wearing out. Almost all of my shooting is birds and the SX50 has been amazing for many years. I thought it would be great to move up to the SX70. A friend who hasn't really been using his let me borrow it to test out. I did a lot of fussing with and just couldn't really get a decent photo. Read your comments with immediate positive results. Still a few little issues, but I'll very comfortably upgrade now to the SX70. Phew! Thanks!!
I'm just going to jump in here and wish you a warm welcome from those of us on staff here at BirdForum (y)
We're glad you found us and please join in wherever you like ;)
 

RichardHoeg

Boreal Forest Birder
After a few weeks now experimenting, I started noticing a few things. What got me started was that when taking a photo with the SX70, the image would appear very focused in the EVF but when shown an almost instantaneous image of the photo after the shot, they almost always appeared less focused. I start to get irritated why that was happening. I also noticed that SX70 photos are a lot less noisy than the same shot taken with the SX50. To me this was a puzzle. I'd have expected that with the 22.3 MP chip on the SX70, vs the 12 MP chip in the SX50, that the SX70 would be more noisy.

This got me thinking about how the SX70 may be smoothing the JPG too much when it saves. With a cooperative bird, like a cardinal, the SX50 was frequently getting better feather detail than the SX70. So was the SX70 smoothing more aggressively?

After some searching I came to this thread at DPSreview SX70 HS - Scarce PicStyle settings, idea of Sharpness settings combined with amount of NR: Canon PowerShot Talk Forum: Digital Photography Review

Specifically page 115 in the user manual on this "Customizing Colors (Style Settings)". This is all there is in the user manual. Contract, saturation or other settings. Searching the user manual for the word "sharp" or "sharpness" gets zero hits. Poor user manual. So under the pencil and S, press Info button and you can adjust the sharpness, and 3 other settings. The default sharpness is in the middle and I pushed to up to max. This can be saved under C1 or C2 along with all the other settings I use.

So outside this morning, two comparison shots of the top of a large tree with leaves and berries. Both of these images are taken with each of the camera's maximum reach and with the 2X teleconverter and then cropped to about the same area.

I took several photos with each camera and chose the best of the lot for each to attach. Most of the SX70 shots were actually better than the SX50 shots. I have not yet found a cooperative cardinal to try this on a live bird yet but the SX70 is getting improved results on other static objects like the tree leaves below. I am also really surprised that the SX70 is not noisier than the SX50.

Of course this is ideal conditions. I know that both cameras will fall down when the lighting is not perfect but that's expected.
Photos:

1. Page from the user Manual
2. SX70 photo
3. SX50 photo
View attachment 1389495 View attachment 1389496 View attachment 1389497
Huge thanks on the "sharpness setting" find. I am the person who has posted many of the reviews of the Sx70 found here in this thread with links to my blog, but I had not discovered the sharpness setting adjustment. Well done!
 

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