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Canon Powershot SX700 HS Review

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The Canon Powershot SX700 HS is a compact camera with an image stabilised 30x zoom lens,  manual controls and wireless connectivity via WiFi and NFC.

Canon Powershot SX700 HS Features

The Canon Powershot SX700 HS features a 16 megapixel CMOS sensor, a wide-angle 30x optical zoom lens, equivalent to 25mm to 750mm, and optical image stabilisation to aid taking sharp shots at the telephoto end of the zoom range, or in low light conditions.

The camera features a 3inch Purecolor II G screen, with a resolution of 922,000 dots and a retractable pop up flash unit. As well as the usual compliment of automatic shooting modes, full creative manual control is available, which is great for those who like to take control of their camera, although there is no provision for recording RAW files with this camera. Processing is taken care of by Canon's DIGIC 6 processor, which promises better quality at high ISOs and a more responsive camera than previous processor versions.

1080p video can be recorded at 60fps, plus stereo sound, and optical zoom is available. The camera can also record high-speed video at 120 and 240fps, at a reduced resolution. The camera can shoot up to four shots in a burst at 8.5 frames per second, at full resolution, and larger bursts at 3.1 frames per second.

Key Features

  • 16 megapixel CMOS sensor
  • 30x optical zoom lens, 25mm-750mm equivalent
  • Optical image stabilisation (lens shift)
  • 3inch screen, 922k dots
  • 1080p video at 60p, stereo sound, 5-axis IS
  • My colours and creative shot modes
  • ISO100-ISO3200
  • 1cm macro mode
  • 8.5fps high speed burst (4 frames)
  • 3.1fps continuous shooting
  • Zoom framing assist
  • Wi-Fi and NFC connectivity

Canon Powershot SX700 HS Handling

The Canon Powershot SX700 HS has a metal body that feels reasonably robust. A small raised, rubberised finger grip on the front of the camera body helps to provide a secure hold of the camera, which is especially important, given the zoom range on offer.

A mode dial on the rear lets you set the shooting mode, and there are video record, playback, menu and wireless transfer buttons. The four-way controller can be used to change settings on the rear screen and the function button nestled within allows quick access for shooting options. On top is the on/off button, shutter release and zoom control. The base gives access to the battery and memory card compartment and connections for USB and HDMI are located on the side under a plastic flap. The screen had good viewing angles and is bright, clear and easy to see in bright sunlight.

The zoom framing assist feature simply zooms the lens out, whilst superimposing a rectangle on the screen to show how much your previous zoom setting would have covered. The issue with this system is that it doesn't zoom back automatically, so unless you were at full zoom before, the superimposed frame is pretty meaningless. However it is handy for those times you lose your subject at full zoom, as it quickly retracts the zoom so you can find your subject again. I feel this system would work better if the zoom returned to its previous setting when the zoom framing assist button is released.

Menus – To change settings you can press the function button, located within the circular 4-way controller and this will bring up a number of common settings on the rear screen. A jog dial located around the perimeter of the 4-way controller makes it easier to apply manual adjustments. To adjust more advanced settings you simply press the menu button and the options are spread over two screens. The menus are well laid out, and will those who have used a Canon compact camera before will feel right at home with the layout.

Wireless Connectivity - In order to connect the camera and a smartphone or tablet, Canon’s Camera window app must first be installed on your Android or Apple, phone or tablet. Once complete, the camera can be connected directly to the device via Wi-Fi or NFC, or through your home network via Wi-Fi.

The Canon Camera Window app connects the camera to the phone or tablet via Wi-Fi or NFC. Images can be viewed on the device or shared via other apps.   The camera can even be controlled via the app over Wi-Fi.  
Connecting directly to an Android device is straightforward, but we had some issues trying to do the same with an iPhone 5s, although this could equally be down to the phone itself. Connecting over a home network via Wi-Fi is very straightforward also, although entering the password for your network can be quite fiddly on the camera, especially as numbers and letters are on separate keyboard screens. Once connected, images on the camera can be viewed on the smart phone or tablet and then shared via whatever apps you may have on the device, such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram etc.

The camera can even be controlled via the app, which works much better than we expected. Zoom and focus can be controlled remotely, as can other options, like the flash mode for example. This can be especially useful for those who are partial to taking the odd 'selfie' photograph, as the image can be composed easily using your phone's display. The GPS capability of your device can also be utilised to add geo-tags to your images as they are taken.

Battery life - Battery life is rated at 250 shots according to Canon / CIPA test results, which is reasonable performance. An 'ECO' mode is also available, which extends to battery life to 360 shots.

Speed - We took a number of shots to test the camera's responsiveness, from switch on to first photo, shot to shot, focusing speed etc. We take a number of shots and then use the average to ensure accurate and consistent tests, making it easy to compare with other cameras.

Shutter Response <0.04secs
Wide - Focus / Shutter Response 0.12secs
Full zoom - Focus / Shutter Response 0.55secs
Switch on Time to Taking a Photo 1.68secs
Shot to Shot without Flash 0.72secs
Shot to Shot with Flash 3.24secs
Continuous Shooting - JPEG (shots before slow down) 8.5fps (4 shots) 3.1fps (>100 shots)
Shutter response and focus are both quick, and the camera gives a good continuous shooting speed of 8.5fps (for up to 4shots) or 3.1fps until either the shutter button is released,  memory card is full or the battery runs out, whichever comes first. 

Canon Powershot SX700 HS Performance

Additional sample photos and product shots are available in the Equipment Database, where you can add your own review, photos and product ratings.

Canon Powershot SX700 HS Sample Photos

Sample Photos - Images are sharp and flash portraits are free of red-eye, with good skin tones. Levels of detail decrease as the ISO is raised but even images taken at ISO3200 should be plenty good enough for sharing on the web via social networking. Colour and exposure are good, with natural levels of colour saturation. If stronger colours are required, then you may use the Vivid My Colours digital filter to give saturation a boost.

Canon Powershot SX700 HS Lens test images

Lens Performance - Images are generally sharp in the centre of the frame, although corners can be a little soft at the wide angle zoom setting and detail levels are good for a camera of this type. The camera does a good job of correcting for barrel and pincushion distortion, with only a slight amount of distortion being visible in images. The camera has a very impressive 1cm macro mode, letting you get very close to your subject. 

Canon Powershot SX700 HS ISO test images

ISO Noise Performance - Noise levels are well controlled for a camera of this type, with images taken between ISO100 and ISO400 being relatively free of noise. Noise does increase with sensitivity, but even images taken at the maximum sensitivity should be good enough for sharing on the web via social networking.

Canon Powershot SX700 HS White-balance test images

White Balance Performance - Auto White Balance (AWB) gives a slightly warm image under tungsten lighting, with the tungsten preset providing a better corrected result. AWB performs reasonably well under fluorescent lighting, with the fluorescent preset a very slight yellow/green colour cast. 

Canon Powershot SX700 HS Other sample images

Canon Powershot SX700 HS Digital filters

Digital Filters - There are a number of colour options to choose from in the My Colours section of the function menu as well as digital effects such as a miniature effect and creative filters like the toy camera effect.

Canon Powershot SX700 HS Scene modes

Creative Shot Mode – Accessed via the mode switch on top of the camera, this mode takes six images in quick succession, applying different crops and filters randomly to each image. One possible use for this mode is for sharing images via one of the popular photo montage apps on a smartphone, or simply to choose the effect you like best of the six.

Video - The camera records 1080p HD video at 60fps with stereo sound, and optical zoom is available. Image stabilisation helps keep the shot steady while recording and overall the quality delivered is very good, with no jerkiness or blockiness.

Value For Money

The Canon Powershot SX700 HS is available for £277 which makes it good value for money, as few cameras come close to the same specification for the price.

Nikon Coolpix S9700, 16MP, Wi-Fi, GPS, 30x optical zoom, £269Panasonic Lumix TZ60, 18MP, Wi-Fi, NFC, GPS, EVF, 30x optical zoom, £339Sony Cyber-shot HX60, 20MP, 30x optical zoom, Wi-Fi, £319Olympus Stylus SH-1, 16MP, 24x optical zoom, Wi-Fi, £349

You'll also need to buy a memory card and a case or bag to keep your camera safe and protected - have a look at our complete guide to camera bags.

Canon Powershot SX700 HS Verdict

Overall, this camera provides decent quality images and a range of features that will appeal to both advanced photographers and happy snappers alike. Image quality is good for a camera of this type, although corners can be a little soft at the wide angle end of the zoom. The image stabilisation works well and video quality is very good also. Wireless connectivity features make sharing images on the go a pleasure and the novel remote control feature is ideal for those partial to taking the odd 'selfie'. The camera is reasonably priced compared to alternatives too.

Canon Powershot SX700 HS Pros

Good colour and exposure1080p HD video at 60fps with ISCreative shot modeWireless connectivityRemote control functionExcellent 1cm macro mode3inch screen with 922k dots30x zoom lens8.5fps burst mode

Canon Powershot SX700 HS Cons

Zoom assist mode seems strangely implementedCorners can be a little soft at wide angle end of the zoomLacks panoramic mode

Canon Powershot SX700 HS Specifications

ManufacturerCanon
Lens
Max Aperturef/3.2 - f/6.9
35mm equivalent25mm - 750mm
Optical Zoom30x
Image Sensor
Pixels16.1Mp (Megapixels)
Pixels (W)4608
Pixels (H)3456
Sensor TypeBack-lit CMOS (B.S.I.)
Sensor Size1/2.3inch
Sensor Size (width)No Data
Sensor Size (height)No Data
Aspect Ratio
LCD Monitor
LCD Monitor3in
Screen resolution922k
Touch ScreenNo
Focusing
Min Focus1cm
Focusing modes
  • Autofocus
  • Manual
  • Face Detection
  • AF Tracking
  • Multi
  • Centre
Exposure Control
Shutter speeds shortest1/3200sec
Shutter speeds longest15sec
Bulb modeNo Data
Exp modes
  • Program
  • Aperture-Priority
  • Shutter-Priority
  • Manual
  • Scene modes
  • Program Variable
Metering
  • Centre-weighted - Average
  • Multi Pattern
  • Spot
ISO sensitivity100 - 3200
White balance
  • Auto
  • Manual
  • Outdoors/Daylight
  • Cloudy
  • Incandescent
  • Fluorescent
Exposure Comp+/-2
Shooting Options
Continuous shooting8.5fps
Video
Movie modeYes
Video Resolution
Video FPS60p
Stereo SoundYes
Optical Zoom with VideoYes
Other Features
Image StabilisationYes
Interface
HDMIYes
USBUSB 2
Wi-FiYes
Storage
Card Type
File Type
Power Source
Battery TypeRechargeable Li-ion Battery NB-6LH
Battery Life (CIPA rating)250shots
Box Contents
Box ContentsDigital Camera PowerShot SX700 HS, Wrist Strap WS-800, Battery Pack NB-6LH, Battery Charger CB-2LYE, AC Cable, User Manual Kit
Dimensions
Weight269g
Width112.7mm
Height65.8mm
Depth34.8mm

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En Ucuz Canon PowerShot SX700 HS Dijital Fotoğraf Makinesi Fiyatları

Fotoğrafla ilgilenen kişiler için taşınabilirlik özelliğine sahip, üstelik yüksek zoom’lu bir fotoğraf makinesi ihtiyacı söz konusu olduğunda iddialı alternatiflerden biri de Canon PowerShot SX700 HS. 30x gibi oldukça yüksek bir optik zoom’la gelen dijital fotoğraf makinesinde, bu özellik beraberinde oldukça uzak mesafelere yakınlaştırma yapılabiliyor. 30x’e kadar yakınlaştırma faktörünün kullanımı, 5 ya da 10x optik zoom seviyelerindeki netliği sunmasa da gayet iyi. Teknik detaylara birazdan değineceğiz, ilk olarak cihazın tasarımına göz atıyoruz.

Tasarım

Canon PowerShot SX700 HS, modern tasarım çizgilerine sahip, oldukça alımlı bir model. Temelde elde tutuluşun kolay olması üzerinde durulan tasarımda cihazın sağında Canon yazısının altında bir çıkıntı bulunuyor. Bu çıkıntının elle makinenin daha kolay kavranmasını sağladığı gibi, düşürülme riskinin de azaltılması hedefleniyor.

Canon PowerShot SX700 HS’nin merkezine yakın yerdeki lensinin üzerinde stereo hoparlörler bulunuyor. Üzerinde deklanşör butonu yer alırken, cihazın arka yüzünde ekran ve kontroller yer alıyor. Genel anlamda hafif ve tutarlı bir tasarımla karşınıza çıkan Canon PowerShot SX700 HS’de malzeme kalitesi de üst seviyede.

30x zoom

Modele dair en önemli özellik 30x optik zoom. 35mm değeri baz alındığında 25-750mm gibi oldukça yüksek bir zoom faktörü sunan dijital fotoğraf makinesinde zoom’un hızı da gayet iyi. Kısa süre içinde size ihtiyaç duyduğunuz yakınaştırma oranını sağlayan Canon PowerShot SX700 HS’in 10x optik zoom’a performansı muazzam derecede iyi. 20x optik zoom’a kadar da sonuçlar eğer sarsıntı olmazsa çok başarılı.

Genel olarak 25-26x seviyelerine kadar optik zoom’un yüksek verimde kullanılabildiği görülürken 27-30x optik zoom seviyelerinde görüntüde bozulmalar görülebiliyor. Bunun önüne geçmek için tripod kullanımı faydalı oluyor.

Teknoloji özellikleri

Zoom özelliği ile öne çıkan cihazda 16.1 megapiksel fotoğraf çekimi ve Full HD video kaydı gerçekleştirebilmek mümkün. DIGIC 6 adını alan gelişmiş bir görüntü sensörünü teknoloji özellikleri arasında barındıran modelin 3 inçlik ekranı da gerek zengin renkler gerekse canlı görüntü sunması yönünden oldukça iyi sonuçlar sunuyor.

Yazılımsal anlamda kullanışlı özelliklerle gelen Canon PowerShot SX700 HS’de yaratıcı çekim modları, akıllı oto gibi fotoğrafa yoğun şekilde hükmedebilmenizi sağlayan özellikler bulunuyor. Güneşli ortamlar ya da hareketin yoğun olduğu durumlarda size daha iyi fotoğraflar sunma odaklı 60’a yakın çekim moduna sahip olması da PowerShot SX700 HS’in öne çıkan özelliklerinden.

Wi-Fi özelliğine sahip

Son dönem fotoğraf makinelerinde aranan özelliklerden biri olan Wi-Fi özelliğine ek olarak NFC özelliği de bulunan cihazda bu sayede akıllı telefon, tablet gibi aygıtlarla bir arada çalışabilme artısı bulunuyor. Hibrit Auto Creates Clips adını alan bir diğer yenilikçi özellik sayesinde ise video çekimlerinin yapılandırılabilmesi ve örneğin sosyal ağlarda paylaşıma hazır hale getirilebilmesi mümkün oluyor.

Sonuç

Canon PowerShot SX700 HS, fotoğrafa yeni başlayan ancak klasik yakınlaştırma faktörlerinden ziyade uzak mesafelerden fotoğraflar çekebilme olanağına sahip olmak isteyen kişiler için ideal seçenekler arasında. Aynı zamanda doğa ya da manzara fotoğrafçılığı ile ilgilenen kimseler için önemli bir alternatif durumunda. Fiyat etiketi, sahip olduğu yetenekler gözönünde bulundurulduğunda belki biraz daha düşük olabilirdi; ancak Canon PowerShot SX700 HS, mutlaka değerlendirilmesi gereken modeller arasında olmayı hak ediyor.

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Canon PowerShot SX700 HS review -

The Canon PowerShot SX700 HS is a compact super-zoom camera with an impressive 30x optical range. Announced in February 2014 it’s Canon’s flagship compact super-zoom offering not just the longest range in this form factor, but also full manual control as well as built-in Wifi with NFC for easy wireless sharing. Its 16.1 Megapixel back-illuminated CMOS sensor is coupled with Canon’s latest Digic 6 processor to provide good low-light performance, 1080p60 HD video as well as slow motion modes, fast burst shooting and no fewer than 58 scenes types in Smart Auto mode for point-and-shoot operation.

Announced almost simultaneously, Sony’s latest CyberShot HX60V also sports a 30x optical zoom. Sony was the first to reach the 30x zoom landmark a year earlier with the HX50V and its successor sports the same lens but with improved image stabilisation. Other enhancements on the latest Sony include NFC for quick Wifi connection using a compatible smartphone, built-in GPS, a faster BIONZ processor and installable apps.

And a month prior to both the Canon and Sony models, Panasonic announced the latest in its long running and hugely popular travel zoom line, the Lumix TZ60 / ZS40. Now also with a 30x optical zoom, the TZ30 / ZS40’s other features include a new built-in viewfinder, 18 Megapixel sensor, built-in Wifi with NFC plus a GPS receiver. The TZ60 / ZS40 also has a programmable lens control ring and can shoot RAW – those features, particularly the new viewfinder will win it even more friends among enthusiasts looking for a long zoom combined with great control in a compact form.

In my review I’ve compared all three of these models, so if you’re in the market for a 30x compact-super zoom you’ll find everything you need right here. Before we get started though, a quick note about the Sony HX60V which is not available in North America. Don’t worry though, last year’s HX50 is still on sale (Worldwide) and shares the same lens and body, not to mention essentially the same quality; note there’s also an HX50V in some regions which adds GPS to the camera. Due to their similarities and availability, I’ll refer to the Sony throughout my review as the HX50V / HX60V and mention any differences where relevant.

The Canon PowerShot SX700 HS isn’t as pocketable as the soap bar shapes of the smaller PowerShot SX models – the 18x PowerShot SX600 HS for example – but it’s not far off. With dimensions of 113x66x34.8mm and weighing 269g with battery and card fitted, it’ll fit comfortably in a jacket pocket – I even managed to pop it in the rear pocket of my jeans. The Panasonic Lumix TZ60 / ZS40 is marginally smaller at 111x64x34.4mm and at 240g a bit lighter too, quite an achievement when you consider it also has a built-in viewfinder and GPS. The Sony Cyber-shot HX50V / HX60V is a similar width and height, but at 108x64x38.3mm it’s a fair bit thicker giving it a much chunkier appearance.

Viewed from the top the PowerShot SX700 HS’s body appears to curve backwards at the sides giving a slightly convex appearance which is aesthetically quite pleasing. It’s mirrored by the rise and fall of the top panel which bulges above the lens to accommodate the Wifi antenna. The top panel controls are limited to the large silver shutter release button with its black zoom collar, flanked on the left by the smaller flush On/Off button and the movie record button on the right.

There’s a substantial (for a compact) grip on the front right side of the body but no thumb pad on the rear, so your thumb sits rather awkwardly in the narrow space between the mode dial and the screen edge.

Below the mode dial four buttons surround the rear mounted control dial; above it is the playback button and a new button introduced on recent Wifi equipped PowerShot compacts which initiates a Wifi connection with your smartphone. Below the control dial you’ll find a button for toggling display overlays alongside the menu button. The control dial itself follows the by now familiar Canon arrangement with exposure compensation, flash mode, self-timer and focus options at the cardinal points with the top and bottom buttons doubling up for Wifi and delete in playback mode.

The SX700 HS has a three inch, 922k dot LCD screen. The PureColor II G screen is bright and contrasty, remains viewable from wide horizontal and vertical angles and provides a very detailed view of what’s in the frame in all but the brightest conditions. It’s a little disappointing not to find a touch-screen on the Canon, Sony or Panasonic flagship pocket super-zooms in 2014. When it comes to composition the major differentiator between the three is that the Panasonic TZ60 / ZS40 is the only one to sport a built-in electronic viewfinder. You wouldn’t want to use this all the time due to its small size and coarse resolution, but with a wealth of overlay information and 100 percent field of view, it’s much more than just a sunny weather fall-back. Note Sony offers an optional electronic viewfinder accessory for the HX50V / HX60V which slides onto the hotshoe, but while it delivers a high quality image, the equally high price will prevent most from fitting it.

Though not equipped with a hotshoe, the PowerShot SX700 HS has a built-in flash with a maximum range of 3.5m at the wide angle lens setting. Pressing a small button on the left of the body releases the flash which extends on a spring-actuated arm. Once raised you can use the right position on the control dial to select from auto, on, off and slow synchro modes. The Sony HX50V / HX60V has a similar arrangement whereas the Lumix TZ60 / ZS40’s built-in flash is positioned in the front panel directly below the shutter release (watch those fingers). These ranges are calculated at Auto ISO, but assuming that’s 1600 ISO (which is usually the case), the Lumix TZ60 / ZS40’s flash is more powerful with a range of 6.4 metres at the wide angle lens setting. The same goes for the HX50V / HX60V, with a range of 5.6m, not quite up to the Lumix TZ60 / ZS40, but again it also has a hot shoe / accessory port, so you can mount an external flash if you need more power.

On the bottom right of the SX700 HS a hinged door provides access to the combined battery and card compartment. The SX700 HS takes SD cards which slot in just behind the NB-6LH battery. The battery provides enough power to take 250 shots, pretty meagre by modern standards. By comparison, the HX50V / HX60V manages a whopping 400 shots on a single charge and the Lumix TZ60 / ZS40 will give you 300. Also, you can charge both the Sony or Panasonic over USB either using the supplied AC adapter or by plugging them into a USB port on a laptop, a distinct advantage if your travelling with a computer. You can even plug them into a suitable USB port in a car, coach or plane for a crafty topup.

So on the face of it the SX700 HS delivers unremarkable battery life, but put it into Eco mode and it’ll stretch to a more respectable 360 shots. Eco mode conserves battery power by dimming the screen after a two-second delay, then turning it off after a further 10 second delay. Eventually, after three minutes of inactivity the camera turns itself off completely. It’s a practical way to make the battery go further, but if you like to keep the camera powered up and ready to shoot at a moment’s notice a second battery would be a wise investment. The battery is recharged outside the camera in a supplied AC charger.

Before moving on, it’s worth talking about battery life a little more, and in particular the issues which faced the earlier SX280 HS. When Gordon tested one of the first SX280 HS’s one year ago, he discovered that a healthy battery indicator when taking stills could suddenly turn red and start flashing as soon as you started to record video. Canon recognized the problem and issued an update which fixed our sample, although some owners continued to report battery issues even following an update.

I wanted to make sure the same problems didn’t plague the SX700 HS, so put it through a battery test with lots of switching between video and stills and back again – something the SX280 HS prior to the fix would have had serious problems with.

I started with a fully charged battery, then filmed a 1080p movie for 16 minutes and 25 seconds (a 4GB file), then shot ten still photos. I then repeated this with another 16:25 / 4GB video, followed by another ten stills. Then a third 4GB video and another ten photos, and still no battery warning icon.

During my fourth movie, the battery icon did start to flash, but I still managed to film another 4GB 16.5 minute file, followed by ten more photos. Out of curiousity I then powered the camera down and back up again, at which point the battery icon displayed two bars. I started to film another movie, and this time the low battery started flashing at five minutes and finally expired at 6:41.

So in this test the SX700 HS managed to film over 72 minutes worth of 1080p video and shoot 40 still photos on a single charge, including switching between stills and movies multiple times. Again this is something which would have been impossible for the original SX280 HS release, so while the SX700 HS may not share the same battery life of its latest rivals, I can at least report it doesn’t share the issues of its predecessor.

 

Canon PowerShot SX700 HS lens and stabilisation

The Canon PowerShot SX700 HS has a 30x optical zoom with a 35mm equivalent range of 25-750mm and a maximum aperture of f3.2-6.9. This is quite an amazing zoom range to be able to carry around in your pocket; a little more than a year ago you’d have been carrying around a much bigger, heavier body if you wanted this kind of reach.

Canon PowerShot SX700 HS wide

Canon PowerShot SX700 HS tele

4.5-135mm at 4.5mm (25mm equiv)4.5-135mm at 135mm (750mm equiv)

Now you’re spoilt for choice and both the Lumix TZ60 / ZS40 and the Sony HX50V / HX60V also pack a 30x range. But both of those models start at a slightly wider 24mm wide angle and fall short of the PowerShot SX700 HS’s telephoto reach by 30mm – so that’s a 24-720mm range compared with 25-750. In practice the difference is barely noticeable, but if you’re stuck in a tight corner, the fractionally wider Sony and Panasonic may be more useful – and lest we forget, both also offer panorama modes for capturing really wide field of views which the Canon lacks.

As well as a fractionally longer telephoto, the PowerShot SX700 HS helps you get the most out of it. One of the frustrations of shooting with a long telephoto is that it’s easy to lose track of your subject, necessitating zooming out to locate it, then back in again. Press the Framing Assist button on the left side of SX700 HS and the lens quickly zooms out while at the same time displaying a frame showing your original zoom magnification. That allows you to locate your subject and reframe before releasing the button which quickly zooms you right back in again. It’s a simple idea introduced on an earlier SX model and it works really well.

The PowerShot SX700’s f3.2-6.9 maximum aperture is a tiny bit brighter than the Lumix TZ60 / ZS40 (f3.3-6.4) and the Sony HX50V / HX60V (f3.5-6.3) at the wide angle, but not so bright when fully zoomed in. The differences are pretty marginal though. Interestingly, there is a difference in the middle of the range, with the HX50V / HX60V closing down more quickly. In my quality tests at 173mm equivalent I was able to shoot at f5.6 with the PowerShot SX700 HS and the Lumix TZ60 / ZS40, but the maximum aperture available at the same focal length on the Sony HX50V / HX60V was f6.3.

The SX700 HS is equipped with Canon’s Intelligent IS image stabilisation which shifts the lens elements to compensate for camera movement. Intelligent IS has three positions, selected from the shooting menu, off, shoot only, and continuous. To test it I took a sequence of shots in fading light at progressively slower shutter speeds with the lens zoomed to its maximum 750mm focal length. As you can see from the crops below, the SX700 HS can take sharp hand-held shots at speeds down to 1/25th, that’s a very impressive five stops of stabilisation.

Canon PowerShot SX700 HS Intelligent IS: Off / Continuous

 

100% crop , 4.5-135mm at 135mm, 100 ISO, 1/25th, Intelligent IS off.

100% crop , 4.5-135mm at 135mm, 100 ISO, 1/25th, Intelligent IS Continuous.

Canon PowerShot SX700 HS shooting modes

The SX700 HS has the full complement of PASM modes which are selected from the mode dial. In manual mode the aperture range at the wide angle lens setting is f3.2-f8 in 1/3EV increments though at the telephoto end of the zoom range it’s limited to f6.9-f8. The shutter speed range is 15 seconds to 1/3200. Like all Canon compacts it also has a range of point-and-shot modes including Smart Auto which will work out everything for you using scene detection. The SX700 HS can interpret 58 scene types including subjects which are in motion, backlit, in shadow, smiling or even sleeping, including two additional scenes for smiling or sleeping babies.

Program Auto mode doesn’t use scene detection, but instead gives you control over the camera’s functions including ISO sensitivity, white balance, metering mode and exposure compensation. It also unlocks a lot of options on the shooting menu that aren’t available in Smart Auto mode including AF mode, frame size and i-Contrast (shadow detail enhancement). You can also access the various focus options including manual focus; essentially, where Smart Auto locks down all but a small subset of the SX700 HS’s features, Program Auto mode lets you access all of them but takes care of the exposure for you.

Other options on the mode dial include Scene modes, Creative effect filters and Live View control – results based jargon-free adjustment of exposure, saturation and white balance. With the mode dial in the Scene position individual scene modes are chosen using the Func. Set button and as well as the usual Portrait, Low light, Snow, and Fireworks options you’ll find the composite Handheld NightScene mode (more about that on the noise results page), High-speed burst and Smart Shutter mode, which uses face detection to automatically take pictures when people smile, or activate the shutter with a wink.

Anyone who owns a recent Canon compact will be familiar with the Creative filter effects, the SX700 HS also includes the Creative Shot mode. Introduced on the PowerShot N100 and also included on the SX600 HS, this is an extension of filter effects which automatically applies a selection of them to a shot to produce six variations. The SX700 HS uses scene detection to determine which effects to apply or you can select from a number of presets – the one shown below is Retro – and it also crops some images to produce new compositions. All six versions are then displayed for a couple of seconds and if you press the Func Set button you can review them individually though, of course, you can play them back at any time just like other shots. The mode dial also has a dedicated slot for the Sports scene mode as well a movie mode position which I’ll talk about more in the movie section below.

 

The PowerShot SX700 HS has face detect AF which defaults to a 9-point system if no faces are detected in the frame. You can also opt for a centre area mode with two frame sizes as well as tracking AF. You can also set the focus manually and while it’s never an easy thing to do on a compact screen, the screen magnification, distance scale and focus peaking make the task much simpler than it would otherwise be.

Canon PowerShot SX700 HS movie modes

The Canon PowerShot SX700 HS can record Full HD movies with stereo sound and control over the optical zoom while you’re filming. The best quality mode is 1080p60 with 1080p30 720p30 and VGA also at 30fps.There’s a dedicated movie mode on the dial, but you can actually start recording video from any mode by simply pressing the red record button on the back. This may sound like it renders the movie mode position on the dial redundant, but selecting it puts the screen into 16:9 mode for more accurate framing and also allows selection of iFrame and Super Slow Motion modes from the Func. Set menu. Canon recommends using an SD memory card rated at Class 6 or quicker for movies. The maximum recording time is when the file reaches a second shy of half an hour or 4GB in size, or of course if the battery runs out first.

Moving on, once you start filming the exposure control is fully automatic, although if preferred, you can lock the exposure or adjust it in a +/-2EV range prior to filming. Some of the Creative Effects can also be applied to movies, although others are ignored. Press the movie record button while Fisheye, Toy Camera or Soft Focus are selected and the camera will just ignore them and film as normal, but it will apply the Monochrome, Super Vivid, Poster or Miniature effects to video.

In a bizarre approach inherited from earlier Canon compacts though the Miniature mode ignores whatever movie quality you’ve previously selected and uses the still photo shape to dictate the video format. With the photos set to the default 4:3 shape for the best photo quality, Miniature movies will only be recorded in VGA resolution. If you want widescreen HD Miniature movies, you’ll first need to set the photo shape to 16:9, and even then the Miniature mode will only record video at 720p, not 1080p. This remains a very odd way of doing things, when Canon should simply apply the desired movie format to any mode, or offer Miniature effects direct from the dedicated movie mode. Either way, you can see an example below.

The SX700 HS also inherits the slow motion capabilities of earlier PowerShot models, offering the choice of QVGA (320×240) at 240fps or VGA (640×480) at 120fps. These are fun to use, but it’s a shame Canon still hasn’t taken the opportunity to upgrade them to something more useful. The Lumix TZ60 / ZS40, like its predecessor offers VGA at 200fps or 720p HD at 100fps, the latter delivering really nice quality and footage that can be integrated more seamlessly into widescreen HD projects.

A Dynamic IS mode improves stabilization although with a slight crop of the field of view. If you’d like to capture the same field of view as stills, you should change the IS mode in the menu and accept slightly reduced stabilization performance. I used the default Dynamic IS mode 1 which applies a crop for all my sample videos below and as you’ll see it proved very effective even when panning handheld with the camera zoomed all the way in.

Canon PowerShot SX700 HSsample video 1: outdoors, cloudy bright, handheld pan
This clip, like the others below was shot using the PowerShot SX700 HS’s best quality 1080p60 video mode. The quality of the video is very nice and the image stabilisation does a good job on the wide-angle pan and even copes pretty well at the the 750mm maximum zoom, though some shaking at this magnification is inevitable.
Canon PowerShot SX700 HSsample video 2: outdoors, overcast, tripod pan
For this tripod mounted pan the image stabilisation was turned off. The highlights are blown but then there’s a very wide brightness range in this scene. As with the previous clip, I’ve used the zoom here in the slower of its two speeds where the motor is just audible.
Canon PowerShot SX700 HSsample video 3: indoors, low-light, handheld pan
Two things stand out in this interior low-light pan. It’s quite noisy and the exposure reacts rather vigorously when panning past the windows, something all the recent PowerShots I’ve tested are prone to.
Canon PowerShot SX700 HS sample video 4: indoors, continuous AF
To test the continuous AF performance of the PowerShot SX700 HS I zoomed the lens in a little and panned from the close-up coffee cup to the bar and back again several times. The PowerShot SX700 HS’s small sensor and lens aperture don’t make for particularly shallow depth of field, all the same, the autofocus does a good job of tracking from the coffee cup to the bar and back.
Canon PowerShot SX700 HS sample video 5: Miniature mode
Here’s the PowerShot SX700 HS miniature mode in action on the middle 10x speed setting. Don’t forget to set the photo aspect ratio to 16:9 if you want miniature videos in (720p) HD widescreen!

Canon PowerShot SX700 HS Wifi

Like its recent siblings, the SX700 HS has built-in Wifi which allows you to transfer images wirelessly. Unlike the earlier SX280 HS though, it also allows you to shoot remotely using the CameraWindow app. Regardless of the mode set on the camera, for remote shooting it’s placed in Program Auto mode and during remote shooting all of the camera’s controls (with the exception of the On/Off button) are disabled.

To test the wifi features of the PowerShot SX700 HS I used my iPhone 4S. To connect to the camera you press the phone button on the rear, this turns the Wifi on so you can connect to the displayed SSID. Once that’s done launching, Canon’s CameraWindow app allows you to transfer images and remotely control the camera. If you own an NFC capable phone none of this is necessary though, as you can connect the two devices simply by tapping them together.

The CameraWindow iOS app offers fairly basic remote shooting features, especially compared with its equivalent on Wi-fi equipped Panasonic compacts. You can zoom in and out remotely – a slider and nudge buttons on the app provide the same level of control as on the camera – but other than the option to set either a 2 or 10-second self timer that’s about it. You can set the flash mode – provided you first pop it up on the camera and you can take a shot by pressing the big shutter release button at the bottom of the screen.

The CameraWindow app also allows you to view all of the images on the camera and transfer them to your phone. And though the PowerShot SX700 HS lacks a built-in GPS receiver you can use your phone’s GPS to record a track log then append the GPS data to images in the camera. It’s a little more involved than using a built-in GPS which you just turn on and forget about, but a feature worth having nonetheless.

It’s also possible to wirelessly transfer photos to a computer, the Web, a suitably equipped printer or another camera by pressing the up button on the four-way controller during playback. If you want more detail about how that works head over to the Wifi section of Gordon’s Canon PowerShot SX280 HS review.

Canon PowerShot SX700 HS Handling and Sensor

The PowerShot SX700 HS starts up swiftly, extends the lens and is ready to take a shot in about one and a half seconds. The biggest handling issue I had was with the zoom control which displays a scale showing the extent of the zoom. It isn’t linear and at the half way point you’re only zoomed in to around 175mm. To get to roughly half-way – around 375mm – it’s necessary to go almost all the way to the end of the scale. The SX700 HS isn’t unique in this respect, but the Lumix TZ60 / ZS40 provides a more realistic intepretation of focal length on its zoom scale.

Canon has used much the same menu layout on it’s compacts for many years – it works really well, so why change it? This is especially true when there’s a mode dial present – offloading a lot of stuff that would otherwise appear on the Func. Set menu. If I was to make one small criticism, it’s that the proximity of the Phone button, which initiates a Wifi connection, to the mode dial meant that I accidentally pressed it almost every time I changed the shooting mode. It’s a small gripe, though, in what was otherwise a very positive handling experience

 

The PowerShot SX700 HS has a 16.1 Megapixel 1/2.3in compact sensor that produces images with a maximum size of 4608 x 3456 pixels. Its ISO sensitivity range is from 100 to 3200 ISO and in Manual mode its shutter speed range is 15 seconds – 1/3200. It saves images as JPEG files at one of two quality/compression settings and at the best quality SuperFine setting image size is on average around 6 to 10MB. Of the three models tested here, only Panasonic’s Lumix TZ60 / ZS40 offers RAW recording.

To see how the quality of the Canon PowerShot SX700 HS measures-up in practice, take a look at my Canon SX700 HS quality and Canon SX700 HS noise results pages, browse my Canon SX700 HS images, or skip to the chase and head straight for my verdict.

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Canon PowerShot SX700 HS: Digital Photography Review

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Manufacturer description: The PowerShot SX700 is a travel zoom compact camera, featuring a 25-750mm equivalent F3.2-6.9 lens and the company's latest DIGIC 6 processor. The SX700 has all of Canon's automatic and scene modes, but also includes PSAM manual exposure control modes for those who want a little more control. Wi-Fi and NFC are built in for simple wireless image sharing with a compatible smartphone. For photographers who get frustrated composing photos at long telephoto focal lengths, the SX700 includes a Zoom Framing Assist function that lets you quickly back out, recompose, and return to where you were. The camera also records high-quality 1080p/60p Full HD video through a dedicated movie button.

Body type Compact
Max resolution 4608 x 3456
Effective pixels 16 megapixels
Sensor size 1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm)
Sensor type BSI-CMOS
ISO Auto, 100-3200
Focal length (equiv.) 25–750 mm
Max aperture F3.2–6.9
Articulated LCD Fixed
Screen size 3″
Screen dots 922,000
Max shutter speed 1/3200 sec
Format H.264
Storage types SD/SDHC/SDXC
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Weight (inc. batteries) 269 g (0.59 lb / 9.49 oz)
Dimensions 113 x 66 x 35 mm (4.45 x 2.6 x 1.38″)
GPS None

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The Canon Power Shot SX700 HS digital camera features a powerful 30x optical zoom that lets you get right down onto the field to preserve a big play, reach deep into the forest for spectacular wildlife close-ups, and capture majestic architecture just the way you see it. What's more, the camera's advanced technology ensures truly impressive quality in every shot, even at the long end of the zoom. The Canon HS System - a 16.1 megapixel high-sensitivity CMOS sensor and DIGIC 6 image processor - provides excellent detail and color in low light. Smart AUTO makes high-quality imaging easy in any situation, and Intelligent IS keeps shots clear and steady. Best of all, built-in Wi-Fi lets you transfer images and video directly to select social networking sites, mobile devices and your computer, so you can share from almost anywhere. Plus simply touch the camera to a compatible Android device using built-in NFC (Near Field Communication) for easy wireless connectivity.

Experience Ultra Zooming Power

Whether you're capturing family activities, seeing the sights on vacation, or pursuing your favorite hobbies, you'll want the amazing zooming power of PowerShot SX700 HS at your side. With the camera's powerful 30x Optical Zoom, you can get right down onto the field to preserve a big play, reach deep into the forest for spectacular wildlife close-ups, and capture majestic architecture just the way you see it. What's more, the camera's advanced technology ensures truly impressive quality in every shot, even at the long end of the zoom. The Canon HS SYSTEM – a 16.1 Megapixel High-Sensitivity CMOS sensor and DIGIC 6 Image Processor – provides excellent detail and color in low light. Smart AUTO makes high-quality imaging easy in any situation, and Intelligent IS keeps shots clear and steady. Best of all, built-in Wi-Fi® lets you transfer images and video* directly to select social networking sites, mobile devices** and your computer, so you can share from almost anywhere. And simply touch the camera to a compatible Android™ device*** using built-in NFC (Near Field Communication) for easy wireless connectivity.

* Compatible with iOS versions 6.0/6.1/7.0, Android smartphone versions 2.3.3/4.0/4.1/4.2/4.3 and Android tablet versions 4.0/4.1/4.2/4.3. Data charges may apply.** With the download of the free Canon CameraWindow app. This software enables you to upload images to social network services. Before uploading images, please be aware that image files may contain privacy related information such as people and places. If necessary, please delete such information. Canon does not obtain, collect or use such images or any information included in such images through this software.*** Compatible with Android devices version 4.0 or later.

Powerful Zoom, Spectacular Image Quality
30x Optical Zoom

No matter the situation, you can be confident that the PowerShot SX700 HS camera's genuine Canon 30x Optical Zoom (35mm equivalent: 25–750mm) will capture images with exceptional brilliance and clarity. Canon's innovative Intelligent IS system analyzes camera movement and applies the best shake correction method for the shooting situation – allowing you to focus on framing and capturing your shot. And Zoom Framing Assist delivers automatic tracking, so you can easily reframe long-zoom shots without losing your subject. Even the camera's easy-to-grip shape is specifically designed for a secure hold and steady shooting.

Zoom Framing Assist

The PowerShot SX700 HS camera has the telephoto reach to capture subjects a long distance away using its powerful 30x Optical Zoom. At maximum telephoto, however, it can be challenging to track a moving subject. The Zoom Framing Assist seek function makes it much easier to use the camera's powerful zoom lens. When you press and hold the Zoom Framing Assist function button, the camera will automatically zoom out to include a wider angle of view, enabling you to more easily locate your moving subject. Once you find it, releasing the button will cause the lens to return to its original zoom position, intelligently keeping the subject in focus until you're ready to shoot and capture the perfect close-up moment. You can even make zoom adjustments while the button is pressed, with an animated assist frame that makes viewing easy. When the button is released, the lens will return to the adjusted zoom position.

You can also use Zoom Framing Assist to keep your subject's face the same size in your frame no matter how they move. Tap the Zoom Framing Assist function button to detect your subject's face. As your subject retreats and advances the camera automatically zooms in and out so their face remains the same size. It's especially useful for capturing the expressions of fast-moving children. And, for even more convenience, the Zoom Framing Assist function is also available when shooting video.

Share Images and Video Wherever and Whenever
Built-in Wi-Fi® makes sharing quick and easy

The PowerShot SX700 HS camera is equipped with built-in Wi-Fi® technology for on-the-go convenience when you want to share your photos and videos with friends, family and the whole world. Easily post your images to social networking and media sites – Facebook®, Twitter®, YouTube™, Flickr® and now Google Drive™ – through CANON iMAGE GATEWAY# directly from your PowerShot camera, or save them to the online photo album to share anytime, anywhere. The camera can also connect directly to both iOS® and Android™ devices*, and upload images via the free Canon CameraWindow app** without a computer. You can control the destination of your uploads to share with everyone or to selected groups, and even add comments. Sharing video is also easy with the PowerShot SX700 HS, which records video using the easy-to-share MP4 format. Enhanced Wi-Fi® makes posting in real time possible, so you can keep everyone up to date with photos and video even as events unfold. The built-in Wi-Fi® technology on the PowerShot SX700 HS also allows you to transfer images to other Wi-Fi® equipped PowerShot cameras or print your photos directly to a PictBridge (Wireless LAN) certified printer.

One-touch connection to your mobile device or computer is made possible on the PowerShot SX700 HS with the camera's dedicated Mobile Device Connect Button. You can choose to transfer images to your smartphone or tablet for immediate sharing with the CameraWindow app**, or to your computer on the same network with Image Sync to make saving and organizing your images easier. When the camera finds a linked computer on the same wireless network, images are sent directly to it. Otherwise, images are temporarily stored on CANON iMAGE GATEWAY then transferred once a connection is made, eliminating the need for cables.

Remote Shooting

With the built-in Wi-Fi® on the PowerShot SX700 HS, you can use your smartphone or tablet* to remotely control the camera. Simply connect wirelessly to your device and access the free Canon CameraWindow app**. Your device will show a live image of the camera's capture – perfect for a commemorative group photo, wildlife shots and all kinds of situations. The camera's versatile 30x Optical Zoom, flash, self-timer and shutter are all under your control, with images being saved to your camera as usual.

* Compatible with iOS versions 6.0/6.1/7.0, Android smartphone versions 2.3.3/4.0/4.1/4.2/4.3 and Android tablet versions 4.0/4.1/4.2/4.3. Data charges may apply.** This software enables you to upload images to social network services. Before uploading images, please be aware that image files may contain privacy related information such as people and places. If necessary, please delete such information. Canon does not obtain, collect or use such images or any information included in such images through this software.# One-time registration is required on CANON iMAGE GATEWAY online photo album.

Simply Tap to Connect
Built-in NFC (Near Field Communication) for easier Wi-Fi® connectivity

The PowerShot SX700 HS camera supports NFC (Near Field Communication) technology, eliminating the need to find and open the Canon CameraWindow app* on your mobile device. Simply touch the NFC icon on your camera to your compatible Android device**, and the CameraWindow app will launch automatically for quick, easy sharing of your images. Built-in NFC technology also makes it simpler to install the app. If the app hasn't been installed yet, once you touch the devices together for the first time, the download screen will display automatically.

* This software enables you to upload images to social network services. Before uploading images, please be aware that image files may contain privacy related information such as people and places. If necessary, please delete such information. Canon does not obtain, collect or use such images or any information included in such images through this software.** Compatible with Android devices version 4.0 or later.

Phenomenal Images and Incredible Performance Start Here
16.1 Megapixel High-Sensitivity CMOS sensor

The PowerShot SX700 HS camera features a 16.1 Megapixel High-Sensitivity CMOS sensor to make even your everyday photography remarkable. The large sensor takes in more light, so images are clear and beautifully detailed. High ISO shots are particularly impressive, with less noise and expanded dynamic range. And the 16.1 Megapixel resolution gives you the flexibility to be more creative with your shots: crop and enlarge any part of an image – you can be confident that the detail and resolution you need are there.

DIGIC 6 Image Processor

The PowerShot SX700 HS camera is equipped with the DIGIC 6 Image Processor, which makes several important advancements to image quality both in stills and video. Improved light sensitivity allows for higher resolution with less noise when shooting in dark conditions, and Dynamic IS now detects and compensates for tilt and parallel movement (shift blur) to create video that's exceptionally free of distortion. The processor also enhances the performance capabilities of the PowerShot SX700 HS, enabling high-speed, high quality continuous still image shooting at up to 8.5 frames per second. And video recording is better than ever, as the DIGIC 6 Image Processor enables Full HD at 60p, as well as MP4 recording. Highly compressed MP4 video not only preserves space on your memory card but also improves playback on mobile devices. Plus, with MF Peaking possible thanks to the DIGIC 6 Image Processor, you'll have a pro-level focusing tool at your disposal.

Canon HS SYSTEM

The PowerShot SX700 HS gives you the power to capture beautifully detailed, naturally lit images even in low light – reducing the need for flash and the occasionally unwelcome effects it produces. That's because the camera's 16.1 Megapixel High-Sensitivity CMOS sensor works with the camera's latest generation DIGIC 6 Image Processor to create the Canon HS SYSTEM, specifically engineered for spectacular low-light performance. With the Canon HS SYSTEM, you'll experience excellent tracking performance even in low light, and achieve gorgeous still image quality at ISO speeds up to ISO 3200; beautiful low-light shots are possible with minimal noise and maximum detail in highlight and shadow areas.

Stunning Full HD Video That's Better Than Ever
Capture stunning 1080p/60p Full HD video with a dedicated movie button

The PowerShot SX700 HS not only preserves your special video memories with spectacular realism and detail, but also does it in a format that makes them easy to share. You can simply press the dedicated movie button to start and stop video recording, so you're always ready to capture the moment as it happens. The camera records in stunningly realistic 1080p Full HD so even when played back on a big-screen HDTV, your videos are crystal clear, with smooth action and beautifully natural color. You can choose to record in 30 fps or 60 fps, so even fast-moving subjects are captured with crisp detail. And videos are recorded in MP4 format, perfectly sized for quick online sharing – whether you're showing relatives what the kids are up to or posting status updates on social networking sites.

Rethink Photography with Creative Shot
Creative Shot mode

In addition to its super-powerful 30x Optical Zoom, the PowerShot SX700 HS also turns out impressive artistic photos with Creative Shot mode. Rather than randomly applying filters, Creative Shot mode takes advantage of advanced Canon technologies to analyze the individual scene, subject and exposure to apply any of 46 filter options. In addition to the original shot, the camera automatically produces and saves five additional variations of the composition. Filter choices are grouped into Retro, Monochrome, Special and Natural categories to make exploring the world of artistic photography fun and easy, or simply select Auto to access the full range of effects. With Creative Shot mode, the result is stunning artistic photos that are perfect for sharing.

Share with a Single Touch
Mobile Device Connect Button

It's now easier than ever to connect your PowerShot SX700 HS camera to an iOS® or Android™ device* using the Mobile Device Connect Button. The button allows you to choose to transfer images to your smartphone or tablet for immediate sharing with the CameraWindow app**, or to your computer on the same network with Image Sync to make saving and organizing your images easier. Once your device is registered on the camera, simply press the Mobile Device Connect button for easy connection.

By connecting to a smartphone with the CameraWindow app using the Mobile Device Connect Button, you can browse and share images while still leaving the camera inside a bag. It is also possible to turn off the PowerShot SX700 HS quickly and easily, directly from a smartphone. Once your camera is linked to your computer on the same wireless network, you can automatically transfer images to it, for easy saving and organizing of your photos. The Mobile Device Connect Button is great for quick and easy sharing from a fun day out with friends and family.

* Compatible with iOS versions 6.0/6.1/7.0, Android smartphone versions 2.3.3/4.0/4.1/4.2/4.3 and Android tablet versions 4.0/4.1/4.2/4.3. Data charges may apply.** This software enables you to upload images to social network services. Before uploading images, please be aware that image files may contain privacy related information such as people and places. If necessary, please delete such information. Canon does not obtain, collect or use such images or any information included in such images through this software.

Remember the Day in Crisp HD
Hybrid Auto

Capture the essence of special days – vacations, important occasions or any time you're shooting many shots in a day – using Hybrid Auto on the PowerShot SX700 HS. Hybrid Auto records up to four seconds of video every time you shoot a still image, then automatically joins the day's clips and pictures* into a video. The feature also makes sure the "highlight reel" is stunningly beautiful by automatically recognizing the scene and optimizing camera settings to capture the highest possible image quality. The resulting 720p HD video is properly exposed, crisp and steady.

* Pictures can be withheld from the resulting video via menu settings.

A Smarter Camera Means Better Photos and Videos
Smart AUTO

Smart AUTO on the PowerShot SX700 HS makes capturing sharp, bright colorful images and video as simple as pressing the shutter button. By assessing various factors in both the background and the subject, the system recognizes 58 predefined shooting situations and automatically selects the camera settings that will yield the best possible results. Simply frame the shot you want, and in dozens of common or challenging scenarios the camera takes care of the rest. Hard-to-capture shots such as moving subjects, night scenes, backlit subjects, and landscapes at evening or on a bright snowy day are instantly and effortlessly captured as "keeper" shots. Smart AUTO makes the PowerShot SX700 HS ideal for capturing excellent quality still images and video on the go.

Shooting Modes
Manual Aperture-priority Shutter-priority Smart AUTO Movie Digest & Hybrid Auto Program Live View Control Creative Shot Sports Portrait Smart Shutter High-Speed Burst HQ Handheld Night Scene Low Light Snow Fireworks Fisheye Effect Miniature Effect Toy Camera Effect Monochrome Soft Focus Super Vivid Poster Effect Movie iFrame Movie Super Slow Motion Movie
You have complete control of exposure, selecting both aperture and shutter speed manually.
You set the aperture, controlling depth-of-field. The camera automatically selects the shutter speed.
You select the shutter speed, and the camera automatically selects the appropriate aperture.
The camera automatically selects the best shooting settings for optimal quality based on subjects and environmental factors to provide point-and-shoot simplicity.
Automatically selects shooting settings for optimal quality and records a video clip every time you capture a still image. One day's worth of clips are then combined into a single video.
The camera automatically and intelligently selects the aperture/shutter speed combination based on the shooting conditions.
Enables Brightness, Color, and Tone adjustments to your images using easy-to-understand controls.
Analyzes the scene and applies a number of creative filters to automatically create five variations in addition to the original image.
The camera uses high shutter speeds to capture fast-moving subjects.
Brings the subject into focus while beautifully blurring the background.
The camera automatically takes the photo when people smile, wink, or get into frame.
Captures fast-action shots at full resolution, providing continuous shooting when the shutter button is held down.
Take clear and steady pictures at night without the use of a tripod.
For high quality image capture in an amazing range of dimly lit situations.
Shoot clear snow scenes without darkened subjects or an unnatural bluish tint.
Create brilliant images of skyrocketing fireworks.
Now you can get the fisheye effect – a classic photographic distortion – without a fisheye lens.
Give images a miniature look with an effect that emphasizes perspective by blurring the top and bottom of the image.
Simulates photos taken with "toy" or pinhole cameras, darkening the image at the edges to create a vignette effect.
Choose from three single-tone effects: Black-and-White, Sepia, or Blue.
Creates a hazy ambiance that's perfect for portraits and wedding photos.
Super Vivid intensifies existing hues, saturating the scene with bright colors.
Poster Effect combines several similar shades into one color, turning subtle gradations into eye-catching, scene-popping contrasts.
Record video; unwanted scenes can be deleted in playback mode.
The Apple® movie format, iFrame, makes it easier and quicker to import and upload videos while retaining high image quality.
Record your clips in high speed (approx. 240 fps), and then watch your videos in slow motion.

Actual results may vary from examples shown above.Final image may vary depending on picture composition.

Additional Features
Intelligent IS

It's easy to capture clear, steady images with the PowerShot SX700 HS, even in low light without using a tripod. That's because the camera is equipped with Canon's innovative Intelligent IS. The system automatically analyzes camera movement and applies the best shake correction method for the shooting situation – allowing you to focus on framing and capturing your shot. For stills, the system selects from Normal IS, Panning IS, Macro (Hybrid) IS and Tripod modes. When shooting video, the system selects from Dynamic IS, Powered IS, Macro (Hybrid) IS and active Tripod IS modes. New icons clearly mark the image stabilization mode, whether you're shooting still images or video.

Still Image Shooting Normal IS Panning IS Macro (Hybrid) IS Tripod Video Recording Dynamic IS Powered IS Macro (Hybrid) IS Active Tripod IS
Corrects for a wide range of camera movement when shooting stills.
Panning motion is detected so that IS does not interfere with desired camera movement.
Corrects for shift-type camera shake, which typically occurs in macro (close-up) shooting.
When tripod use is detected, the Image Stabilizer is stopped because it is not needed.
Effective for video shooting at wide-angle focal lengths, eliminating the unwanted shaking that typically occurs while walking.
Compensates for hand movement when shooting video at the telephoto end of the zoom range, where camera shake is magnified.
Corrects for motion blur that is likely to occur when shooting video while walking. Also compensates for the shift-type camera shake common in macro shooting.
When shooting video while using a tripod, the image stabilization is active to compensate for slight camera shake.
ECO Mode

The PowerShot SX700 HS features ECO Mode, which provides more shots per single charge through LCD monitor and camera power management. ECO Mode can be activated for easy power preservation when you're out shooting for the day or the moment is too exciting to put the camera down. The mode quickly wakes the camera from sleep when a button is pressed. With ECO Mode activated to conserve power, you can even stay connected for longer with the built-in Wi-Fi® featured on the camera. When the fun with family and friends runs late into the night, you can be assured your camera can keep up.

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Canon Powershot SX700HS review | TechRadar

The SX700HS sits at the top of Canon's range of travel compact cameras, the better zoom-endowed brother of the SX600HS and the replacement for the SX280HS – Canon has decided to skip quite a few numbers in this series.

What these kinds of cameras offers over the much more ubiquitous smartphone, and cheaper compact cameras, is a high zoom ratio – with the SX700HS having a whopping 30x optical zoom offer. In 35mm terms, that's the equivalent of 25mm to 750mm. ZoomPlus – Canon's term for its digital zoom technology – boosts that reach to 60x, or an incredible 1500mm in 35mm terms.

That lens boasts a maximum aperture of f/3.2 at the widest point of the lens, rising to f/6.9 at the far end of the telephoto optic. It's 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 zoom range is impressive

Features

As well as that 30x optical zoom, there's also a 16.1 million pixel CMOS sensor that is joined by a Digic 6 processor. Canon is known for testing out its latest processors in its compact cameras, and it is here in the SX700HS that the latest can be found – this should mean that low light shooting is significantly improved from the SX280.

The camera also has five-axis dynamic image stabilisation, which should be particularly useful when shooting movies, which the SX700HS is capable of recording in full HD (1080p).

Wi-Fi and NFC are supported

As is starting to become more commonplace these days, the SX700HS features inbuilt Wi-Fi. GPS is not included, but you can add location data when the camera is hooked up to your smartphone if that's your thing. Canon has recently introduced a new smartphone app which means that you can now remotely control the camera from your smartphone or tablet – previously all you could do was share images between the two devices.

On the back of the camera is a three-inch (7.5cm), 922k dot, PureColor II LCD screen – unfortunately it's not touch sensitive though as you might find on some of Canon's IXUS products, or the PowerShot G1X Mark II.

The 3in screen is not touch sensitive

This is a camera designed to appeal to both those looking for the huge zoom range and for enthusiast photographers – as such, it has a full complement of shooting modes including manual and semi-automatic modes such as aperture priority and shutter priority. Naturally, there are also fully automatic, scene and creative modes available too for those who just want to concentrate on composition.

The full range of shooting modes is available

There are a few fun modes to be found on the SX700HS too. One that we've seen on several other Canon compacts is the Hybrid Auto mode. This films a two-second video before every shot is taken, then merges them together at the end of the day to give you a video recap of your day – it's particularly nice for parties, holidays and other special occasions.

Other creative modes include Creative Shot, which takes a shot and then creates another five images with digital filters at random. Separately there's a Creative Mode which gives you more control over which effect to apply. When shooting in manual or semi-automatic modes you can also apply different film-simulation modes, such as Positive Film or Black and White.

In terms of the competition, there are actually quite a few cameras currently on the market which feature a 30x optical zoom, most notably the Panasonic TZ60 and the Sony HX60V. All of which feature similar specifications, although the TZ60 has a viewfinder.

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