Canon PowerShot SX700 HS Review - Canon's latest travel camera packs everything but the kitchen sink, but how does it perform when put through its paces?

Product Overview

Overall rating:

92%

Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

Overall score:92%
Performance:95%
Value:90%
Design:90%
Image Quality:90%
Features:95%

Pros:

  • Features; Performance; Image quality; value for money

Cons:

  • Slightly fiddly Wi-Fi setup

Product:

Canon PowerShot SX700 HS Review

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Price as reviewed:

£280.00

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Want to know whether it’s worth upgrading to the SX700 HS, or whether you should save some cash and opt for the camera’s predecessor? Why not take a look at our Canon PowerShot SX700 HS vs Canon PowerShot SX600 HS head to head.

While the Canon SX600 HS is an impressive compact thanks to its ultra-compact 18x zoom lens and its wallet-friendly price point, it’s slightly disappointing that it’s lacking manual exposure options.

Its bigger brother – the Canon SX700 HS – features an equally compact 30x zoom lens, a full range of manual exposure controls, and comes in at under £300.

As a result it should build on the success of its sibling, so lets take a look and find out.

Canon PowerShot SX700 HS Review - front view

Canon PowerShot SX700 HS Review – Features

As with all travel cameras the main feature of the SX700 is its lens, and it’s a beauty. With a focal length range equivalent to 25-750mm (30x zoom) it’s one of the most powerful on any compact camera, competing with class leaders including the Panasonic TZ60 and the Sony HX60, both of which are considerably more expensive.

The SX700’s lens features optical image stabilisation, and has a maximum aperture of f/3.2-6.9, but by far its most impressive attribute is its compact size. With the lens retracted the camera is only 35mm thick, slim enough to fit easily into a pocket or handbag.

The lens is far from being the only noteworthy feature though; the SX700 is loaded with useful stuff, including a superb 3in monitor screen with a very high resolution of 922k dots and an effective anti-glare surface. It has adjustable brightness, but even the default setting is perfectly usable in bright sunlight.

Canon PowerShot SX700 HS Review - rear view

Manual shooting

Unlike the SX600, the SX700 has a full range of manual exposure options, with shutter and aperture priority as well as all-manual. Other cameras that purport to have manual aperture control only offer either minimum or maximum settings, but the SX700 offers full aperture control in 1/3-stop increments, from the maximum to the f/8 minimum.

Shutter speed control is also provided in 1/3-stop increments, from 15 seconds to an impressive 1/3200th of a second. Both are adjusted by turning the rotary bezel around the D-pad.

Like a lot of modern cameras the SX700 HS features wireless connectivity, with both Wi-Fi and Near Field Communication (NFC) available, and the inevitable free app available for download on both Apple and Android mobile phones.

While it does offer plenty of wireless options, including backup, sharing and GPS tagging – in conjunction with a smartphone rather than directly to the images – setting up the connections is a bit more fiddly than on some of its rivals, with multiple menus and lots of typing.

Canon PowerShot SX700 HS Review -  front with flash

Feature packed

The SX700 has many other great features, including enhanced low-light shooting, slow-motion movie recording, full 60p HD video and a hybrid auto mode that records short movie clips as you’re shooting, giving you a video diary of your day out.

The overwhelming impression is that Canon has really thought this one through, and produced a well-integrated camera that has almost every feature you could possibly want, a real jack-of-all-trades.

  1. 1. Introduction
  2. 2. Canon PowerShot SX700 HS Review - Design
  3. 3. Canon PowerShot SX700 HS Review - Performance
  4. 4. Canon PowerShot SX700 HS Review - Image Quality
  5. 5. Canon PowerShot SX700 HS Review - Verdict
  6. 6. Canon PowerShot SX700 HS Review - Sample Image Gallery
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  • Paul Nuttall

    Hi Ray,

    Thanks for the comment. GPS tagging can be applied to images in conjunction with a smartphone, although not independently directly to the images as the text might suggest.

    I’ve amended the text to hopefully make this clearer.

  • Ray

    I have this beautiful camera. I assure you, It doesn’t have GPS capability. Only Wifi.

  • James Smail

    Hi,

    I have just bought this camera, partly due to the GPS function, so that I can import my photos into Apple’s iPhoto, without the location already recorded. However, when I imported, there was no gps data on any photos. It also seems that to get GPS information, I need to connect it to a smartphone? Is this true? If so, seems very frustrating…….