Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

Easily pack 30x worth of optical zoom in your pocket

Canon PowerShot SX700 HS
  • Canon PowerShot SX700 HS
  • Canon PowerShot SX700 HS
  • Canon PowerShot SX700 HS
  • Expert Rating

    3.75 / 5

Pros

  • 30x optical zoom
  • Relatively easy to make manual adjustments
  • Good overall image quality

Cons

  • Mode dial location a little awkward
  • Some noticeable chromatic aberration
  • Wi-Fi feature not great

Bottom Line

Canon's PowerShot SX700 HS is a powerful little camera that can be used in a whole heap situations, from regular landscapes to long tele-zooms. It's a fun camera to use and well worth considering, especially if you want a camera for your travels.

Would you buy this?

  • Price

    $ 400.00 (AUD)

Image quality

Image quality turned out to be very good from this PowerShot, though we took advantage of some of the built-in colour modes to give our photos a little more ‘pop’. We imagine that those of you considering this camera probably don’t want to edit images and just want to share them as is, so the built-in colour modes and filters are worth tinkering with just to give your results a little more pizazz. That’s not to say that the standard pictures from this camera aren’t good — they are — we just made use of the vivid colour setting during the overcast conditions we experienced while testing.

At their native size, the images will exhibit softness and feathering, so this means that you shouldn’t crop them too closely if you want to focus on one particular part of an image. This is where the long zoom comes in handy, as you can get in nice and close to your subject to focus on any areas that are of particular interest to you, more so than you can do with the shorter camera zoom found on other types of compact cameras.

One blemish that we noticed with the image quality is some chromatic aberration that manifested as purple fringing in some photos with high contrast elements. This could be seen not only at the native size of the photos, but also when scaled to be viewed on photo sharing sites such as Flickr. There are some other features available in this camera, such as Wi-Fi, which are there to make the sharing experience easier while you are out and about, but we didn’t have any success in trying to connect the camera to our phone using the Canon CW app from the Google Play store.

All things considered, though, the results from this camera are very good and they are perfect for sharing on social media and using for photobooks and other print purposes. We also think this is a fun camera to use, mainly because you can go from taking macros to great tele-zoom photos, and also because it allows for quick and relatively easy exposure changes to made thanks to the what-you-see-is-what-you-get nature of the screen.

The price of the Canon PowerShot SX700 HS is $400 and we think it’s well worth considering if you want a small camera with lots of capabilities that you can take with you easily while travelling, or simply use on a daily basis while you walk around your city.

Sample images

A typical wide angle shot.
A typical wide angle shot.

The vivid colour setting can make images a lot more vibrant, especially on dull days.
The vivid colour setting can make images a lot more vibrant, especially on dull days.

The long zoom comes in handy when bird watching.
The long zoom comes in handy when bird watching.

It's especially useful for birds that generally don't stick around when they sense people nearby.
It's especially useful for birds that generally don't stick around when they sense people nearby.

Another example of the zoom: here is a wide angle shot with a water tower present in the distance.
Another example of the zoom: here is a wide angle shot with a water tower present in the distance.

Using the maximum 30x zoom, we can now see the water tower clearly.
Using the maximum 30x zoom, we can now see the water tower clearly.

The long zoom can also be used to gain a good perspective on large distant objects. In this photo we were able to zoom and to a point where elements on the sides were not visible and the ship took up the majority of the frame.
The long zoom can also be used to gain a good perspective on large distant objects. In this photo we were able to zoom and to a point where elements on the sides were not visible and the ship took up the majority of the frame.

Likewise, the zoom can be used to hone in on a particular perspective. We were able to easily cut out people who were just to the right of this frame.
Likewise, the zoom can be used to hone in on a particular perspective. We were able to easily cut out people who were just to the right of this frame.

Maximum zoom.
Maximum zoom.

Here is a 100 per cent crop from the previous image. You can see that definition is lost, but it's still handy if you want to get close in on particular details for monitoring purposes perhaps.
Here is a 100 per cent crop from the previous image. You can see that definition is lost, but it's still handy if you want to get close in on particular details for monitoring purposes perhaps.

Macros can also be shot.
Macros can also be shot.

Another close up.
Another close up.

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