Canon PowerShot SX700 HS Review

May 13, 2014 | Mark Goldstein | |

Conclusion

There's a lot to like about Canon's latest flagship travel-zoom compact, but it doesn't offer quite enough features or performance to beat one of its key rivals and our current favourite, the Panasonic DMC-TZ60.

The Canon PowerShot SX700 HS is simple to operate thanks to intuitive menus and sensible controls, with the ability to take more control via the PASM mode, plus the autofocusing, exposure metering and auto white balance systems all perform admirably. We also like the clever zoom assist feature which zooms the lens out to aid framing when using the longer telephoto settings, then automatically zooms back in again. The camera's extra features are a bit of a mixed bag though. Sure, the Wi-Fi works well and the Hybrid Auto and Creative Shot modes are certainly pretty nifty, but we'd wager a panorama mode and proper multi-shot HDR capture would be more useful, not to mention RAW shooting, faster burst mode, a touchscreen interface and even a viewfinder.

Optically the Canon PowerShot SX700 HS is strong thanks to its very versatile zoom range and minimal distortion. However the real performance highlight is its image quality in good lighting. Impressive detail, colour reproduction and dynamic range combine to form images which are about as clear as you'll find from a camera using a 1/2.3” sensor. If only the same could be said for shots taken in dimmer lighting though, with ISO 800 already suffering from obvious noise, smearing of fine detail and colour artifacts.

Unfortunately for the SX700 HS, the Panasonic's TZ60 is a better-specced travel-zoom option that also out-performs it too. So while the new SX700 HS matches similar cameras from Sony, Nikon, Olympus and Fujifilm, it still lags a little behind our pick of the premium travel-zoom crowd.

4 stars

Ratings (out of 5)
Design 4
Features 4
Ease-of-use 4.5
Image quality 4
Value for money 4