Canon PowerShot SX740 HS Review

August 16, 2018 | Mark Goldstein |

Image Quality

All of the sample images in this review were taken using the 20.3 megapixel Fine JPEG setting, which gives an average image size of around 6Mb.


The Canon PowerShot SX740 HS has six sensitivity settings at full resolution. Auto mode uses a range between ISO 80 and ISO 3200, or you can switch to one of the creative shooting modes to manually select these settings.

ISO 100 (100% Crop)

ISO 200 (100% Crop)

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ISO 400 (100% Crop)

ISO 800 (100% Crop)

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ISO 1600 (100% Crop)

ISO 3200 (100% Crop)

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Focal Range

The Canon PowerShot SX740 HS' 40x zoom lens achieves a maximum wide-angle focal length equivalent to 24mm, and is capable of a telephoto reach of 960mm (in 35mm camera terms).





Chromatic Aberrations

The Canon PowerShot SX740 HS handled chromatic aberrations fairly well during the review, with purple and green fringing present around the edges of objects in high-contrast situations, as shown in the examples below.

Chromatic Aberrations 1 (100% Crop)

Chromatic Aberrations 2 (100% Crop)

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The close focusing of the Canon PowerShot SX740 HS at wide-angle is a mere 1cm. It does mean that there's little light getting in when you do that and the edge definition drops off leaving around 50% of the image in focus.




The Canon PowerShot SX740 HS' flash can only manage a relatively weak 4m range and hence there's some fairly obvious vignetting in our wide-angle test shot taken at a distance of 1.5m. The flash has four modes: Auto, On, Off and Slow Synchro, plus a separate setting to enable or disable red-eye reduction. Whether this is active or not, the camera successfully avoids any trace of red-eye.

Flash Off - Wide Angle (24mm)

ISO 64

Flash On - Wide Angle (24mm)

ISO 64

Flash Off - Telephoto (960mm)

ISO 64

Flash On - Telephoto (960mm)

ISO 64

And here are some portrait shots.

Flash On


Flash Redeye Reduction


My Colors

The Canon PowerShot SX740 HS offers 11 different My Color modes.

MyColors1-Standard.JPG MyColors2-Vivid.JPG
MyColors3-Neutral.JPG MyColors4-Sepia.JPG
MyColors5-BW.JPG MyColors6-PositiveFilm.JPG
MyColors7-LighterSkinTone.JPG MyColors8-DarkerSkinTone.JPG
MyColors9-VividBlue.JPG MyColors10-VividGreen.JPG