Canon 1200D vs Canon SX70 HS

Portability
68
Imaging
63
Features
54
Overall
59
Canon EOS 1200D front
 
Canon PowerShot SX70 HS front
Portability
63
Imaging
50
Features
67
Overall
56
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Canon 1200D vs Canon SX70 HS Overview

In this write-up, we will be matching up the Canon 1200D versus Canon SX70 HS, former being a Entry-Level DSLR while the latter is a Small Sensor Superzoom and they are both designed by Canon. The resolution of the 1200D (18MP) and the SX70 HS (20MP) is relatively well matched but the 1200D (APS-C) and SX70 HS (1/2.3") possess totally different sensor measurements.

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The 1200D was revealed 5 years earlier than the SX70 HS and that is quite a large difference as far as technology is concerned. Each of these cameras offer different body type with the Canon 1200D being a Compact SLR camera and the Canon SX70 HS being a SLR-like (bridge) camera.

Before delving in to a step-by-step comparison, below is a simple summary of how the 1200D grades against the SX70 HS with respect to portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Canon 1200D vs Canon SX70 HS Key Specs

Canon 1200D
(Full Review)
  • 18MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 6400 (Increase to 12800)
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Canon EF/EF-S Mount
  • 480g - 130 x 100 x 78mm
  • Introduced February 2014
  • Additionally Known as EOS Rebel T5 / EOS Kiss X70
  • Succeeded the Canon 1100D
  • New Model is Canon T6
Canon SX70 HS
(Full Review)
  • 20MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fully Articulated Display
  • ISO 100 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • 21-1365mm (F3.4-6.5) lens
  • 608g - 127 x 91 x 117mm
  • Introduced September 2018
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Canon 1200D vs Canon SX70 HS Physical Comparison

In case you're going to lug around your camera frequently, you will have to think about its weight and proportions. The Canon 1200D offers external dimensions of 130mm x 100mm x 78mm (5.1" x 3.9" x 3.1") and a weight of 480 grams (1.06 lbs) while the Canon SX70 HS has measurements of 127mm x 91mm x 117mm (5.0" x 3.6" x 4.6") accompanied by a weight of 608 grams (1.34 lbs).

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Take into account, the weight of an ILC will vary depending on the lens you have attached at that moment. Here is a front view sizing comparison of the 1200D and the SX70 HS.

Canon 1200D vs Canon SX70 HS size comparison

Taking into consideration size and weight, the portability rating of the 1200D and SX70 HS is 68 and 63 respectively.

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Canon 1200D vs Canon SX70 HS Sensor Comparison

Generally, it is very tough to picture the gap between sensor measurements just by checking technical specs. The photograph here will help give you a stronger sense of the sensor dimensions in the 1200D and SX70 HS.

As you can tell, each of these cameras come with different resolutions and different sensor measurements. The 1200D using its larger sensor is going to make achieving shallow DOF easier and the Canon SX70 HS will resolve greater detail because of its extra 2 Megapixels. Greater resolution can also help you crop photos a good deal more aggressively. The older 1200D is going to be behind with regard to sensor technology.

Canon 1200D vs Canon SX70 HS sensor size comparison

Canon 1200D vs Canon SX70 HS Screen and ViewFinder

Canon 1200D vs Canon SX70 HS Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Canon 1200D Portrait photography factors
Canon SX70 HS Portrait photography factors
77
focusing manually
megapixel count decent (18MP)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
offers face detection focus
exports RAW files
56
you can focus manually
decent megapixels (20MP)
features face detection focusing
supports RAW formats
cannot use external flash
sensor is small (1/2.3")
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Street Comparison

Street photography with Canon 1200D
Street photography with Canon SX70 HS
60
nice sensor size (APS-C)
exports RAW files
no articulating screen
no image stabilization
59
fully articulated screen
built in image stabilization (Optical)
supports RAW formats
sensor is small (1/2.3")
heavier than competition in class (608 grams)
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Sports Comparison

Canon 1200D Sports photography details
Canon SX70 HS Sports photography details
56
megapixel count decent (18 megapixels)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
supports phase detect auto focus
very slow continuous shooting (3.0 fps)
no image stabilization
terrible battery power (500 per charge)
58
great zoom range (21-1365mm 65.0 x zoom)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
decent megapixels (20 megapixels)
features tracking autofocus
sensor is small (1/2.3")
has no phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Canon 1200D Travel photography factors
Canon SX70 HS Travel photography factors
55
megapixel count decent (18 megapixels)
has built in flash
lack of Time Lapse mode
terrible battery power (500 shots)
doesn't contain selfie friendly screen
65
has bluetooth
decent megapixels (20 megapixels)
built-in flash
selfie friendly display
rather wide (21mm)
long reach (1365mm)
heavier than competition in class (608 grams)
slow maximum aperture (f3.4)
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Landscape Comparison

Canon 1200D Landscape photography highlights
Canon SX70 HS Landscape photography highlights
65
focusing manually
change lenses (Canon EF/EF-S mount)
screen is a decent size (3 inch)
megapixel count decent (18MP)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
exports RAW files
no image stabilization
terrible battery power (500 shots)
lack of Time Lapse mode
59
you can focus manually
rather wide (21mm)
screen is a decent size (3 inches)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
decent megapixels (20 megapixels)
supports RAW formats
can't change lenses (fixed lens mount)
slow maximum aperture (f3.4)
sensor is small (1/2.3")
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Vlogging Comparison

Canon 1200D Vlogging details
Canon SX70 HS Vlogging details
27
offers face detection focus
video resolution high (1920 x 1080 pxls)
doesn't contain selfie friendly screen
no image stabilization
lack of external mic jack
65
rather wide (21mm)
selfie friendly display
built in image stabilization (Optical)
features face detection focusing
good video quality (3840 x 2160 pixels)
has external mic support
slow maximum aperture (f3.4)
heavier than competition in class (608 grams)
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Canon 1200D vs Canon SX70 HS Specifications

General Information
Company
Canon
Canon
Model type
Canon EOS 1200D
Canon PowerShot SX70 HS
Otherwise known as
EOS Rebel T5 / EOS Kiss X70
-
Class
Entry-Level DSLR
Small Sensor Superzoom
Introduced
2014-02-12
2018-09-20
Physical type
Compact SLR
SLR-like (bridge)
Sensor Information
Chip
Digic 4
Digic 8
Sensor type
CMOS
BSI-CMOS
Sensor size
APS-C
1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions
22.3 x 14.9mm
6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor surface area
332.3mm²
28.1mm²
Sensor resolution
18MP
20MP
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio
3:2
1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Highest Possible resolution
5184 x 3456
5184 x 3888
Maximum native ISO
6400
3200
Maximum enhanced ISO
12800
-
Lowest native ISO
100
100
RAW files
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch to focus
Continuous AF
AF single
AF tracking
AF selectice
AF center weighted
AF multi area
Live view AF
Face detection focusing
Contract detection focusing
Phase detection focusing
Total focus points
9
9
Lens
Lens mount type
Canon EF/EF-S
fixed lens
Lens zoom range
-
21-1365mm (65.0x)
Max aperture
-
f/3.4-6.5
Macro focusing range
-
0cm
Amount of lenses
326
-
Focal length multiplier
1.6
5.8
Screen
Screen type
Fixed Type
Fully Articulated
Screen diagonal
3 inch
3 inch
Resolution of screen
460 thousand dots
922 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch function
Screen technology
TFT color LCD, liquid-crystal monitor
-
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type
Optical (pentamirror)
Electronic
Viewfinder resolution
-
2,360 thousand dots
Viewfinder coverage
95%
100%
Viewfinder magnification
0.5x
-
Features
Min shutter speed
30s
15s
Max shutter speed
1/4000s
1/2000s
Continuous shutter rate
3.0 frames per second
10.0 frames per second
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Exposure compensation
Yes
Yes
Change WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash distance
9.20 m (at ISO 100)
5.00 m (at Auto ISO)
Flash settings
Auto, On, Off, Red-eye
Auto, on, slow sync, off
External flash
AEB
White balance bracketing
Max flash synchronize
1/200s
-
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Video resolutions
1920 x 1080 (30, 25 fps)
3840 x 2160 @ 30p / 120 Mbps, MOV, H.264, AAC
Maximum video resolution
1920x1080
3840x2160
Video format
H.264
MPEG-4, H.264
Mic support
Headphone support
Connectivity
Wireless
None
Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS
None
None
Physical
Environmental sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight
480 gr (1.06 lbs)
608 gr (1.34 lbs)
Physical dimensions
130 x 100 x 78mm (5.1" x 3.9" x 3.1")
127 x 91 x 117mm (5.0" x 3.6" x 4.6")
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating
63
not tested
DXO Color Depth rating
21.9
not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating
11.3
not tested
DXO Low light rating
724
not tested
Other
Battery life
500 pictures
325 pictures
Battery style
Battery Pack
Built-in
Battery ID
LP-E10
-
Self timer
Yes (10 sec (2 sec with mirror lock-up))
Yes (2 or 10 secs, custom)
Time lapse shooting
Type of storage
SD/SDHC/SDXC card
SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-I supported)
Card slots
Single
Single
Pricing at release
$549
$550