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Canon SX270 HS vs Canon SX720 HS

Portability
91
Imaging
36
Features
43
Overall
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Canon PowerShot SX270 HS front
 
Canon PowerShot SX720 HS front
Portability
89
Imaging
47
Features
51
Overall
48

Canon SX270 HS vs Canon SX720 HS Key Specs

Canon SX270 HS
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 25-500mm (F3.5-6.8) lens
  • 233g - 106 x 63 x 33mm
  • Released March 2013
  • Older Model is Canon SX260 HS
  • Replacement is Canon SX280 HS
Canon SX720 HS
(Full Review)
  • 20.3MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 80 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 24-960mm (F3.3-6.9) lens
  • 270g - 110 x 64 x 36mm
  • Introduced February 2016
  • Replaced the Canon SX710 HS
  • Later Model is Canon SX730 HS
Photography Glossary

Canon SX270 HS vs Canon SX720 HS Overview

The following is a extended assessment of the Canon SX270 HS versus Canon SX720 HS, both Small Sensor Superzoom digital cameras and both are offered by Canon. There exists a large gap between the image resolutions of the SX270 HS (12MP) and SX720 HS (20.3MP) but they use the same exact sensor dimensions (1/2.3").

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The SX270 HS was brought out 3 years before the SX720 HS which is quite a serious difference as far as technology is concerned. Both of these cameras offer the identical body type (Compact).

Before diving straight into a complete comparison, below is a simple summation of how the SX270 HS matches up against the SX720 HS in terms of portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Canon SX270 HS over the Canon SX720 HS

 SX270 HS SX720 HS 

Reasons to pick Canon SX720 HS over the Canon SX270 HS

 SX720 HS SX270 HS 
IntroducedFebruary 2016March 2013Newer by 35 months
Display resolution922k461kCrisper display (+461k dot)

Common features in the Canon SX270 HS and Canon SX720 HS

 SX270 HS SX720 HS 
Manually focus Very precise focusing
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Display sizing3"3"Equivalent display sizing
Selfie screen Neither includes selfie screen
Touch friendly display Lacking Touch friendly display

Canon SX270 HS vs Canon SX720 HS Physical Comparison

In case you're aiming to travel with your camera regularly, you're going to have to factor in its weight and proportions. The Canon SX270 HS features external measurements of 106mm x 63mm x 33mm (4.2" x 2.5" x 1.3") with a weight of 233 grams (0.51 lbs) while the Canon SX720 HS has measurements of 110mm x 64mm x 36mm (4.3" x 2.5" x 1.4") and a weight of 270 grams (0.60 lbs).

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Remember that, the weight of an ILC will vary based on the lens you are using at that time. Below is the front view measurement comparison of the SX270 HS versus the SX720 HS.

Canon SX270 HS vs Canon SX720 HS size comparison

Looking at dimensions and weight, the portability rating of the SX270 HS and SX720 HS is 91 and 89 respectively.

Canon SX270 HS vs Canon SX720 HS top view buttons comparison

Canon SX270 HS vs Canon SX720 HS Sensor Comparison

Typically, it is tough to visualise the difference between sensor dimensions only by reading a spec sheet. The image here will provide you a much better sense of the sensor sizing in the SX270 HS and SX720 HS.

As you can see, both cameras offer the same exact sensor sizing but not the same resolution. You can expect to see the Canon SX720 HS to offer extra detail having its extra 8.3MP. Greater resolution will also let you crop pics a little more aggressively. The more aged SX270 HS is going to be behind with regard to sensor innovation.

Canon SX270 HS vs Canon SX720 HS sensor size comparison

Canon SX270 HS vs Canon SX720 HS Screen and ViewFinder

Canon SX270 HS vs Canon SX720 HS Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Canon SX270 HS Portrait photography advice
Canon SX720 HS Portrait photography advice
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you can focus manually
comes with face detection focusing
external flash not possible
megapixel count low (12 megapixels)
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
no RAW support
48
has manual focus
resolution is good (20.3 megapixels)
includes face detection focus
can't use external flash
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW files
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Street Comparison

Street photography with Canon SX270 HS
Street photography with Canon SX720 HS
61
has image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than competition in class (233 grams)
no articulating screen
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
no RAW support
62
image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than competition (270 grams)
screen is fixed
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW files
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Sports Comparison

Canon SX270 HS as a Sports photography camera
Canon SX720 HS as a Sports photography camera
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excellent zoom range (25-500mm 20.0 x zoom)
has image stabilization (Optical)
comes with tracking autofocus
low fps (4.0 fps)
megapixel count low (12MP)
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
not so great battery pack (210 per charge)
no phase detect AF
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excellent zoom range (24-960mm 40.0 x zoom)
image stabilization (Optical)
resolution is good (20.3 megapixels)
includes tracking autofocus
continuous shooting slow (5.9 frames/s)
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
not so great battery power (250 per charge)
doesn't have phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Canon SX270 HS
Travel photography with Canon SX720 HS
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lighter than competition in class (233 grams)
flash built-in
rather wide (25mm)
very long zoom (500mm)
missing Time Lapse function
not so great battery pack (210 per charge)
megapixel count low (12MP)
does not posses selfie friendly screen
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
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lighter than competition (270 grams)
resolution is good (20.3 megapixels)
flash built-in
fairly wide (24mm)
great reach (960mm)
lack of Time Lapse function
not so great battery power (250 CIPA)
doesn't feature selfie friendly display
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.3)
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Landscape Comparison

Landscape photography with Canon SX270 HS
Landscape photography with Canon SX720 HS
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you can focus manually
rather wide (25mm)
pretty good screen size (3")
has image stabilization (Optical)
cannot change lenses (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
megapixel count low (12MP)
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
no RAW support
not so great battery pack (210 shots)
missing Time Lapse function
50
has manual focus
fairly wide (24mm)
screen is a good size (3")
image stabilization (Optical)
resolution is good (20.3 megapixels)
can't change lens (fixed lens mount)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.3)
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW files
not so great battery power (250 shots)
lack of Time Lapse function
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Vlogging Comparison

Canon SX270 HS as a Vlogging camera
Canon SX720 HS as a Vlogging camera
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rather wide (25mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
comes with face detection focusing
video res high (1920 x 1080 pixels)
lighter than competition in class (233g)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
does not posses selfie friendly screen
missing external mic socket
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fairly wide (24mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
includes face detection focus
video res high (1920 x 1080 pixels)
lighter than competition (270 grams)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.3)
doesn't feature selfie friendly display
lack of external mic port
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Canon SX270 HS vs Canon SX720 HS Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Canon SX270 HS and Canon SX720 HS
 Canon PowerShot SX270 HSCanon PowerShot SX720 HS
General Information
Brand Name Canon Canon
Model type Canon PowerShot SX270 HS Canon PowerShot SX720 HS
Class Small Sensor Superzoom Small Sensor Superzoom
Released 2013-03-21 2016-02-18
Body design Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Powered by Digic 6 DIGIC 6
Sensor type BSI-CMOS BSI-CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions 6.17 x 4.55mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor surface area 28.1mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 12MP 20.3MP
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Full resolution 4000 x 3000 5184 x 3888
Max native ISO 6400 3200
Minimum native ISO 100 80
RAW images
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch focus
Continuous AF
AF single
Tracking AF
AF selectice
AF center weighted
AF multi area
Live view AF
Face detect focusing
Contract detect focusing
Phase detect focusing
Total focus points - 9
Cross type focus points - -
Lens
Lens support fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 25-500mm (20.0x) 24-960mm (40.0x)
Largest aperture f/3.5-6.8 f/3.3-6.9
Macro focusing distance 5cm 1cm
Crop factor 5.8 5.8
Screen
Display type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display diagonal 3 inches 3 inches
Resolution of display 461 thousand dot 922 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch functionality
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None None
Features
Lowest shutter speed 15s 15s
Highest shutter speed 1/3200s 1/3200s
Continuous shooting speed 4.0fps 5.9fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Set WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash distance 3.50 m 4.00 m
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync Auto, on, off, slow synchro
Hot shoe
AEB
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60, 30 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps) 640 x 480 (30, 120 fps), 320 x 240 (240 fps) 1920 x 1080 (60p, 30p), 1280 x 720 (30p), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Max video resolution 1920x1080 1920x1080
Video format MPEG-4, H.264 MPEG-4, H.264
Mic jack
Headphone jack
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
Environment seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 233 grams (0.51 lb) 270 grams (0.60 lb)
Dimensions 106 x 63 x 33mm (4.2" x 2.5" x 1.3") 110 x 64 x 36mm (4.3" x 2.5" x 1.4")
DXO scores
DXO All around rating not tested not tested
DXO Color Depth rating not tested not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating not tested not tested
DXO Low light rating not tested not tested
Other
Battery life 210 pictures 250 pictures
Battery form Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery ID NB-6L NB-13L
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec, Custom) Yes (2 or 10 secs, custom)
Time lapse shooting
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC SD/SDHC/SDXC card
Storage slots One One
Cost at launch $284 $379