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Canon SX270 HS vs Canon SX730 HS

Portability
91
Imaging
36
Features
43
Overall
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Canon PowerShot SX270 HS front
 
Canon PowerShot SX730 HS front
Portability
88
Imaging
47
Features
59
Overall
51

Canon SX270 HS vs Canon SX730 HS Key Specs

Canon SX270 HS
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • 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
  • Previous Model is Canon SX260 HS
  • Newer Model is Canon SX280 HS
Canon SX730 HS
(Full Review)
  • 20.3MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Screen
  • ISO 80 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 24-960mm (F3.3-6.9) lens
  • 300g - 110 x 64 x 40mm
  • Launched April 2017
  • Old Model is Canon SX720 HS
  • Updated by Canon SX740 HS
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Canon SX270 HS vs Canon SX730 HS Overview

Following is a complete analysis of the Canon SX270 HS versus Canon SX730 HS, both Small Sensor Superzoom digital cameras and both are manufactured by Canon. There is a substantial difference between the image resolutions of the SX270 HS (12MP) and SX730 HS (20.3MP) but both cameras offer the identical sensor dimensions (1/2.3").

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The SX270 HS was brought out 5 years earlier than the SX730 HS which is quite a big difference as far as tech is concerned. Each of the cameras feature the same body design (Compact).

Before getting straight to a complete comparison, here is a simple highlight of how the SX270 HS scores versus the SX730 HS in relation to portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Canon SX270 HS over the Canon SX730 HS

 SX270 HS SX730 HS 

Reasons to pick Canon SX730 HS over the Canon SX270 HS

 SX730 HS SX270 HS 
LaunchedApril 2017March 2013More modern by 49 months
Screen typeTiltingFixed Tilting screen
Screen resolution922k461kCrisper screen (+461k dot)
Selfie screen Take selfies

Common features in the Canon SX270 HS and Canon SX730 HS

 SX270 HS SX730 HS 
Manually focus Dial accurate focusing
Screen size3"3"Same screen sizing
Touch screen Neither provides Touch screen

Canon SX270 HS vs Canon SX730 HS Physical Comparison

For anyone who is planning to carry around your camera often, you are going to need to take into account its weight and size. The Canon SX270 HS provides outside dimensions of 106mm x 63mm x 33mm (4.2" x 2.5" x 1.3") having a weight of 233 grams (0.51 lbs) and the Canon SX730 HS has specifications of 110mm x 64mm x 40mm (4.3" x 2.5" x 1.6") and a weight of 300 grams (0.66 lbs).

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Take into account, the weight of an ILC will change based on the lens you choose during that time. Below is a front view overall size comparison of the SX270 HS compared to the SX730 HS.

Canon SX270 HS vs Canon SX730 HS size comparison

Using size and weight, the portability rating of the SX270 HS and SX730 HS is 91 and 88 respectively.

Canon SX270 HS vs Canon SX730 HS top view buttons comparison

Canon SX270 HS vs Canon SX730 HS Sensor Comparison

Oftentimes, it is very difficult to visualize the gap between sensor sizes only by reading through technical specs. The picture below may provide you a clearer sense of the sensor dimensions in the SX270 HS and SX730 HS.

As you can tell, the two cameras feature the identical sensor size albeit different megapixels. You can expect the Canon SX730 HS to resolve greater detail having its extra 8.3MP. Higher resolution will make it easier to crop pictures way more aggressively. The more aged SX270 HS is going to be disadvantaged when it comes to sensor technology.

Canon SX270 HS vs Canon SX730 HS sensor size comparison

Canon SX270 HS vs Canon SX730 HS Screen and ViewFinder

Canon SX270 HS vs Canon SX730 HS Screen and Viewfinder comparison
Photography Glossary

Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Canon SX270 HS Portrait photography details
Canon SX730 HS Portrait photography details
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focusing manually
provides face detection focus
external flash not possible
low resolution sensor (12 megapixels)
small sensor size (1/2.3")
does not have RAW files
48
you can focus manually
MP count decent (20.3MP)
provides face detection focus
cannot use external flash
very small sensor (1/2.3")
has no RAW format
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Street Comparison

Canon SX270 HS Street photography factors
Canon SX730 HS Street photography factors
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built in image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than competition in class (233g)
fixed screen
small sensor size (1/2.3")
does not have RAW files
69
tilting screen
image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than competition in class (300g)
very small sensor (1/2.3")
has no RAW format
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Sports Comparison

Canon SX270 HS Sports photography details
Canon SX730 HS Sports photography details
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incredible zoom range (25-500mm 20.0 x zoom)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
provides tracking autofocus
slow fps (4.0 fps)
low resolution sensor (12MP)
small sensor size (1/2.3")
low battery power (210 CIPA)
does not have phase detect auto focus
48
amazing zoom range (24-960mm 40.0 x zoom)
image stabilization (Optical)
MP count decent (20.3MP)
provides tracking autofocus
painfully slow continuous shooting (5.9 frames per second)
very small sensor (1/2.3")
low battery power (250 shots)
has no phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Canon SX270 HS as a Travel photography camera
Canon SX730 HS as a Travel photography camera
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lighter than competition in class (233 grams)
flash built-in
rather wide (25mm)
great zoom (500mm)
does not have Time Lapse recording
low battery power (210 CIPA)
low resolution sensor (12MP)
screen isn't selfie friendly
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
72
lighter than competition in class (300g)
has bluetooth
MP count decent (20.3 megapixels)
built-in flash
selfie friendly display
pretty wide (24mm)
long zoom (960mm)
missing Time Lapse function
low battery power (250 per charge)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
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Landscape Comparison

Canon SX270 HS Landscape photography advice
Canon SX730 HS Landscape photography advice
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focusing manually
rather wide (25mm)
screen size is good (3 inches)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
low resolution sensor (12 megapixels)
small sensor size (1/2.3")
does not have RAW files
low battery power (210 shots)
does not have Time Lapse recording
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you can focus manually
pretty wide (24mm)
screen size is decent (3 inches)
image stabilization (Optical)
MP count decent (20.3 megapixels)
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
very small sensor (1/2.3")
has no RAW format
low battery power (250 shots)
missing Time Lapse function
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Vlogging Comparison

Canon SX270 HS as a Vlogging camera
Canon SX730 HS as a Vlogging camera
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rather wide (25mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
provides face detection focus
high quality video (1920 x 1080 pixels)
lighter than competition in class (233 grams)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
screen isn't selfie friendly
does not have external mic jack
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pretty wide (24mm)
selfie friendly display
image stabilization (Optical)
provides face detection focus
video res high (1920 x 1080 resolution)
lighter than competition in class (300g)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
missing external mic socket
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Canon SX270 HS vs Canon SX730 HS Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Canon SX270 HS and Canon SX730 HS
 Canon PowerShot SX270 HSCanon PowerShot SX730 HS
General Information
Company Canon Canon
Model Canon PowerShot SX270 HS Canon PowerShot SX730 HS
Type Small Sensor Superzoom Small Sensor Superzoom
Released 2013-03-21 2017-04-06
Physical type Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Chip 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 area 28.1mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 12 megapixel 20.3 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Maximum resolution 4000 x 3000 5184 x 3888
Maximum native ISO 6400 3200
Lowest native ISO 100 80
RAW pictures
Autofocusing
Manual focus
Touch to focus
Continuous AF
AF single
Tracking AF
Selective AF
AF center weighted
AF multi area
AF live view
Face detection AF
Contract detection AF
Phase detection AF
Cross focus points - -
Lens
Lens mount fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 25-500mm (20.0x) 24-960mm (40.0x)
Maximum aperture f/3.5-6.8 f/3.3-6.9
Macro focus distance 5cm 1cm
Crop factor 5.8 5.8
Screen
Screen type Fixed Type Tilting
Screen diagonal 3 inches 3 inches
Screen resolution 461k dots 922k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch screen
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None None
Features
Lowest shutter speed 15 secs 15 secs
Highest shutter speed 1/3200 secs 1/3200 secs
Continuous shooting rate 4.0 frames/s 5.9 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Change WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range 3.50 m 4.00 m (with Auto ISO)
Flash settings Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync Auto, on, slow synchro, off
External flash
AE bracketing
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Supported 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 / 35 Mbps, MP4, H.264, AAC
Maximum video resolution 1920x1080 1920x1080
Video file format MPEG-4, H.264 MPEG-4, H.264
Mic port
Headphone port
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 sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 233g (0.51 lb) 300g (0.66 lb)
Physical dimensions 106 x 63 x 33mm (4.2" x 2.5" x 1.3") 110 x 64 x 40mm (4.3" x 2.5" x 1.6")
DXO scores
DXO All around score not tested not tested
DXO Color Depth score not tested not tested
DXO Dynamic range score not tested not tested
DXO Low light score not tested not tested
Other
Battery life 210 pictures 250 pictures
Battery type Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery model NB-6L -
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec, Custom) Yes (2 or 10 secs, self-timer)
Time lapse recording
Storage type SD/SDHC/SDXC SD/SDHC/SDXC card
Card slots One One
Launch price $284 $399