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Canon SX60 HS vs Canon SX720 HS

Portability
61
Imaging
41
Features
67
Overall
51
Canon PowerShot SX60 HS front
 
Canon PowerShot SX720 HS front
Portability
89
Imaging
47
Features
51
Overall
48

Canon SX60 HS vs Canon SX720 HS Key Specs

Canon SX60 HS
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fully Articulated Display
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 21-1365mm (F3.4-6.5) lens
  • 650g - 128 x 93 x 114mm
  • Launched September 2014
  • Succeeded the Canon SX50 HS
Canon SX720 HS
(Full Review)
  • 20.3MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • 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
  • Earlier Model is Canon SX710 HS
  • Renewed by Canon SX730 HS
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Canon SX60 HS vs Canon SX720 HS Overview

Lets look a bit more closely at the Canon SX60 HS versus Canon SX720 HS, both Small Sensor Superzoom digital cameras and they are both manufactured by Canon. There exists a huge gap between the sensor resolutions of the SX60 HS (16MP) and SX720 HS (20.3MP) but both cameras provide the identical sensor dimensions (1/2.3").

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The SX60 HS was unveiled 17 months before the SX720 HS which makes them a generation apart from one another. Each of the cameras feature different body design with the Canon SX60 HS being a SLR-like (bridge) camera and the Canon SX720 HS being a Compact camera.

Before going straight to a detailed comparison, here is a short view of how the SX60 HS grades versus the SX720 HS with regard to portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Canon SX60 HS over the Canon SX720 HS

 SX60 HS SX720 HS 
Screen typeFully ArticulatedFixed Fully Articulating screen
Selfie screen Take selfies

Reasons to pick Canon SX720 HS over the Canon SX60 HS

 SX720 HS SX60 HS 
IntroducedFebruary 2016September 2014More recent by 17 months

Common features in the Canon SX60 HS and Canon SX720 HS

 SX60 HS SX720 HS 
Manually focus Very precise focus
Screen size3"3"Same screen sizing
Screen resolution922k922kSame screen resolution
Touch friendly screen Lack of Touch friendly screen

Canon SX60 HS vs Canon SX720 HS Physical Comparison

For those who are going to lug around your camera, you will want to factor its weight and measurements. The Canon SX60 HS has exterior dimensions of 128mm x 93mm x 114mm (5.0" x 3.7" x 4.5") with a weight of 650 grams (1.43 lbs) whilst the Canon SX720 HS has proportions 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 Interchangeable Lens Camera will vary depending on the lens you choose at the time. Below is a front view measurement comparison of the SX60 HS vs the SX720 HS.

Canon SX60 HS vs Canon SX720 HS size comparison

Using dimensions and weight, the portability grade of the SX60 HS and SX720 HS is 61 and 89 respectively.

Canon SX60 HS vs Canon SX720 HS top view buttons comparison

Canon SX60 HS vs Canon SX720 HS Sensor Comparison

Sometimes, it is very hard to visualise the gap between sensor measurements only by reviewing specs. The visual underneath should offer you a much better sense of the sensor sizes in the SX60 HS and SX720 HS.

All in all, both of these cameras come with the identical sensor size albeit not the same MP. You should count on the Canon SX720 HS to deliver greater detail having an extra 4.3 Megapixels. Higher resolution will also allow you to crop photographs a good deal more aggressively. The older SX60 HS is going to be behind in sensor innovation.

Canon SX60 HS vs Canon SX720 HS sensor size comparison

Canon SX60 HS vs Canon SX720 HS Screen and ViewFinder

Canon SX60 HS vs Canon SX720 HS Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Portrait photography with Canon SX60 HS
Portrait photography with Canon SX720 HS
56
has manual focus
decent MP (16MP)
includes face detection autofocus
supports RAW formats
very small sensor (1/2.3")
48
manual focus
megapixel count good (20.3MP)
provides face detect focus
no external flash support
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW format
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Street Comparison

Canon SX60 HS Street photography factors
Canon SX720 HS Street photography factors
56
screen articulates fully
has image stabilization (Optical)
supports RAW formats
very small sensor (1/2.3")
more heavy than others (650 grams)
62
built in image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than competition (270g)
fixed screen
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW format
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Canon SX60 HS
Sports photography with Canon SX720 HS
53
long zoom range (21-1365mm 65.0 x zoom)
has image stabilization (Optical)
decent MP (16 megapixels)
includes tracking autofocus
very small sensor (1/2.3")
does not have phase detect autofocus
48
great zoom range (24-960mm 40.0 x zoom)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count good (20.3MP)
provides tracking focus
slow continuous shooting (5.9 frames per second)
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
not so great battery pack (250 per charge)
doesn't have phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Canon SX60 HS Travel photography details
Canon SX720 HS Travel photography details
57
decent MP (16 megapixels)
flash built-in
selfie friendly screen
rather wide (21mm)
great reach (1365mm)
no Timelapse function
more heavy than others (650g)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.4)
67
lighter than competition (270g)
megapixel count good (20.3 megapixels)
flash built-in
fairly wide (24mm)
long zoom (960mm)
does not have Time Lapse recording
not so great battery pack (250 CIPA)
display isn't selfie friendly
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.3)
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Landscape Comparison

Landscape photography with Canon SX60 HS
Landscape photography with Canon SX720 HS
52
has manual focus
rather wide (21mm)
screen size is decent (3")
has image stabilization (Optical)
decent MP (16 megapixels)
supports RAW formats
can't switch lenses (fixed lens mount)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.4)
very small sensor (1/2.3")
no Timelapse function
50
manual focus
fairly wide (24mm)
good sized screen (3 inches)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count good (20.3MP)
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.3)
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW format
not so great battery pack (250 per charge)
does not have Time Lapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Canon SX60 HS as a Vlogging camera
Canon SX720 HS as a Vlogging camera
62
rather wide (21mm)
selfie friendly screen
has image stabilization (Optical)
includes face detection autofocus
video resolution high (1920 x 1080 pixels)
does have external microphone support
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.4)
more heavy than others (650g)
35
fairly wide (24mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
provides face detect focus
high res video (1920 x 1080 pxls)
lighter than competition (270g)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.3)
display isn't selfie friendly
does not have mic socket
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Canon SX60 HS vs Canon SX720 HS Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Canon SX60 HS and Canon SX720 HS
 Canon PowerShot SX60 HSCanon PowerShot SX720 HS
General Information
Manufacturer Canon Canon
Model Canon PowerShot SX60 HS Canon PowerShot SX720 HS
Class Small Sensor Superzoom Small Sensor Superzoom
Launched 2014-09-16 2016-02-18
Physical type SLR-like (bridge) Compact
Sensor Information
Processor 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 surface area 28.1mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 16 megapixel 20.3 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 5:4, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Highest Possible resolution 4608 x 3072 5184 x 3888
Maximum native ISO 6400 3200
Minimum native ISO 100 80
RAW photos
Autofocusing
Focus manually
AF touch
Continuous AF
Single AF
AF tracking
AF selectice
Center weighted AF
AF multi area
Live view AF
Face detect focusing
Contract detect focusing
Phase detect focusing
Number of focus points 9 9
Lens
Lens mounting type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 21-1365mm (65.0x) 24-960mm (40.0x)
Max aperture f/3.4-6.5 f/3.3-6.9
Macro focus distance 0cm 1cm
Focal length multiplier 5.8 5.8
Screen
Type of display Fully Articulated Fixed Type
Display sizing 3 inches 3 inches
Display resolution 922 thousand dots 922 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch screen
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Electronic None
Viewfinder resolution 922 thousand dots -
Viewfinder coverage 100% -
Features
Min shutter speed 15 secs 15 secs
Max shutter speed 1/2000 secs 1/3200 secs
Continuous shutter rate 6.4 frames/s 5.9 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Set WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range 5.50 m 4.00 m
Flash modes Auto, on, slow synchro, off Auto, on, off, slow synchro
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60p, 30p), 1280 x 720 (30p), 640 x 480 (30p) 1920 x 1080 (60p, 30p), 1280 x 720 (30p), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Maximum video resolution 1920x1080 1920x1080
Video file format MPEG-4, H.264 MPEG-4, H.264
Mic port
Headphone port
Connectivity
Wireless Built-In 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 proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 650g (1.43 lbs) 270g (0.60 lbs)
Physical dimensions 128 x 93 x 114mm (5.0" x 3.7" x 4.5") 110 x 64 x 36mm (4.3" x 2.5" x 1.4")
DXO scores
DXO Overall score 39 not tested
DXO Color Depth score 19.2 not tested
DXO Dynamic range score 10.1 not tested
DXO Low light score 127 not tested
Other
Battery life 340 photographs 250 photographs
Style of battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery model NB-10L NB-13L
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec, Custom) Yes (2 or 10 secs, custom)
Time lapse recording
Storage type SD/SDHC/SDXC SD/SDHC/SDXC card
Card slots Single Single
Price at release $549 $379