Canon SX70 HS
- 20MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
- 3" Fully Articulated Screen
- ISO 100 - 3200
- Optical Image Stabilization
- 3840 x 2160 video
- 21-1365mm (F3.4-6.5) lens
- 608g - 127 x 91 x 117mm
- Launched September 2018
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- Size Comparison
Canon SX70 HS overview
Canon SX70 HS is Canon's Small Sensor Superzoom digital camera initially introduced on September of 2018. The camera has a 20MP, BSI-CMOS 1/2.3" size sensor with a peak resolution of 5184 x 3888.
The SX70 HS is placed #3 out of 244 in Small Sensor Superzoom cameras & all around #364 out of 1459 for cameras in our collection. You can try out our Smart camera filter to find camera listings based on your custom factors.
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Canon SX70 HS history
The Canon SX70 HS is part of a family of digital cameras. You can see the detailed list underneath.
SX70 HS vs SX740 HS24-960mm
SX70 HS vs SX730 HS24-960mm
SX70 HS vs SX620 HS25-625mm
SX70 HS vs SX720 HS24-960mm
SX70 HS vs SX540 HS24-1200mm
SX70 HS vs SX420 IS24-1008mm
SX70 HS vs SX410 IS24-960mm
SX70 HS vs SX710 HS25-750mm
SX70 HS vs SX530 HS24-1200mm
SX70 HS vs SX610 HS25-450mm
SX70 HS vs SX60 HS21-1365mm
SX70 HS vs SX520 HS24-1008mm
SX70 HS vs SX400 IS24-720mm
SX70 HS vs SX700 HS25-750mm
SX70 HS vs SX600 HS25-450mm
SX70 HS vs SX170 IS28-448mm
SX70 HS vs SX510 HS24-720mm
SX70 HS vs SX160 IS28-448mm
SX70 HS vs SX280 HS25-500mm
SX70 HS vs SX270 HS25-500mm
SX70 HS vs SX50 HS24-1200mm
SX70 HS vs SX500 IS24-720mm
SX70 HS vs SX260 HS25-500mm
SX70 HS vs SX150 IS28-336mm
SX70 HS vs SX240 HS25-500mm
SX70 HS vs SX40 HS24-840mm
SX70 HS vs SX230 HS28-392mm
SX70 HS vs SX220 HS28-392mm
SX70 HS vs SX30 IS24-840mm
SX70 HS vs SX130 IS28-336mm
SX70 HS vs SX20 IS28-560mm
SX70 HS vs SX210 IS28-392mm
SX70 HS vs SX200 IS28-336mm
SX70 HS vs SX1 IS28-560mm
SX70 HS vs SX10 IS28-560mm
Canon SX70 HS Gallery
You can view the SX70 HS from various angles in the gallery below.
Canon SX70 HS Pros and Cons
Here is a checklist of upsides and downsides of the Canon SX70 HS based on features which are oftentimes seen as useful in a digital camera.
Canon SX70 HS Sensor specs
The Canon SX70 HS is run by the Digic 8 processor. The sensor dimension in the Canon SX70 HS is 6.17mm x 4.55mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor has the capability to resolve 5184 x 3888 pixels with aspect ratios of 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9. The camera features Image Stabilization (Optical). Optical stabilization is better than digital stabilization as the latter might cause cropping.World's smallest camera makes it into Guinness Book of Records
The BSI-CMOS sensor has 20MP and has a standard ISO range of 100 - 3200. RAW photos are saved so you have more room to maneuver in post.
The image underneath shows the SX70 HS's sensor size when compared to other popular sizes. The SX70 HS sensor has a crop factor of 5.8 and is displayed in green.400 Megapixel mode coming to Fujifilm GFX 100
To get an idea of various aspect ratios, you can refer to the graphic below.
Canon SX70 HS dimensions
Canon SX70 HS has a weight of 1.34 lb (608 grams / 21.45 ounces) & has external dimensions of 127mm x 91mm x 117mm (5.0" x 3.6" x 4.6"). The weight of general Small Sensor Superzoom camera is 387 grams so the Canon SX70 HS is heavier than other competitors.Photographer fined '$200,000' for failing to deliver photos
Here is a image of the Canon SX70 HS beside a soda so you're able to get a feel for its size.
The top view underneath will highlight the button arrangement on the SX70 HS.
Canon SX70 HS Lens details
The SX70 HS has a built in lens with a focal range of 21-1365mm giving it a 65.0 x zoom which is perfect and could make it easier to zoom all the way in.
At it's widest 21mm, the lens features an aperture of f3.4 which is really sluggish and not ideal for low light events and you will find it difficult to get a shallow depth of field. You could also have to up your ISO setting which results in noisy photos. For the long end, 1365mm is terrific zoom and comes at f6.5 making it fairly sluggish and you would have to utilize slower shutter speeds.
Canon SX70 HS Connectivity
The SX70 HS has the following connectivity:
- USB Yes
- Wireless Yes
- Bluetooth Yes
- HDMI Yes
Cameras that feature NFC and / or Bluetooth compatibility can be controlled wirelessly by smartphones. You can easily copy files and usually adjust camera settings without the hassle of connecting straight with the camera.
Several apps also provide a Liveview and press the shutter whenever you aren't close to the camera. If the camera has a HDMI port, it can be connected to an external display. A good number of cameras enable you to charge the battery through the USB port.
Canon SX70 HS Video details
The highest video quality in the Canon SX70 HS is 3840 x 2160 and you can save in MPEG-4 and H.264 file format. 2160p delivers a superb quality for video recording. You are able to downsample to Full HD in order to get better results. Be mindful of the substantial file sizes and ensure you own decent SD cards with good write speeds. Even though the body offers a mic jack, it is unfortunately lacking a headphone jack so you won't have the ability to monitor your audio levels.
Canon SX70 HS Weather Sealing
Canon SX70 HS doesn't have weather proofing so damp conditions may damage the camera.
Canon SX70 HS Screen and Viewfinder
The Canon SX70 HS has a 3 inch fully articulated screen with a resolution of 922 thousand dots.
It features a selfie friendly screen for self portraits as well as group shots when necessary. Please be aware that the screen has no touch support.Last day to get your files as Canon Irisa shuts down
The ViewFinder specifications for Canon SX70 HS are the following:
- ViewFinder Electronic
- Resolution 2,360 thousand dots
- Coverage 100%
Viewfinders can be rather helpful in sunny outdoor conditions which may make the camera screen washed out and difficult to see.
Canon SX70 HS Shutter details
Canon SX70 HS has the capability to shoot continuously at 10.0 frames/s. The maximum shutter speed is 1/2000 sec.
Canon SX70 HS Flash and Hot shoe details
Canon SX70 HS features just integrated flash without external flash ability.
Canon SX70 HS Autofocus details
Canon SX70 HS features only Contrast Detect Autofocus & does not have Phase Detect Autofocus. Phase Detection autofocusing is a lot quicker & accurate than Contrast Detect autofocusing. The camera has Face detection which can be useful for portraits.
The AF system has 9 focus points to choose from. It also boasts Tracking Autofocus for moving things. Canon SX70 HS comes with manual focus when needed in low light conditions or you need more exact focus control.
Canon SX70 HS Battery life
The battery power for the Canon SX70 HS is fashioned to last for 325 pictures according to the CIPA requirements which is comparable with it's competition. The typical Small Sensor Superzoom camera battery life is 316. Fujifilm HS35EXR comes with the highest (600) battery life in this class of cameras.
Following is a collection of Small Sensor Superzoom cameras which have the strongest battery life:
SX70 HS vs Fujifilm HS35EXR600 yesnono
SX70 HS vs B500600 nonoyes
SX70 HS vs L840590 noyesno
SX70 HS vs FZ200540 yesnono
SX70 HS vs V-Lux 4540 yesnono
Canon SX70 HS for different kinds of photography
The following diagram presents a summation of the Canon SX70 HS for different kinds of photography. To see more, have a look at the specific section underneath.
Canon SX70 HS as a Portrait photography camera
The Canon SX70 HS has a points tally of 55 which is moderate, meaning that it is reasonably suitable for portrait photography. Taking portrait photos leans heavily to sensor dimension, support for RAW photos in addition to the capability to use external flash.
Canon SX70 HS Street photography factors
Having a decent points tally of 58, the Canon SX70 HS is reasonably adequate for street photography. A decent street photography camera comes with a perfect balance of picture quality and portability.
Canon SX70 HS Sports photography details
A decent sports photography points tally of 57 means the Canon SX70 HS is reasonably acceptable for taking pictures of sports. A camera needs to have excellent tracking plus continuous shooting for sports photography.
Canon SX70 HS as a Travel photography camera
Size is really important in buying a camera for travel. All round, the Canon SX70 HS gets a nice 64 for a travel camera which makes it a good choice to buy for your travels.
Canon SX70 HS Landscape photography info
For anybody looking to purchase a digital camera for landscape photos, the most vital factor will be image quality. The Canon SX70 HS and it's modest score of 58 for a landscape camera is somewhat acceptable compared to it's rivals.
Canon SX70 HS Vlogging info
A camera for vlogging ought to posses a articulating display, microphone input and preferably image stabilization. Considering all the details, the Canon SX70 HS is a respectable option as a vlog camera as it delivers a nice score of 64.
Canon SX70 HS Alternatives
If you are searching for replacements to the SX70 HS, below is a number of the highest placed cameras that fall within the category of Small Sensor Superzoom.
The graph just below gives you a summary of the SX70 HS versus it's top ranking competitors shown earlier.
Following are additional cameras you may take into account as alternative options. To read through a thorough comparison, just click on the "compare" link.