Canon SX700 HS

 
Canon PowerShot SX700 HS front
 
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 25-750mm (F3.2-6.9) lens
  • 269g - 113 x 66 x 35mm
  • Released February 2014
  • Successor is Canon SX710 HS
  • Read full specs
  • Alternatives
Portability
89
Imaging
42
Features
51
Overall
45

Canon SX700 HS overview

Canon SX700 HS is Canon's Small Sensor Superzoom camera initially launched on February of 2014. The camera has got a 16MP, BSI-CMOS 1/2.3" sized sensor and has a maximum resolution of 4608 x 3456.

Canon launched the fresher Canon SX710 HS (Read Full Comparison) as a way to improve this camera.

The SX700 HS ranks at #60 out of 243 in Small Sensor Superzoom cameras & all round #501 out of 1422 for cameras in our list. Remember to check out our Smart camera finder to get camera listings based on your personal factors.

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Below is a chart of multiple criteria used in the scoring system.

Canon SX700 HS family

The Canon SX700 HS has a history of related cameras. Down below, you can check out all older and latest models as well as important features.

ModelVisualizeLensResolutionSensor SizeReleased
Canon-PowerShot-SX70-HS front thumbnailCanon SX70 HS
SX700 HS vs SX70 HS
21-1365mm
F3.4-6.5
20MP1/2.3"2018
Canon-PowerShot-SX740-HS front thumbnailCanon SX740 HS
SX700 HS vs SX740 HS
24-960mm
F3.3-6.9
21MP1/2.3"2018
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Canon-PowerShot-SX730-HS front thumbnailCanon SX730 HS
SX700 HS vs SX730 HS
24-960mm
F3.3-6.9
20.3MP1/2.3"2017
Canon-PowerShot-SX620-HS front thumbnailCanon SX620 HS
SX700 HS vs SX620 HS
25-625mm
F3.2-6.6
20MP1/2.3"2016
Canon-PowerShot-SX720-HS front thumbnailCanon SX720 HS
SX700 HS vs SX720 HS
24-960mm
F3.3-6.9
20.3MP1/2.3"2016
Canon-PowerShot-SX540-HS front thumbnailCanon SX540 HS
SX700 HS vs SX540 HS
24-1200mm
F3.4-6.5
20MP1/2.3"2016
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Canon-PowerShot-SX420-IS front thumbnailCanon SX420 IS
SX700 HS vs SX420 IS
24-1008mm
F3.5-6.6
20MP1/2.3"2016
Canon-PowerShot-SX410-IS front thumbnailCanon SX410 IS
SX700 HS vs SX410 IS
24-960mm
F3.5-5.6
20MP1/2.3"2015
Canon-PowerShot-SX710-HS front thumbnailCanon SX710 HS
SX700 HS vs SX710 HS
25-750mm
F3.2-6.9
20MP1/2.3"2015
Canon-PowerShot-SX530-HS front thumbnailCanon SX530 HS
SX700 HS vs SX530 HS
24-1200mm
F3.4-6.5
16MP1/2.3"2015
Canon-PowerShot-SX610-HS front thumbnailCanon SX610 HS
SX700 HS vs SX610 HS
25-450mm
F3.8-6.9
20MP1/2.3"2015
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Canon-PowerShot-SX60-HS front thumbnailCanon SX60 HS
SX700 HS vs SX60 HS
21-1365mm
F3.4-6.5
16MP1/2.3"2014
Canon-PowerShot-SX520-HS front thumbnailCanon SX520 HS
SX700 HS vs SX520 HS
24-1008mm
F3.4-6.0
16MP1/2.3"2014
Canon-PowerShot-SX400-IS front thumbnailCanon SX400 IS
SX700 HS vs SX400 IS
24-720mm
F3.4-5.8
16MP1/2.3"2014
Canon-PowerShot-SX700-HS front thumbnailCanon SX700 HS25-750mm
F3.2-6.9
16MP1/2.3"2014
Canon-PowerShot-SX600-HS front thumbnailCanon SX600 HS
SX700 HS vs SX600 HS
25-450mm
F3.8-6.9
16MP1/2.3"2014
Canon-PowerShot-SX510-HS front thumbnailCanon SX510 HS
SX700 HS vs SX510 HS
24-720mm
F3.4-5.8
12MP1/2.3"2013
Canon-PowerShot-SX170-IS front thumbnailCanon SX170 IS
SX700 HS vs SX170 IS
28-448mm
F3.5-5.9
16MP1/2.3"2013
Canon-PowerShot-SX160-IS front thumbnailCanon SX160 IS
SX700 HS vs SX160 IS
28-448mm
F3.5-5.9
16MP1/2.3"2013
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Canon-PowerShot-SX280-HS front thumbnailCanon SX280 HS
SX700 HS vs SX280 HS
25-500mm
F3.5-6.8
12MP1/2.3"2013
Canon-PowerShot-SX270-HS front thumbnailCanon SX270 HS
SX700 HS vs SX270 HS
25-500mm
F3.5-6.8
12MP1/2.3"2013
Canon-PowerShot-SX50-HS front thumbnailCanon SX50 HS
SX700 HS vs SX50 HS
24-1200mm
F3.4-6.5
12MP1/2.3"2013
Canon-PowerShot-SX500-IS front thumbnailCanon SX500 IS
SX700 HS vs SX500 IS
24-720mm
F3.4-5.8
16MP1/2.3"2012
Canon-PowerShot-SX260-HS front thumbnailCanon SX260 HS
SX700 HS vs SX260 HS
25-500mm
F3.5-6.8
12MP1/2.3"2012
Canon-PowerShot-SX150-IS front thumbnailCanon SX150 IS
SX700 HS vs SX150 IS
28-336mm
F3.4-5.6
14MP1/2.3"2012
Canon-PowerShot-SX240-HS front thumbnailCanon SX240 HS
SX700 HS vs SX240 HS
25-500mm
F3.5-6.8
12MP1/2.3"2012
Canon-PowerShot-SX40-HS front thumbnailCanon SX40 HS
SX700 HS vs SX40 HS
24-840mm
F2.7-5.8
12MP1/2.3"2011
Canon-PowerShot-SX230-HS front thumbnailCanon SX230 HS
SX700 HS vs SX230 HS
28-392mm
F3.1-5.9
12MP1/2.3"2011
Canon-PowerShot-SD4500-IS front thumbnailCanon SD4500 IS
SX700 HS vs SD4500 IS
36-360mm
F3.4-5.6
10MP1/2.3"2011
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Canon-SX220-HS front thumbnailCanon SX220 HS
SX700 HS vs SX220 HS
28-392mm
F3.1-5.9
12MP1/2.3"2011
Canon-PowerShot-SX30-IS front thumbnailCanon SX30 IS
SX700 HS vs SX30 IS
24-840mm
F2.7-5.8
14MP1/2.3"2010
Canon-PowerShot-SX130-IS front thumbnailCanon SX130 IS
SX700 HS vs SX130 IS
28-336mm
F3.4-5.6
12MP1/2.3"2010
Canon-PowerShot-SD4000-IS front thumbnailCanon SD4000 IS
SX700 HS vs SD4000 IS
28-105mm
F2.0-5.3
10MP1/2.3"2010
Canon-PowerShot-SX20-IS front thumbnailCanon SX20 IS
SX700 HS vs SX20 IS
28-560mm
F2.8-5.7
12MP1/2.3"2010
Canon-PowerShot-SX210-IS front thumbnailCanon SX210 IS
SX700 HS vs SX210 IS
28-392mm
F3.1-5.9
14MP1/2.3"2010
Canon-PowerShot-SD1300-IS front thumbnailCanon SD1300 IS
SX700 HS vs SD1300 IS
28-112mm
F2.8-5.9
12MP1/2.3"2010
Canon-PowerShot-SD3500-IS front thumbnailCanon SD3500 IS
SX700 HS vs SD3500 IS
24-120mm
F2.8-5.9
14MP1/2.3"2010
Canon-PowerShot-SD980-IS front thumbnailCanon SD980 IS
SX700 HS vs SD980 IS
24-120mm
F2.8-5.9
12MP1/2.3"2009
Canon-PowerShot-SX200-IS front thumbnailCanon SX200 IS
SX700 HS vs SX200 IS
28-336mm
F3.4-5.3
12MP1/2.3"2009
Canon-PowerShot-SX1-IS front thumbnailCanon SX1 IS
SX700 HS vs SX1 IS
28-560mm
F2.8-5.7
10MP1/2.3"2009
Canon-PowerShot-SD970-IS front thumbnailCanon SD970 IS
SX700 HS vs SD970 IS
37-185mm
F3.2-5.7
12MP1/2.3"2009
Canon-PowerShot-SD960-IS front thumbnailCanon SD960 IS
SX700 HS vs SD960 IS
28-112mm
F2.8-5.8
12MP1/2.3"2009
Canon-PowerShot-SD1200-IS front thumbnailCanon SD1200 IS
SX700 HS vs SD1200 IS
35-105mm
F2.8-4.9
10MP1/2.3"2009
Canon-PowerShot-SX10-IS front thumbnailCanon SX10 IS
SX700 HS vs SX10 IS
28-560mm
F2.8-5.7
10MP1/2.3"2009

Canon SX700 HS Pros and Cons

Below is a list of pluses and minuses of the Canon SX700 HS based on things that are generally viewed as essential in a camera.

above average min ISO (100)
built-in flash
built in image stabilization (Optical)
does have HDMI socket
excellent zoom range (25-750mm 30.0 x zoom)
fairly wide (25mm)
good megapixels (16MP)
good resolution screen (922 k dots)
high video quality (1920 x 1080 pxls)
lighter than competition (269 grams)
NFC connection
offers face detect autofocus
screen size is good (3")
very long reach (750mm)
you can focus manually
cannot use external flash
doesn't have a selfie friendly display
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
has no phase detect autofocus
has no RAW files
lack of headphone socket
lack of mic socket
lack of Time Lapse function
low battery (250 shots)
max zoom aperture not good (f6.9)
screen does not articulate
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.2)
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
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Canon SX700 HS Sensor info

The Canon SX700 HS is run by the Digic 6 chip. The size of the sensor on the Canon SX700 HS is 6.17mm x 4.55mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor can resolve 4608 x 3456 pixels and aspect ratios of 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9. The camera has Image Stabilization (Optical). In body stabilization is preferable than digital stabilization since the latter might cause cropping.

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The BSI-CMOS sensor has 16MP and provides a native ISO range of 100 to 3200. Sadly, RAW files are not saved so you have less room to maneuver in post.

The image below displays the SX700 HS's sensor dimensions in comparison to other common sizes. The SX700 HS sensor has a crop factor of 5.8 and is presented in green.

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To get an idea of specific aspect ratios, you can refer to the visual below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Canon SX700 HS dimensions

Canon SX700 HS is 0.59 pounds (269 grams or 9.49 oz) & the measurement of the camera is 113mm x 66mm x 35mm (4.4" x 2.6" x 1.4"). The weight of normal Small Sensor Superzoom camera is 387 grams and the Canon SX700 HS is lighter when compared to other competitors.

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Below is a photo of the Canon SX700 HS next to a soda to help you to get a feel for its scale.

Canon PowerShot SX700 HS dimensions scale

The top view here will show you the button arrangement on the SX700 HS.

Canon PowerShot SX700 HS topview buttons dials

Canon SX700 HS Lens info

The SX700 HS is equipped with an inbuilt lens featuring a focal range of 25-750mm making it a 30.0 x zoom which is amazing and would let you zoom right in.

At the widest 25mm, it has an aperture of f3.2 which is rather slow and not good for low light circumstances and you will likely find it difficult to get a shallow depth of field. You will likely also have to up the ISO setting producing noisy photographs. On the tele end, 750mm is phenomenal zoom and comes to f6.9 making it pretty sluggish and you would need to utilize slow shutter speeds.

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Canon SX700 HS Connectivity

The SX700 HS has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • Wireless Yes
  • NFC Yes
  • HDMI Yes

Cameras that feature NFC and / or Bluetooth compatibility are able to be controlled wirelessly through smartphones. You are able to transfer photos and oftentimes adjust settings without connecting straight to the camera.

A few applications even give a Liveview and click the shutter when you aren't close to the camera. If the camera features a HDMI port, it can easily be attached to an external screen. The majority of cameras will allow you to charge the battery using the USB socket.

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Canon SX700 HS Video info

The maximum video quality on the Canon SX700 HS is 1920 x 1080 and you can shoot in H.264 format. 1080p quality gives a great balance for quality vs file sizes but FULL HD won't give you any room to crop. The camera doesn't feature a microphone and / or headphone port so you have got little control over the sound. It is probably a better idea to order an alternative camera if you require better sound for your video clips.

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Canon SX700 HS Weather Sealing

Canon SX700 HS doesn't include weather proofing so damp conditions might affect the camera.

Canon SX700 HS Display and Viewfinder

The Canon SX700 HS has got a 3" fixed display supporting a resolution of 922k dots.

Sadly the display is not a touch screen.

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The ViewFinder details for Canon SX700 HS are as follows:

  • ViewFinder None

For bright outdoor conditions which make the camera screens washed out and hard to see, viewfinders are quite valuable.

Canon SX700 HS Shutter info

Canon SX700 HS continuous shooting speed is 9.0 fps. The max shutter speed is 1/3200s.

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Canon SX700 HS Flash and Hot shoe info

Canon SX700 HS has only inbuilt flash with missing external flash ability.

Canon SX700 HS Autofocus info

Canon SX700 HS has just Contrast Based Auto Focus & lacks Phase Detect Auto Focus. Phase Detection autofocusing is a lot snappier and exact when compared to Contrast Based autofocusing. The camera has got Face detect which can be valuable for people photography.

The AF system has got 9 focus points to pick from. Canon SX700 HS comes with manual focusing if required for low light occasions or you want to have more accurate control on focusing.

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Canon SX700 HS Battery life

The battery (NB-6LH) on the Canon SX700 HS is fashioned to last for 250 photos based on the CIPA standards which is lower when compared to it's competition. The general Small Sensor Superzoom camera battery life is 316. Fujifilm HS35EXR has got the highest possible (600) battery life for this group of cameras.

Following is a listing of Small Sensor Superzoom cameras that have the best battery life:

Canon SX700 HS for specific styles of photography

The following illustration provides a overview of the Canon SX700 HS for specific styles of photography. To learn more, check out the specific section below.

Canon SX700 HS Portrait photography info

The Canon SX700 HS gets a points total of 45 which is bad, meaning that it is simply not good for portrait photos. Shooting portrait photos leans heavily to sensor resolution, support for RAW photos and capability to use external lighting.

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you can focus manually
good resolution (16MP)
offers face detection autofocus
cannot use external flash
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
does not have RAW files

Canon SX700 HS Street photography factors

Having a above average points total of 61, the Canon SX700 HS is a fine pick to use in street photography. A very good street photography camera provides a fine balance of image quality and portability.

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built in image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than competitors in class (269 grams)
screen does not articulate
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
has no RAW format

Sports photography with Canon SX700 HS

A moderate sports photography score of 46 means the Canon SX700 HS is reasonably suitable for photographing sports. A camera needs to have good tracking plus fast shutter speeds for sports photography.

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amazing zoom range (25-750mm 30.0 x zoom)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
decent sensor resolution (16MP)
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
terrible battery life (250 shots)
doesn't have phase detect AF

Travel photography with Canon SX700 HS

Portability is super important when getting a travel camera. Over-all, the Canon SX700 HS gets a nice 66 as a travel camera which is a very decent fit to take with you on your holidays.

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lighter than competitors (269g)
good megapixels (16 megapixels)
has built in flash
fairly wide (25mm)
very long reach (750mm)
missing Time Lapse mode
bad battery (250 shots)
display is not selfie friendly
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.2)

Canon SX700 HS Landscape photography information

For anybody who is looking to purchase a camera for landscape photography, the biggest aspect will no doubt be image quality. The Canon SX700 HS at it's reasonable score of 48 for a landscape camera is relatively appropriate compared to it's competition.

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focusing manually
fairly wide (25mm)
nice screen size (3 inch)
has image stabilization (Optical)
good megapixels (16MP)
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
slow maximum aperture (f3.2)
small sensor size (1/2.3")
does not have RAW support
low battery pack (250 CIPA)
missing Timelapse function

Canon SX700 HS Vlogging advice

A vlogging camera preferably should offer a moving display, mic input and preferably IBIS. Taking everything in to account, the Canon SX700 HS is simply not good for vlogging as it gets a bad rating of 34.

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rather wide (25mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
has face detection focusing
video res high (1920 x 1080 pixels)
lighter than others (269 grams)
sluggish max aperture (f3.2)
doesn't offer selfie friendly screen
missing external mic socket

Canon SX700 HS Alternatives

If you are looking for alternatives to the SX700 HS, below is a number of the highest rated cameras which fall in to the class of Small Sensor Superzoom.

The line chart underneath offers you a summary of the SX700 HS versus it's highest ranked competitors shown earlier.

These are some more cameras you might look into as alternate options. To review a complete comparison, simply click on the "compare" link.

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Specifications

General Information
Company
Canon
Model type
Canon PowerShot SX700 HS
Type
Small Sensor Superzoom
Released
2014-02-12
Physical type
Compact
Sensor Information
Sensor type
BSI-CMOS
Processor Chip
Digic 6
Sensor size
1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions
6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor area
28.1mm²
Sensor resolution
16MP
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio
1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Highest resolution
4608 x 3456
RAW support
Highest native ISO
3200
Minimum native ISO
100
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
AF touch
AF continuous
Single AF
AF tracking
Selective AF
AF center weighted
Multi area AF
AF live view
Face detect AF
Contract detect AF
Phase detect AF
Total focus points
9
Lens
Lens support
fixed lens
Lens zoom range
25-750mm (30.0x)
Maximal aperture
f/3.2-6.9
Macro focusing range
1cm
Focal length multiplier
5.8
Screen
Type of display
Fixed Type
Display diagonal
3"
Resolution of display
922k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch friendly
Display technology
PureColor II G TFT
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder
None
DXO scores
DXO All around rating
not tested
DXO Color Depth rating
not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating
not tested
DXO Low light rating
not tested
Features
Slowest shutter speed
15 seconds
Maximum shutter speed
1/3200 seconds
Continuous shooting rate
9.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation
Yes
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash distance
3.50 m
Flash settings
Auto, on, slow synchro, off
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Supported video resolutions
1920 x 1080 (60p, 30p), 1280 x 720 (30p), 640 x 480 (30p)
Highest video resolution
1920x1080
Video data format
H.264
Mic port
Headphone port
Connectivity
Wireless
Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS
None
Physical
Environmental sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight
269 gr (0.59 pounds)
Dimensions
113 x 66 x 35mm (4.4" x 2.6" x 1.4")
Other
Battery life
250 pictures
Battery type
Battery Pack
Battery ID
NB-6LH
Self timer
Yes (2 or 10 secs, custom)
Time lapse recording
Storage type
SD/SDHC/SDXC
Card slots
1
Retail price
$349