Canon SX730 HS
- 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
- Revealed April 2017
- Previous Model is Canon SX720 HS
- Replacement is Canon SX740 HS
- Read full specs
- Size Comparison
Canon SX730 HS overview
Canon SX730 HS is Canon's Small Sensor Superzoom digital camera first announced on April of 2017. It houses a 20.3 MegaPixel, BSI-CMOS 1/2.3" size sensor with a maximum resolution of 5184 x 3888.
Canon released this model in an effort to improve the older Canon SX720 HS (Read Full Comparison) and subsequently released the newer Canon SX740 HS (Read Full Comparison) as a way to improve this model.
The SX730 HS stands at #10 out of 244 in Small Sensor Superzoom cameras and all round #396 out of 1459 for cameras in our collection. Remember to test our Smart camera search to get camera rankings based on your personal requirements.
The following is a diagram of various criteria used in the scoring system.
Canon SX730 HS history
The Canon SX730 HS comes with a history of related cameras. Below, you can look at all past and newer models alongside important specs.
SX730 HS vs SX70 HS21-1365mm
SX730 HS vs SX740 HS24-960mm
SX730 HS vs SX620 HS25-625mm
SX730 HS vs SX720 HS24-960mm
SX730 HS vs SX420 IS24-1008mm
SX730 HS vs SX540 HS24-1200mm
SX730 HS vs SX410 IS24-960mm
SX730 HS vs SX610 HS25-450mm
SX730 HS vs SX710 HS25-750mm
SX730 HS vs SX530 HS24-1200mm
SX730 HS vs SX60 HS21-1365mm
SX730 HS vs SX400 IS24-720mm
SX730 HS vs SX520 HS24-1008mm
SX730 HS vs SX700 HS25-750mm
SX730 HS vs SX600 HS25-450mm
SX730 HS vs SX510 HS24-720mm
SX730 HS vs SX170 IS28-448mm
SX730 HS vs SX160 IS28-448mm
SX730 HS vs SX270 HS25-500mm
SX730 HS vs SX280 HS25-500mm
SX730 HS vs SX50 HS24-1200mm
SX730 HS vs SX500 IS24-720mm
SX730 HS vs SX260 HS25-500mm
SX730 HS vs SX150 IS28-336mm
SX730 HS vs SX240 HS25-500mm
SX730 HS vs SX40 HS24-840mm
SX730 HS vs SD4500 IS36-360mm
SX730 HS vs SX230 HS28-392mm
SX730 HS vs SX220 HS28-392mm
SX730 HS vs SX30 IS24-840mm
SX730 HS vs SX130 IS28-336mm
SX730 HS vs SD4000 IS28-105mm
SX730 HS vs SX20 IS28-560mm
SX730 HS vs SX210 IS28-392mm
SX730 HS vs SD3500 IS24-120mm
SX730 HS vs SD1300 IS28-112mm
SX730 HS vs SD980 IS24-120mm
SX730 HS vs SX200 IS28-336mm
SX730 HS vs SX1 IS28-560mm
SX730 HS vs SD970 IS37-185mm
SX730 HS vs SD960 IS28-112mm
SX730 HS vs SD1200 IS35-105mm
SX730 HS vs SX10 IS28-560mm
Canon SX730 HS Gallery
You can look at the SX730 HS from several angles in the gallery underneath.
Canon SX730 HS Pros and Cons
Here is a collection of positives and negatives of the Canon SX730 HS based on criterias which are usually viewed as crucial in a digital camera.
Canon SX730 HS Sensor specs
The Canon SX730 HS houses the DIGIC 6 chip. The sensor dimension in the Canon SX730 HS is 6.17mm x 4.55mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor has the ability to resolve 5184 x 3888 pixels using aspect ratios of 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9. The camera boasts Image Stabilization (Optical). Optical stabilization is superior than digital stabilization as the latter can easily cause cropping.Coronavirus is affecting the sensor business
The BSI-CMOS sensor boasts 20.3MP and delivers a standard ISO range of 80 - 3200. Sadly, RAW photos are not supported which means that you have less room to maneuver in post.
The graphic underneath displays the SX730 HS's sensor size compared to other popular sizes. The SX730 HS sensor comes with a crop factor of 5.8 and is highlighted in green.Last day to get your files as Canon Irisa shuts down
To get an idea of specific aspect ratios, you should refer to the graphic below.
Canon SX730 HS dimensions
Canon SX730 HS weighs in at 0.66 pounds (300 grams or 10.58 ounces) and the dimensions of the camera is 110mm x 64mm x 40mm (4.3" x 2.5" x 1.6"). The weight of normal Small Sensor Superzoom camera is 387 grams so the Canon SX730 HS is lighter as compared to various competitors.Unsplash partners with Institutions to bring historical archive photos
Down below is a picture of the Canon SX730 HS alongside a soft drink to help you have a feel for its size.
The top view under will illustrate the button layout on the SX730 HS.
Canon SX730 HS Lens details
The SX730 HS has got a fixed lens offering a focal range of 24-960mm giving it a 40.0 x zoom which is significant and can let you zoom all the way in.
At it's widest 24mm, the lens will have an aperture of f3.3 making it really sluggish and not the best in low light events and you will probably find it hard to capture good bokeh. You could also have to increase your ISO setting which results in noisy images. Towards the long end, 960mm is terrific zoom and comes at f6.9 making it quite sluggish and you may have to use slower shutter speeds.
Canon SX730 HS Connectivity
The SX730 HS has the following connectivity:
- USB Yes
- Wireless Yes
- Bluetooth Yes
- NFC Yes
- HDMI Yes
Cameras that consist of NFC and / or Bluetooth support can be used wirelessly through smartphones. You can easily send images and in some cases change settings with no need to connect directly with the camera.
Some apps also enable a Liveview and click the shutter in case you aren't close to the camera. If the camera contains a HDMI out, it can be connected to an external display. Virtually all cameras enable you to charge the battery through the USB port.
Canon SX730 HS Video details
The maximum video resolution in the Canon SX730 HS is 1920 x 1080 and it can record in MPEG-4 and H.264 file format. 1080p resolution can provide a good balance for video quality and file size but FULL HD will not leave you with much room to downsample. The body doesn't feature a mic and / or headphone jack which means you have absolutely no control over your audio. It is probably a better idea to buy another model if you want decent audio in your videos.
Canon SX730 HS Weather Sealing
There is no weather proofing for the Canon SX730 HS so you have to be cautious in wet or dusty situations.
Canon SX730 HS Screen and Viewfinder
The Canon SX730 HS is equipped with a 3" tilting display screen having a resolution of 922k dots.
It has a selfie friendly screen to shoot self portraits and group shots when needed. Please be aware that the display offers no touch support.World's smallest camera makes it into Guinness Book of Records
The View Finder specs regarding Canon SX730 HS are below:
- ViewFinder None
Viewfinders can be really beneficial for sunny outdoor situations which will make the camera screen washed out and very difficult to view.
Canon SX730 HS Shutter details
Canon SX730 HS has the ability to shoot continuously at 5.9 frames per second. The max shutter speed is 1/3200 seconds.
Canon SX730 HS Flash and Hot shoe details
Canon SX730 HS boasts just in-built flash without external flash ability.
Canon SX730 HS Autofocusing details
Canon SX730 HS boasts only Contrast Detect Autofocus and does not have Phase Detect Autofocus. Phase Detection autofocusing is a lot snappier and exact as compared to Contrast Detect autofocusing. The camera supports Face detection which makes it useful for portrait photography.
It also has Tracking Autofocus for things that move. Canon SX730 HS boasts manual focus if needed for low light conditions or you want to have more precise control on focus.
Canon SX730 HS Battery life
The battery for the Canon SX730 HS is designed to last for 250 photos based on the CIPA measurements making it lesser in comparison with its competitors. The general Small Sensor Superzoom camera battery life is 316. Fujifilm HS35EXR has the highest possible (600) battery life for this class of cameras.
Below is a list of Small Sensor Superzoom cameras that have the strongest battery life:
SX730 HS vs Fujifilm HS35EXR600 yesnono
SX730 HS vs B500600 nonoyes
SX730 HS vs L840590 noyesno
SX730 HS vs FZ200540 yesnono
SX730 HS vs V-Lux 4540 yesnono
Canon SX730 HS for various forms of photography
The following diagram displays a analysis of the Canon SX730 HS for various forms of photography. To understand more, go to the specific paragraph underneath.
Canon SX730 HS Portrait photography features
The Canon SX730 HS gets a points total of 48 which is decent, and means the camera is somewhat suitable to use for portrait photos. Taking portraits leans greatly towards sensor dimensions, RAW support plus the capability to utilize external lighting.
Canon SX730 HS Street photography features
With a above average points total of 69, the Canon SX730 HS is a fine option for street photography. A very good street photography camera features a fine balance of image quality and portability.
Canon SX730 HS as a Sports photography camera
A average sports photography points tally of 49 indicates the Canon SX730 HS is fairly suitable for taking pictures of sports. A camera needs good focusing plus continuous shooting for sports photography.
Canon SX730 HS Travel photography details
Size is very critical in choosing a travel camera. All things considered, the Canon SX730 HS gets a nice 72 for a travelling camera which makes it a good choice for your vacations.
Landscape photography with Canon SX730 HS
For anyone planning to buy a digital camera for landscape photography, the most vital factor will no doubt be image quality. The Canon SX730 HS and it's moderate grade of 50 for a landscape camera is relatively suitable amongst its rivals.
Canon SX730 HS as a Vlogging camera
A camera for vlogging should offer a articulating display, mic input and preferably image stabilization. Taking everything in to account, the Canon SX730 HS is a very decent option as a vlog camera as it gets a very good score of 74.
Canon SX730 HS Alternatives
If you are interested in replacements to the SX730 HS, below is a number of the highest placed cameras that fall in to the family of Small Sensor Superzoom.
The line graph just below provides you a bird's eye view of the SX730 HS vs it's highest scoring rivals listed above.
These are various other cameras you may regard as alternative options. To look at a complete comparison, just click on the "compare" link.