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 #8 out of 243 in Small Sensor Superzoom cameras and all round #358 out of 1422 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.
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.Control Profoto B10 & B10 Plus with your Android Phone
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.400 Megapixel mode coming to Fujifilm GFX 100
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.Photographer fined '$200,000' for failing to deliver 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.Google will print your 'Best' photos for $8 a month
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:
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 49 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 73 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 51 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 75.
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.