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The PowerShot SX730 HS was introduced by Canon in April 2017. It belongs to the Superzooms category.
Canon is well-known and shouldn't require further introduction, please see our manufacturer's page for more digital cameras by Canon.
The PowerShot SX730 HS features a CMOS sensor in Compact size that has an area of approximately 6 x 5 mm² (0.24" x 0.18").
The PowerShot SX730 HS's image sensor has an effective resolution of around 20 megapixel. The resolution is above average and will be sufficient for the foreseeable future. Photos with this resolution can easily be printed in A2 size or larger, even if unwanted parts of the photo have to be cropped.
The Canon does not support recording RAW images. RAW images are stored as they come from the sensor, without any in-camera processing or sharpening. Converting to JPEG or other formats takes place on the computeand involves one extra processing step but will almost always result in superior image quality.
|Sensor area||6.17 x 4.55mm²|
(0.24" x 0.18")
|Resolution (physical)||21.10 megapixel|
|Resolution (effective)||20.30 megapixel|
|Pixel size||1.42 µm²|
The PowerShot SX730 HS has a built-in lens that can not be changed.
The Canon's focal length goes from 24mm to 960mm, a zoom range of 40x. The aperture varies from F3.3 at the short or wide-angle end, to F6.9.
|Focal length (min)||24mm|
|Focal length (max)||960mm|
The PowerShot SX730 HS does not come with a built-in viewfinder. The camera's display is used to compose the photo. That can be cumbersome in broad daylight.
The PowerShot SX730 HS's shutter speeds range from 1/3200s to 15s.
The highest shutter speed of the Canon is just 1/3200s. That's no longer state of the art and may cause problems in challenging light conditions.
|Max. shutter speed||1/3200s|
|Min. shutter speed||15s|
The PowerShot SX730 HS's sensitivity goes from 80 ISO und 3200 ISO, a very useful and practical range.
|Min. sensitivity||80 ISO|
|Max. sensitivity||3200 ISO|
The PowerShot SX730 HS supports all common metering modes.
The Canon will also allow spot metering, a must for challenging motives.
The PowerShot SX730 HS's auto focus processor uses 9 AF points (or sensors). A basic rule of thumb says that the more AF points you have, the better. More AF points mean a better chance to have a point at the location of interest in a scene, a big plus in challenging situations (e.g. in low light).
Manual focus is also possible with the Canon, a plus in tricky situations or for some creative freedom.
The PowerShot SX730 HS features a built-in flash with a range of up to 4m (13 ft.). That's on the low end and will only work for very close subjects.
A hotshoe is missing from the Canon.
The PowerShot SX730 HS features a monitor with a diagonal of 75.00mm (3.0 in.) and a resolution of c. 0.92 megapixel. That's about average.
The camera's display is articulated, a plus for selfies and other challenging situations.
The PowerShot SX730 HS does not feature a touch screen.
Display characteristics at a glance:
When recording videos with the PowerShot SX730 HS, the highest supported resolution is 1920 x 1080 pixel, in other words Full HD Video. 4K videos are not supported by the Canon.
A connector for an external microphone is missing from the Canon. A built-in mike will usually record everything in front and to the sides of the camera which is not always what the film maker wants. Internal microphones also tend to record camera sounds like focus beeps.
Videos with the Canon PowerShot SX730 HS at a glance:
|Max. resolution||1920 x 1080 pixel|
|...with frame rates||30 frames/second|
|CONNECTIVITY & WIRELESS|
The PowerShot SX730 HS has Wifi connectivity already built-in. Use Wifi to transfer images to a smartphone or computer and to remote control the camera. With NFC, camera and smartphone can be paired without the need for passwords.
Another option to transfer images to the smartphone is Bluetooth (Note: Bluetooth connections will not always transmit images or videos with full resolution.)Connect the Canon to a monitor or TV set over HDMI.
The Canon connects to your PC over USB 2.0.
The Canon's connectivity at a glance:
What memory cards can be used with the Canon PowerShot SX730 HS?
The camera will accept all common SD HC and SD XC cards.
With an average image size of 8 megabytes (JPEG, fine) a 32 GByte memory card would hold up to 4000 images.
Supported memory cards at a glance:
Let's have a look at some other features of the Canon PowerShot SX730 HS:
The PowerShot SX730 HS doesn't have a built-in GPS receiver. If you want to add coordinates to your photos, you'll have to do so in 3rd party software like Adobe Lightroom. However, with Wifi built-in, location data can also be added via a connected smartphone.
The PowerShot SX730 HS features a built-in stabilizer. With a 40x zoom a must-have.
A nice addition is the Canon's electronic level. The camera displays an indicator on the monitor that makes it super-easy to level the camera horizontally, very useful when doing architectural photography.
If you are into HDRs, the camera won't create those automatically. You will have to manually create image sequences and later assemble those sequnces in third-party software.
The PowerShot SX730 HS is not environmentally sealed against dust and moisture; keep that in mind in the rain and on the beach.
The Canon's features in a handy table:
The Canon PowerShot SX730 HS works with a NB-13L LiIon battery. The battery lifetime is an average 250 shots. That's on the lower side of things for a full day, consider a spare battery for the PowerShot SX730 HS.
The battery can be charged over USB while in camera. Very useful, especially on vacation when most people bring a USB charger for their smartphone anyway.
The PowerShot SX730 HS's battery at a glance:
|Battery life||250 photos|
The Canon PowerShot SX730 HS's dimensions are 110 x 64 x 40mm³. (4.3" x 2.5" x 1.6"). This includes the lens. The camera's weight is a reasonable 300 grams (9.7 oz.), lens included.
Front and top view of the PowerShot SX730 HS with dimensions:
To put the size of the camera in context, here it is next to a german ID card (c. 86mm x 55mm, about the size of a credit card).
The PowerShot SX730 HS is not much bigger:
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Our rating of the Canon PowerShot SX730 HS
A pocketable superzoom (40x) with a resolution of around 20 megapixel and a speed of up to six images per second. The SX730 HS has a decent feature set but maxes out at Full HD video. 4K video is not supported. A minor upgrade to the predecessor SX720 HS, the new model brings an articulated display and Bluetooth. Disappointing battery life at only 250 photos per charge. A spare battery is recommended.
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