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The PowerShot SX70 HS was introduced by Canon in September 2018. 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 SX70 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 SX70 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 supports taking images in RAW. 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 computer, using software like Adobe Lightroom or Canon's RAW converter. This involves one extra processing step but almost always results in superior image quality. Some filters, like converting to monochrome (black and white) will only yield decent results when used with RAW images.
|Sensor area||6.17 x 4.55mm²|
(0.24" x 0.18")
|Resolution (physical)||21.10 megapixel|
|Resolution (effective)||20.30 megapixel|
|Pixel size||1.40 µm²|
The PowerShot SX70 HS has a built-in lens that can not be changed.
The Canon's focal length goes from 21mm to 1365mm, a zoom range of 65x. The aperture varies from F3.4 at the short or wide-angle end, to F6.5.
|Focal length (min)||21mm|
|Focal length (max)||1365mm|
The PowerShot SX70 HS uses an electronic viewfinder with a resolution of 2.39 megapixel, an excellent value for a viewfinder like this which makes the camera a joy to use.The magnifcation is c. 0.50x, an average value for an electronic viewfinder.
The infographic illustrates the viewfinder magnification of the PowerShot SX70 HS. The black area represents a magnification of 1x, corresponding to natural size. The red frame indicates the largest viewfinder magnification in any digital camera on the market today (0.85x).
Tip: If the viewfinder image of the PowerShot SX70 HS is fuzzy, us the little wheel next to the viewfinder to adjust the sharpness.
The PowerShot SX70 HS's shutter speeds range from 1/2000s to 15s.
The highest shutter speed of the Canon is just 1/2000s. That's no longer state of the art and may cause problems in challenging light conditions.
|Max. shutter speed||1/2000s|
|Min. shutter speed||15s|
The PowerShot SX70 HS's sensitivity goes from 100 ISO und 3200 ISO, a very useful and practical range.
|Min. sensitivity||100 ISO|
|Max. sensitivity||3200 ISO|
The PowerShot SX70 HS supports all common metering modes.
The Canon will also allow spot metering, a must for challenging motives.
The PowerShot SX70 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 SX70 HS features a built-in flash with a range of up to 5m (17 ft.). That range will work for most situations.
A hotshoe is missing from the Canon.
The PowerShot SX70 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 SX70 HS does not feature a touch screen.
Display characteristics at a glance:
When recording videos with the PowerShot SX70 HS, the highest supported resolution is 3840 x 2160 pixel, in other words 4K Video.
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 SX70 HS at a glance:
|Max. resolution||3840 x 2160 pixel|
|...with frame rates||25 frames/second|
|CONNECTIVITY & WIRELESS|
The PowerShot SX70 HS has Wifi connectivity already built-in. Use Wifi to transfer images to a smartphone or computer and to remote control the camera.
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 SX70 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 SX70 HS:
The PowerShot SX70 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 SX70 HS features a built-in stabilizer. With a 65x zoom a must-have.
The camera has a built-in function to facilitate creating panoramas: While panning the Canon over the scene, the camera takes a sequence of images which are then automatically assembled to form a panorama.
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 SX70 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 SX70 HS works with a NB-12L LiIon battery. The battery lifetime is a generous 325 shots. Usually enough for a full day or more.
The battery can not be charged while in camera. Instead you have to take it out of the camera and put it into the supplied dedicated charger.
The PowerShot SX70 HS's battery at a glance:
|Battery life||325 photos|
The Canon PowerShot SX70 HS's dimensions are 127 x 90.9 x 116.6mm³. (5.0" x 3.6" x 4.6"). This includes the lens. The camera's weight is a reasonable 608 grams (19.6 oz.), lens included.
Front and top view of the PowerShot SX70 HS with dimensions:
To put the size of the camera in context, here it is next to a typical ID card (c. 86mm x 55mm, about the size of a credit card).
The PowerShot SX70 HS is clearly bigger:
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