The Canon PowerShot SX700HS was recently launched in the first half of 2014, a powerful compact digital camera from the PowerShot family series, well known for its high quality long distance shots. The Canon PowerShot SX700HS is a nice and lightweight compact size camera that fits into your pocket easily. Along with improved zoom capability, Wi-Fi and NFC technology, the Canon SX700HS makes it ideal for travellers and your daily usage camera to bring out.

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Here are the technical specifications for the PowerShot SX700HS

PowerShot SX700 HS

Dimensions: Approx. 112.7 x 65.8x 34.8mm

Weight (with battery & memory card): Approx. 269g

Lens: 30x optical zoom

Focal length: 25-750mm

Aperture: f/3.2-f/6.9

Image sensor: 16.1 mega-pixel CMOS sensor

Imaging processor: DIGIC 6

Maximum video quality: Full HD MP4 60p/30p

LCD: 3.0” (approx. 922,000 dots)

Wi-Fi: Yes

NFC: Yes

Battery type: NB-6LH

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The Canon PowerShot SX700HS was made available to me for a two weeks review period, accompanying me in my Star Wars Lego AT-RT construction, my new spectacle frames from LensMen, Bare Your Sole 2014 event and being my daily usage camera. Let me share with my readers on my thoughts and the Pros and Cons of the Canon PowerShot SX700HS.

Pros

  • Small and lightweight pocket size compact digital camera
  • Digic 6 image processor
  • Clear and sharp picture quality
  • 30x optical zoom
  • Zoom Framing Assist
  • Focusing range at 1cm
  • 4.5mm to 135mm focal length range
  • Wi-Fi and NFC connectivity
  • Mobile Device Connect Button – Easy transfer of images
  • Remote shoot using Canon CameraWindow app

Cons

  • Aperture at f/3.2 to f/8.0 (Wide)
  • Aperture at f/6.9 to f/8.0 (Tele)
  • ISO only from 100 to 3200
  • Can be cumbersome when wanting to change aperture and shutter during manual mode

Canon’s advanced DIGIC 6 image processor powers the Canon PowerShot SX700HS and 16.1 megapixel CMOS sensor; the PowerShot SX700 HS effectively enables users, especially avid travellers to take high quality and sharp long distance photos. This advanced technology also supports the recording of superior full HD videos at super-smooth 60p or even 30p in the MP4 compression format.

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The Zoom Framing Assist capability on the Canon PowerShot SX700HS is a good feature. It allows the photographer to capture clear shots with ease especially in action packed photography. The Zoom Framing Assist ‘Seek’ function helps users to keep the subject within the frame easily even while shooting with the high-powered zoom. This alleviates the common challenge of maintaining a steady frame when zooming in.

With the improved face detection accuracy, the advanced Zoom Framing Assist Auto function automatically tracks a moving subject and adjusts for optimum zoom, anchoring on the subject’s relative size in the frame to maintain composition.  With the subject size automatically maintained and kept within the frame, users can focus fully on capturing the best photos and videos.

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I was doing a photography walkabout at Labrador Park in Singapore with the Canon PowerShot SX700HS review unit. While walking along the boardwalk, I spotted a squirrel on the fence beside the empty grass field. I decided to zoom in and capture the squirrel in action. Although the zooming in was a bit slow (it’s not too bad for a digital compact camera in my personal opinion), once I managed to zoom in on the squirrel and the Zoom Framing Assist kicks in, I managed to get a pretty good shot of the squirrel with the Canon PowerShot SX700HS!

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Pricing and availability
The Canon PowerShot SX700 HS and SX600 HS are now available at Canon authorised dealers at the following recommended retail prices:

Model Colour(s) available Retail prices
PowerShot SX700 HS Black and Red $449

Here are the photographs taken with the Canon PowerShot SX700HS review unit on Flickr! The Canon PowerShot SX700HS is a compact digital camera that is lightweight and packed with some nice features and specifications that might fit your requirements for a lightweight compact digital camera for travel and daily usage.

I would like to thank Canon Singapore and Ogilvy Public Relations for the Canon PowerShot SX700HS review opportunity.

* Information courtesy of Canon Singapore and Ogilvy Public Relations *


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