Canon PowerShot SX700 HS Compact Camera

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Key Features

  • 16MP 1/2.3" BSI-CMOS sensor
  • 25-750mm F3.2-6.9 equivalent lens with optical image stabilization (30x optical zoom)
  • ISO 100-3200
  • 3" fixed LCD with 922,000 dots
  • Up to 9 FPS continuous shooting
  • Creative Shot, Smart Auto + PSAM and more shooting modes
  • 1080/60p, 30p HD video (H.264)
  • SD/SDHC/SDXC memory
  • Built-in Wi-Fi and NFC

Product Description

The PowerShot SX700 is a travel zoom compact camera, featuring a 25-750mm equivalent F3.2-6.9 lens and the company's latest DIGIC 6 processor. The SX700 has all of Canon's automatic and scene modes, but also includes PSAM manual exposure control modes for those who want a little more control. Wi-Fi and NFC are built in for simple wireless image sharing with a compatible smartphone. For photographers who get frustrated composing photos at long telephoto focal lengths, the SX700 includes a Zoom Framing Assist function that lets you quickly back out, recompose, and return to where you were. The camera also records high-quality 1080p/60p Full HD video through a dedicated movie button.


Body type
Body type Compact
Max resolution 4608 x 3456
Other resolutions 4608 x 3072, 4608 x 2592, 3456 x 3456, 3264 x 2448, 3264 x 2176, 3264 x 1832, 2448 x 2448, 640 x 480, 640 x 424, 640 x 360, 480 x 480
Image ratio w:h 1:1, 4:3, 3:2, 16:9
Effective pixels 16 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors 17 megapixels
Sensor size 1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm)
Sensor type BSI-CMOS
Processor Digic 6
ISO Auto, 100-3200
White balance presets 6
Custom white balance Yes
Image stabilization Optical
Uncompressed format No
JPEG quality levels Superfine, fine
Optics & Focus
Focal length (equiv.) 25–750 mm
Optical zoom 30×
Maximum aperture F3.2 - F6.9
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Multi-area
  • Center
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
Digital zoom Yes (4X)
Normal focus range 5 cm (1.97)
Macro focus range 1 cm (0.39)
Number of focus points 9
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCD Fixed
Screen size 3
Screen dots 922,000
Touch screen No
Screen type PureColor II G TFT
Live view Yes
Viewfinder type None
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed 15 sec
Maximum shutter speed 1/3200 sec
Aperture priority Yes
Shutter priority Yes
Manual exposure mode Yes
Subject / scene modes Yes
Built-in flash Yes
Flash range 3.50 m
External flash No
Flash modes Auto, on, slow synchro, off
Continuous drive 9 fps
Self-timer Yes (2 or 10 secs, custom)
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
Exposure compensation ±2 (at 1/3 EV steps)
WB Bracketing No
Videography features
Resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60p, 30p), 1280 x 720 (30p), 640 x 480 (30p)
Format H.264
Microphone Stereo
Speaker Mono
Storage types SD/SDHC/SDXC
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMI Yes (micro HDMI)
Microphone port No
Headphone port No
Wireless Built-In
Wireless notes 802.11b/g/n with NFC
Remote control No
Environmentally sealed No
Battery Battery Pack
Battery description NB-6LH lithium-ion battery and charger
Battery Life (CIPA) 250
Weight (inc. batteries) 269 g (0.59 lb / 9.49 oz)
Dimensions 113 x 66 x 35 mm (4.45 x 2.6 x 1.38)
Other features
Orientation sensor Yes
Timelapse recording No
GPS None

Questions & Answers


Canon sx700 vs sx280 - extra zoom worth upgrading?

Hi, my first post here, though heavy reader. I see the Canon PowerShot sx280 HS is available for $188. So is it worth spending $349 to get the newer, so-called successor sx700? My thoughts after much research: GPS For me, GPS (on the outgoing sx280, and missing on the newer sx700) would be nice to have, though not a deal breaker. Zoom The biggest attraction for the upgrade for me is the extra zoom - 30x (on the new sx700) instead of 20x (sx280). Is the extra zoom really worth it or even usable? I can only judge based on some Japanese sample videos of the sx700 on YouTube. Image quality Difficult for me to judge this one. Anybody? I like straight out of the camera, punchy photos. Don't shoot me! Low light performance This is important to me because I hate using a flash on a small camera like this. Battery life The sx700 is stated as 40 shots longer in battery life. Is the sx280 with newer firmware update still a risky purchase for battery life? I'm not too fussed about the lack of ...

intangible asked
1 month ago


Intangible, I ordered a SX280 HS last November and soon found out about the battery problem . I just didn't had it in video mode alone but also in picture mode! I sent the camera back to a service station, but they couldn't find any errors. They instead installed the latest firmware update again (which I already did before), but no difference. After a few shots the camera turned off without any warning or just couldn't get turned on. Full loaded battery, but message means: "Replace battery". I was thinking about getting another SX280 from a later charge with a newer serial number, but I cannot trust this model anymore. Two weeks ago I sent the camera back to the shop and got my money back. I am now awaiting the SX700. Regarding GPS : You can connect to GPS via Smartphone, while you're on a trip. It means "a step more", but on the other hand it eats less battery on your Smartphone than a camera build in GPS system (at least that's the case with my S4 min). Zoom and Image quality : I ... Continue Reading

SchweizerSchoggi answered
1 month ago

Hi, I'm exactly in the same state of mind. Does it worth about 140$? I can't tell. Thanks to the comment above we can have a glance on it. SX700 seems better (of course! ^^) Battery issue is really scaring to me. But 140$ let me think about this... Hope I'll find an answer! Continue Reading

Wudz answered
21 days ago

I upgraded from the SX280 to the SX700 and I'm so glad I did. I never had the battery problems with my SX280 that so many said they had with their SX280. The 30X zoom of the SX700 is wonderful. AF is great and image quality is, I feel, somewhat better with the SX700. Here is a photo I made with the SX700 at quite a distance at 30X zoom. It's the statue of Justice atop the dome on New York City Hall in Manhattan. Continue Reading

JWIS206 answered
18 days ago



Battery life on SX700?  Is there any improvement regarding SX270/280 ?? Is battery on SX700 better..worse..same???

SHULE asked
5 days ago


Much improved.  There is no issue. Continue Reading

MarioV answered
5 days ago
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