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 8.5 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


User Reviews

4.0 out of 5 stars
  • funzone, Jun 6, 2014 GMT:
    Great camera... when it works.

    I got my SX700 HS camera in early April 2014, just in time for vacation. We went to the Anza Borrego desert, the Salton Sea, Las Vegas, San Francisco and back home to Oregon, taking photos all the way. Overall I took over 2500 stills and videos. My first impression was that I LOVED this camera! It was fast, had no shortage of features including an amazing 30x optical zoom, and the resulting pictures were sharp and clear. Being on a trip, I took a lot of shots from a vehicle moving at about ...

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  • Yodacat, Aug 29, 2014 GMT:
    A true Gem

    Got this unit as a handy travel camera - main camea Canon D5 with 100 - 400 Zoom which is too heavy to carry around. Worked well and I am truly impressed - takes good pictures and is quick to use - I haven't played with the myriad of settings yet - just bought it - charged it up - and bingo. I also use the Video Capture feature and I was mmore than pleased with the results. You can't go worng with this little gem

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Questions & Answers


How to use Powershot SX700 HS for dark night shots??

Hello all, I have been using the SX700 about 2 months and have yet to figure out how to get good long exposure night shots. The main difficulty comes from the limitations on ISO (to 100) and illumnation time (to 15sec). I tried taking some shots under a full moon in snowy mountains, but with these settings it just comes out black. With the built in 'night mode' the shot also comes out black under such conditions. I imagine I would need to be able to change at least one of the ISO or Illumination to really get a shot. I've seen that the SX700 seems to be quite popular here. Perhaps someone can recommend if there is something I'm missing. If there is nothing to be done on the camera itself does anyone have experience with hacking the camera software to remove such limitations - is this even possible?? Any ideas? Thanks! Nic

nprace asked
7 days ago



SX700 question

Hello, I just bought my wife the SX700 and every thing is fine except that she keeps getting some sort of warning. The focus box will turn yellow with a little stop sign in the lower right corner with an exclamation mark in it. I can't find out what it is in the downloaded PDF manual. I'm guessing it's some sort of exposure warning, but I'm not sure. Can someone please tell me? Thanks!

leighton w asked
20 days ago


It is a focus warning to let you know that the camera has not achieved focus. What is she trying to shoot when it happens? Usually it is because you are too close to the subject or because of low light. Continue Reading

arrow501 answered
20 days ago

Also, these cameras all use contrast focus, so if there is little contrast difference in the area of the scene that the focus square is pointing at then it will fail.  So if it is some plain painted wall with nothing on it then that will contain almost no contrast.  The photographer must take care of this by workarounds.  What I do is move the focus square to an edge or something well defined in the scene, then half press, once focus is locked then re-frame the scene as required and fully press the shutter button. Brian Continue Reading

brianj answered
20 days ago

Thanks guys! Continue Reading

leighton w answered
20 days ago


How good is video from SX700?

I am looking to replace my older P&S camera and the Sony CX12 camcorder with just one device. You guys, who shoot video with SX700, have you made some comparisons with videos taken with some dedicated camcorders? Thank in advance for your reply. Peter

flektogon asked
17 days ago


Not compared to a dedicated camcorder.  I dont think you can pause video with cameras which is a shame. But the video on the SX700 really is excellent.  I put the video quality and detail a small step ahead of my previous Sony HX50. Continue Reading

MarioV answered
17 days ago
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