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CanonPowerShot SX700 HS Digital Camera (Black)
 
4.5

(based on 13 reviews)

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Pros

  • Zoom range/performance (11)
  • Good image quality (10)
  • Image stabilization (10)
  • Easy to use (9)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (9)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Travel (11)
    • Family photos (9)
    • Landscape/scenery (9)
    • Low light (7)
    • Sports/action (7)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (7), Casual photographer (4)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (11)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Best in Class

    I primarily shoot with a DSLR, but have also owned an embarrassing number of pocket "superzoom" cameras that I can carry with me at all times. I nearly passed on this...Read complete review

    I primarily shoot with a DSLR, but have also owned an embarrassing number of pocket "superzoom" cameras that I can carry with me at all times. I nearly passed on this camera because of the battery/video problems with my previous Canon (SX280). However, this new model exhibits none of the previous generation's problems and seems to get just about everything else right. The start-up, shot-to-shot, and burst recovery times are simply fantastic. To my eyes, the image and video quality is excellent to ISO 400 and very good through ISO 800. Facebook and Instagram folks will find ISO 1600 usable in some instances, but that seems to be the limit IMHO. The zoom is very fast and quiet, but I do miss the video snapshot ability (the video stops if you try to take a picture). The most surprising thing about this camera, and something I haven't seen mentioned, is how good the LCD is in bright conditions. I spent a week in Miami with this camera and was able to track moving subjects (both still and video) out past 30x with no problems. The only thing I dislike is the limited wifi transfer capabilities. The camera will only allow you to transfer 50 pictures and 1 video at a time. If you are looking for an easy to use and compact superzoom camera that takes great pictures, this is the one. Highly recommended

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Good camera but with caveats

    Takes excellent photos, but there are a couple of things I didn't like.
    - The flash has to be manually popped out if needed.
    - Setting up for file transfer...Read complete review

    Takes excellent photos, but there are a couple of things I didn't like.
    - The flash has to be manually popped out if needed.
    - Setting up for file transfer was a pain. Would be so much easier with a cable, which is not possible with this cammera
    - Cannot charge the battery without removing it.Going back to the file transfer problem, this would be so much easier.

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    4.0

    Canon SX 700HS

    By gary298

    from Torrance CA

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Fast/accurate auto-focus
    • Good Image Quality
    • Good Image Stabilization
    • Great Zoom
    • Large Clear LCD
    • Nice Body Color
    • Short Lag Time

    Cons

    • Poor Button Loc Thumb

    Best Uses

      Comments about PowerShot SX700 HS Digital Camera (Black):

      purchased this camera for my wife after considerable research on compact zoom cameras. Previously, she owned a Fuji f500 which had a 15x zoom, but would intermittently freeze up requiring the removal and reinsertion of the battery. Last week, she used the Canon camera at an outdoor birthday party for our grandson in Irvine CA on a sunny afternoon. She put it in automatic mode to take photos of the many 8-year old kids running about the park and and playing games. I took along my T1i Canon DSLR with zoom lens. When I reviewed the photos on my mac, I was very impressed with the resolution and sharpness of the images. She took one 720P video that was every bit as good as my DSLR took. Overall, her photos and mine appear equal in quality on a 27-inch computer screen. She's also taken indoor flash pictures and the photos look great. I like the fact that the flash's intensity can be adjusted in the menu for different situations if needed.
      The one con she has is that there is a useless (mobile device connection) button where her right thumb goes. If one could disable the button, it would help not having to turn the camera off & on to resume shooting.

      Also, finding a camera case that stores an extra battery for this size camera has been difficult. I have ordered a Case Logic QPB-202 EVA on the recommendation of another reviewer, We'll see how well the camera fits.

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      3.0

      Good camera but with caveats

      By Naka

      from Torrance, CA

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Fast/accurate auto-focus
      • Good Image Quality
      • Good Image Stabilization
      • Good in Low Light
      • Large Clear LCD

      Cons

      • Remove battery to charge
      • Short Battery Life
      • Wireless Transfer Only

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos
      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Sports/Action
      • Travel
      • Video

      Comments about PowerShot SX700 HS Digital Camera (Black):

      Takes excellent photos, but there are a couple of things I didn't like.
      - The flash has to be manually popped out if needed.
      - Setting up for file transfer was a pain. Would be so much easier with a cable, which is not possible with this cammera
      - Cannot charge the battery without removing it.Going back to the file transfer problem, this would be so much easier.

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      • No

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      5.0

      Satisfied

      By Wazup

      from Houston, TX

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Fast/accurate auto-focus
      • Good Image Quality
      • Good Image Stabilization
      • Good in Low Light
      • Great Zoom
      • Large Clear LCD
      • Small / Compact

      Cons

      • Poor Flash

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos
      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Sports/Action
      • Travel
      • Wildlife photos

      Comments about PowerShot SX700 HS Digital Camera (Black):

      The camera met my expectations. Takes excellent pictures. I like the wifi feature although i ended up not using it as much. if you're trying to transfer your pictures to your phone there is a limit to how many you can transfer at a time (50 I think) and you cannot select all. The ability to take pictures remotely from the phone is great. I love the zoom which is great for a camera of this type and why I picked it to begin with. At the end of the day I am pleased with it and would recommend this camera for sure.

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      4.0

      So many options for photos!

      By captain

      from Cape May NJ

      About Me Casual Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about PowerShot SX700 HS Digital Camera (Black):

            I wanted to go smaller & this seems to be it. It will take a while to explore all the options for both taking and viewing.
            I do miss not having a compact manual at my fingertips & did print the online material, but it is not as easy as having a compact book-oh, well, technology! I'll know more after using the camera for a few weeks.

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            5.0

            Awesome camera

            By FrankyFoot

            from Staten Island NY

            About Me Casual Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Fast/accurate auto-focus
            • Good Image Quality
            • Good Image Stabilization
            • Good in Low Light
            • Great Zoom
            • Large Clear LCD
            • Nice Body Color

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Family Photos
              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Sports/Action
              • Travel
              • Video
              • Weddings/Events
              • Wildlife photos

              Comments about PowerShot SX700 HS Digital Camera (Red):

              Light and easy to use. Zoom and video are incredible.Controls as easy to use as on any Canon camera.

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              5.0

              Fantastic performance

              By Sandy

              from Maryland

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Fast/accurate auto-focus
              • Good Image Quality
              • Good Image Stabilization
              • Good in Low Light
              • Great Zoom
              • Large Clear LCD
              • Nice Body Color
              • Short Lag Time

              Cons

              • NONE AT THIS TIME

              Best Uses

              • Family Photos
              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Sports/Action
              • Travel
              • Video
              • Wildlife photos

              Comments about PowerShot SX700 HS Digital Camera (Red):

              I bought this camera to replace SX200. Although noticeably a bit heavier, the 30x optical zoom makes it a great performer. Just returned from Europe, landscapes as well as macro photos of flowers, or close-ups of people, all were perfect with auto settings. the 30x zoom performs well and allows close ups without being intrusive to those in the photo. Any speciality type photos, the camera is completely manual and at your disposal. Also, the video is easy to use and battery life is very good even with occasional video shot. I did not use the Wi-Fi to preserve battery life while traveling, prefering to copy from SD card.
              It is good in low light in the home, for dark places (ie churches, caves), I prefer the use of my Nikon P330 with its 1.8 lens so I do not have to use flash.

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              5.0

              Awesome Little Camera

              By La Sobrina

              from Western MA

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Fast/accurate auto-focus
              • Good Image Quality
              • Good Image Stabilization
              • Good in Low Light
              • Great Zoom
              • Small / Compact

              Cons

              • No Real Lens Cover
              • No Viewfinder

              Best Uses

              • Family Photos
              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Travel
              • Video
              • Wildlife photos

              Comments about PowerShot SX700 HS Digital Camera (Black):

              I used this for a long trip to Chile. Great for close ups, super zoom, amazingly easy to get good shots at the full 30x zoom without a lot of shake. I was very surprised by the video image and sound quality. Very good recordings of outdoor performances with no external mic! Also I set this up for night shots of stars using a real cheap lightweight tripod just to see what I could get. Individual star colors are extraordinarily well captured and very clear.

              One down side I wish Canon would correct. I want a Real lens cap to use for travel. The shutter type cover just isn't tough enough to keep out dirt in rough travel conditions.

              Bought a second one when we got home for my spouse!

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              5.0

              Amazing Camera!

              By Shooter AJ

              from Houston, TX

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Good Image Stabilization
              • Good in Low Light
              • Great Zoom

              Cons

              • Lag / Shutter Delay
              • Short Battery Life

              Best Uses

              • Family Photos
              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Travel

              Comments about PowerShot SX700 HS Digital Camera (Black):

              I bought this camera to use while on travel and informal gatherings. I have a full-sized camera with interchangeable lenses but don't want the hassle of carrying all those things while on travel and don't want to risk damage or theft to those expensive items. This camera takes great pictures, has a solid feel to it, and is VERY capable. On AUTO mode, it does a fantastic job to select the appropriate settings. On HYBRID AUTO mode, it takes about a 4 second video just prior to each still shot. At the end of the day, the video is a fun compilation. The large ISO range is very nice. The HUGE zoom is fantastic! One thing that I don't like is the fact that the camera doesn't automatically raise/fire the flash when needed. On most point-and-shoot cameras, they have the options of AUTO or ON or OFF. This camera merely tells me to "Raise the flash" which requires me to manually move a switch on the left side of the camera. One down-side of the HYBRID AUTO mode is that since it is always buffering 3-5 seconds of video, it shortens the battery life. I bought a couple extra batteries to counter this. In the other modes (when video is not always on), the battery life is fine.

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              4.0

              A little disappointed, but nice camera

              By Rip

              from Milwaukee, WI

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Good Image Stabilization
              • Great Zoom
              • Large Clear LCD
              • Small / Compact

              Cons

              • Manual Flash
              • Poor Flash

              Best Uses

              • Travel
              • Wildlife photos

              Comments about PowerShot SX700 HS Digital Camera (Black):

              I'd hoped this would replace my old trusty Powershot A650IS, which took (still takes) marvelous pictures, but has a somewhat limited 6x zoom and poor video capture capabilities by today's standards. Picture quality, especially dynamic range, is short of the A650's, with noise and a lot of processing evident, at least in my analysis of early flash photos. I'd prefer to correct to my own taste in Photoshop, and I imagine many folks willing to spend this kind of money on a camera feel the same, or have higher expectations for picture quality. It's nice to have the long zoom, but I'm no bird watcher, so it's not high on my list of priorities.

              My biggest disappointment is in the long flash recovery time. I do a fair amount of shooting indoors, and with the flash, it can approach 3 seconds between shots. The old A650 cycled in less than half that time and had a more powerful flash. My first shots out of the box were with flash and I was so startled by seeing "Busy" for 3 seconds I thought there was something wrong with my UHS SD card. I even started to fill out an RMA! Then I shot without the flash and the picture saved instantly, so culprit isolated. To be fair, recovery times have varied, and it seems to take longer with each subsequent shot. In any case, I'll be hauling both cameras around for a while yet.

              On the plus side, it fits my hand nicely, and while small and light, it's still relatively solid feeling. The LCD is excellent and controls work intuitively, at least to me, although some are a little too stiff for my taste.

              I wish it had an articulated screen, but I get why a camera this size wouldn't. I'm OK with having to pop up the flash manually, but the switch is tiny and inconvenient. I also wish software and a manual came in the box, but at today's internet speeds, maybe I shouldn't complain about downloading 200M install packages that require I enter a serial number correctly first.

              Would I recommend this camera to a friend? Not with the same enthusiasm I repeatedly recommended my A650IS or EOS 30D, but yes. I waffled between 3 and 4 stars, but settled on 4 because I suspect I've already experienced the worst this camera has to offer.

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              5.0

              Great up date to the line

              By Hannah's camera

              from Monterey CA

              About Me Casual Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Fast/accurate auto-focus
              • Good Image Quality
              • Good Image Stabilization
              • Great Zoom
              • Short Lag Time
              • Small / Compact

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Sports/Action
                • Travel
                • Video

                Comments about PowerShot SX700 HS Digital Camera (Red):

                Great camera is feature laden. Ease of use and the great zoom capability allow the larger camera to be left home.

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                • Yes

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                4.0

                Great little camera

                By Gary

                from Palos Park, Illinois

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Good Image Quality
                • Good in Low Light
                • Great Zoom
                • Large Clear LCD
                • Small / Compact

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Family Photos
                  • Indoors/Low Light
                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Travel
                  • Video

                  Comments about PowerShot SX700 HS Digital Camera (Black):

                  I have only been able to use it on one weekend trip, but I love it. I'm looking farward to using it more. One thing I love. It has a really natural looking low light/no flash image.

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                  5.0

                  Best in Class

                  By UncleG

                  from Milwaukee, WI

                  About Me Photography Student

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                  • Good Image Quality
                  • Good Image Stabilization
                  • Great Zoom
                  • Large Clear LCD
                  • Nice Body Color
                  • Short Lag Time
                  • Small / Compact

                  Cons

                  • Wifi Limitations

                  Best Uses

                  • Family Photos
                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Sports/Action
                  • Travel
                  • Video
                  • Wildlife photos

                  Comments about PowerShot SX700 HS Digital Camera (Black):

                  I primarily shoot with a DSLR, but have also owned an embarrassing number of pocket "superzoom" cameras that I can carry with me at all times. I nearly passed on this camera because of the battery/video problems with my previous Canon (SX280). However, this new model exhibits none of the previous generation's problems and seems to get just about everything else right. The start-up, shot-to-shot, and burst recovery times are simply fantastic. To my eyes, the image and video quality is excellent to ISO 400 and very good through ISO 800. Facebook and Instagram folks will find ISO 1600 usable in some instances, but that seems to be the limit IMHO. The zoom is very fast and quiet, but I do miss the video snapshot ability (the video stops if you try to take a picture). The most surprising thing about this camera, and something I haven't seen mentioned, is how good the LCD is in bright conditions. I spent a week in Miami with this camera and was able to track moving subjects (both still and video) out past 30x with no problems. The only thing I dislike is the limited wifi transfer capabilities. The camera will only allow you to transfer 50 pictures and 1 video at a time. If you are looking for an easy to use and compact superzoom camera that takes great pictures, this is the one. Highly recommended

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                  4.0

                  A great camera and I'd buy it again.

                  By MontAltoGreg

                  from Mont Alto PA

                  About Me Casual Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                  • Good Image Quality
                  • Great Zoom
                  • Large Clear LCD
                  • Small / Compact

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Family Photos
                    • Indoors/Low Light
                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Sports/Action
                    • Travel
                    • Wildlife photos

                    Comments about PowerShot SX700 HS Digital Camera (Black):

                    I've only used the "auto" features. From that perspective it's easy to use. I haven't figured out how to use the Wi-Fi feature yet to transmit between camera-phone-computer but I haven't invested that much time in trying. One of the downsides of getting a camera like this is that you have to download the manual and peruse it on-line. I'm old enough to like to look at paper manuals. Other than that I'm looking forward to using the camera more and more.

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