SX 700 HS

by Brian
(Melbourne Australia )

Thanks again for keeping us up to date with your articles and especially your advice.
Have just come back form our Canada and Alaska trip for which I took my S120.
The picture quality was outstanding, especially in low light situations.
Also being able to Wifi my daily shots to the iPad was just sensational.
As always there is a but?
Although the S120 was outstanding for quality of the shots, it seriously lacked the optical zoom in a lot of situations.
Zoom was something I thought I could overlook in my decision to purchase the S120.
My research indicated zoom was only used in very small doses during travels but maybe I misread what people said.
Now I am "forced" to make another purchase so I can get ZOOM included in the travel camera.
What would be your thoughts in a camera very similar to having a sensor size similar to the S120. I really want a camera with excellent low light performance.
From my perspective I am looking at the SX700HS but not sure of its sensor size for low
light compared to the S120.
Again thanks for your help and look forward to receiving your advice.


Glad to hear of you photography success with the Canon s120 and thanks for your kind words about the Canon Geek web site. I wish I had more time to update it more often.

I have no personal experience with the SX700 but here are a few of my thoughts anyway. It does have a smaller sensor 1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm) vs 1/1.7" (7.44 x 5.58 mm) for the Canon s120) and Canon squeezed more pixels onto that smaller chip.

All other things being equal, that usually translates into more noise at higher ISO settings. They both employ the same Digic 6 processor.

I always shoot "raw" format because of the flexibility in processing my images afterwards. The SX700 does not have that option. If you always shoot jpgs anyway, that feature has no meaning for you.

The extra zooming power would be a lot of fun for you to play around with, although it can lead to a loss in sharpness if you don't stabilize the camera properly.

The optical Image Stabilization is great to have but you may need to use very high shutter speeds, a monopod, or a tripod, at full magnification, depending on the lighting and situation you are shooting in.

Canon was likely able to compromise and combine the larger-range zooming lens design on the Canon SX700 within a small camera body by reducing the over all dimension of the sensor.

Here is a link to the specs as reported by dpreview: Canon SX700 Specifications

Good Luck
Canon Geek

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