Updated 21 Nov 2016

Canon

PowerShot SX720 HS (with 4.3-172mm lens)

Snapshot: The Canon PowerShot SX720 HS (with 4.3-172mm lens) compact camera can shoot Full-HD video and has a huge zoom. But how’s the image quality?

PowerShot SX720 HS (with 4.3-172mm lens)
Consumer score
SCORE
Avg price

$515

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Test results

Overall score
62
Image quality
?/10
Ease of use
?/10
Screen
?/10
Video quality
?/10
Flash
?/10

Good points

  • OK image quality.
  • OK screen.
  • OK flash.
  • Has a huge zoom, a high resolution articulated monitor and PASM modes.
  • Can shoot Full-HD video and manually focus.

But

  • Just OK video quality.

How we test

Our test was a joint international consumer test, conducted by a laboratory in Europe.

Overall score includes:

Image quality (50%): Unless otherwise stated the cameras are set to full automatic function – including exposure, white balance and focus – with maximum resolution and image quality setting in JPEG.
Ease of use (30%): An evaluation of the manual, viewfinder, monitor, data transfer, shutter delay, inserting/removing memory, changing settings, controls and batteries.
Screen (10%): A rating of image quality of the screen, and the difference between the height and width displayed and what is recorded on the final image.
Video quality (10%): A rating of the quality of short video clips.
Flash (0%): A rating of the strength and evenness of the flash lighting at different distances. Does not add to overall score.

Price is based on a survey of online retailers.

Key data

Model

Avg price
$515
Type
Compact

Specifications

Battery type
Lithium-ion
Megapixels (MP)
20
Sensor
1/2.3" CMOS _Back Illuminated__
Memory card
SDHC, SDXC
ISO range
80 - 3200
Optical zoom
40
Aperture range
3.3 - 6.9
Zoom range
25 - 844
Shutter range
1/3200 - 15
Dimensions (cm)
110 x 37 x 66
Weight (g)
260
Depth (mm)
37

Features

Water resistant
No
Raw support
No
GPS tagging
No
PASM modes
Yes
Manual focus option
Yes

Monitor

Monitor size (inches)
3
Monitor pixels
922,000
Touchscreen
×
Articulated monitor
×

Viewfinder

Viewfinder type
-
Viewfinder pixels
-

Video

Resolution
1920 x 1080
Microphone input
×

Flash

Flash type
Switch on by hand
Connection for external flash
×

More info

Notes
-