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Canon PowerShot SX720 HS Review - Verdict

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Canon Powershot SX720 HS (2)

Value For Money

The Canon Powershot SX720 HS is available for £285 which makes it good value for money, and is up against the following cameras, shown below:

Panasonic Lumix TZ70, 12mp, 30x optical zoom, EVF, Wi-Fi, £250
Panasonic Lumix TZ80, 18mp, 30x optical zoom, EVF, 4K video, Wi-Fi, Raw, £330
Sony Cyber-shot HX90V, 18mp, 30x optical zoom, EVF, Wi-Fi, GPS, £325
Nikon Coolpix A900, 20mp, 35x optical zoom, 4K video, Wi-Fi, £330 (due May)
Nikon Coolpix S9900, 16mp, 30x optical zoom, Wi-Fi, GPS, £230

Have a look at more travel zooms in our Top 10 Best Travel Zoom Cameras 2016. You'll also need to buy a memory card and a case or bag to keep your camera safe and protected - have a look at our complete guide to camera bags.

Canon Powershot SX720 HS Verdict

The Canon Powershot SX720 certainly has the biggest numbers, with a 20 megapixel sensor, and a 40x optical zoom lens, it offers more optical zoom than any other travel or pocket zoom. The nearest competitor, the Nikon Coolpix A900 offers a 35x optical zoom lens, and most other travel zooms offer a 30x optical zoom lens. Whilst competitors don't feature the same optical zoom, some competitors offer additional features, with the Panasonic Lumix TZ80 and Sony Cyber-shot HX90 offering a built-in electronic viewfinder, and some also feature 4K video (TZ80, A900), and a touch-screen (TZ80).

If you want a 40x optical zoom lens in a compact camera, then the SX720 HS is the only option at the moment. At the telephoto end of the lens, image stabilisation does a good job keeping images sharp and steady, although you will also need to be careful to hold the camera carefully with two hands, particularly if the weather isn't good. When light levels dropped, image quality also dropped. The camera does a good job controlling noise, and colour saturation is good, although image quality suffers a little at the wide-angle end of the lens, as well as at the telephoto end of the lens, and we suspect that this is inevitable given the large optical zoom on offer in such a small camera. 

Colour reproduction and saturation was generally good, and if you're simply looking for a good travel zoom camera, with the most optical zoom, then the Canon Powershot SX720 HS certainly delivers. With built-in Wi-Fi and NFC it makes it quick and easy to share photos from your smartphone, and images should look great on social media websites.

Canon Powershot SX720 HS Pros

40x optical zoom lens
Subject tracking
Good rubber grip (front and back)
NFC and Wi-Fi connectivity
Upto 8fps continuous shooting
Good colour reproduction

Canon Powershot SX720 HS Cons

Lacks panoramic shooting mode
Some alternatives shoot raw
Does not feature touch-screen

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VERDICT  

The Canon Powershot SX720 HS gives you a massive 40x optical zoom lens in a compact metal camera that fits in your pocket.

 



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