Canon PowerShot SX70 HS Detailed Review

Canon PowerShot SX70 HS

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The PowerShot SX70 HS was presented by Canon in September 2018. It is a Superzoom Digital Camera.
Brand Canon
Category Superzoom
Date 09/2018
Sensor Properties

In additional PowerShot SX70 HS has a Compact CMOS sensor with size of 6 x 5 mm² (0.24″ x 0.18″).

Also PowerShot SX70 HS’s sensor has resolution of 20 megapixel.

Format Compact
Sensor area 6.17 x 4.55mm²
(0.24″ x 0.18″)
Resolution (physical) 21.10 megapixel
Resolution (effective) 20.30 megapixel
Pixel size 1.40 µm²
Sensor cleaning
RAW support
Continuous 10 frames/second
Focal length (min) 21mm
Focal length (max) 1365mm
Aperture (max) 3.4
Aperture (min) 6.5
Viewfinder Properties

The PowerShot SX70 HS uses an electronic viewfinder with a resolution of 2.39 megapixel, an excellent value for a viewfinder like this which makes the camera a joy to use.

The magnifcation is c. 0.50x, an average value for an electronic viewfinder.

Type Elektronic
Coverage 100%
Magnification 0.50x
Resolution 2.39 megapixel
Dioptric correction

The PowerShot SX70 HS’s shutter speed varies from 1/2000s to 15s.

The highest shutter speed of the Canon is just 1/2000s. That’s no longer state of the art and may cause problems in challenging light conditions.

Max. shutter speed 1/2000s
Min. shutter speed 15s
Sensitivity Properties

The PowerShot SX70 HS’s sensitivity goes from 100 ISO und 3200 ISO, a very useful and practical range.

Min. sensitivity 100 ISO
Max. sensitivity 3200 ISO
Exposure Modes

The PowerShot SX70 HS supports all general exposure modes.

The Canon allows spot exposure for the difficult occasion.

Center weight
Auto Focus Properties

The PowerShot SX70 HS’s auto focus processor uses 9 AF points (or sensors). A basic rule of thumb says that the more AF points you have, the better. More AF points mean a better chance to have a point at the location of interest in a scene, a big plus in challenging situations (e.g. in low light).

Manual focus is also possible with the Canon, a plus in tricky situations or for some creative freedom.

Type TTL
AF points 9
Manual focusing
Flash Specs

The PowerShot SX70 HS features a built-in flash with a range of up to 5m (17 ft.). That range will work for most situations.

A hotshoe is missing from the Canon.

Range 5.00m
(17 ft.)
Hot shoe
Display Specs
PowerShot SX70 HS display

The PowerShot SX70 HS features a monitor with a diagonal of 75.00mm (3.0 in.) and a resolution of c. 0.92 megapixel. That’s about average.

The camera’s display is articulated, a plus for selfies and other challenging situations.

The PowerShot SX70 HS does not feature a touch screen.

Display characteristics at a glance:

Type LCD
Size 75.00mm (diagonal)
(3.0 in.)
Resolution 0.92 megapixel
Touch screen
Video Specs

PowerShot SX70 HS video supported the resolution with 3840 x 2160 pixel.

ACamera is not equipped with an external microphone.

Canon PowerShot SX70 HS Video parameters:

Max. resolution 3840 x 2160 pixel
…with frame rates 25 frames/second
30 frames/second
External microphone
Connectivity & Wireless Specs

The PowerShot SX70 HS has Wi-fi connection. You can transfer photos to a mobile or laptop using wi-fi.

For photo transferring users may use Bluetooth option.

Connect the Canon to a monitor or TV set over HDMI.

The Canon supports USB 2.0.

Connection parameters:

Remote (wired)
Remote (infrared)
HDMI (standard)
HDMI (mini)
HDMI (micro)
USB 2.0
USB 3.0
USB Micro
USB Mini

The camera supports SD HC and SD XC cards.

Memory cards characteristics:

Slots 1
Memory cards SD

The Canon PowerShot SX70 HS has a NB-12L LiIon battery. The battery provides a shooting life of 325 shots. It`s enough for one day or more.

The PowerShot SX70 HS’s battery battery parameters:

Type NB-12L LiIon
In-camera charging
Battery life 325 photos

The Canon PowerShot SX70 HS’s dimensions are 127 x 90.9 x 116.6mm³. (5.0″ x 3.6″ x 4.6″). This includes the lens. The camera’s weight is a reasonable 608 grams (19.6 oz.), lens included.

Here is front and top view of the PowerShot SX70 HS:

Canon PowerShot SX70 HS Dimensions (Width / Height)
Canon PowerShot SX70 HS Dimensions (Width / Depth)
Dimensions Comparison

For a better idea of the size of the camera, takes a look off camera and ID card comparison image.

Canon PowerShot SX70 HS size comparison

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