Canon PowerShot SX720 HS Detailed Review

Canon PowerShot SX720 HS

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The PowerShot SX720 HS was presented by Canon in February 2016. It is a Superzoom Digital Camera.
Brand Canon
Category Superzoom
Date 02/2016
Sensor Properties

In additional PowerShot SX720 HS has a Compact CMOS sensor with size of 6 x 5 mm² (0.24″ x 0.18″).

Also PowerShot SX720 HS’s sensor has resolution of 20 megapixel.

The Canon does not support recording RAW images. RAW images are stored as they come from the sensor, without any in-camera processing or sharpening. Converting to JPEG or other formats takes place on the computeand involves one extra processing step but will almost always result in superior image quality.

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 1.42 µm²
Sensor cleaning
RAW support
Continuous 6 frames/second
Focal length (min) 24mm
Focal length (max) 960mm
Aperture (max) 3.3
Aperture (min) 6.9
Viewfinder Properties

The PowerShot SX720 HS does not come with a built-in viewfinder. The camera’s display is used to compose the photo. That can be cumbersome in broad daylight.


The PowerShot SX720 HS’s shutter speed varies from 1/3200s to 15s.

The highest shutter speed of the Canon is just 1/3200s. That’s no longer state of the art and may cause problems in challenging light conditions.

Max. shutter speed 1/3200s
Min. shutter speed 15s
Sensitivity Properties

The PowerShot SX720 HS’s sensitivity goes from 80 ISO und 3200 ISO, a very useful and practical range.

Min. sensitivity 80 ISO
Max. sensitivity 3200 ISO
Exposure Modes

The PowerShot SX720 HS supports all general exposure modes.

The Canon allows spot exposure for the difficult occasion.

Center weight
Auto Focus Properties

The PowerShot SX720 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 SX720 HS features a built-in flash with a range of up to 3m (11 ft.). That’s on the low end and will only work for very close subjects.

A hotshoe is missing from the Canon.

Range 3.20m
(11 ft.)
Hot shoe
Display Specs
PowerShot SX720 HS display

The PowerShot SX720 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.

Unfortunately, the PowerShot SX720 HS’s monitor is not articulated. That can make it tricky to frame your subject in some situations, e.g. when taking selfies.

The PowerShot SX720 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 SX720 HS video supported the resolution with 1920 x 1080 pixel.

ACamera is not equipped with an external microphone.

Canon PowerShot SX720 HS Video parameters:

Max. resolution 1920 x 1080 pixel
…with frame rates 30 frames/second
60 frames/second
External microphone
Connectivity & Wireless Specs

The PowerShot SX720 HS has Wifi connectivity already built-in. Use Wifi to transfer images to a smartphone or computer and to remote control the camera. With NFC, camera and smartphone can be paired without the need for passwords.

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 SX720 HS works with a NB-13L LiIon battery. The battery lifetime is an average 250 shots. That’s on the lower side of things for a full day, consider a spare battery for the PowerShot SX720 HS.

The battery can be charged over USB while in camera. Very useful, especially on vacation when most people bring a USB charger for their smartphone anyway.

The PowerShot SX720 HS’s battery battery parameters:

Type NB-13L LiIon
In-camera charging
Battery life 250 photos

The Canon PowerShot SX720 HS’s dimensions are 109.7 x 63.8 x 35.7mm³. (4.3″ x 2.5″ x 1.4″). This includes the lens. The camera’s weight is only 270 grams (8.7 oz.), lens included.

Here is front and top view of the PowerShot SX720 HS:

Canon PowerShot SX720 HS Dimensions (Width / Height)
Canon PowerShot SX720 HS Dimensions (Width / Depth)
Dimensions Comparison

To put the size of the camera in context, here it is next to a typical ID card (c. 86mm x 55mm, about the size of a credit card).

The PowerShot SX720 HS is not much bigger:

Canon PowerShot SX720 HS size comparison

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