Canon PowerShot SX710 HS Brief Review



  • 20 megapixel 1/2.3” CMOS sensor
  • 30x optical zoom, 4x digital zoom
  • Maximum aperture f3.2-6.9
  • Maximum shutter speed 1/3200
  • ISO sensitivity 80-3200
  • Macro focusing as close as .4 inches
  • Manual modes
  • Burst speed 3.1 fps in P mode or 8.5 fps in High-Speed Burst HQ
  • 1080p HD video at 60 fps
  • 3” LCD
  • Li-ion battery rated at 230 shots (315 in ECO mode)
  • Weighs 9.49 oz. (269g)
  • Release Date: 2015-01-04
  • Final Grade: 89 4.45 Star Rating: Recommended

Canon PowerShot SX710 offers big zoom in small packages
At half the weight of a super zoom, the Canon SX710 still sports a solid 30x zoom.
By Hillary Grigonis, Last updated on: 3/18/2015

The Canon PowerShot SX710 sports a 30x zoom at about half the weight of their 50x super zoom, making it an excellent option for travel. While the SX710 sports a solid 30x zoom, it can also focus on objects as close as .4 inches from the front of the lens for macro work, so it is a rather versatile option.

The sensor sits at the typical 1/2.3" size, which is average for the category. The 30x zoom is pretty solid for the category as well--you don't typically find a camera with a larger zoom without getting a much bigger camera. Canon has also thrown in Wi-Fi, a nice feature to have. Video quality should be excellent too, with 1080p HD video at an excellent frame rate of 60 fps that means footage will be smooth.

Canon's latest announcements have been a bit disappointing in terms of speed, however. The maximum 8.5 fps burst speed isn't bad at all, but it's not universal across the camera and is limited to a High Speed Burst mode, where in P mode, for example, the max is just 3.1 fps.

The Canon SX710 will be available beginning in February for a list price of $349.99.

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