Canon announces “top of bridge range” PowerShot SX70 HS

You might be mistaken for thinking, with a massive trade show taking place in just a few days time, that camera companies might save some news for Monday. 

Instead, Canon has revealed yet another new camera ahead of Photokina 2018: the PowerShot SX70 HS. 

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The designers deserve a pat on the back, as the SX70 HS makes quite an impression with its stylish DSLR looks. And under the hood it’s packing a surprising amount of firepower that may even turn the heads of a few DSLR snobs. 

As you’d expect of a bridge, it has an impressive focal range. Its 65x zoom lens gives an equivalent of 21-1365mm in 35mm terms, with a variable aperture of f/3.4-6.5.

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What might surprise you, however, is that it also boasts a 20.3MP CMOS sensor along with a DIGIC 8 processor – the very same chip that powers the recently revealed Canon EOS R (opens in new tab) mirrorless monster. 

Indeed, it even outdoes the EOS R in that it has in-body image stabilization, in the form of Intelligent IS with Dual Sensing IS plus 5-axis Advanced Dynamic IS. 

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The DIGIC 8 processor enables the Canon PowerShot HS to deliver a 10fps continuous shooting speed, along with 4K video – including 4K time-lapse and 4K frame grabs. 

While its 7.5cm 922,000-dot LCD screen isn’t touch-enabled, it is fully articulated – obviously a massive bonus for general purpose shooting as well as videos and vlogging. It also boasts quite an impressive 2.36 million-doat electronic viewfinder.

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With built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, it supports the Canon Camera Connect app to enable quick and simple file transfer as well as Remote Live View shooting. 

In all, it’s a very appealing package – and at a very appealing price. The Canon PowerShot SX70 HS will retail for £519.99 from November 2018.

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The editor of Digital Camera World, James has 21 years experience as a magazine and web journalist and started working in the photographic industry in 2014 (as an assistant to Damian McGillicuddy, who succeeded David Bailey as Principal Photographer for Olympus). In this time he shot for clients as diverse as Aston Martin Racing, Elinchrom and L'Oréal, in addition to shooting campaigns and product testing for Olympus, and providing training for professionals. This has led him to being a go-to expert for camera and lens reviews, photographic and lighting tutorials, as well as industry analysis, news and rumors for publications such as Digital Camera Magazine (opens in new tab)PhotoPlus: The Canon Magazine (opens in new tab)N-Photo: The Nikon Magazine (opens in new tab)Digital Photographer (opens in new tab) and Professional Imagemaker, as well as hosting workshops and demonstrations at The Photography Show (opens in new tab). An Olympus and Canon shooter, he has a wealth of knowledge on cameras of all makes – and a fondness for vintage lenses and instant cameras.