Canon PowerShot SX740 HS review

All the optical zoom you could want, in a camera that'll easily slip into your jeans pocket

Digital Camera World Verdict

If you're after a travel camera that's got all the zoom you could ever want, but won't eat into your baggage allowance, the PowerShot SX740 HS is worth considering. Extras like 4K video broaden its appeal, as does its flip-up screen - just don't go comparing image quality too closely to a well-specced camera phone, as you may be disappointed.


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    40x optical zoom

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    4K video

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    Flip-forward screen

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    Easy to use


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    Image quality not brilliant

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    Can be sluggish to take a photo

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    No touchscreen or EVF

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    Can't shoot in Raw

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You'd be forgiven for thinking smartphones have killed the conventional compact camera, but there's still a market for big zoom compacts like the Canon PowerShot SX740 HS. With its 40x optical zoom, you can get closer to the action than with any multi-lens camera phone.

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Ben Andrews

Ben is the Imaging Labs manager, responsible for all the testing on Digital Camera World and across the entire photography portfolio at Future. Whether he's in the lab testing the sharpness of new lenses, the resolution of the latest image sensors, the zoom range of monster bridge cameras or even the latest camera phones, Ben is our go-to guy for technical insight. He's also the team's man-at-arms when it comes to camera bags, filters, memory cards, and all manner of camera accessories – his lab is a bit like the Batcave of photography! With years of experience trialling and testing kit, he's a human encyclopedia of benchmarks when it comes to recommending the best buys.