Canon PowerShot SX70 HS review

Huge zoom-ranges are all the rage, but does Canon’s latest superzoom bridge camera deliver where it really counts?

Canon PowerShot SX70 HS

Digital Camera World Verdict

The 65x zoom is the main attraction but the 4K video capability, high-quality EVF and screen are also very attractive on a bridge camera at this level. The results are reasonable for a camera with this sensor size but we recommend staying to ISO 800 or lower, so it’s most suited to use in good light. While we like the handling and features, the quality of the results in low light makes the SX70 HS less versatile than we’d like. It’s a good choice for days out with the family.


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    DSLR-inspired looks and performance

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    Vlog-friendly 4K video

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    65x zoom lens is the main attraction


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    Some bridge cameras offer greater zooms

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    No touch screen

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    Image quality is mediocre

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Bridge cameras, those models that span the gap between compact and interchangeable lens cameras have enduring appeal. They combine the relative simplicity of a compact camera with some of the more advanced features and handling of a DSLR. And many also bring a wide zoom lens for extra flexibility. The Canon PowerShot SX70, for example, has a 65x optical zoom, which could make it the best Canon camera for long range photography on a tight budget.

To no small part, this monster zoom is made possible by using a sub-APS-C format sensor. In this case the 1/2.3-inch type back-illuminated CMOS chip enables the 3.8-247mm lens to produce and angle of view that’s equivalent to a 21-1365mm optic on a full-frame camera. That’s phenomenal reach and one that few DSLR photographers could ever imagine achieving with their lenses.

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