Canon PowerShot SX700 HS Review and Samples

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New to the scene in March, the Canon PowerShot SX700 HS may seem a little pricey at $349, but the overall performance of this compact superzoom is worth every penny.

CanonPowerShot SX700 HS:  Superzoom Superstar

These days, it isn’t hard to find cameras that give you a lot of zoom.  However, hunt around for a point and shoot camera offering a range of 25-750mm, and you may not have very many options.  One of those options, though, will be the Canon PowerShot SX700 HS, which not only delivers the range in focal length, but does so with stunning results.

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Of course, there are other features at play here, and not all of them are aimed at the novice.  For seasoned pros, one of the coolest pros to this little camera is a mode dial not unlike those found on DSLRs, with Manual and Auto exposure modes, as well as Aperture- and Shutter-Priority modes.  There’s also a nice video recording mode (with FULL HD), and built-in WiFi (with a dedicated button for syncing to tablets and smartphones).

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For newbies (and even for seasoned enthusiasts like myself), there is is a fairly entertaining “creative shot” feature that makes variations of a single shot, experimenting with filters and crops in the process.

ISO performance is tolerable, and the macro features on this camera are also worthy of note.  To be fair, there are lower-priced options on the market for better macro shots, but the SX700′s big draw is that nifty zoom lens.

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So who is the SX700 HS for?  It’s not a beginners camera (too many manual options), and it’s not a professional’s camera (not enough pro features).  Instead, the SX700 is a mid-range compact camera designed at those who don’t need the most serious of camera bodies, but would still like something to learn and grow with (without purchasing any lenses).

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Because of the camera’s overall versatility, this can be accomplished pretty well, and some folks may want to consider this camera as a lightweight option for day trips or casual photography.

Conclusion:  if you need a camera with a great lens and some a full range of manual overrides, seriously consider this camera.  If you’re looking for something casual to grow with and learn through, again this is a prime camera.  Only those looking for the most rudimentary or most professional cameras should dismiss the Canon PowerShot SX700 HS.

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