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5.0 out of 5 stars nice upgrade from the sx280, 1 April 2014
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This review is from: Canon PowerShot SX700 HS Compact System Camera - Red (16.1MP, 30x Optical Zoom) (Camera)
I have had the sx220, sx280 and now the sx700. Yes im a superzoom compact junkie! The first things to strike me as standout differences between the sx280 and the sx700 is the flash lock slider switch on the left side of the camera. Im not really sure what the point of this is. When im program mode you cannot make any changes to the flash settings without sliding the switch to open the flash. Personally I don't like this, its one extra step in making your settings with no benefit that I can personally see. Then there is the on/off switch. The classic position for canon on these pocket zooms has been to place the on/off switch on the far right of the top, but now its been replaced by the video record button which used to be on the back of the camera. So the on/off switch is now to the left of the record button and the zoom slider. I kept finding myself starting a recording when I meant to switch the camera off. I guess you get used to it after a while but for now if you're a long canon user you will find yourself doing this too. The other thing that hits me is how chunky the `pocket' zoom is becoming. Noticeably wider (thicker) with a larger lens ring this no longer fits smoothly into tight jeans. The sx280 does manage that but the sx700 is no longer what I think of a true pocket camera, though of course it will fit into loose trousers or a handbag no problem. Online sample photos did seem show the new 16 megapixel sensor producing sharper and cleaner images compared to the older 12 megapixel sensor and I found this was indeed the case. The difference was actually much more than I expected, in a/b comparisons to my sx280 it was certainly a stepup, making the sx280 look a little blurry in comparison. I noted that the sx700 often chose a higher iso, sometimes by a full stop while keeping shutter speed and f-stop the same compared to the sx280. This didn't seem to affect noise which was still better than the sx280. Is the new sensor really that much cleaner or is it better noise reduction? I personally feel it's a little of both looking at the smooth appearance of the noise with hints of smearing typical of noise reduction, but it is well implemented if that's what it is. The biggest challenge with the sx700 is keeping the camera still when using the long zoom. I found , as you would expect, more photos showing hand shake blur (on still subjects) compared with the sx280 but still ended up with cleaner images with more resolution thanks to the extra zoom and the better sensor.

If your looking for a first time superzoom compact then this is a winner in my opinion. If your looking to upgrade from the sx280 then the decision is a little harder. As I write this review the sx280 is half the price of the sx700, and its not half the camera plus it fits a pocket much better. They both have the digic 6 sensor which for me makes both cameras standout from the competition, its so fast and smooth in operation it's a pleasure handling the cameras. For me as someone who will mostly make use of that extra zoom then I think it's a worthwhile upgrade even if you have the sx280 already. You will gain cleaner images with more resolution/detail at the far end of the zoom. Also note the sx280 had battery reporting issues although for some, but not all, was fixed with a firmware update.

Personally i recommend using My Colors to take the sharpening down to a setting of 2 (from the default 3). This seems to best setting to keep sharpening artifacts to a minimum while allowing for editing afterwards (or leave as is) to sharpen without producing the noise the in-camera noise that i see from 3 upwards. You can of course turn sharpening off but a setting of 2 seems to be where you have enough sharpening for acceptable out of camera images even if you dont edit afterwards but still leaving the option of sharpening further if required.

The sx700 uses the nb-6LH battery which is the high capacity version of the nb-6L used in the sx280 and other canon cameras. They are interchangeable so if you have some spare nb-6L batteries they will work in this camera.
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Initial post: 28 Apr 2014 18:38:33 BDT
Dave says:
The original SX270/280 battery is a 1000mA/Hr..... the battery in the SX700 is a 1060mA/Hr...... a cats whisker of a difference if you ask me and nothing to write home about.

Posted on 1 May 2014 22:38:30 BDT
Empty Seas says:
Do you mean 'chunky' rather than "clunky"? I would be deeply concerned about any camera that was "clunky" - except, perhaps, an old Russian 35mm SLR!

In reply to an earlier post on 1 May 2014 22:48:38 BDT
The Geezer says:
indeed, i meant chunky :)

In reply to an earlier post on 2 May 2014 09:53:28 BDT
Empty Seas says:
Phew! Thank you.

In reply to an earlier post on 2 May 2014 10:19:35 BDT
The Geezer says:
btw this is a great camera, im really having great fun with it.

In reply to an earlier post on 2 May 2014 10:37:56 BDT
Empty Seas says:
The jury is still out: I may, yet, plump for the SX280...

In reply to an earlier post on 2 May 2014 10:41:44 BDT
The Geezer says:
well yeah the sx280 is so damn cheap right now its almost a crime!

In reply to an earlier post on 2 May 2014 10:46:31 BDT
Empty Seas says:
Indeed; I am trying to find out more about, as their price is ridiculously low!

Posted on 13 May 2014 15:18:32 BDT
Last edited by the author on 13 May 2014 15:19:00 BDT
Tron says:
I picked up the SX280 last week for around £180 on the high street. It was manufactured in 12/2013 and still had the video/battery bug. As it already had the new firmware, Canon simply told me to return it for a refund and NOT replacement. Unreal behaviour the SX280 should be completely removed from sale.

In reply to an earlier post on 13 May 2014 15:33:00 BDT
Empty Seas says:
I got one last week for £143 and am absolutely delighted with it! I don't need video, so the "video/battery bug" fazes me not. Just need to find a quality case that is a decent (and not overly roomy) fit!
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