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Summary

The Canon PowerShot SX70 HS is a super-zoom camera with DSLR-styling, 20 Megapixel resolution and a 65x optical zoom range equivalent to 21-1365mm. Successor to the four year-old SX60 HS, the new SX70 HS keeps the same body, zoom and fully articulated screen mechanism, but upgrades the 1 /2.3in type sensor from 16 to 20 Megapixels, couples it with the latest DIGIC 8 processor to gain 10fps shooting and 4k video, and upgrades the viewfinder size and resolution. The SX70 HS lens may now be out-gunned by the 125x zoom on the Nikon P1000, but Canon’s pitching it at almost half the price which, with the updates, makes it a tempting option. Check back soon for my full review.

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Canon SX70 HS review – preview

The Canon PowerShot SX70 HS is a super-zoom camera with DSLR-styling, 20 Megapixel resolution and a 65x optical zoom range equivalent to 21-1365mm. Announced in September 2018, it’s the long-awaited successor to the enormously popular SX60 HS released four years earlier. The new SX70 HS shares the same body, zoom and fully articulated screen mechanism as its predecessor, but upgrades the 1 /2.3in type sensor from 16 to 20 Megapixels, couples it with the latest DIGIC 8 processor to gain 4k video, and upgrades the viewfinder size and resolution.

The core specification of any super-zoom camera is of course the lens, and with the SX70 HS, Canon’s chosen to stick with the same optics introduced on its predecessor. These equip both cameras with the same 65x / 21-1365mm equivalent range taking you from ultra-wide to super-telephoto. While this remains an enormous range, it’s now out-gunned by the Nikon P1000 which boasts a vast 125x / 24-3000mm range with the same size sensor behind it (albeit with Nikon sticking with 16 Megapixels rather than 20 and also pricing the P1000 much higher).

DIGIC 8 allows the SX70 HS to now shoot faster at up to 10fps and film in 4k video at 25 or 30p although I believe the latter applies a fairly tight 1:1 crop like the SX740 HS and other DIGIC 8 models. Like its predecessor you can film 1080 up to 60p and also shoot stills in RAW, although a new Compact RAW option is also available. Meanwhile the electronic viewfinder has been upgraded in size and resolution from a 0.71 type / 922k dot panel to a 0.39 type / 2.5 Million dot panel. Expect the SX70 HS in November 2018 for $549 USD / 519 GBP.

 

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