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- Digital camera
- 20.3 MP
- 65x optical zoom
- 4K / 30 fps
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With its incredible 65x Optical Zoom, image stabilization of up to 5 stops and 4K video recording, the PowerShot SX70 HS camera has you covered. From fun-filled family moments to once-in-a-lifetime travels and adventures, capture everything including faraway sights, ultra-wide vistas and spectacular, frame-filling, close-up macro shots like never before with a PowerShot SX-series camera. A bright and detailed electronic viewfinder combined with intuitive controls enable you to capture incredible moments as the opportunity presents itself.
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Canon PowerShot SX70 HS - digital camera is rated 3.70 out of 5 by 54.
Rated 5 out of 5 by skyflyrr from Good features for price Have had around two months. All good though wish it was better in low light, but I knew this going in.
Date published: 2023-08-19T00:00:00-04:00
Rated 5 out of 5 by Iris from Vital Functions Missing I have to agree with the person that wrote the review before me about all the things that are degradations in this model. While some I am not as concerned about because I don't use them, the ones that I was very disappointed with was the lack of the electronic level indicator, very low DPI (perhaps I missed it but I didn't read about the DPI in the user manual and no snow setting in SCN. Both the level indicator and DPI you would think would be must haves and basic to any professional camera. I have the SX50 and I regret not buying the SX60 when it came out because the SX70 does not stack up at all. I hope that a Canon designer is reading this because if there was some way to include these in a firmware update as the person before me said, that would make me very happy. When you upgrade a model you expect it to be an improvement which this is not. Unfortunately I cannot return it without a major restocking fee from the place I bought it from so this was a waste of money for me.
Date published: 2019-09-22T00:00:00-04:00
Rated 5 out of 5 by Widgeon from Long time customer disappointed and the compact size of the product line. This is the 5th PowerShot camera I have purchased.Each successive camera model has been an improvement over the previous one until the SX70 HS. This review reflects 56 years of photography experience, 32 of which I was a photography teacher. I am also a published photographer is numerous books, magazines, and on the web. The new SX70 HS is a drastic step backwards from the SX60 HS. Features critical to professional level photography have been eliminated or have been made much harder to access. In many cases, critical features have been replaced with features that reflect “cell phone” level mentality, no longer meeting the needs of serious photographers. Here is a comprehensive list of irritating SX70 HS design flaws: 1. Dropping the auxiliary flash hot shoe on the top of the camera. 2. Eliminating “Exposure Bracketing” as a permanent “always on” option in nearly all shooting modes. In the SX70 HS AEB bracketing is almost useless, as it defaults to “OFF” every time the camera is turned off. The only way get exposure bracketing stay on full time is to custom program it into a C1 or C2 custom setting. AEB bracketing is also now deeply buried in camera menu settings, and is NO longer easily changeable on the viewing screen. 3. Dropping the “snow scene” setting from Scene modes. Most of North American has significant snow in winter. That setting in the SX60 HS was extremely accurate for snow scenes. What were Canon software engineers thinking????? 4. The HDR shooting mode has been eliminated. For serious photographers, that was the perfect “go to setting” for difficult lighting situations as a back up to exposure bracketing. 5. Reducing the native file resolution from 180 dots per inch to “web sized” 72 dots per inch. Perfect for cell phones, not for photographers. Using the SX60 HS with its native files size of 180 dots per inch, I have easily been producing “gallery quality” 13” x 19” prints when the files are upsized to 360 dots per inch in PhotoShop. Sorry to say, 72 DPI files coming from the SX70 HS show unexceptable grain in the 13”x19” print size, even when the resolution is raised to 360 DPI before any editing is done. This is amateur hour design! 6. Eliminating the painted millimeter zoom markings on the lens barrel. The digital zoom reading in the viewfinder is woefully imprecise. For certain subjects, it is critical to zoom to a precise millimeter number to avoid distortion. 7. In the SX70 HS, the leveling guide feature is no longer available in all shooting modes. It worked great in the SX60 HS. 8. Two of the new Scene modes, the Culinary and the Selfie mode have apparently replaced the above mentioned Snow scene and HDR shooting functions Those two new ones belong on a cell phone, not on a high end PowerShot SX70 HS. This is amateur hour design! 9. While I applaud the reintroduction of the panoramic mode to the PowerShot line, the version in the SX70 HS has a limited fixed format. My older Powershot SX1 was able to produce panoramas as long as I wanted, with the provided stitching software. In conclusion, I have never been so disappointed in a Canon camera product upgrade. If I had it in my power as the CEO of Canon, USA, I would assign the Powershot SX70 HS software design team the task of fixing as many of the deficiencies listed above with a firmware update to Version 1.2! The omission of the flash unit is not fixable, unfortunately. I am praying that when the Powershot SX80 HS comes out in a few years, that Canon's software engineers get their “photographic” act together and stop thinking like cell phone junkies! I cannot recommend the new SX70 HS for serious photographers! You have a huge generation of baby boomer serious photographers you should be marketing to, but regrettably Canon has missed its mark with the degradation of the Powershot line with the SX70 HS. If you need a high end all in one bridge camera, I would recommend the Canon Powershot G3 X. I bought that model for my husband and he will let me borrow it! ONE MORE NOTE...in previous reviews one revue complained about the SX70 HS not taking camera filters. Yes, it does with adapter ring. See the accessories listing for the camera. And another comment complained that the SX70 HS does not shoot RAW...yes it does, but that change setting is buried in a camera setting MENU item. I was so looking forward to loving my new SX 70 HS, as much as I loved my SX 60 HS, so having to write a review like this, breaks my heart! including publishing credits, as examples of why the SX70 is missing the mark.
Date published: 2019-09-06T00:00:00-04:00
Rated 5 out of 5 by auburnflyer from Good features I purchased the SX70 HS to suppliment my SX30 which is a wonderful old camera working great after many years. The new camera does not focus well over the entire range i was told it cannot be fixed by the service center and offered a replacement of a different camera.
Date published: 2019-07-24T00:00:00-04:00
Rated 5 out of 5 by sidmo23 from Amazing Quality and Features! At first, I thought it would be bad but it's great!
Date published: 2020-08-25T00:00:00-04:00
Rated 5 out of 5 by Biodiva from Nice upgrade from SX50 I finally upgraded from my old SX50, on which the viewfinder was long defunct and the overall image quality seemed to be deteriorating. I do a lot of bird photography, so lots of the features of the SX models are irrelevant to me (faces - like birds have faces!, but I'm finding the autofocus on the SX70 is doing a great job most of the time. I had a few glitches with overall set-up out of the box. For example, there's no mention of what the diopter is for in the manual - and it turns out it was critical for using the viewfinder. Similarly, it was sometimes tricky to figure out how to change some of the default settings (e.g., having the camera always pause to display after taking a shot - not good for birds either), but I think I'm got all that sorted out for now.
Date published: 2021-09-30T00:00:00-04:00
Rated 5 out of 5 by Keith R from A disappointment I bought this camera to replace a broken Lumix FZ80 that I used for birding. The SX70 is the newest, most expensive camera I have ever owned. It also takes the worst pictures. When at a higher zoom, the camera will not focus on anything, as seen in the phot below. I've gotten some good macros with this camera, but can't get anything to focus when in zoom. I Could have save $200 and gotten a camera that can take pictures in zoom and taken macros with my cell phone. Not recommended
Date published: 2021-08-08T00:00:00-04:00
Rated 5 out of 5 by iHoe from Not a Bridge Camera! It's better than that~! I needed a smaller camera that is not too professional looking as my 5DMiii. MLB has cracked down on what type of camera is allowed into Major League Baseball stadiums and spring training complexes. So for 2 yrs I didn't go to spring training to take pictures of the players, which is my passion. That's how I got into photography, for sports photography. And because of photography that is how I met my wife! She is also a photographer with even better skills than me! Anyway, I finally broke down and bought this lower level camera and decided to put it to the test! To my surprise it has feature that my go to camera has. You can shoot in Manual, Aperture priority or Shutter priority! You can shoot in RAW and you can adjust the settings on a fly to raise your shutter speed and adjust your aperture to take great shots! It has the latest Digic 8 image processor, image stabilizer, and just the feel of it makes it easy to fit in your hand and light enough to carry the WHOLE DAY! I was pleasantly surprised right out of the box! I had this camera for just 3 weeks and shot just 3 weekends with this and don't let it's small footprint fool you! This is a great camera! The photos prove it and it's so good that I can't wait to take it to spring training this coming year and use the powerful zoom to get just the right shot! I'm also taking this camera to Europe next month! So let me repeat: features that rival the professional cameras that canon has. A small learning curve to get acquainted with it's features and what limitations it has compared to a full blown DSLR. And you too can be taking beautiful pictures! cons: NOT A DSLR it does have limitations but for an ALL AROUND TOWN camera it's THE BOMB!
Date published: 2019-06-10T00:00:00-04:00
Rated 5 out of 5 by AC4 from needs work :( maybe look back at A550 AND S3IS i took some photo and notice this fuzz and haze around the photo of that I was taking i can post some photos and you can see what I saw in this and hopefully canon would make the currents in future models if not this one the fuzz and haze was one issue and the other issue I have is that with this model you cannot set the fine and the normal yourself. it has to be done by the camera depending on the size you select and the file size are way too large for email, and especially if you are doing 100 to 50 photos at a time. who has time to stop and make those adjustments with a windows paint program on the PC when the camera should be doing that this SX70 camera offers only Still Images: 1 16:9 – Large: 5184 x 2912; Medium: 3648 x 2048; Small: 2432 x 1368 2) 3:2 – Large: 5184 x 3456; Medium: 3648 x 2432; Small: 2432 x 1616 3) 4:3 – Large: 5184 x 3888; Medium: 3648 x 2736; Small: 2432 x 1824 4) 1:1 – Large: 3888 x 3888; Medium: 2736 x 2736; Small: 1824 x 1824 this camera does not offer the option to use superfine. only fine and normal and that is the choice of the camera not you which is nice if you have a BIG printer doing things at one spot but what they fail to miss that most photos are emailed and no one has time to go thru 100 photos and do all that when this should be done by the camera, its why there are settings for this However I do love the zoom feature the size of the camera might be a wee bit too big. guess I was so use to my old S3 IS A550 Still Images: 640 x 480 ), 1,600 x 1,200 (Medium 3), 2,048 x 1,536 (Medium 2), 2,592 x 1,944 (Medium 1), 3,072 x 2,304 (Large), 3,072 x 1,728 (Widescreen) which has these settings and aLL should have the same options for smaller file sizes and making your own choices to use superfine and fine Fuji s9000 Still Images and Movie sizes Quality setting 9M 9N Number of pixels 3488 X 2616 Lrg Wide Image data size 4.5 MB 2.2 MB Quality setting 3:2 Number of pixels 3696x2464 Lrg Image data size 2.2 MB Quality setting 5m Number of pixels Med1 2592x1944 Image data size 1.2 MB Quality setting 3m Number of pixels Med2 2048 X 1536 Image data size 780 KB Quality setting 2m Number of pixels Med3 1600 X 1200 Image data size 630 KB Quality setting 0.3m Number of pixels Sma 640X 480 Image data size 130 KB Movie sizes Quality setting Raw (30 fps) Number of pixels 640X 480 Image data size 18.8 MB Quality setting 640 (30 fps) Number of pixels 320x240 Image data size - -
Date published: 2019-04-09T00:00:00-04:00
Rated 5 out of 5 by Birdman838 from Disappointing! Loved many of the features of this camera especially the viewfinder. Would have been a great camera for taking bird photos except that the image quality was generally poor. I returned the camera and will stick with my SX50 until hopefully Canon produces a revised version of the SX70.
Date published: 2018-12-19T00:00:00-05:00
Rated 5 out of 5 by Eagle1effi from Good Bridge Camera Snappy Bridge Camera. Versatile. Wonderful Sweep Panorama.
Date published: 2019-01-17T00:00:00-05:00
Rated 5 out of 5 by Carol 2407 from Upgrade for worn out sx40 There were so many features on my older camera that I didn't want to lose, including the optical sight. This is new and improved
Date published: 2019-01-01T00:00:00-05:00
Rated 5 out of 5 by reader630 from Excellent Upgrade! I waited patiently for the SX70, owning the SX50, SX60, and now this one. The upgrade is excellent, with better clarity, fast focus, and the shutter response is "cleaner". I love the panoramic function and I found it best utilized to widen shots a bit. Too wide of a scan flattens the overall image. The low-light function is novel and takes clear photos, but you must be patient and steady with the longer exposure. The grisly black-and-white function is also interesting and brings in a stronger grainy-look than I can accomplish with my editing software. Shifting to black-and-white across several settings is helpful, such as Program, AV, TV, etc. The batteries in this upgrade are new, but last just as well as the ones used on the 50 and 60 models. The size is comparable to the prior models, so no need for bag upgrades either. I just love it. Thank-you, Canon.
Date published: 2019-03-04T00:00:00-05:00
Rated 5 out of 5 by AndreaM from Camera has been sent back for repair. I bought this camera (have had a 50X and loved it for several years to take on a birding trip in January. Unfortunately I had to send the camera back to replace the LCD screen which is cracked. I was disappointed that I did not have the camera for the trip.
Date published: 2019-02-05T00:00:00-05:00
Rated 5 out of 5 by Sunset from Just testing against others Just had supplied to me here in Spain, I have used the SX60 and SX50 now the 70 I am pleased that the lens has been kept, others (Nikon) have just gone for longer and now the p1000 is just ridiculously long and suffers because of it, I used Nikon DSLRS and they are good but now because of age require lighter gear for my wildlife shots very easy to understand menu system if you have used a camera before very straightforward, fast focusing and crisp pictures. Don't think it is a DSLR because it is not, but saying that the images are not bad at all very comparable with the others of the same specifications overall I like it.
Date published: 2019-01-17T00:00:00-05:00
Rated 5 out of 5 by iflymaui from GREAT BUILD QUALITY / SUB PAR IMAGES This camera has a fantastic fit to it. The grip, the metal and the rubber are all at perfection. Now add a DIGIC 8 processor technology to this camera and this is really a stand-out leader in the simple Point & Shoot camera.... It performs. Well, it sort of performs... I've had minimal time with it (in fairness. I also come from Canon L-Series lens with great EOS SLR bodies. A sort of BMW in performance. So when I took on the SX70 HS, my expectations were high. Like everyone else, we need a quick POINT & SHOOT to do a job often. The camera is gifted with a sub-par 1/2 Inch CMOS sensor. I can stop right there and say that Canon had a nearly perfect high-end Point & Shoot and put a economy 4-cylinder engine in it with a really poor sensor. So not worthy of a basic CMOS sensor. Battery life seems acceptable (carry a spare). Strap is far too short (unless you are less than 5 ft). I can't find a filter yet. I can't even find the size. Canon has introduced a really great entry-level Point & Shoot camera but it lacks in its CMOS sensor which greatly affects the overall quailty of every shot you will take.
Date published: 2018-12-16T00:00:00-05:00
Rated 5 out of 5 by deedee0517 from A bridge point shoot camera not happy with it I have bought several Canon point shoot cameras in the past. Thought I would upgrade from my SX730HS camera. I thought I would get better pictures with clearer pixels. I just got this delivered yesterday and after charging the battery took some full moon images. Most came out all blurry compared it to my SX730 which even thought that model tends to give blurry images it won over this SX70 camera. So I tried it again with moring sunrise images, and over 1/2 came out blurry and the focusing I noticed was automatically causing images to be blurry even thought I tried to keep it focus for clear shot. Nope. Changes the dial for different shutter speed and just not really happy with this for I need the fast point and shoot pictures and feel I will lose those shots with this camera. So going to send it back. Nice camera, but it isn't a true IMO a point and shoot camera. Besides the maximum megapixels lacks for the cost of this camera compared to SX730 camera. Both get blurry when zooming up the images. Not happy.
Date published: 2018-11-21T00:00:00-05:00
Rated 5 out of 5 by Barb P from A Wonderful Camera! I've been waiting for this camera to be available for over a year. My Canon SX50 HS bit the dust last January. I really LOVE this camera as I knew I would because I loved my SX50 HS. I need a view finder so I had to wait for this camera to be available. It takes wonderful photos and I love the extra zoom capability. The response time of this camera is fantastic.
Date published: 2019-01-26T00:00:00-05:00
Rated 5 out of 5 by Carl50 from Great camera I have used the sx50 and 60 before so I got the 70 for the extra megapixels and what I found is the controls are all in great places, easy to find. The camera is a great size for traveling and for a full day of photography.
Date published: 2018-12-19T00:00:00-05:00
Rated 5 out of 5 by Birdman from Nice upgrade Bought this SX70 to replace my SX50. I enjoyed the SX50 for 5 years, but this SX70 is a nice upgrade!
Date published: 2019-03-05T00:00:00-05:00
Rated 5 out of 5 by Jillygoat from Some great updates! I upgraded from the SX50, but have used the SX60, so was excited to purchase the SX70. The zoom is great and quiet and quiet while videoing. Was sad to see no hot shoe and that the ISO was now embedded and harder to quickly change. Have not set up the Wifi yet. How ever had been using a dongle to transfer SD card to iphone which worked great on my SX50. Already recommending it to others.
Date published: 2019-04-04T00:00:00-04:00
Rated 5 out of 5 by Camera Guy from Great Features, Poor Quality I was excited to get this camera as an upgrade from my 7-year old Canon SX40 that has served me quite well. The SX70 “upgrade” would offer higher sensor resolution (20 megapixels vs 12 ), wider and longer zoom capabilities, built-in WiFi with smartphone remote control to the camera (this was very exciting to me and did work very well with the Canon app), much higher electronic viewfinder resolution, larger LCD screen display, 4K video, additional creative filters, RAW support and much more. Now comes the "however" part....despite the wider and longer lens on the SX70 (21mm - 1365mm) compared to SX 40 (24mm – 840mm), the SX70 has a slower lens at wide (3.40 vs 2.70) and telephoto (6.50.vs 5.80). This could be a contributing factor to why many of my photos from this camera are noisy/grainy/fuzzy, especially in lower light conditions inside, outside at dusk, or an overcast day. Otherwise on a bright day, results were more acceptable but indoors, definitely use the flash if in lower light conditions. Also, note the SX40 has over a 6 1/2’ longer built-in flash range than the SX70 which does not even have a hot shoe for an external flash. I also found the electronics to be rather quirky. Though I haven’t experienced a humming noise during a video recording as stated by another poster, I have seen other weirdness. For example to name a couple, the flash icon indicator would occasionally blink indicating to raise the flash, even with brighter outdoor shooting and wider lens setting. Also, while focusing hold (holding the shutter down ½ ways to lock-in), the scene would not generally continue to remain locked-in once the scene is fully focused and ready to shoot. Instead, it would stray from my locked focus and become out-of-focus prior to a full shutter release, causing me to release the shutter and try again. Or, even if the frame did stay in focus and took my shot, the outcome could still be blurry. And twice, there was a prompt stating a “lens retraction error, the camera will shut down”! Indeed, the camera did shut down, so I had to power back up to continue my shooting session. I also wish the green light would remain lit when the camera is powered up, as accustomed. I wanted to LOVE this camera with all the upgrades and "improvements" but am quite disappointed, so I cannot recommend the SX70 based on my experience. I already returned it and went back to my faithful Canon SX40 at least for now. I have seen many consumer and professional reviews that their Canon SX60 predecessor is still available and has high overall ratings. Comments are welcome.
Date published: 2019-01-05T00:00:00-05:00
Rated 5 out of 5 by JS01 from Exactly As Advertised This camera is a great travel camera and performs exceedingly well for what it is designed to do. Part of the problem with the reviewers here is they are asking the camera to be what it is not. I have over 50 cameras and can honestly say few perform as advertised. It is a compromise between portability and light capturing. It is not a night camera at full lens extension. I am a semi-pro with 40 years of experience and only dreamed of a versatile camera like this in my kit. It is fun, convenient and versatile.
Date published: 2018-12-19T00:00:00-05:00
Rated 5 out of 5 by rstrick2 from Small but powerful, has it faults I bought this camera thinking the long zoom would help in getting closer. however after using for a short period of time i found it to be of low quality and quite grainy even at low ISO's. The zoom worked fine but still did have the reach i needed so i returned it.
Date published: 2018-12-17T00:00:00-05:00
Rated 5 out of 5 by Thmanx from Easy Point & Shoot w/ Pro Features I've used Canon camera products for the past 15+ years. From point and shoots, bridges, and eventually mid range DSLR's. After growing past my needs of various point and shoots my first experience with a bridge camera was the S5 IS back in 2007. I loved the features a bridge camera brought to a P&S and after various revolutions of that model I upgraded to the Rebel line of DSLRs. Now that my wife has gotten more and more interested in photography, shes in the same boat as I was 10 years ago and ready for the next step and the SX70 is exactly that kind of camera. -A modern Point and Shoot wrapped in pro features and expanded functions.- She is very excited for the prospect of having full control of ISO, Aperture, and Shutter speed settings as well as the expanded reach of a quality lens, and I must say I'm in the same boat. Does it have a small sensor? Yes. Does it do a better job then her iPhone, absolutely. For someone who's ready to take the next step in expanding your photographic vision this is definitely the camera to look into. Its Powered IS is amazing and does an excellent job at reducing camera shake even at full zoom. This will definitely be the camera we will be using now on family trips as we no longer have to bring around a camera back full of lens's and attachments. Keep your expectations in check, while this camera will show image noise if you pixel peep 1x1 in low light situations if you really push the limits, just remember... a little work in ACR and your fine. And lets not forget the fact most of these pictures will be resolution dropped to 50/25% of their original size for online and social sharing. We cant wait to see what memories will be captured with this new camera, both with its quality images and top notch 4K30 & FHD60 video capture. Would definitely recommend. And for those who demand the highest in image quality, there is always the G line with their larger sensors, but with that comes added cost and reduced zoom coverage. There is always a trade off, but the SX70 checks all the boxes i expected it to and more.
Date published: 2018-12-19T00:00:00-05:00
Rated 5 out of 5 by Jo R from Camera is just as I hoped it would be. This is my 3rd. Canon. I have had the camera for 3 weeks. It has worked great. The zoom lens is great for birds, focus is fast and sharp, and the macro is way better than expected. My only complaint is DPP for processing RAW images is very slow on my computer. I use DNG from Adobe to convert them now it works fine.
Date published: 2019-03-22T00:00:00-04:00
Rated 5 out of 5 by Crowbait from Was waiting for the SX 70-Disappointed! I have been using the SX60 for several years and was hoping to upgrade to the SX70. After reading the reviews I will not. Perhaps Canon will make the suggested changes, i.e. produce a SX 80 and then I will most likely purchase it.
Date published: 2018-12-17T00:00:00-05:00
Rated 5 out of 5 by Camera Guru from Disappointed I was excited to get this camera as an upgrade to my 7-year old Canon SX40 that has served me quite well. The SX70 “upgrade” would offer higher sensor resolution (20 megapixels vs 12 ), wider and longer zoom capabilities, built-in WiFi with smartphone remote control to the camera (this was very exciting to me and did work very well with the Canon app), much higher electronic viewfinder resolution, larger LCD screen display, 4K video, additional creative filters, RAW support and much more. Now comes the "however" part....despite the wider and longer lens on the SX70 (21mm - 1365mm) compared to SX 40 (24mm – 840mm), the SX70 has a slower lens at wide (3.40 vs 2.70) and telephoto (6.50.vs 5.80). This alone is a contributing factor to noisy/grainy/fuzzy photos in lower light conditions inside, outside at dusk, or an overcast day. Otherwise on a bright day results were more on par, but without using the flash indoors, photos were not crisp and sometimes washed out and/or grainy. Also, further comparing specs, the flash coverage on the SX40 has over a 6 1/2 feet longer range than the SX70 plus does not have a hot shoe for external flash to extend the range. I know Canon cameras very well and have been a long time user of traditional and digital SLR+bridge cameras for many years. I tested this camera on manual and automatic settings to optimize proper white balance, metering, focus and also tried out several special (filter) effects. I experienced some good results, but mostly were disappointing and did not meet my minimum expectations. I also found the electronics to be rather quirky. Though I haven’t experienced a humming noise during video recording as stated by another poster, I have seen other weirdness. For example to name a couple, the flash icon indicator would sporadically blink indicating to raise the flash, even in bright outdoor shooting with wider focal length. Also I noticed while focusing hold (holding the shutter down ½ ways to lock-in), the frame would not always continue to remain locked-in once fully focused and ready to shoot. Instead, it would stray from my locked focus and become out-of-focus prior to a full shutter release, forcing me to release the shutter and try again. Other oddities included seeing a yellow (cautionary) focus frame with an exclamation mark indicating a “lens retraction error, the camera will shut down” message! Indeed, the camera did shut down, so had to power back up to continue. There were other unusual occurrences as well. I tried and wanted to LOVE this camera with all the upgrades and "improvements" but am disappointed and cannot recommend the SX70 based on my own experience. So, I already returned it and went back to my faithful Canon SX40 at least for now.
Date published: 2019-01-03T00:00:00-05:00
Rated 5 out of 5 by Laura Kulak from Just fell in love again I really love it . And the zoom on it is freaking awesome. Blk n whites need improvement.
Date published: 2019-03-09T00:00:00-05:00
Rated 5 out of 5 by MKR from No raw files I was looking to upgrade my SX50hs but this camera doesn't shoot raw ~ really disapointed
Date published: 2019-03-14T00:00:00-04:00
Rated 5 out of 5 by AC2718 from A great camera that I’m glad to have! I’ve had this for a bit more than a year now, and despite being somewhat worried after reading reviews, I’m really glad I got this camera. The zoom allows me to better frame up a lot of shots and I find it really helpful. The quality is good enough to satisfy anyone from beginner to intermediate skill, and the colors are good. Some things I noticed are green and purple borders on high contrast transitions towards the edges of the field of view.
Date published: 2023-06-15T00:00:00-04:00
Rated 5 out of 5 by BirderPgh from Not as good as SX50 My SX50 occasionally still works, and I feel that when it does, the photo quality exceeds that of the SX70. However, I didn’t have time to figure this out during the 2-week return window (from purchase date - delay in shipping resulted in the loss 5 of those 14 days). I wish Canon would resume manufacturing the SX50, which seems to be the sweet spot of reliably clear, sharp, bright photos. I would gladly give up the extra (useless) zoom for this.
Date published: 2023-06-13T00:00:00-04:00
Rated 5 out of 5 by PJ Cook from Great Bridge Long-Range Shooter! Great long range camera. Love the stability when trying to get a tough shot and the quality of the final shot. Just can't beat this model when you need to reach out and touch something. Just took it on a long 5Kmi road trip and it worked excellent. Got some super pics of wildlife even from far away! Love it!
Date published: 2022-11-30T00:00:00-05:00
Rated 5 out of 5 by Miller3 from needs some improvement for the price The reviews were so good on this I bought a new one online. I have only gotten great photos on a bright clear no wind day with it. I shoot in every mode trying to get good photos. I experience lots of noise/grain. I have to use adobe lightroom to help my photos look better, I do not like to edit pictures so I wish this took better quality photos. For the price it should. Also the battery symbol looks like it's full and then you go to take another photo and it says battery pack exhausted and shuts down. So make sure you have a 2nd battery which is not readily available in stores. And it charges with a wall charger unless you buy a special charger on Amzon. This takes very poor photos in low light without the flash. It takes less than average on an overcast day. The photos attached is a sparrow in late afternoon partly cloudy day, the egret is late afternoon sunny day, the sunflower is a sunny day, one not edited, other sunflower is same photo auto fixed in lightroom. Cows in field 4pm overcast fall day. I bought it for the extreme zoom, however the photos sadly are not good enough to recommend anyone to buy it with the high price tag it has.
Date published: 2022-10-29T00:00:00-04:00
Rated 5 out of 5 by AC240 from A wonderful camera! I bought this camera half a year ago and very much enjoy using it. The build quality is good enough to make it feel sturdy and the buttons are all where they should be, logical and easy to access. If you just want a camera to take all sorts of photos with, and don't have unrealistic expectations of what a camera of this price can do, this is a great camera. It is good to remember that things such as these always seem worse when compared with all these other very expensive cameras.
Date published: 2022-10-14T00:00:00-04:00
Rated 5 out of 5 by Another Dave from Familiar but different I upgraded from a 15 year old PowerShot A710 (7mp and 6x zoom) to the SX70HS. The operating system is very familiar, but the quality of the output is remarkable. I’m very pleased and the review probably deserves the fifth star, but I’m still learning all the features. Very pleased so far.
Date published: 2022-04-04T00:00:00-04:00
Rated 5 out of 5 by George Liu from A good enough camera that meets my expectations I was aware of its limitations in low light performance and bought this camera mainly to see if its longer zoom can beat my 525-mm equivalent telephoto lens on my mirrorless camera because I don't want to carry a significantly bigger and heavier lens for wildlife photography. The resolution of the fine JPG images straight out of the PowerShot SX70 HS at max focus length is comparable with cropped images from my 525mm lens. Luckily, I found a good denoise software and have been able to get clean and notably higher resolution images out of the raw images from the SX70 HS. Its image stabilization for video is also good. For its compact size, weight and price, I am happy with this purchase
Date published: 2022-07-27T00:00:00-04:00
Rated 5 out of 5 by Maryangela from Wish it improved the SX60 My SX60 died in December and had been discontinued. I "upgraded" to the SX70 at huge price increase and have been greatly disappointed. I can't say that there is any significant difference between the new and older model other than price and shorter battery life. It takes decent photos, but the new battery size is a problem as they do not last! I have to carry at least 3 extra batteries on every hike I take. The SX60 was excellent and I wish it was still available.
Date published: 2022-08-04T00:00:00-04:00
Rated 5 out of 5 by JHGus from Nice all-around camera Purchased to replace my trusty G12 when it finally succumbed to irreparable "lens error." A bit bulkier, but viewfinder, articulated screen, and super long zoom are strong selling points. Nice camera. Would be great if it didn't require adapter rings to accept filters and other lens accessories.
Date published: 2022-07-01T00:00:00-04:00
Rated 5 out of 5 by JBofLA from Safari/Travel Camera I have had this camera for over a year. Took it on a long cruise and on Safari in Africa. I recommend it because 1 you don't have to change lenses to go from wide angle to telephoto 2) auto focus is accurate and reasonably fast at long telephoto - important for getting pix of animals when viewing may last only a few seconds 3) camera is not too large or too heavy 4) image quality is adequate for non-professional use (maybe good for pros too, but I don't know). Shutter response is fast. Battery lasts a whole day of touring, get an extra battery to charge up just in case. It has many more features than I have learned to use, I recommend taking some time to learn the camera before travel.
Date published: 2021-02-22T00:00:00-05:00
Rated 5 out of 5 by Pattij39 from Better than I expected I wanted a camera with long zoom and had a hard time finding the perfect camera. Most of the extra long zoom cameras had only 16mg and blurry images. The sx70 hs appears to offer most of what I was looking for 20mg with fabulous zoom.. I wish it had a touch screen. But I am very pleased with the photos thus far. The lense has occasionally frozen and I had to turn the camera off to get it to go back. But other than that the picture quality is really amazing.
Date published: 2021-02-18T00:00:00-05:00
Rated 5 out of 5 by Bird Lover from Super zoom! I am so pleased with this camera. I have multiple cameras with changeable lenses, but this is the one I always grab for wildlife shots and action shots at soccer matches. Will buy another if this one dies!!
Date published: 2021-04-05T00:00:00-04:00
Rated 5 out of 5 by Adelaide 126 from Great super zoom with sacrificed picture/color quality. A little disapointed with picture quality. Owned the SX20 from its entry year and i get no better quality in the sx70 than i have with the sx20. You would think there would be a noticeable difference in technology improvement with picture quality. But the super zoom is what grabbed me. So if zoomed in the pictures are blah, time will tell how often i actually reach for this camera for trips over others i have.
Date published: 2021-07-04T00:00:00-04:00
Rated 5 out of 5 by mccoyniac from Disappointed! I bought this to replace my SX70, thinking it would be as good or even better. I could take pictures anywhere with my SX70 and this camera does not live up to the SX60 at all, I have gotten concert pictures with no flash with the SX60 but there is no way the SX70 will do that.
Date published: 2020-11-02T00:00:00-05:00
Rated 5 out of 5 by Rockywho from Easy to use and beginners get professional results I purchase it 6 months ago. The zoom is awesome, I love taking wild life photos
Date published: 2019-12-13T00:00:00-05:00
Rated 5 out of 5 by Down and out from Dissapointment I have had every series of the SX from the 20 to this 70. I have never had so much trouble getting around the way they did the settings and removed some features I loved about the past SX models. My pictures are blurry most of the time, I have had this camera five months and try to avoid using it. I have a Rebel T5 but my 300mm lens has gone south, so I'm pretty much out of the photo business for now.
Date published: 2020-01-20T00:00:00-05:00
Rated 5 out of 5 by Warren F from Outstanding Camera for Wildlife big and small I have owned the SX70 since it first came out. It replaced my SX50. The images I get of birds and other animals from great distances is incredible with the 1350mm zoom. And I can further crop to see great detail. On the other end of the spectrum, I have taken images of extremely small insects on flowers and gotten outstanding results. I am very happy with the results. The coyote, raven and tarantula hawk images were taken with 1350mm zoom and then cropped. The image of the Longhorn Flower beetle was also zoomed in (not 1350mm and cropped.
Date published: 2021-06-27T00:00:00-04:00
Rated 5 out of 5 by Ellenstastytravels from Greatest Bridge Camera Needed to upgrade my SX50. Best zoom of any bridge camera out there!
Date published: 2021-06-27T00:00:00-04:00
Rated 5 out of 5 by DCB from Love the quality This is my 4th PowerShot camera. I like the fact that this doesn't have the retractable lens cover, as that is what usually breaks first. Unfortunately the lens cover it does come with broke within a couple days (sigh. I love the quality of pictures although the 65x zoom quality is NOT quite what I got with my 45x. Best combination of the dslr without having to change out my lenses when I am on the go.
Date published: 2021-06-05T00:00:00-04:00
Rated 5 out of 5 by disappointed714 from UGH! My SX60HS malfunctioned after about 3 months of use. They upgraded me to the SX70HS which only lasted a week. I just got the new one and am not optimistic.
Date published: 2019-07-08T00:00:00-04:00
Rated 5 out of 5 by Jv1000101 from Great for Beginners This camera is great for beginners on a budget. It has decent image quality and great zoom.
Date published: 2023-08-05T00:00:00-04:00
Rated 5 out of 5 by Blue camera from Canon Power Shot SX70 HS Ii have health problems that will not let me carry a big camera and lenses. I am so glad I found this camera. I would not be able to take photos at a distance if using a DSLR and lenses because of the weight. This camera has been a great camera. I am so glad I have this camera.
Date published: 2023-07-08T00:00:00-04:00
Rated 5 out of 5 by nutty artist from Great camera. Used to use a manual SRL However with age my fingers don't work as well. Using this camera I can still take photos and they turn out great.. Had to buy a new camera because I dropped mine and I bought the same camera.
Date published: 2023-02-27T00:00:00-05:00
Rated 5 out of 5 by superdesigngirl from Great Camera, nice crisp, clear shots, even close up. Love it. Great Camera. Gets really close up shots and it's crisp and clear. Better than lugging around all my big lenses. So much fun! I'm amazed at how close you can zoom in and it has a great depth of field. I've taken it to baseball games and sitting up in the nose bleeds getting great shots. People sitting around me asked where did I get that camera? It's great. :) The one drawback is low battery life. I keep at least 3 fully charged batteries with me if I'm going to be shooting all afternoon. They maybe last about 90 minutes especially if shooting video, even less.
Date published: 2023-09-01T00:00:00-04:00