Canon Power Shot SX70 HS ($ 549.99) is an attractive argument for why the bridge camera is still there, and, for the right photographer, it makes sense. It makes some small changes from the previous generation of SX60 HS, keeping the same lens, but adding a higher resolution image sensor, 4K video, and a much better viewfinder. This is a solid choice for smartphone users who crave zoom power, and for SLR owners looking for a lighter camera to take while traveling. Like the SX60 HS that came before, the SX70 HS produced our editorial choice award.
From ultra-wide to extreme photo
SX70 HS ($ 599.99 on Amazon) does not deviate from the standard blue bridge camera. It’s smaller than SLR, but shaped like one. It boasts sufficient handgrip, lots of physical controls, and a modest matte black layer. The camera measures 3.6 of 4.6 x 5.0 inches (HWD) and weighs around 1.3 pounds when loaded with batteries and cards and is ready to shoot.
The reason for buying the SX70 HS is its lens. It boasts the zoom 65x distance, matches the full frame-frame lens at the width and enlarged all the way to the equivalent of 1.365mm. With your smartphone usually get a 28mm wide angle and a 56mm secondary lens – SX70 HS capture the display that can be far wider or more stringent.
Although it does not have the biggest zoom range around-Nikon has a Zoom P900 and 83x (24-2,000mm) and P1000 with a 125x (24-3,000mm) zoom (24-3,000mm) -I considers the range of SX70 to be more than enough for most applications. P900 and P1000 are each larger and heavier-2 pounds and 3.1 pounds – so you have to live with a larger camera if you find extra range to be very important.
What is the zoom power you need? It depends on what you like to take pictures, and how close you can get there. The picture above is a shot that is not dropped from the trigger of the red stomach in the tree, captured from a distance of about 100 feet, in the maximum zoom setting of the camera.
Canon does not include any weather protection with the SX70 HS, so I will be careful to use it in precipitation. It comes well on the day photographing the fog is quite heavy to wet my beard, but if you work under the sky or snowy sky is something you like to do, think about the bridge model with some level of dust and spark. Our favorites include the Sony RX10 family, which does not offer as many zoom power, but provides closer image quality with a lens model that can be exchanged thanks to an image sensor which is about four times the size as it is inside the SX70.
If you are a beginner, you can leave the camera automatically and stay away, but there are also enough controls available to keep shutterbugs happy. Apart from the main zoom control – it is located around the shutter button, tilted above the handgrip, right where you would expect it – there is a second zoom rocker on the left side of the lens barrel. It moves the lens slower than the main control, ideal for proper adjustment or slowing zoom when recording video.
Rocker Zoom joins two buttons. The top is help to help you find your subject when enlarging it supports a little lens, but shows the original zoom position, more stringently as a virtual box. After you get the subject in front of your lens, just release the button back to the original frame, tighter you.
The second button activates the focus mode of SX70 subject tracking. It shows a small crosshair that will remain on your topic as long as you have half pressed shutter. SX70 HS is not a camera that I will recommend for a fast moving target – the autofocus system is not fast enough – but tracking can be useful for watching back courtyard birds, especially when trying to find the right focal point through the branch, and I find it working with enough Good for subjects that don’t move with blisters.
The top control is located on the right side. The on / off button and Wi-Fi sit in between the lifted hump that holds flash and EVF and Dial mode. Dial control in front of fashion, ride vertically out of the body so that it changes comfortably, and the release of shutter and rocker zoom in front of it.
The back control includes notes, AE-L (*), and the button to adjust your focal point, all towards the top. Info, rotate, and the menu button closer to the bottom, to the right of the LCD, along with the four direction. The four-way controller has a button to set EV compensation, adjust flash settings, delete images, switch macro focus, and, in the middle, the Q / Set button.
Canon calls the settings menu on screen Q. The concept is simple – you get access to additional options, including metering patterns, drive mode, ISO, and White Balance-in menu that doesn’t obscure the frame. It makes it possible to make adjustments to the settings, while still tracking what your lens sees.
You have two ways to frame and review the image. The rear LCD is one-it is a 3-inch panel with a 922k resolution point. This is not the sharpest display we have ever seen, but also no less in quality. LCD is installed on the hinge and can swing from the body to face forward, up, or down, and can fold so the screen is hidden – useful if you prefer to use EVF exclusively. Strangely, Canon chooses not to put the touch support into the display, so the touch feature is useful like a tap to focus no.
EVF is very good. This is a 0.39-inch panel and while Canon does not include a full frame equivalent enlargement, equivalent to the APS-C camera and Micro Four Thirds that I use. The resolution of 2,736k-dot is also given enough size – you will need a larger EVF to require more pixels for a good experience. There is an eye sensor to automatically switch between EVF and LCD, features that are easily lost from the SX60 HS.
Strength and connectivity
Canon includes Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, both of which function with a companion smartphone application. After you download Canon Camera connect to your Android or iOS device, you will be able to transfer photos and videos wirelessly (so you can get it on social media easily), or control the camera remotely.
Port includes Micro USB, Micro HDMI, 2.5mm remote control connection, and 3.5mm microphone input. The mic input is a little confusing, because there is no place on the camera to install a mic, so you have to find the installation bracket or other accessories if you want to use the SX70 for any video project which is strong is a must.
External charger, with folding AC plugs, built-in, included, to recharge the battery. It is rated around 325 shots when using LCD or 255 shots using EVF in accordance with CIPA testing standards. I found a battery life quite well in practice – it made me through weekends of large family photography, including a trip to Crayola’s experience with nieces and nieces, several afternoon back fields, and a trip to local wildlife. conserve. However, charging in the camera is not supported, so you cannot easily charge the battery while traveling. If you have a big trip, consider buying a backup, if you need it.
Speed and performance of autofocus
The SX70 HS takes around 1.5 seconds to turn on, focus, and take a typical photo with a bridge camera, because the default lens must be expanded before the camera is ready to use. The autofocus is not fast like a SLR or mirror less camera – which can lock the subject almost does not take around 0.2 seconds to lock.