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Canon - PowerShot SX730 HS 20.3-Megapixel Digital Camera - Silver-Front_Standard

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Rating 4.6 out of 5 stars with 508 reviews

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  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Not Sure About This One...Video Recording Review

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    Tabi
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    I am still trying to decide if this purchase was entirely worth it or not... Let me first start by saying I am using this camera more so for video rather than pictures. I have another camera (DSLR) I use for photography but it is too bulky to really use for easy video recording. So, this review will focus on its recording capabilities... First, the quality of the footage recorded and the options are good. Are they they best? Prolly not but for the price, the quality is great! So, that is a plus. Second, the battery....SUCKS! You can really only get roughly about 45mins to a little over an hour recording time with the battery. The crappy thing about this is, you cannot plug this sucker in! Even though it has a port to plug into a power adapter, all the camera allows you to do when it is plugged in to a power source is look through previously recorded or taken pictures. It will NOT allow you to use it to record or take pictures with. Its like the camera's programming just turns into safe-mode or something. It is weird and annoying! With that being said, if you are planning on using this camera for long-term/all-day video taking, go find yourself a bunch of batteries and charge those suckers up! Third, if there is not a lot of movement in front of the lens, the camera turns off after about 25-30mins. I was trying to make a time-lapse video and there was minimal movement in front of the camera...but it was still movement that I wanted recorded for the duration of the project. After 25mins it basically did a quick "inactivity" type of pop-up on the view screen and proceeded to turn off. I thought at first it was a fluke...no, this happens every time I try to capture similar videos. I just turns off...so if you are using this to video capture things such as you painting, building something, or anything that requires you to pop it on a tripod and record a scene...expect the camera to randomly turn off after about the 25min mark. Maybe there is a setting I am missing? Maybe there is something in the options I accidentally clicked? Not sure...but it is annoying and this is probably one of the biggest reasons why I kind of regret purchasing this camera. It is also the major factor that is giving this product a low star review. Fourth...SD Card memory. I usually use a large SD card so that is not an issue when it comes to space. However, even when recording on high quality (the highest is can go), this lil sucker does not waste space. It is good at conserving space on SD cards...at least from what I can tell. I think that is about it...it is not a bad purchase but because of the random shut-offs and short battery life (without the ability to power it through a power source/adapter) I do regret buying this. However, if you are looking at this camera for photography or small video captures...this might be the camera for you.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    IT's a Decent camera

    Posted
    Ace27

    First lets remember what this is, Point and Shoot. I've read a lot of reviews knocking the camera without really knowing how to use. I've been a canon User for about 15 years from Full frame all the way down to this. I bought this specifically for travel or when i am hanging out with the kids . Here are my pros and cons after using it in many places. Pros: super zoom its amazing . (works best with a Monopod or Tripod) Colors are beautiful if you have a good light source. ( I wouldnt say its great in low light but it does ok , it's a small sensor) Video quality is amazing hands down. Yes no 4K , but its 1080p at 60FPS Face detection is pretty good , better in video honestly Cons: avararage battery depletion at around 240 photos (at least for me ) You can not manually focus with focus points (my opinion not really a deal breaker) This one hurts me : no RAW only JPG, I suggest take your time if you really taking an important picture to avoid grain or color distortion. no Audio Jack (unless you can do it Via usb somehow , that i dont know about) Overall I am pleased with the camera. Can it be better, absolutely. Its takes better quality image than a Cell phone. if you are a true photographer you will notice the difference. This is for the consumer that like to VLOG, travel light to take quick snapshots. I will show pictures of a Yankee game where i zoomed in all the way sitting on Left field. images are straight out of camera with no editing whats so ever. I think the pictures can speak for themselves , i think they are very decent quality for memorable moments.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    OMG - BUY THIS CAMERA

    Posted
    Rocket62
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    I can't recall the number of cameras I reviewed and how I was really wanting a larger type removable lens... This has 40x and 160x digital zoom. Like me, you may recall some of the older cameras with digital zoom that simply pixelated the image. This is nothing even remotely like it. I tried it out at the store and was impressed with the clarity and detail of the zoom. After purchasing I found it even easier to use in the "Manual" mode. Say what? Yes, you can easily dial the shutter speed, F stop, ISO and it shows you on the screen what the photo will look like at that setting. No more taking a few shots, look, adjust settings, repeat until you get the settings just right the picture you want. Before you press the button to take - you know what it will look like. The moon shots are now so easy to take, but for the long digital zoom you will need a tripod or something to stabilize the camera, but well worth it. I uploaded a few images. 1. The close-up of the moon is around 140x digital and the other in the 60-70x range. Lots to learn, but I love this camera and highly recommend it. The only thing it needs is a remote trigger. Perhaps it has that and I haven't read up enough on it. Otherwise, I have been setting the photo to delay taking for two seconds to ensure no movement of the camera on the tripod.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Overpriced for the Quality

    Posted
    GeoffK
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    Overall this camera does what it should and it takes pictures in a somewhat compact form factor. It has the settings you would want from a point and shoot, and some extra settings for those who like to tweak their settings a bit. Essentially, it is a Canon point and shoot as you would expect it to be, and I certainly expected it to be as it was going to be my 4th Canon in the last 10 years. Unfortunately, this camera was just underwhelming picture after picture. I bought this camera right before a trip to the Colorado mountains, excited to get some great pictures of snow and wildlife. Everything looked great on the tiny display, and it seemed like everything would be just as great as I expected it to be once I transferred them to my computer. It was not. The colors were dull, the pictures were grainy even with a minimal amount of zoom applied, and ultimately it was a poor showing. Thinking maybe it was just a settings issue, I went out and tried some more picture with different settings. Still just as dull and underwhelming. This $450 point and shoot was no better than a $200 knock off, at best. I returned it and went against every bone in my body and bought a Sony. Not that Sony isn't also a great brand, but I have never been a fan of their camera either point and shoot, or SLR. Instantly the pictures from the Sony were easily 10x better. Colors were bright and vibrant both on the camera and on the computer. Zoom wasn't distorting pictures like you had taken it with a smart phone. The point and shoot I expected from the Canon, was here in my hands without a Canon name. I think they simply missed the mark with this version, and hopefully when I check them out again next year they will have fixed whatever issues they may have had here.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    OK Camera but not the best by far!

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    CoyoteMoon
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    This is an "OK" camera and unfortunately didn't live up to my expectations compared to my Samsung Wb350f. Unfortunately, I accidently dropped my Samsung camera and the lens was bent and unable to move back into the casing. So, one of Best Buys representatives highly recommended the Canon Power Shot and said it was superior to the Samsung I had. Not true! First, the canon does not have a touch screen, the colors viewed in the picture are not true to what the naked eye sees or when printed, it's slow at focusing on objects and it is very particular about close ups and often snaps pictures very fuzzy. You also have to be super still to take a picture and don't breathe to get a half way non-fuzzy picture. Most of the pictures I've recently taken are slightly fuzzy and they were not moving objects. So, for a basic camera, it's "OK" but all the bells and whistles listed are poor compared to the hefty price tag, I would not have purchased it if I had known what I was REALLY getting. So, I'm going to try and get my Samsung fixed. Not happy about my Canon Power Shot purchase at all!

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Fantastic Camera!

    Posted
    richardlpalmer
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    Having had quite a few Canon cameras, I can get a bit critical when new models come out -- particularly when I'm replacing one that I love. My wife and I were going to be out of country for several weeks and wanted to be able to take pictures, but also be on the go the whole trip. I ditched my large body camera and picked this one up. Absolutely wonderful decision! The image quality is excellent, the low-light capability good, size & ergonomics excellent, video quality excellent and that zoom! Wow! The zoom makes this camera a must-buy for me. It also has the option of plugging in a microphone, making this a really decent option for recording live events. With the retracting lens its pretty compact and not overly heavy. There are smaller/lighter cameras out there, but none with this amount of optical zoom and features. The one ding to this camera is the flip-up screen. I've been spoiled by Canon's articulating screens. This one ONLY flips up, not out or down. So if you want to hold the camera above your head to get a picture of the stage, you can't look up at the screen. Or if you want to hold the camera flush up against something and flip the screen to the side, you can't. It only flips up -- great for low shots or selfies, but not much else.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Love this camera

    Posted
    Technopackrat
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    I got this camera for my birthday this past year. My specific need was a point and click camera with decent optical zoom that I could take to concerts. Most venues, if they allow cameras at all, will not allow cameras with detachable lenses. They limit you to a point and shoot with permanently attached lens. I’ve taken this camera to a couple of concerts and with the 40X optical zoom I get great photos from even the cheap seats. I have found that image stability is marginal at the higher zoom due to body shake so I typically have to rest the camera on my knee or put elbows on my knee to stabilize the camera, then the image stability can make up the difference. I also took the camera on a backpacking trip in the mountains and it took wonderful pictures of the mountains and valleys. I tweaked photos with some of the adjustments like ISO or shutter speed. Perfect quick shot companion. I love it’s size, small enough to put into your pocket or small pouch attached to your belt or backpack strap for quick access. If you are looking for a compact high optical zoom point and shoot you will be hard pressed to find something better than this Powershot

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Canon fan but a little disappointed with this one.

    Posted
    MkeCampfire
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    I've always been a fan of and used Canon photography equipment. We purchased this camera for a trip to Colorado. The camera was on the expensive side for a point and shoot. We used the camera while hiking and the camera was somewhat bulk y and heavy in the pocket. The camera was almost as big as the chassis of my SLR with out the lens attached. Most of the images were good to great but had several that were not completely in focus. I found that when using the 40X zoom, you need a tripod or something to stabilize the camera, otherwise the picture was always blurry. The other issue is that the lens protector (the one that opens and closes when you turn the camera on/off) would stick halfway when turning the camera on. Have several pictures where the lens was obstructed by this. I ultimately returned the camera. Overall, I was disappointed in the camera - expected more from Canon and more for the price.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Fantastic Point & Shoot

    Posted
    JDShoots

    I bought this camera for it's zoom capabilities...it does not disappoint! I want to take this on vacations and shoot wildlife. When at max zoom, you must have good light because the aperture closes down to F6.9, otherwise the images get really noisy because the ISO has to be increased. At the far end of the zoom range I found it's best to mount the camera on a monopod or tripod for tack sharp images. Check out the images I shot...they speak for themselves how good this camera is. Definitely pleased with my purchase!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Overall took good photos

    Posted
    DougDD
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    Acknowledging that I'm basically a point and shoot photographer, I'm happy with the 2,000 photos I took during the first month I had this camera. I only took a couple videos just to say I tried that feature so I'm not qualified to comment on the video feature other than to say my vertical videos played back sideways (as horizontals). My one disappointment is with the macro feature. The macro picture quality is good but I frequently forget to take the camera out of macro mode before turning off the camera. When I turn the camera back on, it's comes back on in Macro mode which does not focus properly when zooming on distant subjects. It's my fault for not checking for the proper setting before shooting a photo...but when in a slight hurry...zoom, click, click, click...oops, It's not focusing right. A cloud moves, the lighting changes and I missed my special shot. Yes, my fault. But frustrating nonetheless.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Nice Camera

    Posted
    leecruz
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    My old Canon SX530 camera just died. It had traveled around the world with me thru about 80 different countries. It had been dropped and treated badly along the way...it was a good camera until the final drop when the focus stopped working. Given the fact that the 530 was a good warhorse, I chose the latest version of the camera. So far I like it a lot. It still fits in my pocket but it has a few improvements. The flash is now manual and much better than before! The screen seems to be about the same, but now I can take selfies (which I don’t really care about). It is supposed to hook up to an app...but it’s not reliable. Transferring photos to my iPad is easy with an iPad connector. As for the picture taking ability of the camera, I find it similar to the 530. It’s scheduled to take several trips this coming year and I’ll give it good workout when I’m on the road! So far, it’s a good camera!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Nice pocket camera

    Posted
    MadSwan
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    I got this primarily to bring to concerts where I can't bring my dslr. The good zoom range and high megapixels make for much better photos than my phone's camera. After about a month using it I've been real happy with the results. Using burst mode helps with the tendency to move in and out of focus as the stage lights and fog play heck with the image.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Awesome compact camera!

    Posted
    ChrisH
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    I decided to buy this camera because of the 40x optical zoom capacity it has, which is a great addition to this already good camera. The zoom works fine when handheld, although I would recommend using a tripod when going in all the way close on a subject to avoid shaking and capture crisp images. If you are not so concerned or care about this 40x optical zoom feature, then this camera is a great value for it's price when taking pictures and video almost anywhere at any occasion!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Horrible Set up

    Posted
    Horrible
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    Do you feel like being in school just so you can download pictures from a camera you spent hundreds of dollars on? Then this is the camera for you. Do they include a cable for you to easily download your pictures from your camera?...No they don't. But they do make you register your camera, download multiple apps and set up access points and all kinds of pain in the butt things just to download your pictures. Camera has nice features so too bad you want to throw it out the window if you aren't tech saavy. I am busy and don't have time to jump through so many hoops just to download my pics, I will never buy a Canon again.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    An EXCELLENT small camera

    Posted
    Mary
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    The Canon Powershot SX730 HS was a choice and purchase made for a (once in my lifetime) trip to Europe. I didn’t want to lug around my large ‘better’ camera, yet wanted to achieve high quality photos and videos. SUCCESS! The Powershot did not disappoint in any way. I’m thankful to have captured images and movies that are now lifetime memories to enjoy over and over again!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Overall worth it

    Posted
    Mason
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    I initially wanted the G7X mark II but when I went to Best Buy to actually look at the cameras I saw the SX 730 for a much more affordable price. The ONLY issue I have with it so far is the auto focus isn’t always working properly or fast enough. Which I know the G7X is much better at. But the quality of the camera is comparible to the G7X and also has the flip up screen which is nice while taking videos or “selfie” style photos. If your looking at the G7X but don’t want to drop the amount of money on it, this is most likely your next best choice.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Small Camera with Big Action

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    MrBonez
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    I bought this camera to take on our European Vacation. The camera was very easy to use, but best of all it was amazing when taking pictures. The beat feature was the selfie screen. We were able to flip the screen and take pictures with our desired background. It was also quick to power on. One other great feature was the one touch recording button. This button was instant record without having to change the settings. The quality of pictures was amazing. The zoom on it was spectacular as well.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good travel trip camera

    Posted
    Bunfromsb

    Satisfied, not a great camera though. It’s OK in low light, not great. Unlike my others Canons, I do not get the sense this would take any rough treatment. The display on back seems vulnerable , can’t be protected, it’s flush with the edge of the camera , and with the way the lens opens and closes, would be very vulnerable to any grit, sand, salt air, would not bring this to the beach. But it will do what I want, sit in my pocket, and be able to take nice pics when I travel, and don’t want to tote around a full size camera

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Canon PoweShot SX730 Camera

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    Powball
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    It works fine (for a few moths now) but it has a few settings, features and buttons that I don't like specially for a $400 dollars camera. The continuos shooting puts the pictures in sets and it's a pain to go in each set to erased the bad/blurry ones. The single shooting takes way to long to use it in sports mode. Wish the zoom button was in a different place because I can zoom in and then take a picture. Also the screen tilts to the top, wish it tilts to the side and then I can twist it to the front, top or bottom like the EOS Rebel T6 or T7.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Nice Quality Pictures

    Posted
    Scott
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    Camera is great and portable, and the zoom is Fantastic! Moon pictures are great since I can never get a good shot with iPhone. Unfortunately, gps requires the phone app be open so when I am traveling the world I forget to launch the app and so the location is not tagged. For only this reason do I find myself going back to using the iPhone when traveling as my primary camery and also GoPro Hero 6 with built in GPS.

    I would recommend this to a friend