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Canon - PowerShot SX740 HS 20.3-Megapixel Digital Camera - Black-Front_Standard

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Rating 4.6 out of 5 stars with 128 reviews

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  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Canon Fell Short On This One - I love Canon too

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    BeezNutz
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    We upgraded from our Canon PowerShot SX720 HS 20.3 MP Compact Digital Camera - 1080p a camera our whole family truly loved. Great photos, excellent video, and very easy to operate. We still have this camera and love it. One of the reasons I upgraded was I could use the same batteries I already had with the new camera. The good is this camera looks and feels great. Comes with an upgraded processor, 4k video and timelapse and a ton of bells and whistles. That is about where the good stops and the bad starts. With the upgraded processor it seems to have some lag from when the shutter is pressed and when the image is taken. Big problem, I am trying to capture action and you really have to adjust your timing, but that is just the start. The 4k video in a bright room was grainy and almost unwatchable - i didn't even share any of the dozen or so videos I took because they are so far from the quality I am used to. The focus on the video is another huge problem. It had trouble and would keep adjusting the focus during recording also adding to make these unwatchable. The photos also leave a lot to be desired. I tried every mode and auto and the same result. Grainy, unfocused, even in good light. Low light forget it. The 4k timelapse was okay, it takes 24 minutes to make a 24 second clip and that was okay. The photos/video just did not cut it for the pricetag. I took this back. I may buy another of the camera I bought this one to replace. I returned this unit for the video/photo quality - out of focus, grainy, even in good light. Check other reviews and judge for yourself - better yet go try one in person before buying to help avoid yourself the trouble of a return.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Super Camera

    Posted
    Nevermind
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    I cant say enough oodf about this camera. Out of the box its an excellent YouTube videos, with supplied lenses. Comes with a very nice telephoto len as well in this bundle. This camera is so versatile that with all of its abilities kinda seems like a new camera every time you get a new app! The camera apps work great! The apps alone are awesome! Things you just cant do with a regular camera. Because it’s mirror less it can shoot up to 11 FPS! The apps also help beginners get the exact settings correct for a certain type photo. Now the software. The PlayMemories app lets say, is terrible. I got a Nikon a month ago. This camera takes better pics and video. But the PlayMemories app is the worst. Thank goodness once you get to know the camera you can get around some of it. I have a Cadillac camera with Edsel software. It’s really bad. I wont say it doesn’t work, but what should be minutes turns into hours. It’s almost like after they got done designing the camera, the app was just slapped together. This software, (PlayMemeries) should be recalled. I sure hope Sony is working on the problems. Right after I got it there was an upgrade, made it a tad easier but way short of plug and play. More like plus and pray it works this time. With it Ipad, Android phone and PC, the software flaws are even more appearent. I cant say enough good about the camera. Weather your a pro or amature,m your will love this camera! You may cry however every time you have to use PlayMemories. You will have memories alright after using this garbage, truly sad garbage software. Really disappointed in it t say the least. It takes it from fun, to a nightmare of searching the internet for the same problems everyone else is having. I literaly found out to make it work from a photography studio. Sony has got to be aware of this! With the other manufacturers are catching up with mirrorless, Sony really needs to get on the ball with this mess or it will cause a huge Loss in sales from word getting out. Just read everything and expect some hiccups when trying to set up WiFi. Truly a nightmare. The camera is so good at its price though I would still recommend. You will know more about photography by the time your hooked up. I’m speaking of the Playmemories app that has all the problems. The camera apps are great however. Playmemories is the software that communicates with the cam and computer. Really bad!!!!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    No issues so far!!

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    Kittie
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    I have been using this camera about a month now. I have had no issues. Everything is still working as it did the day I bought it. Tons of neat features and functions!! takes nice video and great pictures!! It does have a neat function where you can bluetooth sync your phone and camera to use your phone as a remote. Just be warned it does seem to change the formatting on the card to do this. Once this is set up the card will no longer be able to read by pc. You will either have to use a cable to transfer from the camera to the pc or use the sync function to move the pictures to your phone then to a pc if desired. There is stuff that says you can sync it with your pc wirelessly though I have not found a working version of this I trusted. I added a picture taken with the camera. I had to cut the image size down due to file size limitations. At full resolution files are about 10-12MB each. This has been resized to 65% to meet file size requirements

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Takes great pictures and videos

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    Tesla
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    I'm an electrical engineer might be more critical than the average reviewer. I have the original first generation of this camera SX700HS. This new camere is the 4th generation, a little larger. It takes great pictures but they changed the buttons which I don't like. The first generation buttons were bigger and had higher protection rims around the buttons. Holding the camera trying to press the video record I sometimes trigger menu button and miss the shot. This never happened in the first generation. The screen glass is about 20% larger (right and left side) than the display. They have the real estate to make the screen larger but they keep it at 3". The processor is much faster than the first generation, it can take 10 pictures a second. This video was taken with the camera, the sun as going down https://youtu.be/gqWlZzwN58Y

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Awesome camera!

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    TimInTulsa
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    My first camera purchase in 15 years, so I did my research. I think the Canon - PowerShot SX740 HS is by far the best camera for the money. Great still photos, wonderful video, and transfer capability out the wazoo. Great compact size for travel and zoom is terrific for a small point and shoot camera. I would recommend purchasing a second battery for those sightseeing days when everything is to your liking. The "flip-up" view screen is very bright and clear, but I would like to see more agility from the view screen. It is a great vlogging camera, but for those of us who won't be using it as a video diary camera, a nice tilt/swivel screen (especially in bright light conditions) would be great. I really love this camera!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    This is perfectly what I was looking for

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    Jokare456
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    Extremely excellent point and shoot for the price. Takes quality shots, the zoom is amazing, the 4k video is such a plus I'm very happy with this I wanted to start my photography journey with this point and shoot then move up to Dslr, Icle or mirrorless but also wanted a quality in my pocket quick point and shoot I got that and more with this camera I'm very pleased. As a beginner I'm already taking some great shots with this point and shoot.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great choice for my vacation trip

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    DCon
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    Great choice for my vacation trip to Israel, 2 weeks out and had this camera on my hip all the time.Great pictures taken on this whole trip, it was excellent having 40X zoom.! Thing was tough also fell and dropped it while the lens was open, after cleaning it up, things functioned 100%. Left it at the auto focus most of the trip, before buying this I compared it to a half a dozen different cameras it stood out from the others with quality pictures. Really solid feeling camera. It has a lot of focus options considering how compact it is.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Amazing Zoom!

    Posted
    Nay27
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    I was gifted money to get a camera specifically to be able to see faraway puffins on a trip to Ireland. This point and shoot kept up with the big boys. Not only could I track the puffins as only the nearby telescopes could, but I got several amazing pictures of these delightful birds. You could not see them with the naked eye, but this camera captured them clearly and beautifully. SO GLAD I GOT THIS CAMERA!!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Awesome

    Posted
    Jnjmom3
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    I needed a point and shoot that I could use to carry and photograph my daughter and the school band. They were actually performing in the Tournament of Roses Parade. Well, my seats were pretty high and I zoomed in and started clicking on sports mode. I was able to get memories that will last a lifetime. Thank you for recommending this particular camera!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Very good Camera at this price range

    Posted
    Thatguyonbestbuy

    I had to take back my Sony a6000 for overheating. I ended up getting this, had no idea it was a new camera. I got it more video but both video and photos are very good, and the best part this does 4k! I was not going to spend a lot of money for a 4k just yet, but when I picked it up at the store that is when I found out. If you looking for something under $500 this is the two go.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Very happy with this camera

    Posted
    EvanC
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    I've owned several Canon cameras and other devices. This one I really like and it's super easy to use. My only complaint is the menus could be a little easier to send pictures to a desktop and phone. It's not that difficult and the camera does it, its just that the wireless settings necessary to start the transfer seem a little buried in the menus. This camera is good for amateurs and professionals alike.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Good camera, great zoom

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    AndyB
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    I've had Canon point and shoot cameras before, and this operates just like the others. However, I really like the optical zoom and the image stabilizer - great features that enhance the value of the camera. Also, the tilt screen in the back is nice to have so far as well. I still have to try out the wifi connectivity to my phone, but assuming that's easy to us, this camera will be a great find for years to come

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Not what I thought it would be

    Posted
    Moeh
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    I have the Canon SX720 and love everything about it so when I saw the 740 had a selfie pop up screen since I travel a lot by myself I thought I could not go wrong with it. It is so different. It is shakier to use and the shutter button is tricky. I have been using it a couple weeks and still have some blurry photos because it is too quick . I have not used it yet in low light.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great camera for travel

    Posted
    2grtkids
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    Great camera for traveling. Compact enough to fit in a backpack or purse. Higher quality pictures than an iPhone camera. Love the WiFi feature which allows you to transfer pics easily to an iPhone. Also love the flip up screen that can be used for selfies. The only negative is zoom is limited compared to more professional cameras but it is adequate for my needs.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Camera for starter photog

    Posted
    Allison
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    My daughter wanted a camera for her birthday. Having always used film, then digital (DSLR) for many years, finding something that wasn't intimidating for her proved a challenge. This was a perfect fit. I am most familiar with the Canon family so this was a perfect option for me to guide her with. It's a great little camera and we LOVE that it has WIFI options.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great point and shoot

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    Matt808
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    I’ve always been a fan of the canon powershot. I think one of my biggest features that I look for are not only the clarity of picture, but the optical zoom. Definitely one of the best optical zoom distances. Take a lot of pictures at work for the various performing groups that travel. Make it easy to take a nice picture without having to take my DSLR with me.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    wonderful photos

    Posted
    Lizzi
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    Love the pictures this camera takes. It has 20.3 mega pixels and a great zoom. The only problem I have is where to hold it. If you hold it on the right side, which is what I am used to because of my previous camera, you need to be careful where you place your fingers or you are hitting other buttons which takes the camera out of shooting mode into other functions.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Disappointing

    Posted
    MPHarris
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    I have bought multiple Canon cameras - both high end and point-and-shoot - and had high expectations for this camera. However, turned out to be very disappointing. The colors were muted and not sharp. The autofocus was not very accurate, with still shots frequently blurry. The camera has a lot of features, but without the basic right, these are not very valuable.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A great camera, wee bit expensive

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    WillowJean
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    I’ve been using this camera for a few weeks now. I wanted something lighter than my Canon T7i DSLR to carry around. For me, it’s a permit fit. Fits into my pocket and fits into my crossbody purse. I will admit that I’m pretty biased toward Canon. I’ve been using their products for at least 30 years. I’m certain you’ll like the abilities of this aim and shoot.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great point-and-shoot for beginners to experts.

    Posted
    mytechgear
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    This camera is easy to use for anyone with a small enough form factor that you can take it anywhere. Both video and picture quality is superb. The flip up screen is a neat feature for anyone looking to take photos or videos of themselves. The feel of the device is excellent as well, nice weight in the hand and high build quality.

    I would recommend this to a friend