Canon has introduced its latest superzoom camera, the PowerShot SX70 HS. Its equivalent focal range of 21-1365mm hasn't changed, but the sensor, image processor, viewfinder and video capabilities have been greatly improved.

The SX70 has a 20.3MP BSI-CMOS sensor paired with Canon's latest Digic 8 processor. The lens remains at 65X (almost half that of Nikon's new P1000,) with a maximum aperture range of F3.4-6.5. The new image processor has improved the effectiveness of the camera's image stabilization system according to Canon, which can now reduce shake by up to five stops. The Digic 8 also brings along support for Canon's CR3 Raw format, which has smaller file sizes than the previous CR2 format.

While the design of the camera isn't radically different from that of the SX60, there are three notable changes. First, the electronic viewfinder is now OLED with 2.36 million dots, compared to LCD with 922k dots. There's also an eye sensor that wasn't present on the SX60. Second, there's now a zoom switch on the lens barrel. The final change is a 'deprovement': the hot shoe on the SX60 is gone on the SX70.

The SX70 HS can shoot bursts at 10 fps with focus locked or 5.7 fps with continuous AF. UHD 4K video can be captured at 30p with a bit rate of 120Mbps. The SX70 continues to offer a microphone socket. The camera's wireless connectivity includes Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.

The PowerShot SX70 HS will ship at the end of November for $549.99.

Press Release

Zooming With Features: Canon Introduces Latest High-Power Zoom Digital Camera, The PowerShot SX70 HS

Latest Edition Provides 65x Optical Zoom, High-Resolution Electronic Viewfinder and 4K Video

MELVILLE, N.Y., September 20, 2018 – It’s a common saying that good things come in small packages and today, Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, demonstrates this with the introduction of the new PowerShot SX70 HS compact digital camera. Featuring a 65x Optical Zoom Lens (equivalent to 211-1365mm1), 20.3 Megapixel2 CMOS imaging sensor and 4K video capabilities, the PowerShot SX70 HS camera is an ideal fit for anyone who wants powerful optical performance in a compact package. With a minimum focusing distance of 0cm3 and a zoom up to 2730mm1 (with ZoomPlus), the PowerShot SX70 HS allows users to create beautiful close-ups and stunning wide shots without changing lenses.

“In this day and age, cameras are becoming smaller while the desired list of features continues to grow,” said Kazuto Ogawa, president and chief operating officer, Canon U.S.A., Inc. “Canon continues to be committed to incorporating the latest features in our compact cameras and the new PowerShot SX70 HS is our very latest version, providing the dynamic combination of a compact body, powerful zoom and robust features that photo and video enthusiasts alike will love.”

The PowerShot SX70 HS features a 0.39-inch, approximately 2.36-million dot, high-definition OLED Electronic Viewfinder (EVF) for clear, crisp representation of what the lens is seeing. This camera also features 4K video shooting and frame grabbing,4 and is the first Canon point-and-shoot camera compatible with the latest RAW format (.CR3). With the addition of a new eye sensor, the camera automatically switches to the EVF display simply by bringing the camera up to the eye. Additionally, the inclusion of built-in Wi-Fi®5 and Bluetooth®6 technology offers quick and easy sharing, making the switch from smartphone photography to the PowerShot SX70 HS camera simple and fun.

The DIGIC 8 processor enables the PowerShot SX70 HS camera to achieve five stops of IS with dual-sensing image stabilization (IS). Even during handheld shooting, IS allows users to take pictures with minimal worry about camera shake. The camera also features high-speed continuous shooting at up to 10 fps. A Zoom Framing Assist button on the side of the lens barrel enables quick adjustments of the view angle, which is especially useful during telephoto shooting. With a large grip for comfortable, stable shooting and an EOS-like user interface, the PowerShot SX70 HS will make it easy for artistic vision to come to life in the hands of photographers at any level.

Availability and Pricing

The PowerShot SX70 HS will be available for purchase in November 2018 for an estimated retail price of $549.997.

1 In 35mm format.

2 Image processing may cause a decrease in the number of pixels.

3 From the end of the lens, wide-angle only.

4 Frame grabbed images on the camera cannot be trimmed. Other than 4K movies, frame grabbing of Full HD or HD movies is not possible.

5 Compatible with iOS® versions 8.4/9.3/10.2, Android™ smartphone and tablet versions 4.1/4.2/4.3/4.4/5.0/5.1/6.0/7.0/7.1. Data charges may apply with the download of the free Canon Camera Connect app. This app helps enable you to upload images to social media services. Please note that image files may contain personally identifiable information that may implicate privacy laws. Canon disclaims and has no responsibility for your use of such images. Canon does not obtain, collect or use such images or any information included in such images through this app.

6 Compatible with select smartphone and tablet devices (Android™ version 5.0 or later and the following iOS® devices: iPhone 4s or later, iPad 3rd gen. or later, iPod Touch 5th gen. or later) equipped with Bluetooth® version 4.0 or later and the Camera Connect App Ver. 2.0.30. This application is not guaranteed to operate on all listed devices, even if minimum requirements are met.

7Availability, prices and specifications subject to change without notice. Actual prices are set be individual dealers and may vary.

Canon PowerShot SX70 HS specifications

Price
MSRP$549
Body type
Body typeSLR-like (bridge)
Body materialMetal, composite
Sensor
Max resolution5184 x 3888
Image ratio w:h1:1, 4:3, 3:2, 16:9
Effective pixels20 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors21 megapixels
Sensor size1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm)
Sensor typeBSI-CMOS
ProcessorDigic 8
Color spacesRGB
Color filter arrayPrimary color filter
Image
ISOAuto, 100-3200
White balance presets6
Custom white balanceYes
Image stabilizationOptical
CIPA image stabilization rating5 stop(s)
Uncompressed formatRAW
JPEG quality levelsFine, normal
File format
  • JPEG (Exif v2.31)
  • Raw (Canon CR3)
Optics & Focus
Focal length (equiv.)21–1365 mm
Optical zoom65×
Maximum apertureF3.4–6.5
Autofocus
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Multi-area
  • Center
  • Selective single-point
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
Autofocus assist lampYes
Digital zoomYes (4x)
Manual focusYes
Normal focus range5 cm (1.97)
Macro focus range0 cm (0)
Number of focus points9
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCDFully articulated
Screen size3
Screen dots922,000
Touch screenNo
Screen typeTFT LCD
Live viewYes
Viewfinder typeElectronic
Viewfinder coverage100%
Viewfinder resolution2,360,000
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed15 sec
Maximum shutter speed1/2000 sec
Exposure modes
  • Program
  • Shutter priority
  • Aperture priority
  • Manual
Built-in flashYes
Flash range5.00 m (at Auto ISO)
External flashNo
Flash modesAuto, on, slow sync, off
Continuous drive10.0 fps
Self-timerYes (2 or 10 secs, custom)
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
Exposure compensation±3
Videography features
FormatMPEG-4, H.264
Modes
  • 3840 x 2160 @ 30p / 120 Mbps, MOV, H.264, AAC
  • 1920 x 1080 @ 60p / 60 Mbps, MOV, H.264, AAC
  • 1920 x 1080 @ 30p / 30 Mbps, MOV, H.264, AAC
MicrophoneStereo
SpeakerMono
Storage
Storage typesSD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-I supported)
Connectivity
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMIYes (micro HDMI)
Microphone portYes
Headphone portNo
WirelessBuilt-In
Wireless notes802.11b/g/n + Bluetooth
Remote controlYes (via smartphone)
Physical
Environmentally sealedNo
BatteryBuilt-in
Battery descriptionLP-E12 lithium-ion battery & charger
Battery Life (CIPA)325
Weight (inc. batteries)608 g (1.34 lb / 21.45 oz)
Dimensions127 x 91 x 117 mm (5 x 3.58 x 4.61)
Other features
Orientation sensorYes
GPSNone