Canon PowerShot SX740 HS Review

Overall 43
Imaging 9
Features 51
Size 83
Price 0

Main Features

  • 21.0 MP 1/2.3" BSI-CMOS sensor
  • ISO 100 - 3200
  • Image Stabilization: Yes
  • 3″ Tilting Screen
  • ViewFinder: No
  • 10.0 fps Continuous Shooting
  • Video: 3840 x 2160 @ 30p, MP4, H.264, AAC
  • Built-in Wireless: Yes
  • Dimensions: 110 x 64 x 40 mm
  • Weight: 299 g
  • Environmental Sealing: No
  • Built-in GPS: No

Canon PowerShot SX740 HS Summary

This review is devoted to PowerShot SX740 HS that Canon has first introduced to the public in Jul 31, 2018. This model is a Small Sensor Compact camera with a resolution of 21.0 MP and a 1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm) sized BSI-CMOS sensor.

In Small Sensor Compact cameras (Top 10 Compact Cameras) this model has taken rank #285 out of 472. Its Overall Score has reached 43/100 and it takes a rank of #667 out of 1174 in all Cameras.

Canon PowerShot SX740 HS Compared to other Compact Cameras

Now let's delve into more details of our Canon PowerShot SX740 HS review by assessing its features and specs, as well as checking what pros and cons it has compared to other average products in this category.

PROs

  • Screen Type: Tilting
  • AutoFocus Face Detection: Yes
  • Viewfinder: No
  • Continuous Shooting: 10.0 fps
  • Image Stabilization: Yes
  • Built-In Flash: Yes
  • Timelapse Recording: Yes
  • Wireless Connectivity: Built-In
  • Weight: 175 g

CONs

  • Touch Screen: No
  • Viewfinder Coverage: No
  • Viewfinder Magnification: No
  • External Flash: No
  • Max Native Iso: 3200
  • Af Phase Detection: No
  • Microphone Port: No

Complete Comparison of Canon PowerShot SX740 HS With Other Cameras in Small Sensor Compact Category

In this part of our review, we are going to take a closer look at the technical specs and features presented in Canon PowerShot SX740 HS. In addition, we are going to define the main pros and cons of this model and, based on this info, compare it to other average Small Sensor Compact cameras.

Physical Characteristics Of Canon PowerShot SX740 HS

Canon PowerShot SX740 HS has the following external dimensions 110 x 110 x 40 mm (43.31 x 25.2 x 15.75″) with the weight of 299 g.

The typical weight for average Small Sensor Compact type cameras is 175g. If we compare the average indicator to the weight of Canon PowerShot SX740 HS, we can conclude that this model is heavier than many other similar products.

Talking about the camera’s thickness, it is worth saying that Canon PowerShot SX740 HS is wider than other average cameras from this class. Its thickness is 40mm.

Look at the pictures below to see the front and top view of Canon PowerShot SX740 HS with the indication of this model’s dimensions:

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If you want to have a better idea of how big the Canon PowerShot SX740 HS is, look at the pictures below to see how big it is compared to a credit card and a AA type battery.

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Finally, let's check how different are the weight and thickness of the Canon PowerShot SX740 HS compared to other models from this class of cameras presented by the brand’s competitors:

Battery

Canon PowerShot SX740 HS — 265 shots
Min: 140 shots
Average: 241 shots
Max: 470 shots

Thickness

Canon PowerShot SX740 HS — 40 mm
Min: 10 mm
Average: 26 mm
Max: 60 mm

Weight

Canon PowerShot SX740 HS — 299 g
Min: 103 g
Average: 175 g
Max: 423 g

Unfortunately, Canon PowerShot SX740 HS comes without a waterproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and avoid water.

Unfortunately, Canon PowerShot SX740 HS comes without a dustproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and protect your camera from external threats such as dust.

Canon PowerShot SX740 HS Photo and Sensor Features

Canon PowerShot SX740 HS boasts of a resolution of 21.0 MP and is equipped with a 1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm) sized BSI-CMOS sensor.

The base of Canon PowerShot SX740 HS has the following ISO range 100 - 3200 .

Unfortunately, the support of the RAW file is not included in Canon PowerShot SX740 HS. However, if you are looking specifically for a Ultracompact camera with a RAW file support, you should check out one of the following models from the same class and within similar price range .

Canon PowerShot SX740 HS features a 21.0 MP 1/2.3" sensor, which is not a good pick for high-quality and detailed pictures. However, we have an alternative option for you if you were looking for higher resolution.

Anti-Aliasing Filter

Canon PowerShot SX740 HS is known for the lack of anti-alias (Low-pass) filter. It is one of its essential features of the sensor built in this model. The absence of this filter contributes to a higher level of details and sharpness in the pictures you take. Yet, the lack of an anti-alias filter also enhances the possibility of more occurring in certain conditions.

Now let’s check how we can compare the size of 1/2.3" sensor featured in Canon PowerShot SX740 HS with other standard sensor sizes.

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Other Characteristics And Features of Canon PowerShot SX740 HS

LCD and ViewFinder

Canon PowerShot SX740 HS is equipped with a Tilting 3" LCD screen. The resolution of this model’s screen reaches 922k dots.

In addition, this model comes with a built-in ViewFinder.

Max Shutter speed

Some of the other highlights of Canon PowerShot SX740 HS are its 10.0 fps max speed and 1/3200 sec max shutter speed, which allow you to shoot continuously.

Flash

Unlike some other cameras from this category, PowerShot SX740 HS unfortunately, is not equipped with a built-in flash.

Focusing

In addition, PowerShot SX740 HS has a Face detection AF feature that quickly finds the faces that appear within the frame range and locks the focus on them automatically.

Video Features

As for the video quality characteristics of Canon PowerShot SX740 HS, it gives you a possibility to shoot videos at the highest resolution of 3840 x 2160 You also have enough flexibility in terms of how you can save your files. Namely, Canon PowerShot SX740 HS allows you to save files in MPEG-4 and H.264 formats.

Canon PowerShot SX740 HS supports 4K (Ultra-HD) video. This is the highest available resolution as for today . Thus, opting for this model, you will be dazed by the video’s crispness and the quality of details when watching it on a 4K screen.

Such impressive resolution stats make this model stand out against the previous model, which provides a max video resolution of only. Thus, in case you are planning to update your old camera and would love to have a possibility to shoot lots of high-quality videos, high resolution is a significant advantage of PowerShot SX740 HS.

Canon PowerShot SX740 HS is not equipped with any ports that would allow you to connect external headphones and microphones to it.

Connectivity and Storage

One more advantage of Canon PowerShot SX740 HS is its embedded wireless (Wi-Fi) and Bluetooth and NFC connectivity. This feature makes it possible to share files with suitable devices without the necessity to connect them physically.

In addition, PowerShot SX740 HS is equipped with its USB 2.0 or HDMI ports that make it possible to connect PowerShot SX740 HS with suitable external devices.

Battery Life

In concordance with generally accepted CIPA standards, the battery featured in Canon PowerShot SX740 HS provides a shooting life of 265, while the average battery life of cameras in this class is 241 shots.

Compared to all models in the Small Sensor Compact category, Canon PowerShot SX740 HS offers the highest battery life that reaches 265 shots.

How Good is Canon PowerShot SX740 HS for Different Types of Photography?

In this part of our review, we are going to focus on Canon PowerShot SX740 HS’s performance in various fields of photography. Each sub-section stands for a specific photography area. In every part, we will review Canon PowerShot SX740 HS’s name performance and give it an overall score. This first spider web graph indicates how we can compare the PowerShot SX740 HS to the average Compact camera.

Hover your mouse over the points to see the score details for each photography type.

Canon PowerShot SX740 HS for Portrait Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Canon PowerShot SX740 HS performs Portrait Photography, we gave it a score of 88. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Canon PowerShot SX740 HS can be called a Great model for this type of photography.

If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Portrait Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Portrait Photography.

Advantages:

  • High resolution sensor (21 MP)
  • Canon is famous with its skintones
  • Image Stabilization
  • Face Detection Focusing

Disadvantages:

  • Small 1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm) sensor

Canon PowerShot SX740 HS for Street Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Canon PowerShot SX740 HS performs Street Photography, we gave it a score of 38. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Canon PowerShot SX740 HS can be called a Intermediate model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Live View
  • Image Stabilization

Disadvantages:

  • Big size (110 x 64 x 40 mm)
  • No Built-in View Finder
  • Small 1/2.3"(6.17 x 4.55 mm) sensor

Canon PowerShot SX740 HS for Sports Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Canon PowerShot SX740 HS performs Sports Photography, we gave it a score of 54. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Canon PowerShot SX740 HS can be called a 54 model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • No View Finder

Disadvantages:

  • Slow Continuous Shooting (10.0 fps)
  • No Environmental Sealing
  • Slow Max Shutter Speed (1/3200s)
  • Bad Max Native ISO (3200)
  • Small battery life (265 shots)

Canon PowerShot SX740 HS for Daily Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Canon PowerShot SX740 HS performs Daily Photography, we gave it a score of 41. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Canon PowerShot SX740 HS can be called a Intermediate model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Small weight (299 g)
  • Built-in Flash
  • Live View
  • Wireless Connectivity
  • Video is available

Disadvantages:

  • Small 1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm) sensor
  • No Built-in View Finder

Canon PowerShot SX740 HS for Landscape Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Canon PowerShot SX740 HS performs Landscape Photography, we gave it a score of 49. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Canon PowerShot SX740 HS can be called a 49 model for this type of photography.

If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Landscape Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Landscape Photography.

Advantages:

  • Live View

Disadvantages:

  • Small 1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm) sensor
  • Low resolution sensor (21 MP)
  • No Environmental Sealing
  • No RAW Support
  • Bad Max Native ISO (3200)

Canon PowerShot SX740 HS Detailed Specs

General
Brand Canon
Model PowerShot SX740 HS
Announced Jul 31, 2018
Body Type Ultracompact
Lens
Manual Focus Yes
Lens Mount Fixed lens
Number of Lenses n/a
Focal Length Multiplier n/a
Macro Focus Range 1
Screen
Screen Type Tilting
Screen Size 3″
Screen Resolution 922k dots
Live View Yes
Touch Screen No
ViewFinder
ViewFinder
ViewFinder Resolution 0k dots
ViewFinder Coverage %
ViewFinder Magnification
Photography Features
Min Shutter Speed 15 s
Max Shutter Speed 1/3200 s
Continuous Shooting 10.0 fps
Shutter Priority Yes
Aperture Priority Yes
Manual Exposure Mode Yes
Exposure Compensation Yes
Custom White Balance Yes
Image Stabilization Yes
Built-in Flash Yes
Flash Range 5
Flash Modes Auto, slow synchro
External Flash No
AE Bracketing No
WB Bracketing No
Exposure Modes
Multi-Segment Yes
Average Yes
Spot Yes
Partial No
AF-Area No
Center Weighted No
Sensor
Sensor Type BSI-CMOS
Sensor Size 1/2.3"
Sensor Dimensions 6.17 x 4.55 mm
Sensor Area 28.07 mm2
Sensor Resolution 21.0 MP
Max Image Resolution 5184 x 3888
Max Native ISO 3,200
Max Boosted ISO n/a
Min Native ISO 100
RAW Support No
AutoFocus
AF Touch No
AF Continuous Yes
AF Single Yes
AF Tracking Yes
AF Selective No
AF Center Yes
AF Multi Area Yes
AF Live View Yes
AF Face Detection Yes
AF Contrast Detection Yes
AF Phase Detection No
Number of Focus Points n/a
Number of Cross Focus Points n/a
Video Features
Video Resolutions 3840 x 2160 @ 30p, MP4, H.264, AAC
Max Video Resolution 3840 x 2160
Video Formats MPEG-4, H.264
Microphone Port No
Headphone Port No
Connectivity
Wireless Connectivity Yes
HDMI Yes
USB USB 2.0
Physical
Environmental Sealing No
Water Proof No
Dust Proof No
Shock Proof No
Crush Proof No
Freeze Proof No
Weight 299 g
Physical Dimensions 110 x 64 x 40 mm
Battery Life 265 shots
Battery Type 265 shots
Battery Model n/a
Other Features
Self Timer Yes
Timelapse Recording Yes
GPS
Storage Type SD/SDHC/SDXC card (UHS-I compatible)
Storage Slots 1

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