Canon’s latest small-sensor digicam, the PowerShot SX730 HS, combines a 20.3-megapixel CMOS sensor with a DiG!C 6 processor and 40x optical zoom lens.


Angled view of the PowerShot SX730 HS with its pop-up flash engaged. (Source: Canon.)
Due for release from May 2017, the PowerShot SX730 HS is targeted at travelling snapshooters and boasts a 180-degree tilting monitor for easy self-portraits, continuous shooting at up to 5.9 frames/second and a Creative Shot Mode that automatically creates five additional versions of the image with a variety of filters and effects. A new Short Clip Movie mode provides creative flair to Instagram postings and the camera includes low-power Bluetooth connectivity for easy sharing of images with friends and family.

Measuring 110.1 x 63.8 x 39.9 mm, the PowerShot SX730 HS weighs approximately 300 grams and is small enough to slip into a pocket. Its 4.3-172.0 mm zoom lens covers focal lengths equivalent to 24-960mm on a 35mm camera. This range can be extended with the ZoomPlus function, which doubles the selected focal length. Up to 4x digital zoom is available.

The sensor is a 6.17 x 4.55 mm back-illuminated CMOS chip, which is paired with a DiG!C 6 processor with iSAPS technology. Shutter speeds range from 15 seconds to 1/3200 second, depending on the shooting mode selected. The built-in flash has a range of 50 cm to four metres. Movies can be recorded with a maximum resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels and a frame rate of 50 or 30 fps. Images are recorded on SD, SDHC or SDXC cards and the camera is UHS Speed Class I compatible. Other features include built-in Wi-Fi with Dynamic NFC support and a CIPA rated battery life of approximately 250 shots/charge. For more information, visit