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Canon PowerShot SX720 HS

20.3-megapixel digital camera with 40X optical zoom and Wi-Fi®

Item # 280SX720K

You'll love the way this camera zooms in on the action.

You'll love the way this camera zooms in on the action.

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About the Canon PowerShot SX720 HS

Eric A.

Zoom, zoom, zoom!

You'll love the way this camera zooms in on the action. The Canon PowerShot SX720 HS has 40X optical zoom, so you can home in on a pretty bird in the yard without scaring it away, or catch the exact moment your daughter scores the game-winning goal. Zoom-framing assist helps you keep those long-range subjects in the frame and in focus, and Intelligent IS steadies the image even at full zoom. With its telephoto capability and sharp image quality, the SX720 is versatile enough to document your week-long vacation, yet small enough to carry in a pocket, so you can travel light.
The Canon PowerShot SX720 HS packs 40X optical zoom into a compact body.

The Canon PowerShot SX720 HS packs 40X optical zoom into a compact body.

Zoom, zoom, zoom!

You'll love the way this camera zooms in on the action. The Canon PowerShot SX720 HS has 40X optical zoom, so you can home in on a pretty bird in the yard without scaring it away, or catch the exact moment your daughter scores the game-winning goal. Zoom-framing assist helps you keep those long-range subjects in the frame and in focus, and Intelligent IS steadies the image even at full zoom. With its telephoto capability and sharp image quality, the SX720 is versatile enough to document your week-long vacation, yet small enough to carry in a pocket, so you can travel light.

Wi-Fi makes photo sharing quick and easy

Thanks to the PowerShot SX720's built in Wi-Fi, it's a snap to wirelessly transfer images from the camera to your smartphone or tablet. Canon's free app for Apple® and Android™ even lets you use your smartphone as a remote, so you can set up the camera on a tripod and use the phone as a monitor and shutter release device. Even better for those shots of skittish animals who might not want a human in their midst.

Add easy creative touches to photos

Canon's easy Creative Shot mode lets you choose from a large selection of filter effects before you even snap a single shot. There are 46 filters divided among four categories: Retro, Monochrome, Special and Natural. Once you make your selection, the camera will automatically create and save five additional variations on your original, unfiltered shot. Then you can pick and choose your favorites for emailing to family members, posting on Facebook, or printing out to frame and keep for yourself.



    • 20.3-megapixel effective recording CMOS sensor
    • 40X optical zoom (4X digital zoom)
    • records photos and video onto optional SD, SDHC, or SDXC memory cards
    • 3" LCD screen (922,000 dots)
    • 35mm equivalent lens focal length: 24-960mm
    Special Features:
    • built-in Wi-Fi for wireless image transfer to smartphones and tablets
    • free Android/iOS app lets you use your smartphone as a Wi-Fi remote control to zoom and snap the shutter
    • NFC-compatible for one-touch pairing with compatible Android smartphones
    • zoom framing assist for locating and tracking subjects during telephoto shooting
    • Creative Shot mode automatically produces five additional variations of your shot by applying any of 46 creative filters
    • DIGIC 6 image processor and CMOS sensor deliver enhanced detail and low noise, even in dimly lit environments
    • high-definition movie mode (up to 1080/60p resolution)
    • Intelligent IS chooses the best type of optical image stabilization to match shooting conditions
    • Hybrid Auto mode records short videos prior to snapping still photos and combines them into a single video clip
    • pop-up flash
    Connections and Dimensions:
    • micro (Type D) HDMI output (cable not included)
    • high-speed USB interface
    • 4-3/8"W x 2-1/2"H x 1-7/16"D
    • weight: 8.64 oz. (with battery and memory card)
    • warranty: 1 year
    • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
    Supplied Accessories:
    • rechargeable lithium ion battery
    • battery charging station
    • wrist strap
    • MFR # 1070C001

    What's in the box:

    • Digital camera (black)
    • NB-13L Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery (3.6V 1250mAh 4.5Wh)
    • CB-2LH Battery charger (DC output: 4.2V 0.7A)
    • Wrist strap
    • Getting Started booklet (Eng/Span/Fren)
    • Online registration card
    • Warranty card
    • Wireless printing promo
    • Important Safety Instructions

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    More details on the Canon PowerShot SX720 HS

    Mark G.

    Features & specs

    LCD Screen Size 3"
    Adjustable-angle LCD No
    Wi-Fi Built-in
    Touchscreen No
    Waterproof No
    GPS-enabled Via Smartphone
    Lens 35mm Equivalent 24-960mm
    Optical Zoom 40x
    Digital Zoom 4x
    Filter Diameter N/A
    Manual Focusing Yes
    Manual Exposure Yes
    Built-in Flash Yes
    HDMI Output Micro
    Internal Memory None
    Memory Stick No
    CFexpress Cards No
    CompactFlash Cards No
    SD Cards SD, SDHC, SDXC
    XQD Cards No
    Sensor Size 1/2.3"
    Megapixels 20.3
    Image Stabilization Optical
    Highest Resolution 5184 x 3888
    4K Video No
    Video Resolution 1920 x 1080
    Width (inches) 4-3/8
    Height (inches) 2-5/8
    Depth (inches) 1-7/16
    Weight With Battery (ounces) 9.52
    Parts Warranty 1 Year
    Labor Warranty 1 Year
    The Canon PowerShot SX720 HS replaces these items:

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    Recording Features
    Playback, Editing and Print Functions
    Wi-Fi Functions
    Battery Information
    Inputs and Outputs Notes

    Recording Features

    LCD Monitor: The Canon PowerShot SX720 HS has a 3.0" TFT LCD monitor, featuring 922,000 dots with approximately 100% picture coverage. The LCD display's brightness can be adjusted to one of five levels.

    Note: The camera does not have a separate viewfinder.

    Image Sensor: The camera is equipped with a 1/2.3" CMOS image sensor with 21.1-million total pixels, and 20.3-million effective pixels.

    Optics and Stabilization: The SX720 HS has a 40x optical zoom lens with a 4.3-172mm focal length (35mm equivalent is 24-960mm). The built-in Optical Image Stabilizer helps control camera shake to give you clear images when you're zoomed way in.

    Zoom: In addition to the 40x optical zoom, the camera features a 4x digital zoom. When used in combination, the total zoom is approximately 160x. When optical and digital zoom are combined, the total focal length is 24-3840mm (35mm equivalent).

    Digital Tele-Converter: The focal length of the lens can be increased by an equivalent of 1.6x or 2.0x through the use of the Digital Tele-Converter. The equivalent focal lengths of the lens (35mm equivalent) are 38.4-1536mm when using the 1.6x digital tele-converter, and 48-1920mm with the 2.0x tele-converter. The digital zoom and digital tele-converter cannot be used simultaneously.

    Recording Media: The camera records still images or moving images with stereo audio on SD/SDHC/SDXC memory cards. Still images are recorded in JPEG format, and the movies are recorded in MP4 format (Image data: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264, Audio data: AAC stereo). The camera has no built-in memory, and no memory card is included with the camera.

    Still Image Resolution/Compression: The SX720 HS can record still images in 4 different sizes (Large, Medium 1, Medium 2, and Small) and 4 aspect ratios (4:3, 16:9, 3:2, and 1:1). For each resolution, you can set the compression to Super Fine or Fine. You can choose from the following resolutions:

      4:3 16:9 3:2 1:1
    Large 5184 x 3888 5184 x 2912 5184 x 3456 3888 x 3888
    Medium 1 3648 x 2736 3648 x 2048 3648 x 2432 2736 x 2736
    Medium 2 2048 x 1536 1920 x 1080 2048 x 1368 1536 x 1536
    Small 640 x 480 640 x 360 640 x 424 480 x 480

    Movies: Movies can be shot in Full HD at 1920 x 1080 at 60 and 30 fps, and at 1280 x 720 at 30 fps with stereo audio. Standard definition movies can be recorded at 640 x 480 pixels (VGA) at 30 fps with stereo audio. Recording will automatically stop when either the clip file size reaches 4 GB or the recording time reaches approximately 30 minutes for Full HD and HD, and 1 hour for SD. Other movie modes include iFrame (1920 x 1080 @ 30 fps), and Short Clip (1280 x 720 @ 30 fps). SD Speed Class 10 or higher memory cards are recommended when recording movies.

    Continuous Shooting Mode: You can use the continuous shooting mode to shoot successive frames while the shutter button is fully pressed. In continuous shooting mode the camera can take photos at approximately 5.9 frames per second. In Auto Drive and Live View modes, the rate is approximately 4.6 fps.

    Focusing Range: The camera features the following focus ranges (from the end of the lens):

    • Auto: 0.4" to infinity (W), 6.6' to infinity (T)
    • Normal: 2" to infinity (W), 6.6' to infinity (T)
    • Macro: 0.4" to 1.6' (W)

    Shooting Modes: You can choose between the following shooting modes using the rear panel mode dial:

    • Program: The camera sets both the aperture value and shutter speed, allowing you to customize many function settings to shoot your preferred shooting style.
    • Shutter Priority (Tv): You can set your preferred shutter speed, letting the camera automatically adjust the aperture value to suit your shutter speed.
    • Aperture Priority (Av): You can set your preferred aperture before shooting, and allow the camera to automatically adjust the shutter speed to suit your aperture value.
    • Manual: You can set your preferred shutter speed and aperture value to obtain the desired exposure.
    • Live View Control: Live View Control lets you customize the image brightness and colors of the photos.
    • Smart Auto: The camera will automatically select the best settings for the scene.
    • Hybrid Auto: Lets you make a short movie of the day just by shooting images. The camera records 2-4 second clips of scenes before each shot, which are later combined into a digest movie.
    • Creative Shot: The camera records a group of six shots each time you press the shutter release, applying special effects and recomposing the shot. The images are managed together as a group.
    • Sports: Sports Mode lets you shoot continuously as the camera focuses on moving subjects.
    • Special Scene: Select from the following, according to the scene or effects desired: Portrait, Handheld Night Scene, Low Light, and Fireworks.
      • Creative Filters: You can also add a variety of effects to images while shooting, including: Super Vivid, Poster Effect, Fisheye Effect, Miniature Effect, Toy Camera, Soft Focus, and Monochrome.
    • Movies: Record movies in High Definition or Standard Definition.

    Metering Modes: You can select from the following metering modes:

    • Evaluative Light Metering: used for standard conditions. The area within the frame is divided into several zones and light is measured based on subject position, brightness, direct light and backlighting.
    • Center-Weighted Averaging: averages the exposure from the entire image, but places more weight on the subject at the center
    • Spot: meters the area within the spot AE point at the center of the LCD monitor or viewfinder.

    Exposure Compensation: If you are shooting against a bright background or strong backlight, you may need to correct the exposure so that the subject doesn't come out too dark. You can set the adjustments from -2 to +2 in 1/3-step increments.

    White Balance: You can choose from the following white balance settings: Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, and Custom.

    Flash Modes: The PowerShot SX720 HS has a built-in pop-up flash. You can select Auto (flash fires in low light), Slow-synchro, On (flash always fires), or Off (flash doesn't fire). The built-in flash has a range of 1.6' to 13' in Wide Angle and up to 6.6' in Telephoto. In the menu, you can turn on the Red-Eye Reduction lamp for the flash, and apply Red-Eye Correction to the images that have been taken.

    ISO Speed: The ISO speed can be set Automatically (ISO Auto), or manually ISO 80 to ISO 3200 in 1 EV steps. Lowering the ISO speed results in sharper images but there's a greater chance of subject or image blurring in certain shooting conditions. Raising the ISO speed results in a faster shutter speed, reducing blurred images. The images, however, will appear more coarse.

    My Colors: You can choose the look and feel of the photos you take by using My Colors to add the following effects to the image you are currently recording or have already recorded: Vivid, Neutral, Sepia, B/W, Positive Film, Lighter Skin Tone, Darker Skin Tone, Vivid Blue, Vivid Green, Vivid Red, and Custom Color.

    Self-Timer: The SX720 HS utilizes a 10-second, 2-second, and a custom self-timer to allow the photographer to be included in the shot, or to avoid camera shake when using a tripod. The custom self-timer allows you to set the time delay to 1-15, 20, 25, or 30 seconds for up to 10 shots.

    Playback, Editing and Print Functions

    Index Display: This feature allows you to view 6, 12, 36, or 100 images at once on the LCD monitor so that you can search for an image quickly. Movies cannot be played in the index playback mode. You can view the index display by rotating the zoom lever toward wide angle while the camera is in playback mode.

    Filtered Playback: When there are many images on the memory card, you can filter and display them by a specified filter. You can also protect or delete all images at once while filtered. Available filters include: Name, People, Shot Date, Favorites, and Still Image/Movie.

    Shooting Display Options: You can choose to display your photos on the LCD monitor and the viewfinder with and without shooting information. Display options include Histogram, Overexposure Warning, GPS Information, or no Information.

    Red-Eye Correction: You can correct red eyes in already recorded images. However, red eyes may not be automatically detected in some images such as faces near the screen edge, faces that appear extremely small, larger dark or bright in relation to the overall image and faces turned to the side or at a diagonal and faces with a portion hidden which prevents the Red-Eye Correction from working. You can choose to overwrite the file with the corrected image, or store the image as a new file, retaining the original image.

    PictBridge: Using the supplied USB cable, you can connect this camera directly to a PictBridge-compatible printer of any brand. In this way, you can make prints directly from the camera without having to connect to a computer.

    Wi-Fi Functions

    Wi-Fi Features: You can send and receive images and control the camera remotely by connecting the camera to another device via Wi-Fi:

    • Smartphones/Tablets: With the free Camera Connect app installed on the device, you can send images to smartphones or tablets via Wi-Fi. You can also control the camera from your smart device. If your device has GPS, you can add location information (geotag) to your photos.
    • Computer: Computers running Windows 10, 8/8.1, 7 (SP1), Mac OS X v10.9 or v10.10, can connect to the camera via Wi-Fi. Using CameraWindow DC software, you can save camera images to the computer wirelessly.
    • Printers: You can wirelessly send images to a PictBridge-compatible printer (that supports DPS over IP) for printing.
    • Web Services: After establishing an account for the Canon iMage Gateway on-line photography service, you can wirelessly send images automatically from the camera to another computer or to a web service.
    • Another Camera: You can connect two cameras via Wi-Fi and send images between them. Only Canon-brand cameras equipped with the Wi-Fi function can be used.

    Connecting Smartphones: The PowerShot SX720 HS has a dedicated button for connecting a smartphone. You must first assign a phone to the button, and simply press the button when you're ready to connect. If you'd like to connect a different smartphone, you can connect it via the Wi-Fi menu, as you would connect a computer or another device. Multiple smartphones can be added in this manner. Android smartphones with the NFC feature (running OS version 4.0 or later) can connect to the camera by simply touching the smartphone to the camera's N-mark (on the left side).

    Battery Information

    Power Requirements: The Canon PowerShot SX720 HS powered by the NB-13L Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery. The camera includes the CB-2LH battery charger, which can charge the NB-13L battery in approximately 2 hours 10 minutes. For long periods of continuous use, or when connected to a computer, it is recommended that the camera be connected to the optional CA-DC30 Compact Power Adapter. The estimated battery life of the NB-13L in the SX720 HS is as follows:

    Number of Shots Normal 250 shots
    Eco Mode 355 shots
    Movie Recording Time 50 mins
    Movie Continuous Shooting 1 hour 25 mins
    Playback Time 5 hours

    Date/Time Battery: The camera uses a built-in backup battery for maintaining the date and time data for about three weeks after the battery pack has been removed. By inserting a charged battery or connecting an AC adapter kit, the date/time battery can be charged in approximately 4 hours, even if the camera is not turned on.

    Power Saving Functions: The camera is equipped with the following power saving functions:

    • Auto Power Down for Shooting Mode: The screen will turn off approximately 1 minute after the camera is last operated. You can "wake" the camera at this point by pressing the shutter button halfway to turn on the screen and continue shooting. After about 2 more minutes, if no buttons are pressed, the lens will retract and the power will turn off.
    • Auto Power Down for Playback Mode and Connection to a Printer: The camera power down approximately 5 minutes after the last control is accessed on the camera.
    Note: The Power Saving Function will not activate during a Slide-Show or while the camera is connected to a computer.

    Inputs and Outputs Notes

    HDMI Output: The PowerShot SX720 HS is equipped with a micro-HDMI (Type D) for connecting the camera to your HDTV. An optional micro-HDMI-to-HDMI cable is required.

    Digital Terminal: The camera has a Micro-USB terminal to allow you to connect the camera to a compatible computer or compatible printer. No USB cable is included. An optional USB cable must be obtained in order to load images to your computer or printer.


    Software: The PowerShot SX720 HS does not include software. Instead, the software is available for download from the Canon website. The following programs are available:

    • CameraWindow DC: You can transfer images to and from camera, organize images on the camera, and upload movies on the camera to web services
    • Image Transfer Utility: This application allows you to configure and receive images with Image Sync.
    • Map Utility: Lets you display GPS information recorded in images on a map.
    • Camera User Guide: The 185-page Camera User Guide is available for download.
    • Camera Connect: The Camera Connect app is a free application for Android and Apple smart devices which enables users to transfer images shot with the camera to the device via Wi-Fi. The app is compatible with Android devices running Android 4.0-4.4, 5.0-5.1, and 6.0, and with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch running iOS 7.0 or later.

    Compatible Operating Systems: The above-listed software is compatible with computers running the following operating systems:

    • Windows 10
    • Windows 8/8.1
    • Windows 7 (SP1)
    • Mac OS X (v10.9, v10.10)

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    Just received my camera and there is no "Getting Started" Information in the package. Where do I get the information?
    [ Betty  Dec 15, 2016 ]
    1 answer
    If you purchased the product from Crutchfield, feel free to contact our Tech Support team if you need assistance. Our toll-free Tech Support number is printed on your invoice, and is also available under the "My Orders" tab in the "My Account" section of our website. The "User Guide" is also available for download from the Crutchfield website under the heading "What's in the Box". Hope this helps.
    [ KENNETH  Dec 17, 2016 ]  Staff
    Is it made in Japan and also touch screen?
    [ Samuel  Apr 02, 2016 ]
    1 answer
    Thanks for your question. Yes country of origin is listed as Japan. No this item does not have the touch screen. You will find the screen information on the product page under the details tab. Hope that helps.
    [ KENNETH  Apr 02, 2016 ]  Staff

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