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Canon Rebel vs SX710

The Canon EOS Digital Rebel (called Canon 300D in some regions) and the Canon PowerShot SX710 HS are two digital cameras that were announced, respectively, in August 2003 and January 2015. The Rebel is a DSLR, while the SX710 is a fixed lens compact. The cameras are based on an APS-C (Rebel) and a 1/2.3-inch (SX710) sensor. The Rebel has a resolution of 6.3 megapixels, whereas the SX710 provides 20.2 MP.

Below is an overview of the main specs of the two cameras as a starting point for the comparison.

Headline Specifications
Canon Rebel versus Canon SX710
Canon Rebel Canon SX710
Digital single lens reflex Fixed lens compact camera
Canon EF mount lenses 25-750mm f/3.2-6.9
6.3 MP, APS-C Sensor 20.2 MP, 1/2.3" Sensor
no Video 1080/60p Video
ISO 100-1,600 ISO 80-3,200
Optical viewfinder No viewfinder, LCD framing
1.8 LCD, 118k dots 3.0 LCD, 922k dots
Fixed screen (not touch-sensitive) Fixed screen (not touch-sensitive)
2.5 shutter flaps per second 6 shutter flaps per second
400 shots per battery charge230 shots per battery charge
142 x 99 x 72 mm, 649 g 113 x 66 x 35 mm, 269 g

Going beyond this snapshot of core features and characteristics, what are the differences between the Canon EOS Digital Rebel and the Canon PowerShot SX710 HS? Which one should you buy? Read on to find out how these two cameras compare with respect to their body size, their imaging sensors, their shooting features, their input-output connections, and their reception by expert reviewers.

Body comparison

An illustration of the physical size and weight of the Canon Rebel and the Canon SX710 is provided in the side-by-side display below. The two cameras are presented according to their relative size. Three successive views from the front, the top, and the rear are shown. All width, height and depth dimensions are rounded to the nearest millimeter.

The SX710 can be obtained in two different colors (black, red), while the Rebel is only available in silver.

Size Canon Rebel vs Canon SX710
Compare Rebel versus SX710 top
Comparison Rebel or SX710 rear

If the front view area (width x height) of the cameras is taken as an aggregate measure of their size, the Canon SX710 is considerably smaller (47 percent) than the Canon Rebel. In this context, it is worth noting that neither the Rebel nor the SX710 are weather-sealed.

The above size and weight comparisons are to some extent incomplete and possibly misleading, as the SX710 has a lens built in, whereas the Rebel is an interchangeable lens camera that requires a separate lens. Attaching the latter will add extra weight and bulk to the setup. You can compare the optics available for the Rebel and their specifications in the Canon EF Lens Catalog.

Concerning battery life, the Rebel gets 400 shots out of its BP-511 battery, while the SX710 can take 230 images on a single charge of its NB-6LH power pack.

The adjacent table lists the principal physical characteristics of the two cameras alongside a wider set of alternatives. In case you want to display and compare another camera duo, you can use the CAM-parator app to select your camera combination among a large number of options.

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Body Specifications
    Camera
Model
Camera
Width
Camera
Height
Camera
Depth
Camera
Weight
Battery
Life
Weather
Sealing
Camera
Launch
Launch
Price (USD)
Street
Price
1.
 
Canon Rebel 142 mm 99 mm 72 mm 649 g 400 n Aug 2003 899 i
2.
 
Canon SX710 113 mm 66 mm 35 mm 269 g 230 n Jan 2015 349 i
3.
 
Canon T7i 131 mm 100 mm 76 mm 532 g 600 n Feb 2017 749 i
4.
 
Canon G7 X Mark II 106 mm 61 mm 42 mm 319 g 265 n Feb 2016 699 i
5.
 
Canon SX420 104 mm 69 mm 85 mm 325 g 195 n Jan 2016 299 i
6.
 
Canon SX720 110 mm 64 mm 36 mm 270 g 250 n Feb 2016 379 i
7.
 
Canon T6s 132 mm 101 mm 78 mm 565 g 440 n Feb 2015 649 i
8.
 
Canon SX700 113 mm 66 mm 35 mm 269 g 250 n Feb 2014 349 i
9.
 
Canon G7 X 103 mm 60 mm 40 mm 304 g 210 n Sep 2014 699 i
10.
 
Canon T4i 133 mm 100 mm 79 mm 575 g 440 n Jun 2012 849 i
11.
 
Canon T3i 133 mm 100 mm 80 mm 570 g 440 n Feb 2011 599 i
12.
 
Canon T1i 129 mm 98 mm 62 mm 520 g 400 n Mar 2009 799 i
13.
 
Canon XTi 127 mm 84 mm 65 mm 556 g 370 n Aug 2006 799 i
14.
 
Canon XT 127 mm 94 mm 64 mm 540 g 400 n Feb 2005 899 i
15.
 
Canon 20D 144 mm 106 mm 72 mm 770 g 700 n Aug 2004 1,499 i
16.
 
Canon 10D 150 mm 107 mm 75 mm 850 g 500 n Feb 2003 1,999 i
17.
 
Nikon D70 140 mm 111 mm 78 mm 679 g 400 n Jan 2004 999 i
Notes: Measurements and pricing do not include easily detachable parts, such as add-on or interchangeable lenses or optional viewfinders.

The price is, of course, an important factor in any camera decision. The listed launch prices provide an indication of the market segment that the manufacturer of the cameras have been targeting. The SX710 was launched at a lower price than the Rebel, despite having a lens built in. Normally, street prices remain initially close to the MSRP, but after a couple of months, the first discounts appear. Later in the product cycle and, in particular, when the replacement model is about to appear, further discounting and stock clearance sales often push the camera price considerably down.

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Sensor comparison

The size of the imaging sensor is a crucial determinant of image quality. A large sensor will tend to have larger individual pixels that provide better low-light sensitivity, wider dynamic range, and richer color-depth than smaller pixel-units in a sensor of the same technological generation. Moreover, a large sensor camera will give the photographer more control over depth-of-field in the image and, thus, the ability to better isolate a subject from the background. On the downside, larger sensors tend to be more expensive and lead to bigger and heavier cameras and lenses.

Of the two cameras under consideration, the Canon Rebel features an APS-C sensor and the Canon SX710 a 1/2.3-inch sensor. The sensor area in the SX710 is 92 percent smaller. As a result of these sensor size differences, the cameras have a format factor of, respectively, 1.6 and 5.6. The sensor in the Rebel has a native 3:2 aspect ratio, while the one in the SX710 offers a 4:3 aspect.

Canon Rebel and Canon SX710 sensor measures

Despite having a smaller sensor, the SX710 offers a higher resolution of 20.2 megapixels, compared with 6.3 MP of the Rebel. This megapixels advantage comes at the cost of a higher pixel density and a smaller size of the individual pixel (with a pixel pitch of 1.18μm versus 7.38μm for the Rebel). However, it should be noted that the SX710 is much more recent (by 11 years and 4 months) than the Rebel, and its sensor will have benefitted from technological advances during this time that make it possible to gather light more efficiently. Coming back to sensor resolution, it should be mentioned that the SX710 has no anti-alias filter installed, so that it can capture all the detail its sensor resolves.

The resolution advantage of the Canon SX710 implies greater flexibility for cropping images or the possibility to print larger pictures. The maximum print size of the SX710 for good quality output (200 dots per inch) amounts to 25.9 x 19.4 inches or 65.8 x 49.4 cm, for very good quality (250 dpi) 20.7 x 15.6 inches or 52.7 x 39.5 cm, and for excellent quality (300 dpi) 17.3 x 13 inches or 43.9 x 32.9 cm. The corresponding values for the Canon Rebel are 15.4 x 10.2 inches or 39 x 26 cm for good quality, 12.3 x 8.2 inches or 31.2 x 20.8 cm for very good quality, and 10.2 x 6.8 inches or 26 x 17.3 cm for excellent quality prints.

The Canon EOS Digital Rebel has a native sensitivity range from ISO 100 to ISO 1600. The corresponding ISO settings for the Canon PowerShot SX710 HS are ISO 80 to ISO 3200 (no boost).

Rebel versus SX710 MP

For many cameras, data on sensor performance has been reported by DXO Mark. This service is based on lab testing and assigns an overall score to each camera sensor, as well as ratings for dynamic range ("DXO Landscape"), color depth ("DXO Portrait"), and low-light sensitivity ("DXO Sports"). The table below summarizes the physical sensor characteristics and sensor quality findings and compares them across a set of similar cameras.

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Sensor Characteristics
    Camera
Model
Sensor
Class
Resolution
(MP)
Horiz.
Pixels
Vert.
Pixels
Video
Format
DXO
Portrait
DXO
Landscape
DXO
Sports
DXO
Overall
1.
 
Canon Rebel APS-C 6.3 3072 2048none21.010.8544 55
2.
 
Canon SX710 1/2.3 20.2 5184 38881080/60p...... ..
3.
 
Canon T7i APS-C 24.0 6000 40001080/60p...... ..
4.
 
Canon G7 X Mark II 1-inch 20.0 5472 36481080/60p...... ..
5.
 
Canon SX420 1/2.3 19.9 5152 3864720/25p...... ..
6.
 
Canon SX720 1/2.3 20.2 5184 38881080/60p...... ..
7.
 
Canon T6s APS-C 24.0 6000 40001080/30p22.612.0915 70
8.
 
Canon SX700 1/2.3 15.9 4608 34561080/60p...... ..
9.
 
Canon G7 X 1-inch 20.0 5472 36481080/60p23.012.7556 71
10.
 
Canon T4i APS-C 17.9 5184 34561080/30p21.711.2722 62
11.
 
Canon T3i APS-C 17.9 5184 34561080/30p22.111.5793 65
12.
 
Canon T1i APS-C 15.1 4752 31681080/20p21.711.5663 63
13.
 
Canon XTi APS-C 10.1 3888 2592none22.111.0664 62
14.
 
Canon XT APS-C 8.0 3456 2304none21.810.8637 60
15.
 
Canon 20D APS-C 8.2 3504 2336none21.911.0721 62
16.
 
Canon 10D APS-C 6.3 3072 2048none21.110.9571 57
17.
 
Nikon D70 APS-C 6.0 3008 2000none20.410.3529 50

Many modern cameras are not only capable of taking still images, but also of capturing video footage. The SX710 indeed provides for movie recording, while the Rebel does not. The highest resolution format that the SX710 can use is 1080/60p.

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Feature comparison

Beyond body and sensor, cameras can and do differ across a range of features. For example, the Rebel has an optical viewfinder, which can be very useful when shooting in bright sunlight. In contrast, the SX710 relies on live view and the rear LCD for framing. The adjacent table lists some of the other core features of the Canon Rebel and Canon SX710 along with similar information for a selection of comparators.

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Core Features
    Camera
Model
Viewfinder
(Type or
000 dots)
Control
Panel
(yes/no)
LCD
Size
(inch)
LCD
Resolution
(000 dots)
LCD
Attach-
ment
Touch
Screen
(yes/no)
Mech
Shutter
Speed
Shutter
Flaps
(1/sec)
Built-in
Flash
(yes/no)
Built-in
Image
Stab
1.
 
Canon Rebeloptical n 1.8 118 fixed n 1/4000s 2.5 Y n
2.
 
Canon SX710none n 3.0 922 fixed n 1/3200s 6.0 Y Y
3.
 
Canon T7ioptical n 3.0 1040 swivel Y 1/4000s 6.0 Y n
4.
 
Canon G7 X Mark IInone n 3.0 1040 tilting Y 1/2000s 8.0 Y Y
5.
 
Canon SX420none n 3.0 230 fixed n 1/4000s 0.5 Y Y
6.
 
Canon SX720none n 3.0 922 fixed n 1/3200s 5.9 Y Y
7.
 
Canon T6soptical Y 3.0 1040 swivel Y 1/4000s 5.0 Y n
8.
 
Canon SX700none n 3.0 922 fixed n 1/3200s 8.5 Y Y
9.
 
Canon G7 Xnone n 3.0 1040 tilting Y 1/2000s 6.5 Y Y
10.
 
Canon T4ioptical n 3.0 1040 swivel Y 1/4000s 5.0 Y n
11.
 
Canon T3ioptical n 3.0 1040 swivel n 1/4000s 3.7 Y n
12.
 
Canon T1ioptical n 3.0 920 fixed n 1/4000s 3.4 Y n
13.
 
Canon XTioptical n 2.5 230 fixed n 1/4000s 3.0 Y n
14.
 
Canon XToptical n 1.8 115 fixed n 1/4000s 3.0 Y n
15.
 
Canon 20Doptical Y 1.8 118 fixed n 1/8000s 5.0 Y n
16.
 
Canon 10Doptical Y 1.8 118 fixed n 1/4000s 3.0 Y n
17.
 
Nikon D70optical n 1.8 130 fixed n 1/8000s 3.0 Y n

The Rebel writes its imaging data to Compact Flash cards, while the SX710 uses SDXC cards.

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Connectivity comparison

For some imaging applications, the extent to which a camera can communicate with its environment can be an important aspect in the camera decision process. The table below provides an overview of the connectivity of the Canon EOS Digital Rebel and Canon PowerShot SX710 HS and, in particular, the interfaces the cameras (and selected comparators) provide for accessory control and data transfer.

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Input-Output Connections
    Camera
Model
Hotshoe
Port
Internal
Microphone
Internal
Speaker
Microphone
Port
Headphone
Port
HDMI
Port
USB
Port
WiFi
Support
NFC
Support
Bluetooth
Support
1.
 
Canon RebelY-----1.1---
2.
 
Canon SX710-stereomono--micro2.0YY-
3.
 
Canon T7iYstereomonoY-mini2.0YYY
4.
 
Canon G7 X Mark II-stereomono--micro2.0YY-
5.
 
Canon SX420-monomono---2.0YY-
6.
 
Canon SX720-stereomono--micro2.0YY-
7.
 
Canon T6sYstereomonoY-mini2.0YY-
8.
 
Canon SX700-stereomono--micro2.0YY-
9.
 
Canon G7 X-stereomono--micro2.0YY-
10.
 
Canon T4iYstereomonoY-mini2.0---
11.
 
Canon T3iYmonomonoY-mini2.0---
12.
 
Canon T1iYmonomono--mini2.0---
13.
 
Canon XTiY-----2.0---
14.
 
Canon XTY-----2.0---
15.
 
Canon 20DY-----1.1---
16.
 
Canon 10DY-----1.1---
17.
 
Nikon D70Y-----1.0---

It is notable that the Rebel has a hotshoe, while the SX710 does not. This socket makes it possible to easily attach optional accessories, such as an external flash gun.

Both the Rebel and the SX710 have been discontinued, but can regularly be found used on eBay. The Rebel was replaced by the Canon XT, while the SX710 was followed by the Canon SX720. Further information on the two cameras (e.g. user guides, manuals), as well as related accessories, can be found on the official Canon website.

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Review summary

So how do things add up? Is there a clear favorite between the Canon Rebel and the Canon SX710? Which camera is better? Below is a summary of the relative strengths of each of the two contestants.


Advantages of the Canon EOS Digital Rebel:

  • Better moiré control: Has an anti-alias filter to avoid artificial patterns to appear in images.
  • Better image quality: Features bigger pixels on a larger sensor for higher quality imaging.
  • Richer colors: The pixel size advantage translates into images with better, more accurate colors.
  • More dynamic range: Larger pixels capture a wider spectrum of light and dark details.
  • Better low-light sensitivity: Larger pixels means good image quality even under poor lighting.
  • Easier framing: Has an optical viewfinder for image composition and settings control.
  • Faster shutter: Has higher mechanical shutter speed (1/4000s vs 1/3200s) to freeze action.
  • More flexible: Can take a variety of interchangeable lenses, including specialty optics.
  • Longer lasting: Can take more shots (400 versus 230) on a single battery charge.
  • Better lighting: Features a hotshoe and can thus hold and trigger an external flash gun.
  • More heavily discounted: Has been available for much longer (launched in August 2003).


Arguments in favor of the Canon PowerShot SX710 HS:

  • More detail: Has more megapixels (20.2 vs 6.3MP), which boosts linear resolution by 76%.
  • Maximized detail: Lacks an anti-alias filter to exploit the sensor's full resolution potential.
  • Broader imaging potential: Can capture not only stills but also 1080/60p video.
  • Larger screen: Has a bigger rear LCD (3.0" vs 1.8") for image review and settings control.
  • More detailed LCD: Has a higher resolution rear screen (922k vs 118k dots).
  • Faster burst: Shoots at higher frequency (6 vs 2.5 flaps/sec) to capture the decisive moment.
  • Ready to shoot: Comes with an integrated lens, while the Rebel requires a separate lens.
  • More compact: Is smaller (113x66mm vs 142x99mm) and will fit more readily into a bag.
  • Less heavy: Has a lower weight even though it has a lens built in (unlike the Rebel).
  • Sharper images: Has stabilization technology built-in to reduce the impact of hand-shake.
  • Faster data transfer: Supports a more advanced USB protocol (2.0 vs 1.1).
  • Easier file upload: Has wifi built in for automatic backup or image transfer to the web.
  • Easier device pairing: Supports NFC for fast wireless image transfer over short distances.
  • More affordable: Was introduced at a lower price, despite coming with a built-in lens.
  • More modern: Reflects 11 years and 4 months of technical progress since the Rebel launch.

If the number of relative strengths (bullet points above) is taken as a guide, the SX710 is the clear winner of the contest (15 : 11 points). However, the relevance of individual strengths will vary across photographers, so that you might want to apply your own weighing scheme to the summary points when reflecting and deciding on a new camera. A professional wildlife photographer will view the differences between cameras in a way that diverges from the perspective of a family photog, and a person interested in architecture has distinct needs from a sports shooter. Hence, the decision which camera is best and worth buying is often a very personal one.

Rebel 11:15 SX710

How about other alternatives? Do the specifications of the Canon Rebel and the Canon SX710 place the cameras among the top in their class? Find out in the latest Best DSLR Camera and Best Superzoom Camera listings whether the two cameras rank among the cream of the crop.

In any case, while the comparison of the spec-sheets of cameras can offer a general idea of their imaging potential, it says little about, for example, the shooting experience and imaging performance of the Rebel and the SX710 in practical situations. User reviews, such as those found at amazon, can sometimes inform about these issues, but such feedback is often incomplete, inconsistent, and biased.

Expert reviews

This is why hands-on reviews by experts are important. The following table reports the overall ratings of the cameras as published by some of the major camera review sites (amateurphotographer [AP], cameralabs [CL], dpreview [DPR], ephotozine [EPZ], photographyblog [PB]). As can be seen, the professional reviewers agree in many cases on the quality of different cameras, but sometimes their assessments diverge, reinforcing the earlier point that a camera decision is often a very personal choice.

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Expert Camera Reviews
     Camera 
 Model 
 AP 
 score 
 CL 
 score 
 DPR 
 score 
 EPZ 
 score 
 PB 
 score 
Camera
Launch
Launch
Price (USD)
Street
Price
1.
 
Canon Rebel....+ +.... Aug 2003 899 i
2.
 
Canon SX710..+..4/53.5/5 Jan 2015 349 i
3.
 
Canon T7i4.5/5..80/1004.5/54/5 Feb 2017 749 i
4.
 
Canon G7 X Mark II4.5/5+ +81/1004.5/54.5/5 Feb 2016 699 i
5.
 
Canon SX420........3/5 Jan 2016 299 i
6.
 
Canon SX720..+..4/54.5/5 Feb 2016 379 i
7.
 
Canon T6s5/5+77/1004.5/54.5/5 Feb 2015 649 i
8.
 
Canon SX700..+ +..4/54/5 Feb 2014 349 i
9.
 
Canon G7 X4/5+ +77/1004.5/54.5/5 Sep 2014 699 i
10.
 
Canon T4i4/5+ +77/1004.5/54.5/5 Jun 2012 849 i
11.
 
Canon T3i3/5o77/1004.5/54.5/5 Feb 2011 599 i
12.
 
Canon T1i..+ +74/1004.5/54.5/5 Mar 2009 799 i
13.
 
Canon XTi..+ ++ +o4/5 Aug 2006 799 i
14.
 
Canon XT..80/100+ +o.. Feb 2005 899 i
15.
 
Canon 20D....+ +.... Aug 2004 1,499 i
16.
 
Canon 10D....+ +.... Feb 2003 1,999 i
17.
 
Nikon D70....+ +.... Jan 2004 999 i
Notes: (+ +) highly recommended; (+) recommended; (o) reviewed; (..) not available.

The above review scores should be interpreted with care, though. The ratings are only valid when referring to cameras in the same category and of the same age. Thus, a score needs to be put into the context of the launch date and the launch price of the camera, and rating-comparisons among cameras that span long time periods or concern very differently equipped models make little sense. Also, kindly note that some of the listed sites have over time developped their review approaches and their reporting style.

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    Specifications: Canon Rebel vs Canon SX710

    Below is a side-by-side comparison of the specs of the two cameras to facilitate a quick review of their differences and common features.

    Camera Specifications
    Camera Model Canon Rebel Canon SX710
    Camera Type Digital single lens reflex Fixed lens compact camera
    Camera Lens Canon EF mount lenses 25-750mm f/3.2-6.9
    Launch Date August 2003 January 2015
    Launch Price USD 899 USD 349
    Sensor Specs Canon Rebel Canon SX710
    Sensor Technology CMOS BSI-CMOS
    Sensor Format APS-C Sensor 1/2.3" Sensor
    Sensor Size 22.7 x 15.1 mm 6.17 x 4.55 mm
    Sensor Area 342.77 mm2 28.0735 mm2
    Sensor Diagonal 27.3 mm 7.7 mm
    Crop Factor 1.6x 5.6x
    Sensor Resolution 6.3 Megapixels 20.2 Megapixels
    Image Resolution 3072 x 2048 pixels 5184 x 3888 pixels
    Pixel Pitch 7.38 μm 1.18 μm
    Pixel Density 1.84 MP/cm2 71.80 MP/cm2
    Moiré control Anti-Alias filter no AA filter
    Movie Capability no Video 1080/60p Video
    ISO Setting 100 - 1,600 ISO 80 - 3,200 ISO
    DXO Sensor Quality (score) 55 ..
    DXO Color Depth (bits) 21.0 ..
    DXO Dynamic Range (EV) 10.8 ..
    DXO Low Light (ISO) 544 ..
    Screen Specs Canon Rebel Canon SX710
    Viewfinder Type Optical viewfinder no viewfinder
    Viewfinder Field of View 95%
    Viewfinder Magnification 0.55x
    LCD Framing Live View
    Rear LCD Size 1.8inch 3.0inch
    LCD Resolution 118k dots 922k dots
    LCD Attachment Fixed screen Fixed screen
    Shooting Specs Canon Rebel Canon SX710
    Focus System Phase-detect AF Contrast-detect AF
    Continuous Shooting 2.5 shutter flaps/s 6 shutter flaps/s
    Fill Flash Build-in Flash Build-in Flash
    Storage Medium CF cards SDXC cards
    Second Storage Option Single card slot Single card slot
    Connectivity Specs Canon Rebel Canon SX710
    External Flash Hotshoe no Hotshoe
    USB Connector USB 1.1 USB 2.0
    HDMI Port no HDMI micro HDMI
    Wifi Support no Wifi Wifi built-in
    Near-Field Communication no NFC NFC built-in
    Body Specs Canon Rebel Canon SX710
    Battery Type BP-511 NB-6LH
    Battery Life (CIPA)400 shots per charge230 shots per charge
    Body Dimensions 142 x 99 x 72 mm
    (5.6 x 3.9 x 2.8 in)
    113 x 66 x 35 mm
    (4.4 x 2.6 x 1.4 in)
    Camera Weight 649 g (22.9 oz) 269 g (9.5 oz)

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