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Canon SX10 vs SX730

The Canon PowerShot SX10 IS and the Canon PowerShot SX730 HS are two digital cameras that were announced, respectively, in September 2008 and April 2017. Both the SX10 and the SX730 are fixed lens compact cameras that are equipped with a 1/2.3-inch sensor. The SX10 has a resolution of 10 megapixels, whereas the SX730 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 SX10
versus
Canon SX730
Canon SX10 Canon SX730
Fixed lens compact camera Fixed lens compact camera
28-560mm f/2.8-5.7 24-960mm f/3.3-6.9
10 MP, 1/2.3" Sensor 20.2 MP, 1/2.3" Sensor
480/30p Video 1080/60p Video
ISO 100-1,600 (100 - 3,200) ISO 80-3,200
Electronic viewfinder (202k dots) No viewfinder, LCD framing
2.5 LCD, 230k dots 3.0 LCD, 922k dots
Swivel screen (not touch-sensitive) Tilting screen (not touch-sensitive)
0.7 shutter flaps per second 5.9 shutter flaps per second
123 x 88 x 87 mm, 600 g 110 x 64 x 40 mm, 300 g

Going beyond this snapshot of core features and characteristics, what are the differences between the Canon PowerShot SX10 IS and the Canon PowerShot SX730 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

The physical size and weight of the Canon SX10 and the Canon SX730 are illustrated in the side-by-side display below. The two cameras are presented according to their relative size. Three consecutive views from the front, the top, and the rear side are shown. All width, height and depth dimensions are rounded to the nearest millimeter.

The SX730 can be obtained in two different colors (black, silver), while the SX10 is only available in black.

Size Canon SX10 vs Canon SX730
Compare SX10 versus SX730 top
Comparison SX10 or SX730 rear

If the front view area (width x height) of the cameras is taken as an aggregate measure of their size, the Canon SX730 is considerably smaller (35 percent) than the Canon SX10. Moreover, the SX730 is substantially lighter (50 percent) than the SX10. In this context, it is worth noting that neither the SX10 nor the SX730 are weather-sealed.

The power pack in the SX730 can be charged via the USB port, which can be very convenient when travelling.

The following table provides a synthesis of the main physical specifications of the two cameras and other similar ones. If you want to switch the focus of the display and review another camera pair, you can move across to the CAM-parator tool and choose from the broad selection of possible camera comparisons there.

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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 SX10 123 mm 88 mm 87 mm 600 g .. n Sep 2008 399 i
2.
 
Canon SX730 110 mm 64 mm 40 mm 300 g 250 n Apr 2017 399 i
3.
 
Canon SX740 110 mm 64 mm 40 mm 299 g 265 n Jul 2018 399 i
4.
 
Canon SX70 127 mm 91 mm 117 mm 608 g 325 n Sep 2018 549 i
5.
 
Canon SX420 104 mm 69 mm 85 mm 325 g 195 n Jan 2016 299 i
6.
 
Canon SX540 120 mm 82 mm 92 mm 442 g 205 n Jan 2016 399 i
7.
 
Canon SX720 110 mm 64 mm 36 mm 270 g 250 n Feb 2016 379 i
8.
 
Canon SX710 113 mm 66 mm 35 mm 269 g 230 n Jan 2015 349 i
9.
 
Canon SX50 123 mm 87 mm 106 mm 595 g 315 n Sep 2012 429 i
10.
 
Canon SX40 123 mm 92 mm 108 mm 600 g 380 n Sep 2011 429 i
11.
 
Canon SX30 123 mm 92 mm 108 mm 601 g 370 n Sep 2010 429 i
12.
 
Canon SX20 123 mm 88 mm 87 mm 600 g .. n Aug 2009 399 i
13.
 
Canon SX1 128 mm 88 mm 88 mm 615 g .. n Sep 2008 599 i
14.
 
Canon XS 126 mm 98 mm 65 mm 502 g 500 n Jun 2008 449 i
15.
 
Nikon B600 122 mm 82 mm 99 mm 500 g 280 n Jan 2019 349 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 two cameras under review were launched at the same price and fall into the same market segment. Usually, retail prices stay at first close to the launch price, but after several months, discounts become available. 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 sensor inside a digital camera is one of the key determinants of image quality. All other things equal, a large sensor will have larger individual pixel-units that offer better low-light sensitivity, wider dynamic range, and richer color-depth than smaller pixels 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.

Both cameras under consideration feature a 1/2.3-inch sensor and have a format factor (sometimes also referred to as "crop factor") of 5.6. Within the spectrum of camera sensors, this places the review cameras among the smaller-sensor digicams that favor affordability and compact design. Both cameras feature a native aspect ratio (sensor width to sensor height) of 4:3.

Canon SX10 and Canon SX730 sensor measures

While the two cameras under review share the same sensor size, the SX730 offers a higher resolution of 20.2 megapixels, compared with 10 MP of the SX10. This megapixels advantage translates into a 42 percent gain in linear resolution. On the other hand, these sensor specs imply that the SX730 has a higher pixel density and a smaller size of the individual pixel (with a pixel pitch of 1.18μm versus 1.67μm for the SX10). However, it should be noted that the SX730 is much more recent (by 8 years and 6 months) than the SX10, and its sensor will have benefitted from technological advances during this time that compensate for the smaller pixel size. Coming back to sensor resolution, it should be mentioned that neither of the two cameras has an anti-alias filter installed, so they are able to capture all the detail the sensor resolves.

The resolution advantage of the Canon SX730 implies greater flexibility for cropping images or the possibility to print larger pictures. The maximum print size of the SX730 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 SX10 are 18.2 x 13.7 inches or 46.3 x 34.7 cm for good quality, 14.6 x 10.9 inches or 37.1 x 27.8 cm for very good quality, and 12.2 x 9.1 inches or 30.9 x 23.2 cm for excellent quality prints.

The Canon PowerShot SX10 IS has a native sensitivity range from ISO 100 to ISO 1600, which can be extended to ISO 100-3200. The corresponding ISO settings for the Canon PowerShot SX730 HS are ISO 80 to ISO 3200 (no boost).

SX10 versus SX730 MP

Consistent information on actual sensor performance is available from DXO Mark for many cameras. This service assesses and scores the color depth ("DXO Portrait"), dynamic range ("DXO Landscape"), and low-light sensitivity ("DXO Sports") of camera sensors, and also publishes an overall camera score. 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 SX10 1/2.3 10.0 3648 2736480/30p...... ..
2.
 
Canon SX730 1/2.3 20.2 5184 38881080/60p...... ..
3.
 
Canon SX740 1/2.3 20.2 5184 38884K/30p...... ..
4.
 
Canon SX70 1/2.3 20.2 5184 38884K/30p...... ..
5.
 
Canon SX420 1/2.3 19.9 5152 3864720/25p...... ..
6.
 
Canon SX540 1/2.3 20.2 5184 38881080/60p...... ..
7.
 
Canon SX720 1/2.3 20.2 5184 38881080/60p...... ..
8.
 
Canon SX710 1/2.3 20.2 5184 38881080/60p...... ..
9.
 
Canon SX50 1/2.3 12.0 4000 30001080/24p20.311.2179 47
10.
 
Canon SX40 1/2.3 12.0 4000 30001080/24p...... ..
11.
 
Canon SX30 1/2.3 14.0 4320 3240720/30p...... ..
12.
 
Canon SX20 1/2.3 12.0 4000 3000720/30p...... ..
13.
 
Canon SX1 1/2.3 10.0 3648 27361080/30p...... ..
14.
 
Canon XS APS-C 10.1 3888 2592none...... ..
15.
 
Nikon B600 1/2.3 15.9 4608 34561080/30p...... ..

Many modern cameras cannot only take still pictures, but also record videos. Both cameras under consideration have a sensor with sufficiently fast read-out times for moving pictures, but the SX730 provides a better video resolution than the SX10. It can shoot movie footage at 1080/60p, while the SX10 is limited to 480/30p.

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Feature comparison

Beyond body and sensor, cameras can and do differ across a range of features. For example, the SX10 has an electronic viewfinder (202k dots), which can be very helpful when shooting in bright sunlight. In contrast, the SX730 relies on live view and the rear LCD for framing. The adjacent table lists some of the other core features of the Canon SX10 and Canon SX730 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 SX10202 n 2.5 230 swivel n 1/3200s 0.7 Y Y
2.
 
Canon SX730none n 3.0 922 tilting n 1/3200s 5.9 Y Y
3.
 
Canon SX740none n 3.0 922 tilting n 1/3200s 10.0 Y Y
4.
 
Canon SX702360 n 3.0 922 swivel n 1/2000s 10.0 Y Y
5.
 
Canon SX420none n 3.0 230 fixed n 1/4000s 0.5 Y Y
6.
 
Canon SX540none n 3.0 461 fixed n 1/2000s 5.9 Y Y
7.
 
Canon SX720none n 3.0 922 fixed n 1/3200s 5.9 Y Y
8.
 
Canon SX710none n 3.0 922 fixed n 1/3200s 6.0 Y Y
9.
 
Canon SX50202 n 3.0 461 swivel n 1/2000s 2.2 Y Y
10.
 
Canon SX40202 n 2.7 230 swivel n 1/3200s 10.3 Y Y
11.
 
Canon SX30202 n 2.7 230 swivel n 1/3200s 0.6 Y Y
12.
 
Canon SX20202 n 2.5 230 swivel n 1/3200s 0.7 Y Y
13.
 
Canon SX1202 n 2.8 230 swivel n 1/3200s 4.0 Y Y
14.
 
Canon XSoptical n 2.5 230 fixed n 1/4000s 3.0 Y n
15.
 
Nikon B600none n 3.0 921 fixed n 1/4000s 7.4 Y Y
The SX730 has an articulated screen that can be turned to be front-facing. This characteristic will be appreciated by vloggers and photographers who are interested in taking selfies. In contrast, the SX10 does not have a selfie-screen.

Both the SX10 and the SX730 have zoom lenses built in. The SX10 has a 28-560mm f/2.8-5.7 optic and the SX730 offers a 24-960mm f/3.3-6.9 (focal lengths in full frame equivalent terms). Hence, the SX730 provides a wider angle of view at the short end, as well as more tele-photo reach at the long end than the SX10. The SX10 offers the faster maximum aperture.

The SX10 writes its imaging data to SDHC cards, while the SX730 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 PowerShot SX10 IS and Canon PowerShot SX730 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 SX10Ystereomono---2.0---
2.
 
Canon SX730-stereomono--micro2.0YYY
3.
 
Canon SX740-stereomono--micro2.0Y-Y
4.
 
Canon SX70-stereomonoY-micro2.0Y-Y
5.
 
Canon SX420-monomono---2.0YY-
6.
 
Canon SX540-stereomono--mini2.0YY-
7.
 
Canon SX720-stereomono--micro2.0YY-
8.
 
Canon SX710-stereomono--micro2.0YY-
9.
 
Canon SX50Ystereomono--mini2.0---
10.
 
Canon SX40Ystereomono--YES2.0---
11.
 
Canon SX30Ystereomono--YES2.0---
12.
 
Canon SX20Ystereomono--YES2.0---
13.
 
Canon SX1Ystereomono--YES2.0---
14.
 
Canon XSY-----2.0---
15.
 
Nikon B600-stereomono--micro2.0Y-Y

It is notable that the SX10 has a hotshoe, while the SX730 does not. This socket makes it possible to easily attach optional accessories, such as an external flash gun.

Both the SX10 and the SX730 have been discontinued, but can regularly be found used on eBay. The SX10 was replaced by the Canon SX20, while the SX730 was followed by the Canon SX730 HS. 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 what is the bottom line? Is the Canon SX10 better than the Canon SX730 or vice versa? Below is a summary of the relative strengths of each of the two contestants.


Advantages of the Canon PowerShot SX10 IS:

  • Easier framing: Has an electronic viewfinder for image composition and settings control.
  • More flexible LCD: Has a swivel screen for odd-angle shots in portrait or landscape orientation.
  • Better light gathering: Has a lens with a wider maximum aperture (f/2.8 vs f/3.3).
  • 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 September 2008).


Arguments in favor of the Canon PowerShot SX730 HS:

  • More detail: Has more megapixels (20.2 vs 10MP), which boosts linear resolution by 42%.
  • Better video: Provides higher definition movie capture (1080/60p vs 480/30p).
  • Larger screen: Has a bigger rear LCD (3.0" vs 2.5") for image review and settings control.
  • More detailed LCD: Has a higher resolution rear screen (922k vs 230k dots).
  • More selfie-friendly: Has an articulated screen that can be turned to be front-facing.
  • Faster burst: Shoots at higher frequency (5.9 vs 0.7 flaps/sec) to capture the decisive moment.
  • Wider view: Has a wider-angle lens that facilitates landscape or interior shots.
  • More tele-reach: Has a longer tele-lens for perspective compression and subject magnification.
  • More compact: Is smaller (110x64mm vs 123x88mm) and will fit more readily into a bag.
  • Less heavy: Has a lower weight (by 300g or 50 percent) and is thus easier to take along.
  • Easier travel charging: Can be conveniently charged via its USB port.
  • 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.
  • Easier wireless transfer: Supports Bluetooth for image sharing without cables.
  • More modern: Reflects 8 years and 6 months of technical progress since the SX10 launch.

If the count of individual advantages (bullet points above) is taken as a guide, the SX730 is the clear winner of the contest (15 : 5 points). However, the relative importance of the various individual camera aspects will vary according to personal preferences and needs, so that you might like to apply corresponding weights to the particular features before making a decision on a new camera. A professional wedding photographer will view the differences between cameras in a way that diverges from the perspective of a travel photog, and a person interested in cityscapes has distinct needs from a macro shooter. Hence, the decision which camera is best and worth buying is often a very personal one.

SX10 05:15 SX730

How about other alternatives? Do the specifications of the Canon SX10 and the Canon SX730 place the cameras among the top in their class? Find out in the latest Best Superzoom Camera listing whether the two cameras rank among the cream of the crop.

In any case, while the specs-based evaluation of cameras can be instructive in revealing their potential as photographic tools, it says little about, for example, the shooting experience and imaging performance of the SX10 and the SX730 in practical situations. User reviews that are available, for instance, at amazon can sometimes shed light on these issues, but such feedback is all too often partial, inconsistent, and inaccurate.

Expert reviews

This is why hands-on reviews by experts are important. The adjacent summary-table relays the overall verdicts of several of the most popular 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 SX10..+ +....4/5 Sep 2008 399 i
2.
 
Canon SX730..+..4/54/5 Apr 2017 399 i
3.
 
Canon SX740..+..4/54/5 Jul 2018 399 i
4.
 
Canon SX70..+ +..3.5/53.5/5 Sep 2018 549 i
5.
 
Canon SX420........3/5 Jan 2016 299 i
6.
 
Canon SX540.......... Jan 2016 399 i
7.
 
Canon SX720..+..4/54.5/5 Feb 2016 379 i
8.
 
Canon SX710..+..4/53.5/5 Jan 2015 349 i
9.
 
Canon SX503/5+ +72/1004.5/54.5/5 Sep 2012 429 i
10.
 
Canon SX40..+..4.5/54/5 Sep 2011 429 i
11.
 
Canon SX303/5+ +..3.5/54/5 Sep 2010 429 i
12.
 
Canon SX20..+ +73/100..4/5 Aug 2009 399 i
13.
 
Canon SX1..+ ++..3.5/5 Sep 2008 599 i
14.
 
Canon XS..82/100+ +3.5/54.5/5 Jun 2008 449 i
15.
 
Nikon B600..+..3.5/53/5 Jan 2019 349 i
Notes: (+ +) highly recommended; (+) recommended; (o) reviewed; (..) not available.

Care should be taken when interpreting the review scores above, though. The assessments were made in relation to similar cameras of the same technological generation. A score, therefore, has to be seen in close connection to the price and market introduction time of the camera, and rating-comparisons among cameras that span long time periods or concern very differently equipped models make little sense. It should also be noted that some of the review sites have over time altered the way they render their verdicts.

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    Specifications: Canon SX10 vs Canon SX730

    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 SX10 Canon SX730
    Camera Type Fixed lens compact camera Fixed lens compact camera
    Camera Lens 28-560mm f/2.8-5.7 24-960mm f/3.3-6.9
    Launch Date September 2008 April 2017
    Launch Price USD 399 USD 399
    Sensor Specs Canon SX10 Canon SX730
    Sensor Technology CCD BSI-CMOS
    Sensor Format 1/2.3" Sensor 1/2.3" Sensor
    Sensor Size 6.17 x 4.55 mm 6.17 x 4.55 mm
    Sensor Area 28.0735 mm2 28.0735 mm2
    Sensor Diagonal 7.7 mm 7.7 mm
    Crop Factor 5.6x 5.6x
    Sensor Resolution 10 Megapixels 20.2 Megapixels
    Image Resolution 3648 x 2736 pixels 5184 x 3888 pixels
    Pixel Pitch 1.67 μm 1.18 μm
    Pixel Density 35.55 MP/cm2 71.80 MP/cm2
    Moiré control no AA filter no AA filter
    Movie Capability 480/30p Video 1080/60p Video
    ISO Setting 100 - 1,600 ISO 80 - 3,200 ISO
    ISO Boost 100 - 3,200 ISO no Enhancement
    Screen Specs Canon SX10 Canon SX730
    Viewfinder Type Electronic viewfinder no viewfinder
    Viewfinder Field of View 100%
    Viewfinder Magnification
    Viewfinder Resolution 202k dots
    LCD Framing Live View Live View
    Rear LCD Size 2.5inch 3.0inch
    LCD Resolution 230k dots 922k dots
    LCD Attachment Swivel screen Tilting screen
    Shooting Specs Canon SX10 Canon SX730
    Focus System Contrast-detect AF Contrast-detect AF
    Continuous Shooting 0.7 shutter flaps/s 5.9 shutter flaps/s
    Fill Flash Build-in Flash Build-in Flash
    Storage Medium SDHC cards SDXC cards
    Second Storage Option Single card slot Single card slot
    UHS card support no no
    Connectivity Specs Canon SX10 Canon SX730
    External Flash Hotshoe no Hotshoe
    USB Connector USB 2.0 USB 2.0
    HDMI Port no HDMI micro HDMI
    Wifi Support no Wifi Wifi built-in
    Near-Field Communication no NFC NFC built-in
    Bluetooth Support no Bluetooth Bluetooth built-in
    Body Specs Canon SX10 Canon SX730
    Battery Type 4xAA NB-13L
    In-Camera Charging no USB charging USB charging
    Body Dimensions 123 x 88 x 87 mm
    (4.8 x 3.5 x 3.4 in)
    110 x 64 x 40 mm
    (4.3 x 2.5 x 1.6 in)
    Camera Weight 600 g (21.2 oz) 300 g (10.6 oz)

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