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Canon SX600 vs SX700

The Canon PowerShot SX600 HS and the Canon PowerShot SX700 HS are two digital cameras that were officially introduced, respectively, in January 2014 and February 2014. Both the SX600 and the SX700 are fixed lens compact cameras that are equipped with a 1/2.3-inch sensor. Both cameras offer a resolution of 15.9 megapixels.

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

Headline Specifications
Canon SX600 VS Canon SX700
Canon SX600 Canon SX700
Fixed lens compact camera Fixed lens compact camera
25-450mm f/3.8-6.9 25-750mm f/3.2-6.9
15.9 MP, 1/2.3" Sensor 15.9 MP, 1/2.3" Sensor
1080/30p Video 1080/60p Video
ISO 100-3200 ISO 100-3200
No viewfinder, LCD framing No viewfinder, LCD framing
3.0" LCD, 461k dots 3.0" LCD, 922k dots
Fixed screen (not touch-sensitive) Fixed screen (not touch-sensitive)
3.9 shutter flaps per second 8.5 shutter flaps per second
290 shots per battery charge250 shots per battery charge
104 x 61 x 26 mm, 188 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 PowerShot SX600 HS and the Canon PowerShot SX700 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 SX600 and the Canon SX700 is provided 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 SX600 can be obtained in three different colors (black, red, white), while the SX700 is available in two color-versions (black, red).

Size Canon SX600 vs Canon SX700
Compare SX600 versus SX700 top
Comparison SX600 or SX700 rear

If the front view area (width x height) of the cameras is taken as an aggregate measure of their size, the Canon SX700 is notably larger (18 percent) than the Canon SX600. Moreover, the SX700 is substantially heavier (43 percent) than the SX600. In this context, it is worth noting that neither the SX600 nor the SX700 are weather-sealed.

The adjacent table lists the principal physical characteristics of the two cameras alongside a wider set of alternatives. If you would like to visualize and compare a different camera combination, just use the right or left arrows in the table to switch to the respective camera. Alternatively, you can also navigate to the CAM-parator app and make your selection from the full list of cameras there.

Camera Body Specifications
  Camera
Model
Camera
Width
Camera
Height
Camera
Depth
Camera
Weight
Battery
Life
(CIPA)
Weather
Sealing
(yes/no)
Camera
Launch
(announced)
Launch
Price
(USD)
Street
Price
(USD)
Camera
Model
 
Canon SX600» 104 mm 61 mm 26 mm 188 g 290 n Jan 2014 249iCanon SX600
 
Canon SX700« 113 mm 66 mm 35 mm 269 g 250 n Feb 2014 349iCanon SX700
 
Canon SX730« » 110 mm 64 mm 40 mm 300 g 250 n Apr 2017 399iCanon SX730
 
Canon SX620« » 97 mm 57 mm 28 mm 182 g 295 n May 2016 279 iCanon SX620
 
Canon G9 X« » 98 mm 58 mm 31 mm 209 g 220 n Oct 2015 529iCanon G9 X
 
Canon M10« » 108 mm 67 mm 35 mm 301 g 255 n Oct 2015 499iCanon M10
 
Canon SX410« » 104 mm 69 mm 85 mm 325 g 185 n Feb 2015 279iCanon SX410
 
Canon SX530« » 120 mm 82 mm 92 mm 442 g 210 n Jan 2015 429iCanon SX530
 
Canon SX610« » 105 mm 61 mm 27 mm 191 g 270 n Jan 2015 249iCanon SX610
 
Canon SX710« » 113 mm 66 mm 35 mm 269 g 230 n Jan 2015 349iCanon SX710
 
Canon SX520« » 120 mm 82 mm 92 mm 441 g 210 n Jul 2014 399iCanon SX520
 
Canon SX400« » 104 mm 69 mm 80 mm 313 g 190 n Jul 2014 249iCanon SX400
 
Canon SX60« » 128 mm 93 mm 114 mm 650 g 340 n Sep 2014 549iCanon SX60
 
Canon SX510« » 104 mm 70 mm 80 mm 349 g 250 n Aug 2013 249iCanon SX510
 
Nikon L840« » 113 mm 78 mm 96 mm 538 g 590 n Feb 2015 299iNikon L840
Note: Measurements and pricing do not include easily detachable parts, such as interchangeable lenses or optional viewfinders.

Any camera decision will naturally be influenced heavily by the price. The manufacturer’s suggested retail prices give an idea on the placement of the camera in the maker’s lineup and the broader market. The SX600 was launched at a markedly lower price (by 29 percent) than the SX700, which puts it into a different 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. Then, after the new model is out, very good deals can frequently be found on the pre-owned market.

 

Sensor comparison

The size of the imaging sensor is a crucial determinant 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. Further, a large sensor camera will give the photographer additional creative options when using shallow depth-of-field to isolate a subject from its background. On the downside, larger sensors are more costly to manufacture and tend to 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.

Technology-wise, the SX700 uses a more advanced image processing engine (DIGIC 6) than the SX600 (DIGIC 4+), with benefits for noise reduction, color accuracy, and processing speed.

Canon SX600 and Canon SX700 sensor measures

The two cameras under review do not only share the same sensor size, but also offer an identical resolution of 15.9 megapixels. This similarity in sensor specs implies that both the SX600 and the SX700 have the same pixel density, as well as the same pixel size. Moreover, the two cameras were released in close succession, so that their sensors are from the same technological generation. 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 Canon PowerShot SX600 HS has a native sensitivity range from ISO 100 to ISO 3200. The Canon PowerShot SX700 HS offers exactly the same ISO settings.

SX600 versus SX700 MP

Since 2007, DXO Mark has published sensor performance measurements that have been derived using a consistent methodology. 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 following table provides an overview of the physical sensor characteristics, as well as the sensor quality measurements for a selection of comparators.

Sensor Characteristics
  Camera
Model
Sensor
Class
Resolution
(MP)
Horiz.
Pixels
Vert.
Pixels
Video
Format
DXO
Portrait
DXO
Landscape
DXO
Sports
DXO
Overall
Camera
Model
 
Canon SX600 1/2.3 15.9 4608 34561080/30p........Canon SX600
 
Canon SX700 1/2.3 15.9 4608 34561080/60p........Canon SX700
 
Canon SX730 1/2.3 20.2 5184 38881080/60p........Canon SX730
 
Canon SX620 1/2.3 20.2 5184 38881080/30p........Canon SX620
 
Canon G9 X 1-inch 20.0 5472 36481080/60p21.512.349563Canon G9 X
 
Canon M10 APS-C 17.9 5184 34561080/30p22.211.475365Canon M10
 
Canon SX410 1/2.3 19.9 5152 3864720/30p........Canon SX410
 
Canon SX530 1/2.3 15.9 4608 34561080/30p........Canon SX530
 
Canon SX610 1/2.3 20.2 5184 38881080/30p........Canon SX610
 
Canon SX710 1/2.3 20.2 5184 38881080/60p........Canon SX710
 
Canon SX520 1/2.3 15.9 4608 34561080/30p........Canon SX520
 
Canon SX400 1/2.3 15.9 4608 3456720/30p........Canon SX400
 
Canon SX60 1/2.3 14.2 4608 30721080/60p19.210.812739Canon SX60
 
Canon SX510 1/2.3 15.9 4608 34561080/24p........Canon SX510
 
Nikon L840 1/2.3 15.9 4608 34561080/60i........Nikon L840

Many modern cameras are not only capable of taking still images, but also of capturing video footage. Both cameras under consideration are equipped with sensors that have a sufficiently high read-out speed for moving images, but the SX700 provides a faster frame rate than the SX600. It can shoot movie footage at 1080/60p, while the SX600 is limited to 1080/30p.

 

Feature comparison

Apart from body and sensor, cameras can and do differ across a range of features. The SX600 and the SX700 are similar in the sense that neither of the two has a viewfinder. The images are, thus, framed using live view on the rear LCD. The adjacent table lists some of the other core features of the Canon SX600 and Canon SX700 along with similar information for a selection of comparators.

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
Camera
Model
 
Canon SX600none n 3.0 461 fixed n 1/2000s 3.9 Y Y Canon SX600
 
Canon SX700none n 3.0 922 fixed n 1/3200s 8.5 Y Y Canon SX700
 
Canon SX730none n 3.0 922 tilting n 1/3200s 5.9 Y Y Canon SX730
 
Canon SX620none n 3.0 922 fixed n 1/2000s 2.5 Y Y Canon SX620
 
Canon G9 Xnone n 3.0 1040 fixed Y 1/2000s 6.0 Y Y Canon G9 X
 
Canon M10none n 3.0 1040 tilting Y 1/4000s 4.6 Y n Canon M10
 
Canon SX410none n 3.0 230 fixed n 1/4000s 0.5 Y Y Canon SX410
 
Canon SX530none n 3.0 461 fixed n 1/2000s 1.6 Y Y Canon SX530
 
Canon SX610none n 3.0 922 fixed n 1/2000s 2.5 Y Y Canon SX610
 
Canon SX710none n 3.0 922 fixed n 1/3200s 6.0 Y Y Canon SX710
 
Canon SX520none n 3.0 461 fixed n 1/2000s 1.6 Y Y Canon SX520
 
Canon SX400none n 3.0 230 fixed n 1/1600s 0.8 Y Y Canon SX400
 
Canon SX60922 n 3.0 922 swivel n 1/2000s 6.4 Y Y Canon SX60
 
Canon SX510none n 3.0 461 fixed n 1/1600s 3.8 Y Y Canon SX510
 
Nikon L840none n 3.0 921 tilting n 1/4000s 7.4 Y Y Nikon L840

Both the SX600 and the SX700 have zoom lenses built in. The SX600 has a 25-450mm f/3.8-6.9 optic and the SX700 offers a 25-750mm f/3.2-6.9 (focal lengths in full frame equivalent terms). Hence, the SX600 and SX700 provide the same view at the wide-angle end, but the SX700 has more tele-photo reach at the long end. The SX700 offers the faster maximum aperture.

Concerning the storage of imaging data, both the SX600 and the SX700 write their files to SDXC cards.

 

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 SX600 HS and Canon PowerShot SX700 HS and, in particular, the interfaces the cameras (and selected comparators) provide for accessory control and data transfer.

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
Camera
Model
 
Canon SX600-monomono--micro2.0YY-Canon SX600
 
Canon SX700-stereomono--micro2.0YY-Canon SX700
 
Canon SX730-stereomono--micro2.0YYYCanon SX730
 
Canon SX620-monomono--micro2.0YY-Canon SX620
 
Canon G9 X-stereomono--micro2.0YY-Canon G9 X
 
Canon M10-stereomono--mini2.0YY-Canon M10
 
Canon SX410-stereomono--none2.0---Canon SX410
 
Canon SX530-stereomono--mini2.0YY-Canon SX530
 
Canon SX610-nonenone--micro2.0YY-Canon SX610
 
Canon SX710-stereomono--micro2.0YY-Canon SX710
 
Canon SX520-stereomono--mini2.0---Canon SX520
 
Canon SX400-stereomono--none2.0---Canon SX400
 
Canon SX60YstereomonoY-mini2.0YY-Canon SX60
 
Canon SX510-stereomono--mini2.0Y--Canon SX510
 
Nikon L840-stereomono--micro2.0YY-Nikon L840

Both the SX600 and the SX700 have been discontinued, but can regularly be found used on eBay. The SX600 was replaced by the Canon SX610, while the SX700 was followed by the Canon SX710. Further information on the two cameras (e.g. user guides, manuals), as well as related accessories, can be found on the official Canon website.

Review summary

So what conclusions can be drawn? Is the Canon SX600 better than the Canon SX700 or vice versa? Below is a summary of the relative strengths of each of the two contestants.


Arguments in favor of the Canon PowerShot SX600 HS:

  • More compact: Is smaller (104x61mm vs 113x66mm) and thus needs less room in the bag.
  • Less heavy: Is lighter (by 81g or 30 percent) and hence easier to carry around.
  • Longer lasting: Can take more shots (290 versus 250) on a single battery charge.
  • More affordable: Was introduced into a lower priced category (29 percent cheaper at launch).


Advantages of the Canon PowerShot SX700 HS:

  • Better jpgs: Has a more modern image processing engine (DIGIC 6 vs DIGIC 4+).
  • Better video: Provides higher movie framerates (1080/60p versus 1080/30p).
  • More detailed LCD: Has a higher resolution rear screen (922k vs 461k dots).
  • Faster shutter: Has higher mechanical shutter speed (1/3200s vs 1/2000s) to freeze action.
  • Faster burst: Shoots at higher frequency (8.5 vs 3.9 flaps/sec) to capture the decisive moment.
  • Better light gathering: Has a lens with a wider maximum aperture (f/3.2 vs f/3.8).
  • More tele-reach: Has a longer tele-lens for perspective compression and subject magnification.

If the count of individual advantages (bullet points above) is taken as a guide, the SX700 emerges as the winner of the match-up (7 : 4 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 sports photographer will view the differences between cameras in a way that diverges from the perspective of a street photog, and a person interested in family portraits has distinct needs from a landscape shooter. Hence, the decision which camera is best and worth buying is often a very personal one.

SX600 04:07 SX700

How about other alternatives? Do the specifications of the Canon SX600 and the Canon SX700 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 comparison of technical specifications can provide a useful overview of the capabilities of different cameras, it says little about, for example, the shooting experience and imaging performance of the SX600 and the SX700 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 expert reviews are important. The adjacent summary-table relays the overall verdicts of several of the most popular camera review sites (cameralabs, dpreview, ephotozine, imaging-resource, and photographyblog). 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.

Review Scores
  Camera
Model
cam
era
  labs  
dp
re
  view  
e
photo
  zine  
ima
ging
resource
photo
graphy
  blog  
Camera
Launch
(announced)
Launch
Price
(USD)
Street
Price
(USD)
Camera
Model
 
Canon SX600+..4/5..4/5 Jan 2014 249iCanon SX600
 
Canon SX700+ +..4/5..4/5 Feb 2014 349iCanon SX700
 
Canon SX730+..4/5..4/5 Apr 2017 399iCanon SX730
 
Canon SX620........4/5 May 2016 279 iCanon SX620
 
Canon G9 X+ +..4.5/54/54.5/5 Oct 2015 529iCanon G9 X
 
Canon M10......o4/5 Oct 2015 499iCanon M10
 
Canon SX410o........ Feb 2015 279iCanon SX410
 
Canon SX530+ +..4/5..4/5 Jan 2015 429iCanon SX530
 
Canon SX610....4/5..4/5 Jan 2015 249iCanon SX610
 
Canon SX710+..4/5..3.5/5 Jan 2015 349iCanon SX710
 
Canon SX520+..3.5/5..3.5/5 Jul 2014 399iCanon SX520
 
Canon SX400+........ Jul 2014 249iCanon SX400
 
Canon SX60+ +75/1004/5..4.5/5 Sep 2014 549iCanon SX60
 
Canon SX510+ +..4.5/5..4/5 Aug 2013 249iCanon SX510
 
Nikon L840+ +..3.5/5..4/5 Feb 2015 299iNikon L840
Notes: (+ +) highly recommended; (+) recommended; (o) reviewed; (..) not available.

The review scores listed above should be treated with care, though. The assessments were made in relation to similar cameras of the same technological generation. Thus, a score needs to be put into the context of the launch date and the launch price of the camera, and comparisons of ratings among very different cameras or across long time periods have little meaning. 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 SX600 vs Canon SX700

    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 SX600 Canon SX700
    Camera Type Fixed lens compact camera Fixed lens compact camera
    Camera Lens 25-450mm f/3.8-6.9 25-750mm f/3.2-6.9
    Launch Date January 2014 February 2014
    Launch Price USD 249 USD 349
    Sensor Specs Canon SX600 Canon SX700
    Sensor Technology BSI-CMOS 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 15.9 Megapixels 15.9 Megapixels
    Image Resolution 4608 x 3456 pixels 4608 x 3456 pixels
    Pixel Pitch 1.33 μm 1.33 μm
    Pixel Density 56.73 MP/cm2 56.73 MP/cm2
    Moiré control no AA filter no AA filter
    Movie Capability 1080/30p Video 1080/60p Video
    ISO Setting 100-3200 ISO 100-3200 ISO
    Image Processor DIGIC 4+ DIGIC 6
    Screen Specs Canon SX600 Canon SX700
    Viewfinder Type No viewfinder No viewfinder
    LCD Framing Live View Live View
    Rear LCD Size 3.0 inch 3.0 inch
    LCD Resolution 461k dots 922k dots
    LCD Attachment Fixed screen Fixed screen
    Shooting Specs Canon SX600 Canon SX700
    Focus System Contrast-detect AF Contrast-detect AF
    Continuous Shooting 3.9 shutter flaps/s 8.5 shutter flaps/s
    Fill Flash Build-in Flash Build-in Flash
    Storage Medium SDXC cards SDXC cards
    Second Storage Option Single card slot Single card slot
    UHS card support no no
    Connectivity Specs Canon SX600 Canon SX700
    External Flash no Hotshoe no Hotshoe
    USB Connector USB 2.0 USB 2.0
    HDMI Port micro HDMI micro HDMI
    Wifi Support Wifi built-in Wifi built-in
    Near-Field Communication NFC built-in NFC built-in
    Body Specs Canon SX600 Canon SX700
    Battery Type NB-6LH NB-6LH
    Battery Life (CIPA)290 shots per charge250 shots per charge
    Body Dimensions 104 x 61 x 26 mm
    (4.1 x 2.4 x 1.0 in)
    113 x 66 x 35 mm
    (4.4 x 2.6 x 1.4 in)
    Camera Weight 188 g (6.6 oz) 269 g (9.5 oz)

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