LCD and Viewfinder
Canon SX720 HS has a Fixed Type 3″ LCD screen with a resolution of 922k dots. Both the screen size and the screen resolution is up to the standards of this class.
SX720 HS doesn't have a viewfinder and no option for external viewfinder. Lack of a viewfinder can be problematic especially under strong light where visibility of LCD screens goes down dramatically. If you need a Compact camera with a built-in viewfinder in a similar price range, consider Fujifilm X30 (Compare) or Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS70 (Lumix DC-TZ90) (Compare). If the price is not an issue, take a look at our Top Rated Cameras with Viewfinders.
Max Shutter speed
Canon SX720 HS can shoot continuously at max speed of 5.9 fps and has max shutter speed of 1/3200 sec.
Unfortunately SX720 HS doesn't have an external flash shoe so you are limited with the built-in flash.
Canon SX720 HS features a Contrast Detection autofocusing system. The AF system has 9 points to choose from.
Canon SX720 HS also features Face detection AF
where it intelligently detects the faces in the frame and locks the focus automatically.
With Canon SX720 HS, you can record your videos at a highest resolution of 1920 x 1080 at 60p,30p fps and save in MPEG-4 and H.264 formats. Full HD resolution of Canon SX720 HS will be adequate in most of the situations. But if you are after the highest resolution videos available, see our list of Top Cameras with 4K (Ultra-HD) Video.
SX720 HS has a built-in Stereo microphone and a Mono speaker.
Canon SX720 HS doesn't have any connections for external microphones and headphones. If you need a Compact camera with external microphone connectivity, consider Fujifilm X30 or Olympus XZ-2 iHS in a similar price range.
Connectivity and Storage
Canon SX720 HS features built-in wireless (Wi-Fi) connectivity ( 802.11b/g/n with NFC) which lets you transfer your photos directly to compatible devices without any physical connection. With its NFC feature, SX720 HS can communicate with devices such as smartphones which are also equipped with this technology by simply touching each other.One other feature that we like is the ability to use our smartphone as a remote to control our SX720 HS. You can change camera settings, release shutter, view LCD screen and tranfer files using remote control app.
You can connect SX720 HS to compatible devices via its HDMI port or USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) port.
Battery Canon SX720 HS is powered by NB-13L battery which provides a shooting life of 250 according to CIPA standards.
Considering that the average battery life of Compact type cameras is 254 shots, its battery life is about average in its class but it would still be wise to invest in some spare batteries for long photo trips.
Battery Life Comparison in Small Sensor Superzoom Cameras
Fujifilm HS35EXR with its 600shots is the model with longest battery life among Small Sensor Superzoom cameras. Check the comparison of Canon SX720 HS vs Fujifilm HS35EXR or take a look at Longest Battery Life Compact cameras list.
Canon SX720 HS Features Compared to Main Competitors
Current Lowest price for Canon SX720 HS is $333.95