As well as being compared against other travel zooms, the Canon PowerShot SX720 HS is also often compared to pro digicams, super zooms, mirrorless and entry-level DSLRs. The Canon PowerShot SX720 HS's top rivals come from Canon (such as the PowerShot SX620 HS and the PowerShot SX710 HS) and Nikon (such as the Coolpix A900 and the Coolpix B700)

compared toTravel zoom competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon PowerShot SX720 HS compared to other travel zoom competitors include: it has slightly more zoom (40x vs 30x), is newer (february 2016 vs april 2015), is more popular and has a faster max shutter speed (1/3200 of a second vs 1/2000 of a second).

However, on average it doesn't have a built-in GPS, records higher quality movies (1080p @ 60fps vs UHD @ 30fps), doesn't have a screen which flips out, has a slightly shorter battery life (250 shots vs 320 shots) and doesn't have a viewfinder (none vs digital).

Nikon Coolpix A900

Nikon Coolpix A900
similar age
$289 - $397

Significant advantages of the Coolpix A900 (vs the PowerShot SX720 HS)

  • Higher resolution movies: UHD @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 60fps
  • Has a flip-out screen

Significant disadvantages of the Coolpix A900 (vs the PowerShot SX720 HS)

  • None found

common strengths of the Coolpix A900 and PowerShot SX720 HS

  • Great zoom: 35x vs 40x
  • High resolution screens: 921k dots vs 922k dots
  • Larger than average screens: 3" vs 3"

Canon PowerShot SX620 HS

Canon PowerShot SX620 HS
similar age
$259

Significant advantages of the PowerShot SX620 HS (vs the PowerShot SX720 HS)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the PowerShot SX620 HS (vs the PowerShot SX720 HS)

  • Significantly slower max shutter speed: 1/2000 of a second vs 1/3200 of a second

common strengths of the PowerShot SX620 HS and PowerShot SX720 HS

  • High resolution screens: 922k dots vs 922k dots
  • Larger than average screens: 3" vs 3"
  • Better sensor types: CMOS vs CMOS

Canon PowerShot SX710 HS

Canon PowerShot SX710 HS
1 year older
$269 - $349

Significant advantages of the SX710 HS (vs the PowerShot SX720 HS)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the SX710 HS (vs the PowerShot SX720 HS)

  • None found

common strengths of the SX710 HS and PowerShot SX720 HS

  • High resolution screens: 922k dots vs 922k dots
  • Larger than average screens: 3" vs 3"
  • Better sensor types: CMOS vs CMOS

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX90V

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX90V
10 months older
$448

Significant advantages of the DSC-HX90V (vs the PowerShot SX720 HS)

  • Has a GPS
  • Supports 24p
  • Has a flip-out screen

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-HX90V (vs the PowerShot SX720 HS)

  • Significantly slower max shutter speed: 1/2000 of a second vs 1/3200 of a second

common strengths of the DSC-HX90V and PowerShot SX720 HS

  • High resolution screens: 921k dots vs 922k dots
  • Larger than average screens: 3" vs 3"
  • Better sensor types: CMOS vs CMOS

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS60 (Lumix DMC-TZ80)

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS60 (Lumix DMC-TZ80)
similar age

Significant advantages of the Lumix DMC-ZS60 (Lumix DMC-TZ80) (vs the PowerShot SX720 HS)

  • Higher resolution movies: UHD @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 60fps
  • Has a touch screen
  • Shoots significantly faster: 40 fps vs 5.9 fps

Significant disadvantages of the Lumix DMC-ZS60 (Lumix DMC-TZ80) (vs the PowerShot SX720 HS)

  • Significantly slower max shutter speed: 1/2000 of a second vs 1/3200 of a second

common strengths of the Lumix DMC-ZS60 (Lumix DMC-TZ80) and PowerShot SX720 HS

  • High resolution screens: 1,040k dots vs 922k dots
  • Larger than average screens: 3" vs 3"
  • Better sensor types: CMOS vs CMOS

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS50

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS50
1 year older
$249 - $289

Significant advantages of the DMC-ZS50 (vs the PowerShot SX720 HS)

  • Has a viewfinder: Digital vs None

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-ZS50 (vs the PowerShot SX720 HS)

  • Significantly slower max shutter speed: 1/2000 of a second vs 1/3200 of a second

common strengths of the DMC-ZS50 and PowerShot SX720 HS

  • High resolution screens: 1,040k dots vs 922k dots
  • Larger than average screens: 3" vs 3"
  • Better sensor types: CMOS vs CMOS

compared toPro digicam competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon PowerShot SX720 HS compared to pro digicam competitors include: it has much more zoom (40x vs 3x), has a slightly wider wide angle lens (24 mm vs 28 mm), is newer (february 2016 vs september 2014), is slightly less expensive ($274.20 vs $679.00) and is more popular.

However, on average it has a significantly smaller sensor (1/2.3" 6.17x4.55mm vs 1" 13.2x8.8mm), has a much narrower aperture (f/3.3 vs f/1.8), has a slightly lower resolution screen (922k dots vs 1,228k dots), doesn't record high-speed movies (none vs 120 fps) and takes significantly lower resolution photos (9.7 MP vs 20 MP).

Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100
3 years older
$448

Significant advantages of the DSC-RX100 (vs the PowerShot SX720 HS)

  • Much wider aperture: f/1.8 vs f/3.3
  • Much larger sensor: 1" 13.2x8.8mm vs 1/2.3" 6.17x4.55mm
  • Much higher true resolution: 20 MP vs 9.7 MP

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-RX100 (vs the PowerShot SX720 HS)

  • Significantly less zoom: 3.6x vs 40x
  • Significantly worse wide angle: 28 mm vs 24 mm
  • Significantly slower max shutter speed: 1/2000 of a second vs 1/3200 of a second

common strengths of the DSC-RX100 and PowerShot SX720 HS

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Inexpensive: $448.00 vs $274.20

Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II

Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II
similar age
$679

Significant advantages of the PowerShot G7 X Mark II (vs the PowerShot SX720 HS)

  • Much wider aperture: f/1.8 vs f/3.3
  • Much larger sensor: Nikon CX 13.2x8.8mm vs 1/2.3" 6.17x4.55mm
  • Supports 24p

Significant disadvantages of the PowerShot G7 X Mark II (vs the PowerShot SX720 HS)

  • Significantly less zoom: 4.2x vs 40x
  • Significantly slower max shutter speed: 1/2000 of a second vs 1/3200 of a second

common strengths of the PowerShot G7 X Mark II and PowerShot SX720 HS

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Popularity: 1,466 vs 1,132

Canon PowerShot G9 X

Canon PowerShot G9 X
4 months older
$399

Significant advantages of the PowerShot G9 X (vs the PowerShot SX720 HS)

  • Much larger sensor: Nikon CX 13.2x8.8mm vs 1/2.3" 6.17x4.55mm
  • Significantly wider aperture: f/2 vs f/3.3
  • Has a touch screen

Significant disadvantages of the PowerShot G9 X (vs the PowerShot SX720 HS)

  • Significantly less zoom: 3x vs 40x
  • Significantly worse wide angle: 28 mm vs 24 mm
  • Significantly slower max shutter speed: 1/2000 of a second vs 1/3200 of a second

common strengths of the PowerShot G9 X and PowerShot SX720 HS

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Inexpensive: $398.94 vs $274.20

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 V

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 V
7 months newer
$998 - $1,050

Significant advantages of the Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 V (vs the PowerShot SX720 HS)

  • Much wider aperture: f/1.8 vs f/3.3
  • Much larger sensor: Nikon CX 13.2x8.8mm vs 1/2.3" 6.17x4.55mm
  • Many more focus points: 315 vs 9

Significant disadvantages of the Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 V (vs the PowerShot SX720 HS)

  • Significantly less zoom: 2.9x vs 40x
  • Significantly slower max shutter speed: 1/2000 of a second vs 1/3200 of a second

common strengths of the Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 V and PowerShot SX720 HS

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Popularity: 888 vs 1,132

Canon PowerShot G7 X

Canon PowerShot G7 X
1 year older
$499

Significant advantages of the G7 X (vs the PowerShot SX720 HS)

  • Much wider aperture: f/1.8 vs f/3.3
  • Much larger sensor: Nikon CX 13.2x8.8mm vs 1/2.3" 6.17x4.55mm
  • Has a touch screen

Significant disadvantages of the G7 X (vs the PowerShot SX720 HS)

  • Significantly less zoom: 4.2x vs 40x
  • Significantly slower max shutter speed: 1/2000 of a second vs 1/3200 of a second

common strengths of the G7 X and PowerShot SX720 HS

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Inexpensive: $499.00 vs $274.20

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III
1 year older
$698

Significant advantages of the DSC-RX100 III (vs the PowerShot SX720 HS)

  • Much wider aperture: f/1.8 vs f/3.3
  • Much larger sensor: Nikon CX 13.2x8.8mm vs 1/2.3" 6.17x4.55mm
  • Records high-speed movies: 120 fps vs None

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-RX100 III (vs the PowerShot SX720 HS)

  • Significantly less zoom: 2.9x vs 40x
  • Significantly slower max shutter speed: 1/2000 of a second vs 1/3200 of a second

common strengths of the DSC-RX100 III and PowerShot SX720 HS

  • Each has a built-in flash

compared toSuper zoom competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon PowerShot SX720 HS compared to super zoom competitors include: it has a slightly higher resolution screen (922k dots vs 461k dots), is significantly smaller (mid size (110×64×36 mm) vs professional size (125×85×107 mm)), is newer (february 2016 vs january 2015), is thinner (1.4" vs 4.2") and is slightly lighter (270 g vs 541 g).

However, on average it has significantly less zoom (40x vs 60x), doesn't record high-speed movies (none vs 240 fps), doesn't have a screen which flips out, lacks and external mic jack and has a slightly shorter battery life (250 shots vs 340 shots).

Nikon Coolpix B700

Nikon Coolpix B700
similar age
$394 - $447

Significant advantages of the Coolpix B700 (vs the PowerShot SX720 HS)

  • Significantly more zoom: 60x vs 40x
  • Higher resolution movies: UHD @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 60fps
  • Has a flip-out screen

Significant disadvantages of the Coolpix B700 (vs the PowerShot SX720 HS)

  • Significantly larger: Professional size (125×85×107 mm) vs Mid size (110×64×36 mm)
  • Significantly thicker: 4.2" vs 1.4"
  • Significantly heavier: 565 g vs 270 g

common strengths of the Coolpix B700 and PowerShot SX720 HS

  • Popularity: 1,615 vs 1,132

Nikon Coolpix B500

Nikon Coolpix B500
similar age
$215 - $257

Significant advantages of the Coolpix B500 (vs the PowerShot SX720 HS)

  • Much longer battery life: 600 shots vs 250 shots
  • Has a flip-out screen

Significant disadvantages of the Coolpix B500 (vs the PowerShot SX720 HS)

  • Larger: Prosumer size (114×78×95 mm) vs Mid size (110×64×36 mm)
  • Significantly thicker: 3.7" vs 1.4"
  • Heavier: 541 g vs 270 g

common strengths of the Coolpix B500 and PowerShot SX720 HS

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size (114×78×95 mm) vs Mid size (110×64×36 mm)
  • Inexpensive: $214.99 vs $274.20
  • Popularity: 984 vs 1,132

Canon PowerShot SX540 HS

Canon PowerShot SX540 HS
similar age
$399

Significant advantages of the PowerShot SX540 HS (vs the PowerShot SX720 HS)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the PowerShot SX540 HS (vs the PowerShot SX720 HS)

  • Significantly lower resolution screen: 461k dots vs 922k dots
  • Significantly larger: Prosumer size (120×82×92 mm) vs Mid size (110×64×36 mm)
  • Significantly thicker: 3.6" vs 1.4"

common strengths of the PowerShot SX540 HS and PowerShot SX720 HS

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size (120×82×92 mm) vs Mid size (110×64×36 mm)
  • Light weight: 442 g vs 270 g
  • Thin: 3.6" vs 1.4"

Canon PowerShot SX60 HS

Canon PowerShot SX60 HS
1 year older
$374 - $449

Significant advantages of the SX60 HS (vs the PowerShot SX720 HS)

  • Records high-speed movies: 240 fps vs None
  • Much more zoom: 65x vs 40x
  • Has an external mic jack

Significant disadvantages of the SX60 HS (vs the PowerShot SX720 HS)

  • Much larger: Large (128×93×114 mm) vs Mid size (110×64×36 mm)
  • Much thicker: 4.5" vs 1.4"
  • Significantly heavier: 650 g vs 270 g

common strengths of the SX60 HS and PowerShot SX720 HS

  • None found

Canon PowerShot SX420 IS

Canon PowerShot SX420 IS
similar age
$249

Significant advantages of the PowerShot SX420 IS (vs the PowerShot SX720 HS)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the PowerShot SX420 IS (vs the PowerShot SX720 HS)

  • Much lower resolution screen: 230k dots vs 922k dots
  • Has a CCD-family sensor: CCD vs CMOS
  • Significantly thicker: 3.3" vs 1.4"

common strengths of the PowerShot SX420 IS and PowerShot SX720 HS

  • Fairly small: Standard size (104×69×85 mm) vs Mid size (110×64×36 mm)
  • Light weight: 325 g vs 270 g
  • Thin: 3.3" vs 1.4"

Canon PowerShot SX530 HS

Canon PowerShot SX530 HS
1 year older
$229 - $279

Significant advantages of the SX530 HS (vs the PowerShot SX720 HS)

  • Faster autofocus: Phase detection vs Contrast detection

Significant disadvantages of the SX530 HS (vs the PowerShot SX720 HS)

  • Significantly lower resolution screen: 461k dots vs 922k dots
  • Significantly larger: Prosumer size (120×82×92 mm) vs Mid size (110×64×36 mm)
  • Significantly thicker: 3.6" vs 1.4"

common strengths of the SX530 HS and PowerShot SX720 HS

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size (120×82×92 mm) vs Mid size (110×64×36 mm)
  • Light weight: 442 g vs 270 g
  • Thin: 3.6" vs 1.4"

compared toMirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon PowerShot SX720 HS compared to mirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors include: it has image stabilization (lens vs none), is newer (february 2016 vs august 2014) and is more popular.

However, on average it takes significantly lower resolution photos (9.7 MP vs 24.7 MP), doesn't have a touch screen, doesn't record movies in 24p, doesn't have a screen which flips out and has a slightly smaller sensor (1/2.3" 6.17x4.55mm vs APS-C 23.5x15.6mm).

Canon EOS M10

Canon EOS M10
4 months older
$449 15-45mm lens

Significant advantages of the EOS M10 (vs the PowerShot SX720 HS)

  • Supports 24p
  • Has interchangeable lenses
  • Has a flip-out screen

Significant disadvantages of the EOS M10 (vs the PowerShot SX720 HS)

  • None found

common strengths of the EOS M10 and PowerShot SX720 HS

  • Fairly small: Mid size (108×67×35 mm) vs Mid size (110×64×36 mm)
  • Light weight: 301 g vs 270 g
  • Thin: 1.4" vs 1.4"

Sony Alpha A5100

Sony Alpha A5100
1 year older
$448 (body only)
$520 - $548 16-50mm lens

Significant advantages of the A5100 (vs the PowerShot SX720 HS)

  • Much higher true resolution: 24.7 MP vs 9.7 MP
  • Supports 24p
  • Much longer battery life: 400 shots vs 250 shots

Significant disadvantages of the A5100 (vs the PowerShot SX720 HS)

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Lens

common strengths of the A5100 and PowerShot SX720 HS

  • Fairly small: Compact (110×63×36 mm) vs Mid size (110×64×36 mm)
  • Very light: 224 g vs 270 g
  • Thin: 1.4" vs 1.4"

compared toEntry-level DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon PowerShot SX720 HS compared to entry-level DSLR competitors include: it records higher quality movies (1080p @ 60fps vs 1080p @ 30fps), shoots faster continuously (5.9 fps vs 3 fps), is much smaller (mid size (110×64×36 mm) vs professional size (129×101×78 mm)), is slightly less expensive ($274.20 vs $696.95) and is thinner (1.4" vs 3.1").

However, on average it has a slightly smaller screen (3" vs 3.2"), has a slightly lower resolution screen (922k dots vs 1,037k dots), takes much lower resolution photos (9.7 MP vs 24 MP), doesn't have a touch screen and doesn't record movies in 24p.

Canon EOS Rebel T6

Canon EOS Rebel T6
similar age
$325 - $749 (body only)
$390 - $449 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the Rebel T6 (vs the PowerShot SX720 HS)

  • Has a viewfinder: Pentamirror vs None
  • Supports 24p
  • Much higher true resolution: 17.9 MP vs 9.7 MP

Significant disadvantages of the Rebel T6 (vs the PowerShot SX720 HS)

  • Higher frame rate movies: 1080p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 60fps
  • Much larger: Professional size (129×101×78 mm) vs Mid size (110×64×36 mm)
  • Much thicker: 3.1" vs 1.4"

common strengths of the Rebel T6 and PowerShot SX720 HS

  • Light weight: 485 g vs 270 g
  • Inexpensive: $325.00 vs $274.20

Nikon D5600

Nikon D5600
8 months newer
$697 (body only)
$797 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D5600 (vs the PowerShot SX720 HS)

  • Has a viewfinder: Pentamirror vs None
  • Much higher true resolution: 24 MP vs 9.7 MP
  • Supports 24p

Significant disadvantages of the D5600 (vs the PowerShot SX720 HS)

  • Much larger: Prosumer size (124×97×70 mm) vs Mid size (110×64×36 mm)
  • Much thicker: 2.8" vs 1.4"
  • Significantly heavier: 465 g vs 270 g

common strengths of the D5600 and PowerShot SX720 HS

  • Both shoot high resolution HD movies: 1080p @ 60fps vs 1080p @ 60fps
  • Fairly small: Prosumer size (124×97×70 mm) vs Mid size (110×64×36 mm)
  • Very thin: 2.8" vs 1.4"