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 P900)

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 record movies in 24p, doesn't have a screen which flips out and has a slightly shorter battery life (250 shots vs 320 shots).

Canon PowerShot SX620 HS

Canon PowerShot SX620 HS
similar age
$229 - $230

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

Nikon Coolpix A900

Nikon Coolpix A900
similar age
$299 - $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"

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

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX80

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX80
similar age
$338 - $368

Significant advantages of the Cyber-shot DSC-HX80 (vs the PowerShot SX720 HS)

  • Supports 24p
  • Has a flip-out screen
  • Significantly longer battery life: 390 shots vs 250 shots

Significant disadvantages of the Cyber-shot DSC-HX80 (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 Cyber-shot DSC-HX80 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

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

Canon PowerShot SX710 HS

Canon PowerShot SX710 HS
1 year older
$259

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

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 3.6x), has a slightly wider wide angle lens (24 mm vs 28 mm), is newer (february 2016 vs august 2013), 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 has a slightly smaller sensor (1/2.3" 6.17x4.55mm vs nikon CX 13.2x8.8mm), has a much narrower aperture (f/3.3 vs f/1.8), doesn't record high-speed movies (none vs 240 fps), takes significantly lower resolution photos (9.7 MP vs 20 MP) and slightly lower maximum light sensitivity (3,200 ISO vs 12,800 ISO).

Canon PowerShot G9 X Mark II

Canon PowerShot G9 X Mark II
10 months newer
$429 - $430

Significant advantages of the PowerShot G9 X Mark II (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 Mark II (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 Mark II and PowerShot SX720 HS

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Inexpensive: $429.00 vs $266.87

Canon PowerShot G9 X

Canon PowerShot G9 X
4 months older
$396 - $400

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: $395.89 vs $266.87

Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100
3 years older
$380 - $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: $380.39 vs $266.87

Canon PowerShot G16

Canon PowerShot G16
2 years older
$734

Significant advantages of the G16 (vs the PowerShot SX720 HS)

  • Records high-speed movies: 240 fps vs None
  • Much wider aperture: f/1.8 vs f/3.3
  • Much longer exposures: 250 seconds vs 15 seconds

Significant disadvantages of the G16 (vs the PowerShot SX720 HS)

  • Significantly less zoom: 5x vs 40x
  • Significantly worse wide angle: 28 mm vs 24 mm

common strengths of the G16 and PowerShot SX720 HS

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Fast max shutter speeds: 1/4000 of a second vs 1/3200 of a second

Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II

Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II
similar age
$679 - $680

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: 790 vs 599

Olympus Tough TG-4

Olympus Tough TG-4
10 months older
$380

Significant advantages of the TG-4 (vs the PowerShot SX720 HS)

  • Significantly wider aperture: f/2 vs f/3.3
  • Has a GPS
  • Significantly longer battery life: 380 shots vs 250 shots

Significant disadvantages of the TG-4 (vs the PowerShot SX720 HS)

  • Significantly less zoom: 4x vs 40x
  • Significantly lower resolution screen: 460k dots vs 922k dots
  • Worse image stabilization:
    1. Sensor shift
    vs
    1. Lens

common strengths of the TG-4 and PowerShot SX720 HS

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Inexpensive: $379.99 vs $266.87

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 (130×93×103 mm)), is thinner (1.4" vs 4.7"), is significantly lighter (270 g vs 616 g) and is more popular.

However, on average it has significantly less zoom (40x vs 60x), doesn't have a screen which flips out, has a slightly shorter battery life (250 shots vs 360 shots), doesn't have a built-in GPS and doesn't have a viewfinder (none vs digital).

Nikon Coolpix P900

Nikon Coolpix P900
1 year older
$499 - $597

Significant advantages of the P900 (vs the PowerShot SX720 HS)

  • Much more zoom: 83.3x vs 40x
  • Has a GPS
  • Has a flip-out screen

Significant disadvantages of the P900 (vs the PowerShot SX720 HS)

  • Much larger: Large (140×103×137 mm) vs Mid size (110×64×36 mm)
  • Much thicker: 5.4" vs 1.4"
  • Much heavier: 899 g vs 270 g

common strengths of the P900 and PowerShot SX720 HS

  • Popularity: 634 vs 599

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)
  • Popularity: 593 vs 599

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"

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX350

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX350
10 months newer
$457 - $567

Significant advantages of the Cyber-shot DSC-HX350 (vs the PowerShot SX720 HS)

  • Has a flip-out screen
  • Better maximum light sensitivity: 12,800 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
  • Has a viewfinder: Digital vs None

Significant disadvantages of the Cyber-shot DSC-HX350 (vs the PowerShot SX720 HS)

  • Significantly larger: Professional size (130×93×103 mm) vs Mid size (110×64×36 mm)
  • Significantly thicker: 4.1" vs 1.4"
  • Significantly heavier: 652 g vs 270 g

common strengths of the Cyber-shot DSC-HX350 and PowerShot SX720 HS

  • None found

Panasonic Lumix DC-FZ80 (Lumix DC-FZ82)

Panasonic Lumix DC-FZ80 (Lumix DC-FZ82)
10 months newer

Significant advantages of the Lumix DC-FZ80 (Lumix DC-FZ82) (vs the PowerShot SX720 HS)

  • Significantly more zoom: 60x vs 40x
  • Significantly better wide angle: 20 mm vs 24 mm
  • Has a touch screen

Significant disadvantages of the Lumix DC-FZ80 (Lumix DC-FZ82) (vs the PowerShot SX720 HS)

  • Much larger: Large (130×94×119 mm) vs Mid size (110×64×36 mm)
  • Much thicker: 4.7" vs 1.4"
  • Significantly heavier: 616 g vs 270 g

common strengths of the Lumix DC-FZ80 (Lumix DC-FZ82) and PowerShot SX720 HS

  • Popularity: 796 vs 599

Canon PowerShot SX420 IS

Canon PowerShot SX420 IS
similar age
$229 - $230

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"

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 better image stabilization (lens vs sensor shift), is slightly smaller (mid size (110×64×36 mm) vs prosumer size (128×89×74 mm)), is thinner (1.4" vs 2.9"), is slightly lighter (270 g vs 505 g) and is more popular.

However, on average it doesn't have a viewfinder (none vs digital), doesn't record high-speed movies (none vs 120 fps), takes much lower resolution photos (9.7 MP vs 20.7 MP), doesn't have a touch screen and doesn't shoot as fast continuously (5.9 fps vs 60 fps).

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G85

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G85
7 months newer
$898 (body only)
$998 12-60mm lens

Significant advantages of the Lumix DMC-G85 (vs the PowerShot SX720 HS)

  • Has a viewfinder: Digital vs None
  • Has interchangeable lenses
  • Has a flip-out screen

Significant disadvantages of the Lumix DMC-G85 (vs the PowerShot SX720 HS)

  • Worse image stabilization:
    1. Sensor shift
    vs
    1. Lens
  • Significantly larger: Prosumer size (128×89×74 mm) vs Mid size (110×64×36 mm)
  • Much thicker: 2.9" vs 1.4"

common strengths of the Lumix DMC-G85 and PowerShot SX720 HS

  • Each has a built-in flash

Nikon 1 J5

Nikon 1 J5
10 months older
$353 - $497 10-30mm lens

Significant advantages of the 1 J5 (vs the PowerShot SX720 HS)

  • Shoots much faster: 60 fps vs 5.9 fps
  • Records high-speed movies: 120 fps vs None
  • Much higher true resolution: 20.7 MP vs 9.7 MP

Significant disadvantages of the 1 J5 (vs the PowerShot SX720 HS)

  • None found

common strengths of the 1 J5 and PowerShot SX720 HS

  • Fairly small: Compact (98×60×32 mm) vs Mid size (110×64×36 mm)
  • Light weight: 231 g vs 270 g
  • Thin: 1.3" 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), has image stabilization (lens vs none), shoots faster continuously (5.9 fps vs 3 fps), is newer (february 2016 vs january 2014) and is much smaller (mid size (110×64×36 mm) vs professional size (129×101×78 mm)).

However, on average it takes much lower resolution photos (9.7 MP vs 24.2 MP), doesn't record movies in 24p, has a much smaller sensor (1/2.3" 6.17x4.55mm vs APS-C 23.5x15.6mm), doesn't have a viewfinder (none vs pentamirror) and lacks and external mic jack.

Nikon D3300

Nikon D3300
2 years older
$447 (body only)
$375 - $447 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D3300 (vs the PowerShot SX720 HS)

  • Has a viewfinder: Pentamirror vs None
  • Much higher true resolution: 24.2 MP vs 9.7 MP
  • Supports 24p

Significant disadvantages of the D3300 (vs the PowerShot SX720 HS)

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Lens
  • Much larger: Prosumer size (124×98×76 mm) vs Mid size (110×64×36 mm)
  • Much thicker: 3" vs 1.4"

common strengths of the D3300 and PowerShot SX720 HS

  • Both shoot high resolution HD movies: 1080p @ 60fps vs 1080p @ 60fps
  • Fairly small: Prosumer size (124×98×76 mm) vs Mid size (110×64×36 mm)
  • Light weight: 430 g vs 270 g

Canon EOS Rebel T6

Canon EOS Rebel T6
similar age
$328 - $649 (body only)
$343 - $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: $328.00 vs $266.87