As well as being compared against other travel zooms, the Canon PowerShot SX720 HS is also often compared to super zooms, pro digicams, ultra compacts, 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 S9900)

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) 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, doesn't record movies in 24p, doesn't have a screen which flips out, has a slightly shorter battery life (250 shots vs 300 shots) and doesn't have a viewfinder (none vs digital).

Nikon Coolpix A900

Nikon Coolpix A900
similar age
$215 - $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
  • Very large screens: 3" vs 3"
  • Very high resolution screens: 921k dots vs 922k dots

Canon PowerShot SX620 HS

Canon PowerShot SX620 HS
similar age
$217 - $279

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

  • Very large screens: 3" vs 3"
  • Very high resolution screens: 922k dots vs 922k dots
  • 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

  • Very large screens: 3" vs 3"
  • Very high resolution screens: 921k dots vs 922k dots
  • Better sensor types: CMOS vs CMOS

Canon PowerShot SX710 HS

Canon PowerShot SX710 HS
1 year older
$220

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

  • Very large screens: 3" vs 3"
  • Very high resolution screens: 922k dots vs 922k dots
  • Better sensor types: CMOS vs CMOS

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS50

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS50
1 year older
$300

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

  • Higher resolution screen: 1,040k dots vs 922k dots
  • 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

  • Very large screens: 3" vs 3"
  • Very high resolution screens: 1,040k dots vs 922k dots
  • Better sensor types: CMOS vs CMOS

Nikon Coolpix S9900

Nikon Coolpix S9900
1 year older
$241

Significant advantages of the S9900 (vs the PowerShot SX720 HS)

  • Has a GPS
  • Has a flip-out screen

Significant disadvantages of the S9900 (vs the PowerShot SX720 HS)

  • None found

common strengths of the S9900 and PowerShot SX720 HS

  • Very large screens: 3" vs 3"
  • Very high resolution screens: 921k dots vs 922k dots
  • Better sensor types: CMOS vs CMOS

compared toSuper zoom competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon PowerShot SX720 HS compared to super zoom competitors include: it has a much higher resolution screen (922k dots vs 461k dots), is slightly smaller (mid size (110×64×36 mm) vs professional size (125×85×107 mm)), has a CMOS-family sensor (CMOS vs CCD), is newer (february 2016 vs january 2015) and is thinner (1.4" vs 4.1").

However, on average it has slightly less zoom (40x vs 50x), doesn't record movies in 24p, doesn't have a screen which flips out, has a slightly shorter battery life (250 shots vs 350 shots) and doesn't have a built-in GPS.

Canon PowerShot SX530 HS

Canon PowerShot SX530 HS
1 year older
$220 - $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)

  • Much lower resolution screen: 461k dots vs 922k dots
  • Significantly thicker: 3.6" vs 1.4"
  • Significantly slower max shutter speed: 1/2000 of a second vs 1/3200 of a second

common strengths of the SX530 HS and PowerShot SX720 HS

  • Better sensor types: CMOS vs CMOS
  • Light weight: 442 g vs 270 g
  • Inexpensive: $219.99 vs $254.00

Nikon Coolpix B500

Nikon Coolpix B500
similar age
$199 - $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)

  • 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)
  • High resolution screens: 921k dots vs 922k dots
  • Better sensor types: CMOS vs CMOS

Canon PowerShot SX420 IS

Canon PowerShot SX420 IS
similar age
$205 - $299

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
  • 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"

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V
2 years older
$398

Significant advantages of the DSC-HX400V (vs the PowerShot SX720 HS)

  • Supports 24p
  • Has an external mic jack
  • Has a GPS

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-HX400V (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: 660 g vs 270 g

common strengths of the DSC-HX400V and PowerShot SX720 HS

  • High resolution screens: 921k dots vs 922k dots
  • Better sensor types: CMOS vs CMOS

Canon PowerShot SX540 HS

Canon PowerShot SX540 HS
similar age
$359 - $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)

  • Much lower resolution screen: 461k dots vs 922k dots
  • Significantly thicker: 3.6" vs 1.4"
  • Significantly slower max shutter speed: 1/2000 of a second vs 1/3200 of a second

common strengths of the PowerShot SX540 HS and PowerShot SX720 HS

  • Better sensor types: CMOS vs CMOS
  • Light weight: 442 g vs 270 g

Nikon Coolpix B700

Nikon Coolpix B700
similar age
$339 - $447

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

  • Higher resolution movies: UHD @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 60fps
  • Significantly more zoom: 60x vs 40x
  • 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"
  • Heavier: 565 g vs 270 g

common strengths of the Coolpix B700 and PowerShot SX720 HS

  • High resolution screens: 921k dots vs 922k dots
  • 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 significantly more zoom (40x vs 3.6x), has a slightly wider wide angle lens (24 mm vs 28 mm), is newer (february 2016 vs september 2014), is slightly less expensive ($254.00 vs $519.99) and has a faster max shutter speed (1/3200 of a second vs 1/2000 of a second).

However, on average it has a significantly smaller sensor (1/2.3" 6.17x4.55mm vs nikon CX 13.2x8.8mm), has a significantly narrower aperture (f/3.3 vs f/1.8), has a significantly lower resolution screen (922k dots vs 1,229k dots), doesn't record high-speed movies (none vs 240 fps) and takes significantly lower resolution photos (9.7 MP vs 20 MP).

Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II

Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II
similar age
$563 - $679

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

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

  • Built-in flashes

Canon PowerShot G9 X Mark II

Canon PowerShot G9 X Mark II
10 months newer
$449

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

  • Significantly larger sensor: Nikon CX 13.2x8.8mm vs 1/2.3" 6.17x4.55mm
  • Significantly wider aperture: f/2 vs f/3.3
  • Higher resolution screen: 1,040k dots vs 922k dots

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

  • Built-in flashes

Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100
3 years older
$448

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

  • Significantly larger sensor: 1" 13.2x8.8mm vs 1/2.3" 6.17x4.55mm
  • Significantly wider aperture: f/1.8 vs f/3.3
  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,229k dots vs 922k dots

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

  • Built-in flashes

Canon PowerShot G16

Canon PowerShot G16
2 years older
$520

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

  • Records high-speed movies: 240 fps vs None
  • Significantly wider aperture: f/1.8 vs f/3.3
  • Significantly longer battery life: 360 shots vs 250 shots

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

  • Built-in flashes
  • Fast max shutter speeds: 1/4000 of a second vs 1/3200 of a second

Canon PowerShot G7 X

Canon PowerShot G7 X
1 year older
$543

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

  • Significantly larger sensor: Nikon CX 13.2x8.8mm vs 1/2.3" 6.17x4.55mm
  • Significantly wider aperture: f/1.8 vs f/3.3
  • Higher resolution screen: 1,040k dots vs 922k dots

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

  • Built-in flashes

compared toUltra compact competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon PowerShot SX720 HS compared to ultra compact competitors include: it has a built-in flash, has way more more zoom (40x vs 1x), records higher quality movies (1080p @ 60fps vs 720p @ 30fps), has a much larger screen (3" vs 2.7") and has a significantly higher resolution screen (922k dots vs 230k dots).

However, on average it has a much narrower wide angle lens (24 mm vs 5 mm), is much larger (mid size (110×64×36 mm) vs ultra compact (50×22×54 mm)), doesn't record high-speed movies (none vs 120 fps), lacks and external mic jack and is much heavier (270 g vs 74 g).

Sony CyberShot DSC-W800

Sony CyberShot DSC-W800
2 years older
$120

Significant advantages of the DSC-W800 (vs the PowerShot SX720 HS)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-W800 (vs the PowerShot SX720 HS)

  • None found

common strengths of the DSC-W800 and PowerShot SX720 HS

  • None found

GoPro Hero 3+ Silver Edition

GoPro Hero 3+ Silver Edition
2 years older
$72

Significant advantages of the Silver Edition (vs the PowerShot SX720 HS)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the Silver Edition (vs the PowerShot SX720 HS)

  • None found

common strengths of the Silver Edition and PowerShot SX720 HS

  • None found

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) and is newer (february 2016 vs august 2014).

However, on average it takes much lower resolution photos (9.7 MP vs 24.7 MP), significantly lower maximum light sensitivity (3,200 ISO vs 25,600 ISO), doesn't have a touch screen, doesn't record movies in 24p and doesn't have a screen which flips out.

Canon EOS M10

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

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

  • Has a flip-out screen
  • Has a touch screen
  • Has interchangeable lenses

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
$398 (body only)
$498 16-50mm lens

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

  • Much higher true resolution: 24.7 MP vs 9.7 MP
  • Has a flip-out screen
  • Has a touch screen

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)
  • Light weight: 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 none), has a significantly larger screen (3" vs 2.7"), has a much higher resolution screen (922k dots vs 230k dots), has better image stabilization (lens vs sensor shift) and shoots faster continuously (5.9 fps vs 2.5 fps).

However, on average it takes significantly lower resolution photos (9.7 MP vs 17.9 MP), doesn't record movies in 24p, has a much smaller sensor (1/2.3" 6.17x4.55mm vs APS-C 23.5x15.7mm), doesn't have a viewfinder (none vs pentamirror) and has a slightly shorter battery life (250 shots vs 510 shots).

Sony Alpha DSLR-A230

Sony Alpha DSLR-A230
6 years older

Significant advantages of the DSLR-A230 (vs the PowerShot SX720 HS)

  • Has a viewfinder: Pentamirror vs None
  • Has interchangeable lenses
  • Has more storage slots: 2 vs 1

Significant disadvantages of the DSLR-A230 (vs the PowerShot SX720 HS)

  • Does not take movies: None vs 1080p @ 60fps
  • Much lower resolution screen: 230k dots vs 922k dots
  • Worse image stabilization:
    1. Sensor shift
    vs
    1. Lens

common strengths of the DSLR-A230 and PowerShot SX720 HS

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size (128×97×68 mm) vs Mid size (110×64×36 mm)
  • Very thin: 2.7" vs 1.4"
  • Light weight: 490 g vs 270 g

Canon EOS Rebel T6

Canon EOS Rebel T6
similar age
$307 - $649 (body only)
$379 - $549 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: $269.99 vs $254.00