As well as being compared against other travel zooms, the Canon PowerShot SX720 HS is also often compared to super zooms, pro digicams, mirrorless and entry-level DSLRs. The Canon PowerShot SX720 HS's top rivals come from Canon (such as the PowerShot SX740 HS and the PowerShot SX620 HS) and Nikon (such as the Coolpix A900 and the Coolpix P1000)

compared toTravel zoom competitors

Generally, compared to other travel zoom competitors the Canon PowerShot SX720 HS doesn't record high-speed movies (none vs 240 fps), doesn't have a screen which flips out, has a slightly shorter battery life (250 shots vs 295 shots) and is less popular.

Canon PowerShot SX740 HS

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2 years newer
$399

Significant advantages of the PowerShot SX740 HS (vs the PowerShot SX720 HS)

  • Has a flip-out screen

Significant disadvantages of the PowerShot SX740 HS (vs the PowerShot SX720 HS)

  • None found

common strengths of the PowerShot SX740 HS and PowerShot SX720 HS

  • Fast max shutter speeds: 1/3200 of a second vs 1/3200 of a second

Canon PowerShot SX620 HS

Canon PowerShot SX620 HS
similar age
$202 - $229

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)

  • 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

  • Inexpensive: $202.37 vs $299.95

Nikon Coolpix A900

Nikon Coolpix A900
similar age
$218 - $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

  • Inexpensive: $217.99 vs $299.95
  • Fast max shutter speeds: 1/4000 of a second vs 1/3200 of a second

Canon PowerShot SX730 HS

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1 year newer
$379

Significant advantages of the PowerShot SX730 HS (vs the PowerShot SX720 HS)

  • Has a flip-out screen

Significant disadvantages of the PowerShot SX730 HS (vs the PowerShot SX720 HS)

  • None found

common strengths of the PowerShot SX730 HS and PowerShot SX720 HS

  • Fast max shutter speeds: 1/3200 of a second vs 1/3200 of a second

Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

Canon PowerShot SX700 HS
2 years older
$438

Significant advantages of the SX700 HS (vs the PowerShot SX720 HS)

  • Records high-speed movies: 240 fps vs None
  • Has an external mic jack
  • Significantly longer battery life: 360 shots vs 250 shots

Significant disadvantages of the SX700 HS (vs the PowerShot SX720 HS)

  • None found

common strengths of the SX700 HS and PowerShot SX720 HS

  • Fast max shutter speeds: 1/3200 of a second vs 1/3200 of a second

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS50

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS50
1 year older
$279

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)

  • 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

  • Inexpensive: $279.00 vs $299.95

compared toSuper zoom competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon PowerShot SX720 HS compared to super zoom competitors include: it is significantly smaller (mid size (110×64×36 mm) vs 146×119×181 mm), has a CMOS-family sensor (CMOS vs CCD), is newer (february 2016 vs june 2015), is thinner (1.4" vs 4.8") and is significantly lighter (270 g vs 1,415 g).

However, on average it has slightly less zoom (40x vs 125x), has a slightly narrower wide angle lens (24 mm vs 21 mm), doesn't record high-speed movies (none vs 240 fps), slightly lower maximum light sensitivity (3,200 ISO vs 25,600 ISO) and doesn't have a touch screen.

Nikon Coolpix P1000

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2 years newer
$997

Significant advantages of the Coolpix P1000 (vs the PowerShot SX720 HS)

  • Much more zoom: 125x vs 40x
  • Has an external mic jack
  • Has a flip-out screen

Significant disadvantages of the Coolpix P1000 (vs the PowerShot SX720 HS)

  • Much larger: 146×119×181 mm vs Mid size (110×64×36 mm)
  • Much thicker: 7.1" vs 1.4"
  • Much heavier: 1,415 g vs 270 g

common strengths of the Coolpix P1000 and PowerShot SX720 HS

  • None found

Canon PowerShot SX60 HS

Canon PowerShot SX60 HS
1 year older
$344 - $449

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

  • Significantly better wide angle: 21 mm vs 24 mm
  • Has an external mic jack
  • Has a flip-out screen

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

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

common strengths of the SX60 HS and PowerShot SX720 HS

  • Fairly small: Large (128×93×114 mm) vs Mid size (110×64×36 mm)
  • Light weight: 650 g vs 270 g
  • Thin: 4.5" vs 1.4"

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)

  • Much better wide angle: 20 mm vs 24 mm
  • Has a touch screen
  • Significantly longer battery life: 330 shots vs 250 shots

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

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

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

  • Fairly small: Large (130×94×119 mm) vs Mid size (110×64×36 mm)
  • Light weight: 616 g vs 270 g

Canon PowerShot SX530 HS

Canon PowerShot SX530 HS
1 year older
$218 - $249

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 thicker: 3.6" vs 1.4"
  • 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

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

Canon PowerShot G3 X

Canon PowerShot G3 X
8 months older
$556 - $849

Significant advantages of the G3 X (vs the PowerShot SX720 HS)

  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,620k dots vs 922k dots
  • Better maximum light sensitivity: 25,600 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
  • Has an external mic jack

Significant disadvantages of the G3 X (vs the PowerShot SX720 HS)

  • Larger: Prosumer size (123×77×105 mm) vs Mid size (110×64×36 mm)
  • Significantly thicker: 4.1" vs 1.4"
  • Significantly heavier: 733 g vs 270 g

common strengths of the G3 X and PowerShot SX720 HS

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size (123×77×105 mm) vs Mid size (110×64×36 mm)
  • Thin: 4.1" vs 1.4"
  • Light weight: 733 g vs 270 g

Sony CyberShot DSC-H300

Sony CyberShot DSC-H300
2 years older
$178

Significant advantages of the DSC-H300 (vs the PowerShot SX720 HS)

  • Significantly longer battery life: 350 shots vs 250 shots

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-H300 (vs the PowerShot SX720 HS)

  • Has a CCD-family sensor: CCD vs CMOS
  • Significantly larger: Large (130×95×122 mm) vs Mid size (110×64×36 mm)
  • Significantly lower resolution screen: 460k dots vs 922k dots

common strengths of the DSC-H300 and PowerShot SX720 HS

  • Light weight: 590 g vs 270 g

compared toPro digicam competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon PowerShot SX720 HS compared to pro digicam competitors include: it has a slightly wider wide angle lens (24 mm vs 28 mm), has a CMOS-family sensor (CMOS vs CCD), is newer (february 2016 vs june 2013), is slightly less expensive ($299.95 vs $548.00) and has a faster max shutter speed (1/3200 of a second vs 1/1600 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

Canon PowerShot G9 X
4 months older
$391

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
  • Much wider aperture: f/2 vs f/3.3
  • Much higher true resolution: 20 MP vs 9.7 MP

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

  • Much worse wide angle: 28 mm vs 24 mm
  • 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

  • Inexpensive: $390.60 vs $299.95

Nikon Coolpix P340

Nikon Coolpix P340
2 years older
$890

Significant advantages of the P340 (vs the PowerShot SX720 HS)

  • Much wider aperture: f/1.8 vs f/3.3
  • Significantly longer exposures: 60 seconds vs 15 seconds

Significant disadvantages of the P340 (vs the PowerShot SX720 HS)

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

common strengths of the P340 and PowerShot SX720 HS

  • Good wide angle: 24 mm vs 24 mm

Canon PowerShot S90

Canon PowerShot S90
6 years older
$366

Significant advantages of the S90 (vs the PowerShot SX720 HS)

  • Much wider aperture: f/2 vs f/3.3

Significant disadvantages of the S90 (vs the PowerShot SX720 HS)

  • Much worse wide angle: 28 mm vs 24 mm
  • Has a CCD-family sensor: CCD vs CMOS
  • Significantly lower resolution screen: 461k dots vs 922k dots

common strengths of the S90 and PowerShot SX720 HS

  • Inexpensive: $366.12 vs $299.95

Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II

Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II
similar age
$520 - $649

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
  • Better maximum light sensitivity: 25,600 ISO vs 3,200 ISO

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

  • 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

  • Good wide angle: 24 mm vs 24 mm

Canon PowerShot N100

Canon PowerShot N100
2 years older

Significant advantages of the N100 (vs the PowerShot SX720 HS)

  • Much wider aperture: f/1.8 vs f/3.3
  • Has an external mic jack
  • Has a touch screen

Significant disadvantages of the N100 (vs the PowerShot SX720 HS)

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

common strengths of the N100 and PowerShot SX720 HS

  • Good wide angle: 24 mm vs 24 mm

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II
2 years older
$548 - $598

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

  • Much worse wide angle: 28 mm vs 24 mm
  • Slower max shutter speed: 1/2000 of a second vs 1/3200 of a second

common strengths of the DSC-RX100 II 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 better image stabilization (lens vs none) and is newer (february 2016 vs august 2014).

However, on average it doesn't record high-speed movies (none vs 1,200 fps), takes slightly lower resolution photos (9.7 MP vs 17.9 MP), doesn't have a touch screen, doesn't record movies in 24p and doesn't shoot as fast continuously (5.9 fps vs 60 fps).

Pentax Q-S1

Pentax Q-S1
1 year older
$344 5-15mm lens

Significant advantages of the Q-S1 (vs the PowerShot SX720 HS)

  • Supports 24p
  • Has interchangeable lenses
  • Supports an external flash

Significant disadvantages of the Q-S1 (vs the PowerShot SX720 HS)

  • Worse image stabilization:
    1. Sensor shift
    vs
    1. Lens
  • Much lower resolution screen: 460k dots vs 922k dots

common strengths of the Q-S1 and PowerShot SX720 HS

  • Fairly small: Compact (105×58×34 mm) vs Mid size (110×64×36 mm)
  • Light weight: 203 g vs 270 g
  • Thin: 1.3" vs 1.4"

Canon EOS M10

Canon EOS M10
4 months older
$499 15-45mm lens

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

  • Supports 24p
  • Has a touch screen
  • 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"

Nikon 1 J4

Nikon 1 J4
1 year older
$291 10-30mm lens

Significant advantages of the J4 (vs the PowerShot SX720 HS)

  • Records high-speed movies: 1,200 fps vs None
  • Shoots much faster: 60 fps vs 5.9 fps
  • Has a touch screen

Significant disadvantages of the J4 (vs the PowerShot SX720 HS)

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Lens

common strengths of the J4 and PowerShot SX720 HS

  • Fairly small: Compact (100×60×29 mm) vs Mid size (110×64×36 mm)
  • Light weight: 192 g vs 270 g
  • Thin: 1.1" 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 thinner (1.4" vs 3.1") and is significantly lighter (270 g vs 485 g).

However, on average it takes much 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 22.3x14.9mm), doesn't have a viewfinder (none vs pentamirror) and has a slightly shorter battery life (250 shots vs 500 shots).

Canon EOS Rebel T6

Canon EOS Rebel T6
similar age
$274 - $549 (body only)
$393 - $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: $274.00 vs $299.95