Canon announces PowerShot SX730 HS, features a 40x zoom lens

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Canon has launched a successor to the PowerShot SX720 HS launched last year. The newly announced Canon PowerShot SX730 HS is a point and shoot camera with a 1/2.3-inch 20.3-megapixel BSI CMOS sensor and a 24-960mm equivalent 40x zoom lens. Aside from a new “Self-portrait” mode and a “Smooth Skin” mode, precious little seems to have changed though. Here’s a look at a detailed comparison of the two cameras on the Canon website.

The Canon PowerShot SX730 HS features Bluetooth low-energy technology in addition to Wi-Fi/NFC which, the company claims, makes remote control shooting possible for long periods. The camera uses a DIGIC 6 image processor, just like its predecessor. The PowerShot SX730 HS lets you record 1080p Full HD video at 60p.

Key Features

  • 40x Optical zoom with Zoom Framing Assist
  • Built-in Wi-Fi, NFC, and Bluetooth technology
  • 20.3-megapixel BSI-CMOS sensor
  • DIGIC 6 Image Processor
  • 1080p Full HD video at 60p
  • Self Portrait mode; Smooth Skin mode

The Canon SX730 is available in silver and black colours, and is expected to ship in May for ₹25,995, about ₹3000 more than its predecessor. What do you folks think about shelling out an additional ₹3000 for possibly better selfies with smoother skin? Manufacturers are clearly finding it difficult to add features of any significant value to their budget compact camera offerings, and product offerings such as this may only serve to accelerate the impending death of compact point-and-shoot cameras.