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Canon PowerShot SX270 HS Digital Camera

Compact Camera 12.1MP 20x Dec 2014
Camera Type Megapixel Optical Zoom Image Stabilizer Release Date
Two industry awards
Easy to use
Good quality pictures
61 Reviews + 2 Awards
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Reviews

Two Industry Awards

This camera was given a "Recommended" award by both review sites PhotographyBlog.com and Vido.com.ua, both of which decided that this Canon digital camera was good.

Expert Reviews Are Average

On average, based on five expert reviews from sites including PhotographyBlog.com, Ephotozine, clubic.com and digitalkamera.de this camera has an overall expert rating of 79 out of 100.

Owner Reviews Are Average

This Canon digital camera has an average owner rating of 73 out of 100 based on 95 owner reviews.

Canon Has Excellent Reviews for Its Cameras

Based on 34,684 expert and user reviews (including 1,256 verified purchases), Canon has excellent ratings for its cameras. Canon also has excellent ratings specifically within its low megapixel digital cameras range. 92% of those that bought a Canon camera would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.

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Power

Poor Battery Life

Twelve customers thought it did not have a good battery life. Robin Brockway mentioned three years ago “If you have one with this problem, try charging it for longer than the green charging light indicates” and gave the product a rating of 1 stars out of 5. Sarah W-B wrote on expert website Amazon “Firstly, this camera has an inbuilt fault where it believes the camera battery is dead when using the video recorder setting, when it isn't” nonetheless she still rated the product 5 stars out of 5. Robin Brockway also said “After a month I had the same battery problem documented by a couple of reviewers, although it is erratic” in his review.


Design

Easy to Use

Eight customers who reviewed the product wrote that it was easy to use. Robin C Canwell mentioned in his review of this digital camera “We love this camera for its ease of use and perfect results, especially the superb zoom for such a small camera”. Nicky Payne rated the product 5 stars out of 5 and he said on expert review site Amazon three years ago “Meets my expectations - easy to use for non-professional” in his review of this digital camera. He also mentioned “Easy to use, clear instructions, intuitive functions” in his review.

Three owners who purchased the product concluded that it was easy to use the menus. Victoria Ward mentioned in her review of this digital camera on expert website Amazon “Amazing camera, loads of great settings on it” and scored it a maximum of 5 stars. Jonquil Anderson said on expert review site Amazon “Great value for money, has all the settings of an SLR” in their review of this digital camera.

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Nice Design

Three owners who reviewed the product reckoned that it was good looking. Four years ago Sarah W-B mentioned on expert review site Amazon “It looks really nice style wise”. Jack Cooper said in his review of the Canon PowerShot SX270 HS on expert website Amazon three years ago “Nevertheless the sound quality instantly ruins the beautiful 1080p/60fps video quality” and gave it a rating of 80 out of 100.

Good Product Quality

Ten people who purchased it reckoned that it was good quality. Four years ago Sarah W-B said in her review of the Canon PowerShot SX270 HS on expert review site Amazon “The image quality of photos is excellent, with the high pixel resolution allowing high zoom levels without distortion”. Rjm wrote in their review of this digital camera “We are happy with the image quality and the 'feel' of the camera”. Nicky Payne mentioned in his review of this digital camera “Quality of pictures are clear and true” and gave it the highest possible rating of 5 stars out of 5.


Features

Good Technical Features

Five customers who bought the Canon PowerShot SX270 HS agreed that it had good features. Expert website Photographyblog.com mentioned four years ago “The SX270 has a 20x, 25-500mm optical zoom lens with built-in anti-shake system that features an enhanced Dynamic IS with 5-axis stablizer” and gave it a rating of 80 out of 100. Rjm said on expert review site Amazon “We have wanted a new compact camera for a while, this is reasonably prices and has loads of features, still getting used to itIt has had limited use so far” in their review of this digital camera and scored the product 5 stars out of 5.


Price

Reasonably Priced

Five owners said in their reviews that the Canon PowerShot SX270 HS was good value for money. Dave G mentioned on expert website Amazon.co.uk “Ignore the moans and groans about battery life with normal photo's, as I got around 300 using cheap batteries, (£6.99 for 3 1500mAh, bought on Amazon).” in his review of this digital camera but despite that he only gave it a rating of 60 out of 100. He also wrote “When it came to using the video (if it worked) the cheap batteries lasted seconds” in his review. Andrew Johnson said on expert review site Amazon “This is another excellent all-rounder from Canon - good value, good features, good photos, good usability”.


Weight & Dimensions

Good Size

Fourteen owners reckoned that this digital camera was compact. Expert website Ephotozine.com said four years ago “The Canon Powershot SX270 HS offers a lot of optical zoom in a compact camera body and has a number of features that the traveller will find appealing.” in their review of this digital camera. They also mentioned “The Canon PowerShot SX270 HS was announced in March 2013 and is a compact camera with 20x optical zoom” in their review. Sarah W-B wrote four years ago “It is compact.” and gave the Canon PowerShot SX270 HS a rating of 5 stars out of 5.

Average Weight

With a weight of 227 grams, the PowerShot SX270 HS has a relatively average weight compared to most of the other digital cameras of a comparable age and type to this digital camera.

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Good Quality Pictures

Twenty customers who purchased it agreed that it was able to produce good images. Laura R rated the Canon PowerShot SX270 HS 5 stars out of 5 and she mentioned “It's producing some great pictures and videos”. N. Chaddock said on expert website Amazon “What a shame because the camera takes excellent photos and the HD video is superb” nonetheless they only gave it a score of 3 stars out of 5. Richard Allen he mentioned on expert website Amazon three years ago “I was pleasantly surprised with the image quality of this camera, image stabilisation proved excellent” in his review of this digital camera.

Three customers mentioned in their reviews that it was good in low light. Four years ago Sarah W-B she said in her review of this digital camera “A great camera, which is fantastic in low light situations”. She also mentioned “The photos it takes in low light conditions is a revelation, thanks to Canons clever technology, which is great because I hate the light quality that small flashes bring” in her review. Ed wrote four years ago “Great for low-light shots”.

Two customers who bought this digital camera concluded that it had a good ISO range. Dave G said on expert review site Amazon.co.uk “ISO control is exceptional” although he rated the product 60 out of 100. Ed wrote in his review of this digital camera on expert website Amazon “I shot at 800 iso, at full focal length”.

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Good Quality Lens

Eight owners wrote that it had a good zoom. Three years ago Dave G wrote “Ageing Sony HX9v compact camera and wanted a cheap'ish new camera (around £150), with great I.Q, x20 zoom” yet he gave it a score of 3 stars out of 5. E. Smith mentioned in their review of this digital camera four years ago “The flexibility of a 20x zoom is incredible, especially on a bright day.” . They also said “Really like the long zoom.” in their review.

Three people said in their reviews that it had a good lens. E. Smith mentioned on expert review site Amazon.co.uk “The Digic 6 seems to be an improvement and goes some way to compensating for the necessarily less bright lens on this camera” in their review of the Canon PowerShot SX270 HS and rated this digital camera 4 stars out of 5. They also wrote “I normally prefer a brighter lens, having had an F2 until this.” in their review.

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Good Video Capture

Ten customers who bought the Canon PowerShot SX270 HS said that it was good for video recording. Three years ago Richard Allen mentioned in his review of this digital camera “Battery life for still photographs, even in cold conditions was good and was able to last a full day's skiing, however life reduced dramatically when the video function was used”. Tomr said in their review of this digital camera “Best to keep video to small blocks of a couple of minutes, hardly ideal”. Dave G mentioned on expert website Amazon.co.uk “The slow-mo video mode is fun”.


Other

Released Over Two Years Ago

It was December 2014 when this low megapixel camera was released.


Display

Quite Large Display Diagonal

With a display diagonal of 3 inches, the PowerShot SX270 HS has a fairly large display diagonal compared to most of the other cameras of a comparable age and type to this camera. Across all the comparable spec cameras that were released more than two years ago the display diagonals range from 1" to 3.5", and the average display diagonal is 2.6".

Alternative 3" screen digital cameras currently available which you might want to look at include the D3000 + AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm, or the P300 both from Nikon or the Canon S110 which all of have better reviews.

If this camera display diagonal is too small for you then you might want to consider the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX77 (3.5") which also has a higher rating.

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Video

Supports Video Recording

The PowerShot SX270 HS supports video recording, as do most of the other digital cameras of a comparable spec and age to this digital camera.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

The Canon PowerShot SX270 HS supports a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. That's over six times the video resolution of the most frequently found video resolutions of 640 x 480 pixels (which is also supported by this camera). This Canon camera also support a video resolutions of 320 x 240 pixels and 1280 x 720 pixels. A video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels is equivalent to Full HD video. You will require a Full HD TV or better to appreciate this level of detail.

This camera's video resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels) is actually the best supported video resolution amongst all low megapixel digital cameras that came out around the same time as this digital camera.

The worst supported video resolution across similar types of camera is 320 x 240 pixels.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

This digital camera has a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, which is typical of many cameras of a comparable type and age to it.

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Networking

Does Not Support Wi-Fi

The PowerShot SX270 HS does not support Wi-Fi, although this is within the context that most of the other cameras of a similar spec and age to this digital camera also do not support Wi-Fi.

Other cameras which also support Wi-Fi that you might want to look at include the Nikon D3000 + AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm, or the Canon S110.

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Does Not Feature Bluetooth

The PowerShot SX270 HS does not feature bluetooth. Most of the other cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as this digital camera also do not feature bluetooth.

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Other Features

Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The PowerShot SX270 HS has a built-in flash, as do most of the other low megapixel digital cameras that were launched more than two years ago.

We compared this digital camera to all the other digital cameras with a built-in flash and we think because of their better review scores, the Nikon D3000 + AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX77, and the Samsung ZZBPWFR are also worth considering.

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Has an HDMI Port

The PowerShot SX270 HS has an HDMI port. Most of the other low megapixel digital cameras that are a similar age to this camera also have an HDMI port.

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Has a USB 2.0 Port

The PowerShot SX270 HS has a USB 2.0 port, as do most of the other low megapixel digital cameras that are a comparable age to this digital camera.

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Lens System

Quite Big Optical Zoom

Low megapixel digital cameras that were released around the same time as this digital camera have optical zooms of between 1x and 50x, and the average optical zoom is 7.4x. The Canon PowerShot SX270 HS has a quite big optical zoom (20 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other low megapixel digital cameras that are a comparable age to this camera.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative 20x optical zoom digital cameras currently available including the Canon SX240 HS which has better reviews.

If this camera optical zoom is too small for you then you might want to consider the Lumix DMC-FZ330 (£427) (24x and higher rated), or the Lumix DMC-FZ200 (£279.95) (24x and higher rated) both from Panasonic.

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Average Digital Zoom

The PowerShot SX270 HS has a relatively average digital zoom (4 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other low megapixel digital cameras that were launched around the same time as this digital camera.

We compared this camera to all the other 4x digital zoom cameras and we think because of their better review scores, the 230 HS, and the SX50 HS both from Canon or the Nikon P500 are also worth considering.

If you want a bigger digital zoom then you might want to look at the Canon 500 (4.1x and higher rated), or the GE A1250 (5.7x and higher rated).

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Quite Long Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

The shortest maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) of similar spec digital cameras that have been on the market for more than two years is 0.28mm, the longest is 1,200mm, and the average maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) is 230mm. With a maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) of 500 millimeters, the PowerShot SX270 HS has one of the longer maximum focal lengths (35mm film equiv) amongst cameras of this age.

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Quite Small Maximum Aperture Number

The average maximum aperture number of cameras that have been around for a comparable time to this digital camera is 6.2. At 6.8, the PowerShot SX270 HS has a quite small maximum aperture number compared to most of the other cameras of this age and spec.

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Fairly Large Minimum Aperture Number

The smallest minimum aperture number of digital cameras of a similar age and spec to this camera is 1.3, the largest is 11, and the average minimum aperture number is 3. At 3.5, the Canon PowerShot SX270 HS has a fairly large minimum aperture number compared to most of the other low megapixel digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as this camera.

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Picture Quality

Has an Image Stabilizer

The PowerShot SX270 HS has an image stabilizer, as do most of the other digital cameras of a similar spec and age to this digital camera.

Other cameras with an image stabilizer currently available which you might want to look at include because of their better review scores, the SX220 HS, or the S110 both from Canon or the Panasonic LUMIX GF3K.

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Only 1920 X 1080 Still Image Resolution

The Canon PowerShot SX270 HS has a higher still image resolution than most comparable spec cameras that have been available for a similar time to it. This camera has a 1920 x 1080 still image resolution(s), whereas most digital cameras that were released more than two years ago have a 384 x 480 still image resolution(s). This Canon camera also have still image resolution(s) of 4:3 - (L) 4000 x 3000, (M1) 2816 x 2112, (M2) 1600 x 1200, (S) 640 x 480, 16:9 - (L) 4000 x 2248, (M1) 2816 x 1584, (M2) 1920 x 1080, (S) 640 x 360, 3:2 - (L) 4000 x 2664, (M1) 2816 x 1880, (M2) 1600 x 1064, (S) 640 x 424, 1:1 - (L) 2992 x 2992, (M1) 2112 x 2112 and (M2) 1200 x 1200 and (S) 480 x 480. The still image resolution of all cameras that are a similar age to this camera ranges from 384 x 480 to 6016 x 4016.

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4000 X 3000 Pixels Image Resolution

This digital camera has a maximum image resolution of 4000 x 3000 pixels, which is the most frequently found maximum image resolution on digital cameras of a similar age and spec to it.

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12.1 Megapixels Megapixel

This is a 12.1 megapixels camera.

There are a number of other 12.1MP cameras currently available that you might want to look at including because of their better review scores, the S120 (£179.99), or the SX510 HS (£137.99) both from Canon or the Nikon P500.

If you are looking for a digital camera with a higher megapixel then you might want to look at the P7700 (12.2MP and higher rated), or the P330 (12.2MP and higher rated) both from Nikon or the GE A1250 (12.2MP and higher rated).

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Technical Details

Has a Self-Timer

The PowerShot SX270 HS has a self-timer, as do most of the other digital cameras that have been available for more than two years.

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Flash

Has a Flash Exposure Compensation

The PowerShot SX270 HS has a flash exposure compensation, as do most of the other digital cameras of this spec and age.

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Has an External Flash Connector

The Canon PowerShot SX270 HS has an external flash connector, as do most of the other similar spec cameras that have been around for a comparable time to this camera.

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Camera

Supports Direct Printing

The PowerShot SX270 HS supports direct printing, as do most of the other low megapixel digital cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to this camera.

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Features Brightness Adjustment

The Canon PowerShot SX270 HS features brightness adjustment. Most of the other cameras of a comparable spec and age to this camera also feature brightness adjustment.

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Features Contrast Adjustment

The Canon PowerShot SX270 HS features contrast adjustment. Most of the other digital cameras of this age and type also feature contrast adjustment.

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Supports Live View

The PowerShot SX270 HS supports live view. Most of the other cameras that were launched more than two years ago also support live view.

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Has a Custom Colour

The Canon PowerShot SX270 HS has a custom colour, as do most of the other low megapixel digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as this camera.

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Has an Orientation Sensor

The Canon PowerShot SX270 HS has an orientation sensor, as do most of the other digital cameras that are a comparable age to this camera.

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Features Histogram

The Canon PowerShot SX270 HS features histogram. Most of the other digital cameras of this spec and age also feature histogram.

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Packaging Content

Has an AC Adapter Included

The Canon PowerShot SX270 HS has an AC adapter included, as do most of the other digital cameras of this age and spec.

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Has a Hand Strap

The PowerShot SX270 HS has a hand strap, as do most of the other low megapixel digital cameras that came out more than two years ago.

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Has a Battery Charger Included

The Canon PowerShot SX270 HS has a battery charger included. Most of the other digital cameras of this age and type also have a battery charger included.

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Has a Batteries Included

The PowerShot SX270 HS has a batteries included, as do most of the other similar spec cameras that have been available for a comparable time to this camera.

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Audio

Features Voice Recording

The Canon PowerShot SX270 HS features voice recording. Most of the other cameras of a comparable spec and age to this digital camera also feature voice recording.

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Has a Built-In Microphone

The Canon PowerShot SX270 HS has a built-in microphone. Most of the other digital cameras of a comparable age and spec to this camera also have a built-in microphone.

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Ports & Interfaces

Has an HDMI

The Canon PowerShot SX270 HS has an HDMI. Most of the other low megapixel digital cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to this camera also have an HDMI.

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Supports PictBridge

The Canon PowerShot SX270 HS supports PictBridge. Most of the other low megapixel digital cameras that have been available for more than two years also support PictBridge.

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2 USB Version

This digital camera supports a 2 USB version, which is the most frequently supported USB version on cameras of this type and age.

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Light Exposure

Supports Nine ISO Sensitivities

The number of ISO speeds supported by the Canon PowerShot SX270 HS is more than most cameras of this age and spec. This Canon digital camera supports a 400 ISO sensitivity, which is the most frequently supported ISO sensitivity supported by similar spec digital cameras that were released around the same time as this digital camera. The ISO sensitivities "80", "100", "200", "800", "1600", "3200", "6400" and "Auto" are also supported by this camera.

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Focusing

Features Smile Detection

The Canon PowerShot SX270 HS features smile detection. Most of the other cameras that have been available for a similar time to this digital camera also feature smile detection.

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Quite Large Closest Focusing Distance

The PowerShot SX270 HS has one of the larger closest focusing distances (0.05 meters) amongst comparable spec cameras of this age. Comparable spec cameras that have been available for more than two years have closest focusing distances of between 0.01m and 0.45m, and the average closest focusing distance is 0.077m.

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers canon 8228b011aa
Barcodes 04054842255131, 05053973050218, 05053973870199, 08714574598635, 08714574598666, 08714574598673, 08714574598697

Canon PowerShot SX270 HS Review Sources

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