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The Pow­er­Shot SX710 HS could prob­a­bly be con­sid­ered the midrange su­per­zoom in Canon’s compact lineup for 2015, com­ing with a 20MP BSI CMOS sen­sor, an im­pres­sive 25-750mm zoom range (35mm equiv­a­lent), plus Wi-Fi and NFC ca­pa­bil­i­ties.

In terms of de­sign, the Pow­er­Shot SX710 HS is vir­tu­ally un­changed from the Pow­er­Shot SX700 HS, which may or may not be a good thing de­pend­ing on how much you liked the pre­vi­ous model. Grip sup­port comes by way of faux leather cov­er­ing over a small grip area and in a cer­tain sense the en­larged mode dial, which is knurled for bet­ter feel.

While we did have some mis­giv­ings about the dial be­ing placed ver­ti­cally (it seemed like the chances of ac­ci­den­tally shift­ing modes would be quite high), it seems like Canon has taken that into ac­count quite well, im­ple­ment­ing click stops that don’t shift out too eas­ily.

We like that the cam­era also of­fers the very handy zoom fram­ing as­sist mode that’s also seen on the higher-end Pow­er­Shot G3 X. You sim­ply press the but­ton once and it zooms out tem­po­rar­ily, al­low­ing you to re­frame the shot while keep­ing the but­ton de­pressed. Re­lease the but­ton, and it zooms back in. What’s nice though is that it also dou­bles as a sub­ject track­ing mode. You can have it iden­tify face, body or just the up­per body, and the cam­era will ad­just the lens zoom to keep that in frame if you press and re­lease rather than hold it down.

An­other thing to note is that press­ing ei­ther the phone but­ton or the pre­view but­ton will turn on the cam­era and au­to­mat­i­cally put it in the re­spec­tive mode. It’s a bit of an un­der­rated short­cut per­haps, but one that could save you some time if you just wanted to show off a pic­ture per­haps.

The movie record but­ton can be dif­fi­cult to reach.

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