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For capturing everything from vacation videos to everyday snaps, you'll want the high-zoom, compact-body Powers hot SX710 HS camera by your side. Powerfully advanced yet easy to use, this camera is prepared to handle a variety of situations. The amazing 30x Optical Zoom gives you the versatility you need to take your still images and breathtaking 1080p Full HD video to the next level, with Intelligent IS and Zoom Framing Assist to keep even your highest zoom shots clear and steady. Experience sophisticated video capabilities including 60p/30p/24p and MP4 options, the ability to add background music to your clips in Story Highlights, and advanced Dynamic IS that keeps video steady even when you shoot while running or walking backwards. Built-in Wi-Fi and NFC make sharing what you've captured simple. With a 20.3 Megapixel High-Sensitivity CMOS sensor and DIGIC 6 Image Processor that create the Canon HS SYSTEM for excellent low-light performance, all packed into a slim design, this camera is perfect for travelers, families, and anyone who appreciates superb quality and performance.
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For capturing everything from vacation videos to everyday snaps, you'll want the high-zoom, compact-body PowerShot SX710 HS camera by your side. Powerfully advanced yet easy to use, this camera is prepared to handle a variety of situations. The amazing 30x Optical Zoom gives you the versatility you need to take your still images and breathtaking 1080p Full HD video to the next level, with Intelligent IS and Zoom Framing Assist to keep even your highest zoom shots clear and steady. Experience sophisticated video capabilities including 60p/30p/24p and MP4 options, the ability to add background music to your clips in Story Highlights, and advanced Dynamic IS that keeps video steady even when you shoot while running or walking backwards. Built-in Wi-Fi® and NFC make sharing what you've captured simple. With a 20.3 Megapixel* High-Sensitivity CMOS sensor and DIGIC 6 Image Processor that create the Canon HS SYSTEM for excellent low-light performance, all packed into a slim design, this camera is perfect for travelers, families, and anyone who appreciates superb quality and performance.
* Image processing may cause a decrease in the number of pixels.
With the PowerShot SX710 HS camera in hand, you'll be impressed at the zooming capabilities of this slim, compact digital camera. The amazing 30x Optical Zoom gets you just where you want to be: down on the field, high atop a skyscraper, deep into a landscape and much more. The camera's advanced technology helps ensure that images and videos are captured in outstanding quality, with Intelligent IS that chooses the stabilization method that's best for the shooting conditions, so images are virtually shake-free in a wide variety of situations.
It's easy to capture clear, steady images, even in low light without using a tripod. That's because the camera is equipped with Canon's innovative Intelligent IS. The system automatically analyzes camera movement and applies the best shake correction method for the shooting situation – allowing you to focus on framing and capturing your shot. For stills, the system selects from Normal IS, Panning IS, Macro (Hybrid) IS and Tripod modes. When shooting video, the system selects from Dynamic IS, Powered IS, Macro (Hybrid) IS and active Tripod IS modes. Icons clearly mark the image stabilization mode, whether you're shooting still images or video.
|Still Image Shooting|
|Normal IS||Corrects for a wide range of camera movement when shooting stills.|
|Panning IS||Panning motion is detected so that IS does not interfere with desired camera movement.|
|Macro (Hybrid) IS||Corrects for shift-type camera shake, which typically occurs in macro (close-up) shooting.|
|Tripod||When tripod use is detected, the Image Stabilizer is stopped because it is not needed.|
|Dynamic IS||Effective for video shooting at wide-angle focal lengths, eliminating the unwanted shaking that typically occurs while walking.|
|Powered IS||Compensates for hand movement when shooting video at the telephoto end of the zoom range, where camera shake is magnified.|
|Macro (Hybrid) IS||Corrects for motion blur that is likely to occur when shooting video while walking. Also compensates for the shift-type camera shake common in macro shooting.|
|Active Tripod IS||When shooting video while using a tripod, the image stabilization is active to compensate for slight camera shake.|
PowerShot digital cameras with built-in NFC (Near Field Communication) technology eliminates the need to manually find and open the new Canon Camera Connect app* on your mobile device. Simply touch the NFC icon on your camera to your compatible Android™ device**, and the Camera Connect app will launch automatically for quick, easy sharing of your images. Built-in NFC technology also makes it simpler to install the app. If the app hasn't been installed yet, once you touch the devices together for the first time, the download screen will display automatically. Now, NFC helps ensure making a connection to a compatible Android™ device* truly seamless. Simply touch the camera against an NFC-equipped device with the Canon Camera Connect app installed, and the Wi-Fi® connection is established no camera operations required. Even if your camera is off, NFC turns the camera on and establishes the connection (confirming the camera's nickname and privacy settings before the first connection is required).
Built-in Wi-Fi® technology for on-the-go convenience when you want to share your photos and videos with friends, family and the whole world. Easily post your images to social networking and media sites – Facebook®, Twitter®, YouTube™, Flickr®, and Google Drive™ – through CANON iMAGE GATEWAY*** directly from your PowerShot camera, or save them to the online photo album to share anytime, anywhere. The camera can also connect directly to both iOS® and Android™ devices*, and upload images via the free Canon Camera Connect app* without a computer. You can control the destination of your uploads to share with everyone or to selected groups, and even add comments. Sharing video is also easy with Wi-Fi® equipped PowerShot cameras, which record video using the easy-to-share MP4 format. Enhanced Wi-Fi® makes posting in real time possible, so you can keep everyone up to date with photos and video even as events unfold. Wi-Fi® technology also allows you to transfer images to other Wi-Fi® equipped PowerShot cameras or print your photos directly to a PictBridge (Wireless LAN) certified printer.
The Image Sync Function has been improved and expanded. In addition to wirelessly transferring photos and videos through CANON iMAGE GATEWAY*** to your computer, now you can view and download them from your smartphone.**** Take them anywhere, anytime, and use your familiar smartphone operations to view and share them.
Remote shooting functions of the PowerShot SX710 HS camera through your smartphone or tablet has been vastly improved with the new Canon Camera Connect app. Now a variety of the camera's expressive capabilities are available to you: use different shooting modes (P, Av, Tv, M); enjoy multi-aspect shooting and display; choose AF frame modes (single-point/face detection); shoot in continuous shooting mode; and utilize the AF button. In addition, the new Camera Connect app is now universal to PowerShot and Canon EOS cameras with built-in Wi-Fi®, so if you switch between cameras, operation is easy and familiar.
The camera's dedicated Mobile Device Connect Button gives you one-touch access to your compatible mobile device or computer (utilizing Image Sync function). You can transfer photos and videos to your smartphone or tablet for immediate sharing to a computer on the same network. When the camera finds a linked computer on the same wireless network, images are sent directly to it. Otherwise, images are temporarily stored on CANON iMAGE GATEWAY*** then transferred once a connection is made – very convenient when you're on vacation or out for the day.
* Compatible with iOS versions 6.0/6.1/7.0/7.1/8.0/8.1, Android smartphone versions 2.3.3/4.0/4.1/4.2/4.3/4.4 and Android tablet versions 4.0/4.1/4.2/4.3/4.4. Data charges may apply. With the download of the free Canon Camera Connect app. This software helps enable you to upload images to social network services. Before uploading images, please be aware that image files may contain privacy-related information such as people and places. If necessary, please delete such information. Canon does not obtain, collect or use such images or any information included in such images through this software.
** Compatible with Android devices versions 4.0/4.1/4.2/4.3/4.4.
*** One-time registration is required on CANON iMAGE GATEWAY online photo album.
**** With the download of the free Canon Online Photo Album app. The images and videos utilizing Image Sync can be viewed and downloaded with your smartphone or tablet within 30 days.
The PowerShot SX710 HS camera is fully compatible with Canon's brand new photo and video storage device: the Canon Connect Station CS100. By simply tapping with NFC, photos and videos are wirelessly transferred to the Connect Station CS100, where up to 1 TB of hard drive space (has the capacity for approximately 150,000 photos or approximately 70 hours of video content)* and simple menus make them easy to store, manage and sort by albums, date or device name. From there, images and videos can be viewed in Full HD on an HDTV (via an HDMI cable), sent to compatible wireless printers, viewed/uploaded/downloaded from smartphones and tablets or PCs, and shared with other Connect Stations and on social networking sites.
* Calculated with approx. 6.6MB for each photo and with average 32Mbps Full HD video.
The PowerShot SX710 HS camera employs a 20.3 Megapixel* High-Sensitivity CMOS sensor, which delivers state-of-the-art imaging performance and is optimized for use in compact cameras. Utilizing a sophisticated light-capturing design, it provides high sensitivity for improved high ISO capture with reduced noise. It is also a high-speed design, capable of rapidly capturing and moving image data to the processor, enabling faster continuous shooting and faster autofocus.
* Image processing may cause a decrease in the number of pixels.
The PowerShot SX710 HS camera is equipped with the DIGIC 6 Image Processor, which makes several important advancements to image quality both in stills and video. Improved light sensitivity allows for higher resolution with less noise when shooting in dark conditions, and Dynamic IS now detects and compensates for tilt and parallel movement (shift blur) to create video that's virtually free of distortion. The processor also enhances the performance capabilities of the PowerShot SX710 HS, enabling high-speed, high quality continuous still image shooting at up to 6.0 frames per second. And video recording is better than ever, as the DIGIC 6 Image Processor enables Full HD at 60p, as well as MP4 recording. Highly compressed MP4 video not only preserves space on your memory card but also improves playback on mobile devices. Plus, with MF Peaking possible thanks to the DIGIC 6 Image Processor, you'll have a pro-level focusing tool at your disposal.
The PowerShot SX710 HS camera gives you the power to capture beautifully detailed, naturally lit images even in low light – reducing the need for flash and the occasionally unwelcome effects it produces. That's because the camera's 20.3 Megapixel* High-Sensitivity CMOS sensor works with the camera's latest generation DIGIC 6 Image Processor to create the Canon HS SYSTEM, specifically engineered for spectacular low-light performance. With the Canon HS SYSTEM, you'll experience excellent tracking performance even in low light, and achieve gorgeous still image quality at ISO speeds up to ISO 3200; beautiful low-light shots are possible with minimal noise and maximum detail in highlight and shadow areas.
*Image processing may cause a decrease in the number of pixels.
The PowerShot SX710 HS camera is designed to make beautiful, creative video capture easy and fun. Image quality is luminous and lifelike in 1080p Full HD, with selectable frame rates of 60p, 30p and 24p to match the situation and end use. MP4 format, perfect for sharing and mobile devices, is also available. Newly improved Dynamic IS offers 5-axis image stabilization that corrects even the strong camera shake that happens when you shoot while running or walking backward.
New Short Clip Movie lets you shoot videos of 4 to 6 seconds as easily as capturing a snapshot; then, during playback, you can apply impressive effects including Normal speed, Fast motion, Slow motion and Replay.
The large, 3.0-inch high-resolution LCD screen makes it easy to both frame and review your shots. A resolution of 922,000 dots makes even the smallest details clear, and images are viewable even from a wide angle, so showing others what you've captured is easy, too.
The camera's Zoom Framing Assist function offers a variety of support for capturing excellent long telephoto shots. When you press and hold the Zoom Framing Assist button, the camera will automatically zoom out to include a wider angle of view, enabling you to more easily locate your moving subject. Once you find it, releasing the button returns the lens to its original zoom position, keeping the subject in focus until you're ready to shoot. You can even make zoom adjustments while the button is pressed, with an animated assist frame that makes viewing easy. When the button is released, the lens will return to the adjusted zoom position. Zoom Framing Assist also offers a seek assist function that detects when you're panning (for instance, to search for the ball on a field) and automatically zooms out to help; stop panning, and the zoom returns to its original position. Zoom Framing Assist keeps even a moving subject's face the same size in the frame with a tap to the Zoom Framing Assist function button; the feature is especially useful for capturing the expressions of fast-moving children. The system lets you choose the subject's size: choices include face, upper body, whole body, manual or off, and now AUTO. In AUTO, the camera evaluates camera movement, distance to subject, and the number of faces to automatically zoom in and out to stay focused on subjects and shoot them at the optimal size, even automatically zooming in to find faces when they are too small. Also new, an Auto Zoom feature that makes it easy for others (at a tourist spot, for example) and even children to take a great picture of you: the camera automatically zooms to frame the shot to just the right size. Conveniently, all Zoom Framing Assist functions are also available when shooting video.
PowerShot digital cameras with Creative Shot mode help turn your images into impressive artistic photos! Rather than randomly applying filters, Creative Shot mode takes advantage of advanced Canon technologies to analyze the individual scene, subject and exposure to apply any of 46 filter options. In addition to the original shot, the camera automatically produces and saves five additional variations of the composition. Filter choices are grouped into Retro, Monochrome, Special and Natural categories to make exploring the world of artistic photography fun and easy, or simply select Auto to access the full range of effects. With Creative Shot mode, the result is stunning artistic photos that are perfect for sharing.
View your still images and video† as a fun short story with the Story Highlights feature on the new PowerShot SX710 HS camera. You can choose to have the camera create one automatically, creating a short video of approximately three minutes* according to date, event or people, or you can customize your Story Highlights reel for a fun, unique video*. New Story Highlights BGM lets you add background music (choose from three pre-loaded songs) to the clips that Story Highlights automatically generates, for a new level of emotive expression. It's all done in camera, without the need for any additional software. Easily access and enjoy your Story Highlights – simply press the Story Highlights button to start creating your highlight album. The Story Highlights album can be saved to the camera's memory card for quick replay and also shared with the PowerShot SX710 HS camera's built-in Wi-Fi®.
† Videos must be shot in Hybrid Auto or Short Clip.
* Length of highlight video varies according to the photos and videos added to the Story Highlights album.
Capture the essence of special days – vacations, important occasions or any time you're shooting many shots in a day – using Hybrid Auto on the PowerShot SX710 HS camera. Hybrid Auto records up to four seconds of video every time you shoot a still image, then automatically joins the day's clips and pictures** into a video. The feature also makes sure the "highlight reel" is stunningly beautiful by automatically recognizing the scene and optimizing camera settings to capture the highest possible image quality. The resulting 720p HD video is properly exposed, crisp and steady.
** Pictures can be withheld from the resulting video via menu settings.
Smart AUTO on the PowerShot SX710 HS camera makes capturing sharp, bright colorful images and video as simple as pressing the shutter button. By assessing various factors in both the background and the subject, the system recognizes 58 predefined shooting situations and automatically selects the camera settings that will yield the best possible results. Simply frame the shot you want, and in dozens of common or challenging scenarios the camera takes care of the rest. Hard-to-capture shots such as moving subjects, night scenes, backlit subjects, and landscapes at evening or on a bright snowy day are instantly and effortlessly captured as "keeper" shots. Smart AUTO makes the PowerShot SX710 HS ideal for capturing excellent quality still images and video on the go.
* 58 predefined shooting situations for still images, and 21 predefined shooting situations for video.
|Manual||You have complete control of exposure, selecting both aperture and shutter speed manually.|
|Aperture-Priority||You set the aperture, controlling depth-of-field. The camera automatically selects the shutter speed.|
|Shutter-priority||You select the shutter speed, and the camera automatically selects the appropriate aperture.|
|Program||The camera automatically and intelligently selects the aperture/shutter speed combination based on the shooting conditions.|
|Live View Control||Enables Brightness, Color, and Tone adjustments to your images using easy-to-understand controls.|
|Hybrid Auto||Automatically selects shooting settings for optimal quality and records a video clip every time you capture a still image. One day's worth of clips are then combined into a single video.|
|Smart AUTO||The camera automatically selects the best shooting settings for optimal quality based on subjects and environmental factors to provide point-and-shoot simplicity.|
|Creative Shot||Analyzes the scene and applies a number of creative filters to automatically create five variations in addition to the original image.|
|Sports||The camera uses high shutter speeds to capture fast-moving subjects.|
|Portrait||Brings the subject into focus while beautifully blurring the background.|
|Smart Shutter||The camera automatically takes the photo when people smile, wink, or get into frame.|
|Handheld Night Scene||Take clear and steady pictures at night without the use of a tripod.|
|Low Light||For high quality image capture in an amazing range of dimly lit situations.|
|Snow||Shoot clear snow scenes without darkened subjects or an unnatural bluish tint.|
|Fireworks||Create brilliant images of skyrocketing fireworks.|
|Fisheye Effect||Now you can get the fisheye effect – a classic photographic distortion – without a fisheye lens.|
|Miniature Effect||Give images a miniature look with an effect that emphasizes perspective by blurring the top and bottom of the image.|
|Toy Camera Effect||Simulates photos taken with "toy" or pinhole cameras, darkening the image at the edges to create a vignette effect.|
|Soft Focus||Creates a hazy ambiance that's perfect for portraits and wedding photos.|
|Monochrome||Choose from three single-tone effects: Black-and-White, Sepia, or Blue.|
|Super Vivid||Super Vivid intensifies existing hues, saturating the scene with bright colors.|
|Poster Effect||Poster Effect combines several similar shades into one color, turning subtle gradations into eye-catching, scene-popping contrasts.|
|Short Clip Movie||Record a short movie (of 4 to 6 seconds) and choose from 4 playback effects.|
|Movie||Record video in stereo sound. Unwanted scenes can be deleted in playback mode.|
|iFrame Movie||The Apple® movie format, iFrame, makes it easier and quicker to import and upload videos while retaining high image quality.|
Actual results may vary from examples shown above.
Final image may vary depending on picture composition.
The PowerShot SX710 HS camera is equipped with Canon's latest advancements in autofocus (AF) technology. Canon's advanced AF achieves a significant increase in speed for a shooting experience that's spontaneous and natural. The remarkably responsive High Speed AF lets you capture great shots as they happen, with reduced lag time.
Several engineering breakthroughs contributed to this major enhancement to speed. In addition to improved AF algorithms, the camera can process multiple sequences simultaneously, and takes advantage of reworked controls between AF and the start of shooting.
Powered by the advanced DIGIC 6 Image Processor, the PowerShot SX710 HS camera gives you Continuous Shooting (approximately 6 frames per second) at the camera's full resolution of 20.3 Megapixels*. This lets you freeze action with stunning clarity to create spectacular images.
* Image processing may cause a decrease in the number of pixels.
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320 of 322 people found the following review helpful.
This is what you want and need in a travel zoom
I was looking to replace my Kodak Z950 travel zoom after nearly 5 years of service, and was very pleased with the performance of my now 2-year-old Canon SX40 HS super-zoom, so I was going to look at Canon first. I was considering the SX700 HS, but late last year, the Canon website noted the coming update to the SX710 HS, so I waited. I ordered directly from Canon and have had it a couple of weeks now (about 2 weeks ahead of Amazon).
The main change from the SX700 to the 710 is the increase in resolution from 16 MP to 20 MP. The other features are basically the same, including a 30x optical zoom (fairly high for this range of camera), Canon's DIGIC 6 processor, and wireless connectivity including NFC to tap-transfer pictures to a compatible cell phone. The SX710's body is also the same as the SX700, with a pop-up flash and a small easy-to-hold form.
If you're familiar with Canon cameras, the mode wheel and controls will be what you're used to - if you're new to the brand, they're straightforward and very easy to use. I usually leave my camera in M (manual) mode and select the exposure, shutter, ISO, and white balance myself. I'm by no means a pro, but that level of control allows me to get the best picture quality in virtually any situation, including very low light without flash. And unlike my old Kodak, the Canon screen - a very sharp 922K 3-inch LCD - adjusts with the settings you choose to show a much more accurate representation of what you'll shoot *before* you take the picture. The Kodak's screen was basically one setting and I often had to retake shots after seeing how they came out. The mode dial is a little on the stiff side compared to my SX40, so I did have to get used to that, but unless you frequently change from one mode to the other, that really shouldn't be a problem.
In actual use, the SX710 shines. Again, it's a travel zoom, so if you're going on a photo-intensive trip, bird watching, or some similar activity and want "awesome/incredible" pictures, then use a super-zoom or DSLR. Just to compare for myself, I took the exact same picture with both the SX40 and SX710, with the same image settings - the 40's photo was sharper and had better focus on tiny details, and I expected that from the better lens of the super-zoom. But for "very good" pictures, the SX710 is far superior to the old Kodak, and is just shy of the SX40 for the pictures I generally take (parties, general scenery, fixed targets, etc.). The range of shutter speeds, exposures, and ISO settings allow you to get a great picture whether in full Auto, full Manual, or anywhere in between. The aperture is fine for this type of camera, ranging from f/3.2 to 6.9, although again, it won't match the abilities of a super-zoom or DSLR.
Both the image and video quality are what you'd expect from Canon. Images print clearly on photo paper and look good shared online in all the resolution ranges (although it's always recommended to shoot in the higher MP ranges if the pictures are intended for hardcopy printing). The video shoots up to a very clear 60 fps in full HD (1920x1080p) and allows standard zoom during shooting for very nice movies. You also get clear stereo sound.
Besides the stiff mode wheel, the only drawbacks I've encountered are a less-than-quick battery/card door (you need a very dry/tacky finger to open it quickly), and the flash snaps to its position with an audible "twang" of the spring which has me just a little concerned about long-term durability. All minor issues, though - and nothing that really takes away from using the camera.
Since the SX710 is just an update of the 700, the full range of accessories are already available, including AC adapters, 12V car chargers, higher-output batteries (I like the Vivitar NB-6L / NB-6LH Ultra High Capacity 1700mAH Li-ion Replacement Batteries for Select Canon Digital Cameras, Pack of 2 for this line), and other equipment. I also went with the Case Logic DCB-302 Compact Case for Camera - Black as I have had good experience with Case Logic bags for other equipment, and while it's a very snug fit for the camera body, it works pretty well. Canon warranty is their standard 1 year on the camera body and 90 days on the OEM battery. (The Vivitar batteries come with a 5 year warranty, which is why I like to use those.)
For a travel zoom, the SX710 HS is a terrific camera. Features, settings, and capabilities are first-rate, and all in a very tidy package that can fit in your pocket. While this brings my run of Kodak cameras to a close after nearly 30 years of 35mm, APS, and digital products, I'm much happier with the Canon equipment I have now, and look forward to years of excellent service from the SX710 HS.
266 of 274 people found the following review helpful.
Another home run for Canon in the point-and-shoot camera world!
I am an avid amateur photographer that travels a lot (love travel photography!), and I carry both my professional camera and a smaller camera with me wherever I am going. I have used various professional and "point-and-shoot" cameras over the years for the quick and easy shots, or for utilizing as a backup camera to have along with me whenever I do not want to carry my larger, more bulky (and a lot more expensive!) camera around. I have never been disappointed with any Canon camera I have owned in the past, and this one is no disappointment for me, either. I have owned 3 Canon Powershot cameras over the years and this one is amazing and by far the best. It is very easy to use, and has simple and easy to adjust controls (no fumbling). It has been very easy and reliable to use for just about everything so far, from travel photos to zoom images, simple portrait images, and even occasional macro shots. The auto shoot modes are very reliable for most shots and I have been impressed with the rapid focus and clarity of the images. I was surprised that I like the "creative shot" feature that gives you about 5 or 6 images of the same shot that are edited by the camera. Sometimes you can get some really great unexpected photos this way. The flash is very "usable" and will not fire unless the button is pushed to raise the flash. That is an improvement over some other cameras that I have used in the past that require you to stop and change your camera settings every single time you want to shoot an image in a darker or shaded spot without the flash. Also, the connectivity to my iPhone was very easy. I can look at all of the photos on the camera on my phone, pick and choose the ones I want to download to my phone (or to my computer) wirelessly, and also control the camera remotely using my iPhone. I was amazed with the functionality of this camera, ease of use, and the quality of the images. Another home run for Canon in the point and shoot camera world.
194 of 204 people found the following review helpful.
Great compact zoom for travel
By Varrin Swearingen
This is at least the 8th digital camera I've had (5 Canons, 2 Kodaks, and an HP). As zoom lenses improved, I opted for larger-but-better zoom models, including two of Canon's (S3 IS and SX20 IS). I have liked the balance of great zoom but smaller-than-SLR size. However in recent years, I have wanted a smaller camera due to size limitations of the baggage I currently carry. After researching for a year or so, I settled on the SX7x0 HS to replace my SX20 IS.
I waited until the SX710 came out and bought it just prior to a 2 1/2 week European vacation. I chose it over the 700 due to the enhanced mobile options and higher resolution. I have now taken almost 1,000 pictures and videos on it. Here are some observations in no particular order:
* Battery life is fair with the stock battery and good with aftermarket batteries. I carried three (one in the camera, two in the case) and that proved adequate for weeks of travel. I had to charge every few days but never needed more even with heavy use.
* Speed is mostly very good. I have review turned on (displays the photo after taking it) which slows things down slightly. Power up is quick. Focus is quick. Shot to shot with review on and having to focus again is not as quick as I'd like, but quick enough that I made no efforts to fix the problem (either turning review off and/or continuous shooting). Only on rare occasion did I miss a shot as a result.
* Image quality is good for its size. It is noticeably inferior to the SX20 and S3 in one way that could be important to some people. At the long end of the zoom range, distortion from noise reduction is quite noticeable even at low ISO settings. I have not done direct camera-to-camera comparisons, but my hunch is that the usable information in the images from the SX710 is considerably less than the SX20, despite almost double the megapixles. However, when viewing on a screen (fit to screen) or printing smaller formats (say, 4x6) I think this problem would be unnoticeable. Aside from that one flaw, the camera takes very nice pictures which match or exceed the quality of larger models from even the recent past.
* Video quality is excellent for its size. I took video at 720p to save file size (v.s. 1080p). Both the video quality and audio quality were noticeably better from any previous camera I've had, including the other Canons.
* Ergonomics are fair. Canon packs a lot of features into a small package. I don't have specific suggestions for improvement, but I do regularly encounter several problems. Inserting or removing the camera to/from the case requires some care to avoid turning it on with one of the multitude of buttons that turns the camera on. The power, shutter, and movie buttons are close enough together to cause wrong-button-pushing problems. And occasionally the back panel buttons (especially the phone button) gets accidentally pressed.
* Phone pairing features are very useful. This is the first camera I've had with those features and I wound up using several of them (transfer the images to the phone, and remote control). That was very handy and they're very easy to use after learning how. Based on what I've read about the 700, I'm glad I waited for the 710 for this reason alone.
Based on my experiences, I believe this form factor now satisfies the important requirements that previously could only be met with a larger zoom (ala the SX60 and predecessors). Unless you need an absurdly long zoom (more than 30x), and provided you can tolerate the image quality issues at the long end of the zoom, the next logical step up from this is a SLR. An SLR is too big (and expensive) for me, so this camera is my choice. So far, I'm very happy with it.