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Canon PowerShot SX270 HS Digital Camera

$274.99
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 received a "Recommended" award from both websites PhotographyBlog.com and Vido.com.ua, both of which thought that this Canon camera was good.

Expert Reviews Are Average

Based on five expert reviews from sites including PhotographyBlog.com, Ephotozine, digitalkamera.de and gadgetspeak.com the average expert rating of this low megapixel digital camera is 79%.

User Reviews Are Average

On average, PowerShot SX270 HS owners rated this digital camera 73%.

Canon Cameras Have Excellent Reviews

Based on 34,085 expert and user reviews (including 1,203 verified purchases), Canon has excellent reviews for its digital cameras. Canon also has excellent reviews specifically within its low megapixel digital cameras range compared to other brands. 92% of those that bought a Canon camera would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.

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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 around for a similar time to this digital camera.

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Features Brightness Adjustment

The PowerShot SX270 HS features brightness adjustment. Most of the other low megapixel digital cameras that were released around the same time as this camera also feature brightness adjustment.

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Supports Live View

The Canon PowerShot SX270 HS supports live view. Most of the other low megapixel digital cameras that were released around the same time as this camera also support live view.

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Features Contrast Adjustment

The PowerShot SX270 HS features contrast adjustment. Most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as this camera also feature contrast adjustment.

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Has a Custom Colour

The PowerShot SX270 HS has a custom colour. Most of the other similar spec digital cameras that came out more than two years ago also have a custom colour.

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Has an Orientation Sensor

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

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Features Histogram

The PowerShot SX270 HS features histogram, as do most of the other low megapixel digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as this camera.

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Networking

Does Not Support Wi-Fi

The Canon PowerShot SX270 HS does not support Wi-Fi. Most of the other low megapixel digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as this digital camera also do not support Wi-Fi.

It is worth considering alternative cameras which also support Wi-Fi including the Canon S110 which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Feature Bluetooth

The PowerShot SX270 HS does not feature bluetooth, although keep in mind that most of the other cameras that are a comparable age to this digital camera also do not feature bluetooth.

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Power

Poor Battery Life

Twelve people considered that the Canon PowerShot SX270 HS did not have a good battery life. Robin Brockway wrote in his Canon PowerShot SX270 HS review on Amazon “If you have one with this problem, try charging it for longer than the green charging light indicates”. Sarah W-B said on 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”. Robin Brockway also wrote “After a month I had the same battery problem documented by a couple of reviewers, although it is erratic” in his review.


Light Exposure

Supports Nine ISO Sensitivities

The number of ISO speeds supported by the PowerShot SX270 HS is more than most comparable spec cameras that have been around for around the same time as it. This Canon camera supports a 400 ISO sensitivity, which is the most frequently supported ISO sensitivity supported by cameras that came out more than two years ago. The ISO sensitivities "80", "100", "200", "800", "1600", "3200", "6400" and "Auto" are also supported by this Canon digital camera.

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Ports & Interfaces

Has an HDMI

The PowerShot SX270 HS has an HDMI, as do most of the other digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as this camera.

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Supports PictBridge

The Canon PowerShot SX270 HS supports PictBridge. Most of the other digital cameras of this spec and age also support PictBridge.

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2 USB Version

This camera supports a 2 USB version, which is the most commonly supported USB version on digital cameras of a comparable age and type to it.

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Packaging Content

Has an AC Adapter Included

The Canon PowerShot SX270 HS has an AC adapter included. Most of the other comparable spec cameras that came out around the same time as this digital camera also have an AC adapter included.

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Has a Hand Strap

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

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Has a Battery Charger Included

The PowerShot SX270 HS has a battery charger included. Most of the other low megapixel digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as this camera also have a battery charger included.

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Has a Batteries Included

The Canon PowerShot SX270 HS has a batteries included, as do most of the other digital cameras of this type and age.

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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 around the same time as this camera also feature smile detection.

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Fairly Large Closest Focusing Distance

The average closest focusing distance of digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as this digital camera is 0.077m, and the closest focusing distances range from 0.01m to 0.45m. The PowerShot SX270 HS has a fairly large closest focusing distance (0.05 meters) compared to most of the other digital cameras that have been available for a comparable time to this camera.

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Flash

Has a Flash Exposure Compensation

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

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Has an External Flash Connector

The PowerShot SX270 HS has an external flash connector. Most of the other low megapixel digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as this digital camera also have an external flash connector.

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Technical Details

Has a Self-Timer

The PowerShot SX270 HS has a self-timer. Most of the other digital cameras of this age and spec also have a self-timer.

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Lens System

Fairly Big Optical Zoom

With an optical zoom of 20 times zoom factor, the PowerShot SX270 HS has one of the bigger optical zooms amongst comparable spec cameras of this age. Digital cameras of this age and type have optical zooms of between 1x and 50x, and the average optical zoom is 7.5x.

Other 20x optical zoom cameras currently available which you might also want to consider include the Canon SX240 HS which has better reviews.

If this camera optical zoom is not big enough for you then you might also want to look at the Lumix DMC-FZ330 (24x), or the Lumix DMC-FZ200 ($493.16) (24x) both from Panasonic which also has a higher rating.

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Fairly Long Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

The shortest maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) of similar spec cameras that came out more than two years ago is 0.28mm and the longest is 1,200mm. At 500 millimeters, the PowerShot SX270 HS has a fairly long maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) compared to most of the other digital cameras of this age and spec.

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Quite Small Maximum Aperture Number

With a maximum aperture number of 6.8, the Canon PowerShot SX270 HS has one of the smaller maximum aperture numbers amongst similar spec cameras of this age. The biggest maximum aperture number of digital cameras of this type and age is 1.8, the smallest is 22, and the average maximum aperture number is 6.2.

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Fairly Large Minimum Aperture Number

The average minimum aperture number of cameras of this spec and age is 3, and the minimum aperture numbers range from 1.3 to 11. The Canon PowerShot SX270 HS has one of the larger minimum aperture numbers (3.5) amongst low megapixel digital cameras of this age.

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Average Digital Zoom

At 4 times zoom factor, the PowerShot SX270 HS has a relatively average digital zoom compared to most of the other low megapixel digital cameras that are a comparable age to this camera.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the other 4x digital zoom digital cameras currently available including the 230 HS, or the 1100 both from Canon or the Nikon P500 which has better reviews.

If you are looking for a digital camera with a bigger digital zoom then you might also want to consider the Canon 500 (4.1x and higher rated), or the GE A1250 ($53.19) (5.7x and higher rated).

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Good Quality Pictures

Twenty customers who reviewed it concluded that it was able to produce good images. Laura R said in her review of this digital camera on Amazon “It's producing some great pictures and videos” and rated it 7 stars. N. Chaddock wrote in their review of this digital camera four years ago “What a shame because the camera takes excellent photos and the HD video is superb” . Sarah W-B scored the product 7 stars and she mentioned in her review of this digital camera “Overall a fantastic little camera whose picture quality belies it's size, just please Canon, fix your bugs before you release a product for sale”.

Three customers who reviewed the product thought it was good in low light. Sarah W-B mentioned in her review of this digital camera four years ago “A great camera, which is fantastic in low light situations” . Sarah W-B 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 mentioned in his Canon PowerShot SX270 HS review “Great for low-light shots”.

Two owners concluded that it had a good ISO range. Dave G wrote in his review of this digital camera “ISO control is exceptional” and gave the product a rating of 7 stars. Ed wrote in his review of this digital camera on Amazon “I shot at 800 iso, at full focal length”.

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Good Flash

One person who reviewed it reckoned that it had a good flash. Three years ago Andrew Johnson mentioned in his review of this digital camera on Amazon “The flash is surprisingly good really, considering how tiny it is” and rated it 6 stars.

Good Quality Lens

Eight people who reviewed it said that it had a good zoom. Dave G said in his review of this digital camera “Ageing Sony HX9v compact camera and wanted a cheap'ish new camera (around £150), with great I.Q, x20 zoom” . E. Smith scored this digital camera 7 stars and said on Amazon “The flexibility of a 20x zoom is incredible, especially on a bright day.”. E. Smith also wrote “Really like the long zoom.” in their review.

Three customers who bought it reckoned that it had a good lens. E. Smith said in their Canon PowerShot SX270 HS review on 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”. E. Smith also said “I normally prefer a brighter lens, having had an F2 until this.” in their review.

One owner who reviewed the product considered that it had a good image stabiliser. Richard Allen he wrote on Amazon “I was pleasantly surprised with the image quality of this camera, image stabilisation proved excellent”.

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Good Video Capture

Ten customers agreed that the product was good for video recording. Richard Allen said in his review of the Canon PowerShot SX270 HS on Amazon “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” and gave this digital camera a score of 7 stars. Tomr scored the product 6 stars and wrote in their review of this digital camera two years ago “Best to keep video to small blocks of a couple of minutes, hardly ideal”. Three years ago Dave G mentioned “The slow-mo video mode is fun” in his review of this digital camera.


Other Features

Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The PowerShot SX270 HS has a built-in flash. Most of the other digital cameras of this age and type also have a built-in flash.

We compared all the other cameras with a built-in flash to this camera and we think because of it's better review score, the 1100, and the 1000D both from Canon or the Samsung ZZBPWFR is also worth considering.

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Has an HDMI Port

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

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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 similar spec cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to this camera.

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Picture Quality

Has an Image Stabilizer

The PowerShot SX270 HS has an image stabilizer. Most of the other low megapixel digital cameras that were released more than two years ago also have an image stabilizer.

Alternative cameras with an image stabilizer currently available which you might also want to consider include because of it's better review score, the Canon 1100, or the Panasonic DMC-LX7 ($419.95).

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4000 X 3000 Pixels Image Resolution

This camera has a maximum image resolution of 4000 x 3000 pixels, which is typical of many digital cameras of a comparable age and spec to it.

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Only 1920 X 1080 Still Image Resolution

The Canon PowerShot SX270 HS has a higher still image resolution than most digital cameras of this spec and age. This camera has a 1920 x 1080 still image resolution(s), whereas most cameras of this spec and age have a 384 x 480 still image resolution(s). In addition, this Canon camera 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 best still image resolution of all cameras of this age and spec is 6016 x 4016 and the worst is 384 x 480.

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Display

Fairly Large Display Diagonal

Low megapixel digital cameras that have been around for more than two years have display diagonals of between 1" and 3.5". With a display diagonal of 3 inches, the PowerShot SX270 HS has one of the larger display diagonals amongst low megapixel digital cameras of this age.

We compared all the other 3" screen cameras to this camera and we think because of it's better review score, the EOS 1D MarkIII ($810), and the SX220 HS both from Canon is also worth considering.

Cameras with a larger display diagonal that might also be worth looking at include the Canon 1100 (3.2"), or the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX77 (3.5") which also has a higher rating.

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Fairly High Display Resolution (numeric)

The lowest display resolution (numeric) of similar spec cameras that have been around for around the same time as this digital camera is 640 pixels and the highest is 1,100,000 pixels. With a display resolution (numeric) of 461,000 pixels, the PowerShot SX270 HS has one of the higher display resolutions (numeric) amongst low megapixel digital cameras of this age.

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Smart TV

Good Connectivity

One person thought the Canon PowerShot SX270 HS was good in terms of connectivity. Ed said “It does not have panorama, social connectivity is rubbish as i don't want to jump through hoops of fire to get my pics on the social networking sites”.


Video

Supports Video Recording

The Canon PowerShot SX270 HS supports video recording, as do most of the other cameras of a similar age and type 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 common 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 across all cameras that have been around for around the same time as this camera.

A 320 x 240 pixels video resolutions is the worst supported video resolution amongst similar types of camera.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

This camera has a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, which is the most commonly found maximum video resolution on digital cameras of a similar age and spec to it.

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Audio

Acceptable Noise Level

One owner mentioned in their reviews that it was noisy. Ed he wrote “The noise was not noticeable.” in his review of the Canon PowerShot SX270 HS.

Features Voice Recording

The Canon PowerShot SX270 HS features voice recording, as do most of the other cameras that are a similar age to this camera.

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Has a Built-In Microphone

The PowerShot SX270 HS has a built-in microphone, as do most of the other cameras of this type and age.

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Features

Good Technical Features

Five customers who purchased the product thought it had good features. Expert website Photographyblog.com wrote “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” in their review of the Canon PowerShot SX270 HS. Rjm scored it 4 stars and said in their review of this digital camera on Amazon four years ago “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”.


Support

Good Support

One owner who bought the Canon PowerShot SX270 HS wrote that it had good technical guidance.


Weight & Dimensions

Good Size

Fourteen people agreed that the Canon PowerShot SX270 HS was compact. Expert website Ephotozine.com rated it 6 stars and mentioned “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.”. Ephotozine.com also said “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 mentioned in her review of this digital camera “It is compact.”.

One customer who purchased it concluded that it was heavy and bulky. Victoria Ward wrote in her review of this digital camera on Amazon “Although chunkier than some cameras” and gave it a rating of 8 stars.

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Average Weight

The PowerShot SX270 HS has a relatively typical weight (227 grams) compared to most of the other digital cameras of this age and type.

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Design

Easy to Use

Eight customers considered that the Canon PowerShot SX270 HS was easy to use. Robin C Canwell gave it a rating of 8 stars and he wrote 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”. Three years ago Nicky Payne mentioned “Meets my expectations - easy to use for non-professional”. Nicky Payne also said “Easy to use, clear instructions, intuitive functions” in his review.

Three owners who bought this digital camera reckoned that it was easy to use the menus. Victoria Ward wrote “Amazing camera, loads of great settings on it” and scored it 7 stars. Two years ago Jonquil Anderson mentioned “Great value for money, has all the settings of an SLR”.

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Nice Design

Three people said in their reviews that the product was good looking. Sarah W-B scored the product 7 stars and she wrote on Amazon “It looks really nice style wise” in her review of the Canon PowerShot SX270 HS. Three years ago Jack Cooper mentioned on Amazon “Nevertheless the sound quality instantly ruins the beautiful 1080p/60fps video quality”.

Robust

One person said that the product was well made.

One customer wrote in their reviews that this digital camera was strong and durable. Nicky Payne mentioned “Robust finish, so far very pleased with this camera” in his review of the Canon PowerShot SX270 HS and scored the product 7 stars.

One person who reviewed it mentioned that it was reliable.

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Good Product Quality

Ten people who reviewed this digital camera considered that it was good quality. Sarah W-B mentioned “The image quality of photos is excellent, with the high pixel resolution allowing high zoom levels without distortion” in her Canon PowerShot SX270 HS review. Four years ago Rjm mentioned “We are happy with the image quality and the 'feel' of the camera”. Nicky Payne said three years ago “Quality of pictures are clear and true” in his review of this digital camera and rated the product 6 stars.


Other

Released Over Two Years Ago

This digital camera has been on the market since April 2017.


Product Identifiers

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

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