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Canon PowerShot SX740 HS

Canon SX740 HS

The pocket-sized, compact travel zoom flagship featuring huge 40x optical zoom and amazing 4K movie resolution.

Canon SX740 HS
Canon SX740 HS


Download user manual  Canon PowerShot SX740 HS

in PDF format: PowerShot_SX740_HS_Camera_User_Guide_EN


With 40x optical zoom, superfast DIGIC processing and spectacular 4K resolution in a pocket-sized body, the powerful PowerShot SX740 HS is the ultimate ‘all-in-one’ solution to capture treasured moments in 20.3 Megapixel detail.


Operating Environment

0 – 40 °C, 10 – 90% humidity

Dimensions (H x W x D)

110.1 x 63.8 x 39.9 mm


Approx. 299 g (including battery and memory card)



Optical zoom


Ultra High Definition


Powerful processor



20.3 Megapixel

CMOS sensor

180 degree

Flip up LCD screen

10 fps

Continuous shooting


Always-on connectivity

Specifications in detail

Image Sensor


1/2.3 type back-illuminated CMOS

Effective Pixels

Approx. 20.3M

Total Pixels

Approx. 21.1M

Colour Filter Type

Primary Colour

Image Processor




Focal Length

4.3 – 172.0 mm (35 mm equivalent: 24 – 960 mm)


Optical 40x
ZoomPlus 80x
Digital approx. 4.0x (with Digital Tele-Converter Approx. 1.6x or 2.0x2)
Combined approx. 160x

Maximum f/number

f/3.3 – f/6.9


13 elements in 11 groups (1 Hi-UD lens, 3 UD lenses, 2 double-sided aspherical lenses, 1 single-sided aspherical lens)

Image Stabilisation

Yes (lens shift-type), Approx. 3.5-stop. Intelligent IS with Dual Sensing IS plus 5-axis Advanced Dynamic IS




AF System/ Points

Face & Tracking (9 points), Tracking, Zone, 1-point, Center

AF Modes

One Shot, Servo, Continuous

AF Assist Beam


Manual Focus

Yes, plus MF Peaking

Closest Focusing Distance

1 cm (W) from front of lens in Macro

Exposure Control

Metering modes

Evaluative, Centre-weighted average, Spot (Centre)

AE Lock


Exposure Compensation

+/- 3 EV in 1/3 stop increments.

ISO Sensitivity

100-3200 in 1 stop increments



15 – 1/3200 s

White Balance


Auto, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Custom.

LCD Monitor


7.5 cm (3.0”) LCD (TFT), approx. 922,000 dots


Approx. 100%


Adjustable to one of five levels



Auto, Manual Flash On / Off, Slow Synchro

X-Sync Speed

Yes. Fastest speed 1/2000 s

Red-Eye Reduction


Flash Exposure Compensation

+/- 2 EV in 1/3 stop increments.

Flash Exposure Lock


Manual Power Adjustment

3 levels with internal flash

Built-in Flash Range

50 cm – 5.0 m (W) / 2m – 2.5 m (T)



Smart Auto (29 scenes detected), Hybrid Auto, Creative Shot, Program AE, Shutter priority AE, Aperture priority AE, Manual, Sports, SCN

Drive modes

Single, High-speed continuous, low-speed continuous

Continuous Shooting

Max: One Shot AF approx 10fps, Servo AF approx 7.4fps

Recording Pixels / Compression

Image Size

4:3 – (L) 5184 x 3888, (M) 3648 x 2736, (S) 2432 x 1824
16:9 – (L) 5184 x 2912, (M) 3648 x 2048, (S) 2432 x 1368
3:2 – (L) 5184 x 3456, (M) 3648 x 2432, (S) 2432 x 1616
1:1 – (L) 3888 x 3888, (M) 2736 x 2736, (S) 1824 x 1824

Resize option available in playback


Fine, Normal


(4K) 3840 x 2160, 29.97/25 fps
(Full HD) 1920 x 1080, 59.94/50/29.97/25 fps,
(HD) 1280 x 720, 59.94/50 fps

Movie Length

Up to 29 min 59 s

File Types

Still Image Type

JPEG compression, (Exif 2.3 [Exif Print] compliant) / Design rule for Camera File system 2.0, Digital Print Order Format [DPOF] Version 1.1 compliant


MP4 [Video: MPEG-4 AVC / H.264, Audio: MPEG-4 AAC-LC (stereo)]

Direct Print

Canon Printers

Canon SELPHY Compact Photo Printers and Canon Inkjet Printers supporting PictBridge


Yes (via USB or Wireless LAN)

Other Features


GPS via Mobile (via Canon Camera Connect app with compatible smart devices)

Red-Eye Correction

Yes, during shooting and playback


Yes, during playback

Playback zoom

Approx. 2x – 10x

Self Timer

Approx. 2, 10 s or Custom

Menu Languages

English, German, French, Dutch, Danish, Finnish, Italian, Greek, Norwegian, Portuguese, Russian, Swedish, Spanish, Ukrainian, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Turkish, Simplified Chinese, Chinese (traditional), Japanese, Korean, Thai, Arabic, Romanian, Farsi, Hindi, Malay, Indonesian, Vietnamese, Hebrew



Hi-Speed USB dedicated connector (Micro-B compatible)


HDMI Micro (Type-D) Connector


Wi-Fi (IEEE802.11b/g/n), (2.4 GHz only)

Memory Card


SD, SDHC, SDXC (UHS-1 Speed Class 3 compatible)

Supported Operating System

PC & Macintosh

Windows 10 / 8.1 / 8 / 7 SP1
Mac OS X 10.9 / 10.10 / 10.11

For Wi-Fi connection to a PC:
Windows 10 / 8.1 / 8 / 7 SP1
Mac OS X 10.9 / 10.10

For Image Transfer Utility:
Windows 10 / 8.1 / 8 / 7 SP1
Mac OS X 10.9 / 10.10 / 10.11



Image Transfer Utility
Camera Connect app available on iOS and Android devices

Power Source


Rechargeable Li-ion Battery NB-13L (battery and charger supplied)

Battery life

Approx. 265 shots

Eco Mode: Approx. 370 shots
Playback Mode: Approx. 240 min

AC Power Supply

Charging via USB available with Compact Power Adapter CA-DC30E7 or other typical USB charging methods


Soft Case / Waterproof Case

PU Leather softcase DCC-2400 Black

Power Supply & Battery Chargers

Compact Power Adapter CA-DC30E
Battery Charger CB-2LHE
Rechargeable Li-ion Battery NB-13L


Interface cable IFC-600PCU



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10 thoughts on “Canon PowerShot SX740 HS”

  1. File creation – My past canon cameras created a new file for each month, made it easy to organize. My SX740HS puts all the pictures in one file location unless manually create a new file. I take 15,000 pictures a year, I don’t want them all in one file location. Why did this change? Another item they changed on the SX740HS is exposure lock, not sure the technical term but with all the other canon cameras I have owned such as the SX700HS one could aim it at the clouds/sunset, push the button halfway down lock in exposure and focus then move it to center the picture and the sky has the correct exposure but not with the new SX740HS it continually sets the exposure.

  2. how do I keep the camera on as long as I want? My camera keeps shutting off…I set it to 3 minutes but that is not what I want. I want it to remain on because I am shooting video in a photography studio.

  3. Hi Team,

    I wish to buy Canon PowerShot SX740 HS and I need to understand the size occupied by a video of 1 minute each if I am planning to shoot the video in different resolutions available in the camera. I am trying to get an estimate of the size that the videos would occupy so to calculate my storage requirements

    Resolutions available for video FPS
    4K (Ultra HD)- 3840×2160 30
    4K (Ultra HD)- 3840×2160 25

    Full HD – (1920×1080) 60
    Full HD – (1920×1080) 50
    Full HD – (1920×1080) 30
    Full HD – (1920×1080) 25

    Standard HD – (1280×720) 60
    Standard HD – (1280×720) 50

    1. Hi Uvashi, here are sizes of optimized video:

      4K (Ultra HD)- 3840×2160 30 = 135MB
      4K (Ultra HD)- 3840×2160 25 = 126,25MB

      Full HD – (1920×1080) 60 = 210MB
      Full HD – (1920×1080) 50 = 175MB
      Full HD – (1920×1080) 30 = 105MB
      Full HD – (1920×1080) 25 = 87,5MB

      Standard HD – (1280×720) 60 = 30,94MB
      Standard HD – (1280×720) 50 = 27,5MB

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