Canon PowerShot SX610 HS Review

The PowerShot SX610 HS digital camera has Wi-Fi and NFC networking options as well as an amazing long-zoom capability in a tiny point-and-shoot frame. The Power Shot SX610 HS camera’s strong 18x Optical Zoom lens (equivalent to 25-450mm) provides consumers with high-quality optics in a pocket-sized camera chassis. 

Key Specs

  • 20MP – 1/2.3′ BSI-CMOS Sensor
  • ISO 80 – 3200
  • 25-450 mm F3.8-6.9 Zoom Lens
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • Screen Size: 3.00 Inches, Fixed Type
  • Continuous filming at 2.5 frames per second
  • Full HD – 1920 x 1080 video resolution
  • Integrated wireless technology
  • 191g. 105 x 61 x 27 mm
  • Canon PowerShot SX600 HS Has Been Replaced

The PowerShot SX610 HS camera combines a 20.2-Megapixel CMOS sensor and Canon’s DIGIC 4+ Image Processor to produce the Canon HS System allowing for great low-light performance. With Auto Zoom mode activated, the camera will automatically frame the subject of a photo by zooming in and out to produce a clean, clear image with pin-sharp focus.

The 18-megapixel Canon PowerShot SX610 HS may not have the manual exposure modes of other point-and-shoots, but this slender camera is incredibly easy to use, which is a real bonus for those who want to shoot and share video with as little hassle as possible. The camera’s sleek and stylish design also makes it a great choice for travelers. In addition, this camera, which costs $230, has a few neat features up its sleeve.

Design

The SX610 HS looks just as wonderful as it feels in your hand, and it’s available in three different colors: red, silver, and black. The dimensions are 4.15 inches by 2.40 inches by 1.05 inches, and it weighs just 6.74 ounces with the battery and SD card included. When you pull the camera out of your pocket or handbag, you’ll have a secure hold on it thanks to a raised thumb rest and a little raised grip on the front of the camera. The red model’s controls, on the other hand, have a low profile and are designed to blend in.

The camera features a wide viewing angle that makes it simple to display your photographs on the LCD screen, which is 3 inches and has a good resolution. This allows you to see the entire composition at once. The display is crisp, clear, and usable in almost every lighting condition, with the exception of direct sunlight.

Even though some other small cameras, such the Nikon Coolpix S9900, have longer lenses, the image-stabilized 18x zoom on the SX610 HS (which is comparable to 25-450mm in focal length), provides sufficient focal range for wide-angle as well as telephoto images. If you switch to the Macro mode, you’ll be able to focus on subjects as near as 5 centimeters away.

Features

With its limited range of exposure settings, including Program, Auto, and a few other Scene modes, the SX610 HS excels at keeping things straightforward and easy to use. Metering is one of the user-selectable parameters, along with white balance, ISO, and other factors.

But if you dive a bit further beyond the fundamentals, you’ll find that there are some more fascinating possibilities available.

There is an option called Creative shot that, when used, takes up to six pictures with a single press of the shutter button, each of which has a different special effect and crop applied to it.

In addition, you have the option of selecting particular special effects, such as a Toy camera, Sepia Monochrome, and others. The Digest mode records between two and four seconds of video just before each individual frame is recorded, and it then aggregates all of the individual clips into a quick movie. Other settings include grin and wink detection, which, when activated, causes the camera to take a picture whenever the subject of the photograph smiles or winks.

Other features worth mentioning include the capacity to automatically expand the focus area while the camera is being used, which helps to guarantee that captured photographs are crisp. You will also receive a notification from the camera once the eyes of the person are closed. You can simply discover photographs using the playback search options, which include search choices for favorites, faces, and the date the image was captured.

Performance

The Canon PowerShot SX610 HS has a start-up time that is slower than average compared to other cameras in its category. However, the responsiveness of the camera is average, and in high-speed continuous mode, it is capable of shooting up to 7.2 frames per second. When there is sufficient light, autofocus is often quick and precise, but in low-light situations, it may experience some difficulty.

The reproduction of colors is accurate as a whole, but if you want more vibrant hues, you may choose the Vivid setting, which is an available choice. The photograph of the green foliage in the garden is an excellent illustration of the color accuracy and intensity of the SX610 HS.

Even when set to the lowest possible ISO of 80, as it is in this well-lit picture, the camera appears to give priority to altering the shutter speed rather than the aperture. Purple fringing was visible around the high-contrast border of the shadow, although I could only see it in isolated spots.

I was able to take this picture of the museum by hand with a shutter speed of 1/80 of a second while keeping the ISO at a low setting. This was made possible by the good image stabilization of the camera. Because this camera has an ISO range of 80-3200, it is in your best interest to maintain the ISO as low as possible to reduce the amount of image noise while also taking use of the image stabilization capabilities of the SX610 HS.

Video

The quality of the footage that could be shot with such a little camera exceeded my expectations. It is as easy as pushing a single button, the colors and focus are true, and zooming is usually quite smooth and unobtrusive. There is also a specialized mode of dynamic image stabilization designed specifically for use when recording video while walking.

Even while the Canon PowerShot SX610 HS does not have particularly impressive specifications for its movie mode in comparison to other cameras such as the Nikon Coolpix S9900 or the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX500, the camera’s primary selling point is how simple it is to operate. You have the option of shooting in full HD (1920 x 1080), HD (1080 x 720), standard definition (640 x 480), and micro effect mode, all of which run at 30 frames per second. The SX610 HS automatically records everything in MP4 format, which can be easily edited and shared, so there is no need for you to try to figure out what format you should shoot in.

You’ll be able to transfer video files from the camera to your phone via Wi-Fi if you download the free Camera Connect app for iOS(which opens in a new tab) or Android from Canon. Once the videos are on your phone, you may edit them and share them with other people.

Quality of the Image

The SuperFine JPEG option at 20 megapixels was used to capture each of the sample photographs included in this study. This setting results in an image that is around 8 megabytes in size on average.

It shouldn’t come as a surprise that Canon has upgraded the SX600 HS’s 16-megapixel sensor to a 20.2-megapixel chip given that many of Canon’s competitors are putting 18 and 20-megapixel sensors in their tiny cameras. It seems wonderful on paper, but in practice, there is very little discernible improvement in the visual quality.

The new camera does resolve somewhat more information than its predecessor, but in general, you could enlarge a picture captured by the SX600 HS to dimensions of 20MP and achieve equivalent clarity. This is only true if you scrutinize the new camera more closely than its predecessor did.

In spite of the questionable detail improvements that result from its higher pixel count, the SX610 HS is capable of producing photos that are appealing when photographed in strong light. The colors are bright, and the details are defined to a satisfactory degree. Because the camera’s exposure metering is so precise, the photos it takes seem just like the real thing and have a nice harmony of highlight and shadow detail.

However, things are not in such excellent shape when there is little light. Grain noise that is only barely discernible in low ISO photographs is readily apparent at ISO400, particularly across neutral tones. At ISO800, grain noise is accompanied by color speckling and some smearing of information in the photograph.

This continues to get worse all the way up to the highest sensitivity setting of ISO3200 when grain and color speckling is easily discernible even when the image is seen at fifty percent of its original size. Despite this, there is still sufficient information in these pictures to make them suitable for web sharing as well as little 6×4 printouts.

The optical performance is satisfactory, and although there is some chromatic aberration (also known as purple fringing) noticeable in high-contrast regions, it is not very bothersome. This is especially true in low-light situations. The amount of distortion is likewise quite low, with only a touch of barrel distortion when the photograph is taken at a wide-angle and no discernible pincushion effect when the photograph is magnified. The sharpness in the corners is acceptable, however, the detail is not nearly as distinct as it is in the frame’s center.

Battery Capacity

The maximum number of photographs that can be taken with the battery life of the SX610HS is around 270 (or 400 if the camera is set to Eco mode), which is about the norm for most compact cameras but is more than 100 photographs fewer than what can be taken with the Nikon S9900.

Specifications

Body typeCompact
Max resolution5184 x 3888
Other resolutions4:3 (5184 x 3888, 3648 x 2736, 2048 x 1536, 640 x 480), 16:9 (5184 x 2912, 3648 x 2048, 1920 x 1080, 640 x 360), 3:2 (5184 x 3456, 3648 x 2432, 2048 x 1368, 640 x 424), 1:1 (3888 x 3888, 2736 x 2736, 1536 x 1536, 480 x 480)
Image ratio w:h1:1, 4:3, 3:2, 16:9
Effective pixels20 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors21 megapixels
Sensor size1/2.3″ (6.17 x 4.55 mm)
Sensor typeBSI-CMOS
ProcessorDIGIC 4+
ISOAuto, 80-3200
White balance presets5
Custom white balanceYes
Image stabilizationOptical
Uncompressed formatNo
JPEG quality levelsSuperfine, fine
Focal length (equiv.)25–450 mm
Optical zoom18×
Maximum apertureF3.8–6.9
AutofocusContrast Detect (sensor)Multi-areaCenterSelective single-pointTrackingSingleContinuousFace DetectionLive View
Digital zoomYes (4X)
Manual focusYes
Normal focus range5 cm (1.97″)
Macro focus range5 cm (1.97″)
Number of focus points9
Articulated LCDFixed
Screen size3″
Screen dots922,000
Touch screenNo
Screen typePureColor II G TFT LCD
Live viewYes
Viewfinder typeNone
Minimum shutter speed15 sec
Maximum shutter speed1/2000 sec
Aperture priorityNo
Shutter priorityNo
Manual exposure modeNo
Subject/scene modesYes
Built-in flashYes
Flash range3.50 m
External flashNo
Flash modesAuto, on, slow synchro, off
Continuous drive2.5 fps
Self-timerYes (2 or 10 secs, custom)
Metering modesMultiCenter-weightedSpot
Exposure compensation±2
Resolutions1920 x 1080 (30p), 1280 x 720 (30p), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
FormatMPEG-4, H.264
MicrophoneNone
Storage typesSD/SDHC/SDXC card
USBUSB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMIYes (micro-HDMI)
Microphone portNo
Headphone portNo
WirelessBuilt-In
Wireless notes802.11b/g/n with NFC
Remote controlYes (via smartphone)
Environmentally sealedNo
BatteryBattery Pack
Battery descriptionNB-6LH lithium-ion battery & charger
Battery Life (CIPA)270
Weight (inc. batteries)191 g (0.42 lb / 6.74 oz)
Dimensions105 x 61 x 27 mm (4.13 x 2.4 x 1.06″)
Orientation sensorYes
GPSNone

Conclusion

The Canon PowerShot SX610 HS is a well-designed camera that is simple to use due to its bulky, ergonomic build, logical controls, and intuitive menu design. All of these features contribute to the camera’s ease of use. You can be certain that the photographs it takes will be sharply focused and have enough exposure.

Both the performance and image quality is adequate, although they are not exceptional. The upgrade to a sensor with 20.2-million pixels is impressive on paper, but in practice, the camera can only resolve slightly more information than the 16-million-pixel SX600 HS sensor could. It’s unfortunate that the additional megapixels have resulted in a decrease in battery life as well as the pace at which the camera can take several shots in rapid succession, but at least the typical amount of time required to analyze a picture is still rather quick.

But has Canon made sufficient improvements to ensure that the SX610 HS remains competitive? The Nikon Coolpix S7000 has a terrible battery life, and neither the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX350 nor the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ55 can match the quality of the SX610 HS’s upgraded monitor. Comparable cameras, such as the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ55 and the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX350, all offer 20x optical zoom and Wi-Fi connectivity for prices that are comparable to or lower than those of the SX610 HS.

Pros & Cons

Good For
  • Compact
  • 18x zoom lens
  • Rapid concentration
Need Improvement
  • Mode of driving that is slow and continuous.
  • At modest ISOs, the image quality is severely degraded.

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