Canon PowerShot SX620 HS Review

When you’re out and about, a small digital camera such as the Canon PowerShot SX620 can serve as a suitable replacement for the camera on your smartphone if you don’t have the most up-to-date and cutting-edge model available, which features the most cutting-edge camera technology.

Key Specs

  • 20MP – 1/2.3 “BSI-CMOS sensor.
  • ISO 80 – 3200.
  • 25-625 mm F3.2-6.6 Zoom Lens.
  • 3.00 “Display of a Fixed Type
  • Continuous shooting at 2.5 frames per second.
  • and Full HD video recording at 30 frames per second.
  • 182g. 97 x 57 x 28 mm.

This Canon point-and-shoot camera is small enough to fit in your pocket and offers a wide range of useful capabilities at an attractive price. We used one to determine how well this (still-popular) camera has held up in the years since it was first introduced on the market.

Size: Comparable to or smaller than a smartphone

The dimensions of the Canon PowerShot SX620 HS are 3.81 inches long, 2.24 inches wide, and 1.10 inches high. The all-black body features a plastic grip area that contributes to the camera’s improved ergonomics, and the well-built camera includes strong control knobs and compact buttons. On the top of the camera is where you’ll find the power button, the flash, a little microphone, and the shutter button that also has a zoom wheel. All of the dials are on the right side of the camera.

You may wear the Canon PowerShot SX620 HS around your neck without the weight of the camera is an issue because it is tiny enough to fit in a back pocket, small handbag, or jacket pocket. If you do not keep a close check on the Canon PowerShot SX620 HS, it is possible that you may misplace it because it is less substantial than a mobile phone.

Display that is both visible and bright

People of all ages will have a good time learning how to operate the Canon PowerShot SX620 HS camera because of its user-friendly design. The brightness of the three-inch LCD makes it simple to compose still images and video clips (the camera does not have an optical viewfinder).

People of all ages will have a good time learning how to operate the Canon PowerShot SX620 HS camera because of its user-friendly design.

One drawback of this camera is that it does not have a touch screen, which, if it had, would make navigating the menus considerably less difficult and the whole experience much more friendly to users. Because there aren’t a lot of options to customize, the absence of a touch screen is a nuisance, but it’s not a deal-breaker.

Ready to go straight out of the box

The Canon PowerShot SX620 HS is essentially operational the moment it is removed from the packaging. After establishing the time and date, all that was left to do was put a memory card in the camera and begin taking pictures. By default, the camera is set to the Auto mode, which ensures that the exposure in your photographs is accurate by making appropriate adjustments to the shutter speed, aperture, and ISO settings.

When you want greater control over the Canon PowerShot SX620 HS, you may access additional menus by pressing the button labeled “Func. Set” on the back of the camera. It is possible to fine-tune the parameters in order to produce images and videos of a higher quality, which contributes to an improved user experience. This compact point-and-shoot camera is the ideal size for its user-friendly menus and fully automated shooting features.

Sensor: Small but capable

A CMOS sensor of 1/2.3 inches and 20.2 megapixels is utilized by the Canon PowerShot SX620 HS. This sensor is acceptable for a compact point-and-shoot camera, and the strong DIGIC 4 image processor helps increase the camera’s photo quality, which results in rich color, smooth gradation, and fine detail even when lighting settings are not at their optimum.

Image capture is accomplished in a timely manner with significantly fewer noise thanks to the cooperative efforts of the sensor and the CPU. The processing power of the DIGIC 4 enables the camera to take many shots in rapid succession while maintaining accurate focusing. This helps to ensure that both the still photos and the videos that are captured are clear and distinct.

While the Canon PowerShot SX620 HS employs the DIGIC 4 Image Processor, newer cameras from Canon, such as the Canon PowerShot SX740 HS, are employing an upgraded DIGIC 8 image processor, which gives improved image quality, image stabilization, and the ability to record better quality videos. Even if you get a great price on it, purchasing an older camera like the SX620 HS has certain drawbacks, such as this one.

This lens is perfect for general shooting.

The lens found in the SX620 HS has a focal range that is approximately comparable to 25-625mm when shot with a 35mm camera. Because of this, you may use this camera for a broad variety of different types of photography, from photographing landscapes to photographing food to photographing candid moments with friends and family.

Although the 25x optical zoom lens is amazing, the extra 4x digital zoom substantially reduces the quality of the image, resulting in grainy images and video.

On the basis of the photographs that we shot with this camera, we came to the conclusion that it would be ideal for making tiny picture prints or for sharing on social media

The Canon PowerShot SX620 HS features a variable maximum aperture that ranges from F/3.2 to F/6.6 depending on the focal length of the lens being used. The camera compensates for the slow speed of the aperture range by adjusting the ISO settings and the shutter speed in order to get the correct exposure while minimizing the blur caused by the camera shake. Sharp photographs may also be created with the aid of image stabilization functions.

During our evaluation of this camera, we found that the built-in flash works rather well, even in dimly lit environments, allowing us to capture high-quality images. It may be manipulated to reflect off of a wall or be aimed at the thing you want to illuminate. This comes in helpful while photographing at night as well as at indoor events when there is not a lot of natural light.

Video Quality

The Canon PowerShot SX620 HS is an excellent camera for making quick video clips as well as catching fleeting moments. The Canon PowerShot SX620 HS is capable of recording in 1080p at 30 frames per second, which results in colors and tones that have great quality. However, due to the fact that it is fixed at 30 frames per second, the camera does not have the capability of shooting in slow motion.

As you can probably surmise on your own, the PowerShot SX620 is not actually designed to make movies; rather, its primary purpose is to capture basic video at a quality that is acceptable. If you want more than that, we suggest looking at more powerful small action cameras such as the GoPro HERO7 Black. Despite its little size, this camera is capable of recording in 4K and offers incredible frame rate options for slow motion.

Image Quality

We got the impression from the photographs we shot with this camera that it would be an excellent choice for making modest picture prints or uploading them to social media. Images captured with a Canon PowerShot SX620 HS appear fantastic when viewed on a computer or smartphone screen, which highlights the camera’s excellent level of clarity and accurate color rendering.

Because of the camera’s tiny sensor and file output, the Canon PowerShot SX630 HS does not produce photos with a level of detail that is suitable for printing on a large scale.

Because of its tiny sensor and file output, the Canon PowerShot SX630 HS does not produce photos with a level of detail that is suitable for printing on a large scale. This camera only generates JPEG shots, which are compressed files that are intrinsical of inferior quality, and the inability to take RAW images offers little space for correction before the images start to break apart.

Small but sufficient in terms of sound quality

The onboard microphone of the Canon PowerShot SX620 HS records audio that is, at most, acceptable; it is particularly susceptible to background noise, which became apparent when we reviewed our video clip. Users who wish to shoot video with incredible audio quality will need to upgrade to a DSLR that includes input ports for an external mic because this device does not have such ports available for use.

Wi-Fi makes sharing and connecting information simple.

The Canon PowerShot SX620HS has a connection process that is uncomplicated and straightforward. The camera has the ability to set up its own private Wi-Fi network, which can then communicate with your smartphone using the Canon Camera Connect app.

You will be able to study photographs, take control of the camera from a distant location, and download images right to your phone, making it simple to send them through text message or post them on social media. In particular, the “Live View” aspect of the app is useful for improving the quality of group photos.

Battery Life

The Canon PowerShot SX620 HS has a respectable battery life, which is rated at 295 shots but can be increased to 405 shots when the camera is set to ECO mode. When the battery was completely charged, we found that it lasted for around one hour and 45 minutes of shooting time.

Always have a spare battery with you, but this is especially important if you want to shoot for a lengthy period of time in one day. Batteries for cameras often do not last for extended periods of time, and this is especially true for cameras like the Canon PowerShot SX620 HS which have huge LCD screens. Because the LCD serves as the principal viewing medium for images, prolonged use will hasten the rate at which battery life is depleted.

Compare and contrast the Canon PowerShot SX620 HS with the Canon PowerShot SX740 HS.

The Canon PowerShot SX740 HS has an improved DIGIC 8 image processor that is more sophisticated than the one found in the SX620. This processor can be purchased for around $400 at the time that this article was written. These more recent pieces of technology are what allow for the recording of 4K video as well as the processing of images of better quality using the same sized sensor.

As a direct consequence of this, the Canon PowerShot SX740 HS boasts improved image stabilization, autofocus, and general picture quality. Vloggers have an even easier time composing their photos with the PowerShot SX740 HS because of its LCD screen, which can be rotated through 180 degrees. This feature makes the camera an even more effective tool for vloggers. Creators may be certain that they are receiving the greatest quality that can be obtained in this price range thanks to the availability of 4K output.

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
Image stabilization notesIntelligent IS
Uncompressed formatNo
JPEG quality levelsSuperfine, fine
Focal length (equiv.)25–625 mm
Optical zoom25×
Maximum apertureF3.2–6.6
AutofocusContrast Detect (sensor)Multi-areaCenterSelective single-pointTrackingSingleContinuousFace DetectionLive View
Digital zoomYes (4X)
Manual focusYes
Normal focus range5 cm (1.97″)
Macro focus range1 cm (0.39″)
Number of focus points9
Articulated LCDFixed
Screen size3″
Screen dots922,000
Touch screenNo
Screen typeTFT 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 range4.00 m (with Auto ISO)
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 (at 1/3 EV steps)
Resolutions1920 x 1080 (30p), 1280 x 720 (30p), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
FormatMPEG-4, H.264
MicrophoneMono
SpeakerMono
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-13L lithium-ion battery & charger
Battery Life (CIPA)295
Weight (inc. batteries)182 g (0.40 lb / 6.42 oz)
Dimensions97 x 57 x 28 mm (3.81 x 2.24 x 1.1″)
Orientation sensorYes
GPSNone

Final Verdict

A no-frills camera at a fair price.

The Canon PowerShot SX620 HS is an excellent choice for a tiny camera that is suitable for both vacation and day-to-day use. With the push of a button, you can easily take images and videos that can be shared with other people using this straightforward and user-friendly piece of technology.

Pros & Cons

Good For
  • Powerful zoom
  • Compact
  • In-camera stabilization
  • Records high-definition video in 1080p.
  • capabilities in both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth
Need Improvement
  • There is no input for microphones.
  • Performance limitations with the ISO
  • Fixed zoom lens
  • There is no RAW format.

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