Canon SX610 HS

 
Canon PowerShot SX610 HS front
 
  • 20MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 80 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 25-450mm (F3.8-6.9) lens
  • 191g - 105 x 61 x 27mm
  • Released January 2015
  • Superseded the Canon SX600 HS
  • Read full specs
  • Alternatives
Portability
93
Imaging
47
Features
47
Overall
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Canon SX610 HS overview

Canon SX610 HS is Canon's Small Sensor Superzoom digital camera first announced on January of 2015. It has got a 20 MegaPixel, BSI-CMOS 1/2.3" size sensor with a peak resolution of 5184 x 3888.

Canon introduced this model to upgrade the earlier Canon SX600 HS (Read Full Comparison)

The SX610 HS is rated #39 out of 243 in Small Sensor Superzoom cameras and all round #447 out of 1422 for cameras in our list. You can check our Advanced camera search to see camera ratings based on your personalized criteria.

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Below is a chart of different criteria used in the scoring system.

Canon SX610 HS history

The Canon SX610 HS comes with a history of related cameras. Underneath, you can discover all previous and brand new models along with main specifications.

ModelVisualizeLensResolutionSensor SizeReleased
Canon-PowerShot-SX70-HS front thumbnailCanon SX70 HS
SX610 HS vs SX70 HS
21-1365mm
F3.4-6.5
20MP1/2.3"2018
Canon-PowerShot-SX740-HS front thumbnailCanon SX740 HS
SX610 HS vs SX740 HS
24-960mm
F3.3-6.9
21MP1/2.3"2018
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Canon-PowerShot-SX730-HS front thumbnailCanon SX730 HS
SX610 HS vs SX730 HS
24-960mm
F3.3-6.9
20.3MP1/2.3"2017
Canon-PowerShot-SX620-HS front thumbnailCanon SX620 HS
SX610 HS vs SX620 HS
25-625mm
F3.2-6.6
20MP1/2.3"2016
Canon-PowerShot-SX720-HS front thumbnailCanon SX720 HS
SX610 HS vs SX720 HS
24-960mm
F3.3-6.9
20.3MP1/2.3"2016
Canon-PowerShot-SX540-HS front thumbnailCanon SX540 HS
SX610 HS vs SX540 HS
24-1200mm
F3.4-6.5
20MP1/2.3"2016
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Canon-PowerShot-SX420-IS front thumbnailCanon SX420 IS
SX610 HS vs SX420 IS
24-1008mm
F3.5-6.6
20MP1/2.3"2016
Canon-PowerShot-SX410-IS front thumbnailCanon SX410 IS
SX610 HS vs SX410 IS
24-960mm
F3.5-5.6
20MP1/2.3"2015
Canon-PowerShot-SX530-HS front thumbnailCanon SX530 HS
SX610 HS vs SX530 HS
24-1200mm
F3.4-6.5
16MP1/2.3"2015
Canon-PowerShot-SX610-HS front thumbnailCanon SX610 HS25-450mm
F3.8-6.9
20MP1/2.3"2015
Canon-PowerShot-SX710-HS front thumbnailCanon SX710 HS
SX610 HS vs SX710 HS
25-750mm
F3.2-6.9
20MP1/2.3"2015
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Canon-PowerShot-SX60-HS front thumbnailCanon SX60 HS
SX610 HS vs SX60 HS
21-1365mm
F3.4-6.5
16MP1/2.3"2014
Canon-PowerShot-SX520-HS front thumbnailCanon SX520 HS
SX610 HS vs SX520 HS
24-1008mm
F3.4-6.0
16MP1/2.3"2014
Canon-PowerShot-SX400-IS front thumbnailCanon SX400 IS
SX610 HS vs SX400 IS
24-720mm
F3.4-5.8
16MP1/2.3"2014
Canon-PowerShot-SX700-HS front thumbnailCanon SX700 HS
SX610 HS vs SX700 HS
25-750mm
F3.2-6.9
16MP1/2.3"2014
Canon-PowerShot-SX600-HS front thumbnailCanon SX600 HS
SX610 HS vs SX600 HS
25-450mm
F3.8-6.9
16MP1/2.3"2014
Canon-PowerShot-SX170-IS front thumbnailCanon SX170 IS
SX610 HS vs SX170 IS
28-448mm
F3.5-5.9
16MP1/2.3"2013
Canon-PowerShot-SX510-HS front thumbnailCanon SX510 HS
SX610 HS vs SX510 HS
24-720mm
F3.4-5.8
12MP1/2.3"2013
Canon-PowerShot-SX160-IS front thumbnailCanon SX160 IS
SX610 HS vs SX160 IS
28-448mm
F3.5-5.9
16MP1/2.3"2013
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Canon-PowerShot-SX270-HS front thumbnailCanon SX270 HS
SX610 HS vs SX270 HS
25-500mm
F3.5-6.8
12MP1/2.3"2013
Canon-PowerShot-SX280-HS front thumbnailCanon SX280 HS
SX610 HS vs SX280 HS
25-500mm
F3.5-6.8
12MP1/2.3"2013
Canon-PowerShot-SX50-HS front thumbnailCanon SX50 HS
SX610 HS vs SX50 HS
24-1200mm
F3.4-6.5
12MP1/2.3"2013
Canon-PowerShot-SX500-IS front thumbnailCanon SX500 IS
SX610 HS vs SX500 IS
24-720mm
F3.4-5.8
16MP1/2.3"2012
Canon-PowerShot-SX260-HS front thumbnailCanon SX260 HS
SX610 HS vs SX260 HS
25-500mm
F3.5-6.8
12MP1/2.3"2012
Canon-PowerShot-SX150-IS front thumbnailCanon SX150 IS
SX610 HS vs SX150 IS
28-336mm
F3.4-5.6
14MP1/2.3"2012
Canon-PowerShot-SX240-HS front thumbnailCanon SX240 HS
SX610 HS vs SX240 HS
25-500mm
F3.5-6.8
12MP1/2.3"2012
Canon-PowerShot-SX40-HS front thumbnailCanon SX40 HS
SX610 HS vs SX40 HS
24-840mm
F2.7-5.8
12MP1/2.3"2011
Canon-PowerShot-SX230-HS front thumbnailCanon SX230 HS
SX610 HS vs SX230 HS
28-392mm
F3.1-5.9
12MP1/2.3"2011
Canon-PowerShot-SD4500-IS front thumbnailCanon SD4500 IS
SX610 HS vs SD4500 IS
36-360mm
F3.4-5.6
10MP1/2.3"2011
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Canon-SX220-HS front thumbnailCanon SX220 HS
SX610 HS vs SX220 HS
28-392mm
F3.1-5.9
12MP1/2.3"2011
Canon-PowerShot-SX30-IS front thumbnailCanon SX30 IS
SX610 HS vs SX30 IS
24-840mm
F2.7-5.8
14MP1/2.3"2010
Canon-PowerShot-SX130-IS front thumbnailCanon SX130 IS
SX610 HS vs SX130 IS
28-336mm
F3.4-5.6
12MP1/2.3"2010
Canon-PowerShot-SD4000-IS front thumbnailCanon SD4000 IS
SX610 HS vs SD4000 IS
28-105mm
F2.0-5.3
10MP1/2.3"2010
Canon-PowerShot-SX20-IS front thumbnailCanon SX20 IS
SX610 HS vs SX20 IS
28-560mm
F2.8-5.7
12MP1/2.3"2010
Canon-PowerShot-SX210-IS front thumbnailCanon SX210 IS
SX610 HS vs SX210 IS
28-392mm
F3.1-5.9
14MP1/2.3"2010
Canon-PowerShot-SD3500-IS front thumbnailCanon SD3500 IS
SX610 HS vs SD3500 IS
24-120mm
F2.8-5.9
14MP1/2.3"2010
Canon-PowerShot-SD1300-IS front thumbnailCanon SD1300 IS
SX610 HS vs SD1300 IS
28-112mm
F2.8-5.9
12MP1/2.3"2010
Canon-PowerShot-SD980-IS front thumbnailCanon SD980 IS
SX610 HS vs SD980 IS
24-120mm
F2.8-5.9
12MP1/2.3"2009
Canon-PowerShot-SX200-IS front thumbnailCanon SX200 IS
SX610 HS vs SX200 IS
28-336mm
F3.4-5.3
12MP1/2.3"2009
Canon-PowerShot-SX1-IS front thumbnailCanon SX1 IS
SX610 HS vs SX1 IS
28-560mm
F2.8-5.7
10MP1/2.3"2009
Canon-PowerShot-SD970-IS front thumbnailCanon SD970 IS
SX610 HS vs SD970 IS
37-185mm
F3.2-5.7
12MP1/2.3"2009
Canon-PowerShot-SD960-IS front thumbnailCanon SD960 IS
SX610 HS vs SD960 IS
28-112mm
F2.8-5.8
12MP1/2.3"2009
Canon-PowerShot-SD1200-IS front thumbnailCanon SD1200 IS
SX610 HS vs SD1200 IS
35-105mm
F2.8-4.9
10MP1/2.3"2009
Canon-PowerShot-SX10-IS front thumbnailCanon SX10 IS
SX610 HS vs SX10 IS
28-560mm
F2.8-5.7
10MP1/2.3"2009

Canon SX610 HS Pros and Cons

Here is a collection of advantages and drawbacks of the Canon SX610 HS based on factors that are typically seen as important in a digital camera.

built in image stabilization (Optical)
flash built-in
focusing manually
great reach (450mm)
high quality video (1920 x 1080 pixels)
includes HDMI port
lighter than average in class (191g)
long zoom range (25-450mm 18.0 x zoom)
megapixel count decent (20MP)
NFC connection
nice clear screen (922 thousand dot)
offers face detect autofocus
offers tracking focus
pretty good screen size (3")
really wide (25mm)
very good min ISO (80)
bad battery power (270 CIPA)
can't swap lenses (fixed lens mount)
has no phase detect autofocus
has no RAW support
lack of headphone port
lack of microphone port
lack of shutter priority mode
lack of Timelapse recording
max frames per second low (2.5 fps)
max zoom aperture not good (f6.9)
no aperture priority
no external flash support
no manual exposure
no moving screen
screen is not selfie friendly
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
slow max aperture (f3.8)
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Canon SX610 HS Sensor information

The Canon SX610 HS is powered by the DIGIC 4+ chip. The sensor dimension on the Canon SX610 HS is 6.17mm x 4.55mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor has the ability to resolve 5184 x 3888 pixels using aspect ratios of 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9. The camera boasts Image Stabilization (Optical). In body stabilization is better than digital stabilization since the latter may cause cropping.

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The BSI-CMOS sensor boasts 20MP and provides a standard ISO range of 80 to 3200. Unfortunately, RAW files are not saved therefore the user has less room to maneuver in post.

The image below shows the SX610 HS's sensor size when compared to other popular sizes. The SX610 HS sensor comes with a crop factor of 5.8 and is shown in green.

Canon PowerShot SX610 HS sensor size World's smallest camera makes it into Guinness Book of Records

To get a sense of specific aspect ratios, you should refer to the graphic below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Canon SX610 HS dimensions

Canon SX610 HS weighs 0.42 lb (191 gr / 6.74 ounces) and the dimensions of the camera is 105mm x 61mm x 27mm (4.1" x 2.4" x 1.1"). The weight of general Small Sensor Superzoom camera is 387 gr and the Canon SX610 HS is lighter as compared to its competitors.

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Below is a photo of the Canon SX610 HS beside a soda to help you have a sense of its size.

Canon PowerShot SX610 HS dimensions scale

The top view directly below will provide the button layout on the SX610 HS.

Canon PowerShot SX610 HS topview buttons dials

Canon SX610 HS Lens information

The SX610 HS provides a fixed lens offering a focal range of 25-450mm giving it a 18.0 x zoom which is perfect and can enable you to zoom right in.

At it's widest 25mm, it will have an aperture of f3.8 which will be kind of sluggish and not ideal in low light events and you might struggle to capture good bokeh. You will likely also have to raise your ISO setting giving you noisy photos. Towards the long end, 450mm is phenomenal zoom and comes with f6.9 which is fairly slow and you will have to apply slower shutter speeds.

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Canon SX610 HS Connectivity

The SX610 HS has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • Wireless Yes
  • NFC Yes
  • HDMI Yes

Cameras with NFC and Bluetooth compatibility can easily be used wirelessly by smartphones. You can easily copy files and in some cases alter camera settings without the hassle of connecting directly with the camera.

Certain apps also allow a Liveview and press the shutter if you aren't near the camera. If the camera provides a HDMI out, it could be hooked up to an external monitor. Virtually all cameras will allow you to recharge the battery with the USB port.

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Canon SX610 HS Video information

The highest video resolution on the Canon SX610 HS is 1920 x 1080 and it can record in MPEG-4 and H.264 file format. 1080p resolution will provide a decent balance in video quality vs file size but FULL HD is not going to give you much room to downsample. The body doesn't include a mic and headphone socket which means that you have absolutely no control over your sound. It is perhaps best to get a different camera if you need better sound in your videos.

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Canon SX610 HS Weather Sealing

There is no weather sealing in the Canon SX610 HS so you have to be cautious in rainy and dusty situations.

Canon SX610 HS Screen and Viewfinder

The Canon SX610 HS has got a 3 inch fixed display having a resolution of 922 thousand dots.

Unfortunately the display isn't a touch screen.

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The View Finder specifications regarding Canon SX610 HS are the following:

  • ViewFinder None

Viewfinders can be rather helpful in bright outdoor situations which might make the camera screen washed out and very difficult to view.

Canon SX610 HS Shutter information

Canon SX610 HS has the ability to shoot continuously at 2.5 fps. The maximum shutter speed is 1/2000 sec.

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Canon SX610 HS Flash and Hot shoe information

Canon SX610 HS boasts just built-in flash with missing external flash ability.

Canon SX610 HS Autofocus information

Canon SX610 HS boasts only Contrast Based Autofocus and doesn't have Phase Detect Autofocus. Phase Detection focusing is more quicker & precise as compared to Contrast Based focusing. The camera has got Face detection making it handy for portraits.

The Sensor has got 9 focus points to pick from. It also has Tracking Autofocus for moving things. Canon SX610 HS has manual focusing if needed in low light conditions or you want to have more exact focusing control.

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Canon SX610 HS Battery life

The battery power (NB-6LH) in the Canon SX610 HS is built to last for 270 shutters as per the CIPA measurements which is less in comparison with its rivals. The typical Small Sensor Superzoom camera battery life is 316. Fujifilm HS35EXR has the highest (600) battery life in this category of cameras.

Here is a list of Small Sensor Superzoom cameras with the strongest battery life:

Canon SX610 HS for different types of photography

The following diagram shows a analysis of the Canon SX610 HS for different types of photography. To understand more, check out the specific section below.

Canon SX610 HS Portrait photography info

The Canon SX610 HS gets a score of 45 which is low, meaning that it is not appropriate to use for portrait photography. Shooting portrait images favors heavily to sensor resolution, RAW support plus the ability to work with external lighting.

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has manual focus
sensor resolution is decent (20 megapixels)
comes with face detection autofocus
manual exposure not possible
no external flash support
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
lacks RAW support

Canon SX610 HS Street photography advice

Coming in at a very good points tally of 64, the Canon SX610 HS is a very decent fit to use in street photography. A very good street photography camera features a fine balance of picture quality and portability.

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has image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than average in class (191 grams)
no articulating screen
small sensor size (1/2.3")
has no RAW files

Canon SX610 HS as a Sports photography camera

A low sports photography points tally of 45 indicates the Canon SX610 HS is not appropriate for shooting sports. A camera should have great focusing plus continuous shooting for sports photography.

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excellent zoom range (25-450mm 18.0 x zoom)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
MP count good (20 megapixels)
comes with tracking autofocus
very slow continuous shooting (2.5 frames per second)
no shutter priority mode
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
bad battery power (270 CIPA)
does not have phase detect AF

Canon SX610 HS Travel photography features

Weight is really critical in picking a travel camera. Over-all, the Canon SX610 HS gets a above average 68 for a travelling camera which makes it a good option to purchase for your vacations.

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lighter than competition in class (191g)
good resolution (20 megapixels)
flash built-in
relatively wide (25mm)
long zoom (450mm)
no Timelapse function
terrible battery power (270 per charge)
display isn't selfie friendly
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.8)

Canon SX610 HS Landscape photography info

For anyone who is planning to buy a camera for landscape photos, the biggest aspect will be image quality. The Canon SX610 HS with it's modest grade of 48 for a landscape camera is fairly adequate amongst its rivals.

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has manual focus
relatively wide (25mm)
screen size is good (3")
built in image stabilization (Optical)
resolution is good (20MP)
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
sluggish max aperture (f3.8)
lack of manual mode
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW files
low battery (270 per charge)
does not have Timelapse recording

Canon SX610 HS as a Vlogging camera

A vlogging camera should really posses a articulating display screen, mic input and ideally image stabilization. Taking all things in to account, the Canon SX610 HS is not appropriate for vlogging as it delivers a low score of 35.

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quite wide (25mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
supports face detect focusing
high video quality (1920 x 1080 pxls)
lighter than average in class (191g)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.8)
doesn't have a selfie friendly display
doesn't have microphone support

Canon SX610 HS Alternatives

If you are trying to find alternatives to the SX610 HS, below is a collection of the highest rated cameras which fall within the family of Small Sensor Superzoom.

The line chart underneath offers you a bird's eye view of the SX610 HS versus it's highest rated competitors mentioned previously.

Following are additional cameras you might see as alternatives. To read through a complete comparison, simply click on the "compare" link.

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Specifications

General Information
Brand
Canon
Model type
Canon PowerShot SX610 HS
Type
Small Sensor Superzoom
Released
2015-01-06
Body design
Compact
Sensor Information
Sensor type
BSI-CMOS
Processor
DIGIC 4+
Sensor size
1/2.3"
Sensor measurements
6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor area
28.1mm²
Sensor resolution
20MP
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio
1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Full resolution
5184 x 3888
RAW photos
Max native ISO
3200
Minimum native ISO
80
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
Touch to focus
Continuous AF
Single AF
AF tracking
Selective AF
Center weighted AF
AF multi area
AF live view
Face detection focusing
Contract detection focusing
Phase detection focusing
Total focus points
9
Lens
Lens mount type
fixed lens
Lens zoom range
25-450mm (18.0x)
Largest aperture
f/3.8-6.9
Macro focusing distance
5cm
Focal length multiplier
5.8
Screen
Range of screen
Fixed Type
Screen sizing
3"
Screen resolution
922 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch screen
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type
None
DXO scores
DXO All around rating
not tested
DXO Color Depth rating
not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating
not tested
DXO Low light rating
not tested
Features
Lowest shutter speed
15s
Highest shutter speed
1/2000s
Continuous shooting speed
2.5fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Set WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash distance
3.50 m
Flash options
Auto, on, slow synchro, off
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Supported video resolutions
1920 x 1080 (30p), 1280 x 720 (30p), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Max video resolution
1920x1080
Video data format
MPEG-4, H.264
Microphone jack
Headphone jack
Connectivity
Wireless
Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS
None
Physical
Environmental seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight
191 grams (0.42 lb)
Physical dimensions
105 x 61 x 27mm (4.1" x 2.4" x 1.1")
Other
Battery life
270 pictures
Battery form
Battery Pack
Battery ID
NB-6LH
Self timer
Yes (2 or 10 secs, custom)
Time lapse feature
Storage media
SD/SDHC/SDXC card
Storage slots
1
Launch cost
$214