Canon SX610 HS
- 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- Superseded the Canon SX600 HS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
- Size Comparison
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 #44 out of 244 in Small Sensor Superzoom cameras and all round #491 out of 1459 for cameras in our list. You can check our Advanced camera search to see camera ratings based on your personalized criteria.
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.
SX610 HS vs SX70 HS21-1365mm
SX610 HS vs SX740 HS24-960mm
SX610 HS vs SX730 HS24-960mm
SX610 HS vs SX620 HS25-625mm
SX610 HS vs SX720 HS24-960mm
SX610 HS vs SX540 HS24-1200mm
SX610 HS vs SX420 IS24-1008mm
SX610 HS vs SX410 IS24-960mm
SX610 HS vs SX530 HS24-1200mm
SX610 HS vs SX710 HS25-750mm
SX610 HS vs SX60 HS21-1365mm
SX610 HS vs SX520 HS24-1008mm
SX610 HS vs SX400 IS24-720mm
SX610 HS vs SX700 HS25-750mm
SX610 HS vs SX600 HS25-450mm
SX610 HS vs SX170 IS28-448mm
SX610 HS vs SX510 HS24-720mm
SX610 HS vs SX160 IS28-448mm
SX610 HS vs SX270 HS25-500mm
SX610 HS vs SX280 HS25-500mm
SX610 HS vs SX50 HS24-1200mm
SX610 HS vs SX500 IS24-720mm
SX610 HS vs SX260 HS25-500mm
SX610 HS vs SX150 IS28-336mm
SX610 HS vs SX240 HS25-500mm
SX610 HS vs SX40 HS24-840mm
SX610 HS vs SX230 HS28-392mm
SX610 HS vs SD4500 IS36-360mm
SX610 HS vs SX220 HS28-392mm
SX610 HS vs SX30 IS24-840mm
SX610 HS vs SX130 IS28-336mm
SX610 HS vs SD4000 IS28-105mm
SX610 HS vs SX20 IS28-560mm
SX610 HS vs SX210 IS28-392mm
SX610 HS vs SD3500 IS24-120mm
SX610 HS vs SD1300 IS28-112mm
SX610 HS vs SD980 IS24-120mm
SX610 HS vs SX200 IS28-336mm
SX610 HS vs SX1 IS28-560mm
SX610 HS vs SD970 IS37-185mm
SX610 HS vs SD960 IS28-112mm
SX610 HS vs SD1200 IS35-105mm
SX610 HS vs SX10 IS28-560mm
Canon SX610 HS Gallery
You can look at the SX610 HS from several angles in the gallery underneath.
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.
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.Photographer fined '$200,000' for failing to deliver photos
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.Control Profoto B10 & B10 Plus with your Android Phone
To get a sense of specific aspect ratios, you should refer to the graphic below.
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.400 Megapixel mode coming to Fujifilm GFX 100
Below is a photo of the Canon SX610 HS beside a soda to help you have a sense of its size.
The top view directly below will provide the button layout on the SX610 HS.
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.
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.
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.
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.World's smallest camera makes it into Guinness Book of Records
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.
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.
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:
SX610 HS vs Fujifilm HS35EXR600 yesnono
SX610 HS vs B500600 nonoyes
SX610 HS vs L840590 noyesno
SX610 HS vs FZ200540 yesnono
SX610 HS vs V-Lux 4540 yesnono
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 44 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.
Canon SX610 HS Street photography advice
Coming in at a very good points tally of 63, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.