Canon SX620 HS

 
Canon PowerShot SX620 HS front
 
  • 20MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 80 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 25-625mm (F3.2-6.6) lens
  • 182g - 97 x 57 x 28mm
  • Announced May 2016
  • Read full specs
  • Alternatives
Portability
93
Imaging
48
Features
48
Overall
48

Canon SX620 HS overview

Canon SX620 HS is Canon's Small Sensor Superzoom camera originally launched on May of 2016. The camera has a 20MP, BSI-CMOS 1/2.3" sized sensor and has a peak resolution of 5184 x 3888.

The SX620 HS comes in at #33 out of 243 in Small Sensor Superzoom cameras & all around #427 out of 1422 for cameras in our collection. You can test our Advanced camera search to find camera results based on your personalized requirements.

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The following is a graph of specific criteria used in the scoring system.

Canon SX620 HS family

The Canon SX620 HS has a history of related cameras. Here, you can see all earlier and most recent models as well as key specs.

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

Canon SX620 HS Pros and Cons

Below is a checklist of good and bad points of the Canon SX620 HS based on criterias which are usually seen as necessary in a camera.

above average min ISO (80)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
great zoom (625mm)
has built in flash
has face detection autofocus
has HDMI socket
has manual focus
has tracking autofocus
incredible zoom range (25-625mm 25.0 x zoom)
lighter than competition in class (182g)
megapixel count good (20MP)
NFC support
relatively wide (25mm)
screen has good resolution (922 thousand dots)
screen size is good (3 inch)
video res high (1920 x 1080 pxls)
cannot change lens (fixed lens mount)
continuous shooting slow (2.5 frames per second)
doesn't have external mic socket
doesn't have headphone socket
doesn't have Time Lapse function
doesn't offer selfie friendly display
lack of aperture priority mode
lack of manual exposure
max zoom aperture not good (f6.6)
no external flash support
no phase detect autofocus
no RAW files
no shutter priority
screen does not articulate
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.2)
very small sensor (1/2.3")
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Canon SX620 HS Sensor details

The Canon SX620 HS features the DIGIC 4+ processor. The sensor measurement in the Canon SX620 HS is 6.17mm x 4.55mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor can resolve 5184 x 3888 pixels and aspect ratios of 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9. The camera comes with Image Stabilization (Optical). Optical stabilization is more effective than digital stabilization as the latter can cause cropping.

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

The picture underneath illustrates the SX620 HS's sensor dimensions compared to other common sizes. The SX620 HS sensor has a crop factor of 5.8 and is presented in green.

Canon PowerShot SX620 HS sensor size 400 Megapixel mode coming to Fujifilm GFX 100

To get an understanding of different aspect ratios, you can refer to the visual below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Canon SX620 HS dimensions

Canon SX620 HS is 0.40 lbs (182g / 6.42 oz) & has outside proportions of 97mm x 57mm x 28mm (3.8" x 2.2" x 1.1"). The weight of general Small Sensor Superzoom camera is 387g so the Canon SX620 HS is lighter when compared to various competitors.

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Down below is a shot of the Canon SX620 HS beside a soft drink to help you to get a sense of its scale.

Canon PowerShot SX620 HS dimensions scale

The top view under will highlight the button layout on the SX620 HS.

Canon PowerShot SX620 HS topview buttons dials

Canon SX620 HS Lens specs

The SX620 HS offers an inbuilt lens featuring a focal range of 25-625mm making it a 25.0 x zoom which is perfect and would enable you to zoom all the way in.

At the widest 25mm, the lens comes with an aperture of f3.2 which will be somewhat slow and not very good for low light occasions and you will struggle to get a shallow depth of field. You could also have to boost the ISO setting which results in noisy pictures. At the tele end, 625mm is great zoom and comes with f6.6 which is really slow and you might need to choose slow shutter speeds.

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Canon SX620 HS Connectivity

The SX620 HS has the following connectivity:

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

Cameras that come with NFC and Bluetooth support can easily be controlled wirelessly by smartphones. You are able to copy pictures and sometimes change camera settings without the hassle of connecting straight to the camera.

Several applications even provide a Liveview and press the shutter whenever you aren't near the camera. If the camera contains a HDMI port, it could be connected to an external display. The majority of cameras enable you to recharge the battery with the USB socket.

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Canon SX620 HS Video specs

The highest video quality in the Canon SX620 HS is 1920 x 1080 and you can shoot in MPEG-4 and H.264 format. 1080p quality is an excellent balance between quality and file sizes but FULL HD isn't going to leave you with any room to crop. The camera doesn't include a microphone and headphone socket which means that you have little control over the audio. It is perhaps best to buy another model if you need better audio for your video clips.

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Canon SX620 HS Weather Sealing

There is no weather sealing for the Canon SX620 HS so you need to be cautious in wet or dusty conditions.

Canon SX620 HS Display and Viewfinder

The Canon SX620 HS has a 3 inch fixed display supporting a resolution of 922 thousand dots.

Unfortunately the display is not a touch screen.

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The ViewFinder specs for Canon SX620 HS are the following:

  • ViewFinder None

Viewfinders are pretty handy during sunny outdoor conditions which may make the camera display washed out and hard to see.

Canon SX620 HS Shutter specs

Canon SX620 HS continuous shooting rate is 2.5 frames per second. The max shutter speed is 1/2000 seconds.

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Canon SX620 HS Flash and Hot shoe specs

Canon SX620 HS comes with only inbuilt flash without external flash ability.

Canon SX620 HS Autofocusing specs

Canon SX620 HS comes with just Contrast Detect Autofocus & is missing Phase Detect Autofocus. Phase Detection focusing is a lot more snappier & exact when compared to Contrast Detect focusing. The camera has Face detect which is helpful for taking photos of people.

It has 9 focus points to pick from. It also comes with Tracking Autofocus for subjects that move. Canon SX620 HS has manual focus if required during low light or you want to have more accurate control on focus.

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Canon SX620 HS Battery life

The battery power for the Canon SX620 HS is made to last for 295 shutters as per the CIPA requirements making it about the same as it's rivals. The typical Small Sensor Superzoom camera battery life is 316. Fujifilm HS35EXR has got the highest (600) battery life within this range of cameras.

Underneath is a listing of Small Sensor Superzoom cameras having the strongest battery life:

Canon SX620 HS for varying types of photography

The following bar chart gives a overview of the Canon SX620 HS for varying types of photography. To learn more, go to the specific paragraph underneath.

Portrait photography with Canon SX620 HS

The Canon SX620 HS gets a score of 45 which is really bad, and means the camera is just not very good for portrait photography. Photographing portraits favors greatly towards sensor dimensions, support for RAW files and capability to work with external lighting.

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focusing manually
sensor resolution is decent (20MP)
offers face detect focus
no manual control
no external flash support
sensor is small (1/2.3")
has no RAW format

Canon SX620 HS as a Street photography camera

Getting a nice points tally of 64, the Canon SX620 HS is a very decent choice to buy for street photography. A good street photography camera provides a good balance of picture quality and portability.

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image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than competition (182 grams)
screen does not articulate
sensor is small (1/2.3")
no RAW support

Sports photography with Canon SX620 HS

A moderate sports photography score of 49 suggests the Canon SX620 HS is reasonably appropriate for taking photos of sports. A camera must have excellent autofocus plus fast shutter speeds for sports photography.

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incredible zoom range (25-625mm 25.0 x zoom)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
decent megapixels (20 megapixels)
comes with tracking focus
slow continuous shooting (2.5 frames per second)
no shutter priority mode
small sensor size (1/2.3")
lack of phase detect autofocus

Canon SX620 HS Travel photography information

Weight is super critical when selecting a travel camera. Over-all, the Canon SX620 HS gets a above average 71 as a travel camera which is a very decent pick to buy for your journeys.

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lighter than competitors (182g)
decent sensor resolution (20 megapixels)
built-in flash
rather wide (25mm)
great reach (625mm)
doesn't have Time Lapse mode
screen is not selfie friendly
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.2)

Canon SX620 HS Landscape photography information

When you are looking to purchase a digital camera for landscape photos, the most critical factor will be image quality. The Canon SX620 HS at it's moderate score of 51 for a landscape camera is fairly suited within the current marketplace.

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you can focus manually
reasonably wide (25mm)
pretty good screen size (3")
built in image stabilization (Optical)
decent MP (20MP)
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.2)
lack of manual mode
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
does not have RAW support
doesn't have Timelapse function

Vlogging with Canon SX620 HS

A camera for vlogging should really posses a moving screen, mic input and ideally IBIS. Taking all things in to account, the Canon SX620 HS is just not very good as a vlog camera as it delivers a really bad rating of 35.

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pretty wide (25mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
features face detection focus
high res video (1920 x 1080 pixels)
lighter than competition (182g)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.2)
doesn't posses selfie friendly screen
doesn't have external microphone support

Canon SX620 HS Alternatives

If you are shopping for replacements to the SX620 HS, below is a number of the highest placed cameras that fall within the class of Small Sensor Superzoom.

The line chart below offers you an overview of the SX620 HS compared to it's highest rated rivals suggested earlier.

Following are several cameras you may view as alternate options. To read a complete comparison, click the "compare" link.

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Specifications

General Information
Make
Canon
Model
Canon PowerShot SX620 HS
Class
Small Sensor Superzoom
Announced
2016-05-10
Physical type
Compact
Sensor Information
Sensor type
BSI-CMOS
Powered by
DIGIC 4+
Sensor size
1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions
6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor area
28.1mm²
Sensor resolution
20MP
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio
1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Maximum resolution
5184 x 3888
RAW pictures
Maximum native ISO
3200
Lowest native ISO
80
Autofocusing
Manual focus
Autofocus touch
Autofocus continuous
Autofocus single
Autofocus tracking
Autofocus selectice
Center weighted autofocus
Multi area autofocus
Live view autofocus
Face detect focus
Contract detect focus
Phase detect focus
Number of focus points
9
Lens
Lens mounting type
fixed lens
Lens focal range
25-625mm (25.0x)
Highest aperture
f/3.2-6.6
Macro focus distance
1cm
Focal length multiplier
5.8
Screen
Type of display
Fixed Type
Display size
3 inch
Resolution of display
922 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch screen
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type
None
DXO scores
DXO All around score
not tested
DXO Color Depth score
not tested
DXO Dynamic range score
not tested
DXO Low light score
not tested
Features
Lowest shutter speed
15s
Highest shutter speed
1/2000s
Continuous shooting rate
2.5 frames per second
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range
4.00 m (with Auto ISO)
Flash settings
Auto, on, slow synchro, off
Hot shoe
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)
Maximum video resolution
1920x1080
Video format
MPEG-4, H.264
Mic port
Headphone port
Connectivity
Wireless
Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS
None
Physical
Environmental sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight
182g (0.40 pounds)
Physical dimensions
97 x 57 x 28mm (3.8" x 2.2" x 1.1")
Other
Battery life
295 photos
Form of battery
Battery Pack
Self timer
Yes (2 or 10 secs, custom)
Time lapse shooting
Storage type
SD/SDHC/SDXC card
Card slots
Single
Retail cost
$279