Canon Powershot SX610 HS Summary
Canon Powershot SX610 HS Assessment
This ultra-compact ultra-zoom offers a 20 MP sensor and a stabilized wide-angle 18X optical zoom lens. It's 1/2.3" high-speed CMOS sensor allows it to catpure full HD video and fit a huge 25-450mm focal-range by keeping a small maximum aperture, F/3.8 at wide-angle and F/6.9 at telephoto.
Image quality is reasonable with some noise visible at all ISO sensitivities, yet not enough to prevent common print sizes until ISO 800. Dynamic-range is limited, as it is with other such small cameras. Metering, color and white-balance though are all quite good. The weakest point of the SX610 is a slow autofocus system. The rest of the performance is slightly below average.
|Ultra-compact 18X optical zoom||Visible noise at all ISO sensitivities|
|Low noise until ISO 200||Dim max aperture|
|Good metering system||Limited dynamic range|
|Nicely saturated colors||Slow autofocus speed|
|Low distortion||1s Video-Record delay|
|Generally responsive||Slow playback mode|
|Light yet feels solid||Very few direct controls|
There are fewer new ultra-compact digital cameras each year as cellphones overtake their principal advantage which is size. The Canon Powerhot SX610 HS is designed to surpass phones by featuring a huge optical zoom. With a cellphone, image quality degrades instantly as zoom is digital rather than optical. It also aims to be equally convenient by providing fully automatic operation, plus WiFi and NFC connectivity. For better or for worse, the SX610 HS has lost the manual-controls which made the original SX-series so desirable. In this respect, this digital camera delivers: It's a pocket-size ultra-zoom with ready-to-share output at the press of the shutter-release.
Canon SX610 HS Highlights
Sensor-Size: 6 x 5mm
Actual size when viewed at 100 DPI
|20 Megapixels Ultra Compact||ISO 80-3200|
|18X Ultra-Wide Optical Zoom||Shutter 1/2000-15s|
|Built-in Stabilization||Full manual controls, including Manual Focus|
|2.5 FPS Drive, Unlimited Images||Custom white-balance|
|1920x1080 @ 30 FPS Video Recording||Spot-Metering|
|3" LCD 920K Pixels||Lithium-Ion Battery|
|Secure Digital Extended Capacity|
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