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Canon Powershot SX610 HS Summary

20 Megapixels20 MegapixelsUltra-Zoom: At least 10X optical zoom.Ultra-Zoom: At least 10X optical zoom.Stabilization: Compensates for tiny involuntary movements of the camera.Stabilization: Compensates for tiny involuntary movements of the camera.Continuous DriveContinuous DriveFull 1080p HD Video: 1920 x 1080 resolution or more but less than 4K.Full 1080p HD Video: 1920 x 1080 resolution or more but less than 4K.Manual Controls: Both fully-manual (M) and semi-automatic modes (T and V).Manual Controls: Both fully-manual (M) and semi-automatic modes (T and V).Custom White-Balance: Specifies exactly what should be white to the camera.Custom White-Balance: Specifies exactly what should be white to the camera.Action Photography: Shutter speeds of 1/1500 or more.Action Photography: Shutter speeds of 1/1500 or more.Night Photography: Reaches shutter-speeds longer than 4 seconds.Night Photography: Reaches shutter-speeds longer than 4 seconds.Spot MeteringSpot MeteringAccepts Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), SDHC and SD memory.Accepts Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), SDHC and SD memory.Neocamera detailed reviewNeocamera detailed reviewDiscontinued: No longer produced by the manufacturer. May still be in stock or found used.Discontinued: No longer produced by the manufacturer. May still be in stock or found used.

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.

PROS CONS
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
AverageAverage Average

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.

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Canon SX610 HS Highlights


Ultra-Compact digital camera

Sensor-Size: 6 x 5mm

1/2.3" Sensor

Actual size when viewed at 100 DPI

20 Megapixels Ultra CompactISO 80-3200
18X Ultra-Wide Optical ZoomShutter 1/2000-15s
Built-in StabilizationFull manual controls, including Manual Focus
2.5 FPS Drive, Unlimited ImagesCustom white-balance
1920x1080 @ 30 FPS Video RecordingSpot-Metering
3" LCD 920K PixelsLithium-Ion Battery
Secure Digital Extended Capacity
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