Last year’s PowerShot SX600 HS did a fine job at blending smooth performance and cool features at an affordable price, so it’s expected that Canon hasn’t altered this recipe much for the new Canon Powershot SX610 20MP 18X Zoom Compact digital Camera.
It features the same 18x stabilised lens providing you with a 35mm-equivalent focal length of 25-450mm.
Canon Powershot SX610 20MP 18X Zoom Compact Digital Camera Review
The Canon Powershot Sx610 HS comes with a new 20.2-megapiel, back illuminated CMOS sensor, but it’s integrated with the again DIGIC 4+ processor. Sadly, the additional demand of processing more pixels has resulted in a drop in continuous shooting speed to only 2.5fps, down from the SX600 HS’s 3.9fps.
Good news is – there’s FULL HD Video recording for when this doesn’t meet the objective.
Canon has also ensured changes are made to the case design to better ergonomics, and the new model receives a high-resolution 022,000-dot monitor. You also enjoy Wi-Fi connectivity with NFC pairing for simple image sharing and remote camera control, plus there’s some additional creative functions.
READ ALSO: Best Camera Bag for Wedding Photographers
Hybrid Auto records still together with short accompanying video clips to better document your day, whilst Creative Shot mode will automatically take many shots and apply a unique filter effect to each.
The Canon PowerShot SX610 HS retails for $249.99 / £179.99.
Ease of Use
The outgoing PowerShot SX600 HS definitely was quite easy to operate, but Canon has made its successor even more user-friendly. The design of the case has been tweaked with a larger front finger ridge and a more generously-sized rear thumb rest. Small touches, but they noticeably better the ergonomics.
The newer mode is more sure in your hand as you hold it. This is partially aided by the Canon PowerShot SX610 HS’s relatively bulky dimensions.
At 105.3 x 61.0 x 26.7 mm and 191g ready-to-shoot, it’s almost the same in weight and size to the outgoing SX600 HS. Whilst that makes this comfortably less chunky than Canon’s 30x zoom SX710 HS, it’s worth remembering that Sony’s Cyber-shot DSC-WX350 manages to be noticeably and 15% lighter than the SX610 HS, yet it packs 20x optical zoom.
Canon Powershot SX610 20MP 18X Zoom Compact Camera Front of the Canon PowerShot SX610 HS (Front Camera)
Now, the Canon camera spots a better screen than both its predecessor the Sony WX350. Gone is the old 461,000-dot monitor, replaced by a 922,000-dot service. Screen size is the same at 3.0 inches, whilst colour accuracy and viewing angles are still top notch.
It’s brightness ensures environmental factors are handled well although you might struggle a bit when shooting under very bright sunlight, such conditions will overpower most compact camera monitors. Sadly, the screen still isn’t touch-sensitive.
The build quality remains top notch with premium plastics accented with tactile metal details. There;s also a metal tripod mount – a rare luxury at this price point – and you can pick from champagne, white, red, and black case colours.
The Canon Powershot SX610 HS’s has been improved on for sure, but its control layout remains the same as the previous model. If you’re not used to the latest Canon Powershot Compacts, the most hard-to-figure control would probably be the switch to the right of the thumb rest.
At first look, this appears to toggle between single-frame, video and birst shooting modes, but that’s not really the case. The lower placement of the 3 is where you’ll want to begin, as this is the camera’s default “Smart Auto” shooting mode.
In this setting the SX610 HS automatically detects the scene you’re focussing on and adjusts shooting settings accordingly.
Canon PowerShot SX610 HS (Rear of the Canon PowerShot SX610 HS)
If you’re someone who loves to take control of features like white balance and ISO sensitivity, you can by pressing the ‘FUNC. SET” button under and picking the Program Auto mode from the quick setting menu that pops up. This menu also features the many scene modes that can be manually selected when photographing tricky subjects like snow scenes, night-time or fireworks.
You’ll also locate the camera’s six filter effects here.
ALSO READ: Best Vlogging Camera with Flip Screen
Talking about filter selection; it has only 6 while rivals have 10+ styles. However, the Canon Powershot SX610 20MP 18X Zoom Compact Digital Camera can spice up your shots in other ways. By flicking the mode selector up to the middle position, you can enjoy some fun with Canon’s Creative Shot mode.
This feature is included with multiple compact cameras and immediate captures one standard shot plus an additional 5 variations of it, each with a unique filter effect and crop applied.
It’s most useful when you want to get creative but don’t like fancy wasting time hunting via menus to manually apply various filters.
The top option on the mode switch picks the camera’s Hybrid Auto mode, whereas 2-4 seconds of video s captured before each still image and later combined into a 720p digest movie chronicling your day.
Top of the Canon PowerShot SX610 HS
Another useful ability of the Canon Powershot SX610 20MP 18X Zoom Compact Camera is Auto ZOOM, activated by pressing the directional dial on the rear upward.
As soon as the camera detects a face, it’ll automatically zoom in and out to keep it frame and at a constant size, whether he or she moves to or from the camera. It’s a smart feature that also works when more than one face are detected, though you’ll need your subject to face the camera directly for the best results.
For the SX600 HS, the camera’s Wi-Fi connectivity remains unchanged. However, Canon has replaced its Canon Camera window mobile app with a new version known as Canon Camera Connect.
By pushing the connection button at the bottom of the rear panel, the SX610 HS begins broadcasting a wireless hotspot that’s visible to nearby mobile devices. Only connect as you would with other Wi-Fi network, open the Canon app on your smartphone or tablet and you can operate the SX610 HS remotely and download photos from it.
If that appears to be too much stress, and you own an NFC-enabled smart device, then you can also tap it against the camera to create a connection. Once connected, a full resolution shot takes between 5 seconds to transfer, and aside minor slight lag when controlling the zoom controls, remote shooting is slick and effective.
The Wi-Fi system also lets you use your smart device to tag the SX610 HS’s images with GPS coordinates. This is less convenient than a proper built-in GPS system as you require to sync the camera to your smartphone and control it from the accompanying app, but at least this method doesn’t suck the camera’s battery like conventional GPS.
The Canon PowerShot SX610 HS In-hand
It’s good news that despite using the same 1060mAh rechargeable Li-ion power pack as its predecessor, the Canon PowerShot SX610 HS’s battery life is down from 290 to 270 shots-per-charge. We believe this is as a result of needing extra power demands to process the large image files generated by the new camera’s more pixel-packed sensor.
The battery life can be lengthened to 400 shots by activating Canon’s Eco mode though, that conserves power by dimming the display after only a couple of second’s inactivity, and turning it off altogether shortly afterwards. Pressing any button will bring it back to life in a moment.
The effect is rather like a stop/start system on a modern car and doesn’t seem to have any badsides, providing you don’t need to wait more than a few seconds between composing and shooting your photo.
When it comes to taking aesthetically pleasing photos, the Canon Powershot SX610 20MP 18X Zoom Compact Camera fires up and shoots in 1.8 seconds with no disappointments. That minimally slower than some cameras out there, as the lens doesn’t extend fast.
However, the cameras autofocus system doesn’t waste much time as it focuses instantly in good light and only need about half a second to locate its mark in dimmer conditions.
Let us know what you think of Canon Powershot SX610 20MP 18X Zoom Compact digital Camera review. Share with us your experience.