Canon powershot sx610hs

Canon PowerShot SX610 HS - PowerShot and IXUS digital compact cameras

Capture with crisp detail all the moments that matter - using a powerful 18x zoom in a slim, pocketable design. Seamlessly share your high quality photos and videos using Wi-Fi with NFC.


    • Get closer to distant detail with a slim and pocketable 18x zoom
    • Sharp photos and steady movies with Intelligent IS
    • Easily share with smartphones and social media
    • Unlock your inner artist with easy creative shooting
    • Shoot great Full HD movies at the touch of a button

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Find out more about the Canon PowerShot SX610 HS, its features and what it can do.

18x superzoom with ultra wide-angle

Zoom to 36x with great quality

Powerful DIGIC processing

Steady images and movies in every situation

Share and backup images wirelessly

NFC simplifies smartphone sharing

Tag shots using smartphone GPS

Control the camera with a smartphone

Auto zoom dependent on number of subjects

Easy shooting with a movie summary

Auto mode with 32-scene detection

6 unique images from one shot

Wide viewing angle, high contrast

View stills and videos on TV

Transfer to Canon Connect Station with one tap

View full specification What's in the box

  • Digital Camera PowerShot SX610 HS

  • Wrist Strap WS-800

  • Battery Pack NB-6LH 

  • Battery Charger CB-2LYE

  • AC Cable

  • User Manual Kit

PowerShot SX610 HS Ratings & reviews

Canon PowerShot SX610 HS Review

Last year’s PowerShot SX600 HS offered a good balance of performance and features at a reasonable price, so it’s perhaps unsurprising that Canon hasn’t altered this recipe much for the new SX610 HS. It features the same 18x optically stabilised lens giving a 35mm-equivalent focal length of 25-450mm. The Canon PowerShot SX610 HS does boast a new 20.2-megapixel, back-illuminated CMOS sensor, but it’s paired with the aging DIGIC 4+ processor. Consequently the extra demand of processing more pixels has caused a drop in continuous shooting speed to just 2.5fps, down from the SX600 HS’s 3.9fps. Fortunately there’s Full HD video recording for when this isn’t fast enough. Canon has also made some subtle changes to the case design to improve ergonomics, and the new model receives a high-resolution 922,000-dot monitor. You also get Wi-Fi connectivity with NFC pairing for easy image sharing and remote camera control, plus there’s some clever creative extras. Hybrid Auto mode records stills together with short accompanying video clips to better document your day, whilst Creative Shot mode will automatically capture several shots and apply a different filter effect to each.

The Canon PowerShot SX610 HS retails for $249.99 / £179.99.

The outgoing PowerShot SX600 HS certainly wasn’t a tricky camera to operate, but Canon has made its replacement even more user-friendly. The case design has been tweaked with a larger front finger ridge and a more generously-sized rear thumb rest. Small touches, but they noticeably improve ergonomics and help make the new model sit more securely in the hand.

This is partly helped by the Canon PowerShot SX610 HS’s relatively chunky dimensions. At 105.3 x 61.0 x 26.7 mm and 191g ready-to-shoot, it’s almost identical in size and weight to the outgoing SX600 HS. Whilst that makes this comfortably less bulky than Canon’s 30x zoom SX710 HS, it’s worth remembering that Sony’s Cyber-shot DSC-WX350 manages to be noticeably smaller and 15% lighter than the SX610 HS, yet it packs 20x optical zoom.

Front of the Canon PowerShot SX610 HS

However, the Canon camera does now boast a better screen than both its predecessor the Sony WX350. Gone is the old 461,000-dot monitor, replaced by a 922,000-dot device. Screen size remains the same at 3.0 inches, whilst viewing angles and colour accuracy are still top notch. There’s also enough brightness to cope with most environments, and though you’ll struggle when shooting under very bright sunlight, such conditions will overpower most compact camera monitors. Sadly, the screen still isn’t touch-sensitive.

Build quality remains high, 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 choose from black, red and white/champagne case colours.

Whilst the Canon PowerShot SX610 HS’s design has been tweaked, its control layout remains the same as the old model. If you’re unfamiliar with recent Canon PowerShot compacts, the most puzzling control will probably be the switch to the right of the thumb rest. At first glance this appears to toggle between single-frame, burst shooting and video modes, but that’s not actually the case. The lower position of the three is where you’ll want to start, 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.

Rear of the Canon PowerShot SX610 HS

If you’d prefer to take control of things like ISO sensitivity and white balance, you can by pressing the ‘FUNC. SET’ button below and choosing the Program Auto mode from the quick setting menu that pops up. This menu also contains the various scene modes which can be manually selected when photographing tricky subjects like fireworks, night-time or snow scenes. You’ll also find the camera’s six filter effects here.

This limited filter selection may seem a bit stingy when compared to the 10+ styles that some rival cameras contain, but the Canon PowerShot SX610 HS can spice up your shots in other ways. By flicking the mode selector up to the middle position, you can have some fun with Canon’s Creative Shot mode. This feature is included with many Canon compact cameras and instantly captures one standard shot plus an extra five variations of it, each with a different filter effect and crop applied. It’s a useful feature when you want to get creative but don’t fancy wasting time hunting through menus to manually apply different filters. Check out the image quality section of the review for examples.

The top option on the mode switch selects the camera’s Hybrid Auto mode, whereby 2-4 seconds of video is captured before each still image and later combined into a 720p digest movie chronicling your day.

Top of the Canon PowerShot SX610 HS

Another nifty feature with the Canon PowerShot SX610 HS is Auto Zoom, activated by pressing the directional dial on the rear panel upward. Now when 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 clever feature that also works when multiple faces are detected, though you’ll need your subject to face the camera directly for best results.

The camera’s Wi-Fi connectivity remains unchanged from the SX600 HS, although Canon has replaced its Canon CameraWindow companion mobile app with a new version called Canon Camera Connect. By pushing the connection button at the bottom of the rear panel, the SX610 HS starts broadcasting a wireless hotspot that’s visible to nearby mobile devices. Simply connect as you would with any 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 seems like too much trouble, and you have 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 around 5 seconds to transfer, and apart from some slight lag when operating the zoom controls, remote shooting is slick and effective.

The Wi-Fi system also enables you to 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 need to sync the camera to your smartphone and rely on the accompanying app, but at least this method doesn’t drain the camera’s battery like conventional GPS.

The Canon PowerShot SX610 HS In-hand

That’s a good thing, as 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. This is almost certainly due to the added power demands of having to process larger image files generated by the new camera’s more pixel-packed sensor.

The battery life can be eked out to 400 shots by activating Canon’s Eco mode though, which conserves power by dimming the display after just a couple of second’s inactivity, and turning it off altogether shortly afterwards. Pressing any button will restore life instantly. The effect is rather like a start/stop system on a modern car and doesn’t seem to have any downsides, providing you don’t have to wait more than a few seconds between composing and shooting your photo.

When it comes to start snapping, the Canon PowerShot SX610 HS fires up and shoots in 1.8 seconds. That’s a tad slower than some cameras, as the lens isn’t particularly quick to extend. Fortunately the camera’s autofocus system doesn’t waste much time as it focusses pretty much instantly in good light and only requires around half a second to find its mark in dimmer conditions.

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Canon Powershot SX610 HS Review

The Canon Powershot SX610 HS is this years update to the SX600 HS, and features an 18x optical zoom lens, a new 20 megapixel sensor and improved grip. Built in Wi-Fi and NFC makes it easy to transfer images as well as control the camera from your smartphone. 

Canon Powershot SX610 HS Features

The Canon Powershot SX610 HS offers a few updates since the SX600 HS, with the most noticeable differences being the design of the camera, which now has improved rubber grips at the front and back of the camera, along with a 20 megapixel BSI CMOS sensor, which is an increase over the 16 megapixel sensor of the previous model. 

The 18x optical zoom lens is equivalent to 25-450mm in 35mm terms, and optical image stabilisation ensures sharp photos in low light or when using optical zoom. The camera can focus on subjects just 5cm away from the front of the lens when shooting with macro focus enabled. On the rear of the camera is a 3inch screen with a good resolution of 922K dots.

There are numerous automatic shooting modes, as well as creative filters available for more interesting photos. Creative shot takes a number of shots and generates a variety of edited photos automatically. 

Wi-Fi and NFC connectivity makes it easy to connect to a compatible smartphone to shoot remotely and transfer images. 

The SX610 HS records full HD video with mono sound, and optical zoom is available whilst recording.

Key Features

  • 20 megapixel BSI CMOS sensor
  • 18x optical zoom lens, 25-450mm equivalent
  • Optical image stabilisation (2.5 stops)
  • 3inch screen, 922K dots
  • Wi-Fi / NFC connectivity
  • FullHD video
  • ISO80 to ISO3200
  • 5cm Macro mode
  • 2.5fps continuous shooting (at full resolution)
  • Available in black, white and red

Canon Powershot SX610 HS Handling

The Canon Powershot SX610 HS is stylish looking camera, with a compact pop-up flash built in that can be released with a side switch. To put the flash away you simply push it back in. The new rubber grip at the front and rear, along with clean design lines gives the camera a premium look and feel. The metal body and solid construction gives the impression of a well built camera which is rather surprisingly made in Japan - most compact cameras are made in China these days.

The screen is clear and easy to view even when using it outside in bright conditions, and the 922k dot resolution is good. The rear is where you'll find the main controls for the camera with a mode switch letting you go between Auto, Creative and Auto / Hybrid. When in Auto mode, you can select additional shooting modes by pressing the FUNC/SET button. This is also how you access the majority of photo settings, with an overlay shown on screen. This should mean you won't need to enter the menus too often, although if you do you'll be pleased to find built in help making the camera easier to use.

Built in Wi-Fi and NFC makes it easy to connect to compatible iOS and Android devices. The Canon Camera Connect app lets you view images and video on the camera and transfer them to your phone, shoot remotely and remotely control the camera, as well as add GPS location information to photos based on GPS data from your smartphone. Once the photos are on your smartphone it's then easy to share your images to social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, etc.

Battery life - Battery life is rated at 270 shots according to Canon/ CIPA test results, which can be extended to a much more impressive 400 shots when ECO mode is enabled.

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