- Good image quality in bright situations.
Good rubber grips.
- Poor image quality at low ISO.
No touchscreen feature.
The Canon Powershot SX610 HS is one of the few compact cameras from the side of Canon to have made a niche for itself in the digital market.
Featuring high-optics and a pretty surprisingly powerful optical zoom, the SX610 HS packs a punch and delivers stellar and crisp images too.
It sports a 20.2 MP camera resolution sensor bundled with a CMOS sensor and a DIGIC4+ processor, which is very much an aged series although it tends to make up for it with Full HD video recording.
Cited as the replacement for the SX600HS, the SX610HS comes across with a fairly good design and comfortable to hold ergonomically. It provides a rubberized grip on the front side and also a thumb grip on the rear end. Add to that it’s metallic and plastic design which gives off a sleeker look. There’s no change in the screen size thought but gone is the old display resolution and in its place there is a new 922k dot resolution.
SONY has advertised the frame rate of the sx610 at 2.5fps. However, this value comes down instantly after about two to three images which is pretty much average for a compact camera. Although the SX710HS has been known to deliver images at a continuous speed of 6.3 fps.
The SX610HS comes with Wi-Fi connectivity like its predecessor. Built-in Wi-Fi and NFC capability allows the user to share images with your smartphone or any other digital device at the touch of a button. It also allows for geo-tagging location feature which might not be that important but it depends on the preference of the user.
Battery Life is rated by CIPA as having 270 shots (test results), whose number can be increased upto 400 shots with ECO Mode activated.
Sensor Performance and Image Quality
On paper, the SX610HS has a higher image resolution sensor which should suffice for detailed and clarity images. But this part is a bit put on hold when you notice that it’s being run on the old processor namely DIGIC 4+ . It might seem just another number in the DIGIC series but the results are more noticeable when it comes to focussing speed. It seems a tad bit slow especially in comparison to its predecessor but not by much to make a huge impact on the focus mode.
Chromatic Aberration does occur on the further end of the zoom(wide-angle), but it’s a respectable amount and does no harm.
It offers the various scene modes available with most compacts now-a-days and also comes with a limited number of filter effects
When it comes to image quality, it just about manages to hold its ground on the base ISO of 100. Image detailing is on point and there is much clarity and pleasantness present. In short, crisp and beautiful images in bright light settings. However, the main concern starts in low-light situations and the ISO needs to be pumped up to bring about whatever amount of light that is possible. At ISO 400, the images are still acceptable but once you scale the ISO, the images look blurry, presence of huge amount of noise, there’s loss of detail and the images are basically unusable.