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 stabilized 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.
|Item Weight||454 g|
|Product Dimensions||16 x 14 x 5.6 cm|
|Batteries:||1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)|
|Item model number||0113C001|
|Screen Size||3 Inches|
|Has Image Stabilization||Yes|
|Optical Zoom||18 X|
|Digital Zoom||4 X|
|Optical Sensor Resolution||20.2 Megapixels|
|Max Shutter Speed||15 Seconds|
|Includes Rechargable Battery||No|
|Includes AC Adapter||No|
|Includes External Memory||No|