Canon PowerShot SX610 HS Review

April 21, 2015 | Jack Baker |


The Canon PowerShot SX610 HS is a well-designed camera that’s easy to use thanks to its chunky, ergonomic build, logical controls and an intuitive menu design. You can also be sure it’ll snap accurately focussed and well exposed shots.

Performance and image quality are also good, though not outstanding. The switch to a 20.2-megaixel sensor sounds great on paper, but in reality the camera can only resolve marginally more detail than the 16MP SX600 HS. It’s also a pity that the extra megapixels have had a negative impact on battery life and burst shooting speed, though at least the standard image processing time is still spritely.

But has Canon done enough to keep the SX610 HS competitive? Cameras like the Nikon Coolpix S7000, Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ55 and Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX350 all offer 20x optical zoom and Wi-Fi connectivity for similar or less money, however the Nikon has an appalling battery life, whilst both the Sony and Panasonic can’t match the quality of the SX610 HS’s upgraded monitor.

The SX610 HS may only be a subtle upgrade from its predecessor and it doesn’t make a particularly compelling case for itself over its rivals, however nor does it do anything particularly wrong. If you’re after a well-equipped, easy to use compact camera that produces pleasing image quality; the Canon PowerShot SX610 HS is an accomplished all-rounder.

4 stars

Ratings (out of 5)
Design 4.5
Features 4
Ease-of-use 4.5
Image quality 4
Value for money 4