Canon PowerShot SX620 HS Review

October 9, 2017 | Mark Goldstein |
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Image Quality

All of the sample images in this review were taken using the 20 megapixel SuperFine JPEG setting, which gives an average image size of around 8Mb.

Noise

The Canon PowerShot SX620 HS has a sensitivity range of ISO 80 to ISO 3200 available at full resolution.

ISO 100 (100% Crop)

ISO 200 (100% Crop)

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ISO 400 (100% Crop)

ISO 800 (100% Crop)

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ISO 1600 (100% Crop)

ISO 3200 (100% Crop)

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Focal Range

The camera’s 25x optical zoom lens gives you a focal range of 25-625mm (in 35mm-camera terms). Canon’s ZoomPlus feature can double this to 50x without considerable detail loss, whilst an additional 2x conventional digital zoom will give a combined maximum 100x reach, albeit at the expense of image quality.

24mm

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625mm

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Chromatic Aberrations

The Canon PowerShot SX620 HS handled chromatic aberrations fairly well during the review, with purple and green fringing present around the edges of objects in high-contrast situations, as shown in the examples below.

Chromatic Aberrations 1 (100% Crop)

Chromatic Aberrations 2 (100% Crop)

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Sharpening

We found that the Canon PowerShot SX620 HS images are already very sharp, but do benefit from a little touch up in post processing.

Original (100% Crop)

Sharpened (100% Crop)

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File Quality

The SX620 HS has two JPEG compression options: Fine, where shots consume 4-6MB of car space, and Superfine, resulting in 7-9MB images.

SuperFine (8.19Mb) (100% Crop)

Fine (4.98Mb) (100% Crop)

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Macro

A 1cm minimum wide-angle focusing distance allows you to get really close to your subject.

Macro

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Flash

The SX620 HS uses a pop-up style flash which needs to be manually ejected. However, this does at least mean that you won’t have to worry about the flash firing when you’re not expecting it.

Shooting a white target from a distance of 1.5 metres at ISO 80 reveals some noticeable wide-angle vignetting. There’s also a hint of red-eye visible when red-eye reduction is disabled, but enable the system via the main menu and red-eye is successfully avoided.

Flash Off - Wide Angle (25mm)

Flash On - Wide Angle (25mm)

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Flash Off - Telephoto (625mm)

Flash On - Telephoto (625mm)

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And here are some portrait shots.

Flash On

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Red-eye Reduction

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Image Stabilisation

Canon’s lens-shift image stabilisation system does a good job of compensating for camera shake. This image required a slow 1/6-second shutter speed at ISO 80, but the photo is still fairly sharp when IS is enabled. Turn it off and there’s no chance of avoiding considerable blur at the same settings.

Anti-Shake Off (100% Crop) Anti-Shake On (100% Crop)
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Special Effects

Six filter effects are selectable from the camera’s ‘FUNC.SET’ menu. These are: Fish-eye, Miniature, Toy Camera, Monochrome, Super Vivid, and Poster Effect. All are previewed live and recorded at full resolution.

Fisheye

Miniature

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Monochrome

Super Vivid

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Poster Effect

Toy Camera

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