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Canon PowerShot SX610 HS

20.2-megapixel digital camera with Wi-Fi® and 18X optical zoom (Black)

Item # 280SX610K

The Canon PowerShot SX610 HS is small enough to carry in your pocket.

The Canon PowerShot SX610 HS is small enough to carry in your pocket.

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About the Canon PowerShot SX610 HS

Eric A.

Lots of zoom from a little camera

The Canon PowerShot SX610 HS is small enough to carry in your pocket. But when you take it out and take advantage of its 18X zoom range, you'll be able to capture great close-ups of distant subjects. Sure, a smartphone can deliver a small amount of digital zoom. But it also degrades the quality of your photos, leaving you with grainy images that lack clarity. With the SX610, you'll get outstanding image quality across the zoom range, from wide-angle landscapes to tight close-ups of wildlife.
Deploy the camera's built-in flash to shed some light on your subject.

Deploy the camera's built-in flash to shed some light on your subject.

Lots of zoom from a little camera

The Canon PowerShot SX610 HS is small enough to carry in your pocket. But when you take it out and take advantage of its 18X zoom range, you'll be able to capture great close-ups of distant subjects. Sure, a smartphone can deliver a small amount of digital zoom. But it also degrades the quality of your photos, leaving you with grainy images that lack clarity. With the SX610, you'll get outstanding image quality across the zoom range, from wide-angle landscapes to tight close-ups of wildlife.

Quick and easy photo sharing via Wi-Fi®

Thanks to the PowerShot SX610's built in Wi-Fi, it's a snap to wirelessly transfer images from the camera to your smartphone or tablet. Canon's free app for Apple® and Android™ even lets you use your smartphone as a remote, so you can set up the camera on a tripod and use the phone as a monitor and shutter release device. Pretty cool, especially when you consider the image quality and dependable low-light performance this camera offers over smartphone cameras. If you're an Android user, the SX610 offers quick and easy touch pairing via NFC, as well.



    • 20.2-megapixel effective recording CMOS sensor
    • 18X optical zoom (4X digital zoom)
    • records photos and video onto optional SD, SDHC, or SDXC memory cards
    • 3" color LCD screen (922,000 dots)
    • 35mm equivalent lens focal length: 25-450mm
    Special Features:
    • built-in Wi-Fi for wireless image transfer to smartphones and tablets
    • free Android/iOS app lets you use your smartphone as a Wi-Fi remote control to zoom and snap the shutter
    • NFC-compatible for touch pairing with compatible Android smartphones
    • Creative Shot mode automatically produces five additional variations of your shot by applying any of 46 creative filters
    • DIGIC 4+ image processor and CMOS sensor for enhanced detail and low noise, even in dimly lit environments
    • high-definition movie mode (up to 1080p resolution)
    • optical image stabilization counteracts shaky hands for blur-free photos and video
    • Hybrid Auto mode records short videos prior to snapping still photos and combines them into a single video clip
    • Smart AUTO mode adjusts camera settings based on 32 preset shooting situations
    • ECO mode power-saving for getting more shots from your charged battery
    • turn on Auto Zoom for help with framing a distant subject and keeping it in sharp focus
    • pop-up flash
    Connections and Dimensions:
    • micro HDMI output (cable not included)
    • high-speed USB interface
    • 4-3/16"W x 2-7/16"H x 1-1/16"D
    • weight: 6.74 oz. (with battery and memory card)
    Supplied Accessories:

    What's in the box:

    • Digital camera (black)
    • NB-6LH Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery (3.7V 1060mAh 4.0Wh)
    • CB-2LY Battery charger (DC output: 4.2V 0.7A)
    • Wrist strap
    • Getting Started booklet (Eng/Span/Fren)
    • Online registration card
    • Warranty card
    • Wireless printing promo

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    More details on the Canon PowerShot SX610 HS

    Mark G.

    Features & specs

    LCD Screen Size 3"
    Adjustable-angle LCD No
    Wi-Fi Built-in
    Touchscreen No
    Waterproof No
    GPS-enabled via Smartphone
    Lens 35mm Equivalent 25-450mm
    Optical Zoom 18x
    Digital Zoom 4x
    Filter Diameter N/A
    Manual Focusing Yes
    Manual Exposure Yes
    Built-in Flash Yes
    HDMI Output Micro
    Internal Memory None
    Memory Stick No
    CFexpress Cards No
    CompactFlash Cards No
    SD Cards SD, SDHC, SDXC
    XQD Cards No
    Sensor Size 1/2.3-inch CMOS
    Megapixels 20.2
    Image Stabilization Optical
    Highest Resolution 4608 x 3456
    4K Video No
    Video Resolution 1920 x 1080
    Width (inches) 4-3/16
    Height (inches) 2-9/16
    Depth (inches) 1-1/16
    Weight With Battery (ounces) 6.74
    Parts Warranty 1 Year
    Labor Warranty 1 Year
    The Canon PowerShot SX610 HS replaces these items:

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    Recording Features
    Playback, Editing and Print Functions
    Wi-Fi Functions
    Battery Information
    Inputs and Outputs Notes
    Supplied Software

    Recording Features

    LCD Monitor: The Canon PowerShot SX610 HS has a 3.0" TFT LCD monitor, featuring 922,000 dots with approximately 100% picture coverage. The LCD display's brightness can be adjusted to one of five levels.

    Note: The camera does not have a separate viewfinder.

    Image Sensor: The camera is equipped with a 1/2.3" CMOS image sensor with 21.1-million total pixels, and 20.2-million effective pixels.

    Optics and Stabilization: The SX610 HS has an 18x optical zoom lens with a 4.5-81mm focal length (35mm equivalent is 25-450mm). The built-in Optical Image Stabilizer helps control camera shake to give you clear images when you're zoomed way in.

    Zoom: In addition to the 18x optical zoom, the camera features a 4x digital zoom. When used in combination, the total zoom is approximately 72x. When optical and digital zoom are combined, the total focal length is 25-1800mm (35mm equivalent).

    Digital Tele-Converter: The focal length of the lens can be increased by an equivalent of 1.6x or 2.0x through the use of the Digital Tele-Converter. The equivalent focal lengths of the lens (35mm equivalent) are 40-720mm when using the 1.6x digital tele-converter, and 50-900mm with the 2.0x tele-converter. The digital zoom and digital tele-converter cannot be used simultaneously.

    Recording Media: The camera records still images or moving images with monaural audio on SD/SDHC/SDXC memory cards. Still images are recorded in JPEG format, and the movies are recorded in MP4 format (Image data: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264, Audio data: AAC monaural). The camera has no built-in memory, and no memory card is included with the camera.

    Still Image Resolution/Compression: The SX610 HS can record still images in 4 different sizes (Large, Medium 1, Medium 2, and Small) and 4 aspect ratios (4:3, 16:9, 3:2, and 1:1). For each resolution, you can set the compression to Super Fine or Fine. You can choose from the following resolutions:

      4:3 16:9 3:2 1:1
    Large 4608 x 3456 4608 x 2592 4608 x 3072 3456 x 3456
    Medium 1 3264 x 2448 3264 x 1832 3264 x 2176 2448 x 2448
    Medium 2 2048 x 1536 1920 x 1080 2048 x 1368 1536 x 1536
    Small 640 x 480 640 x 360 640 x 424 480 x 480

    Movies: Movies can be shot in Full HD at 1920 x 1080 at 30 fps, and at 1280 x 720 at 30 fps with monaural audio. Standard definition movies can be recorded at 640 x 480 pixels at 30 fps with monaural audio. Recording will automatically stop when either the clip file size reaches 4 GB or the recording time reaches approximately 30 minutes for Full HD and HD, and 1 hour for SD. SD Speed Class 10 or higher memory cards are recommended when recording movies.

    Miniature Effect: Shoot still images and movies that look like scenes in miniature models. In Miniature Effect movies, people and objects appear to move quickly during playback, and no sound is recorded. The playback speed (5x, 10x, or 20x) is selected before the movie is recorded.

    Continuous Shooting Mode: You can use the continuous shooting mode to shoot successive frames while the shutter button is fully pressed. In Auto and Program shooting mode, full resolution photos can be taken at 2.5 shots per second as long as the shutter release is held down. High Speed Continuous shooting is also available. Reduced resolution photos (2592 x 1944) can be taken at approximately 7.2 shots per second.

    Focusing Range: The camera features the following focus ranges (from the end of the lens):

    • Auto: 2" to infinity (W), 3.3' to infinity (T)
    • Normal: 2" to infinity (W), 3.3' to infinity (T)
    • Macro: 2" to 1.6' (W)

    Shooting Modes: You can choose between the following shooting modes:

    • Smart Auto: The camera will automatically select the best settings for the scene.
    • Hybrid Auto: Lets you make a short movie of the day just by shooting images. The camera records 2-4 second clips of scenes before each shot, which are later combined into a digest movie.
    • Scene: Select from the following, according to the scene or effects desired: Portrait, Handheld Night Scene, Low Light, Snow, and Fireworks.
    • Program: The camera sets both the aperture value and shutter speed. In the P Mode, you can customize many function settings to shoot your preferred shooting style.
    • Movies: Record movies in High Definition or Standard Definition and Miniature Effect modes.

    Metering Modes: You can select from the following metering modes:

    • Evaluative Light Metering: used for standard conditions. The area within the frame is divided into several zones and light is measured based on subject position, brightness, direct light and backlighting.
    • Center-Weighted Averaging: averages the exposure from the entire image, but places more weight on the subject at the center
    • Spot: meters the area within the spot AE point at the center of the LCD monitor or viewfinder.

    Exposure Compensation: If you are shooting against a bright background or strong backlight, you may need to correct the exposure so that the subject doesn't come out too dark. You can set the adjustments from -2 to +2 in 1/3-step increments.

    White Balance: You can choose from the following white balance settings: Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, and Custom.

    Flash Modes: The PowerShot SX610 HS has a built-in pop-up flash. You can select Auto (flash fires in low light), Slow-synchro, On (flash always fires), or Off (flash doesn't fire). The built-in flash has a range of 1.6' to 11' in Wide Angle and 3.3' to 6.6' in Telephoto. In the menu, you can turn on the Red-Eye Reduction lamp for the flash, and apply Red-Eye Correction to the images that have been taken.

    ISO Speed: The ISO speed can be set Automatically (ISO Auto), or manually ISO 80 to ISO 3200 in 1 EV steps. Lowering the ISO speed results in sharper images but there's a greater chance of subject or image blurring in certain shooting conditions. Raising the ISO speed results in a faster shutter speed, reducing blurred images. The images, however, will appear more coarse.

    My Colors: You can choose the look and feel of the photos you take by using My Colors to add the following effects to the image you are currently recording or have already recorded: Vivid, Neutral, Sepia, B/W, Positive Film, Lighter Skin Tone, Darker Skin Tone, Vivid Blue, Vivid Green, Vivid Red, and Custom Color.

    Self-Timer: The SX610 HS utilizes a 10-second, 2-second, and a custom self-timer to allow the photographer to be included in the shot, or to avoid camera shake when using a tripod. The custom self-timer allows you to set the time delay to 1-15, 20, 25, or 30 seconds for up to 10 shots.

    Playback, Editing and Print Functions

    Index Display: This feature allows you to view 6, 12, 36, or 100 images at once on the LCD monitor so that you can search for an image quickly. Movies cannot be played in the index playback mode. You can view the index display by rotating the zoom lever toward wide angle while the camera is in playback mode.

    Filtered Playback: When there are many images on the memory card, you can filter and display them by a specified filter. You can also protect or delete all images at once while filtered. Available filters include: People, Shot Date, Favorites, and Still Image/Movie.

    Shooting Display Options: You can choose to display your photos on the LCD monitor and the viewfinder with and without shooting information. Display options include Histogram, Overexposure Warning, GPS Information, or no Information.

    Red-Eye Correction: You can correct red eyes in already recorded images. However, red eyes may not be automatically detected in some images such as faces near the screen edge, faces that appear extremely small, larger dark or bright in relation to the overall image and faces turned to the side or at a diagonal and faces with a portion hidden which prevents the Red-Eye Correction from working. You can choose to overwrite the file with the corrected image, or store the image as a new file, retaining the original image.

    PictBridge: Using the supplied USB cable, you can connect this camera directly to a PictBridge-compatible printer of any brand. In this way, you can make prints directly from the camera without having to connect to a computer.

    Wi-Fi Functions

    Wi-Fi Features: You can send and receive images and control the camera remotely by connecting the camera to another device via Wi-Fi:

    • Smartphones/Tablets: With the free CameraWindow app installed on the device, you can send images to smartphones or tablets via Wi-Fi. You can also control the camera from your smart device. If your device has GPS, you can add location information (geotag) to your photos.
    • Computer: Computers running Windows 8/8.1, 7 (SP1), Mac OS X 10.9, 10.8.2 or later, can connect to the camera via Wi-Fi. Using Canon software, you can save camera images to the computer wirelessly.
    • Printers: You can wirelessly send images to a PictBridge-compatible printer (that supports DPS over IP) for printing.
    • Web Services: After establishing an account for the Canon iMage Gateway on-line photography service, you can wirelessly send images automatically from the camera to another computer or to a web service.
    • Another Camera: You can connect two cameras via Wi-Fi and send images between them. Only Canon-brand cameras equipped with the Wi-Fi function can be used.

    Connecting Smartphones: The Powershot SX610 HS has a dedicated button for connecting a smartphone. You must first assign a phone to the button, and simply press the button when you're ready to connect. If you'd like to connect a different smartphone, you can connect it via the Wi-Fi menu, as you would connect a computer or another device. Multiple smartphones can be added in this manner. Android smartphones with the NFC feature (running OS version 4.0 or later) can connect to the camera by simply touching the smartphone to the camera's N-mark (on the left side).

    Battery Information

    Power Requirements: The Canon PowerShot SX610 HS powered by the NB-6LH Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery. The camera includes the CB-2LY battery charger, which can charge the NB-6LH battery in approximately 2 hours. For long periods of continuous use, or when connected to a computer, it is recommended that the camera be connected to the optional ACK-DC40 AC adapter kit. The estimated battery life of the NB-6LH in the SX610 HS is as follows:

    Number of Shots Normal 270 shots
    Eco Mode 400 shots
    Movie Recording Time 1 hour
    Movie Continuous Shooting 1 hour 30 mins
    Playback Time 5 hours

    Date/Time Battery: The camera uses a built-in backup battery for maintaining the date and time data for about three weeks after the battery pack has been removed. By inserting a charged battery or connecting an AC adapter kit, the date/time battery can be charged in approximately 4 hours, even if the camera is not turned on.

    Power Saving Functions: The camera is equipped with the following power saving functions:

    • Auto Power Down for Shooting Mode: The screen will turn off approximately 1 minute after the camera is last operated. You can "wake" the camera at this point by pressing the shutter button halfway to turn on the screen and continue shooting. After about 2 more minutes, if no buttons are pressed, the lens will retract and the power will turn off.
    • Auto Power Down for Playback Mode and Connection to a Printer: The camera power down approximately 5 minutes after the last control is accessed on the camera.
    Note: The Power Saving Function will not activate during a Slide-Show or while the camera is connected to a computer.

    Inputs and Outputs Notes

    HDMI Output: The PowerShot SX610 HS is equipped with a micro-HDMI (Type D) for connecting the camera to your HDTV. An optional micro-HDMI-to-HDMI cable is required.

    A/V Output/Digital Terminal: The camera has a Mini-B Version 2.0 USB terminal to allow you to connect the camera to a compatible computer or compatible Canon printer. No USB cable is included. An optional USB cable must be obtained in order to load images to your computer or printer. Through the same USB jack, you can connect the camera to a TV or video monitor with mono RCA audio and composite video input jacks using the optional AVC-DC400 AV Cable. You can set the video output to NTSC or PAL.

    Supplied Software

    Software: The PowerShot SX610 HS does not include software. Instead, the software is available for download on the Canon website. The following programs are available:

    • CameraWindow: transfer images to and from camera, organize images on the camera, and upload movies on the camera to web services
    • Image Transfer Utility: allows you to configure and receive images with Image Sync.
    • Map Utility: Lets you display GPS information recorded in images on a map.
    • Camera User Guide: The 162-page Camera User Guide is available for download.

    Compatible Operating Systems:

    • Windows 8/8.1
    • Windows 7 (SP1)
    • Mac OS X (v10.9)
    • Mac OS X (v10.82 or later)

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    Is there a video camera that has a higher volume in playback ?
    [ EDWARD  Sep 07, 2015 ]
    1 answer
    We have not received any answers from other customers on your question, and have escalated it to an Advisor. We will post the answer as soon as we have it. If you need immediate assistance please contact an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat.
    [ KRISTINA  Sep 13, 2015 ]  Staff
    does this camera take videos?
    [ Theresa  Sep 04, 2015 ]
    2 answers
    Yes very nice videos only one issue the play back sound is low even after increasing the volume to maximum. Wishing the volume higher like on the new iphones.
    [ EDWARD  Sep 07, 2015 ]
    Yes, it does. And the quality is quite good. It does seem to drain more battery life though when using this mode.
    [ PETER  Sep 04, 2015 ]
    Is this compatible with Windows 10?
    [ MARIE  Jun 17, 2016 ]
    5 answers
    I haven't tried it because my laptop has a memory card slot that I used to remove the pictures, but I assume it is compatible
    [ Raul  Aug 12, 2016 ]
    [ FRANKLIN J  Jun 18, 2016 ]
    Yes, keep in mind there is no direct connection from the camera to the computer with this camera. Instead, you will need an SD card reader and connect to a USB port to download pictures to the computer.
    [ Gregory  Jun 18, 2016 ]
    I've been using my Canon PowerShot since February and have had no problems downloading it to my Windows 10.
    [ Carol J.  Jun 17, 2016 ]
    Not that I am aware of. If one downloads the Canon Camera Connect app then this will provide upload ability compatible with various versions of IOS and Android devices.
    [ JOHN DOUGLAS  Jun 17, 2016 ]
    Canon power shot SX610 HS How does this camera do with action pictures, like sporting events?
    [ james  Oct 16, 2015 ]
    2 answers
    I don't know because I haven't tired it, but it takes some time for the camera to focus
    [ Raul  Oct 18, 2015 ]
    It's a good camera but not for that. It is a little slow in that sense.
    [ gabriel  Oct 17, 2015 ]
    [ EDWARD  Aug 18, 2015 ]
    3 answers
    yes, comes with 2 cards
    [ CHARLES  Aug 20, 2015 ]
    Definitely. I'm a camera freak and this one is the most exciting one I've ever bought. Get it and have some fun!
    [ Barbara  Aug 19, 2015 ]
    As it states, "comes with three free memory cards" - I rec'd three 4 GB memory cards - much more storage than you'll probably need - even taking pics at 20 megapixel!
    [ Chris  Aug 19, 2015 ]

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