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Canon PowerShot SX620 HS

20.2-megapixel digital camera with Wi-Fi® and 25X optical zoom (Red)

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Overview

Our take on the Canon PowerShot SX620 HS

The Canon PowerShot SX620 HS is small enough to throw in a backpack. When you grab it and make use of its 25X optical zoom range, you'll find you can capture sharp 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 SX620, you'll get outstanding image quality across the zoom range, from a wide-angle landscape to a tight close-up of your kid at graduation.

The Canon PowerShot SX620 HS is small enough to go anywhere, and it packs an amazing 25X optical zoom so you can get closer to the action.

The Canon PowerShot SX620 HS is small enough to go anywhere, and it packs an amazing 25X optical zoom so you can get closer to the action.

Lots of zoom from a little camera

The Canon PowerShot SX620 HS is small enough to throw in a backpack. When you grab it and make use of its 25X optical zoom range, you'll find you can capture sharp 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 SX620, you'll get outstanding image quality across the zoom range, from a wide-angle landscape to a tight close-up of your kid at graduation.

Quick and easy photo sharing via Wi-Fi®

Thanks to the PowerShot SX620'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 SX620 offers quick and easy touch pairing via NFC, as well.

Highlights:

    Specifications:
    • 20.2-megapixel effective recording CMOS sensor
    • 25X 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: 25-625mm
    Special Features:
    • built-in Wi-Fi for wireless image transfer to smartphones and tablets
    • NFC-compatible for touch pairing with compatible Android smartphones
    • free Android/iOS app lets you use your smartphone as a Wi-Fi remote control to zoom and snap the shutter
    • Camera Connect App turns your smartphone into a remote control
    • 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 at 30p)
    • Intelligent IS 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 still photo shooting situations (21 for video)
    • 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
    • 3-13/16"W x 2-3/4"H x 1-1/8"D
    • weight: 6.42 oz. (with battery and memory card)
    Supplied Accessories:

    What's in the Box:

    • Digital camera (red)
    • NB-13L Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery (3.6V 1250mAh 4.5Wh)
    • CB-2LH Battery charger (DC output: 4.2V 0.7A)
    • Wrist strap
    • Getting Started booklet
    • Online registration card
    • Warranty card
    • Wireless printing promo
    • Important Safety Instructions

    I purchased this camera for my trip to Europe and it has not let me down. Compact were it fits in my purse but still takes amazing pictures!

    Anonymous, Salem, OR

    Reviews

    Canon PowerShot SX620 HS Reviews

    Average Customer Review(s):

    (11 Reviews)

    Canon PowerShot SX620 HS

    Anonymous from Salem, OR on 4/16/2018

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    I purchased this camera for my trip to Europe and it has not let me down. Compact were it fits in my purse but still takes amazing pictures!

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    Simply perfect

    Anonymous from Williamsburg, VA on 1/26/2018

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    If you want a camera that is easy to operate, but with lots of extras for when things get more complicated, this is the camera for you. A very nice point and shoot that doesn't take up a lot of space. Have had several instances where the user and others have noted that the camera didn't flash in a low light conditions. But upon viewing the photo, the camera proved to be smarter than the everyone as the photo was perfect without a flash.

    Pros: Long battery life, easy to use, useful user manual, great zoom.

    Cons: Have only shot 600 pix so far, so no cons yet.

    Great photo quality, great zoom, some wireless issues

    Anonymous from Newbury, OH on 12/23/2017

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    Takes great pictures, great zoom, wi-fi connectivity to smartphone not always available

    Pros: Photo quality is excellent Zoom is outstanding for a camera of this size/price Good battery life

    Cons: Pairing with smartphone inconsistent, especially in an environment with multiple wireless signals in-range

    Canon PowerShot SX620 HS

    Anonymous from Harrisonburg, VA on 10/5/2017

    I was very happy with the camera. After an initial review of the set-up procedures it was a straightforward camera to use. Haven't seen the enlarged images yet but the previews seem to be just fine. My rating could just as well have been a "5" since the impression is very favorable from it's "baptism by fire" on a rail trip.

    Pros: Very Compact Responsive Controls

    Cons: Battery Needs Almost Daily Charging with Heavy Use

    Canon PowerShot SX620 HS

    Anonymous from Aguadilla, PR on 9/4/2017

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    super, super excellent camera

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    Canon PowerShot SX620 HS

    Anonymous from Waynesboro, VA on 6/29/2017

    Bought this camera for my trip to Yellowstone National Park. Specifically I wanted an easy camera with a good zoom feature for those long range shots. I was not disappointed, in fact I was very pleased with this camera! My photos of those distant shots are clear with a lot of detail.

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    Canon PowerShot SX620 HS

    Anonymous from palmyra, va on 3/15/2017

    it works really well. the pictures are stunning and the camera is easy to work.

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    Husband overjoyed.

    Ruth A from Blaine, WA on 12/30/2016

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    I gave this camera to my husband as his holiday gift and he was over-the moon with joy. In 22 years of marriage, I've never scored such a success!!

    Pros: Size, zoom, ease of use.

    Cons: Nearly threw the memory stick out with the garbage as it was packed loose in the foam peanuts.

    The Best PhD Camera That I Could Find

    martyh from San Jose, CA on 12/28/2016

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    The Canon PowerShot SX620 HS is about as close to a PhD (Push here, Dummy) camera that you will find. I did a lot of research on various brands and models of cameras: I didn't need one with outrageous zoom, lots of bells & whistles, movable viewscreen (I won't be recording myself), etc. -- and yet, a camera that takes quality photos and is fairly easy to use. This is it. My only complaint, well, actually two of them: 1) After decades of using cameras with a viewfinder eyepiece, I'm still wanting to put my face/eye up to the camera to site my shot; gotta get used to just using the viewscreen (which is simply impersonal and doesn't allow you to be one, so to speak, with the camera), and 2) I sure wish the viewscreen allowed touch controls.... I am having difficulty transferring my photos wirelessly: could never to get it to work with my PC (even after installing the software and reading/rereading the instructions); couldn't get it to work with my tablet or phone either (and yest, even after installing the app and reading/rereading the instructions). So what I do is wirelessly connect to Google Drive and transfer the photos thusly, and then from G-Drive I can move them to my PC, tablet, phone, and/or post them online, whatever. As long as one method works, I'm okay.

    Pros: 1. Fairly easy to use. 2. Takes quality photos (took one of the garden that even amazed the wife with its quality). 3. Has enough zoom for when you need it.

    Cons: 1. Manual is a bit cumbersome. 2. Missing a viewfinder eyepiece. 3. No touch screen. 4. Difficulties transferring wirelessly.

    Canon PowerShot SX620 HS

    Charles from Bridgewater, VA on 11/30/2016

    Difficult into light. Zoom not easy.

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    A Sure Shot Always with this point and shoot camera

    Joyce S from Bartlett, IL on 7/30/2016

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    Great camera, easy to use and spectacular great photos

    Pros: Small and light

    Cons: There's no cons about this light weight camera.

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    Hands-on research

    Features and Specs

    General
    LCD Screen Size 3.0
    Adjustable-angle LCD No
    Wi-Fi Built-in
    Touchscreen No
    Waterproof No
    GPS-enabled No
    Lens 35mm Equivalent 25-625mm
    Optical Zoom 25x
    Digital Zoom 4x
    Filter Diameter N/A
    Manual Focusing No
    Manual Exposure No
    Built-in Flash Yes
    HDMI Output Micro
    Memory
    Internal Memory None
    Memory Media SD/SDHC/SDXC
    Image
    Sensor Size 1/2.3"
    Megapixels 20.2
    Image Stabilization Optical
    Highest Resolution 5184 x 3888
    4K Video No
    Video Resolution 1920 x 1080
    Dimensions
    Width (inches) 3-7/8
    Height (inches) 2-7/16
    Depth (inches) 1-1/4
    Weight With Battery (ounces) 6.42
    Warranty
    Parts Warranty 1 Year
    Labor Warranty 1 Year

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

    Recording Features

    LCD Monitor: The Canon PowerShot SX620 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 SX620 HS has a 25x optical zoom lens with a 4.5-112.5mm focal length (35mm equivalent is 25-625mm). 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 25x optical zoom, the camera features a 4x digital zoom. When used in combination, the total zoom is approximately 100x. When optical and digital zoom are combined, the total focal length is 25-2500mm (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 40-1000mm when using the 1.6x digital tele-converter, and 50-1250mm 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 stereo 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 stereo). The camera has no built-in memory, and no memory card is included with the camera.

    Still Image Resolution/Compression: The SX620 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 5184 x 3888 5184 x 2912 5184 x 3456 3888 x 3888
    Medium 1 3648 x 2736 3648 x 2048 3648 x 2432 2736 x 2736
    Medium 2 2048 x 1536 1920 x 1080 2048 x 1368 1536 x 1536
    2592 x 1944
    (Hi-Speed Burst)
    Small 640 x 480 640 x 360 640 x 424 480 x 480

    Movies: Movies can be shot in Full HD 1920 x 1080 and HD 1280 x 720 at 30 fps with stereo audio. Standard definition movies can be recorded at 640 x 480 pixels (VGA) at 30 fps with stereo 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.

    Continuous Shooting Mode: You can use the continuous shooting mode to shoot successive frames while the shutter button is fully pressed. In Auto/P modes, the camera can take continuous photos at approximately 2.5 frames per second at full resolution. In High Speed Burst mode, the camera will record approximately 7.1 fps at Medium resolution (2592 x 1944).

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

    • Auto: 0.4" to infinity (W), 6.6' to infinity (T)
    • Normal: 2" to infinity (W), 6.6' to infinity (T)
    • Macro: 0.4" to 1.6' (W)
    • Infinity: 9.8' to infinity (W-T)

    Shooting Modes: You can choose between the following shooting modes using the rear panel mode switch:

    • Smart Auto: The camera will automatically select the best settings for the scene. Other available modes include:
      • Program: The camera sets both the aperture value and shutter speed, allowing you to customize many function settings to shoot your preferred shooting style.
      • Special Scene: Select from the following, according to the scene or effects desired: Portrait, Handheld Night Scene, Low Light, and Fireworks.
      • Special Effects: You can also add a variety of effects to images while shooting, including: Super Vivid, Poster Effect, Fisheye Effect, Miniature Effect, Toy Camera, and Monochrome.
    • 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.
    • Creative Shot: The camera records a group of six shots each time you press the shutter release, applying special effects and recomposing the shot. The images are managed together as a group.
    • Movies: Using the dedicated Movie Record button, you can record movies in High Definition or Standard Definition.

    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 SX620 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 13' 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 SX620 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: Name, 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 Camera Connect 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 10, 8/8.1, 7 (SP1), Mac OS X v10.9 or v10.10, can connect to the camera via Wi-Fi. Using CameraWindow DC 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 SX620 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 SX620 HS powered by the NB-13L Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery. The camera includes the CB-2LH battery charger, which can charge the NB-13L battery in approximately 2 hours 10 minutes. The estimated battery life of the NB-13L in the SX620 HS is as follows:

    Number of Shots Normal 295 shots
    Eco Mode 405 shots
    Movie Recording Time 1 hour 5 mins
    Movie Continuous Shooting 1 hour 45 mins
    Playback Time 6 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 SX620 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.

    Digital Terminal: The camera has a Micro-USB terminal to allow you to connect the camera to a compatible computer or compatible printer. No USB cable is included. An optional USB cable must be obtained in order to load images to your computer or printer.

    Software

    Software: The PowerShot SX620 HS does not include software. Instead, the software is available for download from the Canon website. The following programs are available:

    • CameraWindow DC: You can transfer images to and from camera, organize images on the camera, and upload movies on the camera to web services
    • Image Transfer Utility: This application 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 157-page Camera User Guide is available for download. Also, a 347-page Camera User Guide for small screens is available.
    • Camera Connect: The Camera Connect app is a free application for Android and Apple smart devices which enables users to transfer images shot with the camera to the device via Wi-Fi. The app is compatible with Android devices running Android 4.0-4.4, 5.0-5.1, and 6.0, and with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch running iOS 7.0 or later.

    Compatible Operating Systems: The above-listed software is compatible with computers running the following operating systems:

    • Windows 10
    • Windows 8/8.1
    • Windows 7 (SP1)
    • Mac OS X (v10.9, v10.10)

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    My experience is that Canon is the best value for performance, intuitive user controls, and price. Happy to see Crutchfield offer a few "sweetners" (memory chip, cleaning cloth, etc) to remain cost competitive with other vendors. Free delivery within one week of Xmas is fantastic. Thanks Crutchfield! [ Robert  Dec 20, 2017 ]
    Good gift for my brother -who doesn't need all the bells and whistles - just the basics with a good 25X zoom. [ Sherwyn  Sep 15, 2017 ]
    I need a good zoom lens, a camera for my pocket, light weight and well reviewed. This one has all that and a low price. [ Timothy  Mar 25, 2018 ]
    Easily could have went to bestbuy, but with Crutchfield's excellent service, quick shipping, and how well they have done me in the past it was the first place I looked for a Christmas camera (gift) for my wife. Will always continue to do business with Crutchfield. [ JUVAN  Dec 21, 2017 ]
    I had one similar to this camera before and found the features easy to use, the camera physically was of good quality, and the camera also took excellent photos even in low light conditions. [ Angela L.  May 10, 2017 ]

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