Canon PowerShot SX610 HS Review

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For those looking to share their face on a video-sharing website such as YouTube, but you’re on a budget, your best bet is to look under the best vlogging cameras under 300. At that range, cameras tend to come with the necessities like 1080p. One camera in particular, the Canon PowerShot SX610 HS has that, and a little extra. If you just need to capture the perfect selfie, you should also read our review of the selfie arm stick (pictures, funny).

Why We Like It – Canon PowerShot SX610 HS

The Canon PowerShot SX610 HS has everything you need to start vlogging, from 1080p HD video—a standard video quality—and a dedicated video button for ease of access. You may also want to check out our review on how Sony’s new WX5 & TX9 digital cameras shoot in 3D.

Pros
  • 20.2 megapixels; 1080p HD video
  • Dedicated video button
  • Good starter choice
Cons
  • Lacking substantial video options

Performance

Such a sleek and compact digital camera comes in a variety of colors such as black red, hiding the fact that the HS Canon PowerShot SX610 has some great power behind it. With a 20.2 highly sensitive CMOS sensor and DIGIC 4+ image processor, you’re capturing more detail than you would with the Panasonic Lumix ZS50. At the same time, the SX610’s 1080 HD video immediately trumps the Nikon Coolpix L340, which doesn’t exceed 720p.

With its 18x optical zoom lens, you’ll have plenty of range to play with outside of vlogging—especially with image stabilization kicking in. And with a battery life capable of churning out 270 images—400 in ECO mode—you’ll get plenty of use out of it on the road.

Design

Everything the Canon PowerShot SX610 is can be accessed with the handful of buttons built into it on the right-hand side such as shot mode, shutter speed, and auto zoom. Unlike the GoPro Hero5 Session, the SX610 has a screen size of 3 inches. One button in particular that’s great for vloggers is the dedicated video button. There’s even a button that makes it easy to transfer images and video through the Canon Camera Connect app via Wi Fi and Bluetooth. What it does lack, however, is any substantial video options—options like slow-motion are missing.

Value

Once we took into consideration everything the SX610 HS Canon PowerShot has to offer—great image quality, full HD video, and a major improvement over the SX600 HS—we deem the Canon SX610 as having excellent value. This is especially true when comparing it to other compact cameras in terms of cost. It’s got all the right stuff for someone to jump right into vlogging. And with how little you’re spending on it, you’ll have a budget left over to buy some editing software, filling in what the camera lacks.

Canon PowerShot SX610 HS Wrap Up

While the Canon PowerShot SX610 HS isn’t packing any substantial video options, what it lacks can be done with video editing software—something a vlogger should familiarize themselves with anyways. Aside from that, its dedicated video button makes it very easy to start the next video, and in 1080p clarity. For someone on a budget, this is one of the best options around.

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Brady Meyers

Brady Klinger-Meyers is a writer based in Pennsylvania. He regularly contributes to websites such as Hardcore Droid, Gamepur, and Homebli. His work remains primarily in technology, from video game journalism to consumer technology.

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