Canon Powershot SX620 Review

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PowerShot SX620 HS Digital Camera (Black)

The Canon Powershot SX620 HS is a point-and-shoot camera from Canon which offers a 25x optical zoom and a 20.2-megapixel sensor. It is easy-to-use so it’s perfect for beginners of all ages, but it also has some quite impressive specs, which we will look at in more detail below. So, it’s also a suitable choice for more advanced users who are looking for a lightweight and compact travel camera. Below, we cover everything you need to know before buying this camera in our comprehensive Canon SX620 review.

Considerations When Buying the Canon Powershot SX620 HS

Before looking at the camera in more detail, let’s first take a look at some things you might like to consider before buying the Canon Powershot SX620 HS.

Size

The camera is small and lightweight, making it an excellent choice for travel. However, it is not so small that using the buttons becomes difficult for those with larger hands.

Budget

Some of the best cameras come with a high price tag, but this is a more budget-friendly option. Coming in at under $200, this camera will be accessible to a wide audience.

Specs

We will take a closer look at the specs and features of this camera in greater detail below. Read these carefully and ensure the camera has everything you need and want.

Image and Video Quality

Another important consideration is the quality of the videos and images produced by the camera. For the price, the quality of both the images and videos is very good. Consider how the camera performs in different conditions and ensure it is suitable for the type of usage you are likely to subject it to.

Canon SX620 HS Review

We will now take a look at the specs and performance of this compact SX620 camera.

front view of the PowerShot SX620 HS Digital Camera (Black)

Specifications

First things first, let’s look at the key specs of the Powershot SX620 HS.

  • 1/2.3″ back-illuminated CMOS sensor
  • 20.2MP
  • DIGIC 4+ image processor
  • 35mm equivalent focal length 25 – 625mm
  • f/3. 2 – 6.6
  • Image stabilization
  • 9 AF points
  • Face-detect AF
  • Closest focusing distance 1cm (macro mode)
  • Evaluative, center-weighted, or spot metering
  • +/-2 EV exposure compensation
  • ISO 80 – 3200
  • Shutter speed 1/2000 – 15 seconds
  • 3″ screen size, 922k dots
  • Flash, red-eye reduction
  • 2.5 fps maximum burst (7.1 fps at 5MP)
  • SD, SDHC, SDXC memory card
  • Maximum image size 5184 x 3888
  • Full HD video recording, 30 fps
  • GPS
  • 295 shots battery life

Ease of Use

If you are familiar with Canon’s Powershot range, the functions of the SX620 HS will be easy to learn. In fact, it is very similar to the SX610, with the main difference being a longer zoom. Whilst the LCD monitor isn’t touch-enabled, the controls are relatively intuitive. There aren’t too many buttons on the rear of the camera, and they are reasonably spaced out so it is easy to avoid pressing two at the same time.

It is easy to frame a subject using the Powershot SX620 as it features a useful auto-zoom feature. This will zoom in and out on a face, even if the person is moving around, and keep it neatly in the frame. The camera can be connected to a smartphone via Wi-Fi for easy transfer of photos, and this takes around five seconds per shot.

Image Quality

The image quality on the Canon Powershot SX620 HS is overall as good as you would expect from a camera at this price point. It has an ISO sensitivity range of 80 – 3200, but noise is an issue at higher ISO settings, rendering the images more or less unusable when shooting in low lighting conditions.

hand holding a Canon PowerShot SX620 camera

The zoom lens performs well throughout its range – the 25x zoom can be doubled to 50x using the Zoomplus feature and images still contain a lot of detail. It can be further increased to 100x using digital zoom, but you will notice the image quality is compromised.

The image stabilization reduces the effects of camera shake somewhat, but not entirely. Enabling IS will allow slower shutter speeds to be used whilst still producing a sharp image.

Video Quality

The Canon Powershot SX620 HS is capable of recording video in 1080p Full HD quality, like many digital cameras these days. Using the 3 inch screen makes it easy to shoot video, and the stabilization can also be used during video recording to ensure the footage is sharp and smooth. Video is captured at 30 frames per second and in MP4 format.

Build & Handling

Next in the SX620 HS overview, we’ll talk about the overall build quality of the camera. It is comfortable to hold with a large rear thumb-rest and finger-grip on the front. The camera body is made from premium-quality plastic with some metal accents, as well as a metal tripod mount. The camera comes in three color options – black, white, or red.

Verdict

Overall, the Canon Powershot SX620 HS is a good-value camera and is well suited to photography beginners or for a cheap travel camera. The image and video quality are very good, although performance drops at higher ISO values and very high digital zoom levels. The 3-inch LCD screen, 20. 2 megapixel BSI CMOS sensor, and long zoom range make this camera a nice upgrade over a phone camera. The Wi-Fi means it is ideal for sharing images to social media. One downside is the lack of touch screen, which is available on comparable models, including many from the rival Nikon Coolpix range.

Is the Canon PowerShot sx620 good for vlogging?

The video quality on the Canon Powershot SX650 HS good, although many vloggers nowadays prefer to shoot their content in 4K. However, if you are looking for an easy-to-use, budget-friendly option, the SX620 HS is well worth considering. The camera can be mounted onto a tripod to keep it stable when shooting video, and it is also lightweight and portable if you like vlogging on the go. It also automatically takes care of the IS when recording, and videos take the MP4 format which is easy for editing and uploading.

Does the Canon PowerShot sx620 have a flip screen?

No, the screen on the SX620 HS is fixed in place. It measures three inches and is not touch-enabled either. However, it offers 922k dots so images can be viewed at a high level of detail, and the screen can easily be viewed at different angles. The brightness can be adjusted so most lighting conditions aren’t a problem for this camera. Very bright sunlight may make shooting difficult, however.

How do I connect my Canon PowerShot sx620 HS to my computer?

The camera is sold with a USB cable which can be used to connect it to a computer. NFC or Wi-Fi can be used to share photos from the camera to a smartphone or tablet, and the SD card can be taken from the camera and plugged in to the computer to transfer photos in this way.