Canon - PowerShot SX610 HS 20.2-Megapixel Digital Camera - Red

Capture clear photos and 1080p high-definition videos using this Canon PowerShot SX610 HS digital camera, which features a 20.2-megapixel 1/2.3" CMOS sensor and a 25-450mm lens. Built-in Wi-Fi makes it easy to share stored footage across devices.

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  • PowerShot SX610 HS 20.2-Megapixel Digital Camera
  • Battery pack (NB-6LH)
  • Battery charger (CB-2LY)
  • Wrist strap (WS-800)

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Overall Customer Rating:
94% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (705 out of 758)

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20.2-megapixel 1/2.3" CMOS sensor

Captures high-resolution images up to 5184 x 3888 pixels.

18x optical/4x digital/72x total zoom

Through a 25-450mm lens for precise zooming and accuracy.

3" LCD

With 922,000 dots resolution and a wide viewing angle makes it easy to set up and review shots.

Dedicated movie button

Allows you to capture 1080p high-definition video footage in MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 format with MPEG-4 AAC stereo audio.

DIGIC 4+ image processor

Helps ensure optimal performance.

Optical image stabilization

Reduces the effects of camera shake and vibration to minimize blurring and ghosting.

Creative shot mode

Adds artistic flair to your images using the original composition, color and lighting.

Built-in flash

With on, off, auto and slow synchro modes lets you add light to scenes when necessary.

Hybrid auto

Combines short video clips into a highlight reel.

Smart AUTO

Automatically selects the appropriate settings based on predetermined shooting situations.

Auto zoom feature

Helps bring your subjects into clear view.

Built-in Wi-Fi with NFC (near-field communication) technology

Makes it easy to connect your wireless devices for easy file transfer and remote shooting.

Compatible with optional Canon Connect Station CS100 (not included)

To simplify image transfer via Wi-Fi and NFC.

Card slot

Accepts SD, SDHC and SDXC formats (cards not included).

Customer rating

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Expert rating




  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Decent camera but not worth the price tag

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    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

    A bit of background. I do photography professionally and was looking for a point and shoot to keep in the car for those moments where I did not want to break out my rig/did not have it with me. It's an OK camera, if you don't do a lot of motion/low light. The aperture, sensor, and auto ISO simply don't do well in the dark or with motion unless you hold it impressively still. Most of the pictures I have taken so far have been blurry, grainy or a combination of both. Being a long-time Canon user (I've owned a few powershots, a T1i, 60D, 5D.... you get the point), I was actually rather disappointed with the device. Considering the price tag, I would have expected better performance. My cell phone takes a better picture most of the time. I give this camera two stars. The zoom is pretty fantastic and when the camera gets the picture right, it looks awesome - rivaling some of my DSLR shots but, unfortunately, they are few in number. Considering everything, I acknowledge my bias considering that I am spoiled by better equipment (DLSR beats point and shoot any day). If I did this recreationally and was just looking for a camera that worked, this camera is decent, but I'd likely go for a more affordable one. Some of the cheaper point and shoots lose some image quality (megapixels) but have better stability, resulting in an overall better picture. Most of the cost for this camera comes from the quality and zoom. I'd trade them for an improved OS any day.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Excellent camera, annoying flash

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    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    Overall the camera works well -- turns on/off quickly, focus is sharp and pictures look great. But there is one issue that prevents me from recommending it: the flash. You turn on the flash by pressing a button on the side which causes the flash to "pop up" on the left-top of the camera. This causes two problems: First, the location of the flash is awkward -- I have big hands, and the flash is right where I want to put my forefinger to hold the camera. My wife with smaller hands does not have this problem as she holds the camera differently. Second, and more importantly, it is annoying to always have to hit the manual switch to turn the flash on. If you turn the camera off and then on again, you have to hit the switch again. There is no way to put the camera flash in an "automatic mode" where the flash will automatically pop up when needed. So the scenario works out like this... we are at a dinner party or restaurant where the flash is needed to take a picture. But we may take one picture of some friends and then turn the camera off for 10 minutes before we see some other friends and want to take their picture... so we turn the camera on and take a picture but... no flash. "Oh, wait guys, we have to turn on the flash again!" Hit the button, take the picture again, turn off the camera... and 10 minutes later repeat the whole process. WHY can't we just set the mode to "automatic" so every time I turn on the camera, the flash just turns on if needed? Every other point-and-click camera I have ever had works that way. So... for this reason alone, I would never buy this camera again. But that is just me. Sorry for the rant.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Easy to use, sharp images for price

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    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

    I got this camera with a SanDisk - Extreme PLUS 32GB microSDHC UHS-3 Memory Card - Red/Gold which I know significantly helped out and contributed to the better performance and seamless transitions and transfers between devices such as wifi transfers from camera to iPhone. This camera is simple to use for a person who is mainly looking for a simple click and shoot. I would highly recommend getting the card above with the transfer rate specs as this camera can record in video and also has a creative mode which when taking pictures results in multiple versions of one picture that you take that make your pictures look different and pretty automatically without you even touching a computer. The setup between an iPhone and camera transfers is fairly simple. All you have to do is turn the camera on, push on the bottom left button with a phone icon it then the camera tells you to download an app called Canon Camera Connect. Once you download this app, you connect to the wifi access point that is displayed on your cameras screen and once you connect, you boot up the app and you are pretty much ready to go. You can get two basic functions. One is to download the photos you have taken onto your phone and the other take control over your camera and get a preview display on your phone. You cannot setup main settings on your phone, you will have to do this on your camera. I should also note that the camera can connect via Bluetooth. Camera picture quality is pretty decent. The manual flash that is hidden away on top and can be brought up with a switch on the left side of the camera can be a bit of an annoyance when it is set on auto when you expect it to automatically to bring up flash in a dark room. Besides that I would recommend this camera for the price and quality it delivers at the price point.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Nice, simple, and sleek.

    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    I purchased this solely for one purpose...and that was to do mini vlogs outside during daytime, or in my car on a dash mount. I own two Canon DSLRs already, but I don't always want to lug them around to do simple tasks. I also didn't want to to spend money on a camera like a G7X MKII because I already have the cameras I mentioned above. With that being said, I think this is a neat little camera. It does the job well and the quality isn't bad. Is it like shooting with a DSLR? No, but this does a decent job for simple tasks, plus it's sleek and portable. I recommend this for anyone that wants a nice,simple camera without all of the extra bells and whistles.It is great for people who may not have the best grasp with cameras. Also the picture quality is pretty decent! I would not recommend this to anyone who wants to shoot in low light situations because the quality does get grainy fast, again it is a point and shoot so the sensor is smaller. They do have an upgraded version of this for an extra $30.00. (SX620) I compared the specs side by side and it doesn't really make a big difference on which one you choose. It delivered exactly what I was looking for, and for a decent price so I will give it a 5 stars. Also The battery that comes with it lasts a long time. I have not had to recharge it yet.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Love it

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    I was looking for a camera to use during my trip to Europe since I didn't want to rely on my phone. I wanted something with a great zoom & megapixels since I'd be taking pictures of landmarks and art but I didn't want anything heavy. I stood in front of the camera displays for a good while comparing every model. I settled for this one as it had what I needed and the price was pretty good but I was still unsure if I'd end up keeping it. Well, turns out this camera is awesome. I took amazing pictures and was able to easily transfer them to my phone via it's wifi and post them anytime I got to free wifi spots. I loved that. It fit perfectly in my jacket pocket so I didn't have to carry a bag while exploring cities. But what really excited me was when I got back home and shared what I captured with my husband. I was clicking through the photos and wondered where a video I recorded was. I noticed a ton of videos and opened them and to my delight this camera captures a couple seconds before every picture. It made for a fun slideshow and captured hilarious moments before pictures were taken. I didn't know about this feature when I bought it and am pleased with the surprise. I'm definitely keeping it and using it whenever I can.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great little point and shoot

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    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

    So far, I have no complaints on the quality of the product or the pictures. My background: I am a beginner in the photography field with DSLR as my main camera. I had a "powershot" previously that finally gave out on me (I think I wore it out. I took it everywhere), that I loved. I forget the model number, but they don't make it anymore or I would've bought the same one again. So this one is my replacement for that one. I went with the "PowerShot " series again hoping to find that same quality. While the basic pictures and minimal zoom pictures are great, I find that the greater zoom pictures are not quite as good as my old camera. I realize that it is a digital zoom, but so was my old one. Since most of my greater zoom pictures are taken with my T3i, it isn't a deal breaker for me. I am still trying to find some consistency with the transfer connection to my phone. All in all, I like this camera. I've only had it for a few weeks, but no major issues. I'm keeping it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    A good little camera for the price

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    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    Took this camera to Kenya with me, was happy with my purchase. While it may not be the most feature-intensive camera out there, or the have the greatest specs, for the price range I'm pleased with it. While in Africa I got a lot of nice animal photos and videos, and the camera survived camping and the dusty roads. (Please note: we had a power generator available to us for charging things at night; the battery life would not have lasted the whole safari.) The battery life isn't terrible, but definitely grab an extra battery if you plan on using it all day; unfortunately the battery isn't the cheapest. Also, this does NOT come with the camera software in the package. You must download it from Canon's website if you wish to download photos to your computer via wifi or use their photo editing/organizing program.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    My 3rd and final SX610HS


    Purchased 1st SX610HS in July 2015 to take on overseas trip. Before end of trip, lens cover malfunctioned (would neither open or close fully). Returned to Best Buy in exchange of 2nd SX610HS in October 2015. SAME PROBLEM with #2 by end of Jan 2016. I've recently returned 2nd camera to store in exchange for 3rd SX610HS. Should THIS camera do the same, I intend to get a full refund. My patience is being tested by Canon quality. The SX610's size and weight, quality of images, ease of set up and use are ALL very good...BUT if I can't take a picture reliably, those good qualities are of NO USE AT ALL. I am frustrated beyond words to express. That said, Best Buy's customer service throughout this ordeal has been superb!

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

What experts are saying

Rating: 2.8 out of 5 stars with 7 reviews

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The analysis of all aggregated expert reviews shows that the reviewers are positive about connectivity, exposure, stabilizer and optics. Editors are less positive about viewfinder and have mixed opinions about storage. Using an algorithm based on product age, reviewers ratings history, popularity, product category expertise and other factors, this product gets an alaTest Expert Rating of 85/100 = Very good quality.
  • Tom's GuideRating, 3 out of 5Theano Nikitas on July 19, 2016
    Canon PowerShot SX610 HS Review: Easy Video Shooter
    It's the keep-it-simple principle that makes the Canon PowerShot SX610 HS so appealing for those who prefer a no-fuss, no-muss approach to photography, especially for video, which can be overly complicated to shoot, edit and share. If you'd ratherFull Review
  • ePHOTOzine (UK)Joshua Waller on October 9, 2015
    Canon Powershot SX610 HS Review
    Reviewed, the compact Canon Powershot SX610 HS which features an 18x optical zoom lens and a 20 megapixel sensor.Full Review
  • PhotographyBLOGRating, 4 out of 5Jack Baker on April 21, 2015
    Canon PowerShot SX610 HS Review
    Last year's PowerShot SX600 HS offered a good balance of performance and features at a reasonable price, so it's perhaps unsurprising that Canon hasn't altered this recipe much for the new SX610 HS. It features the same 18x optically stabilisedFull Review
  • Steve's DigicamsKyle Schurman on April 6, 2015
    Canon PowerShot SX610 HS
    The Canon PowerShot SX610 HS is the latest basic point-n-shoot model from Canon, but there just isn't much in this camera that will make you take notice of it. The SX610 offers 20.2-megapixels of resolution, but its image quality simply isn'tFull Review
  • PCMagRating, 3 out of 5Jim Fisher on March 10, 2015
    Canon PowerShot SX610 HS
    The Canon PowerShot SX610 HS is an attractive compact camera with an 18x zoom lens, but image quality takes a step back from last year's edition.Full Review
  • The Imaging Resource!William Brawley on January 5, 2015
    Canon SX610 HS Review
    For photographers who want a simple and versatile compact camera with wireless connectivity, Canon aims to please with the updated PowerShot SX610 HS. The Canon SX600 was the first in a new line of PowerShots last year, and this year, the SX610Full Review
  • NeocameraRating, 1.3 out of 5Neocamera on January 5, 2015
    Canon Powershot SX610 HS
    This ultra-compact ultra-zoom offers a 20 MP sensor and a stabilized wide-angle 18X optical zoom lens. It's 1/2.3" high-speed CMOS sensor allows it to catpure full HD video and fit a huge 25-450mm focal-range by keeping a small maximum aperture,Full Review

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