Canon PowerShot SX620 HS Detailed Review

Canon PowerShot SX620 HS

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The PowerShot SX620 HS was presented by Canon in May 2016. It is a Superzoom Digital Camera.
Brand Canon
Category Superzoom
Date 05/2016
Sensor Properties

In additional PowerShot SX620 HS has a Compact CMOS sensor with size of 6 x 5 mm² (0.24″ x 0.18″).

Also PowerShot SX620 HS’s sensor has resolution of 20 megapixel.

The Canon does not support recording RAW images. RAW images are stored as they come from the sensor, without any in-camera processing or sharpening. Converting to JPEG or other formats takes place on the computeand involves one extra processing step but will almost always result in superior image quality.

Format Compact
Sensor area 6.17 x 4.55mm²
(0.24″ x 0.18″)
Resolution (physical) 21.10 megapixel
Resolution (effective) 20.30 megapixel
Pixel size 1.42 µm²
Sensor cleaning
RAW support
Continuous 2 frames/second
Focal length (min) 25mm
Focal length (max) 625mm
Aperture (max) 3.3
Aperture (min) 6.6
Viewfinder Properties

The PowerShot SX620 HS does not come with a built-in viewfinder. The camera’s display is used to compose the photo. That can be cumbersome in broad daylight.


The PowerShot SX620 HS’s shutter speed varies from 1/2000s to 15s.

The highest shutter speed of the Canon is just 1/2000s. That’s no longer state of the art and may cause problems in challenging light conditions.

Max. shutter speed 1/2000s
Min. shutter speed 15s
Sensitivity Properties

The PowerShot SX620 HS’s sensitivity goes from 100 ISO und 3200 ISO, a very useful and practical range.

Min. sensitivity 100 ISO
Max. sensitivity 3200 ISO
Exposure Modes

The PowerShot SX620 HS supports all general exposure modes.

The Canon allows spot exposure for the difficult occasion.

Center weight
Auto Focus Properties

The PowerShot SX620 HS’s auto focus processor uses 9 AF points (or sensors). A basic rule of thumb says that the more AF points you have, the better. More AF points mean a better chance to have a point at the location of interest in a scene, a big plus in challenging situations (e.g. in low light).

The Canon doesn’t support manual focussing. That can be an issue if the auto focus has problems with your subject or lighting.

Type TTL
AF points 9
Manual focusing
Flash Specs

The PowerShot SX620 HS features a built-in flash with a range of up to 4m (13 ft.). That’s on the low end and will only work for very close subjects.

A hotshoe is missing from the Canon.

Range 4.00m
(13 ft.)
Hot shoe
Display Specs
PowerShot SX620 HS display and touch screen

The PowerShot SX620 HS features a monitor with a diagonal of 75.00mm (3.0 in.) and a resolution of c. 0.92 megapixel. That’s about average.

Unfortunately, the PowerShot SX620 HS’s monitor is not articulated. That can make it tricky to frame your subject in some situations, e.g. when taking selfies.

The PowerShot SX620 HS’s monitor can work as a touch screen, just like a smartphone. That can be very useful, for example to pick AF points, but keep in mind that touch screens usually don’t work when wearing gloves.

Display characteristics at a glance:

Type LCD
Size 75.00mm (diagonal)
(3.0 in.)
Resolution 0.92 megapixel
Touch screen
Video Specs

PowerShot SX620 HS video supported the resolution with 1920 x 1080 pixel.

ACamera is not equipped with an external microphone.

Canon PowerShot SX620 HS Video parameters:

Max. resolution 1920 x 1080 pixel
…with frame rates 30 frames/second
External microphone
Connectivity & Wireless Specs

The PowerShot SX620 HS has Wifi connectivity already built-in. Use Wifi to transfer images to a smartphone or computer and to remote control the camera. With NFC, camera and smartphone can be paired without the need for passwords.

Connect the Canon to a monitor or TV set over HDMI.

The Canon supports USB 2.0.

Connection parameters:

Remote (wired)
Remote (infrared)
HDMI (standard)
HDMI (mini)
HDMI (micro)
USB 2.0
USB 3.0
USB Micro
USB Mini

The camera supports SD HC and SD XC cards.

Memory cards characteristics:

Slots 1
Memory cards SD

The Canon PowerShot SX620 HS works with a NB-13L LiIon battery. The battery lifetime is an average 295 shots. That’s on the lower side of things for a full day, consider a spare battery for the PowerShot SX620 HS.

The battery can be charged over USB while in camera. Very useful, especially on vacation when most people bring a USB charger for their smartphone anyway.

The PowerShot SX620 HS’s battery battery parameters:

Type NB-13L LiIon
In-camera charging
Battery life 295 photos

The Canon PowerShot SX620 HS’s dimensions are 96.9 x 56.9 x 27.9mm³. (3.8″ x 2.2″ x 1.1″). This includes the lens. The camera’s weight is only 182 grams (5.9 oz.), lens included.

Here is front and top view of the PowerShot SX620 HS:

Canon PowerShot SX620 HS Dimensions (Width / Height)
Canon PowerShot SX620 HS Dimensions (Width / Depth)
Dimensions Comparison

To put the size of the camera in context, here it is next to a typical ID card (c. 86mm x 55mm, about the size of a credit card).

The PowerShot SX620 HS is not much bigger:

Canon PowerShot SX620 HS size comparison

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