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Canon SX610 vs SX710

The Canon PowerShot SX610 HS and the Canon PowerShot SX710 HS are two digital cameras that were revealed to the public in January 2015. Both the SX610 and the SX710 are fixed lens compact cameras that are equipped with a 1/2.3-inch sensor. Both cameras offer a resolution of 20.2 megapixels.

Below is an overview of the main specs of the two cameras as a starting point for the comparison.

Headline Specifications
Canon SX610 versus Canon SX710
Canon SX610 Canon SX710
Fixed lens compact camera Fixed lens compact camera
25-450mm f/3.8-6.9 25-750mm f/3.2-6.9
20.2 MP, 1/2.3" Sensor 20.2 MP, 1/2.3" Sensor
1080/30p Video 1080/60p Video
ISO 80-3,200 ISO 80-3,200
No viewfinder, LCD framing No viewfinder, LCD framing
3.0 LCD, 922k dots 3.0 LCD, 922k dots
Fixed screen (not touch-sensitive) Fixed screen (not touch-sensitive)
2.5 shutter flaps per second 6 shutter flaps per second
270 shots per battery charge230 shots per battery charge
105 x 61 x 27 mm, 191 g 113 x 66 x 35 mm, 269 g

Going beyond this snapshot of core features and characteristics, what are the differences between the Canon PowerShot SX610 HS and the Canon PowerShot SX710 HS? Which one should you buy? Read on to find out how these two cameras compare with respect to their body size, their imaging sensors, their shooting features, their input-output connections, and their reception by expert reviewers.

Body comparison

An illustration of the physical size and weight of the Canon SX610 and the Canon SX710 is provided in the side-by-side display below. The two cameras are presented according to their relative size. Three consecutive views from the front, the top, and the rear side are shown. All width, height and depth measures are rounded to the nearest millimeter.

The SX610 can be obtained in three different colors (black, red, white), while the SX710 is available in two color-versions (black, red).

Size Canon SX610 vs Canon SX710
Compare SX610 versus SX710 top
Comparison SX610 or SX710 rear

If the front view area (width x height) of the cameras is taken as an aggregate measure of their size, the Canon SX710 is notably larger (16 percent) than the Canon SX610. Moreover, the SX710 is substantially heavier (41 percent) than the SX610. In this context, it is worth noting that neither the SX610 nor the SX710 are weather-sealed.

The table below summarizes the key physical specs of the two cameras alongside a broader set of comparators. If you would like to visualize and compare a different camera combination, you can navigate to the CAM-parator app and make your selection from a broad list of cameras there.

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Body Specifications
    Camera
Model
Camera
Width
Camera
Height
Camera
Depth
Camera
Weight
Battery
Life
Weather
Sealing
Camera
Launch
Launch
Price (USD)
Street
Price
1.
 
Canon SX610 105 mm 61 mm 27 mm 191 g 270 n Jan 2015 249 i
2.
 
Canon SX710 113 mm 66 mm 35 mm 269 g 230 n Jan 2015 349 i
3.
 
Canon SX740 110 mm 64 mm 40 mm 299 g 265 n Jul 2018 399 i
4.
 
Canon SX730 110 mm 64 mm 40 mm 300 g 250 n Apr 2017 399 i
5.
 
Canon SX420 104 mm 69 mm 85 mm 325 g 195 n Jan 2016 299 i
6.
 
Canon SX540 120 mm 82 mm 92 mm 442 g 205 n Jan 2016 399 i
7.
 
Canon SX620 97 mm 57 mm 28 mm 182 g 295 n May 2016 279 i
8.
 
Canon SX720 110 mm 64 mm 36 mm 270 g 250 n Feb 2016 379 i
9.
 
Canon G9 X 98 mm 58 mm 31 mm 209 g 220 n Oct 2015 529 i
10.
 
Canon SX410 104 mm 69 mm 85 mm 325 g 185 n Feb 2015 279 i
11.
 
Canon SX700 113 mm 66 mm 35 mm 269 g 250 n Feb 2014 349 i
12.
 
Canon SX600 104 mm 61 mm 26 mm 188 g 290 n Jan 2014 249 i
13.
 
Canon SX400 104 mm 69 mm 80 mm 313 g 190 n Jul 2014 249 i
14.
 
Sony H300 128 mm 89 mm 92 mm 590 g 350 n Feb 2014 219 i
Notes: Measurements and pricing do not include easily detachable parts, such as add-on or interchangeable lenses or optional viewfinders.

Any camera decision will naturally be influenced heavily by the price. The listed launch prices provide an indication of the market segment that the manufacturer of the cameras have been targeting. The SX610 was launched at a markedly lower price (by 29 percent) than the SX710, which puts it into a different market segment. Normally, street prices remain initially close to the MSRP, but after a couple of months, the first discounts appear. Later in the product cycle and, in particular, when the replacement model is about to appear, further discounting and stock clearance sales often push the camera price considerably down. Then, after the new model is out, very good deals can frequently be found on the pre-owned market.

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Sensor comparison

The size of the sensor inside a digital camera is one of the key determinants of image quality. A large sensor will tend to have larger individual pixels that provide better low-light sensitivity, wider dynamic range, and richer color-depth than smaller pixel-units in a sensor of the same technological generation. Moreover, a large sensor camera will give the photographer more control over depth-of-field in the image and, thus, the ability to better isolate a subject from the background. On the downside, larger sensors are more costly to manufacture and tend to lead to bigger and heavier cameras and lenses.

Both cameras under consideration feature a 1/2.3-inch sensor and have a format factor (sometimes also referred to as "crop factor") of 5.6. Within the spectrum of camera sensors, this places the review cameras among the smaller-sensor digicams that favor affordability and compact design. Both cameras feature a native aspect ratio (sensor width to sensor height) of 4:3.

Technology-wise, the SX710 uses a more advanced image processing engine (DIGIC 6) than the SX610 (DIGIC 4+), with benefits for noise reduction, color accuracy, and processing speed.

Canon SX610 and Canon SX710 sensor measures

The two cameras under review do not only share the same sensor size, but also offer an identical resolution of 20.2 megapixels. This similarity in sensor specs implies that both the SX610 and the SX710 have the same pixel density, as well as the same pixel size. Moreover, the two cameras were released in close succession, so that their sensors are from the same technological generation. Coming back to sensor resolution, it should be mentioned that neither of the two cameras has an anti-alias filter installed, so they are able to capture all the detail the sensor resolves.

The Canon PowerShot SX610 HS has a native sensitivity range from ISO 80 to ISO 3200. The Canon PowerShot SX710 HS offers exactly the same ISO settings.

SX610 versus SX710 MP

Since 2007, DXO Mark has published sensor performance measurements that have been derived using a consistent methodology. This service is based on lab testing and assigns an overall score to each camera sensor, as well as ratings for dynamic range ("DXO Landscape"), color depth ("DXO Portrait"), and low-light sensitivity ("DXO Sports"). The table below summarizes the physical sensor characteristics and sensor quality findings and compares them across a set of similar cameras.

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Sensor Characteristics
    Camera
Model
Sensor
Class
Resolution
(MP)
Horiz.
Pixels
Vert.
Pixels
Video
Format
DXO
Portrait
DXO
Landscape
DXO
Sports
DXO
Overall
1.
 
Canon SX610 1/2.3 20.2 5184 38881080/30p...... ..
2.
 
Canon SX710 1/2.3 20.2 5184 38881080/60p...... ..
3.
 
Canon SX740 1/2.3 20.2 5184 38884K/30p...... ..
4.
 
Canon SX730 1/2.3 20.2 5184 38881080/60p...... ..
5.
 
Canon SX420 1/2.3 19.9 5152 3864720/25p...... ..
6.
 
Canon SX540 1/2.3 20.2 5184 38881080/60p...... ..
7.
 
Canon SX620 1/2.3 20.2 5184 38881080/30p...... ..
8.
 
Canon SX720 1/2.3 20.2 5184 38881080/60p...... ..
9.
 
Canon G9 X 1-inch 20.0 5472 36481080/60p21.512.3495 63
10.
 
Canon SX410 1/2.3 19.9 5152 3864720/30p...... ..
11.
 
Canon SX700 1/2.3 15.9 4608 34561080/60p...... ..
12.
 
Canon SX600 1/2.3 15.9 4608 34561080/30p...... ..
13.
 
Canon SX400 1/2.3 15.9 4608 3456720/30p...... ..
14.
 
Sony H300 1/2.3 19.9 5152 3864720/30p...... ..

Many modern cameras are not only capable of taking still images, but also of capturing video footage. Both cameras under consideration are equipped with sensors that have a sufficiently high read-out speed for moving images, but the SX710 provides a faster frame rate than the SX610. It can shoot movie footage at 1080/60p, while the SX610 is limited to 1080/30p.

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Feature comparison

Beyond body and sensor, cameras can and do differ across a range of features. The SX610 and the SX710 are similar in the sense that neither of the two has a viewfinder. The images are, thus, framed using live view on the rear LCD. The following table reports on some other key feature differences and similarities of the Canon SX610, the Canon SX710, and comparable cameras.

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Core Features
    Camera
Model
Viewfinder
(Type or
000 dots)
Control
Panel
(yes/no)
LCD
Size
(inch)
LCD
Resolution
(000 dots)
LCD
Attach-
ment
Touch
Screen
(yes/no)
Mech
Shutter
Speed
Shutter
Flaps
(1/sec)
Built-in
Flash
(yes/no)
Built-in
Image
Stab
1.
 
Canon SX610none n 3.0 922 fixed n 1/2000s 2.5 Y Y
2.
 
Canon SX710none n 3.0 922 fixed n 1/3200s 6.0 Y Y
3.
 
Canon SX740none n 3.0 922 tilting n 1/3200s 10.0 Y Y
4.
 
Canon SX730none n 3.0 922 tilting n 1/3200s 5.9 Y Y
5.
 
Canon SX420none n 3.0 230 fixed n 1/4000s 0.5 Y Y
6.
 
Canon SX540none n 3.0 461 fixed n 1/2000s 5.9 Y Y
7.
 
Canon SX620none n 3.0 922 fixed n 1/2000s 2.5 Y Y
8.
 
Canon SX720none n 3.0 922 fixed n 1/3200s 5.9 Y Y
9.
 
Canon G9 Xnone n 3.0 1040 fixed Y 1/2000s 6.0 Y Y
10.
 
Canon SX410none n 3.0 230 fixed n 1/4000s 0.5 Y Y
11.
 
Canon SX700none n 3.0 922 fixed n 1/3200s 8.5 Y Y
12.
 
Canon SX600none n 3.0 461 fixed n 1/2000s 3.9 Y Y
13.
 
Canon SX400none n 3.0 230 fixed n 1/1600s 0.8 Y Y
14.
 
Sony H300none n 3.0 460 fixed n 1/1500s 0.8 Y Y

Both the SX610 and the SX710 have zoom lenses built in. The SX610 has a 25-450mm f/3.8-6.9 optic and the SX710 offers a 25-750mm f/3.2-6.9 (focal lengths in full frame equivalent terms). Hence, the SX610 and SX710 provide the same view at the wide-angle end, but the SX710 has more tele-photo reach at the long end. The SX710 offers the faster maximum aperture.

Concerning the storage of imaging data, both the SX610 and the SX710 write their files to SDXC cards. The SX710 supports UHS-I cards (Ultra High Speed data transfer of up to 104 MB/s), while the SX610 cannot take advantage of Ultra High Speed SD cards.

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Connectivity comparison

For some imaging applications, the extent to which a camera can communicate with its environment can be an important aspect in the camera decision process. The table below provides an overview of the connectivity of the Canon PowerShot SX610 HS and Canon PowerShot SX710 HS and, in particular, the interfaces the cameras (and selected comparators) provide for accessory control and data transfer.

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Input-Output Connections
    Camera
Model
Hotshoe
Port
Internal
Microphone
Internal
Speaker
Microphone
Port
Headphone
Port
HDMI
Port
USB
Port
WiFi
Support
NFC
Support
Bluetooth
Support
1.
 
Canon SX610-----micro2.0YY-
2.
 
Canon SX710-stereomono--micro2.0YY-
3.
 
Canon SX740-stereomono--micro2.0Y-Y
4.
 
Canon SX730-stereomono--micro2.0YYY
5.
 
Canon SX420-monomono---2.0YY-
6.
 
Canon SX540-stereomono--mini2.0YY-
7.
 
Canon SX620-monomono--micro2.0YY-
8.
 
Canon SX720-stereomono--micro2.0YY-
9.
 
Canon G9 X-stereomono--micro2.0YY-
10.
 
Canon SX410-stereomono---2.0---
11.
 
Canon SX700-stereomono--micro2.0YY-
12.
 
Canon SX600-monomono--micro2.0YY-
13.
 
Canon SX400-stereomono---2.0---
14.
 
Sony H300-monomono--micro2.0Y--

Both the SX610 and the SX710 have been discontinued, but can regularly be found used on eBay. The SX610 was replaced by the Canon SX620, while the SX710 was followed by the Canon SX720. Further information on the two cameras (e.g. user guides, manuals), as well as related accessories, can be found on the official Canon website.

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Review summary

So how do things add up? Which of the two cameras – the Canon SX610 or the Canon SX710 – has the upper hand? Is one clearly better than the other? A synthesis of the relative strong points of each of the models is listed below.


Arguments in favor of the Canon PowerShot SX610 HS:

  • More compact: Is smaller (105x61mm vs 113x66mm) and thus needs less room in the bag.
  • Less heavy: Is lighter (by 78g or 29 percent) and hence easier to carry around.
  • Longer lasting: Can take more shots (270 versus 230) on a single battery charge.
  • More affordable: Was introduced into a lower priced category (29 percent cheaper at launch).


Reasons to prefer the Canon PowerShot SX710 HS:

  • Better jpgs: Has a more modern image processing engine (DIGIC 6 vs DIGIC 4+).
  • Better video: Provides higher movie framerates (1080/60p versus 1080/30p).
  • Faster shutter: Has higher mechanical shutter speed (1/3200s vs 1/2000s) to freeze action.
  • Faster burst: Shoots at higher frequency (6 vs 2.5 flaps/sec) to capture the decisive moment.
  • Better light gathering: Has a lens with a wider maximum aperture (f/3.2 vs f/3.8).
  • More tele-reach: Has a longer tele-lens for perspective compression and subject magnification.
  • Faster buffer clearing: Has an SD card interface that supports the UHS-I standard.

If the count of individual advantages (bullet points above) is taken as a guide, the SX710 emerges as the winner of the match-up (7 : 4 points). However, the relevance of individual strengths will vary across photographers, so that you might want to apply your own weighing scheme to the summary points when reflecting and deciding on a new camera. A professional wedding photographer will view the differences between cameras in a way that diverges from the perspective of a travel photog, and a person interested in cityscapes has distinct needs from a macro shooter. Hence, the decision which camera is best and worth buying is often a very personal one.

SX610 04:07 SX710

How about other alternatives? Do the specifications of the Canon SX610 and the Canon SX710 place the cameras among the top in their class? Find out in the latest Best Superzoom Camera listing whether the two cameras rank among the cream of the crop.

In any case, while the specs-based evaluation of cameras can be instructive in revealing their potential as photographic tools, it remains partial and cannot reveal, for example, the shooting experience and imaging performance when actually working with the SX610 or the SX710. At times, user reviews, such as those published at amazon, address these issues in a useful manner, but such feedback is on many occasions incomplete, inconsistent, and unreliable.

Expert reviews

This is where reviews by experts come in. The adjacent summary-table relays the overall verdicts of several of the most popular camera review sites (amateurphotographer [AP], cameralabs [CL], dpreview [DPR], ephotozine [EPZ], photographyblog [PB]). As can be seen, the professional reviewers agree in many cases on the quality of different cameras, but sometimes their assessments diverge, reinforcing the earlier point that a camera decision is often a very personal choice.

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Expert Camera Reviews
     Camera 
 Model 
 AP 
 score 
 CL 
 score 
 DPR 
 score 
 EPZ 
 score 
 PB 
 score 
Camera
Launch
Launch
Price (USD)
Street
Price
1.
 
Canon SX610......4/54/5 Jan 2015 249 i
2.
 
Canon SX710..+..4/53.5/5 Jan 2015 349 i
3.
 
Canon SX740..+..4/54/5 Jul 2018 399 i
4.
 
Canon SX730..+..4/54/5 Apr 2017 399 i
5.
 
Canon SX420........3/5 Jan 2016 299 i
6.
 
Canon SX540.......... Jan 2016 399 i
7.
 
Canon SX620........4/5 May 2016 279 i
8.
 
Canon SX720..+..4/54.5/5 Feb 2016 379 i
9.
 
Canon G9 X3.5/5+ +..4.5/54.5/5 Oct 2015 529 i
10.
 
Canon SX410..o...... Feb 2015 279 i
11.
 
Canon SX700..+ +..4/54/5 Feb 2014 349 i
12.
 
Canon SX600..+..4/54/5 Jan 2014 249 i
13.
 
Canon SX400..+...... Jul 2014 249 i
14.
 
Sony H300..+..4.5/54/5 Feb 2014 219 i
Notes: (+ +) highly recommended; (+) recommended; (o) reviewed; (..) not available.

Care should be taken when interpreting the review scores above, though. The ratings were established in reference to similarly priced cameras that were available in the market at the time of the review. Thus, a score needs to be put into the context of the launch date and the launch price of the camera, and rating-comparisons among cameras that span long time periods or concern very differently equipped models make little sense. Also, please note that some of the review sites have changed their methodology and reporting over time.

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    Specifications: Canon SX610 vs Canon SX710

    Below is a side-by-side comparison of the specs of the two cameras to facilitate a quick review of their differences and common features.

    Camera Specifications
    Camera Model Canon SX610 Canon SX710
    Camera Type Fixed lens compact camera Fixed lens compact camera
    Camera Lens 25-450mm f/3.8-6.9 25-750mm f/3.2-6.9
    Launch Date January 2015 January 2015
    Launch Price USD 249 USD 349
    Sensor Specs Canon SX610 Canon SX710
    Sensor Technology BSI-CMOS BSI-CMOS
    Sensor Format 1/2.3" Sensor 1/2.3" Sensor
    Sensor Size 6.17 x 4.55 mm 6.17 x 4.55 mm
    Sensor Area 28.0735 mm2 28.0735 mm2
    Sensor Diagonal 7.7 mm 7.7 mm
    Crop Factor 5.6x 5.6x
    Sensor Resolution 20.2 Megapixels 20.2 Megapixels
    Image Resolution 5184 x 3888 pixels 5184 x 3888 pixels
    Pixel Pitch 1.18 μm 1.18 μm
    Pixel Density 71.80 MP/cm2 71.80 MP/cm2
    Moiré control no AA filter no AA filter
    Movie Capability 1080/30p Video 1080/60p Video
    ISO Setting 80 - 3,200 ISO 80 - 3,200 ISO
    Image Processor DIGIC 4+ DIGIC 6
    Screen Specs Canon SX610 Canon SX710
    Viewfinder Type no viewfinder no viewfinder
    Viewfinder Magnification
    LCD Framing Live View Live View
    Rear LCD Size 3.0inch 3.0inch
    LCD Resolution 922k dots 922k dots
    LCD Attachment Fixed screen Fixed screen
    Shooting Specs Canon SX610 Canon SX710
    Focus System Contrast-detect AF Contrast-detect AF
    Continuous Shooting 2.5 shutter flaps/s 6 shutter flaps/s
    Fill Flash Build-in Flash Build-in Flash
    Storage Medium SDXC cards SDXC cards
    Second Storage Option Single card slot Single card slot
    UHS card support no UHS-I
    Connectivity Specs Canon SX610 Canon SX710
    External Flash no Hotshoe no Hotshoe
    USB Connector USB 2.0 USB 2.0
    HDMI Port micro HDMI micro HDMI
    Wifi Support Wifi built-in Wifi built-in
    Near-Field Communication NFC built-in NFC built-in
    Body Specs Canon SX610 Canon SX710
    Battery Type NB-6LH NB-6LH
    Battery Life (CIPA)270 shots per charge230 shots per charge
    Body Dimensions 105 x 61 x 27 mm
    (4.1 x 2.4 x 1.1 in)
    113 x 66 x 35 mm
    (4.4 x 2.6 x 1.4 in)
    Camera Weight 191 g (6.7 oz) 269 g (9.5 oz)

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