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Canon SX620 vs T5

The Canon PowerShot SX620 HS and the Canon EOS Rebel T5 (labelled Canon 1200D in some countries) are two digital cameras that were officially introduced, respectively, in May 2016 and February 2014. The SX620 is a fixed lens compact, while the T5 is a DSLR. The cameras are based on a 1/2.3-inch (SX620) and an APS-C (T5) sensor. The SX620 has a resolution of 20.2 megapixels, whereas the T5 provides 17.9 MP.

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

Headline Specifications
Canon SX620
versus
Canon T5
Canon SX620   Canon T5
Fixed lens compact camera Digital single lens reflex
25-625mm f/3.2-6.6 Canon EF mount lenses
20.2 MP – 1/2.3" sensor 17.9 MP – APS-C sensor
1080/30p Video 1080/30p Video
ISO 80-3,200 ISO 100-6,400 (100 - 12,800)
No viewfinder, LCD framing Optical viewfinder
3.0" LCD – 922k dots 3.0" LCD – 460k dots
Fixed screen (not touch-sensitive) Fixed screen (not touch-sensitive)
2.5 shutter flaps per second 3 shutter flaps per second
295 shots per battery charge500 shots per battery charge
97 x 57 x 28 mm, 182 g 130 x 100 x 78 mm, 480 g
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Going beyond this snapshot of core features and characteristics, what are the differences between the Canon PowerShot SX620 HS and the Canon EOS Rebel T5? 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

The physical size and weight of the Canon SX620 and the Canon T5 are illustrated in the side-by-side display below. The two cameras are presented according to their relative size. Three successive views from the front, the top, and the rear are shown. All width, height and depth measures are rounded to the nearest millimeter.

The SX620 can be obtained in three different colors (black, silver, red), while the T5 is only available in black.

Size Canon SX620 vs Canon T5
Compare SX620 versus T5 top
Comparison SX620 or T5 rear

If the front view area (width x height) of the cameras is taken as an aggregate measure of their size, the Canon T5 is considerably larger (135 percent) than the Canon SX620. In this context, it is worth noting that neither the SX620 nor the T5 are weather-sealed.

The above size and weight comparisons are to some extent incomplete and possibly misleading, as the SX620 has a lens built in, whereas the T5 is an interchangeable lens camera that requires a separate lens. Attaching the latter will add extra weight and bulk to the setup. You can compare the optics available for the T5 and their specifications in the Canon EF Lens Catalog.

Concerning battery life, the SX620 gets 295 shots out of its NB-13L battery, while the T5 can take 500 images on a single charge of its LP-E10 power pack.

The following table provides a synthesis of the main physical specifications of the two cameras and other similar ones. If you want to switch the focus of the display and review another camera pair, you can move across to the CAM-parator tool and choose from the broad selection of possible camera comparisons 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 SX620 97 mm 57 mm 28 mm 182 g 295 n May 2016 279 i
2.
 
Canon T5 130 mm 100 mm 78 mm 480 g 500 n Feb 2014 449i
3.
 
Canon T100 129 mm 102 mm 77 mm 436 g 500 n Feb 2018 399 i
4.
 
Canon SX430 104 mm 69 mm 85 mm 323 g 195 n Jan 2017 299 i
5.
 
Canon G9 X Mark II 98 mm 58 mm 31 mm 206 g 235 n Jan 2017 529 i
6.
 
Canon SX730 110 mm 64 mm 40 mm 300 g 250 n Apr 2017 399i
7.
 
Canon T6 129 mm 101 mm 78 mm 485 g 500 n Mar 2016 449i
8.
 
Canon SX420 104 mm 69 mm 85 mm 325 g 195 n Jan 2016 299i
9.
 
Canon SX540 120 mm 82 mm 92 mm 442 g 205 n Jan 2016 399 i
10.
 
Canon SX720 110 mm 64 mm 36 mm 270 g 250 n Feb 2016 379i
11.
 
Canon G9 X 98 mm 58 mm 31 mm 209 g 220 n Oct 2015 529i
12.
 
Canon SX410 104 mm 69 mm 85 mm 325 g 185 n Feb 2015 279i
13.
 
Canon SX610 105 mm 61 mm 27 mm 191 g 270 n Jan 2015 249i
14.
 
Canon SX710 113 mm 66 mm 35 mm 269 g 230 n Jan 2015 349i
15.
 
Canon SL1 117 mm 91 mm 69 mm 407 g 380 n Mar 2013 549i
16.
 
Canon T5i 133 mm 100 mm 79 mm 580 g 440 n Mar 2013 649i
17.
 
Canon T3 130 mm 100 mm 78 mm 495 g 700 n Feb 2011 449i
Note: 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 manufacturer’s suggested retail prices give an idea on the placement of the camera in the maker’s lineup and the broader market. The SX620 was launched at a lower price than the T5, despite having a lens built in. Usually, retail prices stay at first close to the launch price, but after several months, discounts become available. 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.

Sensor comparison

The imaging sensor is at the core of digital cameras and its size is one of the main determining factors 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. Furthermore, a large sensor camera will give the photographer more possibilities to use shallow depth-of-field in order to isolate a subject from the background. On the downside, larger sensors tend to be more expensive and lead to bigger and heavier cameras and lenses.

Of the two cameras under consideration, the Canon SX620 features a 1/2.3-inch sensor and the Canon T5 an APS-C sensor. The sensor area in the T5 is 1086 percent bigger. As a result of these sensor size differences, the cameras have a format factor of, respectively, 5.6 and 1.6. The sensor in the SX620 has a native 4:3 aspect ratio, while the one in the T5 offers a 3:2 aspect.

In terms of chip-set technology, the SX620 uses a more advanced image processing engine (DIGIC 4+) than the T5 (DIGIC 4), with benefits for noise reduction, color accuracy, and processing speed.

Canon SX620 and Canon T5 sensor measures

Despite having a smaller sensor, the Canon SX620 offers a higher resolution of 20.2 megapixels, compared with 17.9 MP of the Canon T5. This megapixels advantage comes at the cost of a higher pixel density and a smaller size of the individual pixel (with a pixel pitch of 1.18μm versus 4.31μm for the T5). However, it should be noted that the SX620 is much more recent (by 2 years and 2 months) than the T5, and its sensor will have benefitted from technological advances during this time that make it possible to gather light more efficiently. Coming back to sensor resolution, it should be mentioned that the SX620 has no anti-alias filter installed, so that it can capture all the detail its sensor resolves.

The Canon PowerShot SX620 HS has a native sensitivity range from ISO 80 to ISO 3200. The corresponding ISO settings for the Canon EOS Rebel T5 are ISO 100 to ISO 6400, with the possibility to increase the ISO range to 100-12800.

SX620 versus T5 MP

For many cameras, data on sensor performance has been reported by DXO Mark. This service determines an overall sensor rating, as well as sub-scores for low-light sensitivity ("DXO Sports"), dynamic range ("DXO Landscape"), and color depth ("DXO Portrait"). 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 SX620 1/2.3 20.2 5184 38881080/30p20.411.883849
2.
 
Canon T5 APS-C 17.9 5184 34561080/30p21.911.372463
3.
 
Canon T100 APS-C 17.9 5184 34561080/30p21.911.469563
4.
 
Canon SX430 1/2.3 19.9 5152 3864720/25p20.511.990049
5.
 
Canon G9 X Mark II 1-inch 20.0 5472 36481080/60p21.912.552265
6.
 
Canon SX730 1/2.3 20.2 5184 38881080/60p20.511.992450
7.
 
Canon T6 APS-C 17.9 5184 34561080/30p23.612.9149779
8.
 
Canon SX420 1/2.3 19.9 5152 3864720/25p20.311.780648
9.
 
Canon SX540 1/2.3 20.2 5184 38881080/60p20.311.780648
10.
 
Canon SX720 1/2.3 20.2 5184 38881080/60p20.311.881748
11.
 
Canon G9 X 1-inch 20.0 5472 36481080/60p21.512.349563
12.
 
Canon SX410 1/2.3 19.9 5152 3864720/30p20.211.672047
13.
 
Canon SX610 1/2.3 20.2 5184 38881080/30p20.211.671247
14.
 
Canon SX710 1/2.3 20.2 5184 38881080/60p20.211.671247
15.
 
Canon SL1 APS-C 17.9 5184 34561080/30p21.811.384363
16.
 
Canon T5i APS-C 17.9 5184 34561080/30p21.711.268161
17.
 
Canon T3 APS-C 12.2 4272 2848720/30p21.911.075562
Note: DXO values in italics represent estimates based on sensor size and age.

Many modern cameras are not only capable of taking still images, but also of capturing video footage. The two cameras under consideration both have sensors whose read-out speed is fast enough to capture moving pictures, and both provide the same movie specifications (1080/30p).

Feature comparison

Apart from body and sensor, cameras can and do differ across a variety of features. For example, the T5 has an optical viewfinder, which can be very useful when shooting in bright sunlight. In contrast, the SX620 relies on live view and the rear LCD for framing. The following table reports on some other key feature differences and similarities of the Canon SX620, the Canon T5, and comparable cameras.

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Core Features
    Camera
Model
Viewfinder
(Type or
000 dots)
Control
Panel
(yes/no)
LCD
Specifications
(inch/000 dots)
LCD
Attach-
ment
Touch
Screen
(yes/no)
Max
Shutter
Speed *
Max
Shutter
Flaps *
Built-in
Flash
(yes/no)
Built-in
Image
Stab
1.
 
Canon SX620none n3.0 / 922 fixed n 1/2000s 2.5/s Y Y
2.
 
Canon T5optical n3.0 / 460 fixed n 1/4000s 3.0/s Y n
3.
 
Canon T100optical n2.7 / 230 fixed n 1/4000s 3.0/s Y n
4.
 
Canon SX430none n3.0 / 230 fixed n 1/4000s 0.5/s Y Y
5.
 
Canon G9 X Mark IInone n3.0 / 1040 fixed Y 1/2000s 8.2/s Y Y
6.
 
Canon SX730none n3.0 / 922 tilting n 1/3200s 5.9/s Y Y
7.
 
Canon T6optical n3.0 / 920 fixed n 1/4000s 3.0/s Y n
8.
 
Canon SX420none n3.0 / 230 fixed n 1/4000s 0.5/s Y Y
9.
 
Canon SX540none n3.0 / 461 fixed n 1/2000s 5.9/s Y Y
10.
 
Canon SX720none n3.0 / 922 fixed n 1/3200s 5.9/s Y Y
11.
 
Canon G9 Xnone n3.0 / 1040 fixed Y 1/2000s 6.0/s Y Y
12.
 
Canon SX410none n3.0 / 230 fixed n 1/4000s 0.5/s Y Y
13.
 
Canon SX610none n3.0 / 922 fixed n 1/2000s 2.5/s Y Y
14.
 
Canon SX710none n3.0 / 922 fixed n 1/3200s 6.0/s Y Y
15.
 
Canon SL1optical n3.0 / 1040 fixed Y 1/4000s 4.9/s Y n
16.
 
Canon T5ioptical n3.0 / 1040 swivel Y 1/4000s 5.0/s Y n
17.
 
Canon T3optical n2.7 / 230 fixed n 1/4000s 3.0/s Y n
Notes: *) Information refers to the mechanical shutter, unless the camera only has an electronic one.

Concerning the storage of imaging data, both the SX620 and the T5 write their files to SDXC cards.

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 SX620 HS and Canon EOS Rebel T5 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
Mic / Speaker
Microphone
Port
Headphone
Port
HDMI
Port
USB
Port
WiFi
Support
NFC
Support
Bluetooth
Support
1.
 
Canon SX620-mono / mono--micro2.0YY-
2.
 
Canon T5Ymono / mono--mini2.0---
3.
 
Canon T100Ymono / mono--mini2.0YY-
4.
 
Canon SX430-mono / mono---2.0YY-
5.
 
Canon G9 X Mark II-stereo / mono--micro2.0YYY
6.
 
Canon SX730-stereo / mono--micro2.0YYY
7.
 
Canon T6Ymono / mono--mini2.0YY-
8.
 
Canon SX420-mono / mono---2.0YY-
9.
 
Canon SX540-stereo / mono--mini2.0YY-
10.
 
Canon SX720-stereo / mono--micro2.0YY-
11.
 
Canon G9 X-stereo / mono--micro2.0YY-
12.
 
Canon SX410-stereo / mono---2.0---
13.
 
Canon SX610-- / ---micro2.0YY-
14.
 
Canon SX710-stereo / mono--micro2.0YY-
15.
 
Canon SL1Ymono / monoY-mini2.0---
16.
 
Canon T5iYstereo / monoY-mini2.0---
17.
 
Canon T3Ystereo / mono--mini2.0---

It is notable that the SX620 offers wifi support, while the T5 does not. Wifi can be a very convenient means to transfer image data to an off-camera location.

The SX620 is a recent model that features in the current product line-up of Canon. In contrast, the T5 has been discontinued (but can be found pre-owned on eBay). As a replacement in the same line of cameras, the T5 was succeeded by the Canon T6. Further information on the two cameras (e.g. user guides, manuals), as well as related accessories, can be found on the official Canon website.

Review summary

So what is the bottom line? Is the Canon SX620 better than the Canon T5 or vice versa? Below is a summary of the relative strengths of each of the two contestants.


Arguments in favor of the Canon PowerShot SX620 HS:

  • Maximized detail: Lacks an anti-alias filter to exploit the sensor's full resolution potential.
  • Better jpgs: Has a more modern image processing engine (DIGIC 4+ vs DIGIC 4).
  • More detailed LCD: Has a higher resolution rear screen (922k vs 460k dots).
  • Ready to shoot: Comes with a built-in lens, while the T5 requires a separate lens.
  • More compact: Is smaller (97x57mm vs 130x100mm) and thus needs less room in the bag.
  • Less heavy: Is lighter even though it comes with a built-in lens (unlike the T5).
  • Sharper images: Has hand-shake reducing image stabilization built-in.
  • Easier file upload: Has wifi built in for automatic backup or image transfer to the web.
  • Easier device pairing: Supports NFC for fast wireless image transfer over short distances.
  • More affordable: Was introduced at a lower price, despite coming with a built-in lens.
  • More modern: Reflects 2 years and 2 months of technical progress since the T5 launch.


Advantages of the Canon EOS Rebel T5:

  • Better moiré control: Has an anti-alias filter to avoid artificial patterns to appear in images.
  • Better image quality: Features bigger pixels on a larger sensor for higher quality imaging.
  • Richer colors: The pixel size advantage translates into images with better, more accurate colors.
  • More dynamic range: Larger pixels capture a wider spectrum of light and dark details.
  • Better low-light sensitivity: Larger pixels means good image quality even under poor lighting.
  • Easier framing: Has an optical viewfinder for image composition and settings control.
  • Faster shutter: Has higher mechanical shutter speed (1/4000s vs 1/2000s) to freeze action.
  • Faster burst: Shoots at higher frequency (3 vs 2.5 flaps/sec) to capture the decisive moment.
  • More flexible: Makes it possible to change lenses and thus to use specialty optics.
  • Longer lasting: Gets more shots (500 versus 295) out of a single battery charge.
  • Better lighting: Features a hotshoe and can thus hold and trigger an external flash gun.
  • More heavily discounted: Has been around for much longer (launched in February 2014).

If the number of relative strengths (bullet points above) is taken as a guide, the T5 comes out slightly ahead of the SX620 (12 : 11 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 wildlife photographer will view the differences between cameras in a way that diverges from the perspective of a family photog, and a person interested in architecture has distinct needs from a sports shooter. Hence, the decision which camera is best and worth buying is often a very personal one.

SX620 11:12 T5

How about other alternatives? Do the specifications of the Canon SX620 and the Canon T5 place the cameras among the top in their class? Find out in the latest Best Superzoom Camera and Best DSLR Camera listings 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 incomplete and does no justice, for example, to the way the SX620 or the T5 perform in practice. User reviews that are available, for instance, at amazon can sometimes shed light on these issues, but such feedback is all too often partial, inconsistent, and inaccurate.

Expert reviews

This is why expert reviews are important. The adjacent summary-table relays the overall verdicts of several of the most popular camera review sites (amateurphotographer [AP], cameralabs [CL], digitalcameraworld [DCW], 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 
 DCW 
 score 
 DPR 
 score 
 EPZ 
 score 
 PB 
 score 
Camera
Launch
Launch
Price (USD)
Street
Price
1.
 
Canon SX620..........4/5 May 2016 279 i
2.
 
Canon T53/5+....4/54.5/5 Feb 2014 449i
3.
 
Canon T100..o3/5..3.5/53.5/5 Feb 2018 399 i
4.
 
Canon SX430........3.5/53.5/5 Jan 2017 299 i
5.
 
Canon G9 X Mark II4/5..4/575/1004.5/54.5/5 Jan 2017 529 i
6.
 
Canon SX730..+....4/54/5 Apr 2017 399i
7.
 
Canon T64/5o4/573/1004/54/5 Mar 2016 449i
8.
 
Canon SX420..........3/5 Jan 2016 299i
9.
 
Canon SX540............ Jan 2016 399 i
10.
 
Canon SX720..+....4/54.5/5 Feb 2016 379i
11.
 
Canon G9 X3.5/5+ +....4.5/54.5/5 Oct 2015 529i
12.
 
Canon SX410..o........ Feb 2015 279i
13.
 
Canon SX610........4/54/5 Jan 2015 249i
14.
 
Canon SX710..+....4/53.5/5 Jan 2015 349i
15.
 
Canon SL14/5+..78/1004/54/5 Mar 2013 549i
16.
 
Canon T5i......76/1004.5/54.5/5 Mar 2013 649i
17.
 
Canon T3..80/100..69/1004/54.5/5 Feb 2011 449i
Notes: (+ +) highly recommended; (+) recommended; (o) reviewed; (..) not available.

The review scores listed above should be treated with care, though. The ratings were established in reference to similarly priced cameras that were available in the market at the time of the review. A score, therefore, has to be seen in close connection to the price and market introduction time of the camera, and comparing ratings of very distinct cameras or ones that are far apart in terms of their release date have little meaning. Also, please note that some of the review sites have changed their methodology and reporting over time.

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Other camera comparisons

Did this review help to inform your camera decision process? If you would like to see a different side-by-side camera review, just make a corresponding selection in the search boxes below. As an alternative, you can also directly jump to any one of the listed comparisons that were previously generated by the CAM-parator tool.

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    Specifications: Canon SX620 vs Canon T5

    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 SX620 Canon T5
    Camera Type Fixed lens compact camera Digital single lens reflex
    Camera Lens 25-625mm f/3.2-6.6 Canon EF mount lenses
    Launch Date May 2016 February 2014
    Launch Price USD 279 USD 449
    Sensor Specs Canon SX620 Canon T5
    Sensor Technology BSI-CMOS BSI-CMOS
    Sensor Format 1/2.3" Sensor APS-C Sensor
    Sensor Size 6.17 x 4.55 mm 22.3 x 14.9 mm
    Sensor Area 28.0735 mm2 332.27 mm2
    Sensor Diagonal 7.7 mm 26.8 mm
    Crop Factor 5.6x 1.6x
    Sensor Resolution 20.2 Megapixels 17.9 Megapixels
    Image Resolution 5184 x 3888 pixels 5184 x 3456 pixels
    Pixel Pitch 1.18 μm 4.31 μm
    Pixel Density 71.80 MP/cm2 5.39 MP/cm2
    Moiré control no AA filter Anti-Alias filter
    Movie Capability 1080/30p Video 1080/30p Video
    ISO Setting 80 - 3,200 ISO 100 - 6,400 ISO
    ISO Boost no Enhancement 100 - 12,800 ISO
    Image Processor DIGIC 4+ DIGIC 4
    DXO Sensor Quality (score) .. 63
    DXO Color Depth (bits) .. 21.9
    DXO Dynamic Range (EV) .. 11.3
    DXO Low Light (ISO) .. 724
    Screen Specs Canon SX620 Canon T5
    Viewfinder Type no viewfinder Optical viewfinder
    Viewfinder Field of View 95%
    Viewfinder Magnification 0.50x
    LCD Framing Live View Live View
    Rear LCD Size 3.0inch 3.0inch
    LCD Resolution 922k dots 460k dots
    LCD Attachment Fixed screen Fixed screen
    Shooting Specs Canon SX620 Canon T5
    Focus System Contrast-detect AF Phase-detect AF
    Continuous Shooting 2.5 shutter flaps/s 3 shutter flaps/s
    Fill Flash Built-in Flash Built-in Flash
    Storage Medium SDXC cards SDXC cards
    Second Storage Option Single card slot Single card slot
    UHS card support no no
    Connectivity Specs Canon SX620 Canon T5
    External Flash no Hotshoe Hotshoe
    USB Connector USB 2.0 USB 2.0
    HDMI Port micro HDMI mini HDMI
    Wifi Support Wifi built-in no Wifi
    Near-Field Communication NFC built-in no NFC
    Body Specs Canon SX620 Canon T5
    Battery Type NB-13L LP-E10
    Battery Life (CIPA)295 shots per charge500 shots per charge
    Body Dimensions 97 x 57 x 28 mm
    (3.8 x 2.2 x 1.1 in)
    130 x 100 x 78 mm
    (5.1 x 3.9 x 3.1 in)
    Camera Weight 182 g (6.4 oz) 480 g (16.9 oz)
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