Canon PowerShot SX600 HS Review: Petite And Powerful

It isn’t unusual for us people to ask for slightly extra. Shopping for coriander? Ask the grocery store to place some extra within the bunch. At a discount retailer choosing up one thing low cost? Ask the shopkeeper to present you a much bigger low cost. Bargaining isn’t just an Indian phenomenon however one thing appears to come back naturally to all people.

Canon may need developed the PowerShot SX600 HS with this perspective in thoughts, because it provides slightly extra of the whole lot in comparison with different point-and-shoot cameras: better optical zoom and compactness.

The PowerShot SX600 HS, which we now have with us for evaluate, comes with an 18x optical zoom lens in a reasonably small physique. We put it via its paces to determine if it the pictures it takes look nearly as good because the digicam itself does.

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PowerShot SX600 HS Design

Encased in a shiny plastic physique, the Canon PowerShot SX600 HS is enjoyable to the attention. It’s virtually unnatural that Canon managed to cram an 18x optical zoom lens into such a small digicam, contemplating its dimensions of 103.eight x 61.zero x 26.0mm. The SX600 HS may even slot in a good denims pocket with ease. Weighing in at 188 grams, together with the battery and reminiscence card, it’s fairly gentle too. We obtained the pink variant for evaluate, however the PowerShot SX600 HS can be obtainable in black and silver.

The entrance of the digicam is dominated by the lens and there’s a microphone as properly. An angular ridge with a rubberised strip sits beside the lens and helps you retain your grip on the digicam whenever you’re utilizing it with just one hand. The highest edge has the shutter button launch with a zoom ring round it, the ability button, a speaker and pop-up flash that sits flush with the physique. The left edge has the set off, which can be utilized to lift the flash. The holes for the lanyard loop, and the A/V out and micro-HDMI ports are on the fitting edge. The slots for battery and reminiscence card, and the tripod socket are on the underside.

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A big Three-inch display takes up many of the house on the again. To its proper are the varied perform buttons. A mode change within the higher proper nook cycles between hybrid auto, inventive shot and auto modes. Beneath it are the playback and video report buttons. There’s a four-way navigation pad which doubles up as shortcuts to the flash, show, macro mode, publicity and Wi-Fi settings. There’s a menu button under the pad, and a devoted button to hook up with cellular units.

The digicam on the entire is properly constructed save for just a few small buttons which have been uncomfortable to make use of. Nonetheless, it absolutely is not powerful sufficient to face up to falls.

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PowerShot SX600 HS Options and Specification

Canon’s proprietary Digic four+ imaging processor, additionally discovered on the upper finish G1 X Mark II, is current within the PowerShot SX600 HS. The digicam has a half.Three-inch CMOS sensor. It additionally has 18x optical zoom with a focal size of four.5mm (Huge) to 81mm (Telephoto). Nonetheless, the aperture tops out at f/Three.eight on the widest finish. There’s a ZoomPlus mode that permits customers to stretch so far as 36x. That is simply an enhanced model of the common digital zoom trick that makes the software program work to course of the pictures.

The lens can get as shut as 1cm to a topic in macro mode, which is nice on paper. The digicam has lens-shift sort picture stabilization. It has an ISO vary of 100 to 3200 in 1-step increments. There are a ton of modes that one can play with, together with Hybrid Auto, Artistic Shot, Auto, Program, Portrait, SmartShutter, Excessive-speed Burst, Handheld NightScene, Low Gentle, Fish-eye Impact, Miniature Impact, Toy, Digital camera Impact, Monochrome, Tremendous Vivid, Poster Impact, Snow, Fireworks and Lengthy Shutter.

Notice that it’s the Program mode which permits probably the most flexibility with respect to selecting ISO settings, altering the publicity ranges or taking part in with the metering modes. There isn’t any absolutely handbook mode, so this digicam is certainly not for skilled photographers.

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The three-inch display has roughly 461,000 pixel dots, which isn’t too sharp. Nonetheless, the display makes up for its low decision with vivid, correct colors and good daylight legibility.

 

PowerShot SX600 HS Efficiency

The Canon PowerShot SX600 HS’s interface is straightforward to navigate however crucial mode, the Program mode, is buried beneath two ranges of navigation. Then again, the animations are clean. The digicam has built-in Wi-Fi so you may pair it with a wise system to take pictures and evaluate them remotely. We tried it with an iPhone and it labored flawlessly.

The battery is rated to ship 290 photographs in high-performance mode however we present in our testing that went down from 40 % to zero after taking solely 75 photographs, which isn’t good in comparison with the competitors.

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In our daylight assessments, the digicam managed to seize nice particulars. Colors have been pure, which is not shocking contemplating Canon’s heat tones are all the time pleasing. The 18x optical zoom is a giant benefit, though you may should have a gradual hand whereas zooming in all the best way, or photos will come out blurry most of the time. Whereas element is clear when seen on display, we did discover some smoothing and slightly noise when reviewing pictures at full measurement. This could be a problem for customers who wish to print blown-up photos. Our extra stringent ISO/noise check revealed that the digicam captures respectable photos until IS0 800, which is nice sufficient for many conditions. The captured 1080p video performs easily with none display tearing.

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In low gentle, the digicam does a good job however it isn’t nice. We discovered plenty of noise in our check photographs. Although in macro mode the digicam can go as shut as 1cm to a topic, we discovered that it could not focus correctly at this distance, which was barely disappointing. The flash, alternatively, is somewhat highly effective however casts a really synthetic gentle, so we propose utilizing it solely when completely vital.

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Verdict
Priced at Rs. 15,995 (with a barely decrease avenue worth), the Canon PowerShot SX600 HS makes up for the lack of ruggedness with a compact design and lengthy zoom lens. We expect it’s a nice digital digicam.

tips: Canon EOS 700D review

If the requirement is a rugged digicam we propose looking on the Nikon Coolpix AW120. The Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ25 is one other good possibility with 16x zoom in an identical compact physique.

Professionals

  • Compact physique
  • 18x optical zoom
  • Heat, pure color copy

Cons

  • Common low-light efficiency
  • Small buttons

 

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