Canon PowerShot SX600 HS: Easy Sharing gets a Boost
Reliable cameras aren’t those heavy DSLRs or even the CSCs which render functionality at a higher price range. Often the user looks to expand the repertoire just beyond the petty smartphone without investing too much on the high-end options. Canon does bring in the PowerShot SX600 HS which is more of an extension to all your smartphone inclined camera needs which is readily supported by the 18X optical zooming prowess. This camera is very capable of shelling out vibrant and enthralling pictures while keeping the affordability intact.
Pros: This camera looks to skim out every single detail with the 18X optical zoom whereas the Wi-Fi and NFC support do spice up the social sharing requirements.
Cons: The Touchscreen has been given a miss whereas this utilitarian gadget also lacks the all-important Creative Mode and associated controllers.
Here is the PowerShot SX600 HS which is more of an oddball as per Canon’s range of advanced cameras. This is certainly pocket-friendly and does provide a few if not many advanced options while shooting.
Pictures are mostly on the similar lines with the costlier predecessor as the PowerShot SX600 HS doesn’t compromise on the image quality and detailing. Pixel peepers may not feel that comforting as the device lacks the clarity at full resolution and enlarging the snaps over 50 percent can lead to the blurs and distortions. Lowest ISO at 100 and below aren’t noise inclusive while appearing to be clean and free of aberrations. A perfect balance is evident between noise and ISO levels with the softness creeping in only at higher levels corresponding to ISO 1600 and beyond. Lens comes out slowly and the maximum aperture happens to be narrower than expected. This results in the correct exposure even when the conditions are at their brightest. Blurs are avoided as the shutter speed can be regulated depending upon the preferences. Low-light conditions can bring in a few grainy images whereas the video quality is certainly exceptional. While the noise often persists, the daylight shooting norms offer the 1080p clarity and can be shot at 30fps. The best part however remains to the zoom compatibility with the video captures whereas the motor noise can be a tad uncomfortable.
There is no way we can categorize this gadget as a fast and snazzy camera as it takes a while to power on and shoot. Set at 1.7 seconds this camera also showcases a time-bound lag of 1.1 seconds as well. If the user is looking to add flash to the platter, the overall lag can easily go up to 3 seconds, which is largely on the slower side. Shutter lag isn’t anything sizeable but certainly visible at 0.2 second for daylight and 0.4 second at the dim-light conditions. One might also look at the continuous shooting performance which is allotted at a sizeable 4fps for the full resolution and 10.5fps at a highly reduced 4MP. Focusing may go a bit awry as the points aren’t perfectly inclined. Auto shooting picks up the autofocus in a much better way without overriding on them.
The design cues do look trendy while resembling the usefulness and structure of an Elph. The PowerShot SX600 HS looks sleek and extremely streamlined while transpiring the Auto mode at its fullest. Direct access tabs seem to miss out whereas the shooting mode dial is done away with. The 3 position switch is the only wheel or pad associated with this gadget and can control the way images look and come out as the final draft. What comes in as a surprise is the Device Connect button meant for actuating sync between the camera and smartphone. Single touch Wi-Fi activator is present besides the plethora of applications dedicated to the gadget. One might also geo-tag the images whereas the GPS functionality of the smartphone can be used when synced. One might also use the smartphone as the remote viewfinder whereas the shutter speed and release can also be controlled using the same. NFC support is also included which allows the user to work at the Google Play store and download the CameraWindow application. Be it the varied white balancing modes in Custom, Auto and more, this gadget has everything sorted out to play with the basics. Be it the tracking or center AF modes, the PowerShot SX600 HS regulates each of these while including recording modes and color effects at their fullest.
This happens to be more of a leisure camera which provides quite a lot to the Snapshooters in terms of flexibility and affordability. Be it the BSI-CMOS optical sensor or the 16MP resolution, this camera is kind of thick at the specs department with the Advanced Dynamic and Intelligent IS mode lending the optical stability to the images besides the manageable sensor size.
Canon PowerShot SX600 Rivals:
Canon PowerShot SX700
Canon PowerShot SX280
Nikon Coolpix L830
Nikon Coolpix L820
At the time of writing this article, the best available price for Canon PowerShot SX600 HS in India is Rs.9894/-. The price will be updated regularly in this page.