Canon PowerShot SX600 HS Compact Camera

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Key Features

  • 16MP 1/2.3" BSI-CMOS sensor
  • 25-450mm equivalent F3.8-F6.9 image stabilized lens (18x optical zoom)
  • 3" fixed LCD screen with 461,000 dots
  • ISO 100-3200
  • 1080/30 fps HD video (H.264)
  • Up to 3.9 FPS continuous shooting
  • Built-in WiFi and NFC, with GPS when connected to a compatible smartphone
  • SD/SDHC/SDXC card slot

Product Description

The PowerShot SX600 HS camera features a long-zoom range in a compact point-and-shoot camera body. Equivalent to 25-450mm, the SX600 HS camera’s powerful 18x optical zoom provides users with the high-quality optics the pocket-sized Canon PowerShot SX camera series is known for. The SX600 HS camera combines a 16-Megapixel CMOS sensor and Canon’s DIGIG 4+ Image Processor to create the Canon HS SYSTEM allowing for excellent low-light performance. It has built in Wi-Fi and NFC, and GPS capabilities when linked to a compatible smartphone.


Body type
Body type Compact
Max resolution 4608 x 3456
Other resolutions 3264 x 2448, 2048 x 1536, 640 x 480, 4608 x 2592, 3264 x 1832, 1920 x 1080, 640 x 360, 4608 x 3072, 3264 x 2176, 2048 x 1368, 640 x 424, 3456 x 3456, 2448 x 2448, 1536 x 1536, 480 x 480
Image ratio w:h 1:1, 4:3, 3:2, 16:9
Effective pixels 16 megapixels
Sensor size 1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm)
Sensor type BSI-CMOS
Processor DIGIC 4+
ISO Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200
White balance presets 5
Custom white balance Yes
Image stabilization Optical
Uncompressed format No
JPEG quality levels Superfine, Fine
Optics & Focus
Focal length (equiv.) 25–450 mm
Optical zoom 18×
Maximum aperture F3.8 - F6.9
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Multi-area
  • Center
  • Face Detection
Digital zoom Yes
Macro focus range 5 cm (1.97)
Number of focus points 9
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCD Fixed
Screen size 3
Screen dots 461,000
Touch screen No
Screen type PureColor II G (TFT)
Live view Yes
Viewfinder type None
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed 15 sec
Maximum shutter speed 1/2000 sec
Aperture priority No
Shutter priority No
Manual exposure mode No
Subject / scene modes Yes
Built-in flash Yes
Flash range 3.50 m (50 cm – 3.5 m (W) / 1.0 m – 2.0 m (T))
External flash Yes (Canon High Power Flash HF-DC2)
Flash modes Auto, Manual Flash On / Off, Slow Synchro
Continuous drive 4 fps
Self-timer Yes (2 or 10 sec, custom)
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
Exposure compensation ±2 (at 1/3 EV steps)
Videography features
Resolutions 1920 x 1280 (30fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Format H.264
Microphone Mono
Speaker Mono
Storage types SD/SDHC/SDXC
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Wireless Built-In
Wireless notes 802.11 b/g/n with NFC
Environmentally sealed No
Battery Battery Pack
Battery description Rechargeable Li-ion Battery NB-6LH
Battery Life (CIPA) 290
Weight (inc. batteries) 188 g (0.41 lb / 6.63 oz)
Dimensions 104 x 61 x 26 mm (4.09 x 2.4 x 1.02)
Other features
Orientation sensor Yes
GPS None
GPS notes via mobile (linked to compatible smartphone)

Questions & Answers


Help me choose a compact pocket camera for travel

I want a reliable and good quality camera to have in my pocket during my travels. My wife has a Sony RX100 but it's not really a pocket camera, you need to get its own pocket and we do miss a lot of shots as we don't always have it with us. I used to have a Canon 110 and while the image quality was nowhere near the Sony's I never missed a shot as it was always in my pocket whatever I wore. It died on me recently so I'm in the market for a new cam. I'm undecided between the Canon SX600, S120 and ELPH 330HS. Can you help me choose?

jpgalea asked
8 months ago


The one that has a decent zoom and wide angle can. Brian Continue Reading

brianj answered
8 months ago

It is a truly amazing camera. Especially when you consider the 10X zoom range and cost. Here's another quick sample. Just look at the detail, even at 100% magnification: The 330HS just simply embarrasses so many more expensive cameras, it's almost a shame. Continue Reading

Year77 answered
8 months ago

to put in your pocket ... and for IQ no camera acn beat the Sony RX100 ( 1 or 2) Continue Reading

papybenenuts answered
8 months ago
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