Review posted for Canon PowerShot SD600|
(Thursday, June 22, 2006 - 09:59 EDT)
While the design of the new SD600 probably won't turn a lot of heads, some of its new imaging attributes are certainly worth a second look.
In particular, the SD600's ability to shoot relatively low-noise images at ISO 800 is a huge plus for anyone who hates shooting with a flash. In addition to selectable ISOs on the SD600 -- which include ISO 80, 100, 200, 400 and 800 -- there are also two automatic settings, ISO AUTO and ISO HI.
The SD600's top-line specs are pretty standard for its class, including a 6-megapixel CCD sensor, a 2.5-inch LCD and 3x optical zoom. Tried and true Canon technology like the DIGIC II image processor and 9-point AiAF still help make this compact camera one of the fastest in its class.
We did have a little trouble with the lens in this camera, which might be an anomaly, but it just didn't seem as sharp as other Canon offerings, past or present. If you want a larger screen and a slightly snazzier design, go with the Canon SD630 which is just $50 more. But if you just want a solid, all-around compact camera with truly impressive low-light performance at high ISOs -- and don't want to part with an optical viewfinder -- the SD600 is a good choice..