• 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 16.0 megapixels
  • 25.00mm - 450.00mm (35mm eq.)
Canon SX600 HS Review
  • 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 16.0 megapixels
  • 25.00mm - 750.00mm (35mm eq.)
Nikon S9700 Review

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Differences

Canon SX600 HS advantages over Nikon S9700

  • Less expensive
    $179 vs $280
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Manual focus
    Yes vs No
    AF is for the weak. Real photographers focus manually.
  • Thinner
    26 mm vs 34 mm
    Thinner
  • Longer exposure
    15 vs 8 sec
    Long exposures for night shots

Nikon S9700 advantages over Canon SX600 HS

  • More lens zoom
    30.0x vs 18.0x
    Zooming is easier than walking
  • In-camera panoramas
    Yes vs No
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Built-in GPS
    GPS vs None
    Geotag your photos
  • Shoots 60p video
    Yes vs No
    A faster framerate can give you more editing options
  • More dots on screen
    921k vs 461k dots
    Can mean greater resolution or a brighter screen
  • Slow-motion videos
    Yes vs No
    Shoot slow-motion videos
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    6.9 fps vs 3.9 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Higher extended ISO
    6400 vs 3200 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility
  • Faster shutter
    1/4000 vs 1/2000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Both provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Both provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use an external screen to monitor or review video
  • Internal flash
    Both provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash

Common Weaknesses

  • Focus peaking
    Neither provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • Tiltable Screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • RAW file ability
    Neither provide
    Gives you more flexibility to develop your photos later
  • Touchscreen
    Neither provide
    Select your focus point more intuitively.
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Neither provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Neither provide
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • External Mic Jack
    Neither provide
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Integrated ND filter
    Neither provide
    Shoot in daylight with a large aperture or slow shutter
  • Hot shoe
    Neither provide
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Bulb shutter
    Neither provide
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures

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The Competition

Compared to Canon 340 HS

Canon SX600 HS
Canon 340 HS
  • $224
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More lens zoom
  • $189
  • 1/2.3 inch
Nikon S9700
Canon 340 HS
  • $289
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More lens zoom
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $189
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Manual focus

Compared to Sony WX350

Canon SX600 HS
Sony WX350
  • $224
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Manual focus
  • $253
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Longer stills battery life
  • Shoots 60p video
Nikon S9700
Sony WX350
  • $289
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More lens zoom
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $253
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Longer stills battery life
  • Thinner

Compared to Canon SX610 HS

Canon SX600 HS
Canon SX610 HS
  • $224
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • $202
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More dots on screen
  • More pixels
Nikon S9700
Canon SX610 HS
  • $289
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More lens zoom
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $202
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Manual focus

Compared to Nikon S9900

Canon SX600 HS
Nikon S9900
  • $224
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Manual focus
  • $282
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • More lens zoom
Nikon S9700
Nikon S9900
  • $289
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Slower slow-motion
  • Shoots 60p video
  • $282
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Newer

Compared to Sony WX500

Canon SX600 HS
Sony WX500
  • $224
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Manual focus
  • $294
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More lens zoom
  • Tiltable Screen
Nikon S9700
Sony WX500
  • $289
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Built-in GPS
  • Slow-motion videos
  • $294
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Longer stills battery life
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