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Canon SX600 HS vs Nikon AW120

Portability
93
Imaging
40
Features
45
Overall
42
Canon PowerShot SX600 HS front
 
Nikon Coolpix AW120 front
Portability
92
Imaging
40
Features
45
Overall
42

Canon SX600 HS vs Nikon AW120 Key Specs

Canon SX600 HS
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1280 video
  • 25-450mm (F3.8-6.9) lens
  • 188g - 104 x 61 x 26mm
  • Introduced January 2014
  • Replacement is Canon SX610 HS
Nikon AW120
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 125 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 24-120mm (F2.8-4.9) lens
  • 213g - 110 x 66 x 26mm
  • Introduced February 2014
  • Previous Model is Nikon AW110
  • New Model is Nikon AW130
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Canon SX600 HS vs Nikon AW120 Overview

In this article, we will be analyzing the Canon SX600 HS versus Nikon AW120, one is a Small Sensor Superzoom and the latter is a Waterproof by competitors Canon and Nikon. The image resolution of the SX600 HS (16MP) and the AW120 (16MP) is pretty close and they possess the same exact sensor sizing (1/2.3").

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The SX600 HS was revealed about the same time to the AW120 so they are of a similar generation. Both of these cameras offer the identical body type (Compact).

Before delving through a step-by-step comparison, below is a concise summary of how the SX600 HS matches up vs the AW120 in regards to portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Canon SX600 HS over the Nikon AW120

 SX600 HS AW120 
Focus manually Very exact focus

Reasons to pick Nikon AW120 over the Canon SX600 HS

 AW120 SX600 HS 
Screen resolution921k461kClearer screen (+460k dot)

Common features in the Canon SX600 HS and Nikon AW120

 SX600 HS AW120 
IntroducedJanuary 2014February 2014Same generation
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Screen sizing3"3"Equivalent screen measurement
Selfie screen Neither offers selfie screen
Touch screen Neither offers Touch screen

Canon SX600 HS vs Nikon AW120 Physical Comparison

In case you're intending to travel with your camera, you have to take into account its weight and size. The Canon SX600 HS offers external measurements of 104mm x 61mm x 26mm (4.1" x 2.4" x 1.0") having a weight of 188 grams (0.41 lbs) and the Nikon AW120 has specifications of 110mm x 66mm x 26mm (4.3" x 2.6" x 1.0") with a weight of 213 grams (0.47 lbs).

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Do not forget, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will vary based on the lens you are utilising during that time. The following is the front view measurement comparison of the SX600 HS compared to the AW120.

Canon SX600 HS vs Nikon AW120 size comparison

Factoring in size and weight, the portability score of the SX600 HS and AW120 is 93 and 92 respectively.

Canon SX600 HS vs Nikon AW120 top view buttons comparison

Canon SX600 HS vs Nikon AW120 Sensor Comparison

Often, it can be tough to visualise the gap in sensor dimensions simply by looking through technical specs. The pic underneath may give you a greater sense of the sensor measurements in the SX600 HS and AW120.

As you have seen, both of the cameras enjoy the same exact sensor sizing and the exact same MP so you should expect comparable quality of images although you have to factor the production date of the cameras into account.

Canon SX600 HS vs Nikon AW120 sensor size comparison

Canon SX600 HS vs Nikon AW120 Screen and ViewFinder

Canon SX600 HS vs Nikon AW120 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Canon SX600 HS as a Portrait photography camera
Nikon AW120 as a Portrait photography camera
44
focusing manually
MP count decent (16 megapixels)
comes with face detect autofocus
no manual mode
very small sensor (1/2.3")
no RAW format
35
megapixel count decent (16 megapixels)
supports face detection focus
no manual focus
lack of manual mode
external flash not possible
small sensor (1/2.3")
does not have RAW support
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Street Comparison

Canon SX600 HS Street photography advice
Nikon AW120 Street photography advice
62
image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than competition in class (188 grams)
fixed screen
very small sensor (1/2.3")
no RAW format
62
image stabilization (Optical)
environment proof
screen does not articulate
small sensor (1/2.3")
does not have RAW support
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Sports Comparison

Canon SX600 HS as a Sports photography camera
Nikon AW120 as a Sports photography camera
41
excellent zoom range (25-450mm 18.0 x zoom)
image stabilization (Optical)
MP count decent (16 megapixels)
max fps very slow (4.0 fps)
no shutter priority
very small sensor (1/2.3")
no phase detect autofocus
51
image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count decent (16 megapixels)
supports tracking autofocus
environment proof
good battery power (350 per charge)
no shutter priority
small sensor (1/2.3")
does not have phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Canon SX600 HS
Travel photography with Nikon AW120
70
lighter than competition in class (188g)
MP count decent (16 megapixels)
has built in flash
really wide (25mm)
long reach (450mm)
no Time Lapse function
does not posses selfie friendly screen
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.8)
69
good battery power (350 CIPA)
environment proof
megapixel count decent (16 megapixels)
built-in flash
really wide (24mm)
no Time Lapse function
screen isn't selfie friendly
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
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Landscape Comparison

Canon SX600 HS as a Landscape photography camera
Nikon AW120 as a Landscape photography camera
48
focusing manually
really wide (25mm)
nice screen size (3 inch)
image stabilization (Optical)
MP count decent (16MP)
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.8)
no manual mode
very small sensor (1/2.3")
no RAW format
no Time Lapse function
48
really wide (24mm)
nice screen size (3 inch)
image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count decent (16 megapixels)
environment proof
good battery power (350 shots)
no manual focus
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
lack of manual mode
small sensor (1/2.3")
does not have RAW support
no Time Lapse function
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Vlogging Comparison

Canon SX600 HS as a Vlogging camera
Nikon AW120 as a Vlogging camera
35
really wide (25mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
comes with face detect autofocus
great video quality (1920 x 1280 pxls)
lighter than competition in class (188g)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.8)
does not posses selfie friendly screen
no mic socket
33
really wide (24mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
supports face detection focus
video res high (1920 x 1080 resolution)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
screen isn't selfie friendly
no external mic support
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Canon SX600 HS vs Nikon AW120 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Canon SX600 HS and Nikon AW120
 Canon PowerShot SX600 HSNikon Coolpix AW120
General Information
Brand Canon Nikon
Model Canon PowerShot SX600 HS Nikon Coolpix AW120
Category Small Sensor Superzoom Waterproof
Introduced 2014-01-06 2014-02-07
Physical type Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Chip DIGIC 4+ -
Sensor type BSI-CMOS CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions 6.17 x 4.55mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor area 28.1mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 16 megapixels 16 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 -
Maximum resolution 4608 x 3456 4608 x 3456
Maximum native ISO 3200 6400
Min native ISO 100 125
RAW images
Autofocusing
Manual focus
Autofocus touch
Continuous autofocus
Autofocus single
Tracking autofocus
Selective autofocus
Autofocus center weighted
Autofocus multi area
Autofocus live view
Face detection focus
Contract detection focus
Phase detection focus
Number of focus points 9 -
Cross focus points - -
Lens
Lens mount fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 25-450mm (18.0x) 24-120mm (5.0x)
Max aperture f/3.8-6.9 f/2.8-4.9
Macro focus range 5cm 1cm
Focal length multiplier 5.8 5.8
Screen
Type of screen Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen sizing 3" 3"
Screen resolution 461 thousand dots 921 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch friendly
Screen technology PureColor II G (TFT) OLED monitor
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None None
Features
Lowest shutter speed 15s 4s
Highest shutter speed 1/2000s 1/4000s
Continuous shooting rate 4.0 frames/s 7.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range 3.50 m (50 cm � 3.5 m (W) / 1.0 m � 2.0 m (T)) 5.20 m
Flash modes Auto, Manual Flash On / Off, Slow Synchro -
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1920 x 1280 (30fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps) 1920 x 1080
Maximum video resolution 1920x1280 1920x1080
Video data format H.264 MPEG-4, H.264
Mic support
Headphone support
Connectivity
Wireless Built-In Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None BuiltIn
Physical
Environmental sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 188 gr (0.41 lbs) 213 gr (0.47 lbs)
Dimensions 104 x 61 x 26mm (4.1" x 2.4" x 1.0") 110 x 66 x 26mm (4.3" x 2.6" x 1.0")
DXO scores
DXO All around score not tested not tested
DXO Color Depth score not tested not tested
DXO Dynamic range score not tested not tested
DXO Low light score not tested not tested
Other
Battery life 290 pictures 350 pictures
Style of battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery model NB-6LH EN-EL12
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec, custom) -
Time lapse shooting
Storage type SD/SDHC/SDXC SD / SDHC/SDXC
Card slots One One
Cost at launch $249 $350