Canon SX600 HS

 
Canon PowerShot SX600 HS front
 
  • 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
  • Launched January 2014
  • Renewed by Canon SX610 HS
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  • Size Comparison
Portability
93
Imaging
42
Features
45
Overall
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Canon SX600 HS summary

Canon SX600 HS is Canon's Small Sensor Superzoom digital camera initially released on January of 2014. It has got a 16 MegaPixel, BSI-CMOS 1/2.3" sized sensor and has a max resolution of 4608 x 3456.

Canon released the fresher Canon SX610 HS (Read Full Comparison) to update this model.

The SX600 HS is ranked #95 out of 243 in Small Sensor Superzoom cameras and overall #574 out of 1428 for digital cameras in our collection. You should look at our Smart camera search to get camera rankings based on your custom criteria.

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Here is a diagram of multiple factors used in the rating system.

Canon SX600 HS history

The Canon SX600 HS comes with a history of related digital cameras. Down below, you can look at all older and latest models along with key features.

ModelVisualizeLensResolutionSensor SizeReleased
Canon-PowerShot-SX70-HS front thumbnailCanon SX70 HS
SX600 HS vs SX70 HS
21-1365mm
F3.4-6.5
20MP1/2.3"2018
Canon-PowerShot-SX740-HS front thumbnailCanon SX740 HS
SX600 HS vs SX740 HS
24-960mm
F3.3-6.9
21MP1/2.3"2018
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Canon-PowerShot-SX730-HS front thumbnailCanon SX730 HS
SX600 HS vs SX730 HS
24-960mm
F3.3-6.9
20.3MP1/2.3"2017
Canon-PowerShot-SX620-HS front thumbnailCanon SX620 HS
SX600 HS vs SX620 HS
25-625mm
F3.2-6.6
20MP1/2.3"2016
Canon-PowerShot-SX720-HS front thumbnailCanon SX720 HS
SX600 HS vs SX720 HS
24-960mm
F3.3-6.9
20.3MP1/2.3"2016
Canon-PowerShot-SX540-HS front thumbnailCanon SX540 HS
SX600 HS vs SX540 HS
24-1200mm
F3.4-6.5
20MP1/2.3"2016
400 Megapixel mode coming to Fujifilm GFX 100
Canon-PowerShot-SX420-IS front thumbnailCanon SX420 IS
SX600 HS vs SX420 IS
24-1008mm
F3.5-6.6
20MP1/2.3"2016
Canon-PowerShot-SX410-IS front thumbnailCanon SX410 IS
SX600 HS vs SX410 IS
24-960mm
F3.5-5.6
20MP1/2.3"2015
Canon-PowerShot-SX710-HS front thumbnailCanon SX710 HS
SX600 HS vs SX710 HS
25-750mm
F3.2-6.9
20MP1/2.3"2015
Canon-PowerShot-SX530-HS front thumbnailCanon SX530 HS
SX600 HS vs SX530 HS
24-1200mm
F3.4-6.5
16MP1/2.3"2015
Canon-PowerShot-SX610-HS front thumbnailCanon SX610 HS
SX600 HS vs SX610 HS
25-450mm
F3.8-6.9
20MP1/2.3"2015
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Canon-PowerShot-SX60-HS front thumbnailCanon SX60 HS
SX600 HS vs SX60 HS
21-1365mm
F3.4-6.5
16MP1/2.3"2014
Canon-PowerShot-SX400-IS front thumbnailCanon SX400 IS
SX600 HS vs SX400 IS
24-720mm
F3.4-5.8
16MP1/2.3"2014
Canon-PowerShot-SX520-HS front thumbnailCanon SX520 HS
SX600 HS vs SX520 HS
24-1008mm
F3.4-6.0
16MP1/2.3"2014
Canon-PowerShot-SX700-HS front thumbnailCanon SX700 HS
SX600 HS vs SX700 HS
25-750mm
F3.2-6.9
16MP1/2.3"2014
Canon-PowerShot-SX600-HS front thumbnailCanon SX600 HS25-450mm
F3.8-6.9
16MP1/2.3"2014
Canon-PowerShot-SX510-HS front thumbnailCanon SX510 HS
SX600 HS vs SX510 HS
24-720mm
F3.4-5.8
12MP1/2.3"2013
Canon-PowerShot-SX170-IS front thumbnailCanon SX170 IS
SX600 HS vs SX170 IS
28-448mm
F3.5-5.9
16MP1/2.3"2013
Canon-PowerShot-SX160-IS front thumbnailCanon SX160 IS
SX600 HS vs SX160 IS
28-448mm
F3.5-5.9
16MP1/2.3"2013
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Canon-PowerShot-SX270-HS front thumbnailCanon SX270 HS
SX600 HS vs SX270 HS
25-500mm
F3.5-6.8
12MP1/2.3"2013
Canon-PowerShot-SX280-HS front thumbnailCanon SX280 HS
SX600 HS vs SX280 HS
25-500mm
F3.5-6.8
12MP1/2.3"2013
Canon-PowerShot-SX50-HS front thumbnailCanon SX50 HS
SX600 HS vs SX50 HS
24-1200mm
F3.4-6.5
12MP1/2.3"2013
Canon-PowerShot-SX500-IS front thumbnailCanon SX500 IS
SX600 HS vs SX500 IS
24-720mm
F3.4-5.8
16MP1/2.3"2012
Canon-PowerShot-SX260-HS front thumbnailCanon SX260 HS
SX600 HS vs SX260 HS
25-500mm
F3.5-6.8
12MP1/2.3"2012
Canon-PowerShot-SX150-IS front thumbnailCanon SX150 IS
SX600 HS vs SX150 IS
28-336mm
F3.4-5.6
14MP1/2.3"2012
Canon-PowerShot-SX240-HS front thumbnailCanon SX240 HS
SX600 HS vs SX240 HS
25-500mm
F3.5-6.8
12MP1/2.3"2012
Canon-PowerShot-SX40-HS front thumbnailCanon SX40 HS
SX600 HS vs SX40 HS
24-840mm
F2.7-5.8
12MP1/2.3"2011
Canon-PowerShot-SX230-HS front thumbnailCanon SX230 HS
SX600 HS vs SX230 HS
28-392mm
F3.1-5.9
12MP1/2.3"2011
Canon-PowerShot-SD4500-IS front thumbnailCanon SD4500 IS
SX600 HS vs SD4500 IS
36-360mm
F3.4-5.6
10MP1/2.3"2011
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Canon-SX220-HS front thumbnailCanon SX220 HS
SX600 HS vs SX220 HS
28-392mm
F3.1-5.9
12MP1/2.3"2011
Canon-PowerShot-SX30-IS front thumbnailCanon SX30 IS
SX600 HS vs SX30 IS
24-840mm
F2.7-5.8
14MP1/2.3"2010
Canon-PowerShot-SX130-IS front thumbnailCanon SX130 IS
SX600 HS vs SX130 IS
28-336mm
F3.4-5.6
12MP1/2.3"2010
Canon-PowerShot-SD4000-IS front thumbnailCanon SD4000 IS
SX600 HS vs SD4000 IS
28-105mm
F2.0-5.3
10MP1/2.3"2010
Canon-PowerShot-SX20-IS front thumbnailCanon SX20 IS
SX600 HS vs SX20 IS
28-560mm
F2.8-5.7
12MP1/2.3"2010
Canon-PowerShot-SX210-IS front thumbnailCanon SX210 IS
SX600 HS vs SX210 IS
28-392mm
F3.1-5.9
14MP1/2.3"2010
Canon-PowerShot-SD3500-IS front thumbnailCanon SD3500 IS
SX600 HS vs SD3500 IS
24-120mm
F2.8-5.9
14MP1/2.3"2010
Canon-PowerShot-SD1300-IS front thumbnailCanon SD1300 IS
SX600 HS vs SD1300 IS
28-112mm
F2.8-5.9
12MP1/2.3"2010
Canon-PowerShot-SD980-IS front thumbnailCanon SD980 IS
SX600 HS vs SD980 IS
24-120mm
F2.8-5.9
12MP1/2.3"2009
Canon-PowerShot-SX200-IS front thumbnailCanon SX200 IS
SX600 HS vs SX200 IS
28-336mm
F3.4-5.3
12MP1/2.3"2009
Canon-PowerShot-SX1-IS front thumbnailCanon SX1 IS
SX600 HS vs SX1 IS
28-560mm
F2.8-5.7
10MP1/2.3"2009
Canon-PowerShot-SD970-IS front thumbnailCanon SD970 IS
SX600 HS vs SD970 IS
37-185mm
F3.2-5.7
12MP1/2.3"2009
Canon-PowerShot-SD960-IS front thumbnailCanon SD960 IS
SX600 HS vs SD960 IS
28-112mm
F2.8-5.8
12MP1/2.3"2009
Canon-PowerShot-SD1200-IS front thumbnailCanon SD1200 IS
SX600 HS vs SD1200 IS
35-105mm
F2.8-4.9
10MP1/2.3"2009
Canon-PowerShot-SX10-IS front thumbnailCanon SX10 IS
SX600 HS vs SX10 IS
28-560mm
F2.8-5.7
10MP1/2.3"2009

Canon SX600 HS Pros and Cons

Below is a checklist of pluses and minuses of the Canon SX600 HS based on criterias that are generally considered necessary in a digital camera.

comes with HDMI out
decent MP (16 megapixels)
great minimum ISO (100)
great reach (450mm)
great video quality (1920 x 1280 resolution)
great zoom range (25-450mm 18.0 x zoom)
has built in flash
has image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than average in class (188 grams)
NFC connection
offers face detect autofocus
really wide (25mm)
screen size is good (3")
you can focus manually
can't switch lenses (fixed lens mount)
has no phase detect autofocus
has no RAW files
lack of headphone support
lack of microphone support
lack of Timelapse function
low resolution screen (461 k dots)
manual mode not possible
max frames per second very slow (4.0 fps)
max zoom aperture not good (f6.9)
no aperture priority
no shutter priority
screen does not articulate
screen is not selfie friendly
small sensor (1/2.3")
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.8)
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Canon SX600 HS Sensor details

The Canon SX600 HS is run by the DIGIC 4+ processor. The dimension of the sensor on the Canon SX600 HS is 6.17mm x 4.55mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor has the ability to capture 4608 x 3456 pixels at aspect ratios of 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9. The camera boasts Image Stabilization (Optical). Optical stabilization is preferable than digital stabilization since the latter can easily produce cropping.

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The BSI-CMOS sensor boasts 16 megapixels and provides a standard ISO range of 100 to 3200. Sadly, RAW format is not saved which means that you have less room to maneuver in post.

The image below illustrates the SX600 HS's sensor dimensions when compared to other popular sizes. The SX600 HS sensor comes with a crop factor of 5.8 and is displayed in green.

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To get a sense of specific aspect ratios, you should refer to the graphic below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Canon SX600 HS dimensions

Canon SX600 HS weighs in at 0.41 lbs (188 gr or 6.63 ounces) and the sizing of the camera is 104mm x 61mm x 26mm (4.1" x 2.4" x 1.0"). The weight of typical Small Sensor Superzoom camera is 387 gr and the Canon SX600 HS is less heavy when compared with other rivals.

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Listed below is a photo of the Canon SX600 HS besides a soft drink to help you have a feel for its scale.

Canon PowerShot SX600 HS dimensions scale

The top view below will provide the button layout on the SX600 HS.

Canon PowerShot SX600 HS topview buttons dials

Canon SX600 HS Lens specs

The SX600 HS has a fixed lens providing a focal range of 25-450mm giving it a 18.0 x zoom which is outstanding and would make it easier to zoom right in.

At the widest 25mm, it will have an aperture of f3.8 which will be rather slow and not great in low light occasions and you might find it difficult to capture good bokeh. You will also need to increase the ISO resulting in noisy photos. At the tele end, 450mm is terrific zoom and comes at f6.9 making it quite sluggish and you may need to use slower shutter speeds.

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Canon SX600 HS Connectivity

The SX600 HS has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • Wireless Yes
  • NFC Yes
  • HDMI Yes

Digital cameras that feature NFC and / or Bluetooth compatibility can easily be used wirelessly via smartphones. You will be able to send files and oftentimes adjust camera settings with no need to connect straight to the camera.

A few applications even enable a Liveview and hit the shutter if you are not close to the camera. If the camera provides a HDMI out, it could be connected to an external display. Almost all cameras will allow you to charge the battery pack through the USB port.

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Canon SX600 HS Video specs

The max video resolution on the Canon SX600 HS is 1920 x 1280 and it can capture in H.264 file format. 1280p resolution can provide a good balance between video quality and file sizes but 1080p will not give you much room to downsample. The camera does not have a mic and / or headphone jack which means you have got no control over your sound. It is probably a better idea to take a look at an alternative camera should you need decent sound in your videos.

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Canon SX600 HS Weather Sealing

Canon SX600 HS does not include environment proofing so rainy conditions may damage the camera.

Canon SX600 HS Screen and Viewfinder

The Canon SX600 HS has got a 3" fixed screen boasting a resolution of 461k dots.

Please note that the screen offers no touch support.

Canon PowerShot SX600 HS screen and viewfinder 400 Megapixel mode coming to Fujifilm GFX 100

The View Finder details regarding Canon SX600 HS are as follows:

  • ViewFinder None

Viewfinders can be really helpful during bright outdoor situations which may make the camera screen washed out and hard to view.

Canon SX600 HS Shutter specs

Canon SX600 HS continuous shooting speed is 4.0 fps. The highest shutter speed is 1/2000 seconds.

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Canon SX600 HS Flash and Hot shoe specs

Canon SX600 HS boasts both integrated flash and external flash support.

Canon SX600 HS Autofocus specs

Canon SX600 HS boasts just Contrast Based AF and lacks Phase Detect AF. Phase Detection autofocusing is a lot more quicker and precise when compared with Contrast Based autofocusing. The camera has got Face detection which makes it valuable for people photography.

The Sensor has got 9 focus points to pick from. Canon SX600 HS has got manual focusing in case it is needed during low light or you want more accurate control on focusing.

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Canon SX600 HS Battery life

The battery pack (NB-6LH) in the Canon SX600 HS is designed to last for 290 photographs according to the CIPA measurements which is about the same as its competition. The usual Small Sensor Superzoom camera battery life is 316. Fujifilm HS35EXR features the maximum (600) battery life within this group of cameras.

Following is a number of Small Sensor Superzoom cameras which have the highest battery life:

Canon SX600 HS for specific forms of photography

The following bar chart indicates a summary of the Canon SX600 HS for specific forms of photography. To check out more, browse to the specific section below.

Canon SX600 HS Portrait photography factors

The Canon SX600 HS has a points tally of 45 which is subpar, meaning that it is not really suitable to use for portrait photography. Shooting portrait photos leans heavily to sensor specs, RAW support and potential to work with external lighting.

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you can focus manually
good resolution (16 megapixels)
has face detection autofocus
manual exposure not possible
small sensor size (1/2.3")
does not have RAW support

Canon SX600 HS Street photography factors

Coming in at a nice score of 63, the Canon SX600 HS is a very decent option to use in street photography. A very good street photography camera provides a fine balance of image quality and portability.

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built in image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than competitors in class (188 grams)
no articulating screen
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
has no RAW format

Canon SX600 HS Sports photography advice

A subpar sports photography points total of 42 indicates the Canon SX600 HS is not really suitable for taking pictures of sports. A camera needs to have very good autofocus plus fast continuous shooting for sports photography.

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incredible zoom range (25-450mm 18.0 x zoom)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
good megapixels (16MP)
low fps (4.0 frames/s)
lack of shutter priority mode
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
doesn't have phase detect auto focus

Canon SX600 HS Travel photography highlights

Weight is very important in picking a camera for travel. In general, the Canon SX600 HS gets a nice 70 for a travel camera which makes it a very decent choice to purchase for your vacations.

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lighter than competition (188g)
MP count decent (16 megapixels)
flash built-in
really wide (25mm)
very long zoom (450mm)
lack of Time Lapse mode
screen isn't selfie friendly
sluggish max aperture (f3.8)

Landscape photography with Canon SX600 HS

For anyone who is looking to choose a digital camera for landscape pictures, the most vital factor will be image quality. The Canon SX600 HS with it's average rating of 48 for a landscape camera is fairly adequate in the current marketplace.

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focusing manually
rather wide (25mm)
screen is a decent size (3 inches)
image stabilization (Optical)
decent megapixels (16 megapixels)
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.8)
lack of manual mode
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
lack of RAW format
lack of Time Lapse function

Canon SX600 HS Vlogging details

A vlogging camera should have a moving screen, microphone port and ideally IBIS. Taking all things into account, the Canon SX600 HS is not really suitable as a vlog camera as it receives a subpar rating of 35.

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reasonably wide (25mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
includes face detection focus
high res video (1920 x 1280 resolution)
lighter than competition (188g)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.8)
screen is not selfie friendly
missing external microphone port

Canon SX600 HS Alternatives

If you are trying to find replacements to the SX600 HS, here is a collection of the highest ranked cameras that fall into the category of Small Sensor Superzoom.

The diagram down below provides you a summary of the SX600 HS vs it's top scored rivals shown previously.

There are a bunch of cameras you may look at as alternate options. To browse through a extensive comparison, visit the "compare" link.

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Specifications

General Information
Make
Canon
Model type
Canon PowerShot SX600 HS
Category
Small Sensor Superzoom
Launched
2014-01-06
Physical type
Compact
Sensor Information
Sensor type
BSI-CMOS
Processor Chip
DIGIC 4+
Sensor size
1/2.3"
Sensor measurements
6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor surface area
28.1mm²
Sensor resolution
16 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio
1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Highest Possible resolution
4608 x 3456
RAW images
Maximum native ISO
3200
Minimum native ISO
100
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
Touch to focus
AF continuous
Single AF
Tracking AF
AF selectice
Center weighted AF
Multi area AF
Live view AF
Face detection focusing
Contract detection focusing
Phase detection focusing
Total focus points
9
Lens
Lens support
fixed lens
Lens zoom range
25-450mm (18.0x)
Highest aperture
f/3.8-6.9
Macro focusing range
5cm
Crop factor
5.8
Screen
Screen type
Fixed Type
Screen sizing
3"
Screen resolution
461k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch operation
Screen tech
PureColor II G (TFT)
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type
None
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating
not tested
DXO Color Depth rating
not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating
not tested
DXO Low light rating
not tested
Features
Min shutter speed
15 secs
Max shutter speed
1/2000 secs
Continuous shutter rate
4.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash distance
3.50 m (50 cm � 3.5 m (W) / 1.0 m � 2.0 m (T))
Flash options
Auto, Manual Flash On / Off, Slow Synchro
External flash
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Supported video resolutions
1920 x 1280 (30fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Maximum video resolution
1920x1280
Video file format
H.264
Microphone support
Headphone support
Connectivity
Wireless
Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS
None
Physical
Environment sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight
188 grams (0.41 lbs)
Dimensions
104 x 61 x 26mm (4.1" x 2.4" x 1.0")
Other
Battery life
290 photos
Form of battery
Battery Pack
Battery ID
NB-6LH
Self timer
Yes (2 or 10 sec, custom)
Time lapse feature
Storage type
SD/SDHC/SDXC
Card slots
1
Price at release
$249