Canon PowerShot SX600 HS review

A reliable 18x zoom travel compact with a range of useful functions

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Image smoothing

The SX600HS is capable of reproducing detail, but if you check the image at 100%, you can see that areas of the image suffer from image smoothing and a painterly effect, something which is not uncommon for compact cameras at this price point.


Colours straight from the camera are bright and punchy, with pleasingly warm, but not inaccurate, tones. Click here to see the full resolution image.

Metering system

The camera's metering system generally does a good job of producing well-balanced exposures. Click here to see the full resolution image.

Depth of field

It's possible to get shallow depth of field effects, even though the maximum aperture of the camera's lens is f/3.8, but the background has to be pretty distant and the focus point close. Click here to view the full resolution image.


Use macro focusing to get closer to subjects, but be aware that sometimes a false positive is shown and you may need to check focus has been acquired. Click here to view the full resolution image.

Automatic white balance

The camera's automatic white balance system copes well with artificial lights to produce accurate colours. Click here to view the full resolution image.

Creative Mode

Using the camera's Creative Mode can throw up some interesting results, but you don't have control over what the camera will choose – instead it will randomly pick five different effects for you to choose from. It's a fun mode, if a little frustrating that you can't pick and choose your favourite filters. Click here to view the full resolution image.


At high sensitivities, such as ISO 1000 as shown here, then you will see noise and smoothing when examining the image at 100%. It's not too bad at normal printing and web sizes, and if you can't use the flash, is better than not being able to get the shot at all. Click here to view the full resolution image.

Digital filters

There are a number of digital filters which can be applied in Program Auto mode, as follows.

Fish Eye
Fish Eye

Toy Camera
Toy Camera

Toy Camera Warm
Toy Camera (Warm)

Toy Camera Cool
Toy Camera (Cool)

Monochrome B W
Monochrome (B/W)

Monochrome Sepia
Monochrome (Sepia)

Monochrome Blue
Monochrome (Blue)

Super Vivid

Poster Effect
Poster Effect

Tech Specs

Product TypeCompact Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Green CompliantYes
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
Wireless LANYes
Effective Camera Resolution16 Megapixel
Wide AngleYes
Product FamilyPowerShot
HD Movie ModeYes
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card
Image StabilizationOptical
Optical Zoom18x
Digital Zoom4x
Brand NameCanon
FeaturesContinuous Shooting Mode, Live View, Orientation Sensor, Face Detection, Smile Detection, Wink Detection, Near Field Communication (NFC)
Screen Size7.6 cm (3")
Video FormatsMPEG-4 AVC, H.264, MP4
Viewfinder TypeNo
Weight (Approximate)188 g
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityWEEE, REACH, RoHS
Image Sensor Size1/2.3" (6.16 mm x 4.62 mm)
Maximum Image Resolution4608 x 3456
Display Screen TypeLCD
Height61 mm
Width103.8 mm
Depth26 mm
Focal Length4.50 mm to 81 mm
Image FormatsJPEG
External FlashOptional
Focus ModesAuto
ManufacturerCanon, Inc
Product ModelSX600 HS
Product NamePowerShot SX600 HS Compact Camera
Product LinePowerShot
Exposure ControlProgram AE
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part Number9341B012AA
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing InformationCanon PowerShot SX600 HS
Capture every detail of the moments that matter

With a powerful 18x zoom in a slim, pocketable design, the PowerShot SX600 HS comes packed with all the features you'll need for capturing high quality photos and videos while Wi-Fi lets you easily share them online.

Package Contents
  • PowerShot SX600 HS Compact Camera
  • User Manual Kit
  • Battery Pack NB-6LH
  • Battery Charger CB-2LYE
  • Wrist Strap WS-800
  • AC Cable
Limited Warranty1 Year