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Canon PowerShot SD600
Canon PowerShot SD600

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Canon PowerShot SD600

Editor's Review

A teeny tiny ultracompact from Canon, the SD600 has a lot to offer in spite of its small stature. While its 2.5 inch LCD screen may not be as big as its nearly-identical twin the SD630, he Canon SD600 isn't sweating the details. It's still got a hefty 6 megapixel sensor and high ISO capabilities. In an attractive two tone black and silver finish, the SD600 is dressed for success.


  • 6 megapixels
  • 3x optical zoom / 4x digital zoom
  • auto focus
  • auto and manual exposure
  • JPEG file format
  • ISO 80-800 (High ISO auto)
  • movie mode w/sound
  • lithium ion battery
  • 2.5 inch LCD
  • SD card storage (16MB included)
  • Release Date: Feb 24, 2006

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Canon PowerShot SD600 Reviews

Canon PowerShot SD600 Reviews by Digital Camera-HQ Users

  • 5.0 out of 5
great camera (Roccomur55 — 09/11/2009)

This is a fabulous camera. Everyone that sees my pictures marvels at how fantastic they are. The zoom is awesome. I have had pictures enlarged to 16x20 and the resolution is great.
This is a great camera.
I do hear a little crunching when the shutter closes so I will not be surprised if it malfunctions soon, but for 2years I have taken THOUSANDS of beautiful pictures...

  • 1.0 out of 5
canon powershot (coolest eva — 08/20/2009)

This camera is the worst camera ever, it feels like a brick. The stupid lense error crap happened not even 2 months after I got it. I took great care of it. Now, the stupid lense error restart camera is popping up again and now I want to throw it across the room. Perfect timing when I'm on vacation.

  • 3.0 out of 5
Canon SD600 (Pam — 07/12/2009)

It takes good pictures outdoors but forget about indoor pictures. I put my red eye reduction on and it never fails that everyone in the pictures has red eyes. I have even tried NOT using the red eye reduction and nothing changes. Not really happy with it. if it isn't red eyes I get, then it is blurred (indoor shots). I don't know if I am doing something wrong, or if it is the camera. Not happy with it.

  • 3.0 out of 5
Card Lock is on and i can not take pictures (Doug Walker — 02/17/2009)

I have tried finding a switch on the 512 Mg card but can not
how to i correct

  • 1.0 out of 5
Stopped working (Bob — 02/08/2009)

After owning this camera for two years, it just stopped working. It was not dropped or mishandled in any way. I even took it apart to see if anything had come loose inside, it hadn't. After reading other reviews, it looks like this is a common problem. I am very disapointed with this camera. Loved it while it was working, despise it when it won't.

  • 5.0 out of 5
I love this camera!!!! (Hannah — 03/13/2008)

I love this camera! It works really good and takes great pictures! Mine has never broken and I have had it for about 2 years or so. This camera is thin and not too bulky. Also, if you are one of those people who love prefer to look through the lens instead of looking at the screen, then you still can because it will still zoom in and out even looking through the lens. With this camera, you can take pictures or video tape things.

This camera has different functions that you can use to make your picture look better. Like there is an indoor function so that if you are inside you can use that to take your pictures. They also have other functions like fireworks, underwater, night time, color swap, kids and pets, potrait, manual, automatic, color accent, beach, and snow just to name a few. You can take pictures in color, black and white, or you can use the color accent or color swap to make only one color show up, like blue and have the rest of the picture in black and white. This camera can also take pictures using a flash, an auto red eye reduction, or no flash at all.

With the video tape section you can film things that are fast using the fast frame rate, or you can use the sandard, the compact, the color accent, or even the color swap.

The only down side to this camera though is that if you let the camera go uncharged for a while and leave the camera on with the low battery sign flashing then the camera could just shut off by itself with the lens still sticking out, instead of bringing the lens back in. But other then that this camera is great! I have soo many great photos and great memories with this camera.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Lens Error = Death (Karen Jones — 01/27/2008)

This camera WAS great. I never dropped it or exposed it to sand, grit or rain. Then one day during a beautiful nature hike "Lens Error, Restart Camera" appeared on the LCD screen. The lens will not retract. It seems that thousands of consumers are experiencing the same problem. I have not found one posted solution that has actually solved this problem.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Worked awesome for 3 months then DIED (Cindy — 11/09/2007)

I loved this tiny camera - it took great pictures, quality movies, fun features, and easy to carry, easy to use. Then one day out of the blue I got "Lens Error. Restart Camera" - then it turns off. Now it is TRASH. Please read reviews from people who have owned this camera for awhile. I LOVED the camera when I first got it and would have written a great review then .... but breaking after only 3 months .... I would NEVER RECOMMEND it.

  • 1.0 out of 5
About as long-lasting as a one-time use camera. (Jennifer Lukenbill — 08/17/2007)

This camera was great for about four months. Then it just died—wouldn't turn on, wouldn't react at all to any kind of power-on/computer-connection maneuvering... I even bought a new battery, and still nothing. I hate this stupid camera and I definitely am done with Canon.

  • 5.0 out of 5
I love it, except that I just broke it (brown — 07/12/2007)

I really love this camera. Its really easy to you. My husband got me another one for x-mas and I returned it to buy this. We had the SD400 ( i think) and I loved it too, so I wanted the same thing just better! I get great pics and put them on the computer really easily. My son just dropped it and its not working..bummer!

  • 4.0 out of 5
Fantastic, except for the recent CATASTROPHE (Andrew Shinka — 07/09/2007)

I have owned the Canon PowerShot SD600 for 8 months and have always been happy with the quality of the photos and movies (after reading and understanding the Basic and Advanced instructions, of course). But in one, inexplicable split-second, I can't understand why the camera's functions ceased operating. I can no longer access any of the features of my Canon PowerShot SD600. When the camera is turned on, to either the photo or movie functions, it zooms to the tightest setting. The zoom does not work, neither do any of the other function buttons. The only buttons that work are the on/off and shutter button (sometimes, but not in movie mode).

  • 1.0 out of 5
We are returning your POWER SHOT SD600 to you un-repaired (bozena — 06/17/2007)

After about 2 (two) months of normal use flash failed to work. Since it has one year factory waranty we send the camera to Canon factory repair center. Two weeks after they returned the camera with un-repaired flash and non functional at all. We have send it for repair the flash only and they (fix it) all so now is totaly dead. We call to complain and we have only nice apologise. No support at all. Very dissapointed and will avoid future purchase of this brand.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Amazing (Alexis — 06/06/2007)

I love this camera.... I sell cameras at Best Buy and canon makes some of the best cameras around so who ever said don't buy canon has some personal vendettas because they make great cameras. They are the number one camera sold in the U.S followed by Sony. Some pictures do come out blurry at night when I don't use the flash but that is because it does not have stabilization, but if i shake it or the person moves it is perfectly clear. The lens is great!

  • 1.0 out of 5
Don't buy it (Holli Crawford — 06/04/2007)

Extremely fragile, lens is stuck and so the thing won't work anymore. It sucks.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Dont buy canon (keith — 05/09/2007)

Is this thing made from egg shells!? Canon repair costs are a RIP OFF! (Staci - 4/25/07)
When I first got this camera, I loved it! The picture and video quality is very good. Then I dropped it, and a fall of less than 3 feet broke the lens and Canon wants $190 to repair it!!! What a rip off! I've had other cameras get dropped alot further and harder than this and still work fine.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Is this thing made from egg shells!? Canon repair costs are a RIP OFF! (Staci — 04/26/2007)

When I first got this camera, I loved it! The picture and video quality is very good. Then I dropped it, and a fall of less than 3 feet broke the lens and Canon wants $150 to repair it!!! What a rip off! I've had other cameras get dropped alot further and harder than this and still work fine.

  • 5.0 out of 5
canon sd600 (mark — 03/27/2007)

bought this to replace olympus which was water damaged. incredible indoor non flash pictures with high iso auto setting,long battery life. quick focusing. overall i would recommend this camera

  • 1.0 out of 5
terrible!!!! (holly — 03/07/2007)

this is the worst camera i have ever had! i am a retired photographer and this is the worst ! i have had disposable cameras better then this!!!! don't get it

  • 5.0 out of 5
the best purchase ive made (renato — 02/19/2007)

not only is this camera easy to use but it takes amazing pics indoor and outdoor,i turned off the lights in my room and took a pic in the complete darkness and then did the same with the lights on and the pics were the same you could not tell the difference of witch was in the dark and witch was in the light and also the shutter speed is amazing and i love the big screen so overall this is a great camera.

  • 5.0 out of 5
EXCELLENT CAMERA! (John — 02/16/2007)

My parents bought me a nikon coolpix L6 and it was a piece, it took sooo long to take a picture, so i exchanged it with the powershot SD600 and it is a way better deal and a fast camera that takes quality shots!!!

  • 4.0 out of 5
its good (Rahul — 01/15/2007)

I wont stress on the goodness as all know it is, i'll list a few shortcomings- less of customization (manual control) if u try a close shot 5cm its not sharp even with macro function on. sometimes the images have dark corners. rest is fine. its small and handy. easy to use .

  • 5.0 out of 5
good camera and its made of meteal (michael zello — 12/30/2006)

you need to sit down and learn the features and it has alot for camera of this size. well woth buying canon makes a great camera .

  • 5.0 out of 5
Best camera ive ever had or tried (Ben — 12/29/2006)

This camera is amazing. I havnt had it for very long, but it has turned out to be amazing. The shutter speed is so fast, you can spin around and take a picture on the move, and it would look completely solid with no blurrs. I highly suggest it.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Little Camera Packs a Punch! (TomD — 12/25/2006)

This is a great camera in a tiny package. I’m not a new-comer to digital cameras, but I am to ultra-compacts. After using a CANON POWER SHOT A80 for about 3 years I was sold on Canon. By the way, I was in the market for a new digicam after dropping and breaking the A80 while vacationing in Denver.

I was intrigued with CANON’S ELPH, but I almost made a mistake and bought a PENTAX OPTIO T10. I owned it for 14 days and returned it then snatched up the CANON ELPH SD600. I liked the T10 size and its touch screen, but it had a terrible flash. Picture quality indoors was real poor and the battery sucked down power like a tail-gater chugging beers.

The ELPH SD600 is an excellent camera. The picture quality is outstanding both indoors and out. I really like the small size. I handle PR for a college and never know when I need a camera. I hate lunging a big (or even medium size digicam) around. Now, each morning I put the ELPH in a small case and slip it on one side of my belt. It’s always ready.

The one thing that most (non-SLR) digicam users complain about is shutter lag. This little jewel lets you capture the shot in less than .1 second and can come back and record a second shot in about two-tenths of a second- rather than the .8 seconds that many digital cameras average.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Good low-light performance (Paul Crouser — 12/22/2006)

My previous camera was a Pentax Optio S3 which served me well for two years, but I take a lot of indoor and evening shots and was always disappointed with the A3's low-light performance (I hate using flash!) When I totalled the A3 by accident last month, I resolved to get something equally small (I wear the camera in a belt-pouch everywhere I go) but that would give me some ISO flexibility and/or image stabilization at a reasonable price. This little camera's ISO settings fill the bill nicely. My shots of our church's indoor Christmas activities using Manual mode and the ISO HI setting produces great 1600x1200 shots suitable for website, powerpoint or photo-album use. I'm delighted. There are lots of other improvements from the A3's two-year old technology, but this alone was worth the price of admission (which was about 2/3rds what I paid last time!)


  • 4.0 out of 5
goes where i wouldn't normally take a camera (Chuckles — 12/12/2006)

Small and light allows it to be taken on light-fast hikes or runs. The screen is large enough to get a good review on photos. The image quality is good if the lighting is OK, but poor if the sun is too bright. The lens will let in too much stray light if light is strong and off-angle. The controls are simple, but no manual capability. The lens isn't sealed very well, so if the camera is kept in an inside pocket where the user is sweating, the lens will fog over and render it nearly useless for a few hours. I would also believe that the unit could be damaged if abused in any way. Other than that, it is a very good go-anywhere camera. No big surprises, except that you were able to bring it along when you would normally leave it home.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Excellent (Jai — 11/27/2006)

Excellent Camera..Will give 5/5 for it.Very easy to use

  • 5.0 out of 5
Small camera great handler (Pedro Silva — 11/24/2006)

It is a small compact digital camera that allow us to do some control choices, with light gives us a great color and for the price quality is superior.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Small and Cute (Chen Chu — 11/18/2006)

Small and cute.. :)

  • 1.0 out of 5
Lens Error, Restart Camera (a.k.a. "E18" error) (D B — 10/19/2006)

Really LIKED the camera... only had it for 2 months and the camera lens would not retract. BUY AN EXTENDED warranty if possible. If you research E18 online you'll find a site regarding Canon digital cameras with HUNDREDS of these complaints with the lens getting stuck and the camera no longer functioning... even a class action lawsuit was filed. It WAS a great camera, but I'm very dissappointed.

  • 5.0 out of 5
I'm not a professional but I can see a good picture (Devin Thomas — 10/16/2006)

I have owned several cameras I bought at walmart and (philips and samsung) and this camera gives the best picture I have ever seen considering the 200 i paid for it you have to be careful though when I bought it there were price ranges from 200 to 430 for the same thing. definitely do your research and shop around but this is definitely a good camera.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Lots of red eyes (Brad Rinzler — 09/29/2006)

This camera has a big problem with red eyes.
And yes, the auto red-eye reduction option is activated. Would not recommend this camera.

  • 4.0 out of 5
sd 600 (allan prout — 08/29/2006)

excellent camera. takes great photos and I am very happy with it. small so I carry it with me nearly all the time.

  • 4.0 out of 5
i love this camera (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

This camera is great it takes excelent pictures and is small and easy to cary around you have to buy this

  • 1.0 out of 5
Too delicate for daily use (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

The lcd screen broke on the 5th day of use. Much too delicate to be considered a point and shoot. Canon's warranty does not cover lcd breakage for any reason and is being repaired at my expense. I am very dissapointed with the build quality and design of this camera. I am also dissapointed with canons lack of customer care. I would not recommend this camera.

  • 3.0 out of 5
Buy a Nikon (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I decided to buy this camera, after a great deal of web researching. It came down to Canon or Nikon, and i mistakenly chose a canon. Yes it is easy to use, but compared to my old nikon (a 4 megapix) the pics are "ew". The flash makes people pics appear washed out, and when it is off are blurry. The Zoom quality does not produce good detailed pics. Members in my household own canon's, Fuji's, sony, and Casio's. My Old Nikon surpasses them all. The only reason i didn't go for a nikon for this purchase was because nikon is not the best in low light indoor conditions. If it comes down to nikon or canon, CHOOSE A NIKON, trust me you will be happier. Good thing my b-day is soon and i can get rid of this canon!!

  • 1.0 out of 5
It broke immediately (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

This camera malfunctioned the 2nd day. I'm taking it back!

  • 5.0 out of 5
Small, light & easy to use (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

It's so small I take it everywhere. To work, on weekends, and trips. Whenever I want to snap a picture, it's handy and easy. Even took it to a wedding reception last week - in my coat pocket - and was able to get some nice shots.

Picture quality is very good, and the camera is easy to use.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Exceeded Expectations!! Very Pleased! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Bought this gem on a saleslady's advice at Best Buy while visiting Seattle a few days ago. Took amazing high res distance pics right out of the box and very easy to use. Love the optical zoom and all the features. Extremely user friendly, don't need a Phd to figure out. Definitely purchase a 512 MB SD card (or larger)before you leave the store, your going to want to snap a lot of pics and the movie feature is very cool!

  • 4.0 out of 5
Very User Friendly and Awesome LCD Screen (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I really love the camera.It is very compact so it fits great in a pocket/purse. The 12 zoom was exactly what I was looking for.The video recorder is clear and the speaker for audio playback is perfect.The transfer of pics into your computer is super fast and the color settings are a neat feature. However, you can't modify your pictures directly in the camera, which I was able to do in my sony camera. Also, since the camera is so small it is difficult to hold the camera steady which has resulted in several blurry pics {which isn't the best if you have had a couple libations :-)}. Overall, I am very satisfied with my camera and I bought a huge memory card because I am going to take my little camera everywhere :-)

  • 5.0 out of 5
Coming from a camera salesmen (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I work at circuit city where I sell digital cameras, which is good because Its something I enjoy. On my down time I usualy (instead of clean) play with the cameras, and I have been doing research for a long time to decide which one to get because I wanted one. By far the canons surpass the others on the market in my oppinion. They are feature rich and still easy to use, which makes the rest feel dry. So coming from a camera salesmen this is a great buy, and I do enjoy mine a ton.