Canon PowerShot SD600 / IXUS 60 – Review Roundup & Sample Photos

Last update: Review & Sample Photos @ ThinkCamera (added on 22.09.06)

Canon PowerShot SD600 (aka IXUS 60 in Europe) is a point-and-shoot digital camera (released on 21.02.06), featuring a 6.0 megapixels (CCD sensor) with 3x Optical Zoom lens (35 – 105mm equivalent), a 2.5″ LCD screen, with dimension of 3.4 x 2.1 x 0.9″ (86.0 x 53.0 x 22.0mm), weight of 4.9 oz (140.0 g), and it’s running on Proprietary NB-4L Lithium Ion rechargeable batteries. It shoots movies at up to 30 frames per second and has a real image optical view finder. Canon PowerShot SD600 Digital ELPH will be available in stores from April 2006 with an estimated retail price of $349.99 USD.

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Canon PowerShot SD600 / IXUS 60 Latest Price

>> REVIEWS (last updated: 22.09.06)

ThinkCamera have reviewed the Canon PowerShot SD600 / IXUS 60 where they rate the camera 7/10 and write;
“The Canon Ixus 65 delivers beautiful pictures that are packed with detail far beyond what you might expect from a 6MP compact. The camera feels good in your hand and looks attractive and all the controls are well laid out and easy to use. While I had it on test I couldn’t help thinking there was something missing. We’ve seen low light specialist, wide angle cameras and ultra ultra compacts. The Ixus 65 isn’t any of these – it’s a solid all rounder that will deliver great pictures. The styling still looks good 10 years on but without an all metal body this camera isn’t going to turn heads. On the plus side it does have a HUGE screen and the easy controls give you great pictures. It really just lacks something to make you love it..”

ImagingResource reviewed the Canon PowerShot SD600 / IXUS 60 and wrote;
“Along with providing solid image quality in regular lighting conditions with good color and accurate skin tones, the SD600 incorporates many of Canon’s technological advances for shooting with high ISOs. Boasting an ISO 800 setting is one thing — several rivals have also started offering these ISO levels and higher — but Canon backs up this ISO sensitivity rating with real, usable results.”

PopPhoto reviewed the Canon PowerShot SD600 / IXUS 60 and wrote;
“SD600′s performance was well above average in most areas we tested. It revs up very quickly and focuses without much of a wait. Shutter lag was never an issue either. Low light focusing was also good thanks to the built-in AF-assist lamp. Photo quality was very good for the most part. The camera took well-exposed, colorful shots despite the overcast and rainy weather we shot in. The blues and greens even seemed to pop more. In general, most noise levels were low through ISO 200, and even for some shots taken at ISO 400. We also found the color swap and accent modes fun to experiment with.”

Cameras.co.uk reviewed the Canon PowerShot SD600 / IXUS 60 and wrote;
“Looking at the outdoors landscape type shots this camera produces images that are noticeably sharper. In the first test shot there is a building and both the brickwork and tiles on the roof are more keenly focused with the IXUS 60. This marks out the IXUS 60 as one of the sharpest pocket sized digital cameras around. The shots also remain in focus towards the edges. This is another sign of a good quality lens…Noise levels at ISO 400 are not as bad as with some digital cameras I have tested, but are still very noticeable. At ISO 800 there is a clear deterioration in picture quality and I would suggest only using this setting in an emergency where nothing else will allow you to get a picture.”

CNET reviewed the Canon PowerShot SD600 / IXUS 60 and wrote;
“…the most important aspect of the camera is photo quality, and this compact shooter delivers in almost every respect. Besides exhibiting Canon’s signature smooth, noiseless images at ISO 80 and ISO 100, the SD600 manages very well to as high as ISO 800, a sensitivity many compact digitals don’t even reach. At that speed, the SD600′s pictures are noisy but in an unobtrusive, almost filmlike way; ISO 800 images on the SD600 actually look a bit better than many other cameras’ images shot at ISO 400. The SD600′s ISO 200 shots are almost indistinguishable from those taken at ISO100, and its ISO 400 images are still very usable, though noise starts to become noticeable at that setting.”

Steve’sDigicams reviewed the Canon PowerShot SD600 / IXUS 60 and wrote;
“The majority of our outdoor samples were sharp and showed good overall exposure. However, I did notice a bit of edge softness on some of our images, but no more than the typical consumer camera. Color saturation is pleasing for a coNsumer model…Bottom line – The Canon PowerShot SD600 is a welcomed addition to this awesome ultra-compact line. Not only can this model be carried in any size pocket, it’s ready to capture that special moment in an instant with such robust performance. Image quality was very good for a consumer model, and with 6-megapixels you’ll have plenty of resolution to create photo-lab quality 8×10-inch or larger prints.”

PocketLint reviewed the Canon PowerShot SD600 / IXUS 60 and wrote;
“…that image quality is quite simply excellent. Colour is natural – but adjustable – if you need more or less vibrancy. Images are sharp thanks to both the nine-point AF set up and the DIGIC II processing. The 6MP sensor provides plenty of detail but more importantly so does the very sharp, 3x, 35-105mm F/2.8 optical zoom lens, its ultra-high refractive index aspherical (or UA) optics allow both a compact lens (and so camera body) design and provide great clarity too. Finally, at either the ISO 80 or 100 settings images are extremely clean and free of noise.”

Let’sGoDigital reviewed the Canon PowerShot SD600 / IXUS 60 and wrote;
” The Canon IXUS line is very well thought out, and the years of success that have preceded this model will undoubtedly be continued by the Canon IXUS 60. One wonders just how long Canon will manage to keep this up, but at this time the IXUS is still proving extremely profitable for Canon. The camera meets all expectations. The Canon Digital IXUS 60 is of a compact size, has been neatly and attractively finished and has an excellent image quality. The possibilities and options offered are extensive, and might prove for some users to be the start of a more active interest in the creative side of the world of digital photography. The Canon IXUS 60 is a trendy digital camera, but also one that keeps a keen eye on quality. “

>> SAMPLE PHOTOS (last update: 22.09.06)

- Canon PowerShot SD600 / IXUS 60 Sample Picture @ ThinkCamera
- Canon PowerShot SD600 / IXUS 60 Sample Pictures @ ImagingResource
- Canon PowerShot SD600 / IXUS 60 Sample Pictures @ Steve’sDigicams

>> PRESS RELEASE

Amstelveen, The Netherlands, 21 February 2006: Canon today announces the release of two new jewels in the Digital IXUS crown – the Digital IXUS 60 and Digital IXUS 65. The two cameras continue the IXUS tradition of fusing cutting-edge technologies and superb build quality with compelling camera design.

Featuring a high resolution 2.5″ LCD screen, the steel-bodied Digital IXUS 60 draws on original IXUS designer Yasushi Shiotani’s ‘box and circle’ concept to achieve a look of classic elegance. The innovative Digital IXUS 65 sports a massive 3.0″ LCD, unique Touch Control Dial and a two-tone finish in brushed silver and ebony black.

Both cameras incorporate leading edge features into ultra slim bodies, including:

* 6.0 Megapixel resolution
* 3x optical zoom 35–105mm (35mm equivalent) with UA lens
* DIGIC II, iSAPS and 9-point AiAF for fast, sharp results
* 16 shooting modes
* My Colors in-camera photo effects
* 30fps VGA movie clips with sound
* High ISO Auto and ISO 800 for flash-free indoor shooting
* Widescreen (16:9) still image recording

The Digital IXUS 60 and Digital IXUS 65 sit above the Digital IXUS 55 in the IXUS range and will appeal to style-conscious consumers seeking large displays, advanced functionality and great image quality in a compact and elegant camera.

“These new additions to the Digital IXUS range exemplify everything IXUS stands for – leading design, innovative technologies and outstanding performance,” said Mogens Jensen Head of Canon Consumer Imaging Europe.

Big screen appeal

The Digital IXUS 60′s 2.5″ LCD screen allows for sharp composition and reviewing with no squinting or eyestrain. The screen’s wide angle of view makes it easier to share playback with a group. The speaker and mode switch have been repositioned on this model for a firmer grip, while the base of the mode switch acts as a thumb rest for added comfort.

A huge wide-angle 3.0″ LCD screen – the largest to ever grace a Canon compact digital still camera – is just one of several landmark innovations on the Digital IXUS 65. A new Touch Control Dial replaces the mode dial – touching the dial displays a mode icon on the LCD for quick and easy function selection, particularly after dark. The dial can also be used to scroll through images during playback. A new Image Inspection Tool makes use of the large LCD screen by simultaneously displaying a newly shot image and a magnified section of the image – ideal for checking details before leaving the scene. The magnified spot can be moved between AF points or to any point on the image.

Increased ISO speed

Stylish compact cameras are generally used indoors, at parties and in other low light situations where the use of the flash can spoil the ambience of the scene.
The Digital IXUS 60 and Digital IXUS 65 incorporate ISO 800 to facilitate flash-free shooting indoors and minimise the effects of camera shake. A new High ISO Auto setting automatically sets exposure using the higher range of ISO sensitivities, prioritising faster shutter speeds for reduced image blur. Dedicated ISO buttons on the cameras allow quick switching between ISO settings.

Creative shooting

Canon’s My Colors photo effects can now be applied both before and after shooting to images, offering users more opportunities to customise their creations without having to connect to a PC. The Digital IXUS 60 and Digital IXUS 65 offer 16 shooting modes including a Manual mode, which enables selection of ISO, white balance and other exposure settings. Preset scene modes assist with tricky lighting conditions, including an Underwater mode for shooting underwater with the optional Waterproof Case. Color Accent and Color Swap modes enable dramatic colour effects to be applied to both images and movies without the need for a PC or image manipulation software.
A new Widescreen recording mode (2816 x 1584 recording pixels) allows for still image capturing in 16:9 format – perfect for viewing images on widescreen television or printing wide format (10 x 20cm) photos with a SELPHY CP series Compact Photo Printer.

The cameras’ movie features enable recording of 30fps VGA movie clips of up to 1GB . A 60fps QVGA mode is ideal for recording fast action sequences and analysing them in slow motion, while the handy Compact mode records up to 3 minutes in low resolution for easy sharing via email.

Printing and other new features

A new dedicated and easy to access Print menu simplifies printing of multiple images. Full PictBridge support means users can print directly to any PictBridge compatible printer without the need for a PC. The cameras’ ID photo and movie stills features are also available when connected to a SELPHY CP Compact Photo Printer. A Print/Share button allows one-touch printing and easy uploads to Windows or Mac systems.
The cameras’ menu systems now feature support for Arabic, bringing the total number of supported languages to 23.

Accessories

* Optional Waterproof Cases (Digital IXUS 60: WP-DC3, Digital IXUS 65: WP-DC4) allow users to bring the cameras to a depth of up to 40 metres for compelling underwater shots. Specially designed Weights (WW-DC1) are available to control camera buoyancy.
* Soft Leather Case (DCC-60)
* Digital IXUS Metal and Leather Neck Straps
* Compact AC Power Adapter (ACK-DC10)
* Battery pack NB-4L

The cameras are compatible with MMC/SD cards, and come supplied with a 16MB Canon memory card.
The PowerShot SD600 Digital ELPH will be available in March for an estimated selling price of $349.99 and the PowerShot SD630 Digital ELPH camera will be available in April for an estimated selling price of $399.99.


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