Sony Cybershot DSC-S600 – Review Roundup & Sample Pictures

Last update: Review & Sample Photos @ Megapixel (added on 07.11.06)

The New Sony Cybershot DSC-S600 featuring 6MP CCD sensor with 3x optical wide angle zoom (31-93mm) lens and 2″ LCD Screen. The camera is equipped with 32 MB of internal memory and is able to record 30 fps VGA MPEG4 video.

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>> REVIEWS (last updated: 07.11.06)

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-S600 has been reviewed at Megapixel. They rate the camera 8.5/10 and write:
“Positives: Very good printed image quality, Excellent colour rendition, Reliable Multi pattern metering, Available Spot metering, Good quality lens, Optical viewfinder, Excellent value for money. Negatives: Noise becomes visible from 200 ISO and up, Compression a bit too strong at the highest image quality, Built-in flash a bit underpowered.”

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-S600 has been reviewed at ThinkCamera. They rate the camera 3 out of 5 and write:
“For a start, because it’s plastic, it’s lighter than some smaller cameras and will take a battering in a suitcase. The unusually long and wide flash coverage is a boon for those night club or beach bonfire shots. There’s good internal storage (32Mb) and if you’re away for an extended period, you can buy a Sony Memory card and post your snaps back home. Alternatively use the USB cable to upload photos to a web-based photo-sharing facility from an Internet café: no need to cart a bulky docking station around.”

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-S600 has been reviewed at DPInterface. They write:
“The Sony Cyber-shot S600 produces smooth and clean photos at ISO 80 and ISO 100 – Quite common for most cameras. Noise goes visible at ISO 200 and up again slightly at ISO 400. At ISO 400, things are far more acceptable on the Sony Cyber-shot S600 versus the Canon A430 and Panasonic LS2. The Sony Cyber-shot S600 produces noisier photos are ISO 800 but the workaround is either to downsize or reduce noise using photo editing software. Noise levels are at the peak level at ISO 1000 but this is comparable to ISO 400 on the two competitors I previously mentioned.”

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-S600 has been reviewed at CamerasUK. They write:
“Starting with the outdoor landscape type shots I have no major complaints. Focusing is good and there is only minimal loss of sharpness as you move out away from the centre of each photo. Areas of contrast are handled well and the camera handles dark and light areas without much of a problem. It also copes with glare from the sun too… The indoor portrait is excellent. With many cameras at the lower price end of the market you find indoor and lowlight photography is a serious weakness. The DSC S600 produces a well focused and well lit shot. There is a touch of red eye, but this is actually less than the majority of digital cameras tend to produce. “

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-S600 has been reviewed at ImagingResource. They write:
Pros: Attractive design, well-built and compact, Good-quality lens, High contrast, slightly limited tonal range on the shadow end, Good shutter lag and autofocus response times, AF assist lamp allows accurate focusing in very dark conditions, Good exposure accuracy, generally less positive compensation required than average, ISO 400 performance is a bit better than average, (marginally) usable for 8×10 inch prints Cons: Very “tight” optical viewfinder, shows only 80% or less of the final image area, Flash recycles a little slowly, Some image noise even at low ISO, but most users won’t notice it, ISO 800 and 1,000 images are quite noisy. (ISO 1,000 shots are only usable for 4×6 inch prints.), Maximum one-second shutter time limits low-light capabilities, High barrel and pincushion distortion”

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-S600 has been reviewed at CNET. They write:
“The good: Relatively decent low-light photos; reasonable wide-angle lens; extra flash reach; built-in neutral-density filter. The bad: No video outputs; few manual controls.
The bottom line: Solid high-ISO performance and a relatively wide-angle view are among the features that make the Sony Cyber Shot DSC-S600 a versatile budget-priced 6-megapixel camera for casual snapshooters. “

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-S600 has been reviewed at Steve’s Digicams. They write:
“The Sony Cyber-shot S600 is a very good all-around performer. It shuns ultra compact styling and the trend of providing a 2 1/2-inch LCD without an optical viewfinder, instead providing a versatile set of features that are useful in every day shooting situations; I especially liked the S600′s wide angle zoom range, very powerful flash and versatile range of sensitivity settings. With very good image quality, 6-megapixels of resolution, high-quality movies and an MSRP of under $200, the Sony DSC-S600 is a terrific value, especially if you shoot a lot of indoor family events.”

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-S600 has been reviewed at DesignTechnica. They write:
“The Sony is aimed at casual photographers who want decent image quality and not too many frills. In that instance, Sony succeeded by providing an O.K. compact point-and-shoot camera that does an adequate job in Auto for a very good price. For someone who wants even a smidgeon more, this digicam is not for you. There’s nothing even resembling aperture- and shutter-priority or manual focus. And the uneven picture quality in Program mode was worrisome. Pros: 6MP resolution, Fast response, virtually no shutter lag, New software supplied, Uses AA batteriesCons: Uneven picture quality in Program Mode, Very cheap feel, No simple video output”

Emily Raymond @ DigitalCameraInfo reviewed the Sony Cybershot DSC-S600 and wrote:
“The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-S600 is the new flagship model of Sony’s low-end Stamina series of digital cameras. Even though its reasonable $199 price reflects a low-end status, the S600’s features are more typical of pricier models. For instance, the S600 has ISO 800 and 1000 settings that make it a good candidate for low light photography. The camera also has a flash that reaches to an unprecedented 36 feet. The Sony S600 is designed with the point-and-shooter in mind; it is easy to use and intuitive to navigate. Its body is comfortable to hold although it does have stocky 3.9 x 2 x 1.4-inch measurements.
The back of the camera has a 2-inch LCD screen that has 85,000 pixels. The view isn’t very good in recording or playback, so users will have to make do while recording and save lengthy playback for the computer. There is no A/V jack on the Sony S600, so users will have to forego the television slide shows and opt for downloading and viewing on a computer instead. The movie mode’s frame rate only operates at 30 fps when an optional MemoryStick Duo Pro card is used. The camera takes 440 shots only when the Sony rechargeable AA batteries are used; the S600 only gets 160 shots from standard AAs. Generally speaking, the Sony S600 is a decent camera at a decent price, but consumers will have to factor the hidden costs into their analysis—which may yield a different value equation indeed.”

>> SAMPLE PHOTOS (last updated: 07.11.06)

- Sony CyberShot DSC-S600 Sample Photos posted @ Megapixel
- Sony CyberShot DSC-S600 Sample Photos posted @ Steve’sDigicams

>> PRESS RELEASE

There is more to consider when purchasing a digital still camera than pixels and price. Sony’s new Cyber-shot(R) DSC-S600 model offers that and more.

The new camera features six-megapixel resolution and a precision Carl Zeiss(R) Vario-Tessar lens with a 3x optical wide-angle (31 – 93 mm) zoom, which is much wider than other cameras in its class, so everyone is sure to be in the shot.

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