Assisting with the composition of your images is an 18x optical zoom lens with a 35mm equivalent of 25-450mm. Its f/3.8 maximum aperture does well in low-lighting and macro mode allows you to focus as close as 2 inches to your subject. When the camera is powered down, the lens retracts into the camera for safe travel.
Capturing the images for the camera is Canon's 16-Megapixel high sensitivity CMOS imaging sensor and DIGIC 4+ processor. These two work well together to improve low-light image quality as well as controlling the cameras automatic features and overall performance.
- Normal/Auto: 2.0 in. (5cm) - infinity (W), 3.3 ft. (1m) - infinity (T)
- Macro: 2.0 in. - 1.6 ft. (5-50cm) (W)
- Infinity: 9.8 ft. (3m) - infinity (W, T)
To assist you in your low-light shooting situations, Canon has included this small pop-up flash unit. Although it is small, it can be very useful in the right situations; small rooms or as a fill flash in bright lighting.
- 1.6 ft. - 11 ft. (W), 3.3 - 6.6 ft. (T) (50cm - 3.5m (W), (1.0m - 2.0m (T))
You will not find much on top of the camera, keeping things simple and easy to use. On the far left you can see the outline of the pop-up flash. On the right side you will find the power button and shutter release, which is coupled by the zoom lever.
Composing your images is accomplished with the 3.0-inch, 460k dot LCD screen. This screen offers a modest resolution, and is great at showing all of your shooting settings as well as some fine details within your scenes. Adjustable levels of brightness allow you to see the screen comfortably in most all lighting conditions.
On the back of the camera you will find a good set of on the body controls. At the top is the camera mode switch for shooting in auto, program and creative shot images. Under the thumb grip you will find the playback, record, Menu and One Touch connection buttons. Between them is the 4-way controller that is used to navigate and make menu selections. It also works as a shortcut to the exposure compensation, flash, disp. settings, macro shooting and WiFi (playback mode).
On the right side of the camera you will find the camera's two input/output ports. On top is a high-speed USB port that can be used to print directly from the camera or copy images to a computer. On the bottom is a HDMI output that allows you to view your images and HD videos on any HDTV.
Your captured images are saved on any SD/SDHC/SDXC memory cards. For use with the SX600 HS, we recommend using at least a class 10 card to accommodate the high speed shooting and full HD video capture. Shown here with the camera is the SanDisk Extreme Pro 8GB SDHC memory card that was used in its tests.
Powering the SX600 HS is a 3.7V, 1060mAh rechargeable Li-ion battery. Canon claims that this battery provides enough power to capture up to 290 images on a single charge, or up to 430 images with the camera in ECO mode. Also included with the camera is the portable quick-charger shown above.