Sony DSC-S600 Review

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-S600

Features & Controls

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-S600

The S600 features a wide angle Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar 3x zoom lens with a 31mm-93mm (35mm equivalent) focal length and a maximum aperture of f2.8-f/5.1. This is an all-glass lens constructed of 7 lenses in 6 groups. When powered down the lens retract inside of the body and is protected by an automatic lens barrier.

Equipped with a low-light AF-assist lamp, the contrast detection autofocus system has a minimum focus range of 4.75" (12cm) in Wide and 19.75" (50cm) in Telephoto.

The built-in speedlight has modes for: Auto, Forced Off and Slow Synchro. The maximum working range at ISO Auto: 6" - 23' (0.2-7.0m) ISO 1000: 2' 7" - 36' (0.8 - 11.0m) The flash squelches down nicely for macro exposures.

The eyelevel optical viewfinder is large and bright but has no dioptric adjustment. The two LEDs indicate focus and flash status.

The 2.0-inch color LCD is rather low-res at only 85,000 pixels and is used for framing, review and accessing the menu system.

Controls on the back: Zoom lens controls serve as the Magnify and Index controls in playback mode. The Mode Switch has positions for: Play, Movie and Record. The MENU button calls up and dismisses the menu. The 4-way controller is for navigating menus, changing settings and selecting playback images. Press "down" to enable selftimer, press "up" to change flash modes, press "left" for instant review and press "right" to change metering modes. The center accepts selections. Below left is the MONITOR button that controls the amount of data displayed on the LCD. To the right is the Image Resolution/Delete button.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-S600

On top is the shutter release and the Power on/off button.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-S600

On the side is the USB 2.0 (high speed) data port. There is no Audio/Video out capability on this camera.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-S600

The S600 stores its data with an internal memory of approx. 32MB and on Memory Stick Duo and Memory Stick Duo PRO cards. The faster MS Duo PRO cards are required if recording movies in the VX Fine quality.

Approx. Storage Capacities

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-S600
The top line is FINE, the bottom line is STANDARD quality

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-S600

The S600 is powered by two standard AA type batteries, alkaline or NiMH type. Sony claims that alkalines will supply enough power for up to 160 shots with LCD on or 220 shots with the LCD off. High capacity NiMH batteries will let you capture up to 460 shots with LCD on or 580 shots with LCD off. We recommend NiMH rechargeables, check out our Rechargeable Battery Page for info and prices.

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