AgfaPhoto DC-600uw review: AgfaPhoto DC-600uw

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Typical Price: $199.00

AgfaPhoto DC-600uw

(Part #: CNETAgfaPhoto DC-600uw)
3.5 stars

CNET Editors' Rating

The Good Takes AA batteries. Cheap. Waterproof to 10m.

The Bad Takes AA batteries. No optical zoom. Image quality only acceptable at a reduced magnification.

The Bottom Line The AgfaPhoto is a cheap, knockabout waterproof camera that's ideal for life at the beach. The feature set and image quality is average but for the price you can't go too far wrong.

7.0 Overall

Design and features

Underwater cameras are by their very nature unsightly beasts — no one is bestowing a "Best In Show" award to the models on display from Panasonic, Canon and Olympus. Agfa's DC-600w follows suit accordingly, but looks even more DIY and toy-like than its more expensive competitors.

The key advantage that the Agfa has is its price — at just AU$199 you can take this thing to the beach without worrying too much if it's damaged. It goes underwater to 10m like the Canon PowerShot D10 and Olympus Tough 8000 and is dust resistant, but there's no shock proofing. That said, the documentation says that the camera can take a small amount of rough and tumble thanks to its durable construction. There's also no optical zoom; instead, you're stuck with 5x digital zoom which we suggest avoiding anyway.

The controls are chunky and coated in a resistant plastic, and the screen measures 2.4 inches diagonally and is a very low resolution unit. Around the side, the batteries and memory card slot in alongside each other (AA batteries and SD/SDHC cards respectively). AA batteries are a bit of a love it or hate it thing — you are either going to love having the convenience of buying replacement batteries from anywhere you choose, or you're going to hate their bulkiness and how expensive repeated recharges become.

Additional features include face tracking and scene modes; ISO sensitivity reaches a maximum of ISO 1600. The sensor only has six megapixels, although in the menus you can expand photos to a resolution of 10 megapixels (interpolation comes into play here). Video recording with sound is also an option, at 640x480 resolution in AVI format.

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