The Good The Canon PowerShot SX600 HS delivers easy automatic shooting options, very good photo and video quality, and a useful zoom range with optical image stabilization in a slim, lightweight package and at a reasonable price.
The Bad The lens is slow, so indoor use of the zoom lens is limited, the autofocus can be frustratingly inaccurate at times, and low-light photo and video quality are merely OK.
The Bottom Line Though there's nothing extraordinary about it, the SX600 HS is a solid choice for snapshooters wanting a simple step up from a smartphone without sacrificing on-the-go sharing.
Picks up where your phone leaves off without sacrificing easy sharing
The 16-megapixel PowerShot SX600 HS is sort of an oddball in Canon's SX and S models.
Although Canon lists this model under its "high-end, advanced digital cameras," it's really not and has more in common with the camera maker's pocket-friendly Elph line. If perhaps you didn't consider the SX600 HS because it was listed as "advanced" you should reconsider.
On the whole, the camera is a straightforward point-and-shoot with reliably good video and photo performance. But for most people, I imagine its 18x f3.8-6.9 25-450mm lens will be the big attraction along with its built-in Wi-Fi and slim, lightweight body. At less than $250 (AU$250, £200), it's also priced well for what you're getting and I would expect it to drop below $200 come holiday shopping season.
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