Some cool features offer fireworks sizzle, but some performance fizzles.
However, in low light situations the focusing mechanism started to suffer, especially when the battery was running low. You will see that image quality dips indoors, without using flash. A tripod and a higher ISO setting can help, but look out for a lot of noise and fringing in images at anything beyond ISO 200. At ISO 400, many pictures lacked detail.
If you intend to bring this camera for an extended period of night shooting, like I did on July 4th, make sure you have plenty of spare batteries on hand. The S600 uses up battery power very quickly with extensive use of the flash. Add to that the fact that you don't have an optical viewfinder, so you're completely reliant on the LCD screen. In addition, there is no button to temporarily switch off the display when it's not in use.
Overall, the Digimax S600 is a passable entry-level camera for the first time digital camera buyer on a tight budget, but if you are more concerned with image quality in low light situations, you might want pony up a little more cash and look at other models in the Samsung family, like the L60 and L85, or other entry-level models from other manufacturers.
Affordable price point.
Some manual controls.
5X optical zoom
Lots of image fringing at ISO 200.
Poor startup times.
Menus are a bit confusing.
No optical viewfinder.
Maximum Shutter Speed: 1/1,500 sec
Equivalent 35mm focal length: 35 - 105 mm
Effective flash range: 8 in - 10 ft
Dimensions: 3.8- x 2.4- x 1-inches (w x h x d)
Weight: 4.8 ounces
What's in the Box?
Digimax S600 Digital Camera (Black or Silver), 2x AA Batteries (NOT rechargeable), USB Cable, A/V Cable, Camera Strap, Digimax Master Software, Storage Driver, English & Spanish Owners Manual