The Canon PowerShot SD600 Digital ELPH camera deals a deck of heavyweight digital photography mojo into a lightweight and pocket-sized package. Like its older brother, the PowerShot SD630 Digital ELPH model, this diminutive digicam features 6-megapixel resolution, ISO equivalent speed settings from 80 to 800, and a retractable 3x optical zoom with an equivalent 35mm focal length of 35-105mm. Its very bright and large 2.5-inch, 173,000-pixel wide viewing angle-type LCD screen offers 15 brightness adjustments, while still leaving room for a very welcome optical viewfinder.
The SD600's newly designed 6MP image sensor, used in tandem with Canon's proprietary DIGIC II image processor, helps to dramatically reduce noise for better image quality. This increased sensitivity allowed us to utilize faster shutter speeds, reducing the effects of camera shake and subject blur when we were shooting in dim light.
The SD600's exterior is constructed mainly of brushed metal. It is well-built for the most part, except for the plastic door over the battery and memory card compartment. The controls, however, are nicely located on the back of the camera within easy, ergonomic reach of your fingers, right next to the impressively high-resolution LCD screen.