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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-S600

alaTest has collected and analyzed 671 reviews from magazines and websites. People really like the flash and image quality. The portability and usability are also appreciated. Many are less positive about the manual image adjustments and features. There are mixed views on the viewfinder and memory.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-S600 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 84/100 = Very good quality.

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Sony Cyber Shot DSC-S600


Relatively decent low-light photos; reasonable wide-angle lens; extra flash reach; built-in neutral-density filter.

No video outputs; few manual controls.

Solid high-ISO performance and a relatively wide-angle view are among the features that make the Sony Cyber Shot DSC-S600 a versatile budget-priced 6-megapixel camera for casual snapshooters.

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Sony DSC-S600


The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-S600 model offers features six-megapixel resolution and a precision Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar lens with a 3x optical wide-angle (31 - 93 mm) zoom, which is much wider than other cameras in its class, so everyone is sure to be in the

The Sony Cyber-shot S600 is a very good all-around performer. It shuns ultra compact styling and the trend of providing a 2 1/2-inch LCD without an optical viewfinder, instead providing a versatile set of features that are useful in every day shooting sit


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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-S600


Available since late last year, the Sony DSC-S600 is a great indicator of 2006 consumer price trends. For $199, you get a 6-megapixel compact point-and-shoot camera with a 3x optical zoom from a well-known brand. No, we're not talking about Concord,...

Terrific price; nice wide angle 3x zoom

Uneven picture quality; no video out

This camera is aimed at casual photographers who want decent image quality and not too many frills.


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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-S600 First Impressions Review


The Cyber-shot DSC-S600 is Sony's new entry level addition to its Stamina line of digital cameras. Announced at the 2006 Consumer Electronics Show in January, this point-and-shoot model offers 6 megapixels and basic features at a low retail price of...

- $199 price - ISO 1000 (coming soon) - Powerful flash (with manual illumination control) - Easy to use - Quick and accurate auto focus

- Stocky frame - Poor LCD resolution - f/5.1 maximum aperture in telephoto - Need MemoryStick Pro for 30 fps video - No A/V jack

The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-S600 is the new flagship model of Sony's low-end Stamina series of digital cameras. Even though its reasonable $199 price reflects a low-end status, the S600's features are more typical of pricier models. For instance, the S600...

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Digital Cameras - Sony Cyber-shot DCS-S600 Digital Camera Review, Information, Specifications


Attractive design, well-built and compact

Very "tight" optical viewfinder, shows only 80% or less of the final image area

The camera's AF illuminator helps the camera focus in dark conditions (even in total darkness), and works well with the Twilight scene modes. In addition to the 3x optical zoom, the S600 also features up to 5.2x Smart Zoom, Sony's current...

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Sony Cyber-Shot S600


New to the Cyber-shot S-series of entry level cameras is the S600, which replaces 2005's S40. The Sony Cyber-shot S600 features 6 megapixels, a 31 mm "wide-angle" lens, 2 inch LCD and high sensitivity mode. With competition like the Canon A430 and...

Excellent battery life ; Wide-ish 31 mm lens ; Powerful flash ; Above average performance ; Offers higher ISO sensitivity than most competition ; Unlimited VGA movies at 30 FPS ; Very good image quality; acceptable high ISO shots

No macro mode; minimum focus distance is far ; Terrible LCD resolution ; Tiny packed buttons ; No custom white balance ; Slow and limited continuous shooting ; Red-eye ; No A/V Out port

The Sony Cyber-shot S600 is an entry-level camera with 6 megapixels, a 2 inch LCD, 31 - 93 mm 3X zoom lens and excellent battery life.

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-S600


I have had my Sony DSC-S600 for over 2 years and I've shot over 5000 pictures and videos.I'm very pleased with it. I had the same problem with it as the others with it shutting off or not coming on. Fortunately for me electronics was a hobby of mine...

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-S600


Same problem here – it seems to be a design problem. I bought it brand new and it was stored in a safe very protective case at all times. Used only a couple of times a year. It then developed an intermittent problem with the ON button not operating or...

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-S600


I only used this camera sparingly. Usually I just took pictures of items I wanted to sell on eBay (not a lot of things). After 2.5 years it no longer works. The camera was never abused, dropped, or otherwise mishandled; one day it just refused to turn on.

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-S600


My wife bought this Sony DSC-S600 about two years ago. I started using it about a year ago when my old kodak quit, and noticed that it seemed to eat batteries. I found that often I could just remove and replace the same batteries and it would work...

Product Specifications

The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-S600 puts everything you need in one compact, high-performance model that's perfect for first time or second-camera buyers. It's no ordinary entry-level camera - and with superb 6.0 megapixel performance, Carl Zeiss 3X Optical zoom, wide-angle shooting and high sensitivity, the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-S600 is a great value. Powerful and affordable, the DSC-S600 has strong flash, 2.0 LCD screen and 32 MB Internal Memory for in-camera shooting.

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Battery Form Factor:Standard form factor
Run Time (Up To):80min
Supported Battery Form Factor:AA

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction: Yes
Type:Built-in flash

Digital Camera

Digital Camera Type:Compact
Supported Flash Memory:Memory Stick Duo / Memory Stick PRO Duo

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2in
Diagonal Size (metric):5.1cm
Display Form Factor:Built-in
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Beach / High sensitivity / Landscape / Snow / Soft snap / Twilight mode / Twilight portrait/Soft snap / Twilight portrait / Landscape / High sensitivity

Flash Memory

Form Factor:Integrated
Storage Capacity:30MB


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sony Cyber-shot

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/2.8-5.1
Max Focal Length:15.3mm
Min Focal Length:5.1mm
Optical Zoom:3
Type:Zoom lens

Optical Sensor

Optical Sensor Size:1/2.5"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):10.2 mm ( 1/2.5 ) / 10.2 mm ( 1/2.5" )/10.2 mm ( 1/2.5" )
Optical Sensor Type:Super HAD CCD
Sensor Resolution:6Megapixel

Optical Viewfinder

Type:Real-image zoom

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Digital Video Format:MPEG VX
Digital Zoom:2
ISO (Max):1000
Light Sensitivity:ISO 100 / ISO 1000 / ISO 200 / ISO 400 / ISO 80 / ISO 800 / ISO auto/ISO 1000 / ISO 80 / ISO 200 / ISO 400 / ISO 800
Shooting Modes:Frame movie mode
Special Effects:Black & White / Sepia/Sepia / Black & White
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Digital camera


Viewfinder Type:Optical