"Surprisingly Good!"4.5 starson by ggliddy
Pros: Compact yet solid. Intuitive controls. Great image capture.
Cons: Weak flash. No visible battery monitor.
Summary: I wasn't sure what to expect with the Canon SD600. I had been using an Olympus 3030z purchased in the year 2001. I used to carry around the big case full of spare batteries, extra memory cards and RCA cords. I was ready for a compact. I bought the Canon based on the size, specs and its popularity. It has not disappointed.
The most surpising feature of the SD600 is the video. Amazing. I'm not sure if the technology has improved that much since I last shopped for a camera (admittedly 5 years ago), or if Canon does an exceptional job, but it is a joy to use. I almost use the video more than the stills.
My only complaint after two months of use involves the flash. It seems I wish it would fire more often in the automatic program mode. I know, the high ISO is supposed to compensate, and does. This will take some getting used to. And even when the flash does fire, I end up wishing it was a little stronger. Again, I realize that the compact form factor does not lend itself to a monster flash, so this will take some getting used to.
Lastly, I enjoy the software included with SD600 and recommend you get at least a 1GB SD memory card. (I bought a 2GB and love it.)