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Marketed March 2005

The IXY DIGITAL 600, the flagship model in Canon’s IXY DIGITAL series camera lineup, incorporates dramatic advancements in both design and function. The first IXY DIGITAL model to offer 7-megapixel imaging performance, the camera features a 1/1.8″ 7.1-megapixel CCD sensor and a newly developed retractable 3x zoom lens with a focal length of 37-111mm (35mm film equivalent).

Based on the design concepts of Deluxe and Luxury, the body of the IXY DIGITAL 600 was created using the Curvature Design method to achieve a sleek and graceful body shape that fits comfortably in the hands. The new look represents the first body-design change in two years, following the design introduced with the launch of the IXY DIGITAL 400 model in March 2003, which was also employed for the 500 and 450 models launched in March 2004.

The IXY DIGITAL 600 incorporates Canon’s DIGIC II image engine, which is also featured in the company’s EOS-1Ds Mark II flagship-model digital SLR camera. Designed to improve processing speed and image quality, DIGIC II supports markedly faster camera startup, autofocus and playback performance to deliver enhanced resolution, color gradation and white balance accuracy. Additionally, a Hi-Speed USB 2.0 interface enables high-speed data transfer to a PC.

Compared with the 500 and 450 models, the 600 realizes a body that is approximately 1.3 mm thinner and 15% smaller in volume. This achievement was made possible through ultra high density mounting using SiP (System in Package), a thinner lens barrel, an ultra-compact optical viewfinder, the use of a compact battery pack, and switching from the use of CompactFlash media cards to SD memory cards.

The IXY DIGITAL 600’s large 2.0″ LCD monitor employs a backlight that combines high brightness with energy-saving performance. A new LCD Booster function lets users temporarily increase the brightness level of the monitor when shooting outside in bright-light conditions, while a Night View setting facilitates easier framing and focusing when shooting at dusk or at night.

The camera also includes the newly introduced My Colors function, which enables users to freely customize image colors, something that previously was only possible once the images had been downloaded to a PC. My Colors settings are performed on the LCD monitor in real-time when shooting. My Colors offers a selection of 9 modes, including Vivid Blue, Vivid Green, Lighter Skin Tone, Darker Skin Tone, Color Swap, and Custom Color.

The IXY DIGITAL 600 supports the PictBridge standard for printing photos directly from PictBridge-compatible printers, regardless of the manufacturer or brand.

Camera Effective Pixels Approx. 7.1 megapixels
Image Sensor 1/1.8″ CCD (Total number of pixels: Approx. 7.4 megapixels)
Lens 7.7 (W)-23.1 (T) mm (35 mm film equivalent: 37 (W)-111 (T) mm)
f/2.8 (W)-f/4.9 (T)
Digital Zoom Approx. 4.0x (Up to approx. 12x in combination with the optical zoom)
Optical Viewfinder Real-image zoom viewfinder
LCD Monitor 2.0″, TFT color LCD, approx. 118,000 dots (Picture coverage 100 %)
AF System TTL autofocus Focusing frame: 9-point AiAF/1-point AF (fixed to center)
Shooting Distance
*From the front of the lens
Normal 50 cm (1.6 ft.)-infinity
Macro 5-50 cm (W)/30-50 cm (T) (2.0 in.-1.6 ft. (W)/1.0-1.6 ft. (T))
Infinity 3.0 m (9.8 ft.)-infinity
Shutter Mechanical shutter + electronic shutter
Shutter Speeds 15-1/2000 sec.*
The shutter speed varies according to the shooting mode.

*Slow shutter speeds of 1.3 sec. or slower operate with noise reduction.

Light Metering System Evaluative, Center-weighted average or Spot (Center)
Exposure Control System Program AE
Exposure Compensation ± 2.0 stops in 1/3-stop increments
Sensitivity Auto*, ISO 50/100/200/400 equivalent

*Camera automatically sets the optimal speed.

White Balance TTL auto, pre-set (available settings: Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent or Fluorescent H) or custom
Built-in Flash Auto, auto with red-eye reduction, flash on with redeye reduction, flash on, flash off, slow synchro
Flash Range Normal 50 cm-5.0 m (1.6-16.4 ft.) (W), 50 cm-3.0 m (1.6-9.8 ft.) (T)
Macro 30-50 cm (1.0-1.6 ft.) (W/T)*

*When sensitivity is set to AUTO.

Shooting Modes Still images Auto, Manual*1, Digital macro*2, My Colors*2, Special Scene*3, Stitch assist*4
Movie Standard, Fast Frame Rate, Compact, My Colors

*1 Long shutter and Digital macro mode available.
*2 Selectable in Manual mode.
*3 Portrait, Foliage, Snow, Beach, Fireworks, Underwater, Indoor, Kids & pets, Night snapshot.
*4 Selectable from the Rec. menu.

Continuous Shooting Approx. 2.0 shots/sec.*

*Large/Fine mode with LCD monitor off

Self-timer Activates shutter after an approx. 10-sec./approx. 2-sec. delay, Custom Timer
Recording Media SD memory card
File Format Design rule for camera file system and DPOF compliant
Data Type Still images Exif 2.2 (JPEG)*
Movies AVI (Image data: Motion JPEG; Audio data: WAVE (monaural))

*This digital camera supports Exif 2.2 (also called “Exif Print”).Exif Print is a standard for enhancing the communication between digital cameras and printers. By connecting to an Exif Print-compliant printer, the camera’s image data at the time of shooting is used and optimized, yielding extremely high quality prints.

Compression Superfine, Fine, Normal
Number of Recording Pixels Still images Large:3072×2304 pixels
Medium 1:2592×1944 pixels
Medium 2:2048×1536 pixels
Medium 3:1600×1200 pixels
Small:640×480 pixels
Postcard Date Imprint Mode:1600×1200 pixels
Movies Standard, My Color: recording can continue until the SD card is full* (can record up to a maximum of 1 GB at one time) 640×480 pixels, 320×240 pixels (15 fps, 30 fps)
Fast Frame Rate: (can record for 1 min.)** 320×240 pixels (60 fps)
Compact: (can record for 3 min.)** 160×120 pixels (15 fps)

*Using high-speed SD cards (SDC-512MSH recommended).

**The data in parentheses refer to the maximum movie clip length.

Playback Modes Single (histogram displayable), Index (9 thumbnail images), Magnified (approx. 10x (max.) in LCD monitor, advance or reverse through magnified images possible), Image search (jumps over 10 or 100 images, to a movie or to the next shooting date, or 9 images at a time when in index playback), Sound memos (up to 60 sec.), Slide show or Movie (slow motion play back possible).
Direct Print PictBridge compliant, and Canon Direct Print and Bubble Jet Direct compatible
Display Languages 21 languages available for menus and messages
(English, German, French, Dutch, Danish, Finnish, Italian, Norwegian, Swedish, Spanish, Simplified Chinese, Russian, Portuguese, Greek, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Turkish, Traditional Chinese, Korean and Japanese)
My Camera Settings The start-up image, start-up sound, operation sound, self-timer sound, and shutter sound can be customized using the following methods*

*Using the images and sounds recorded on a camera.

*Using the downloaded data from your computer using the supplied software.

Interface USB 2.0 Hi-Speed (mini-B), PTP (Picture Transfer Protocol)
Audio/Video output (NTSC or PAL selectable, monaural audio)
Power Source Rechargeable lithium-ion battery (type: NB-3L)
AC Adapter Kit ACK900 (Sold Separately)
Operating Temperature 0 – 40°C (32 – 104°F)
Operating Humidity 10 – 90%
(W x H x D)
89.5 (85.6)*x57.0x26.5 mm (3.5 (3.4)x2.2×1.0 in.)

* Do not include the curve on the grip side.

Weight Approx. 170 g (6.0 oz.)*

* camera body only