Canon PowerShot

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Canon PowerShot 600, Canon's first consumer digital camera, released in 1996 featuring 0.5 Mpixel CCD[1]
Brand: Canon
Model: PowerShot 600
First Mentioned: 1996
Resolution: 832x608
internal storage: 1MB
Lens: 7mm f/2.5 (equiv.50mm)
Size: 159.5 x92.5 x58.8mm
Weight: 420 gr. (just the camera)
Canon PowerShot A590 lens

The PowerShot products is a line of consumer and prosumer grade digital cameras, launched by Canon in 1996.[3] The PowerShot line has been successful for Canon, and is one of the best-selling digital camera lines worldwide.

Free software from the Canon Hack Development Kit (CHDK) project allows nearly complete programmatic control of PowerShot cameras, enabling users to add features, up to and including BASIC and Lua scripting.[4]

Some models of PowerShot cameras were affected by third-party CCD sensors with a design flaw, which caused them to fail and display severely distorted images. Canon offered to repair affected cameras free of charge.[5]


A black Canon PowerShot SX610 HS.
  • D series: waterproof, freeze-resistant, and shock-resistant
  • E series: design-oriented budget cameras
  • G series: flagship cameras with advanced features
  • S/SD series (also known as PowerShot Digital ELPH, Digital IXUS, and IXY Digital): "Performance and Style" ultra-compact point-and-shoot cameras
  • S/SX series: ultra-zoom cameras

("IS" and "HS" are not a series; they are suffixes that denote "image stabilization" and "high sensitivity".)

  • S series: originally a series of compact point-and-shoot cameras, currently a series of prosumer cameras slotting beneath the G series
  • A series: "Easy and Fun" budget cameras ranging from point-and-shoot to prosumer cameras
  • PowerShot 600 (1996)
  • Pro series: semi-professional-level cameras slotting right beneath Canon's dSLRs, consisting of the Pro70 (1998), Pro90 IS (2001), and Pro1 (2004)
  • TX series: hybrid camera–camcorders
Model Release Date Sensor specifications VIdeo Specifications Lens (35mm equiv), zoom and Aperture Image Processor LCD specifications Viewfinder Card Size WxHxD (mm) Weight

(with batteries)

Powershot 600 13 / 5 / 1996 1 MP

832 x 608

1/3" CCD

No movie mode 50mm f/2.5 No LCD Optical PCMCIA Type II / III (1MB Internal memory) 160 x 93 x 59 460g Canon's first consumer digital camera, has RAW
Pro 70 Early 1999 1.68 MP

1536 x 1024

1/2" CCD (CYGM)

28-70mm (2.5x) f/2-2.4 2" vari-angle Compact Flash Type I / II

(2 slots)

148 x 84 x 130 800g Added hotshoe
Pro 90 IS February 2001 2.6 MP

1856 x 1392

1/1.8" CCD (CYGM)

320x240 15fps 37-370mm (10x) f/2.8-3.5 1.8" vari-angle Electronic Compact Flash Type I / II 125 x 85 x 130 680g Added movie mode
Pro 1 February 2004 8 MP

3264 x 2448

2/3" CCD

640x480 15fps 28-200mm (7x) f/2.4-3.5 DIGIC 2" vari-angle


118 x 72 x 90 640g Has built in ND Filter

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "PowerShot 600". Canon Camera Museum.
  2. ^ "Canon Powershot 600 (1996)". The Digital Camera Museum. Retrieved 2018-02-22.
  3. ^ "Canon Camera Story (1992–1996) - From Analog SV Cameras to Digital Cameras". Canon. Archived from the original on July 14, 2011. Retrieved July 14, 2011.CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link) ()
  4. ^ Slashdot, Hacking Canon Point-and-Shoot Cameras, Posted by kdawson on Tuesday May 06 2008, @04:56PM, from the now-don't-brick-it dept.
  5. ^ "Service Notice: CCD Image Sensor Advisory". 2005-10-06. Retrieved 2010-02-01.

External links[edit]

Media related to Canon PowerShot at Wikimedia Commons