AgfaPhoto DC-600UW

AgfaPhoto DC-600UW

AgfaPhoto DC-600UW Review

AgfaPhoto DC-600UW follows suit accordingly, but looks even more DIY and toy-like than its more expensive competitors.

It goes underwater to 10m like the Canon PowerShot D10 and Olympus Tough 8000 and is dust resistant, but there’s no shock proofing.  There’s also no optical zoom; instead, you’re stuck with 5x digital zoom which we suggest avoiding anyway.

The controls are chunky and coated in a resistant plastic, and the screen measures 2.4 inches diagonally and is a very low resolution unit. Around the side, the batteries and memory card slot in alongside each other (AA batteries and SD/SDHC cards respectively). AA batteries are a bit of a love it or hate it thing — you are either going to love having the convenience of buying replacement batteries from anywhere you choose, or you’re going to hate their bulkiness and how expensive repeated recharges become.

Additional features include face tracking and scene modes; ISO sensitivity reaches a maximum of ISO 1600.  Video recording with sound is also an option, at 640×480 resolution in AVI format.

When the camera is submerged, it is quite difficult to see the screen without angling it appropriately. The buttons are fortunately large enough to allow fingers to press them even when the camera is underwater and shutter lag is not particularly noticeable in this situation.

Image quality is decent but not astounding — there’s a distinct level of digital artefacting present over areas with lots of detail when zoomed into full magnification. Chromatic aberration is also an issue, as areas of high contrast have large purple halos and fringing around them.

AgfaPhoto DC-600UW

Body type
Body type Compact
Max resolution 3680 x 2760
Other resolutions 2816 x 2112, 2048 x 1536, 640 x 480
Image ratio w:h 4:3
Effective pixels 6 megapixels
Sensor size 1/2.3″ (6.17 x 4.55 mm)
Sensor type CCD
ISO Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600
White balance presets 5
Custom white balance Yes
Image stabilization Unknown
Uncompressed format No
Optics & Focus
Maximum aperture F3.5–7
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Single
  • Live View
Digital zoom Yes (5x)
Manual focus No
Normal focus range 70 cm (27.56)
Macro focus range 20 cm (7.87)
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCD Fixed
Screen size 2.4
Screen dots 110,000
Touch screen No
Live view Yes
Viewfinder type None
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed 8 sec
Maximum shutter speed 1/1000 sec
Aperture priority No
Shutter priority No
Manual exposure mode No
Subject / scene modes Yes
Built-in flash Yes
External flash No
Flash modes Auto, Fill-in, Red-Eye, Off
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
Exposure compensation ±2 (at 1/5 EV steps)
Videography features
Resolutions 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
Format Motion JPEG
Microphone Mono
Storage types SD/SDHC, Internal
Storage included 32 MB Internal
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Remote control No
Environmentally sealed Yes (Water-resistant, Dust-resistant)
Battery AA
Battery description 2 x AA batteries (NiMH )
Weight (inc. batteries) 161 g (0.35 lb / 5.68 oz)
Dimensions 101 x 61 x 32 mm (3.98 x 2.4 x 1.26)
Other features
GPS None
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