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 andand 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.
|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)|
|ISO||Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600|
|White balance presets||5|
|Custom white balance||Yes|
|Optics & Focus|
|Digital zoom||Yes (5x)|
|Normal focus range||70 cm (27.56″)|
|Macro focus range||20 cm (7.87″)|
|Screen / viewfinder|
|Minimum shutter speed||8 sec|
|Maximum shutter speed||1/1000 sec|
|Manual exposure mode||No|
|Subject / scene modes||Yes|
|Flash modes||Auto, Fill-in, Red-Eye, Off|
|Exposure compensation||±2 (at 1/5 EV steps)|
|Resolutions||640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)|
|Storage types||SD/SDHC, Internal|
|Storage included||32 MB Internal|
|USB||USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)|
|Environmentally sealed||Yes (Water-resistant, Dust-resistant)|
|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″)|