Conclusion: If you’re looking to step up from a basic point-and-shoot to a more advanced model that gives you a long zoom, but you’re on an extremely tight budget, the X600 is one of the more affordable bridge cameras you can buy. While it’s listed at $199 list, you can find it cheaper. Mega-zoom offerings from other manufacturers will cost more than twice that, but be aware that for the low price, you are making compromise in quality and usability.
Pros: Long zoom with optical image stabilization, Manual shooting modes, Video recording up to 1080p, Electronic viewfinder, Feature rich for the price
Cons: Unintuitive settings adjustments, menu navigation, Noisy low-light photos, Stabilization stumbles at full zoom, Slow overall performance, Mediocre video quality