Canon Powershot SX260 HS

8/6/2012 5:18:49 PM

“Images taken using the full 20x optical zoom are impressive, and the image stabilization gives you good shots handheld”

There is a build-in GPS system that allows you to track your photo locations.

The SX260 can shoot movies in full HD.

The 20x zoom lens allows you to get in close to distant subjects.

Description: Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

Buy this if…

You want an advanced compact with a huge zoom

The SX260 HS joins Canon’s PowerShot line-up as the latest addition to the travel zoom range

Offering an impressive 20x optical zoom in a very compact body, the SX260 focuses itself on being a travel compact. It therefore to have a zoom range that can cope with any situation, and settings that are ideal for any subject.

It’s common for cameras with longer zooms to struggle at the longer end of the zoom length. Although there is a noticeable drop in quality, images taken using the full 20x optical zoom are impressive, and the image stabilization gives you good shots handheld.

The abundance of shooting modes found on the SX260 is enough to cater for any photographer. If you’re looking for an easy camera that will be ready for any situation, the 58 recognisable scenes make the Auto setting ideal. If you’re looking to take more control of your photos, the SX260 comes with Shutter and Aperture Priority, as well as full Manual modes. The Manual Focus option allows you to fine-tune the focus on screen and the overlay Options menu allows for simple tweaks to things like ISO and white balance.

Using the SX260 is very easy, with an accessible button layout that makes changing settings very quick and simple. There is a mode dial on the back of the menus. The pop-up flash on top of the body is very small and discreet; although its positioning can easily catch you out with your finger placement.

Photos taken with the SX260 are generally excellent. Colours look slightly more saturated the usual, but this helps to give them a punchy look, making for impressive shots straight out of the camera. However, although noise levels are kept fairly reasonable, going any higher than ISO 800 gives a noticeable lack of detail. This won’t become an issue though, unless you’re shooting in very dark conditions.

Description: Around the back you’ll find a high – res 3 –inch PureColor LCD screen

Around the back you’ll find a high – res 3 –inch PureColor LCD screen


The SX260 is very well laid out, providing all of the different buttons on the back of the camera. There is also a simple overlay menu that allows you to adjust simple settings while framing the shot.

We answer your questions…

Is this camera a good one to develop my knowledge of manual settings?

The SX260 has a huge amount of auto settings and creative filters. But, it also has full manual control, as well as some more advanced options for thing like flash exposure compensation. Making it the perfect camera to develop with.

What’s good about it

ü  Full manual settings allow you to develop your photography

ü  The button layout allows you to quickly and easy switch settings

What could be better

ü  Low-light images are perfectly usable, but the loss of detail is noticeable

ü  The focusing distance means you won’t be able to capture really close subjects

How good is it for

Portraits: Multiples-face recognition is great for quick snaps of family and friends

Landscapes: The rich colour saturation boosts the colours for great landscapes

Sports: Manual shutter speed control allows you to easily freeze the action

Low light: Images start to lose detail as ISO settings creep higher

Macro: A 5cm minimum-focus distance can make close-up shots a little difficult

The info

Price: $350

Megapixels / 12.1MP

Enough for prints of almost any size

Zoom / 20x optical, 4x digital

A huge range for such as small body

Shutter speeds / 15-1/3200sec

Ideal for shooting in any light as well as freezing fast-moving action

ISO sensitivity / 100-3200

Noise is handled very well, even at higher ISO levels

Exp. modes/ A, M, P, AP, SP, Easy, Discreet, Movie Digest, ten scene modes, nine creative filters

Take full control or experiment with the creative modes

Aperture: f3.5-6.8

Flash modes: A, FOff, FOn, SS

Weight: 231g with battery

Dimensions: 106 x 61 x 32.7mm

Batteries: Lithium-ion

Storage: SD/ SDHC/ SDXC

Screen: 3 inches




Features: 5/5

Design and handling: 5/5

Build quality: 4/5

Image quality: 4/5

Value for money: 4/5

The SX260 HS is an all-singing, all-dancing advanced compact camera. It has every setting anymore could want, a huge zoom lens and impressive image quality to boot: 5/5

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