Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

Announced Feb 7, 2012 •
12 megapixels | 3 screen | 25 – 500 mm (20×)
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Announced Feb 7, 2012

The PowerShot SX260 HS is a GPS-enabled 20x compact superzoom with a 25-500mm equivalent lenses featuring the company's latest 7-mode image stabilization system. It features a 460k dot screen and the ability to shoot burst of images at 10.3 frames per second. It uses a 12MP back-lit CMOS sensor.

All things considered, the PowerShot SX260 HS is a solid choice for those looking for a travel zoom camera. It's not particularly fast (especially in the AF department), nor is it loaded with bells and whistles like landmark databases. The bottom line is that the SX260 gets the job done in nearly all situations, and produces photos of higher quality than competitive models.

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Quick specs
Body type Compact
Max resolution 4000 x 3000
Effective pixels 12 megapixels
Sensor size 1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm)
Sensor type BSI-CMOS
ISO Auto 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200
Focal length (equiv.) 25–500 mm
Optical zoom 20×
Articulated LCD Fixed
Screen size 3
Screen dots 461,000
Min shutter speed 15 sec
Max shutter speed 1/3200 sec
Format H.264
Storage types SD/SDHC/SDXC
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Weight (inc. batteries) 231 g (0.51 lb / 8.15 oz)
Dimensions 106 x 61 x 33 mm (4.17 x 2.4 x 1.3)
GPS BuiltIn

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Our review

Canon's PowerShot SX260 HS is a well-designed compact travel zoom that produces photos that hold up well against the competition. It has a solid set of features for the point-and-shoot crowd, though serious photographers may find some annoyances. The SX260 isn't the most responsive camera out there, but as long as you avoid fast-moving subjects, it'll serve you well.

Good for: Photographers looking for a GPS-equipped compact travel zoom that produces good quality photos (even in low light), and offers a nice set of both point-and-shoot features and manual controls.

Not so good for: Photographers who take a lot of flash people pictures or want to capture fast action. Enthusiasts will be disappointed by the lack of RAW support, manual controls in movie mode, and a fixed ISO when shutter speeds are slow.

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