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Canon PowerShot SX260 HS Specifications

Price
MSRPUS: $349.99
Body type
Body typeCompact
Sensor
Max resolution4000 x 3000
Other resolutions4000 x 3000, 4000 x 2248, 4000 x 2664, 2992 x 2992, 2816 x 2112, 2816 x 1880, 2816 x 1584, 2112 x 2112, 1920 x 1080, 1600 x 1200, 1600 x 1064, 1200 x 1200, 640 x 480, 640 x 424, 640 x 360, 480 x 480
Image ratio w:h1:1, 4:3, 3:2, 16:9
Effective pixels12 megapixels
Sensor size1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm)
Sensor typeBSI-CMOS
ProcessorDigic 5
Color filter arrayPrimary color filter
Image
ISOAuto 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200
White balance presets6
Custom white balanceYes (1)
Image stabilizationOptical
Uncompressed formatNo
JPEG quality levelsFine, Normal
File format
  • JPEG (Exif 2.3)
Optics & Focus
Focal length (equiv.)25–500 mm
Optical zoom20×
Maximum apertureF3.5 - F6.8
Autofocus
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Multi-area
  • Center
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Face Detection
Autofocus assist lampYes
Digital zoomYes (4x)
Manual focusYes
Macro focus range5 cm (1.97)
Number of focus points9
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCDFixed
Screen size3
Screen dots461,000
Touch screenNo
Screen type PureColor II TFT LCD
Live viewYes
Viewfinder typeNone
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed15 sec
Maximum shutter speed1/3200 sec
Exposure modes
  • Smart Auto
  • Program
  • Shutter priority
  • Aperture priority
  • Manual
  • Live View Control
  • Easy
  • Movie Digest
  • SCN
Scene modes
  • Portrait
  • Smooth Skin
  • Smart Shutter (Smile, Wink Self-Timer, FaceSelf-Timer)
  • High- speed Burst HQ
  • Handheld Night Scene
  • Low Light (3.0MP)
  • Underwater
  • Snow
  • Fireworks
  • Stitch Assist
Built-in flashYes
Flash range3.50 m
External flashYes (optional HF-DC2)
Flash modesAuto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync
Drive modes
  • Single
  • Auto drive
  • Continuous
  • Continuous with AF
  • Self-Timer
Continuous drive2.4 fps
Self-timerYes (2 or 10 sec, Custom)
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
Exposure compensation±2 (at 1/3 EV steps)
WB BracketingNo
Videography features
Resolutions1920 x 1080 (24 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps) 640 x 480 (30, 120 fps), 320 x 240 (240 fps)
FormatH.264
Videography notesMiniature Effect (HD, L) 6fps, 3fps, 1.5 fps iFrame Movie (HD)
MicrophoneStereo
SpeakerMono
Storage
Storage typesSD/SDHC/SDXC
Connectivity
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMIYes (Mini)
Remote controlNo
Physical
Environmentally sealedNo
BatteryBattery Pack
Battery descriptionLithium-Ion NB-6L rechargeable battery & charger
Battery Life (CIPA)230
Weight (inc. batteries)231 g (0.51 lb / 8.15 oz)
Dimensions106 x 61 x 33 mm (4.17 x 2.4 x 1.3)
Other features
Orientation sensorYes
Timelapse recordingNo
GPSBuiltIn
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Comments

Total comments: 4
BobFoster

If you want to save yourself a few quid. Shop around on line and find yourself the near identical (except for the lens and extra grip) SX230HS, or SX220HS(no GPS). Basically the same camera but with a 14x lens for over £100 less than the SX260.
Also, can someone please let me know if the SX260 still has the same problem where the spot metering setting cannot be saved and has to be manually set every time after switching the camera back on.

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GHouse

Bought this camera having previously owned a Canon A720 IS that I was very happy with. This one not so much. In my experience, there's way too much blur in even not-so-low light. Doesn't matter if I pick the settings myself or let the camera do it.
There also seems to be a problem with the color cast that's especially noticeable with shots taken outdoors in the daytime. Between the 2 problems there doesn't seem to be much this camera does right.
Now I don't claim to know everything about photography but I can take fairly good photos with my T3i and understand how to use manual mode and have a special interest in taking photos of night scenes with available lighting.
I bought this camera mostly to have something small to take hiking. As it is, I'm still toting the dslr around the trails.

I intend to try chdk to see if the added features such as bracketing and RAW support make this camera usable.

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donnagwiz

Does anyone know how to take b/w pics?

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Leonarbe

I was very impressed with this camera especially with the 20x zoom.
However after just 18 months the shutter has become loose... First time ever I have had a problem like this with a digital camera.
I treat the camera reasonable well. Now I have to take it to the camera repair shop to see if they can help me with it.
I'm waiting for Nikion to match this camera.

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Total comments: 4