Body & Design
The PowerShot SX260 HS is a more streamlined version of the SX230 that came before it. The camera is made almost entirely of metal, with everything feeling pretty solid. It's compact and easy to hold, though there's not a lot of room on the back of the camera for your thumb, with mine usually resting on the movie record button. I also don't like how the buttons on the back of the camera are flush with the body, so you can't tell what you're pressing without looking first.
Up on top of the SX260 you'll find the flash, speaker, and stereo microphones. The GPS has been integrated into the body, so the SX260 lacks the "hump" of its predecessor. On the back you can see that the SX260 loses the widescreen LCD of its predecessor (I view this as a good thing), and the buttons have been flattened to the flush design I mentioned earlier. Also notable is the fact that the power button has moved from the back of the SX230 to the top of the SX260.
The most obvious feature of the back of the camera is the SX260's 3-inch LCD display. The LCD has gone back to a more traditional 4:3 aspect ratio, rather than the widescreen one on the SX230. This is good news for still shooters, as composing photos on a 16:9 display is awkward. The LCD retains the same 461,000 pixel resolution of its predecessor, and it offers good outdoor visibility. In low light situations the screen brightens up nicely, allowing you to see what you're trying to take a photo of.
Oh, and I'm sure you've all been wondering about this - the PowerShot SX260 HS comes in three colors: red, black, and green.
Now it's time to see how the PowerShot SX260 HS compares to other travel zooms in terms of size and weight. As you can see above, it's pretty compact for a camera with a 20X zoom lens!
|Camera||Dimensions (W x H x D, excluding protrusions)||Volume (bulk)||Mass (empty)|
|Canon PowerShot SX260 HS||4.2 x 2.4 x 1.3 in.||13.1 cu in.||208 g|
|Fujifilm FinePix F770EXR||4.1 x 2.4 x 1.4 in.||13.8 cu in.||209 g|
|Nikon Coolpix S9300||4.3 x 2.5 x 1.3 in.||14 cu in.||215 g|
|Olympus SZ-31MR iHS||4.2 x 2.7 x 1.6 in.||18.1 cu in.||226 g|
|Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20||4.1 x 2.3 x 1.3 in.||12.3 cu in.||185 g|
|Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V||4.3 x 2.5 x 1.4 in.||15.1 cu in.||221 g|
As you can see, the SX260 is one of the smallest and lightest travel zooms out there.
|Canon PowerShot SX260 HS Red 12.1 MP 20X Optical Zoom 25mm Wide Angle||$349.99|
|Canon PowerShot SX260 HS 12.1 Megapixel Compact Camera - Green||$398.00|
|Canon PowerShot SX260 HS Green 12.1 MP 20X Optical Zoom 25mm Wide||$449.99|