Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

The Good The Canon PowerShot SX260 HS has shooting modes for every type of photographer from casual to advanced, a useful long zoom lens with excellent image stabilization, and overall excellent photo and video quality for a compact megazoom.

The Bad The SX260 HS' menus and controls can take some getting used to, it's got a short battery life, and photos get noticeably softer-looking indoors or in low light.

The Bottom Line The Canon PowerShot SX260 HS' wider, longer lens, a few much-needed design tweaks, and excellent photo quality add up to one pretty great compact megazoom.

Editors' Rating
  • Design 8.0
  • Features 8.0
  • Performance 8.0
  • Image quality 9.0
8.3 Overall

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Review

Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

The Canon PowerShot SX260 HS replaces last year's SX230 HS, updating its lens from a 14x 28mm wide-angle lens to a 20x 25mm ultrawide-angle one. It keeps the 12-megapixel backside-illuminated CMOS sensor, but gets the new Digic 5 image processor, which helps it shoot in bursts up to 10 frames per second, among other things. The camera's GPS system is improved, too, with better location information, and Canon's made it easier to turn on and off, saving precious battery life.

I honestly had trouble finding bad points of this camera. It doesn't have all the modes that others in its class have and it's a bit (and I mean a bit) slower in some areas of its shooting performance. The lens isn't terribly bright at either end. Photos are noisy and soft even at lower ISOs (though it's only noticeable if you're pixel peeping). As with any product, things can always be better. But against its current competition, the SX260 HS is easy to recommend.

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Specs / Prices

  • MSRP $349
  • Brand Canon
  • Digital Camera Type compact
  • Weight 7.34 oz
  • Sensor Resolution 12.1 pixels
  • Optical Sensor Size (metric) 11 mm ( 1/2.3" )
  • Optical Sensor Type BSI-CMOS
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model Red

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