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The Canon PowerShot SX260 HS camera is a new travel-zoom camera that replaces the SX230 HS model. There's a longer 20x, 25-500mm optical zoom lens with a built-in 4-stop image stabilizer and Intelligent IS technology, 12.1 megapixel back-illuminated CMOS sensor, 3 inch LCD screen with 460k-dot resolution, DIGIC 5 image processing engine, full 1080p HD Movie Mode with stereo sound and an HDMI output, and a Smart Auto mode with Scene Detection Technology and an Easy mode for beginners. The Canon SX260 HS also offers built-in GPS with included Map Utility software and GPS logger function (the only difference between the SX260 and cheaper SX240 model), a full range of manual exposure modes for more experienced photographers, fast 10.3fps burst shooting at full 12 megapixel resolution, Face Identification, a range of Creative Filters and a 240fps Super Slow Motion Movie mode. The Canon PowerShot SX260 is priced at £329 / $349.99 / €379.00 and is available in silver, black, red or green.
Forgive us but this has been sort of a weak year for travel zoom cameras. It seems like most manufacturers are continuing to commit the “longer zoom equals better camera” fallacy, squeezing ever more ambitious lenses onto the same tiny bodies. Canon's most expensive travel zoom, the SX260 HS, posts one of the biggest numbers of all, with its huge 20x optical zoom ratio. But this model's CMOS image sensor tops out at only 12.1 megapixels, showing encouraging restraint on Canon's part. Could this be the camera to break the travel zoom segment's string of bad luck? In the following sample images, clicking on the larger image will download the full resolution original. Each photo is accompanied by four actual-size crops. The SX260 is distinguished by its enormous 20x lens, while the rest of the body takes on a less futuristic—though still modern—appearance. The hardware feels sturdy and well-built, and for $350, it should. The SX260’s huge lens is almost the whole point of the camera. Tiny body with a huge zoom, that’s why models like this exist. We find the barrel itself to be relatively sturdy, while movement action is smooth, fast, and sufficiently precise.
Review Summary: Among Travel Zoom digital cameras, the Canon SX260 HS stands out not just for its 20x zoom lens, but for its quite complete range of controls and impressive image quality, allowing output of 16 x 20-inch prints with ease. Each succeeding generation of smartphones improves photographic functionality, which makes it more competitive to traditional point-and-shoot cameras: higher resolution, enhanced video, and better image quality. Some technology visionaries even predict that smartphones will eventually obsolete and replace point-and-shoot cameras. To belie this claim, Canon's $350 PowerShot SX260 HS offers one "killer-app" feature that no smartphone can conceivably match: a 20X optical zoom lens that provides true telephoto (and wide angle) capability. It also comes equipped with a long list of crowd-pleasing photographic goodies, among which are GPS tracking, HDMI interface, popular program modes, sophisticated face recognition, superior low-light shooting ability, exposure modes ranging from total manual to complete auto exposure, and manual and automatic focus control, plus a sophisticated group-type autofocus system called Face Identification.
Buying GuideBest compact camera 2012It's been five years since Canon launched its PowerShot SX series of family superzooms. SX cameras were designed to offer big lens performance at a more affordable price than traditional high-end superzooms, without skimping on features and functions.The Canon PowerShot SX260 HS is the top pocket-friendly SX model for 2012, positioned under the Canon PowerShot SX40 HS bridge camera and its 35x optical zoom in the Canon lineup. The Canon SX260 HS features a wider, longer 20x optical zoom than outgoing PowerShot SX230 HS. It's been launched alongside the Canon PowerShot SX240 HS, which is essentially the same camera but without GPS.The new lens offers a 25-500mm equivalent range that surpasses the SX230's 28-392mm zoom at both wide-angle and telephoto ends of the reach, although it's not quite as bright (f/3.5-f/6.8, compared to the SX30's f/3.1-f/5.9).Despite retaining the same 12.1 megapixel 1/2.3-inch back-illuminated CMOS sensor as the camera it replaces, the PowerShot SX260 HS gets Canon's latest Digic 5 processor, as featured in the Canon G1 X and Canon S100.
Thanks to a hard-to-beat combo of very good image quality, a generous optical-zoom reach, ease of use, and flexible shooting options, every iteration of Canon's PowerShot SX line seems to end up at the top of our pocket-megazoom cameras chart. The latest camera in the family, the 20X-optical-zoom Canon PowerShot SX260 HS ($350 as of June 1, 2012), is another winner. Because it covers so many bases, it's one of the easiest point-and-shoot cameras to recommend for any user. The 12-megapixel PowerShot SX260 HS's versatile lens, assorted shooting modes, excellent image and video quality, and manual controls all contribute to its high rating. You'll find only a few weak spots in this camera: It doesn't shoot RAW, it has mediocre battery life, and audio capture is a bit hissy while it's shooting video. Due to its extensive zoom range, it also has a relatively narrow aperture at the wide-angle end--but every pocket megazoom we've ever seen also has that shortcoming. Performance, Image Quality, and Video Quality In PCWorld Labs subjective tests for image quality, the PowerShot SX260 HS earned a score of Very Good in nearly all of our testing categories, namely in exposure quality, color accuracy, and lack of distortion.
The PowerShot SX260 HS ($349) is the latest compact travel zoom from Canon. The SX260 replaces the SX230 (one of my favorite travel zooms from last year) and its biggest feature is its wider, more powerful zoom lens. Other things that have been improved include its image processor, image stabilization system, Smart Auto mode, and burst mode performance. The SX260 retains the same 12.1 Megapixel CMOS sensor, 3-inch LCD, GPS receiver, and Full HD movie mode of its predecessor. As with all of their recent cameras, Canon neither builds memory into their cameras, nor includes a memory card in the box. So, unless you have one already (which you probably do), you'll need to buy yourself an SD, SDHC, or SDXC card right away. You're going to want a 4GB card at the very least, and larger if you plan on taking a lot of Full HD videos. A high speed (Class 6 or higher) card is recommended for best performance. Canon uses the NB-6L lithium-ion battery for power. This battery, used on a number of other PowerShots, packs 3.5 Wh of energy, which is on the lower end of the spectrum. Here's how that translates into battery life: The good news here is that the SX260's battery life is about 10% higher than its predecessor.
When a company has unlocked a successful formula for their product, they seldom deviate from it. Canon's history with camera making is a testament of that very fact. They have churned out great cameras in every segment and the travel zoom is no exception. The SX260 HS is Canon's top-end travel zoom camera that promises to be an excellent companion on every trip you make. Well, we're not that easily convinced to we put this little hunk of gorgeous metal to the test. The first thing you notice about the SX260 HS is its svelte matte finish which lends it a brushed metal feel. The unit we received was slate grey with slight color variations being used for the buttons and text. The metal ring around the zoom lens is brushed metal and blends rather well into the body's color scheme. On the front, there is a nice, smooth rubber slab that juts out of the body, serving as a means of enhancing the grip of your shooting hand on the camera. The back of the camera features the standard jog dial that also functions as a controller for various options (flash exposure, exposure compensation, focus modes and delete). Interestingly, Canon has moved the mode dial from the top onto the back (in a move to slim down the camera as a whole).
The Canon PowerShot SX240 HS and SX260 HS are Canon's 2012 pocket super-zoom replacements for the PowerShot SX230 HS. The headline feature with pocket super-zooms is obviously the optical range and Canon has extended the reach of the PowerShot SX240 HS and SX260 HS to 20x with a new lens that's equivalent to 25-500mm. That puts them on a equal footing with Panasonic's market leading Lumix ZS20 / TZ30 and Sony's HX20V / HX30V. Canon has resisted the opportunity to increase the resolution and has stuck with a 12.1 Megapixel back-illuminated CMOS sensor, but the image processor has been upgraded to the Digic 5. The best quality movie mode remains 1080p24, and the 3 inch LCD screen has the same diagonal size, but its aspect ratio has changed from 16:9 to 4:3, and the image stabilisation has been updated to Canon's new Intelligent IS system. So far the SX240 HS and SX260 HS are identical, so what's the difference between the two models? It boils down to a single feature: the SX260 HS has a built-in GPS receiver whereas the SX240 HS does not. In regions which offer both models, this gives you the choice whether to go for GPS or not, but in other regions only one model may be available.
Canon has updated last year's successful SX220/SX230 superzooms with two new models for 2012—the SX240 HS and SX260 HS. Like last year, the only difference between the two cameras is that the SX260 HS has a built-in GPS, while the SX240 HS has no geotagging functions. Both of the models have been treated to a new 20x zoom lens but they also have a fair bit in common with their predecessors, with which they share a particularly good backlit 12-Megapixel sensor. Canon's PowerShot SX series seems to evolve slowly but surely. This year, the SX260 HS (like the GPS-free SX240 HS) has a slightly boxier design than 2011's SX220/SX230, but the cameras still look very similar. The controls are identical and have almost exactly the same layout as last year's cameras (including the mode dial on the back of the camera), although the On/Off button has moved by about five millimetres. Build quality is as good as ever too, as the SX260 is a nice-to-use camera that's clearly been made with attention to detail. Handling has improved considerably thanks to a grip strip on the front of the camera, and a bigger gap between the mode dial and the screen makes room to rest your thumb nicely on the back.
If you're looking for the perfect mix of compact camera specs right now, 12.1 megapixels and a 20x zoom just about hits the spot. Lucky for you, as that's precisely what the Canon PowerShot SX260 HS is packing. Thankfully, camera makers are turning their backs on ever-increasing pixel counts for headline-grabbing marketing hooks. Sanity is prevailing and we're seeing a returned focus on what really matters in a good camera -- features, ease of use and quality images. This is where the SX260 HS fits in.You can pick one up online now for around £270. The good-looking SX260 HS is surprisingly large -- about the same as a first-generation iPod. At least Canon has made good use of all that extra space. The buttons are bigger than usual so it's a good choice for anyone with fat fingers. The large-buttoned SX260 HS is fat finger friendly. There's a built-in GPS receiver that automatically geo-tags your images, stamping them with location metadata so that apps like Adobe Lightroom, Apple Aperture and iPhoto, as well as sharing sites like Flickr, can accurately plot them on a map. This latter feature is quite a boon, although I found that some of my pictures, even when taken under clear skies and with good line-of-sight of the sky, weren't stamped.
Canon's PowerShot SX260 HS combines GPS geotagging and a 20x superzoom in a sturdy, relative compact chassis that travellers may find compelling.The Canon PowerShot SX260 HS wears many hats: it has built-in GPS, zooms all the way to 20x, shoots 1080p video, and it's all crammed in a point-and-shoot body. That's a lot of ground for one camera to cover, and it does a decent job in all areas. Unfortunately, it also suffers from what can happen when you spread yourself too thin – instead of excelling in one area, you find yourself doing OK at lots of things.The SX260 HS is a hard sell, costing $350 for what can be considered somewhat niche features. At the same time, users will be happy with the user-friendly interface and the ease with which you can manipulate manual controls. You just have to determine how worth it a couple of stellar capabilities are to you, and whether or not they outweigh more standard fare.The PowerShort SX260 HS includes a removable battery pack, battery charger, wrist strap, USB cable, and Digital Camera Solution CD-ROM.The first thing you'll notice about the SX260 HS is that its slightly bigger and considerably heavier than your average point-and-shoot.
The Canon PowerShot SX260 HS ($349.99 direct) is the successor to the very solid SX230 HS ($349.99, 4 stars). Like its predecessor, it features a 12-megapixel image sensor and a built-in GPS, but adds a longer 20x zoom lens (up from 14x), without increasing the size of the camera. A good performer, and a top choice for geotaggers, it doesn't quite surpass the Nikon Coolpix S9100 ($329.95, 4 stars) as our Editors' Choice superzoom. Design and Features At just 2.4 by 4.2 by 1.3 inches (HWD) and 8.2 ounces, the SX260 HS can slide into a pants pocket with ease. It's comparable in size to other compact superzooms that we've tested, including the Fujifilm Finepix F600EXR ($349.95, 3 stars), a 15x camera at 2.4 by 4 by 1.2 inches and 7.7 ounces. The SX260's 20x lens covers an impressive 25-500mm (35mm equivalent) focal length range. If you want to go any longer than that, you'll need to look at a camera with a much larger body like the 35x-zooming Canon PowerShot SX40 HS ($429.99, 4 stars), which can easily be mistaken for a small D-SLR at first glance. The SX260 offers a sturdy-feeling metal exterior and is available in black, green, or red—although the red version looks pinkish to my eye. Controls are well thought out.
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 at 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 you precious battery life. I honestly had trouble coming up with bad points about 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). Like any product, things can always be better. But as it stands against its current competition, the SX260 HS is an easy recommendation. The SX260 HS produces some excellent photos for a compact megazoom, particularly at higher ISOs. While photos do get softer and noisier above ISO 200 (pixel peepers will see noise and soft details below ISO 200), ISO 400 and 800 are still very usable.
If it isn't broken, don't fix it. The Canon PowerShot SX260 HS is a familiar follow-up to last year's excellent SX230 HS, though the designers crammed even more zoom crammed into an even slimmer body. With a 20x reach, a 12.1-megapixel backlit CMOS sensor, a new image processor, and a reasonable asking price of $349, the SX260 HS could once again be one of the year's most popular travel zooms. We spent a few minutes with the SX260 HS at the CP+ 2012 photo show in Japan. Read on for our first impressions. Like all of the SX2-series cameras before it, the SX260 HS takes a strong ELPH design influence. It’s obviously larger than, say, the ELPH 100 HS point-and-shoot because it needs to accommodate a much larger lens. But it’s still small enough to even fit in some pants pockets, and feels well-built. It looks very, very similar to last year’s SX230 HS. All the edges are curved, with no hard lines anywhere to be found. Canon did add a rubber tab to the front of the body for an improved grip, and swapped last year’s silver accenting for a grayer tone.
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