Canon SX260 12.1 Megapixel Extended Zoom Reviews Roundup

On February 7 2012, Canon announced the addition of 4 PowerShot cameras: the ELPH 530 HS, ELPH 320 HS, SX260 HS, and D20. The SX260 HS camera features a 20x Optical Zoom and 25mm Wide-Angle lens with Optical Image Stabilization. It comes with a 12.1 Megapixels high-sensitivity CMOS sensor, DIGIC 5 image processor, and supports 1080p Full HD video.

The camera also includes Intelligent IS and GPS photo tagging with location and elevation information, as well as Smart AUTO scene selection with 58 scenes and Face ID functions. It supports a High-Speed Burst HQ allowing for about 10 high-resolution shots at a continuous rate at 10.3fps. The camera is available in black, green and red for $349.99.

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Canon Powershot SX260 HS Camera Reviews Roundup


Pocket-lint - Oct 09 2012
"We're pleased to report that it's an impressive camera; in fact the overall image quality from this Canon is among the very best in its class. And when we're out and about getting those all important holiday snaps, that's a statement that will echo among the masses. With an ISO sensitivity that ranges from 100-3200 at full resolution, the camera's sharpest..." More »
80out of 100
Digital Camera Info - Aug 16 2012
"Welcome to the best travel zoom of the year. Canon's SX260 HS posted the best scores of any similar camera in 2012, and we think there's a pretty good chance it will carry this title all the way to our end of the year awards. But test scores aside, we really just enjoyed shooting with it. The camera is quick, compact, comfortable, and produces above-average..." More »
88out of 100
Imaging Resource - Aug 01 2012
"Because of its well-constructed body, the Canon SX260 has a solid look and feel of quality. It's neither too light nor too heavy, and nicely balanced for easy one-handed zooming and shooting. But while you can also change modes one-handed, it takes quite a bit of finger contortion to use the Scroll dial or press any of the function buttons. The shutter butt..." More »
Not Rated
TechRadar - Jul 25 2012
"The Canon PowerShot SX260 HS is a superzoom that offers a good balance of features and produces still images and HD movies that are very pleasing. It might lack some of the bells and whistles of other travel compacts - such as the Panasonic TZ30's touchscreen or the Samsung WB750's Live Panorama mode - but it delivers where it really matters: in picture qua..." More »
80out of 100
Steve's Digicam - Jun 07 2012
"One area where this PowerShot camera seems to perform pretty well is when you bump up the ISO setting to deal with shooting in low light. There isn't an overly high amount of noise in high ISO photos, and the images tend to be of a decent sharpness. The ability to create usable images at high ISO settings tends to be an area where point and shoot cameras st..." More »
Not Rated
dpreview - Jun 07 2012
"Camera performance is average is most respects. The SX260 powers up and is ready to take pictures in 1.2 seconds (with its start screen turned off), which is pretty good. Autofocus performance is really where the SX260 (and most Canon cameras these days) lag behind the competition. While it's not horrible by any means, if you've used any recent Nikon, Panas..." More »
76out of 100
Trusted Reviews - May 10 2012
"This being a Canon compact it should come as no great surprise to learn that overall image quality is very good indeed. As with most Canon cameras the SX260 offers a number of 'My Colours' JPEG processing profiles, each of which produces a slightly different overall look; from the super saturated tones of 'Vivid' to the much more muted palate of 'Neutral'...." More »
80out of 100
CNET UK - Apr 25 2012
"The maximum zoom is an impressive 20x optical, equivalent to 25-500mm in a 35mm camera, so the actual magnification outguns any regular kit lens supplied with an entry-level dSLR. It has both face detection and auto-focus tracking, so you can fix your point of interest and so long as you keep it within the frame by panning as it moves, the SX260 HS will kee..." More »
80out of 100
Photography BLOG - Apr 17 2012
"The new Canon PowerShot SX260 HS travel-zoom narrows the gap to the market-leading Panasonic TZ series by offering a much longer zoom, more features and fixing some of the issues that afflicted its predecessor. Full 1080p HD movies make the SX260 HS a more than competent all-in-one camera for both photos and video, while the effective built-in GPS system di..." More »
90out of 100
ePhotoZine - Apr 17 2012
"The 20x optical zoom lens performs well at both the wide and telephoto ends of the lens, although there is some barrel distortion at wide-angle. There is also some pincushion distortion at full zoom. Detail is good although there is slight softness in the corners but not excessive. Vignetting was not noticed during testing, although some purple fringing was..." More »
80out of 100
CNET US - Mar 26 2012
"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. The noise and noise reduction are well balanced so you still get very good color and detail at these higher..." More »
80out of 100
Digital Camera Resource Page - Mar 26 2012
"The PowerShot SX260 has both automatic and manual controls, though enthusiasts may be a bit frustrated with a few things. The SX260 has more point-and-shoot modes than any camera I can remember. Want a locked down, foolproof shooting experience? Then use Easy mode. If you want the camera to pick one of 58 scene modes for you, then use Smart Auto mode. Those..." More »
Not Rated

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