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Canon PowerShot S60

alaTest has collected and analyzed 368 reviews from magazines and websites. People really like the performance and image quality. The usability and lens also get good feedback, but there are some critical views about the low light performance and memory. The control panel and reliability get mixed reviews.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Canon PowerShot S60 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 82/100 = Very good quality.

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Canon USA Powershot S60 Digital Camera Camera


If your number one priority for a digital camera is that it doesn't pull your shirt pocket down to belly button level, you'll want to skip the Canon PowerShot S60. Though it has the typical oblong shape of a point-and-shoot and weighs less than its...

Though the updates found in the S60 make it a significantly better camera than the S50, they don't constitute a dramatic improvement. That may come with Canon's 7-megapixel version, the PowerShot S70, which is due in late August

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Canon Powershot S60 Digital Camera


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Canon PowerShot S60


Canon are keen to point out that the S60 has a lens which utilizes 'UA lens technology'. This has lens elements which have 'ultra high refraction index glass' which allows the entire lens system to be thinner (yet maintaining the same image quality).

Good resolution (one of the best five megapixel) ; Good metering, nice tonal balance (more shadow detail), vivid color ; Mature image processing, few artifacts, low moire, good detail ; Wide angle zoom (28 - 100 mm equiv.) ; Control over camera's...

Some purple fringing visible at wide angle or maximum apertures ; Lens slow at telephoto (F5.3) ; Auto focus speed and shutter release lag no better than S50 ; Some under-exposure with flash, although can be compensated ; No anti-reflective coating on...

What we have here ladies and gentlemen is a compact G5, it may be missing the flip-out and twist LCD monitor but it does have a 3.6x wide angle zoom lens (albiet slower than the G5's impressive F2.0 - F3.0). I'm also glad to see that Canon realized the...


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Canon PowerShot S60 review by PC Magazine


The 5MP Canon PowerShot S60 is a feature-laden, lighter, and faster replacement for the Canon PowerShot S50. It takes crystal-clear pictures and ...

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Canon Powershot S60


Armed with a faster start up time, the S60 sports a variety of enhanced features that make it stand out from the crowd. Notably, the macro function allows photographers to shoot a subject from as close as 1.6 inch. The optional Tele-converter extends...

Advanced features include a full range of exposure modes; Program AE with Shift, Shutter speed-priority, Aperture-priority, Full Manual, AE Bracketing and a host of pre-programmed "Image Zone" modes. A 9-Point AiAF autofocus system with manual focus...

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Canon PowerShot S60 Digital Camera Review: Intro and Highlights


The Canon PowerShot S60 is a significant update of last year's best-selling S50 model. At the top of the "mid-sized compact" PowerShot line, the sleek Canon S60 takes last year's design and adds a wide-angle zoom lens (reaching down to 28mm equivalent...

To see how S60's images compare to other cameras you may be considering

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Canon PowerShot S60


Those are the major differences between the two. There are a few more that I'll touch on later in the review. And with that, let's begin our look at this new camera

Very good photo quality (though see issues below) ; Lens starts at 28 mm ; Full manual controls ; Robust performance ; AF-assist lamp ; Supports telephoto conversion lens and underwater case ; Good battery life for a camera of this size ; Can save...

Some softness in corners of photos ; Redeye ; Cheap plastic door over memory card / battery compartment ; Not much telephoto power (but a conversion lens is available) ; No live histogram in record mode ; Movie mode limited to 30 secs, 10 frames/sec at...

Overall, though, I'm more than happy to recommend this camera to anyone who wants a wide-angle camera. The S60 is more than that, though -- it's a great camera for everyday shooting.

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Canon PowerShot S60 5 Megapixels And Abundant Controls


Whether you prefer to shoot on automatic or set your own picture effects using aperture and shutter speed, consider the compact Canon PowerShot S60 a very good traveling companion. With 5 megapixels and a Canon 3.6x zoom lens (15x using digital zoom),...

The "native" ISO of the S60 is ISO 50, which might seem slow but actually delivers the best quality image files. You can go up as high as ISO 400 if you don't want to use flash indoors, but keeping it at the native rated speed will reap the best...

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For over a year now Ive been lugging around my Canon 10D digital camera with a heavy telephoto lens and second battery attached. I often felt like Quasimodo by days end. Id forgotten the joys of having a nice point and shoot camera that fits...

All in all, Canon has another winner on their hands. If you need a feature-packed digital camera that is capable of excellent image quality, fits in your shirt pocket and is a joy to use, look no further than the Canon Powershot S60

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Canon PowerShot S60


I agree with the below post. I got it in 2004 also, loved it forever, until recently I lost it somewhere and had to replace it with Panasonic LX1. for 5 years this camera has rarely let me down. I have dropped it on concrete floor (it was a hard...

the only problem was.... I lost the damn camera

Product Specifications

The PowerShot S60 continues the compact and full function legacy of the PowerShot S-series, but is now even slimmer. Compared to the PowerShot S50, the PowerShot S60 is 3.2 mm slimmer. In addition, ergonomically redesigned and repositioned buttons, and a redesigned menu interface combine to improve ease of operation. This camera is equipped with an approximately 5 million pixel CCD. The DIGIC Imaging Processor speeds precise image handling, and when teamed with iSAPS technology, results in the best image control. This camera is equipped with a newly designed 28 to 100 mm, f/2.8-5.3, 3.6x optical zoom lens. Compared to cameras with the usual 35 mm maximum wide-angle setting, the PowerShot S60's 28 mm lens lets you take in more of a scene at the same distance. On the other hand, thanks to the 3.6x optical zoom, telephoto photography approaching 3x cameras is also possible. By incorporating a newly designed, molded, aspherical UA lens - with its ultra-high index of refraction - into the zoom lens composition, high magnification rates with excellent image quality and a slimmer body were achieved. Photographic functions are also being added and improved. The camera can use its macro setting to take photos as close as 4 cm from the subject. In addition, shutter speeds from 15 to 1/2000 of a second can be selected. When shooting photos in the RAW format, you can now select the resolution of the JPEG preview image that is simultaneously saved in the RAW image data. The Tv and Av modes have added the Safety Shift function, which automatically adjusts settings for an appropriate exposure when shooting. VGA movies (640x480) can now be recorded. Compared to the PowerShot S50, start up time has been reduced. The Print/Share button has also been added, letting you easily print your images by connecting the camera directly to a direct print compatible printer and then simply pressing this button.

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Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Manufacturer Battery Name:Canon NB-2LH

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction: Yes
Type:Built-in flash

Digital Camera

Supported Flash Memory:CompactFlash / Microdrive

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:1.8in
Diagonal Size (metric):4.6cm
Display Form Factor:Built-in
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Hi-speed shutter / Landscape / Night scene / Portrait mode / Slow shutter / Stitch assist

Flash Memory

Form Factor:CompactFlash Card
Storage Capacity:32MB


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Canon PowerShot

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/2.8-5.3
Max Focal Length:20.7mm
Min Focal Length:5.8mm
Optical Zoom:3.6
Type:Zoom lens

Optical Sensor

Optical Sensor Size:1/1.8"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):14.1 mm ( 1/1.8 ) / 14.1 mm ( 1/1.8" )
Optical Sensor Type:CCD
Sensor Resolution:5Megapixel

Optical Viewfinder

Type:Real-image zoom

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Digital Video Format:AVI
Digital Zoom:4.1
ISO (Max):400
Light Sensitivity:ISO 100 / ISO 200 / ISO 400 / ISO 50/ISO 100 / ISO 200 / ISO 400 / ISO 50 / ISO auto
Shooting Modes:Frame movie mode
Special Effects:Black & White / Custom Effect / Low Sharpening / Neutral / Sepia / Vivid
Still Image Format:JPEG / RAW
Type:Digital camera


Viewfinder Type:Optical