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Canon Powershot SX260 HS

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1537 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers really like the performance and value for money. The image quality and portability are also appreciated, whereas many are negative about the viewfinder and features.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Canon Powershot SX260 HS is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 96/100 = Excellent quality.

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Canon PowerShot SX260 HS Review

 

Last year bridge cameras became overly popular because they had far reaching zooms and the DSLR look that appealed to most audiences. However, a sub-segment of cameras also started gaining popularity and this genre of cameras came to be known as travel...

The Canon PowerShot SX260 HS is available in India at an MRP of 22,995. This camera is a solid performer and has a great build quality to match. The only real issue we had with it was that it had an unexpected amount of image noise at ISO 800 and...

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Canon PowerShot SX260 HS Review

 

If you can swing the $300+ price point of the Canon PowerShot SX260 HS, beginning and intermediate photographers will find quite a few nice options with this camera. The 20x optical zoom lens is a great feature, and color accuracy in images is very...

Good mix of easy-to-use features and manual setting options for beginners and intermediates ; 20x zoom lens is great to see in such a thin camera ; LCD is very bright and sharp, easily can be viewed in sunlight outdoors ; Color accuracy quality is very...

Camera's autofocus can be a little slow in low light ; Overall response times can be a little sluggish ; Mode dial has a few odd choices on it ; Seems like there's some redundancy in the easy-to-use modes ; Battery can drain quickly with GPS activated...

If you can swing the $300+ price point of the Canon PowerShot SX260 HS, beginning and intermediate photographers will find quite a few nice options with this camera. The 20x optical zoom lens is a great feature, and color accuracy in images is very...

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Canon PowerShot SX260 HS Review: Another Top-Notch Canon Pocket Zoom

 

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...

Well-stabilized 20X zoom lens (25mm to 500mm) ; Very good image and video quality ; Wide array of options for any level of shooter

No RAW mode ; Mediocre battery life, especially with GPS Logger

The 20X-optical-zoom PowerShot SX260 HS does many things well. It's as close as a compact camera can get to being "one size fits all," thanks to very good image quality and a great mix of options for novices and experienced photographers.

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Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

 

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...

Very good photo quality for the compact ultra zoom category ; Packs a 20X, 25 - 500 mm lens into a compact and stylish body ; Optical image stabilization; camera will select the appropriate IS mode for the situation ; High resolution 3-inch LCD with...

Critical image quality somewhat lacking at 100 ; Some highlight clipping and purple fringing (try using i-Contrast to reduce the former) ; Redeye a problem (though it can be removed in playback mode) ; Autofocus performance lags behind the competition;...

Canon's PowerShot SX260 HS is a well-designed compact travel zoom that produces photos that hold up well against the competition. It has a solid set of features for the point-and-shoot crowd, though serious photographers may find some annoyances. The...

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Canon PowerShot SX260 HS Review

 

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....

Great, Solid, Good-looking build ; Easy to navigate physical and in-camera user interface ; Loaded with features: filters, GPS, manual, presets, pop-up flash, etc

Expensive ; Image quality isn’t the best for the price

The SX260 HS fills a very small niche. It's a great travel cam: It's sturdy but (relatively) small, and the GPS feature is a great addition to travel photography.

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Canon PowerShot SX260 HS (Red)

 

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,...

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 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 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.

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Canon PowerShot SX260 HSFirst Impressions Review

 

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.

Thin body for 20x zoom ; New image processor should improve IQ

Small, slick body can be hard to grip

It’s tough being a travel zoom this year. A 20x zoom range is the new normal. A CMOS sensor is a must. And extras like GPS or WiFi—whether or not anybody actually uses them—are almost a prerequisite to be taken seriously. This field is vastly more...

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Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

 

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.

20x zoom ranges from very wide to ultra telephoto; Wide range of exposure settings, including Manual, plus many auto modes; Full HD video at 1080p; Video autofocus and zoom while shooting, HDMI interface; Very good image quality; Built-in GPS

Tight control placement; Low battery life; Soft corners at wide angle; Small front fingergrip; No live histogram. No raw mode

We felt very comfortable using the Canon SX260, confident that what we saw on the LCD viewfinder was what we were capturing on the memory card. Still pictures were very consistent: perfectly exposed, sharply focused, displaying great detail and good...

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Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

 

Canon hopes to secure top honors as 2012's best travel-zoom camera.

We haven't loved a travel zoom since 2011... until now.

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Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

 

The 20X-optical-zoom PowerShot SX260 HS pocket megazoom does a lot of things—and it does many of them well, thanks to very good image quality, great creative modes, and manual exposure controls.

Well-stabilized 20X zoom lens (25mm to 500mm) ; Wide array of options for any level of shooter ; Very good image and video quality

Mediocre battery life ; No RAW mode ; GPS Logger lowers battery life

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...

Product Specifications

Configuration

Autofocus: Yes
Built-in Flash: Yes
Changeable Lens: No
Image Stabiliser:Optical Image Stabiliser
Integrated GPS Module: Yes
Touchscreen: No
View Finder Type:LCD Monitor

Connectivity

Bluetooth: No
HDMI: Yes
HDMI Interface: Yes
PictBridge: Yes
WiFi Connectivity: No

General Features

3D: No
Bridge Camera: No
Chip Type:CMOS
Product Type:Compact Camera
Sensor Size:1/2.3''

Lens

Longest Shutter Speed in s:15
Shortest Shutter Speed in s:1/3200

Memory

Compact Flash Card: No
Memory Stick / Memory Stick Pro: No
Memory Stick Duo / Duo Pro: No
Memory Type:Unknown
Micro Drive: No
Multimedia Card: No
SDXC Card: Yes
Secure Digital Card: Yes
Secure Digital High Capacity Card: Yes
XD Card: No

Power Supply

Battery Model:Canon NB-6L
Battery Type:Canon NB-6L

Recording

Aperture Priority: Yes
Face Detection Mode:Face + Smile Detection
Movie / Voice Recording:Movie + Voice
RAW Format: No
Serial Shot Mode: Yes
Shutter Priority: Yes
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