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Canon PowerShot SX260 HS review

A talented travel camera packing a far-reaching 25-500mm zoom

Canon PowerShot SX260 HS review

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Exposure was reduced slightly (by 1/3 stop) to retain a little more detail in the sky here. The Canon PowerShot SX260 HS offers +/- 2 EV of compensation in 1/3 stop increments.

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The Canon SX260 HS is capable of capturing vivid colours, with reds, blues and greens being particularly punchy. This image was shot indoors using ISO 400.

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A typical lineup of Canon creative filters are on offer, including Miniature, Monochrome, Colour Accent and Toy Camera, the latter of which is shown in action here.

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There's some obvious purple fringing evident in the branches on the right of this backlit scene, but most of the time it's less intrusive.

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The Intelligent IS system can compensate for up to 4 stops of camera shake - essential when you're using the full reach of the monster zoom, such as here. The Canon SX260 HS includes Canon's latest Intelligent IS system that automatically selects the right stabilisation mode from seven options, based on its analysis of the scene.

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The GPS function performs well when shooting outdoors but - as we found with the SX 230 HS - it does struggle when you move indoors. The GPS Logger can track your progress for around 48 hours on a single battery charge and you can review your route with the Map Utility software that comes with the camera.

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Low light performance is good - this was shot at ISO 250. There's no HDR feature, although iContrast does a decent job of revealing a little more shadow detail if you need it (although the trade-off is a little more noise).

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Having the full complement of PASM modes and quick access to both exposure and flash compensation means that photographers can take as much control over exposure as they want.

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The minimum focus distance for the Canon SX260 HS in macro mode is around 5cm at the lens's wide setting. There are lots of cameras around that can closer - even the Panasonic TZ30 can hit 3cm.

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Canon SX260 HS at 4.5mm (25mm equivalent)

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Canon SX260 HS at 90mm (500mm equivalent)

Tech Specs

Product TypeCompact Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Green CompliantYes
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
TouchscreenNo
Effective Camera Resolution12.1 Megapixel
GPSYes
USBYes
Wide AngleYes
PictBridgeYes
Product FamilyPowerShot SX
Image StabilizationOptical
ColourBlack
Optical Zoom20x
Digital Zoom4x
Brand NameCanon
FeaturesLive View, Self-timer, Wink Detection, Face Detection, Smile Detection, Continuous Shooting Mode, Orientation Sensor
Screen Size7.6 cm (3")
Video FormatsMOV, MPEG-4
Viewfinder TypeNo
Weight (Approximate)231 g
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityRoHS, WEEE, REACH, ENERGY STAR
Minimum Focus Distance50 mm
Maximum Image Resolution4000 x 3000
Maximum Frame Rate240 fps
Number of Batteries Supported1
Battery Built-inNo
Battery RechargeableYes
Battery IncludedYes
Display Screen TypeLCD
Image Sensor TypeCMOS
HDMIYes
HD Movie ModeYes
Battery Model SupportedNB-6L
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC)
Height61 mm
Width106.3 mm
Depth32.7 mm
Autofocus Points1
Product SeriesSX
Focal Length4.50 mm to 90 mm
Image FormatsJPEG
Focus ModesAuto, Manual
ManufacturerCanon, Inc
Product ModelSX260 HS
Product NamePowerShot SX260 HS Compact Camera
Product LinePowerShot
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part Number5900B012AA
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.canon.co.uk
Marketing Information

With 20x optical zoom to get you closer, Full HD movies and GPS to track locations, the compact PowerShot SX260 HS is the ideal travel companion. HS System and Intelligent IS ensure superb results.

Battery Life230 Shot
Package Contents
  • PowerShot SX260 HS Compact Camera
  • NB-6L Rechargeable Li-ion Battery
  • Charger
Display Resolution461000 Pixel
Limited Warranty1 Year
Built-in DevicesMicrophone, Speaker