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Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

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Techradar Best in Class Ephotozine Recommended Trusted Reviews Recommended PhotographyBlog.com Highly Recommended
A multi award winning 12.1 megapixel 20 times zoom factor digital camera
Compact 12.1MP 20x Yes Dec 2014
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Canon PowerShot SX260 HS Review

With excellent reviews, we have ranked the Canon PowerShot SX260 HS number 205 across all digital cameras.
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275 Reviews + 13 Awards
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Why Has it Scored 52?

It has great expert reviews and terrific user reviews with an average overall rating of 100%, based on 275 reviews.
This digital camera is over 2 years old and it is likely that newer cameras with better features are available. However it has good reviews so it may still be worth considering. View the latest digital cameras 2017.
Customers report is easy to use, good product quality and picture quality.
This Canon digital camera has some good features, but is also missing a few features:
1" image sensor size
Quite big optical zoom
Quite low megapixel
Only 4000 x 3000 pixels image resolution

What is This Digital Camera Best Used For?

Having compared the PowerShot SX260 HS with other relevant digital cameras, we have concluded that it is excellent for sports photography, ranking number 9999999 in sports photography cameras. It is also very good for everyday photography, ranking number 9999999 in everyday photography cameras, but good for landscape photography, ranking number 9999999 in landscape photography cameras.
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Canon PowerShot SX260 HS Video Reviews


How Big is the Canon PowerShot SX260 HS?

The Canon PowerShot SX260 HS is 106.3mm wide and 61mm tall. It is 32.7mm deep and weighs 208g.

Canon PowerShot SX260 HS front dimensions

Canon PowerShot SX260 HS size in context

Canon PowerShot SX260 HS In-Depth Analysis

Reviews

13 Industry Awards

Amongst cameras, this Canon digital camera is one of the most highly awarded.

The editors of websites Ljudochbild.se, Lydogbillede.dk, Lydogbilde.no and PhotographyBlog.com all said that this camera was very good and gave it their "Highly Recommended" award.

The editors of websites Trusted Reviews, Camera Labs and Ephotozine all said that concluded that they would endorse this Canon digital camera and gave it their "Recommended" award.

The experts at two additional expert review sites both decided that this digital camera was marvellous and gave it their highest award. This camera received an "Editor's Choice" award from both Reviewed.com and Digicam Buyer.co.uk.

This camera was given a "Platinum" award by review site Buy-N-Shoot.com who concluded that this digital camera was marvellous.

Besteproduct.nl and 01net.com both gave this camera a "4 Star" award and Techradar gave it a "Best in Class" award.

Expert Reviews Are Good

The average expert rating of this camera is 81 out of 100 based on 42 expert reviews from sites including PhotographyBlog.com, What Digital Camera, CNET.com and Trusted Reviews.

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Excellent Owner Reviews

PowerShot SX260 HS owners on average rated this digital camera as superb. 103 reviewers (74% of all reviewers) gave this digital camera the highest possible rating of 5 stars.

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Users Report it is Easy to Use

22 owners concluded that it was easy to use and four people mentioned in their reviews that the Canon PowerShot SX260 HS was easy to use the menus.

Customers Report Great Product Quality

22 customers who purchased it considered that it was good quality.

Customers Report Good Picture Quality

53 owners who reviewed it considered that it was able to produce good images, three owners who reviewed this digital camera considered that it had a good picture resolution and three people wrote in their reviews that it was good in low light.

Users Report Good Lens Quality

22 owners who purchased it considered that it had a good zoom and two customers mentioned in their reviews that it had a good autofocus.

  • This has been sort of a weak year for travel zoom cameras…
    Reviewed.com August 2012
  • 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…
    Reviewed.com August 2012
  • They have churned out great cameras in every segment and the travel zoom is no exception…
    Digit.in May 2012
  • A little slow and focus could be sharper.
  • The zoom is very powerful…
  • So if you want a good little camera with good picture quality and a great zoom, well this one does the job great…
    Shamus (Amazon.co.uk) - September 2013
  • A small pocket sized camera with good picture quality and a great zoom, had tried a few different cameras prior to getting this one…
    Shamus (Amazon.co.uk) - September 2013
  • However now several months after the 12 month warranty has expired the focusing fault has reappeared…
    Sue H (Amazon.co.uk) - November 2014
  • Picture quality is also high and having the big zoom makes this very useful…
  • The zoom works very well, although one or two images seem out of focus…
    TEB (Amazon.co.uk) - November 2012

Canon Has Excellent Reviews for Its Digital Cameras

We checked 33,726 owner and expert reviews (including 6,880 verified purchases) for Canon cameras and found that on average Canon has excellent reviews compared to other manufacturers. We also found that Canon has excellent reviews specifically within its cameras range. 96% of those that bought a Canon camera would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.

Users Report That it is Reasonably Priced

Eight customers who bought it reckoned that it was good value for money.

Users Report it is a Good Size

10 owners said in their reviews that the product was compact.

Users Report it is Robust

11 customers who purchased this digital camera wrote that it was well made and three people who bought it thought it was strong and durable.

Customers Report Excellent Design

Four people agreed that it was good looking.

Customers Report Good Technical Features

Six customers concluded that it had good features.

Users Report Good Video Capture

Three people who reviewed the product wrote that it was good for video recording.

Users Report Good Battery Life

Two customers who purchased it considered that it had a good battery life.

  • A second battery is essential - in bright sunlight the screen is hard to see - focusing struggled with some shiny surfaces If you want to see some results the photos from yesterday are here…
  • Provided you have a second battery it is no problem…
  • Only bad point is that it is somewhat battery hungry…

Customers Report a Good Screen / Viewfinder

Three people who purchased it reckoned that it had a good screen.

Customers Report a Good Flash

Two people who purchased it thought it had a good flash.


Features

Quite Low Megapixel

The lowest megapixel of cameras is 0.3MP and the highest is 80MP. The Canon PowerShot SX260 HS has a quite low megapixel (only 12.1 megapixels) compared to most of the other cameras.

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Only 4000 X 3000 Pixels Image Resolution

The PowerShot SX260 HS has a higher image resolution than most digital cameras. This camera has a 4000 x 3000 pixels maximum image resolution, whereas most cameras have a 4608 x 3456 pixels maximum image resolution. Across all cameras the worst image resolution is 2592 x 1944 pixels and the best is 7680 x 5120 pixels.

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Average Weight

The PowerShot SX260 HS has a fairly standard weight (208 grams) compared to most of the other digital cameras.

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1" Image Sensor Size

This digital camera has a 1|1/2.3" image sensor size, which is typical of many digital cameras.

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Quite Big Optical Zoom

The optical zooms of cameras range from 0.34x to 83x. With an optical zoom of 20 times zoom factor, the PowerShot SX260 HS has a quite big optical zoom compared to most of the other digital cameras.

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Has a Built-In Flash

built-in flash

The PowerShot SX260 HS has a built-in flash, as do most of the other cameras.

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Average Display Diagonal

At 3 inches, the PowerShot SX260 HS has a relatively average display diagonal compared to most of the other digital cameras.

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Supports Live View

The Canon PowerShot SX260 HS supports live view, as do most of the other digital cameras.

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Has an Image Stabilizer

The PowerShot SX260 HS has an image stabilizer. Most of the other digital cameras also have an image stabilizer.

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Has an External Flash Connector

The Canon PowerShot SX260 HS has an external flash connector, as do most of the other digital cameras.

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Has a Flash Exposure Compensation

The PowerShot SX260 HS has a flash exposure compensation. Most of the other digital cameras also have a flash exposure compensation.

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Features Multi Burst Mode

The PowerShot SX260 HS features multi burst mode. Most of the other cameras also feature multi burst mode.

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Features Face Detection

The Canon PowerShot SX260 HS features face detection. Most of the other cameras also feature face detection.

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Supports Custom Colours

The PowerShot SX260 HS supports custom colours, as do most of the other cameras.

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Supports Video Capability

video capability

The Canon PowerShot SX260 HS supports video capability, as do most of the other cameras.

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Quite Long Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

The average maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) of cameras is 300mm. With a maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) of 500 millimeters, the PowerShot SX260 HS has a quite long maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) compared to most of the other cameras.

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Average Digital Zoom

The Canon PowerShot SX260 HS has a fairly typical digital zoom (4 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other digital cameras.

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Fairly Large Minimum Aperture Number

With a minimum aperture number of 3.5, the Canon PowerShot SX260 HS has a fairly large minimum aperture number compared to most of the other cameras. Across all the cameras the minimum aperture numbers range from -2 to 22, and the average minimum aperture number is 3.4.

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Has an HDMI Port

The Canon PowerShot SX260 HS has an HDMI port. Most of the other digital cameras also have an HDMI port.

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Has an Orientation Sensor

The Canon PowerShot SX260 HS has an orientation sensor, as do most of the other digital cameras.

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Does Not Support Wi-Fi

The Canon PowerShot SX260 HS does not support Wi-Fi, unlike most of the other digital cameras.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

The PowerShot SX260 HS supports a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. That's over two times the video resolution of the most frequently found video resolutions of 1280 x 720 pixels (which is also supported by this Canon camera). In addition, this digital camera support a video resolutions of 640 x 480 pixels and 320 x 240 pixels. A video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels is equivalent to Full HD video. You will require a Full HD TV or better to appreciate this level of detail. Across all cameras the best video resolution is 4096 x 2160 pixels and the worst is 320 x 120 pixels.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

This camera has a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, which is the most commonly found maximum video resolution on digital cameras.

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4000 X 3000 Still Image Resolution

The PowerShot SX260 HS has a 4000 x 3000 still image resolution(s) which is higher than the 640 x 480 still image resolution(s) found on most cameras. This Canon digital camera also have still image resolution(s) of 4000 x 2664, 4000 x 2248, 2992 x 2992, 2816 x 2112, 2816 x 1880, 2112 x 2112, 2816 x 1584, 1920 x 1280, 1920 x 1080, 1600 x 1200, 1600 x 1064, 1200 x 1200, 640 x 424 and 480 x 480 and 640 x 360. The best still image resolution of all cameras is 6016 x 4000 and the worst is S: (3:2) 2496 x 1664 / (16:9) 2496 x 1408 / (1:1) 1664 x 1664.

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Quite Short Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

The minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) of the PowerShot SX260 HS of only 20 millimeters is one of the shortest amongst digital cameras. Digital cameras have minimum focal lengths (35mm film equiv) of between 2.3mm and 75mm.

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Network Ready

The PowerShot SX260 HS is network ready. Most of the other cameras are not network ready.

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Has a GPS (satellite)

GPS (satellite)

The PowerShot SX260 HS has a GPS (satellite), unlike most of the other cameras which do not have a GPS (satellite).

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Age

Released Over Two Years Ago

It was December 2014 when Canon released the PowerShot SX260 HS.


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Manufacturer Part Numbers:

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