The Canon PowerShot SX260 HS Digital Camera is a stunningly powerful point-and-shoot with a number of useful features. To start, the SX260 has a 12.1Mp high-sensitivity CMOS sensor along with the company's DIGIC 5 Image Processor. Together, these two comprise Canon's HS SYSTEM for great looking images, even when shot in low-light. In addition to capturing quality stills, the SX260 also records full HD 1080p video with stereo sound. The camera also boasts a dedicated movie button for one-touch recording.
Helping to cull all that beautiful footage would be the 25mm wide-angle lens with optical image stabilization and 20x optical zoom. Auto features like Smart AUTO, Intelligent IS and FACE ID all help you to get great shots without the guesswork. The built-in GPS tracker helps you to recall images by location for geo-tagging or simply for storage. Other features include Movie Digest - for a day's worth of video clips - and High-Speed Burst HD for continuous capture up to 10 frames and Super Slow Motion for slow motion playback.
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Awesome point and shoot camera w/zoom
I purchased this camera for my daughter last year and love the quality of the pictures, and how easy it is to use. It has awesome zoom capabilities for a point and shoot. Great in low light. Would recommend it to anyone.
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As a professional shooter, I always have a back-up body to my 5DIII - just in case. That being said, I use this SX260 as a back-up to my S95. It was obtained well after later models were issued, so this is a bit late for a review. I feel I can only rate a camera for what it is expected to do and not what I want it do (i.e., I can't downgrade it because it doesn't shoot RAW, as it wasn't sold boasting RAW capabilities). It works well, but I find the noise using higher ISO numbers - 600 to 800 - to be intolerable. The distortion in small print sizes is not acceptable and to reduce the noise using high-end noise ware programs makes the end result unusable. Not a bad camera for daylight or low ISO shots, but anything "dark" requires a flash. The type of photography I do does not allow the use of a flash, hence the downgrade from a 5 to a 4. Other than the noise problem, the prints seem clear and crisp and, although the files are not RAW, the jpeg files shot Large, superfine, are representative of the original shot so working with them in post program is not as difficult as with some other point and shoots. Color rendering is quite on point and the image stabilization also works quite well, I don't shoot video so can't say much about that. As noted before, this camera was obtained well after subsequent models were issued, so this review might be a moot point.
We bought the camera just before going on a trip. We aren't professional photographers but like to take a lot of pictures on vacation, with family, etc. The "getting started" guide is very basic and doesn't tell you much more than putting the battery and memory card in and taking a picture. When we got home and downloaded the images onto our computer, we discovered the images were around 2.5 MB to 3.0 MB. There isn't any guide in the getting started guide about setting the image size. Having images this large is not very easy to share. You have to do some digging to find out what the right image size is for you. We are a little disappointed that the factory setting is on the max size.
I've had this camera for a year and a half. I loved it and used it all the time with spectacular results (amazing nature shots with the zoom!) until the LCD screen started going dark on me unpredictably. I spent a bunch of time trying to figure out what was wrong and finally googled around on "SX260 HS dark screen" and found that there were a bunch of other people that had that same problem. Now I am trying to figure out what to do about this.
I use this camera for events where I can not bring my large camera, i.e. concerts and some outdoor activities. With the 20X optical zoom it is easy to get close to the action. If the Megapixels were a little higher it would be more than 5 stars, but for something compact you can't beat it.
It is a great camera for anybody to use and doesn't have very many down sides great quality of pictures and portable.
I love this camera and all pictures I have taken with it. I have had other brands and hands down best camera. I am still learning how and what settings to use, the best one's for different times of light settings. I have wanted a canon for some time, I couldn't afford a DSLR but I am not regretting my choice. I would still like a DSLR, but will definately keep this one. I bought this for our trip to Disney World last year and I can not complain about any of the pictures taken. Night pictures, fireworks, day, indoor, outdoor. My only complaint and it irritates me everytime I use my camera is when changing my exposure compensation, turning the dial I hit the flash button. It is a pain in the butt. If they could figure out how to put it a different way this camera would be the best camera.
This was a refurbished camera. No idea of what was wrong if anything from the original owner if it was infact owned. Possibly it was reject at the factory. It has been a great camera. Light sensitivity is wonderful. I went outside at night and took a picture of a star constelation and it came out great. I used a tripod. I purchased it for my wife who was going on a Mediterranean cruise. She is totally technically challenged when it comes to these devices. She took over 1400 photos that were absouletly perfect and had no difficulty. She took photo's out of a tour bus window on many occasions and you simply can't tell.
Had this camera for abt a year. This works better than the rest. I've has many different Powershot's including the SX230HS. This camera out shines them all. Great pic quality and easy to operate in all menu modes. If I did not have an EOS too. I would buy another SX260HS for just to have in the truck. I highly recommend this camera, But you need to understand its menu. I think it is easy.
I have owned previous PowerShot camera's over the years and this is a definite improvement. It is worth is for the price. A lot of people are complaining about performance but I haven't seen many problems. With the correct settings and a tripod in certain instances it performs well. Low light is good if you don't move. No camera shoots well, or while zoomed, in low light without a tripod. I recommend the add on flash for the point and shoot cameras. Blown out, blurred, or bad pics are usually caused by incorrect settings. The burst works good for action shots. Just delete the bad ones. I haven't had any battery issues. I've shot 20+ min of HD video on the same battery. You must have an SDXC card to shoot a long video because of the file size. Video on full zoom is good without a tripod. The auto focus works well. Main problem that people have is they don't understand how their camera operates. Take the camera out and practice with it. No camera can do everything for you.
My wife and I are retired and we travel in a little 4 WD pickup truck camper, with a kayak on the roof, visiting cities, attractions, parks, forests, deserts, coasts, swamps, caves. We are nurses and treat equipment gently but we are out in all kinds of weather, in sometimes harsh conditions, hiking, camping, exploring, paddling . I've taken thousands of wonderful everyday photos with this camera ranging from portraiture to around the campfire to museums and theaters to the grandchildren to the forests and deserts and caves to Mardi Gras at night to dis-assembly documentation to an engineers idea of art. For this type of photography I have found it excellent. It is durable, versatile, forgiving with a superior collection of features appropriate for this purpose. Brava! Bravo!