Canon Canon PowerShot SX260 HS Digital Camera, 12.1 Megapixel, 25mm Wide-Angle Lens, 1/2.3" CMOS Sensor, 20x Optical Zoom, 3.0" LCD, 1080p Full HD, Red

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About Canon SX260 HS

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.

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Pros:
Easy to use (47),Large clear LCD (44),Lightweight/portable (42),Excellent image quality (41),Nice features/settings (38),Good low-light performance (30),Simple controls/menu (27),Durable (26),Good battery life (23),Good image quality (10),Image stabilization (9),Zoom range/performance (9) Compact (7),Fast / accurate auto-focus (7),Nice body color (6),Good in low light (5),Fast auto-focus (5),Super-sharp images (4),Short lag time (3),Superior build quality (3) View All
Cons:
Short battery life (16),Complicated controls/menu (9),No viewfinder (7),Poor image quality (7),Poor low-light performance (7),Missing features/settings (5),Great picture quality (3)
Best Uses:
Travel (11),Family photos (8),Landscape/scenery (7),Video (7),Low light (6),Sports/action (5),Wildlife (3)
Reviewer Profile:
Photo enthusiast (9)

Canon SX260 HS Features

  • Canon's powerful 20x Optical Zoom and 25mm Wide-Angle lens with Optical Image Stabilization delivers stunning images from up close or at a distance.
  • 12.1 Megapixel High-Sensitivity CMOS sensor combined with the DIGIC 5 Image Processor Processor creates Canon's HS SYSTEM for outstanding low-light performance.
  • Shoot beautiful 1080p Full HD video in stereo sound with a dedicated movie button; zoom while shooting and play back videos on an HDTV via the HDMI output.
  • Improved Smart AUTO intelligently selects the proper camera settings based on 58predefined shooting situations and the new FACE ID function adjusts focus and exposure priority based on pre-registered faces.
  • Intelligent IS automatically chooses from six different modes to optimize image stabilization for the shooting condition.
  • Remember where you were when your pictures were taken with a GPS tracker to record your location, and a logger to view the locations on a map via Canon's software.
  • High-Speed Burst HQ allows for continuous capture at a maximum of 10 frames* while maintaining superb image quality and Super Slow Motion movie records video at high speeds allow playback in slow motion. *The continuous shooting speed is approximately 2.4 fps.
  • Improved Movie Digest records a short 720p HD video clip right before shooting aphoto and then combines one day's worth of clips into one video.

Canon SX260 HS Specifications

Sensor
1/2.3-inch CMOS
Total Pixels
Approx. 12.8 Megapixels
Effective Pixels
Approx. 12.1 Megapixels
Focal Length
4.5 (W) to 90.0 (T) mm (35mm film equivalent: 25-500mm)
Digital Zoom
4x
Focusing Range
Normal: 2.0 in (5cm) to infinity (W), 3.3 ft. (1m) to infinity (T)
Auto: 2.0 in (5cm) to infinity (W), 3.3 ft. (1m) to infinity (T)
Macro AF: 2.0 in to 1.6 ft. (5-50cm) (W)
Autofocus System
TTL Autofocus, Manual Focus
LCD Monitor
3.0-inch TFT Color LCD with wide viewing angle
LCD Pixels
Approx. 461,000 dots
LCD Coverage
Approx. 100%
Maximum Aperture
f/3.5 (W) to f/6.8 (T)
Shutter Speed
1-1/3200 sec.
15-1/3200 sec. (Total shutter speed range)
Sensitivity
Auto, ISO 100/200/400/800/1600/3200 (in P mode)
Light Metering Method
Evaluative, Center-weighted average, Spot
Exposure Control Method
Manual Exposure, i-Contrast, Program Shift, Safety Shift; AE Lock
Exposure Compensation
Still Images: ±2 stops in 1/3-stop increments
Videos: ±2 stops in 1/3-stop increments (not available during shooting)
White Balance Control
Auto, Day Light, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Underwater, Custom
Built-in Flash
Auto, Flash On, Slow Synchro, Flash Off
Flash Range
1.6 ft. to 11 ft. (W), 3.3 to 6.6 ft. (T) (50cm to 3.5m (W), (1.0 to 2.0m (T))
Recycling Time
10 sec. or less (battery voltage: 3.7 V)
Flash Exposure Compensation
+/-2 stops in 1/3-stop increments
Shooting Modes
M, Av, Tv, P, Live View Control, Auto, Easy, Movie Digest, SCN, Creative Filters, Discreet, Movie
Photo Effects
My Colors Off, Vivid, Neutral, Sepia, Black & White, Positive Film, Lighter Skin Tone, Darker Skin Tone, Vivid Blue, Vivid Green, Vivid Red, Custom Color
Self Timer
Approx. 10-sec. delay/approx. 2-sec. delay/custom
Continuous Shooting
Normal: Approx. 2.4 shots/sec. (in P mode)
Approx. 10.3 shots/sec. (in High-speed Burst HQ mode)
AF: Approx. 0.8 shots/sec. (in P mode)
Approx. 0.8 shots/sec. (in Low Light mode)
LV: Approx. 0.9 shots/sec. (in P mode)
Approx. 0.9 shots/sec. (in Low Light mode)
Storage Media
SD Memory Card, SDHC Memory Card, SDXC Memory Card
File Format
Design rule for Camera File system, DPOF (Version 1.1) compliant
Image Recording Format
Superfine, Fine
JPEG Compression Mode
Still Image: Exif. 2.3 (JPEG)
Video: MOV (Image: H.264; Audio: Linear PCM (2-channel Stereo))
Number of Recording Pixels: Still Images
[16:9]
Large: 4000 x 2248
Medium 1: 2816 x 1584
Medium 2: 1920 x 1080
Small: 640 x 360
[3:2]
Large: 4000 x 2664
Medium 1: 2816 x 1880
Medium 2: 1600 x 1064
Small: 640 x 424
[4:3]
Large: 4000 x 3000
Medium 1: 2816 x 2112
Medium 2: 1600 x 1200
Small: 640 x 480
[1:1]
Large: 2992 x 2992
Medium 1: 2112 x 2112
Medium 2: 1200 x 1200
Small: 480 x 480
Number of Recording Pixels Videos
[iFrame Movie, Video made in Movie Digest mode]
1280 x 720 (30 fps)
[Super Slow Motion Movie]
640 x 480, 320 x 240
[Miniature Effect]
1280 x 720, 640 x 480
[Other than the above]
1920 x 1080 (24 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps)
640 x 480 (30 fps)
Playback Modes File Stills & Videos
Auto Rotate (Automatic vertical/horizontal detection), Image Advance (Operation Tools, Transition Effects, Scroll Display, Active Display), Rotate, Favorites, My Category, Smart Shuffle, Group Playback, Image Search, Movie Digest, Slideshow (Playback Interval, Repeat, Effect, Playlist)
Playback Modes File Still Images
Single, Index (6-130 thumbnails), Magnification (2-10x), Information Display, Red-eye Correction, i-Contrast, Trimming, Resize, My Colors, Focus Check, Histogram, Overexposure Warning
Playback Modes File Videos
Normal Playback, Skip Backward, Previous Frame, Next Frame, Skip Forward
Erase Modes
Select Image, Select Range, All Images
Video Out
NTSC/PAL (dedicated connector (female) with unified type of digital, audio and video)
Mini-HDMI connector
Audio Out
Stereo (dedicated connector (female) with unified type of digital, audio and video)
Other Interfaces
SD memory card slot; direct connection to Canon SELPHY, PIXMA Photo Printers & PictBridge compatible printers
Power Source
Battery Pack NB-6L, Compact Power Adapter CA-DC10 (included with AC Adapter Kit CA-DC40)
Shooting Capacity
Approx. 230 shots
Playback Time
Approx. 5 hours
Operating Temperature
32 to 104Deg.F/0 to 40Deg.C
Operating Humidity
10 to 90%
Dimensions (W x H x D)
4.19 x 2.40 x 1.29 in. / 106.3 x 61.0 x 32.7mm
Weight
8.15 oz. / 231g (including the battery and memory card)
7.34 oz. / 208g (camera only)

Canon SX260 HS Reviews

Review Snapshot®

 
4.1

(based on 80 reviews)

86%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (43)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (20)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (8)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

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.

Reviewed by 80 customers

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

OK for a Back-Up Point & Shoot

By

from Los Angeles

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.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Easy to use

By

from Midland, TX

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.

 
1.0

LCD Screen Fails

By

from Boston, MA

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.

 
5.0

Great Portable Camera

By

from Connecticut

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.

 
5.0

Great Camera

By

from San Diego, CA

It is a great camera for anybody to use and doesn't have very many down sides great quality of pictures and portable.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great camera

By

from Mishawaka, IN

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.

 
5.0

Great Camera

By

from Las Vegas

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.

 
5.0

Super Easy Point & Shoot

By

from Mich

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.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Good performer

By

from Undisclosed

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.

 
5.0

Best medium sized pocket camera

By

from Upstate NY

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!

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Marilyn M  I have an older Canon Power Shot camera that I'm looking to replace/upgrade. QUESTION: will the new Canon software integrate with all my existing photos in the Canon Zoom Browser EX Library?
SUSAN P  I'm sorry I cannot be of help here. The camera was for my daughter and she has not upgraded, so I don't know.
Shopper  Is this camera waterproof?
ROBYN B  Nope. Used it in a pretty heavy mist for about 5 minutes before the lens fogged up on the inside.
Karen T  Is there any photo software included with this camera? I want to be able to print multiple different photos on a photo page. With some options for configuration & captions. Please advise if this type of printing software comes with this camera, or if not, what software would I need to purchase in addition to the camera?
TED H  Before you buy any camer, check out the Canon cameras with Wi-Fi ability.
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