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Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

Techradar Best in Class Ephotozine Recommended Trusted Reviews Recommended PhotographyBlog.com Highly Recommended
A multi award winning and 3 year old compact digital camera
Compact 12.1MP 20x Yes Dec 2014
Camera Type Megapixels Optical Zoom Image Stabilizer Release Date

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Canon PowerShot SX260 HS Review

With excellent reviews but at over 2 years old, we have ranked the Canon PowerShot SX260 HS number 661 across all digital cameras.
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274 Reviews + 13 Awards
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Missing Some Features
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2 Years Old
Overall Score
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Mediocre

Why Has it Scored 46?

It has great expert reviews and fantastic user reviews with an average overall rating of 88%, based on 274 reviews. This digital camera has received 13 awards including a "Highly Recommended" award from Ljudochbild.se plus three other sites and a "Recommended" award from Trusted Reviews plus two other sites. Canon cameras also have excellent reviews in general.
It is over 2 years old and it is likely that newer digital cameras with better features are available. However this Canon digital camera has good reviews so it may still be worth considering. View the latest cameras 2017.
Customers report is easy to use, excellent product quality and good picture quality.
The PowerShot SX260 HS is missing some features:
Only 4000 x 3000 pixels image resolution
Quite low megapixels sensor
Does not support Wi-Fi
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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

Expert review sites rave about this camera and have given it 13 awards.

The experts at review websites Ljudochbild.se, Lydogbillede.dk, Lydogbilde.no and PhotographyBlog.com all strongly endorse this Canon camera and have given it their "Highly Recommended" award.

The writers at review websites Trusted Reviews, Camera Labs and Ephotozine all endorse this camera and have given it their "Recommended" award.

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

The expert at one more expert review site thought that this Canon digital camera was marvellous and gave it their highest award. This camera received a "Platinum" award from Buy-n-shoot.com.

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

Good Expert Reviews

This Canon digital camera has an average expert rating of 81% based on 42 expert reviews from sites including PhotographyBlog.com, What Digital Camera, CNET.com and Ephotozine.

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Owner Reviews Are Excellent

On average, people who bought this camera rated it 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 people thought it was easy to use and four people said that the Canon PowerShot SX260 HS was easy to use the menus.

Users Report Good Product Quality

22 owners mentioned in their reviews that it was good quality.

Users Report Good Picture Quality

53 customers who bought it thought it was able to produce good images, three owners who reviewed it concluded that it had a good picture resolution and three people mentioned in their reviews that it was good in low light.

Customers Report Good Lens Quality

22 customers who bought the Canon PowerShot SX260 HS mentioned that it had a good zoom and two owners who reviewed this digital camera wrote 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 Cameras

We checked 35,686 owner and expert reviews (including 7,145 verified purchases) for Canon digital cameras and found that on average Canon has excellent reviews compared to other brands. We also found that Canon has excellent reviews specifically for its digital cameras. 96% of those that bought a Canon camera would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.

Customers Report That it is Fairly Priced

Eight people who purchased it considered that it was good value for money.

Customers Report it is a Good Size

10 owners wrote in their reviews that this digital camera was compact.

Customers Report it is Robust

11 people considered that it was well made and three customers who bought this digital camera concluded that it was strong and durable.

Customers Report Nice Design

Four owners who purchased the Canon PowerShot SX260 HS agreed that it was good looking.

Users Report Great Technical Features

Six customers agreed that it had good features.

Customers Report Good Video Capture

Three customers who reviewed it agreed that it was good for video recording.

Customers Report Superior Battery Life

Two owners who reviewed the product mentioned 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…

Users Report a Good Screen / Viewfinder

Three customers concluded that it had a good screen.

Users Report a Good Flash

Two customers mentioned in their reviews that it had a good flash.


Features

Only 4000 X 3000 Pixels Image Resolution

The highest image resolution of the PowerShot SX260 HS is 4000 x 3000 pixels. That's 25% lower image resolution than a 4608 x 3456 pixels camera, which is the most common resolution. Across all digital cameras the worst resolution is 640 x 480 pixels and the best is 8256 x 6192 pixels.

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Quite Low Megapixels Sensor

Digital cameras have megapixels of between 0.3MP and 80MP, and the average megapixels is 16MP. The PowerShot SX260 HS's sensor megapixels of only 12.1MP is in the lowest 17% of all digital cameras when sorted by this feature.

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Average Optical Zoom

The optical zoom of the PowerShot SX260 HS of 20x is relatively average compared to most other digital cameras. It is in the smallest 1% of all digital cameras when ordered by this feature.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

This digital camera has a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, which is the most frequently found resolution on cameras. A video resolution of 1920 x 1080 is known as "Full HD".

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Average Minimum Aperture Number

The Canon PowerShot SX260 HS's minimum aperture number of 3.5 is relatively average compared to most other cameras. It is in the smallest 1% of all digital cameras when ranked by this feature.

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Has an Image Stabilizer

The PowerShot SX260 HS has an image stabilizer. 77% of digital cameras also have an image stabilizer.

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Has a Built-In Flash

built-in flash

The PowerShot SX260 HS has a built-in flash. 66% of digital cameras also have a built-in flash.

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Average Weight

The PowerShot SX260 HS's weight of 208g is fairly average compared to most other digital cameras. It is in the lightest 1% of all cameras when sorted by this feature.

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Supports Custom Colours

The PowerShot SX260 HS supports custom colours, unlike 94% of digital cameras which do not support custom colours.

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Has an HDMI Port

The PowerShot SX260 HS has an HDMI port, which is unusual. 71% of digital cameras do not have an HDMI port.

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Features Flash Exposure Compensation

The PowerShot SX260 HS features flash exposure compensation. 80% of digital cameras do not feature flash exposure compensation.

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Supports Live View

The PowerShot SX260 HS supports live view, unlike 84% of digital cameras which do not support live view.

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Features Multi Burst Mode

The PowerShot SX260 HS features multi burst mode, which is unusual. 87% of cameras do not feature multi burst mode.

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Has a GPS (satellite)

GPS (satellite)

The PowerShot SX260 HS has a GPS (satellite). 90% of digital cameras do not have a GPS (satellite).

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Has an External Flash Connector

The Canon PowerShot SX260 HS has an external flash connector, which is unusual. 87% of digital cameras do not have an external flash connector.

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Network Ready

The Canon PowerShot SX260 HS is network ready, unlike 99% of digital cameras which are not network ready.

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Supports Video Capability

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The Canon PowerShot SX260 HS supports video capability. 67% of digital cameras do not support video capability.

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4000 X 3000 Pixels Still Image Resolution

The PowerShot SX260 HS supports a maximum still image resolution of 4000 x 3000 pixels. That's 25% lower still image resolution than the most frequently found resolution of 4608 x 3456 pixels. This Canon camera also supports still image resolutions of 4000 x 2664 pixels, 4000 x 2248 pixels, 2992 x 2992 pixels plus 13 more values. Across all cameras the best resolution is 6016 x 4016 pixels and the worst is 384 x 480 pixels.

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Average Display Diagonal

The PowerShot SX260 HS's display diagonal of 3" is relatively typical compared to most other digital cameras. It is in the smallest 1% of all digital cameras when ranked by this feature.

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Features Face Detection

The PowerShot SX260 HS features face detection, which is unusual. 89% of cameras do not feature face detection.

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Has an Orientation Sensor

The Canon PowerShot SX260 HS has an orientation sensor, which is unusual. 93% of cameras do not have an orientation sensor.

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Average Image Sensor Size

The Canon PowerShot SX260 HS's image sensor size of 0.435" is pretty standard compared to most other digital cameras. It is in the smallest 1% of all digital cameras when ordered by this feature.

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Does Not Support Wi-Fi

Like most other digital cameras, the PowerShot SX260 HS does not support Wi-Fi. 72% of digital cameras do not support Wi-Fi.

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Average Digital Zoom

The digital zoom of the Canon PowerShot SX260 HS of 4x is fairly average compared to most other digital cameras. It is in the smallest 1% of all digital cameras when ranked by this feature.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

This camera supports a video resolution of 1920 x 1080|1280 x 720|640 x 480|320 x 240 pixels, which is typical of many digital cameras. 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.

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Age

Released Over Two Years Ago

Canon released the PowerShot SX260 HS in December 2014.


Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers canon 6196b001, canon sx260hs
Barcodes 00013803146448, 00013803146462, 00013803146479, 00138031464628, 00138031464796, 00151903416204, 00714574580432, 00714574580470, 00745449871599, 03610170846253, 08714574580432, 08714574580449, 08714574580470, 08714574580487, 08714574580500, 08714574580517, 08714574580524, 08714574580555, 08714574580562, 08714574583570, 08714574583594, 08714574583617, 08714574583631

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Frequently Asked Questions About the Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

0.5 smaller minimum aperture number
19x smaller optical zoom
A little better user reviews
Significantly smaller minimum aperture number
Significantly smaller closest focusing distance
380mm shorter maximum focal length (35mm film equiv)

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