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Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

Canon PowerShot SX260 HS
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A good spec and multi award winning compact digital camera, with an Editor's Choice award from two expert review websites and 11 further awards from other expert sites
Compact 12.1MP 20x Yes Mar 2012
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Canon PowerShot SX260 HS Review

With excellent reviews and very good features, we have ranked the Canon PowerShot SX260 HS number 798 across all digital cameras.
94
Reviews
284 Reviews + 13 Awards
72
Features
Good Features
62
Age
6 Years Old
71
Overall Score
Very Good

Why Has it Scored 71?

It has great expert reviews and excellent user reviews with an average overall rating of 88%, based on 284 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. Praktica 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 2018.
Customers report it is easy to use, good product quality and picture quality.
The PowerShot SX260 HS has some good features, but is also missing a couple of features:
Bigger than average optical zoom
Average minimum aperture number
Only 4000 x 3000 pixels image resolution
Lower than average megapixels

What is This Digital Camera Best Used For?

11
Portrait Photography
Mediocre
43
Landscape Photography
Mediocre
45
Everyday Photography
Mediocre
54
Sports Photography
Average
49
Wildlife Photography
Mediocre

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 Summary

13 Industry Awards

Amongst cameras, this Canon camera is one of the most awarded by experts.

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

This Canon camera was given a "Recommended" award by review sites Trusted Reviews, Camera Labs and Ephotozine all of whom thought that this camera was very good.

This camera received an "Editor's Choice" award from both websites Reviewed.com and Digicam Buyer.co.uk, both of which concluded that this digital camera was marvellous.

This digital camera received a "Platinum" award from website Buy-N-Shoot.com who concluded that this Canon digital camera was superb.

The editors of three more expert review sites all decided that this camera was very good. 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

On average, based on 42 expert reviews from sites including PhotographyBlog.com, What Digital Camera, CNET.com and Trusted Reviews the average expert rating of this Canon digital camera is 81%.

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Excellent Owner Reviews

Based on 242 owner reviews the average owner rating of this digital camera is superb. Over 74% of reviewers gave this camera the highest possible rating of 5 stars.

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Users Report That it is Easy to Use

22 owners who reviewed this digital camera mentioned that it was easy to use and four people who reviewed it considered that it was easy to use the menus.

Users Report Superior Product Quality

24 customers concluded that it was good quality.

Users Report Good Picture Quality

54 people who bought this digital camera concluded that it was able to produce good images, three people mentioned in their reviews that the product had a good picture resolution and three customers wrote in their reviews that it was good in low light.

Users Report Good Lens Quality

22 customers who reviewed it reckoned that it had a good zoom, two people who reviewed this digital camera concluded that it had a good autofocus and two people wrote that this digital camera had a good lens.

  • 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…
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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 Very Good Reviews for Its Digital Cameras

Based on 42,313 user and expert reviews (including 8,757 verified purchases), Canon has very good ratings for its cameras. 95% of those that bought a Canon digital camera would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.

Users Report That it is Fairly Priced

Nine owners who bought the product reckoned that it was good value for money.

Customers Report That it is a Good Size

10 owners reckoned that it was compact.

Customers Report That it is Robust

11 people who purchased it considered that it was well made and three customers said in their reviews that it was strong and durable.

Users Report Excellent Design

Four customers agreed that it was good looking.

Customers Report Great Technical Features

Six customers wrote in their reviews that the product had good features.

Users Report Good Video Capture

Three owners who purchased the product agreed that it was good for video recording.

Customers Report Good Battery Life

Two people said in their reviews that this digital camera 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 mentioned in their reviews that it had a good screen.

Customers Report a Good Flash

Two customers thought the Canon PowerShot SX260 HS had a good flash.

Age

Released Over Six Years Ago

This camera was released in March 2012.

Features

Only 4000 X 3000 Pixels Image Resolution

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

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Lower Than Average Megapixels

The megapixels of the Canon PowerShot SX260 HS of only 12.1MP is lower than average when compared to most other cameras. It is in the lowest 16% of all cameras when ordered by this feature. The megapixels of cameras range from 0.3MP to 80MP, and the average megapixels is 16MP.

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Bigger Than Average Optical Zoom

The PowerShot SX260 HS's optical zoom of 20x is bigger than 70% of all cameras when sorted 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 (Full HD)|1920 x 1080 pixels, which is the most frequently found resolution on cameras.

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Average Minimum Aperture Number

The Canon PowerShot SX260 HS's minimum aperture number of 3.5 is fairly average compared to most other cameras. It is in the largest 96% of all digital cameras when ranked by this feature.

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Has an Image Stabilizer

The Canon PowerShot SX260 HS has an image stabilizer. 78% of digital cameras also have an image stabilizer.

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Average Maximum ISO Sensitivity

The maximum ISO sensitivity of the PowerShot SX260 HS of 3,200 is fairly average compared to most other digital cameras. It is in the highest 39% of all cameras when ranked by this feature.

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Very Slow Camera Shutter Speed

The PowerShot SX260 HS's camera shutter speed of only 0.000313s is slower than average when compared to most other cameras. It is slower than 74% of all cameras when ordered by this feature.

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Average Weight

The weight of the Canon PowerShot SX260 HS of 208g is relatively standard compared to most other digital cameras. It is heavier than 53% of all cameras when ordered by this feature.

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Has a Built-In Flash

built-in flash

The PowerShot SX260 HS has a built-in flash, as do 68% of cameras.

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Longer Than Average Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

The maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) of the PowerShot SX260 HS of 500mm is longer than 92% of all cameras when ordered by this feature.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

This digital camera supports a video resolution of 1920 x 1080 (Full HD)|1920 x 1080|1280 x 720|640 x 480|320 x 240 pixels, which is the most commonly supported resolution on cameras.

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Has an Orientation Sensor

The Canon PowerShot SX260 HS has an orientation sensor, which is unusual. 92% of digital cameras do not have an orientation sensor.

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Supports Live View

The Canon PowerShot SX260 HS supports live view, unlike 83% of cameras which do not support live view.

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Average Digital Zoom

The digital zoom of the Canon PowerShot SX260 HS of 4x is pretty standard compared to most other cameras. It is bigger than 74% of all cameras when ranked by this feature.

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Features Face Detection

The Canon PowerShot SX260 HS features face detection, unlike 88% of cameras which do not feature face detection.

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Has a GPS (satellite)

GPS (satellite)

The Canon PowerShot SX260 HS has a GPS (satellite). 89% of digital cameras do not have a GPS (satellite).

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Does Not Feature Bluetooth

Like most other cameras, the PowerShot SX260 HS does not feature bluetooth. 95% of cameras do not feature bluetooth.

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Features Flash Exposure Compensation

The PowerShot SX260 HS features flash exposure compensation. 78% of cameras do not feature flash exposure compensation.

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Average Display Diagonal

The display diagonal of the Canon PowerShot SX260 HS of 3" is relatively average compared to most other cameras. It is in the largest 68% of all cameras when ranked by this feature.

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Average Image Sensor Size

The image sensor size of the PowerShot SX260 HS of 0.435" is relatively average compared to most other cameras. It is in the biggest 83% of all cameras when ranked by this feature.

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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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Only 230 Battery Life

The Canon PowerShot SX260 HS is a digital camera that takes 230 shots battery life. Most of the other cameras take between 4 and 4,699 battery life.

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Larger Than Average Maximum Aperture Number

The PowerShot SX260 HS's maximum aperture number of 6.8 is in the largest 12% of all cameras when ordered by this feature.

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Supports Video Capability

video capability

The PowerShot SX260 HS supports video capability, which is unusual. 67% of cameras do not support video capability.

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Has an HDMI Port

The Canon PowerShot SX260 HS has an HDMI port. 72% of cameras do not have an HDMI port.

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Has an External Flash Connector

The PowerShot SX260 HS has an external flash connector. 86% of digital cameras do not have an external flash connector.

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Supports Custom Colours

The PowerShot SX260 HS supports custom colours. 94% of cameras do not support custom colours.

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Only 480 X 480 Still Image Resolution

The Canon PowerShot SX260 HS supports a maximum still image resolution of 480 x 480. That's 92% lower still image resolution than the most common resolution of 1712 x 1712. The resolution of all digital cameras ranges from 384 x 480 (worst) to 6016 x 4016 (best).

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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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Does Not Support Wi-Fi

Like most other cameras, the Canon PowerShot SX260 HS does not support Wi-Fi. 69% of digital cameras do not support Wi-Fi.

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers:

pshotsx260hsgry, canon 6196b001, canon 5900b001, canon sx280hs, canon sx260hs, canon w20x, 6194b009aa

Barcodes:

00013803146448, 00013803146462, 00013803146479, 00138031464628, 00138031464796, 00151903416204, 00714574580432, 00714574580470, 00745449871599, 03610170846253, 04960999842844, 08714574580432, 08714574580449, 08714574580470, 08714574580487, 08714574580500, 08714574580517, 08714574580524, 08714574580555, 08714574580562, 08714574583570, 08714574583594, 08714574583617, 08714574583631

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