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Canon PowerShot SX260 HS Digital Camera

£100.00
Compact Camera 12.1MP 20x Dec 2014
Camera Type Megapixel Optical Zoom Image Stabilizer Release Date
Thirteen industry awards
Good quality lens
Good size
193 Reviews + 13 Awards
Techradar Best in Class Ephotozine Recommended Trusted Reviews Recommended PhotographyBlog.com Highly Recommended
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Reviews

Thirteen Industry Awards

This Canon camera is one of the most highly awarded of all the digital cameras of a comparable age and spec.

The authors at four expert review sites all wrote that this low megapixel camera was great. This camera received an "Especially Recommended" award from both Lydogbilde.no and Ljudochbild.se, it received a "Highly Recommended" award from PhotographyBlog.com and it received an "Especially Recommended 5 Star" award from Lydogbillede.dk.

Three other expert review sites all concluded that they would endorse this camera. Ephotozine, Trusted Reviews and Camera Labs all gave this Canon camera a "Recommended" award.

The writers at two more expert review sites both said that this low megapixel camera was excellent and gave it their highest award. This camera received an "Editor's Choice" award from both Digicam Buyer.co.uk and Reviewed.com.

This Canon digital camera received a "Platinum" award from websites Buy-n-shoot.com who thought that this digital camera was brilliant.

The editors of three additional expert review sites all said that this camera was good. This Canon camera received a "4 Star" award from both 01net.com and Besteproduct.nl and Techradar gave it a "Best in Class" award.

Expert Reviews Are Good

On average, based on fourty expert reviews from sites including PhotographyBlog.com, What Digital Camera, CNET.com and Trusted Reviews this camera has an overall expert rating of 81%. This puts this digital camera in the top 20% of all the cameras that have been available for more than two years when ranked by average expert review score.

Excellent Owner Reviews

Users have rated this low megapixel camera as superb on average. 101 reviewers (74% of all reviewers) gave this digital camera the highest possible rating of 5 stars.

Canon Has Excellent Reviews for Its Digital Cameras

We checked 34,684 user and expert reviews (including 1,256 verified purchases) for Canon cameras and found that on average Canon has excellent reviews. We also found that Canon has excellent reviews specifically for its low megapixel digital cameras. 92% of those that bought a Canon digital camera would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.

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Price

Reasonably Priced

Twenty-three owners said in their reviews that the product was good value for money. Techradar.com wrote in their review of this digital camera on expert review site Techradar five years ago “SX cameras were designed to offer big lens performance at a more affordable price than traditional high-end superzooms, without s”. Richard Postlethwaite mentioned on expert website Amazon.co.uk “Bought the camera as it had good reviews and was a very good price” and rated it 80 out of 100. Four years ago Oliver_obrien said in their review of this digital camera “The previous reviews were great and the price kept fluctuating (likely due to demand) until eventually I got value for money”.

Three owners said in their reviews that it was expensive. Scottish Gran mentioned two years ago “Expensive for what you get”. Simon Haslam wrote in his review of this digital camera on expert review site Amazon.co.uk “The only thing I haven't decided on yet is a case - I think the Canon leather one is a bit overpriced”. Jkd said “On the holiday other people (who had big expensive SLR cameras) even praised the camera” .

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Design

Good Product Quality

Fourty-one customers who purchased it considered that it was good quality. Expert review site Cnet.com.au wrote “A few much-needed design tweaks and excellent photo quality add up to one pretty great compact superzoom” in their review of the Canon PowerShot SX260 HS. Digitalversus.com mentioned on expert website Digital Versus “The zoom lens and electronics are great quality”. Five years ago expert website Pcmag.com wrote “The Canon PowerShot SX260 HS delivers an impressive 20x zoom ratio and very good image quality in a compact package” in their review of this digital camera.

Easy to Use

Thirty-seven customers who reviewed the product considered that it was easy to use. Five years ago expert website Pcworld.in mentioned “A generous optical-zoom reach, ease of use”. R. Watkins wrote on expert review site Amazon.co.uk “The screen is large and very clear and it has a number of different shooting modes which may come in handy one day” in their review of this digital camera. R said on expert website Amazon.co.uk “Good camera, easy to use” in their review of this digital camera.

Thirteen owners wrote in their reviews that it was easy to use the menus. Expert website Digicambuyer.co.uk mentioned “Settings that are ideal for any subj”. R wrote in their review of this digital camera “Sufficient settings for an amateur photographer”. R. Suitters mentioned on expert website Amazon.co.uk “This is a fantasic camera; there are many different settings on this camera; what ever you need, this camera has it.”.

Two customers who reviewed this digital camera reckoned that it was comfortable and easy to hold. Expert review site Imaging-Resource.com mentioned in their review of this digital camera “We felt very comfortable using the Canon SX260, confident that what we saw on the LCD viewfinder was what we were capturing on the memory card”.

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Robust

Seventeen customers said in their reviews that the product was well made. Expert review site Pcmag.com wrote “The Canon PowerShot SX260 HS ($349.99 direct) is the successor to the very solid SX230 HS ($349.99, 4 stars” in their review of this digital camera. Expert review site Digit.in said in their review of this digital camera five years ago “The camera is built around Canon's tried”. Expert review site Buy-N-Shoot.com wrote “It has the highest build quality and the highest quality materials” in their Canon PowerShot SX260 HS review and gave the product a rating of 80 out of 100.

Four owners mentioned in their reviews that the product was strong and durable. Expert review site Digitaltrends.com said five years ago “It's sturdy” in their review of this digital camera. William Wallace wrote on expert website Amazon.co.uk “Good quality, very robust and takes glorious photographs”. Four years ago Welch_rh2 mentioned in their review of this digital camera on expert review site Amazon.co.uk “The zoom is amazing I find the picture quality to be consistently good, camera is pretty robust, I dropped it while climbing up a bit of rock”.

Two customers who reviewed this digital camera concluded that it was reliable. Mark mentioned on expert review site Amazon.co.uk “Delivery was fast and reliable as usual from Amazon” in his review of this digital camera and scored it 5 stars out of 5. He also said “If you are a Canon user you know how reliable they are for colour accuracy” in his review.

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Nice Design

Ten people who purchased it considered that it was good looking. Expert website Cnet.com mentioned “Excellent photo quality add up to one pretty great compact megazoom” in their review of this digital camera. Expert website Reviewed.com gave the product a rating of 5 stars out of 5 and said five years ago “We think there's a pretty good chance it will carry this title all the way to our end of the year awards.”. Jake rated it 76 out of 100 and he mentioned in his review of this digital camera on expert website Tigerdirect.com “Good volume and balance between bass and teble very realistic sound and pretty comfortable for long time usage”.

Three customers thought this digital camera was well designed. Mrs. L. Swayne mentioned in their review of this digital camera on expert review site Amazon.co.uk “The design is very nice, although I would say the flash should be a bit different as when you are holding the camera” and rated it 5 stars out of 5. Sirus Laia said on expert website Amazon.co.uk “I prefer the ergonomic design of Panasonic Lumix TZ30.” and gave the product a rating of 5 stars out of 5. Uday wrote in their review of this digital camera on expert website Amazon.co.uk three years ago “Nice solid design and feels durable” and gave this digital camera a rating of 5 stars out of 5.

Two customers who reviewed it concluded that it was neat. David Croxson said on expert website Amazon.co.uk “Spent many hours reserching replacement compact cameras, neat heavey full of goodies in side” in his review of this digital camera. Ant wrote “It works well in low light; the built-in flash is neat and effective” and gave this digital camera a score of 5 stars out of 5.

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Weight & Dimensions

Good Size

Fourty-three customers wrote that it was compact. Techradar.com said on expert website Techradar “Buying Guide Best compact camera 2012 It's been five years since Canon launched its PowerShot SX series of family superzooms”. Five years ago expert review site Cnet.co.uk scored the product 80 out of 100 and wrote “In this review Design and features Stills tests Video test Conclusion If you're looking for the perfect mix of compact camera specs right now, 12.1 megapixels”. Expert review site Dcresource.com said in their review of this digital camera also five years ago “Conclusion The Canon PowerShot SX260 is a travel zoom camera that packs a 20X zoom lens into a compact and stylish package” .

Eleven customers who purchased this digital camera reckoned that it was heavy and bulky. Expert website Computeractive.co.uk mentioned “To get both you usually have to put up with a bulky camera”. P.silver wrote on expert review site Amazon.co.uk four years ago “Slightly more bulky than a previous Canon model.” in their review of this digital camera. Peter Seymour said in his review of this digital camera on expert review site Amazon.co.uk “Quite heavy which is a little dissappointing as I want to carry with me on long cycle rides”.

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Average Weight

With a weight of 231 grams, the PowerShot SX260 HS has a fairly standard weight compared to most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that were released around the same time as this digital camera.

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Features

Good Technical Features

Fourteen owners concluded that the Canon PowerShot SX260 HS had good features. Whatdigitalcamera.com mentioned on expert review site What Digital Camera “It features a remarkable suite of snapping equipment including a 20x optical wide-z” in their review of this digital camera. Expert website Techradar.com wrote “The Canon PowerShot SX260 HS is a superzoom that offers a good balance of features and produces still images” . Expert review site Amateurphotographer.co.uk said “With the summer holiday season fast approaching, Richard Sibley tests Canons latest travel compact camera that features a 20x optical zoom, full HD movies” and gave the product a score of 80 out of 100.


Other

Released Over Two Years Ago

Canon released the PowerShot SX260 HS in December 2014.


Good Quality Lens

Seventy customers who reviewed the product reckoned that it had a good zoom. Expert review site Cnet.co.uk said in their review of this digital camera “A long zoom and an HD mode worthy of the name”. Expert website Dcresource.com mentioned “The SX260 replaces the SX230 (one of my favorite travel zooms from last year) and its biggest feature is its wider, more powerful zoom lens”. They also said “The PowerShot SX260 HS ($349) is the latest compact travel zoom from Canon” in their review.

Seven owners who reviewed this digital camera concluded that it had a good lens. Five years ago Chris Hoare mentioned “There are some creative modes that mimic a fisheye or tilt shift lens as well” and gave this digital camera a rating of 80 out of 100. Also five years ago Dougt said “I did by a hard case at the same time because of lens damage on another compact camera from the lens cover vanes which can be pressed onto the lens.”. Carole Allen scored the product 5 stars out of 5 and she wrote in her review of this digital camera on expert review site Amazon.co.uk “Sophisticated camera with a long lens to use for extensive travelling rather than using a DSLR with changeable lenses”.

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Good Quality Pictures

Ninety-seven customers who bought it thought it was able to produce good images. Expert review site Pcworld.in mentioned in their Canon PowerShot SX260 HS review five years ago “Thanks to a hard-to-beat combo of very good image quality” . Expert review site Pcworld.com_techhive.com scored it 80 out of 100 and wrote also five years ago “It's as close as a compact camera can get to being "one size fits all, " thanks to very good image quality and a great mix of options for novices”. Expert review site Digicambuyer.co.uk gave it a rating of 5 stars out of 5 and mentioned in their review of this digital camera also five years ago “A huge zoom lens and impressive image quality to boot Overall Our provides the latest photography news, reviews, previews, features”.

Nine owners who bought it thought it was good in low light. R wrote on expert review site Amazon.co.uk “Perhaps better photos in low light than with some Panasonic models that I have tried”. Welch_rh2 mentioned on expert review site Amazon.co.uk “Could be better in low light and is not as fast as the s100 or the SLRS”. They also wrote “It isn't as good as the s100 in low light conditions or as good as an SLR with tripod etc.” in their review.

Three people who reviewed the product concluded that it had a good picture resolution. Expertreviews.co.uk scored it a maximum of 5 stars and mentioned on expert review site Expert Reviews five years ago “Rival cameras offered bigger zooms, faster performance, fancier shooting modes and sharper screens.”. Chris Hoare said in his review of this digital camera “Still with enough resolution for any printing you might want to do” and gave the product a rating of 80 out of 100. Enzo wrote on expert review site Amazon.co.uk “You can switch between simply pointing and shooting on automatic mode”.

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Good Video Capture

Fourteen owners who bought the product considered that it was good for video recording. Ephotozine.com rated it 80 out of 100 and said on expert review site Ephotozine “Full HD video is available with stereo sound”. Five years ago expert review site Photographyblog.com scored it 5 stars out of 5 and mentioned “Full 1080p HD movies make the SX260 HS a” in their review of this digital camera. Four years ago Pepper scored the Canon PowerShot SX260 HS the highest possible rating of 5 stars and said on expert website Amazon.co.uk “Movie is good and sharp on the SX260 - jitter free”.

Good Screen / Viewfinder

Seven customers who reviewed it concluded that it had a good screen. Expert website Photographyblog.com mentioned “A 3 inch LCD screen, full 1080p HD” and scored it 5 stars out of 5. Nicolas Chisholm wrote on expert review site Amazon.co.uk “The zoom lens and excellent screen make this a very easy camera to use” in his review of this digital camera and scored the product the highest possible rating of 5 stars. T. J. Wass mentioned in their review of this digital camera “It has manual controls, useful zoom, 12 MP, big bright screen and GPS (one of my favourites is the tracking function - turn tracking on, turn the camera off”.

Two people who bought it mentioned that it had a good viewfinder. Carole Allen said on expert review site Amazon.co.uk “Also, I would definitely have liked to have a view finder as well as large screen - which can't be seen properly in bright light” in her review of this digital camera. Mart gave this digital camera the highest possible rating of 5 stars out of 5 and wrote in their review of this digital camera on expert review site Amazon.co.uk five years ago “Second the view finder works OK”.

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Good Flash

Nine owners who reviewed the product concluded that it had a good flash. Mrs. L. Swayne said on expert review site Amazon.co.uk “The flash is very strong” in their review of this digital camera. Voproductions scored the product 4 stars out of 5 and wrote in their review of this digital camera on expert website Amazon.co.uk “Is no better on other cameras, is the flash”. Ek mentioned four years ago “The only annoying feature which I am getting used to is the flash popping up where you hold the camera” in their review of this digital camera.


Display

Quite Large Display Diagonal

Digital cameras of this age and spec have display diagonals of between 1" and 3.5". At 3 inches, the Canon PowerShot SX260 HS has a fairly large display diagonal compared to most of the other low megapixel digital cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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Networking

Does Not Support Wi-Fi

The Canon PowerShot SX260 HS does not support Wi-Fi, although it is worth noting that most of the other cameras that have been available for around the same time as this camera also do not support Wi-Fi.

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Video

Supports Video Recording

The Canon PowerShot SX260 HS supports video recording. Most of the other similar spec digital cameras that are a comparable age to this digital camera also support video recording.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

The highest video resolution supported by the Canon PowerShot SX260 HS is 1920 x 1080 pixels. That's over six times the video resolution of a 640 x 480 pixels camera, which is the most common video resolution supported by cameras of this age and spec. 640 x 480 pixels is also supported by this Canon camera. This camera also support a video resolutions of 320 x 240 pixels and 1280 x 720 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.

A 1920 x 1080 pixels video resolutions is actually the best supported video resolution across all digital cameras of a similar spec and age to this camera.

Across similar types of digital camera the worst supported video resolution is 320 x 240 pixels.

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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 typical of many low megapixel digital cameras that have been around for a comparable time to it.

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Other Features

Supports Video Capability

supports video capability

The PowerShot SX260 HS supports video capability. Most of the other digital cameras of a comparable age and spec to this camera also support video capability.

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The PowerShot SX260 HS has a built-in flash. Most of the other cameras of a similar type and age to this digital camera also have a built-in flash.

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Features Face Detection

The PowerShot SX260 HS features face detection. Most of the other cameras of a comparable spec and age to this digital camera also feature face detection.

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Has an HDMI Port

The PowerShot SX260 HS has an HDMI port. Most of the other low megapixel digital cameras that have been available for a similar time to this camera also have an HDMI port.

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Has a USB 2.0 Port

The PowerShot SX260 HS has a USB 2.0 port, as do most of the other similar spec digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as this camera.

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Lens System

Fairly Big Optical Zoom

Cameras of a comparable type and age to this camera have optical zooms of between 1x and 50x, and the average optical zoom is 7.4x. At 20 times zoom factor, the Canon PowerShot SX260 HS has a fairly big optical zoom compared to most of the other low megapixel digital cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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Average Digital Zoom

At 4 times zoom factor, the PowerShot SX260 HS has a pretty standard digital zoom compared to most of the other cameras of a comparable age and type to this digital camera.

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Quite Long Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

With a maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) of 500 millimeters, the Canon PowerShot SX260 HS has a fairly long maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) compared to most of the other low megapixel digital cameras that are a similar age to this camera. The maximum focal lengths (35mm film equiv) of low megapixel digital cameras that were released more than two years ago range from 0.28mm to 1,200mm.

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Fairly Small Maximum Aperture Number

Low megapixel digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as this camera have maximum aperture numbers of between 1.8 and 22, and the average maximum aperture number is 6.2. With a maximum aperture number of 6.8, the PowerShot SX260 HS has one of the smaller maximum aperture numbers amongst low megapixel digital cameras of this age.

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Fairly Large Minimum Aperture Number

The smallest minimum aperture number of low megapixel digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as this digital camera is 1.3, the largest is 11, and the average minimum aperture number is 3. The Canon PowerShot SX260 HS has one of the larger minimum aperture numbers (3.5) amongst digital cameras of this age.

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Camera

Has a GPS (satellite)

has a GPS (satellite)

The PowerShot SX260 HS has a GPS (satellite). Most of the other digital cameras of a comparable age and spec to this camera do not have a GPS (satellite).

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Features Multi Burst Mode

The PowerShot SX260 HS features multi burst mode. Most of the other digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as this digital camera also feature multi burst mode.

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Supports Live View

The PowerShot SX260 HS supports live view, as do most of the other digital cameras of this age and spec.

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Has a Custom Colour

The PowerShot SX260 HS has a custom colour, as do most of the other cameras of this age and type.

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Has an Orientation Sensor

The PowerShot SX260 HS has an orientation sensor. Most of the other digital cameras of this age and spec also have an orientation sensor.

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Features Histogram

The Canon PowerShot SX260 HS features histogram. Most of the other low megapixel digital cameras that have been around for a similar time to this camera also feature histogram.

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Picture Quality

Has an Image Stabilizer

The PowerShot SX260 HS has an image stabilizer. Most of the other low megapixel digital cameras that have been around for a comparable time to this digital camera also have an image stabilizer.

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4000 X 3000 Still Image Resolution

The Canon PowerShot SX260 HS has a 4000 x 3000 still image resolution(s) which is higher than most cameras of this spec and age. Most cameras that were released more than two years ago have a 640 x 480 still image resolution(s). This Canon camera also have still image resolution(s) of 480 x 480, 640 x 360, 640 x 424, 1200 x 1200, 1600 x 1064, 1600 x 1200, 1920 x 1080, 2112 x 2112, 2816 x 1584, 2816 x 1880, 2816 x 2112, 2992 x 2992 and 4000 x 2248 and 4000 x 2664. Across all digital cameras that are a comparable age to this digital camera the worst still image resolution is 640 x 360 and the best is 4032 x 3024.

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4000 X 3000 Pixels Image Resolution

This digital camera has a maximum image resolution of 4000 x 3000 pixels, which is the most frequently found maximum image resolution on digital cameras of this type and age.

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12.1 Megapixels Megapixel

This is a 12.1 megapixels digital camera.

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Power

Good Battery Life

Four people who bought the product considered that it had a good battery life. William Burlend scored it 5 stars out of 5 and he said in his review of the Canon PowerShot SX260 HS “*Great Zoom *Large, clear 3" LCD *Buttons in a logical place and good battery life”. Mr. W. P. Maxwell wrote in their review of this digital camera on expert review site Amazon.co.uk “I also ordered a spare battery (Non Canon) it was inexpensive”. J Rockliffe mentioned in their review of this digital camera “Only bad point is that it is somewhat battery hungry” and scored it the highest possible rating of 5 stars.


Flash

Has an External Flash Connector

The PowerShot SX260 HS has an external flash connector. Most of the other similar spec cameras that were launched more than two years ago also have an external flash connector.

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Has a Flash Exposure Compensation

The Canon PowerShot SX260 HS has a flash exposure compensation, as do most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that are a similar age to this camera.

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Packaging Content

Has an AC Adapter Included

The PowerShot SX260 HS has an AC adapter included. Most of the other cameras that have been around for a similar time to this camera also have an AC adapter included.

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Has a Battery Charger Included

The Canon PowerShot SX260 HS has a battery charger included, as do most of the other low megapixel digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as this camera.

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Has a Batteries Included

The PowerShot SX260 HS has a batteries included. Most of the other low megapixel digital cameras that have been available for a comparable time to this digital camera also have a batteries included.

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Ports & Interfaces

Has an HDMI

The PowerShot SX260 HS has an HDMI. Most of the other low megapixel digital cameras that are a comparable age to this camera also have an HDMI.

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Supports PictBridge

The PowerShot SX260 HS supports PictBridge. Most of the other low megapixel digital cameras that have been on the market for more than two years also support PictBridge.

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Audio

Features Voice Recording

The Canon PowerShot SX260 HS features voice recording. Most of the other cameras of this age and type also feature voice recording.

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Has a Built-In Microphone

The PowerShot SX260 HS has a built-in microphone, as do most of the other low megapixel digital cameras that were launched more than two years ago.

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Light Exposure

Supports Seven ISO Sensitivities

The PowerShot SX260 HS has a greater number of ISO speeds than most low megapixel digital cameras that are a similar age to it. This Canon digital camera supports a 400 ISO sensitivity, which is the most frequently supported ISO sensitivity supported by low megapixel digital cameras that were launched more than two years ago. The ISO sensitivities "100", "200", "800", "1600", "3200" and "Auto" are also supported by this digital camera.

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Smart TV

Good Connectivity

Seventeen people who reviewed it reckoned that it had gps. Expert website Pcmag.com rated it 4 stars out of 5 and said “It features a 12-megapixel image sensor and a built-in GPS.”. Expert review site Digitaltrends.com wrote in their review of this digital camera “The GPS feature is a great addition to travel photography”. Expert website Photographyblog.com mentioned “Other key features of the Canon SX260 include built-in GPS”.


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