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The PowerShot SX260 HS is slim and compact yet it boasts an impressive 20x optical zoom. Packed with Canon features to help you capture great shots, and benefitting from low energy consumption GPS for tagging your images, the PowerShot SX260 HS is the ultimate camera for adventurous travel-lovers. Canon’s HS System and Intelligent IS help ensure your images are sharp, clear and vibrant whatever the light conditions, whilst full HD movies allow you to capture all the action in perfect detail.
The PowerShot SX260 HS benefits from Canon’s class-leading lens technology. The slim, compact body boasts a 25 mm wide-angle lens with an impressive 20x optical zoom. This provides outstanding telephoto reach and therefore gives you increased flexibility when framing your shot. At 25 mm, the lens allows you to fit more in the frame, which is perfect for group shots. However, when extended to its maximum range, the 20x optical zoom ensures you capture all the detail, even when photographing distant subjects.
In addition to the optical zoom, the PowerShot SX260 HS also features Canon’s advanced digital zoom technology, ZoomPlus. This extends the camera’s overall zoom range to 39x, without losing sharpness and detail in the image as a conventional digital zoom would.
The PowerShot SX260 HS also benefits from Canon’s Intelligent IS technology. Whether you’re shooting stills or movies, Intelligent IS automatically identifies the shooting situation and then selects the most appropriate type of optical image stabilization from 7 modes. For example, when capturing a close-up of a flower the camera will automatically select Macro IS with Hybrid IS technology, but then it will automatically switch to Powered IS when filming distant subjects with the zoom. This allows you to focus on framing the image you want, safe in the knowledge that the camera is working to eliminate as much camera shake as possible, even if you need to move with your scene.
The power of Canon’s HS System comes from the combination of the 12.1 megapixel high-sensitivity CMOS sensor and Canon’s advanced DIGIC 5 processor. The HS System gives incredibly high image quality in all light conditions and enables the camera to capture a wider dynamic range, reducing over-exposure of highlighted areas and loss of detail in the shadows. This means that you can preserve your memories in perfect detail, whether in stills or video.
Canon’s HS System truly excels in low light conditions. It can often be challenging to capture well exposed subjects inside against dark backgrounds, or outside in low light; the flash range is often not sufficient to light up the background but turning it off can cause blurring from the instability of handheld shooting. Canon’s HS System reduces the camera’s reliance on flash in low-light situations - background illumination is improved, dark areas are reduced, and camera shake is controlled, maintaining complete image clarity and eliminating blur. As a result you can capture great low-light images without needing to use the flash as often.
The HS System allows for significant noise reduction at all ISO levels while maintaining accurate colours and crisp detail, allowing the camera to capture the natural ambience of dimly-lit environments without the flash. Shots are striking and detailed, with the 12.1 megapixel sensor capturing more than enough detail to reproduce images onto large poster-sized formats.
The PowerShot SX260 HS features GPS which tags your location to each image. Additionally, if desired, the GPS Logger system can record your location at regular intervals, even when the camera is turned off, tracking your journey. The advanced GPS module’s fast location acquisition and low energy consumption means it is possible to use the GPS Logger for more than 48 hours from a single battery charge. Using the software supplied with the camera, the route you took and the location where each image was captured can then be reviewed using Google Maps and Google Earth*.
Data (EXIF metadata) about where, when and how you captured each shot is embedded automatically within each photograph. Most photo-sharing websites now display this geo-tagging information, meaning that in addition to keeping a log of your own journey, you can share your journey with your friends and family too.
For moments that are best caught on video, the PowerShot SX260 HS offers extremely high-quality video performance with the capability to record advanced full HD movies at 1080p. Canon’s Fine Detail Movie Processing technology allows you to capture full HD movies that benefit from even more detail and clarity than ever before, whilst HDMI-CEC compatibility ensures optimum playback on High Definition televisions. The 20x optical zoom is also available during filming, allowing you to get really close to the action, plus Smart Auto can detect 21 different types of scene, ensuring it looks just as you see it.
The PowerShot SX260 HS features a large 7.5 cm (3.0") PureColor II G LCD. This high-quality 460k dot screen makes framing and reviewing images easy, even from difficult angles or in bright light. Meanwhile, the outer layer of toughened scratch resistant glass ensures that the display has extra durability.
When you're taking photographs, the only thing you want to think about is your subject, so Canon’s Smart Auto mode removes the worry of deciding which settings to select. It enables the camera to intelligently select the appropriate settings so you can concentrate on your subject.
In Smart Auto mode, Canon’s Advanced Scene Detection Technology automatically analyses shooting conditions – detecting people, distance, brightness, colour and movement information – then selects the perfect setting from 58 specially defined scenes. So whether you're photographing flowers, a captivating sunset or friends in the park you can be confident you're getting the perfect image.
Smart Auto is also more than just scene detection. It allows the camera to identify moving subjects to ensure the focus and exposure are always correct. For sharp close-ups the camera automatically switches to Macro mode and Smart Flash Exposure optimises exposure and flash controls to ensure your subject is perfectly lit whilst dark and light areas are accurately reproduced.
Additionally, Multi-area White Balance correction enables incredibly accurate colour reproduction. For example, usually when shooting indoors where the subject is lit by flash and the background is illuminated by artificial lighting, the multiple light sources can distort the colours in the image. But Canon’s Multi-area White Balance correction eliminates this problem so that the natural skin tones of the subject are retained, whilst the colours in the background also remain true-to-life.
Face ID allows you to register up to 12 faces with names and birthdays so that the camera can automatically prioritise these individuals in every shot. Once the faces have been registered, Smart Auto uses the information to prioritise focus on these faces, regardless of how many other subjects are in the frame. This ensures that the camera always captures the best possible images of the people who are most important to you. It also makes it easy to search for photographs of specific friends or family members when you play back your images.
Additionally, Face ID uses the birthdays that you register to work in conjunction with Smart Auto to enable you to take better photographs in a range of different situations. For example, if Smart Auto detects a baby (0 – 2 years old) in the frame that is smiling it will automatically take multiple images and then select the best image for you.
The PowerShot SX260 HS gives you the flexibility to be as creative as you want. The semi-automatic Av (aperture priority) and Tv (shutter priority) modes allow you to control just one single aspect of exposure whilst the camera takes care of all the other settings. Alternatively, Full Manual lets you take complete control of all settings so you can really explore your creativity.
The high-sensitivity CMOS sensor also offers the capability to shoot at super high speeds which provides excellent benefits in a range of situations.
In High-speed Burst HQ mode the PowerShot SX260 HS can shoot up to 10 full resolution images with a speed of 10.3 shots per second, so whether you’re shooting sports events or everyday life in motion you will never miss a moment of the action.
Super Slow Motion Movie mode slows down fast-moving subjects by capturing QVGA resolution video at a staggering 240 frames per second (or in VGA resolution at 120fps) - which can then be played back at normal speed for a spectacular slow motion effect. This is perfect for analysing a golf swing, recording a bird in flight or just for a bit of fun. The software included with the camera supports multi-speed playback, allowing you to view your footage both at real or slow motion speed.
Handheld Night Scene mode allows you to capture clear, detailed night scenes. With this mode selected the camera takes consecutive high speed shots and then combines the image data into a single image, ensuring the best possible exposure with the least amount of blur – perfect for handheld shots taken at night.
Unique to Canon cameras, Movie Digest allows you to create an HD quality (720p) quality film telling the story behind the images you’ve captured that day. Every time a still image is captured, the preceding 4 seconds is automatically recorded as a movie clip - these are then automatically collated into one complete video showing the highlights of the day.
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Fantastic camera, the only problem is the microphone. If you are using this for outdoor use in recording mode, and it's windy.. then you have no chance. Read morePublished 3 days ago by heyray45
Looks and handles nicely. Great picture quality and does everything exactly as described.Published 20 days ago by Ian Roberts
I purchased this camera over a year ago as a replacement and upgrade for a previous Canon Powershot Camera, that had served me well for many years. Read morePublished 22 days ago by Sue Horwell
A good little camera but will not read photos on SD cards taken from my computer or another camera which is a pain. Not as quick off the mark as I'd like eitherPublished 1 month ago by Beezle 47
Very happy with the zoom, speed of "boot" and low light handling in both video and photo mode
Battery use can be a bit high and while i like having gps i shut it... Read more