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Quality camera which is straight forward to use, even if you venture out of auto,
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This review is from: Canon Powershot SX260 HS GPS Digital Camera - Black (12.1 MP, 20x Optical Zoom) 3.0 Inch LCD (Electronics)After years of having a series of more basic film and digital point and shoot cameras (currently an IXUS 60), I felt it was time to get something that bit better with a good zoom; often out walking and unable to capture decent wildlife images with the dismal x3 zoom of the old 60, however I didn't want the bulk of an SLR/or equivalent.
Internet research into the best digital compact camera pointed to three candidates, Sony's HX20V, Canon's SX240/260 and Panasonic's TZ30. Being very much an amateur photographer, understanding the technical differences between these cameras was not easy. Neither could I really detect much difference in images produced by the three, which have been published on the various review sites. Therefore I fairly quickly dismissed the Sony based on cost; most expensive and not just with Amazon. So after a lot more 'self debate' and further reading of reviews, I ordered the TZ30 from Amazon; again best price I could find (for a non grey import).
However after receiving it I was a little unsure if it was for me, purely based on it's design. The selection buttons seemed small, the rotary control on top looked vulnerable to knocks and it didn't have the solid 'engineering brick' feel about it that my old Canon has. So I ordered the SX260 to compare, as at the time Amazon were asking only £5 more for it over the similar 240 without GPS.
With the two cameras side by side the Canon, like my older 60, is clearly the more robustly constructed, the buttons and dials feel better with a more positive action, although the TZ appears to be the quieter when using the zoom and it doesn't have the frustrating pop up flash just where I like to steady the camera (thankfully it can be turned off). Took one or two comparison photos in auto with both cameras in the back garden. For me anyway the Canon was just that slight bit better, therefore the TZ has now gone back. It's a nice camera don't get me wrong and will no doubt suite others more than the SX.
Still getting used to the new camera; I've not had it long, however early results look good, the zoom works very well, although one or two images seem out of focus but probably operator error. Also been trying out one or two of the other features, such a sepia and the semi automatic P mode with variations in exposure compensation to compare the differences. As previously stated very much the amateur but the camera is so very easy to use and it takes little time to experiment with the settings while out and about walking. Oh also found some helpful tutorials on You Tube produced by Graham Houghton for both the SX series and the TZ, which have further encouraged my experimental photography. Video has yet to be experienced but it's not a feature I'm likely to use, although it might come in for holidays in the future.
Should also make comment on the GPS, which I've used just the once so far, more in curiosity than anything else. Managed to accurately track a local short circular walk, but with it engaged and taking over 100 experimental photo's, the freshly charged battery used up the first of the three indicator bars. A second battery may be needed for a day out I feel to be on the safe side.
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Initial post: 29 Nov 2012 14:00:49 GMT
Nobody has mentioned how easy it is to see the screen in bright sunlight.
The Olympus u740 camera I have now take good pictures, but if you are outside and it's sunny, you cannot see the screen. So I don't want to make that mistake again.
Can anyone comment on this?
In reply to an earlier post on 30 Nov 2012 16:58:37 GMT
Out taking photos on a bright sunny morning the other week without issue; obviously a less intense winter rather than summer sun. Also have a semi mat screen protector fitted.
Posted on 19 Jan 2013 22:55:11 GMT
Aaron P. Barnes says:
I am having the same quandary. I can't decide between the canon sx260,the tz30 or the samsung wb850 .the prices are fairly similar ...choices choices .thanks for your entry tho
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