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4.0 out of 5 stars Big lens in your pocket, 5 Sept. 2012
This review is from: Canon Powershot SX260 HS Digital Camera - Black (12.1 MP, 20x Optical Zoom) 3.0 Inch LCD (Electronics)
The Canon Powershot SX260's headline feature is 20x zoom. This zoom goes from a wide angle 25mm to 500mm which gives you an excellent range which will cover most all circumstances. They have gone for a 12megapixel sensor which means your photos are generally brighter - but still with enough resolution for any printing you might want to do.

What I like about it over some of the similar camera's is the software and the design layout of the controls and the interface of the software. The buttons are nicely spaced; and the canon software has been improved to make tasks easier. It also makes light work of the seemingly endless modes the camera has by grouping them into more overall options. You can put the camera in full automatic and it will take the best photo under generic settings; you can suggest to the camera that its a backlit city night shot via the modes or switch to a manual control that lets you set aperture and shutter speed. This makes it a great option for everyone and a camera you can grow with.

There are useful modes like twilight mode which takes more stable images in low light without the need for a tripod or a flash; there are some excellent high speed capture options for photos and video - 10fps in still image and 240fps video - but not at full HD. There are some creative modes that mimic a fisheye or tilt shift lens as well. All these options led me to getting a 32gb SD Card as I found i was taking more photos on it than the sony it replaced.

The built in GPS tag's your photos or will track you as you go; this worked well in Apple's iPhoto and Aperture keeping a record of where the photos were taken as well as the GPS time the image was taken - which is great if you forget to set the clock as you travel. Sadly the GPS doesn't seem to reset the clock though. You will need to turn the gps logger off when you get on a plane as it tracks even when teh camera is off - which will also cost you battery life.

Its a pocketable camera; sadly the battery charges in a battery charger and not via USB but the battery will take several hundred photos without flash so may last your holiday without a recharge. I would take it and a bigger SD card to get the most out of it.
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Initial post: 14 Dec 2012 10:47:45 GMT
Ranirat says:
Can't see anywhere where the actual battery used is mentioned. The Canon A590 used AA - does the SX260 use a dedicated battery? Thanks

In reply to an earlier post on 14 Dec 2012 10:50:16 GMT
Chris Hoare says:
The SX260 uses a Canon NB-6L battery. Its rechargeable; if you dont use the tracking GPS feature the battery has lasted me 200 photos (mostly without flash.)

In reply to an earlier post on 14 Dec 2012 10:58:47 GMT
Ranirat says:
Thanks Chris.

Posted on 31 Mar 2013 21:36:30 BDT
scubapig says:
"...a 12megapixel sensor which means your photos are generally brighter ..." Not sure what you mean here. How does the megapixel count affect brightness?

In reply to an earlier post on 31 Mar 2013 22:13:53 BDT
Chris Hoare says:
I think that there are a number of competing chips and factors that impact what is perhaps a sweeping remark. This is still a generalisation; but hopefully explains my rational a bit better.

As a big generalisation at the same size of chip the increased light hitting a larger detection cell on a lower megapixel camera returns more accurate brightness and colour information than a smaller cell is able to.

In good light this wont be an issue as a high and low megapixel camera will have plenty of light to give good images. In less ideal light conditions this is more important as there is a threshold for the sensors to overcome to detect anything; and during which they can return noise leading to lower quality images.

Posted on 4 Apr 2013 11:05:25 BDT
J. R. Harper says:
hi chris,

i need to buy a decent camera for a project with older people in a sheltered housing community. do you think this camera would be easily used i.e. easy to navigate, decent sized buttons? cheers for the input

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Apr 2013 11:33:03 BDT
Chris Hoare says:

Im a really big fan of the SX260 it takes really good images with little fuss; and the zoom can get you into the action from a distance which is nice. The SX260 has an auto mode on the dial that takes over full control of the image that you are going to get; you just need to frame the image on the big bright screen on the back and press the shutter . The shutter button is quite big; the zoom in and out has a nice notch to help you use. If you use the scene options; The scroll wheel on the back is easy to use and switch modes only the center OK button is a bit small. If you are looking at video there is a reasonably small video recording button (its the red circle on the amazon images of the back plane.)

I am a technophile so my opinion of the help text may be over exaggerated but when you drill into the menus the icons are quite clear and there is easy to follow text explaining what the setting you are doing does.

If things go wrong you can always get back to basics by resetting the camera settings; or switching to auto if you change something that goes to far.


Posted on 12 Apr 2013 21:34:10 BDT
Neil Jones says:
Hi - nice review. I'm currently considering this camera and GPS a key factor for my decision - have you had chance to find out how long the battery lasts with the GPS active all the time? Thanks

In reply to an earlier post on 12 Apr 2013 21:39:12 BDT
Chris Hoare says:
In full GPS tracking mode the battery drains very quickly - less than 24 hours. In use just when taking pictures i have done a like for like buy it makes little difference.

Posted on 28 Apr 2013 10:13:45 BDT
I have this camera and have none of the setting mentioned above except fisheye, now think I've got a broken camera
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