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Canon Powershot SX260 HS Digital Camera - Black (12.1 MP, 20x Optical Zoom) 3.0 Inch LCD

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  • 20x optical zoom, 25mm wide-angle lens, in a compact body. 39x with ZoomPlus
  • HS System with 12.1 Megapixel CMOS and DIGIC 5 for stunning results even in low light
  • GPS tags your shots and logs your journey
  • Large 7.5 cm (3.0") PureColor II G LCD (460k) for great visibility and strength
  • Manual, Av and Tv modes for full creative control

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Colour: Black
  • Product Dimensions: 3.3 x 10.6 x 6.1 cm ; 231 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 699 g
  • Item model number: 5900B012AA
  • ASIN: B0074K1JRW
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 7 Feb. 2012
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (138 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 58,529 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

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Powerful, compact super-zoom with full HD movies and GPS

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.

Features include:

  • 25 mm wide-angle lens with 20x optical zoom, extending to 39x with ZoomPlus
  • Optical Image Stabilizer with Intelligent IS
  • 12.1 megapixel high-sensitivity CMOS sensor
  • Canon’s HS System, featuring a DIGIC 5 processor for excellent low-light performance
  • Low energy consumption GPS for tagging your shots and logging your journey
  • Advanced full HD movies (1080p) and HDMI-CEC
  • Large 7.5 cm (3.0”) PureColor II G LCD screen (460k dots)
  • Smart Auto with Advanced Scene Detection for great results in 58 different situations
  • Face ID can recognise and prioritise your family and friends
  • Manual, AV and TV modes for full creative control
  • High-speed shooting functions including High-speed Burst HQ, Super Slow Motion Movie and Handheld Night Scene
  • Movie Digest records 4 seconds before each shot to create a bonus movie
20x optical zoom
20x optical zoom ensures you capture all the detail
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High-end super-zoom in a compact body

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.

Canon's HS System
The HS System captures the true atmosphere
in low light
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Incredibly sharp images whatever the situation

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.

Capture the scene exactly as you see it with Canon’s HS System

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.

Outstanding results in low light

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.

Inbuilt GPS tags your images
Inbuilt GPS tags your images and logs your journey
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Less noise, clearer detail

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.

Low energy consumption GPS tracking

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.

Advanced full high definition movies

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.

Large, high-quality display

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.

Effortless shooting, superb results

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.

Prioritise your family and friends

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.

Choice of manual shooting modes

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.

High-speed shooting

The high-sensitivity CMOS sensor also offers the capability to shoot at super high speeds which provides excellent benefits in a range of situations.

High-speed Burst HQ

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

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

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.

Capture everything with the Movie Digest feature

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.

*Google, Google Maps and Google Earth are trademarks of Google Inc.

Box Contains

  • Digital Camera PowerShot SX260 HS
  • Wrist Strap WS-DC11
  • Battery Pack NB-6L
  • Battery Charger CB-2LYE
  • AC Power Cable
  • Interface Cable IFC-400PCU
  • User Manual Kit

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    By Peppers #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 14 April 2012
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    After having bought a Panasonic TZ30 last week to replace an ageing TZ5 my partner decided to renew her travel zoom too and treated herself to the Canon Powershot SX260HS - we both use Nikon DSLRs (a D90 and D3100) as our main cameras. I have taken a eager interest in the new Canon SX260 out of anxiety as to whether I made the right choice in going for the TZ30 but this review focuses on the Canon.

    To me the overriding issue is ultimately the quality of photographs rather than novelty features, however, both cameras are in the same price range; have a similar pixel count; 20x zooms with stabilisation and cost circa £300. The key differences are that the Canon is slightly bigger and heavier (deeper plus 30g heavier); has no touch screen; no in camera HDR support or 3D facility - none of these are tiebreakers for us but picture quality is. It's a pity neither the Canon or Panasonic supports RAW mode. Also, both cameras offer a variety of burst modes including a 10fps mode which fixes the focus on the first frame. One differential is that in this mode the Canon LCD turns off which can make panning difficult.

    The SX260 is very pocketable and easy to use with a rapid start-up. The zoom/stabilisation are excellent and the pictures remain clear at high zoom. The pictures this Canon produces are very good and more than acceptable from the size of camera, although, at the £300 mark you have a right to expect something better than more basic pocket cameras. The SX260 maintains the principle in cameras of this type that as the ISO increases the noise level increases significantly - I can only say that it is no worse or better than our TZ30.
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    By Chris Hoare TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 5 Sept. 2012
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    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.
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    I chose this camera over the Panasonic Lumix TZ30. So far I have been pleased with performance at all light levels and from wide to telephoto. Most surprised by high quality of image at 20X zoom. The camera is well built with good quality finish. The pop-up flash was a nuisance at first, but I am getting used to it. On board software is very effective at eliminating red-eye. Perhaps colours are unnaturally vivid in some situations. A RAW mode would have been good. Intuitive menus and generally good lay-out (excepting pop-up flash) make this easy to use out of the box and for more demanding use a few days play suffice to make best use. Old fashioned manual mode f8 and 1/125 second worked best for photographing craters on the moon at 20X zoom. Surprisingly little camera shake! Maybe the Lumix might have been better, but Amazon's astounding instant purchase option made this by far the better deal in terms of value for money.
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    How far can this size of camera go! The build quality is excellent, much more robust than my previous SX220, and the 20x optical zoom is outrageous in a camera this size. Packed full of features with manual control if you want to take over. Took it to the Isle of Man TT this year and the 10fps burst at full quality gave good results even with the bikes coming towards or going away from the camera. With a constant radius, eg in the inside of a bend, the results would've been excellent. Pop up flash is weak and only useful as a fill-in or with subjects no further than 6ft away.
    The overall image quality is excellent with good natural colours and saturation SOOC. Handles grain well even at higher ISOs but a bit of purple fringing is apparent with high contrast edges. For a camera at this level and price bracket it's a great travel and everyday camera.
    Not used the full hd video much but from the short clips I've done it's excellent with hardly any zoom noise.
    Overall I'd strongly recommend this camera.
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