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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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.
- 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
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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.
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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.
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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.
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.
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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.
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).Read more ›
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