Canon PowerShot SX260 HS Brief Review


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  • 12.1 MP CMOS sensor with DIGIC 5 Image Processor
  • 20x Optical Zoom, 28mm Wide-Angle lens, and Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1080p Full HD video at 24 fps in stereo sound
  • Smart AUTO with 58 predefined shooting situations with new FACE ID, High-Speed Burst at 10 fps
  • GPS tracker
  • Lithium-ion battery
  • Release Date: 2011-03-31
  • Final Grade: 85 4.25 Star Rating: Recommended

Canon PowerShot SX260 HS
12.1 MP CMOS sensor with DIGIC 5 Image Processor; 20x Optical Zoom, 28mm Wide-Angle lens, and Optical Image Stabilization; 1080p Full HD video at 24 fps in stereo sound; Smart AUTO with 58 predefined shooting situations with new FACE ID, High-Speed Burst at 10 fps; GPS tracker; Lithium-ion battery
By Digital Admin, Last updated on: 8/21/2014

Hey! You should know that Canon has released a newer version of this product: the Canon PowerShot SX280 HS.

The 260 features an impressive 25-500 20x zoom. Announced alongside the cheaper SX240, the only difference between the two is the inclusion of a GPS in the 260. While the impressive zoom range is a big draw, be warned that the sacrifice you make for such a compact camera is lens speed: it starts at a moderate f3.5 and ends up at a lethargic f6.8 at the long end. Still, this is in line with other compact travel zooms and the SX260's predecessor, the SX230 HS, was our favorite travel zoom. Expect great things.

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    Dennis Brooke

    Is the battery double AA--or a proprietary Lithium-ion? I'm looking for a camera that will use rechargeable AA batteries for a hike across Spain.

    Reply almost 4 years ago
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      Hillary Grigonis

      Hi Dennis, No, this camera uses a rechargeable lithium ion battery. Most manufacturers are switching over, which is a shame for trips like yours where easily replaceable batteries are a good thing. You could pick up a second battery, or we have a list of cameras that do take AA batteries here: Thanks for commenting!

      Reply almost 4 years ago

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