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Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

Canon PowerShot SX260 HS
Canon PowerShot SX260 HS
Canon PowerShot SX260 HS


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20x optical zoom in a slim camera, image stabilization, 58 presets, GPS picture tagging, compact and light weighing in at 8.2 ounces


Video capabilities lacking compared to comparable cameras.

October 21, 2012
Posted October 21, 2012 by

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Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

The Canon PowerShot SX260 HS is an ultra slim camera with a powerful 20x optical zoom wide angle lens and 12.1 megapixels. This camera excels in all lighting situations, and with the DIGIC 5 image processor, is capable of delivering clear pictures in even the lowest of light. 1080p full HD video in stereo is also another amazing capability of the SX260HS, and the camera also comes with 58 predefined shooting situations, which means less set up is involved to get that perfect picture. The camera is ultra thin, just over 1 and a 1/4 inches thick, making this a great pocket sized point and shoot camera option. The SX260 HS weighs in at just a hair over 8 ounces.

The optical image stabilizer is another great feature. Any handheld camera shooter knows that shooting without a tripod can result in camera shake, occasionally making photos and videos blurry. Canon’s image stabilizer uses lens-shift technology to correct unwanted camera shake while hand shooting, and also enables you to shoot using a slower shutter speed, making low light photo shoots that much easier and rewarding. UA Lens technology, developed by Canon, is what makes the compact 25MM lens possible. These lenses use molded glass with a high refractive index, which significantly reduces the lens sizes found in Canon cameras.


Making high quality movies with a handheld point and shoot camera has also never been easier. Not only does the Canon PowerShot SX260 shoot in perfect, crystal clear 1080p HD, it also has a plethora of options, presets, and settings available to help you make the most of your movie making experience. The dedicated movie button lets you start and stop recording instantly, without having to navigate layers and layers of menus. The SX260 HS also has a built in wind filter, which works wonders and cutting out distorting wind noise and improving the quality of your movies. Another great feature is the availability of the 20x zoom lens even in movie mode. Unlike other point and shoot cameras which disable the zoom lens during movie capture, the Canon PowerShot SX260 HS allows you make complete use of the zoom lens even during movie making. Another favorite of mine is the HDMI output, which allows you to simply hook up your camera to your 1080p HD television set and watch your movies immediately without the use of a computer.  You can even control playback with any and TV’s CEC-enabled HDTV remove!

Shooting Modes/Special Scene Modes
Manual You have complete control of exposure, selecting both aperture and shutter speed manually.
Aperture-priority You set the aperture, controlling depth-of-field. The camera automatically selects the shutter speed.
Shutter-priority You select the shutter speed, and the camera automatically selects the appropriate aperture.
Program The camera automatically and intelligently selects the aperture/shutter speed combination based on the shooting conditions.
Live View Control Enables Brightness, Color, and Tone adjustments to your images using easy-to-understand controls.
Smart AUTO The camera automatically selects the best shooting settings for optimal quality based on subjects and environmental factors to provide point-and-shoot simplicity.
Easy Easy mode, shooting is simple and relaxed the camera handles all the settings automatically.
Movie Digest in 720p HD Records a video clip in 720p HD before capturing a still image and then combines one day’s worth of clips into a video.
Portrait Brings the subject into focus while beautifully blurring the background.
Smooth Skin Removes dullness, wrinkles, and harsh shadows for beautiful faces.
Smart Shutter The camera automatically takes the photo when people smile, wink, or get into frame.
High-Speed Burst HQ Captures fast-action shots at full resolution, providing continuous shooting when the shutter button is held down.
Handheld Night Scene Take clear and steady pictures at night without the use of a tripod.
Low Light For high quality image capture in an amazing range of dimly lit situations.
Underwater Capture underwater images with reduced backscatter effect. Optional Underwater Case required.
Snow Shoot clear snow scenes without darkened subjects or an unnatural bluish tint.
Fireworks Create brilliant images of skyrocketing fireworks.
Stitch Assist Easy-to-use guidelines simplify the shooting of aligned multiple frames that can later be combined (using bundled software) to create panoramic photos.
Creative Filters This setting provides easy access to special filter effects and scene modes, such as Toy Camera Effect, Poster Effect, Monochrome and more.
Fisheye Effect Now you can get the fisheye effect – a classic photographic distortion – without a fisheye lens.
Miniature Effect for Stills & Video Give images a miniature look with an effect that emphasizes perspective by blurring the top and bottom of the image.
Toy Camera Effect Simulates photos taken with toy or pinhole cameras, darkening the image at the edges to create a vignette effect.
Monochrome Choose from three single-tone effects: Black-and-White, Sepia, or Blue.
Soft Focus Creates a hazy ambiance that’s perfect for portraits and wedding photos.
Super Vivid Super Vivid intensifies existing hues, saturating the scene with bright colors.
Poster Effect Poster Effect combines several similar shades into one color, turning subtle gradations into eye-catching, scene-popping contrasts.
Color Accent Choose to retain a single color in your image while other colors turn monochrome.
Color Swap Select a color and replace it with a color you specify for special effects.
Discreet Mode Disables flash, AF assist beam, and all camera sounds with one mode dial setting so you can capture images in quiet areas.
iFrame Movie The Apple® movie format, iFrame, makes it easier and quicker to import and upload videos while retaining high image quality.
Super Slow Motion Movie Record your clips in high speed (approx. 240 fps), and then watch your videos in slow motion.

Canon PowerShot SX260 HS Features

  • 121. Megapixel High-Sensitivity CMOS Sensor, DIGIC 5 image processor
  • 20x Optical zoom, 25mm wide angle lens, and image stabilization
  • 1080p full HD video in stereo sound with a dedicated movie button; GPS tracker allows recording of image location on a map
  • Smart auto with 58 predefined shooting settings with new face ID, high speed burst HQ for continuous capture at max 10 frames

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