Canon’s latest bridge camera has a staggering 21-1365mm equivalent zoom range and features raw-format recording. Audley Jarvis finds out if this is all too good to be true in our Canon PowerShot SX60 HS review
Canon PowerShot SX60 HS Review – Performance
In terms of speed, the SX60 HS has something of a split personality. It starts up pretty quickly, with the lens extending ready for shooting inside a couple of seconds. The two-speed zoom can traverse the entirety of its range in a little over two seconds for quick framing, but at its slower speed it offers reasonably fine control over composition.
Continuous shooting is as fast as 6.4fps when recording JPEGs with the focus fixed at the start of a burst, but this falls to 3.4fps if continuous AF is turned on. However, the camera is rather slower if you shoot raw, at only about 2fps. Battery life is OK; we were able to get more than 300 shots from a full charge.
Autofocus speed is okay outdoors under bright light. But as light levels fall, it becomes less and less decisive, especially at the long end of the zoom. In twilight, it can easily take a second or two to acquire focus, by which time your subject may have moved on; in really low light the camera is often unable to find focus at all.