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

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Canon PowerShot SX60 HS

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Pros:

  • - Huge zoom range
  • - Useful vari-angle LCD
  • - Generally good handling
  • - Raw capture is available

Cons:

  • - Sluggish AF in less-than-perfect light
  • - Prone to highlight clipping
  • - Noise and detail loss at ISO 800 and higher

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Canon PowerShot SX60 HS Review

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£449.00

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Verdict

Canon PowerShot SX60 HS Review – Verdict

If you don’t have overly high expectations of it, the SX60 HS isn’t too bad at all. In good light, the image quality is decent enough, although naturally it won’t match an SLR. The camera handles pretty well, with the EVF aiding shooting in bright light, and the vari-angle LCD gives plenty of flexibility in terms of shooting angles; however, the lack of an eye sensor for switching between them is a drawback. The vast 21-1365mm-equivalent zoom gives plenty of options, although we’ve found such an extreme telephoto to be difficult to use when shooting hand-held.

In more demanding shooting scenarios, though, the SX60 HS starts to show its limits. Faced with high contrast scenes, it’s prone to clipping highlights, and in low light, noise and detail loss becomes obvious at even quite moderate ISOs. Autofocus also leaves something to be desired, especially when light levels are falling. Overall, the SX60 HS is a competent enough performer for its class, but not much more than that.

  1. 1. Features
  2. 2. Build and handling
  3. 3. Performance
  4. 4. Image Quality
  5. 5. Verdict
  6. 6. Canon PowerShot SX60 HS – Specification
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  • Kym Crowley

    Up to 16MP from 12. Why? Damned near unusable zoom. Why? Get the Lumix FZ1000 and be done with it…