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Canon PowerShot SX260 HS



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With the summer holiday season fast approaching, Richard Sibley tests Canon’s latest travel compact camera that features a 20x optical zoom, full HD movies and GPS. Read our Canon PowerShot SX260 HS review...

Build and handling

Unlike Canon’s PowerShot G12, the PowerShot SX260 HS is truly portable and will fit comfortably in a jacket or trouser pocket. The camera’s slightly curved front with smooth edges makes it comfortable to hold and carry, and the lens bevel at the front of the camera only adds a little to the camera’s depth.

Despite the minimalist design of the SX260 HS, there are enough buttons to make the camera fairly fast to use. Exposure modes can be changed easily via a dial on the back of the camera, while there is a control dial and directional buttons to make it simple to scroll through menus.

Exposure compensation can be quickly applied via a button on the back of the camera, and the function set button allows access to the various shooting and image settings. Anyone who has used a compact camera should quickly get to grips with the SX260 HS, as everything is logically placed.

  • White Balance: Auto, 7 presets, custom
  • Output Size: 4000x3000 pixels
  • Memory Card: SDHC, SDXC, SD
  • LCD: 3in LCD with 461,000 dots
  • AF Points: Tracking, face detection, continuous, single and macro
  • Sensor: 1/2.3in (6.16 x 4.62mm), 12.1-million-pixel, back-illuminated CMOS sensor
  • Exposure Modes: PASM, Smart Auto, 58 scene modes
  • Focal Length Mag: 20x zoom lens
  • Shutter Speeds: 15-1/3200sec
  • File Format: JPEG Superfine/Fine settings
  • Power: Rechargeable Li-Ion NB-6L
  • Weight: 231g (including card and battery)
  • Focusing Modes: Auto, manual, 2 AF sizes
  • Dimensions: 106.3 x 61 x 32.7 mm
  • Metering System: Evaluative, centreweighted, spot
  • RRP: £469.99
  • ISO: 100-3200

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