Canon PowerShot SX60 HS Review

November 3, 2014

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Canon PowerShot SX60 HS

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


  • - 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’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

Canon PowerShot SX60 HS sample image 5In 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.

Canon PowerShot SX60 HS sample image 6Autofocus 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.

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  • Price: £449
  • Sensor: 16.1-million pixel, 1/2.3in BSI CMOS
  • Output size: 4608 x 3456 pixels
  • Focal length mag: 5.5x
  • Lens: 21-1365mm equivalent, f/3.4-6.5
  • Shutter speeds: 15-1/2000sec
  • ISO: 100-3200
  • Metering system: Evaluative
  • Exposure comepnsation: +3 to -3EV in 1/3EV steps
  • Drive mode: 6.4fps max, 3.8fps with C-AF
  • LCD: 3in vari-angle LCD with 922,000 dots
  • Viewfinder: 922,000-dot EVF
  • AF points: 15
  • Video: 1920 x 1080 pixels at 60 or 30fps
  • External mic: Yes (3.5mm stereo)
  • Memory card: SD, SDHC, SDXC
  • Power: NB-10L (approx. 340 shots)
  • Dimensions: 127.6 x 92.6 x 114.3mm
  • Weight: 650g (with battery and card)

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