Reviews and Problems with Canon PowerShot SX260 HS
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Canon PowerShot SX260 HS
28 November 2014
Summary: The Canon PowerShot SX260 HS can become your next best friend. The upgrade it received in terms of looks, features, specs and performance make this compact megazoom one to keep in mind for future plans.
Conclusion: For under $500 the Canon Powershot SX260 does more than you’d expect. It has many unique features that set it aside from other similar priced models such as GPS and iFrame Video. It has the highest build quality and the highest quality materials. It does everything you’d expect a more expensive model to do but at the cheaper price. If you’re ready for the next step in photography but not quite ready for the big step to DSLR then this camera is for you.
Conclusion: In terms of street price, there's a wafer thin mint between the Canon SX260 HS and the Panasonic TZ30 (the Canon is currently a little cheaper). But the longer zoom range, versatile exposure modes, ease of use and picture quality make the Canon PowerShot SX260 HS a slightly more well-rounded and better value family camera.
Summary: The Canon PowerShot SX260 HS' wider, longer lens, a few much-needed design tweaks, and excellent photo quality add up to one pretty great compact megazoom.
Pros: The Canon PowerShot SX260 HS has shooting modes for every type of photographer from casual to advanced, a useful long zoom lens with excellent image stabilization, and overall excellent photo and video quality for a compact megazoom.
Cons: The SX260 HS' menus and controls can take some getting used to, it's got a short battery life, and photos get noticeably softer-looking indoors or in low light.
Pros: Good mix of easy-to-use features and manual setting options for beginners and intermediates, 20x zoom lens is great to see in such a thin camera, LCD is very bright and sharp, easily can be viewed in sunlight outdoors, Color accuracy quality is very good, Good mix of advanced features, when compared to other point and shoots, Some interesting built-in special-effect features, Pop-up flash unit provides good results, Offers a very basic built-in GPS, Button controls ar...
Cons: Camera's autofocus can be a little slow in low light, Overall response times can be a little sluggish, Mode dial has a few odd choices on it, Seems like there's some redundancy in the easy-to-use modes, Battery can drain quickly with GPS activated, Experienced photographers will want more control options, Low light photos can be a bit soft when trying to make really large prints
Summary: Canon's PowerShot SX260 HS is a well-designed compact travel zoom that produces photos that hold up well against the competition. It has a solid set of features for the point-and-shoot crowd, though serious photographers may find some annoyances. The SX260 isn't the most responsive camera out there, but as long as you avoid fast-moving subjects, it'll serve you well.
Pros: Very good photo quality for the compact ultra zoom category, Packs a 20X, 25 - 500 mm lens into a compact and stylish body, Optical image stabilization; camera will select the appropriate IS mode for the situation, High resolution 3-inch LCD with very good outdoor and low light visibility, Built-in GPS doesn't have a lot of bells and whistles, but gets the job done, Good set of manual controls, Smart Auto mode picks one of 58 scene modes for you; plenty of other point...
Cons: Critical image quality somewhat lacking at 100%, Some highlight clipping and purple fringing (try using i-Contrast to reduce the former), Redeye a problem (though it can be removed in playback mode), Autofocus performance lags behind the competition; camera struggled to focus in low light at times, ISO locked at 100 at shutter speeds below 1 second, Enthusiasts will bemoan lack of RAW support, bracketing, white balance fine-tuning, and a live histogram, Video quality ...
Summary: Every bit of the Canon SX260 HS is so beautiful, that we have a ridiculously hard time putting it down. The camera is extremely slim, sturdy (thanks to the metal frame) and the curved edges make it extremely comfortable in the hands. Performance wise, the camera managed to keep up with practically everything we threw at it. The price tag of Rs 22,995 seems a little steep, however the performance coupled up with the form factor of the camera justify the price.
Pros: Slim and sturdy, Great performance even at ISO 3200, Intuitive interface and ergonomics
Cons: Trifle expensive, Poor audio recording, Mediocre video recording in low light
Summary: As an updated model, Canon resisted the temptation to update it so much, they risked throwing the baby out with bath water. Good things about the SX230 HS such as the sensor appear unchanged. The Canon PowerShot SX260 HS is perhaps a little on the slow side and the problems with the redesigned optics means it’s also not as sharp as it could be yet it remains a very versatile all round compact camera.
Pros: Image quality (at wider focal lengths), 20x optical zoom lens in such a compact camera, Full HD video with Stereo sound, Value for money, Compact
Cons: Lack of sharpness when zoomed, Pop up flash in poor position, Chromatic aberration, Slow, Poor pop up flash position