Reviews and Problems with Canon PowerShot SX260 HS
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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.
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-...
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 time...
Summary: There are a lot of things to like about the Canon PowerShot SX260 HS camera (original MSRP $349). It's an intermediate-level point-and-shoot camera that has several great features, including a 20X optical zoom lens in a camera that measures only about 1.29 inches in thickness.
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.
Conclusion: The Canon PowerShot SX260 HS delivers an impressive 20x zoom ratio and very good image quality in a compact package. Integrated GPS is a boon for geotaggers, but the camera's video prowess and high ISO performance aren't best in class.
Pros: Compact. Sharp, long zoom lens. Integrated GPS.
Cons: 1080p video captured limited to 24fps. Loss of detail at high ISOs. Priced on the high side.
Summary: Despite fierce competition, the Canon PowerShot SX260 HS is one of the best travel zoom cameras on the market. Although the resolution may not quite match either the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ30 or the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX9V, those thinking of purchasing the camera shouldn't be put off.
Summary: A talented travel camera packing a far-reaching 25-500mm zoom
Pros: Great image quality, Excellent zoom range, Good handling, Full manual control, Full HD video with stereo sound, The combination of automatic and fully manual shooting options, plus creative effects such as slow motion video, are great fun and useful.
Cons: Pictures can appear soft, Battery life reduced with GPS, Pop-up flash position, Basic panorama mode, No raw shooting, High quality, high speed burst shooting isn't available in all modes, and battery life, rated at 230 shots in normal use (and a lot less with GPS activated) is merely OK.
Conclusion: The SX260 HS is small, well designed and, for point and shoot snappers, performs a treat too. But in such a hotly contested market place it could do with that little bit more oomph to really take it to the next level: we’d like to see a touchscreen with edge-to-edge focus control in the future.
Pros: Among the best/most detailed shots in its class, big zoom in a small body, well priced for a Canon (often holds a price premium), ease of use
Cons: Limited AF selection in manual modes, no touchscreen, chromatic aberrations visible (colour fringing), 500mm max aperture is f/6.8, no raw files