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: 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 ...
Conclusion: The SX260 HS fills a very small niche. Yes, it’s a point-and-shoot, but its $350 price tag means that the extras you’re paying for have to be specifically worth it to the buyer. It’s a great travel cam: It’s sturdy but (relatively) small, and the GPS feature is a great addition to travel photography.
Pros: Great, Solid, Good-looking build, Easy to navigate physical and in-camera user interface, Loaded with features: filters, GPS, manual, presets, pop-up flash, etc.
Cons: Expensive, Image quality isn’t the best for the price
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.
Excerpt: With every camera manufacturer fielding a ‘travel zoom’ this summer – the pitch being that you get a much longer lens reach than your Smartphone can manage, but the actual camera will still fit in a pocket – Canon has entered the fray with its 20x optical zoom Canon PowerShot SX260 HS.
Pros: Easy to use, Optical zoom works on video, Vibrant, colourful images
Excerpt: There’s been a flourish of 20x optical zoom compact cameras of late. The Canon PowerShot SX260 HS joins the growing travel zoom crowd with a substantial specification that looks to rival even the best of its competitors.
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