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Canon PowerShot SX260 HS 12.1 MP CMOS Digital Camera with 20x Image Stabilized Zoom 25mm Wide-Angle Lens and 1080p Full-HD Video (Green)

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  • 3-inch LCD display
  • 12.1 MP High-Sensitivity CMOS sensor, DIGIC 5 Image Processor; 20x Optical Zoom, 25mm Wide-Angle lens, and Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1080 Full HD video in stereo sound with a dedicated movie button
  • Smart AUTO with 58 predefined shooting situations with new FACE ID, High-Speed Burst HQ for continuous capture at a maximum of 10 frames
  • GPS tracker to record image locations on a map via Canon's software
  • 12.1 MP High-Sensitivity CMOS sensor, DIGIC 5 Image Processor
  • 20x Optical Zoom, 25mm Wide-Angle lens, and Optical Image Stabilization
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  • Built-in Microphone
  • Built-in Flash
  • Image Stabilization
  • Video Capability
  • HD Compatible
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  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.3 x 2.4 inches ; 8.2 ounces
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  • ASIN: B0075SUKBO
  • Item model number: 6196B001
  • Batteries 1 Nonstandard Battery batteries required. (included)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,279 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,092 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: February 6, 2012

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Capture It All

The fact that the PowerShot SX260 HS digital camera is an ultra-slim camera with a powerful 20x Optical Zoom, Optical Image StabilizationCanon PowerShot SX206 HS at Amazon.com and 25mm Wide-Angle lens is only the beginning of its attractions. You'll see detail you never thought possible through the huge zoom and wide-angle lens, while the camera's 12.1 Megapixel High-Sensitivity CMOS Sensor and DIGIC 5 Image Processor deliver the rich, clear low-light performance that is the hallmark of Canon's HS SYSTEM. 1080p Full HD video in stereo is more beautiful than ever, with new high-resolution, high-speed processing. Sophisticated advancements include improved Smart AUTO that optimizes settings for 58 predefined shooting situations, Face ID that prioritizes pre-registered faces, and GPS for tracking and recording your shooting locations.

Astonishingly Slim

Ultra-slim Camera with powerful 20x Optical Zoom, Optical Image Stabilization and 25mm Wide-Angle Lens

At just over 1-1/4 inches thick, the PowerShot SX260 HS is an ultra-slim digital camera with a powerful 20x Optical Zoom. But because its lens embodies Canon PowerShot SX260 HS Wide-Angle at Amazon.comthe quality and legacy of Genuine Canon Optics, its advantages go far beyond making the camera slim enough to slip in your pocket and carry anywhere. With a range of 25mm – 500mm (35mm equivalent), the lens gives you the power to capture the full breadth of scenes, with details you've never captured before. Images are bright and vivid with spectacular clarity thanks to Optical Image Stabilization.
Canon PowerShot SX260 HS Zoom at Amazon.com

Optical Image Stabilizer

Handheld shooting can often lead to camera shake, making photos and videos blurry. Canon’s Optical Image Stabilizer is a sophisticated system that uses lens-shift technology to correct unwanted camera movement. It makes handheld photography more practical, providing excellent image quality in many difficult shooting situations: outdoors at dusk, inside without a flash, and even at the telephoto end of the zoom range without a tripod. For photos, it enables shooting at slower shutter speeds, accommodating more low-light shooting situations than ever before without having to boost ISO sensitivity. With camera shake and vibration reduced, you get a sharper, steadier image. And because it is an optical system, there is none of the image degradation typical with electronic image stabilizers.

UA Lens Technology
Pioneered by Canon, UA Lens technology makes possible compact lenses with remarkable optical performance. By using molded glass with an ultra-high refractive index in aspherical lens elements, Canon has succeeded in reducing lens size while significantly reducing image aberrations. Another stellar example of cutting-edge Canon optics, UA Lens technology helps make PowerShot digital cameras pocket-friendly and capable of astounding image quality. 

Experience the Power


The Canon HS SYSTEM lets you take bright, clear photos in an even wider range of shooting situations. Beautiful low-light shots are Canon PowerShot SX260 HS CMOS at Amazon.compossible with minimal noise and maximum detail in highlight and shadow areas. The system is the result of two technologies brought together in PowerShot cameras: a high-sensitivity imaging sensor, which is able to capture more light; and the DIGIC 5 Image Processor, which actively reduces noise with high-speed image processing. The 12.1 Megapixel Canon CMOS sensor in the PowerShot SX260 HS incorporates advanced light reception technology that enhances sensitivity. The DIGIC 5 Image Processor provides a major boost in noise reduction, expanding the usable ISO range to an amazing high of ISO 3200. The Canon HS SYSTEM thus lets you use higher shutter speeds to capture clearer images with reduced noise and blur.

Canon DIGIC 5 Image Processor

The latest-generation Canon DIGIC 5 Image Processor brings phenomenal increases in processing speed and power. Improved chip architecture and algorithms deliver greatly expanded functionality with further refinement in image quality. Improved noise reduction produces clearer images when shooting in low light at high ISO speeds. Enhanced i-Contrast performance adjusts differences between light and dark areas to achieve even more natural-looking results. The faster processing speed also results in faster continuous shooting capability while maintaining full image quality. The DIGIC 5 Image Processor also makes possible a new, highly advanced automatic white balance system. Whereas conventional white balance makes an overall adjustment based on a single type of light source, the new Canon Multi-Area White Balance analyzes several areas of the image to determine whether different adjustments are needed, for example, for the main subject and the background.

Memorable Moments in Spectacular Full HD

Canon Full HD Video Advantage

In addition to the Canon HS SYSTEM, the combination of the advanced CMOS sensor and DIGIC 5 Image Processor in the PowerShot SX260 HS makes it possible to shoot crisp, clear high definition video. Imagine the fun and excitement of being able to shoot spectacular 1080p Full HD video with stereo sound that you can later watch on your HDTV or download to your computer to share with family and friends. In addition to being able to shoot Full HD 1080p video at 24* frames per second, the PowerShot SX260 HS can also shoot 720p HD video at 30** frames per second.

Dedicated Movie Button, Wind filter feature and Optical Zoom for easy video capture

It’s never been easier to shoot videos with a PowerShot digital camera. The PowerShot SX260 HS has a dedicated movie button that lets you start and stop recording instantly. There is no need to go through layers of menus or operate switches or dials to switch to and from video recording mode. The camera is always ready to shoot stills or video whenever you want. The PowerShot SX260 HS also incorporates an electronic wind filter, which suppresses wind noise that can muffle or distort the sound. And unlike less sophisticated point-and-shoot cameras, the PowerShot SX260 HS lets you use the full range of optical zoom when you’re shooting a video.

HDTV playback via HDMI output and CEC

It’s easy to enjoy and share the videos you shoot with the PowerShot SX260 HS. Simply connect its HDMI terminal to your HDTV using an HDMI cable. And because the PowerShot SX260 HS supports HDMI-CEC technology, you’ll be able to control the playback of your images and videos on any CEC-enabled HDTV using the TV’s remote control. (CEC – Consumer Electronic Control – is part of the HDMI specification, enabling components in a system to communicate with one another.)


With the PowerShot SX260 HS, you can also shoot video in the Apple® iFrame format, which is a computer-friendly standard that speeds up importing and editing of videos. It keeps file sizes small, making it more convenient to upload or e-mail high-quality videos. The iFrame format enjoys native support in compatible Mac and Windows video applications, making it unnecessary to perform time-consuming and often quality-degrading conversions.

A Smarter Camera Means Better Photos

Smart AUTO

Smart AUTO for the PowerShot SX260 HS has been significantly expanded, making it easier than ever to capture the sharp, bright, colorful images – and videos – you’re looking for. By assessing various factors in both the background and the subject, the system recognizes 58 predefined shooting situations and automatically selects the camera settings that will yield the best possible results. Simply frame the shot you want, and in dozens of common or challenging scenarios the camera takes care of the rest. Hard-to-capture shots such as moving subjects, night scenes, backlit subjects, and landscapes at evening or on a bright snowy day are instantly and effortlessly captured as “keeper” shots. Smart AUTO makes the PowerShot SX260 HS ideal for capturing excellent quality still images and video on the go.

Shooting Modes/Specialn Scene Modes
Manual You have complete control of exposure, selecting both aperture and shutter speed manually.
Aperture-priority You set the aperture, controlling depth-of-field. The camera automatically selects the shutter speed.
Shutter-priority You select the shutter speed, and the camera automatically selects the appropriate aperture.
Program The camera automatically and intelligently selects the aperture/shutter speed combination based on the shooting conditions.
Live View Control Enables Brightness, Color, and Tone adjustments to your images using easy-to-understand controls.
Smart AUTO The camera automatically selects the best shooting settings for optimal quality based on subjects and environmental factors to provide point-and-shoot simplicity.
Easy Easy mode, shooting is simple and relaxed the camera handles all the settings automatically.
Movie Digest in 720p HD Records a video clip in 720p HD before capturing a still image and then combines one day's worth of clips into a video.
Portrait Brings the subject into focus while beautifully blurring the background.
Smooth Skin Removes dullness, wrinkles, and harsh shadows for beautiful faces.
Smart Shutter The camera automatically takes the photo when people smile, wink, or get into frame.
High-Speed Burst HQ Captures fast-action shots at full resolution, providing continuous shooting when the shutter button is held down.
Handheld Night Scene Take clear and steady pictures at night without the use of a tripod.
Low Light For high quality image capture in an amazing range of dimly lit situations.
Underwater Capture underwater images with reduced backscatter effect. Optional Underwater Case required.
Snow Shoot clear snow scenes without darkened subjects or an unnatural bluish tint.
Fireworks Create brilliant images of skyrocketing fireworks.
Stitch Assist Easy-to-use guidelines simplify the shooting of aligned multiple frames that can later be combined (using bundled software) to create panoramic photos.
Creative Filters This setting provides easy access to special filter effects and scene modes, such as Toy Camera Effect, Poster Effect, Monochrome and more.
Fisheye Effect Now you can get the fisheye effect – a classic photographic distortion – without a fisheye lens.
Miniature Effect for Stills & Video Give images a miniature look with an effect that emphasizes perspective by blurring the top and bottom of the image.
Toy Camera Effect Simulates photos taken with toy or pinhole cameras, darkening the image at the edges to create a vignette effect.
Monochrome Choose from three single-tone effects: Black-and-White, Sepia, or Blue.
Soft Focus Creates a hazy ambiance that's perfect for portraits and wedding photos.
Super Vivid Super Vivid intensifies existing hues, saturating the scene with bright colors.
Poster Effect Poster Effect combines several similar shades into one color, turning subtle gradations into eye-catching, scene-popping contrasts.
Color Accent Choose to retain a single color in your image while other colors turn monochrome.
Color Swap Select a color and replace it with a color you specify for special effects.
Discreet Mode Disables flash, AF assist beam, and all camera sounds with one mode dial setting so you can capture images in quiet areas.
iFrame Movie The Apple® movie format, iFrame, makes it easier and quicker to import and upload videos while retaining high image quality.
Super Slow Motion Movie Record your clips in high speed (approx. 240 fps), and then watch your videos in slow motion.

Face ID

Face ID is one of the most advanced and exciting new features of the PowerShot SX260 HS, giving you an easy way to improve every shot of the people you love. Simply take a picture of up to 12 faces you would like the camera to register, then enter names and ages. Once a person is registered, the camera will pick him or her out of a group (even against a busy background) and adjust focus and exposure to his or her face, even recognizing faces in profile. Face ID is particularly great for shots of babies and children. The system can pick your baby out of a group of children, focus on your baby when pictured with an adult, and capture her best smile by taking three successive images when the smile is detected. The flash is even disabled so as not to startle the baby and interrupt the moment. Older children in motion are tracked, with focus and exposure continually adjusted with Servo AF; with one shutter press three successive images are captured so the best shot is never missed. And because you'll identify each face you register, Face ID makes it easy to search images by name.

A Steady Image Is a Beautiful Image

Intelligent IS

The latest advance in Canon Optical Image Stabilization technology, Intelligent IS analyzes camera movement and applies the best shake correction method for the shooting situation. For stills, the system automatically selects among Normal, Panning, Macro (Hybrid) and Tripod IS modes. When shooting video, the system automatically selects among Dynamic, Powered, Macro and Tripod IS modes. With Intelligent IS, you can concentrate on image capture, letting the camera make the most effective IS settings to assure the steadiest possible image.

Normal Corrects for a wide range of camera movement when shooting stills.

Panning Panning motion is detected so that IS does not interfere with desired camera movement.

Macro (Hybrid) Corrects for shift-type camera shake, which typically occurs in macro (close-up) shooting.

Dynamic Effective for video shooting at wide-angle focal lengths, eliminating the unwanted shaking that typically occurs while walking.

Powered Compensates for hand movement when shooting video at the telephoto end of the zoom range, where camera shake is magnified.

Tripod When tripod use is detected, the Image Stabilizer is stopped because it is not needed.

The Ideal Traveling Companion

GPS Technology

The PowerShot SX260 HS digital camera is equipped with Global Positioning System (GPS)* technology. Now you can travel the worldCanon PowerShot SX260 HS GPS at Amazon.com and let the camera automatically record the locations and local times of your stills and videos. The camera can also use the GPS unit to automatically set the exact time. You can maximize the usefulness of the GPS feature by using the special bundled Map Utility software that makes it fun to share the memories of your world adventures. In addition to displaying all your photos' locations on a world map, the camera's GPS system can also track your route from photo to photo – a great way to visualize each trip! You can also create and share custom maps and personal mini-travel guides with friends and family members.
*In certain countries and regions, the use of GPS may be restricted. Therefore, be sure to use GPS in accordance with the laws and regulations of your country or region. Be particularly careful when traveling outside your home country. As a signal is received from GPS satellites, take sufficient measures when using in locations where the use of electronics is regulated.
This software uses Google Maps for displaying maps.

Versatile Still and Video Shooting Options

High-Speed Burst HQ

Utilizing the increased processing speed and power of the new Canon DIGIC 5 Image Processor, High-Speed Burst HQ makes it possible to capture fast action stills at full resolution during continuous shooting. The results are exceptionally high-quality images recorded in rapid sequence. In this mode, the PowerShot SX260 HS can capture a maximum of 10 shots in a single burst.*

Turn Your Memories into a Highlights Reel

720p Movie Digest

With the PowerShot SX260 HS digital camera, capturing trips and special occasions with a high-quality video highlights reel is as easy as switching on the Movie Digest feature. When activated, the feature automatically records the four seconds before each still shot as video, then auto-edits them into a short movie. Played back together, the video clips capture the mood and ambiance of special days in a way that's completely different from still images, both documenting the creation of still images and providing a unique stand-alone memory preserver. New with the PowerShot SX260 HS, the video is captured in 720p high definition so that it looks smooth and beautifully detailed when played back on your HDTV. With bundled software ImageBrowser EX, you can easily delete any scenes you don't want.

Pick Your Color

Available in 3 colors

The camera's silky-smooth coating provides a luxurious feel and radiates a deep, subtle sheen. And the fact that PowerShot SX260 HS is packed with serious specs and technological advancements doesn't mean you're limited to basic black: your color choice is as individual as the images you'll create. Choose from black, red and green.

Product Description

The Canon 6196B100 PowerShot SX260 HS 12.1MP Compact Digital Camera, in green, is an ultra-slim camera with a powerful 20x Optical Zoom, Optical Image Stabilization and 25mm Wide-Angle lens but that is only the beginning of its attractions. You will see detail you never thought possible through the huge zoom and wide-angle lens, while the camera's 12.1 Megapixel High-Sensitivity CMOS Sensor and DIGIC 5 Image Processor deliver the rich, clear low-light performance that is the hallmark of Canon's HS SYSTEM. 1080p Full HD video in stereo is more beautiful than ever, with new high-resolution, high-speed processing. Sophisticated advancements include improved Smart AUTO that optimizes settings for 58 predefined shooting situations, Face ID that prioritizes pre-registered faces, and GPS for tracking and recording your shooting locations.

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

I do have some problems when I zoom because it sometimes wants to focus…I have had lots of people tell me that the picture quality is outstanding for such a compact camera. Read more ›
Got a new one. Pictures are excellent some of the time and OK others. I only use auto setting. Read more ›
It's even worse that my phone's audio recording. BUT the picture quality has been AMAZING and the 1080p video recording looks SO great and crisp. Read more ›
It is better than most phone cameras and not as good as…I like it because it fits easily in shirt pocket, has good zoom range, and pictures are sharp with good definition. Read more ›
I just assumed that since the ELPH 300 was so good,…Strange as it seems, I just didn't think the pictures were that good, or as good as the older less expensive 300HS. I… Read more ›
I have had this camera for over a year now and didn't feel I should write a review until I had used it enough to get a…It takes good pictures and is fairly easy to use. I… Read more ›
Pros: Zoom feature is great. Finds faces quickly and sets the focus. Read more ›
I take it to the beach in my pocket most mornings (in a case) and haven't had any problems with sand getting…As long as you can stay really steady, the zoom is incredible. Read more ›
Zoom is awesome. Slightly larger compared to the super compacts, but still much smaller than normal/average cameras Read more ›
T…The zoom is incredible, and if you learn to use the custom settings on it, its also very capable as an advanced tool in lieu of carrying your huge DSLR around with lenses. Read more ›
I bought this for general photo and non-critical vacation shots; the 20X zoom is great for critters, birds, sunsets and so forth. The only drawback to this camera is that… Read more ›
I bought this after seeing a friend use hers to take…it has an amazingly long and clear zoom, is pretty quick in low light conditions, and is fast to process and shut down. Read more ›
It's not nearly as easy to use as my previous Kodak Easy Share cameras, but I do print most of my photos, and I am happier with the printed final photo than I was with the… Read more ›
Great camera, easy to use, Good zoom ability. Read more ›
Took this camera on a recent hiking trip when I didn't want…Overall a nice compact camera, easy to use, and easy to hand to a stranger for a quick point-and-shoot snapshot. Read more ›
After looking at almost every other camera…Very reliable, Multiple settings, easy to use, you don't have to be a professional to get good pictures with this camera. I… Read more ›
love this camera, so easy to use Read more ›
It also has GPS. Very easy to use and it takes great pictures. I love my Canon PowerShot. Read more ›
This in combination with the date and time helps me to organize my photos…Controls are easy to use and the built-in description of what the function does is very helpful. Read more ›
To get the most out of it have an understanding of basic photography so you can set it appropriately for what you'd like to shoot. The auto mode is good but not perfect. Pla… Read more ›
I am not a pro by any measure but this camera…Filters, screen settings and many other features are easy to use and works like a charm I m very impressed with this camera. Read more ›
It was easy to hand to a waitress or stranger to take your…It's an excellent choice for a small point & shoot camera that has some great features and is easy to use. I… Read more ›
I found that the…There is no landscape option which might seem fine but then leaves the user trying to figure out which setting is a good option for those scenic shots. I… Read more ›
Perfect camera for me. I loved the smooth, slim shape, and how the controls were easy to manipulate one-handed. Seriously, I have great photos that I've taken while biking,… Read more ›
The low light footage turned out great. Videos were clear and sound was better than I'd expected. Overall, this is an incredible camera for everyday use. Read more ›
Very little delay between pushing the button and capturing the picture. Video is great too and we use it a lot. Read more ›
If you are looking for one that can zoom in to objects, this is it. Video quality is also good, it takes full HD and has stabilizer built in which works pretty well. Quality… Read more ›
Some of the reviews said it wasn't good in low light, but I was able to get some…The video works equally well, and didn't drain the battery as much as I had expected. M… Read more ›
Videos were a good quality, no complaints. Though I didn't like that I wasn't able to snap stills while video was in motion. Read more ›
I am very impressed with this camera. The picture quality is impressive and the hd video is incredible. What I think l like the most is its portability. Read more ›
I'm so pleased that I bought a camera with a 20x zoom, and the green color is wonderful. Read more ›
I may have to review my photography lessons though on exposure, etc to be able to do better on how to operate the manual mode. The color gray is perfect too to my taste. I… Read more ›
It was easy to learn about. It takes great pictures and the colors are awesome. I love that it automatically decides if I need the flash or not. Read more ›
It really takes great pics. The colors are good and the zoom is amazing. Read more ›
I'm still getting used to the dial focus (which rings around the buttons for flash and some presets...hence the ease of accidentally hitting…The color select is FANTASTIC. Read more ›
Almost every shot is perfect. Color is vivid, yet realistic, no blurring or noise. White balance is pretty good except in extremely bright and very dark extremes. Read more ›
My wife loves her new camera. The size is perfect for her purse and lots of extra features good camera Read more ›
This was very much worth the purchase. the pictures are beautiful and the compact size is perfect. I would do it all over again!! Read more ›
It has taken some amazing photos and i have to say the…The size is good for taking with you anywhere, it is heavier than my last one of equal size but not a real problem. Read more ›
The zoom and…I am hoping that Canon gives corrects the problem because as a travel camera, having this much zoom and quality of video in a pocket-size package is great. I… Read more ›
I love this pink camera! it takes great pics, is a good size, good weight, and is super cute in pink! Ihas lots of fancy options that idk how to use lol Read more ›
Terrific zoom lens, great photos! compact in size, easy to use without all the bulk. Lightweight. Read more ›
If you're 'easy' on electronics and just want a simple but good quality pic camera, for the price, this is a good bet. Read more ›
-the camera and case fit in my baggy pants pocket. -the price was very good for all the features that it contains. -It turns on and off quickly and quietly. Read more ›
easy to use. not too complicated...will review once we come back from our travels. Price was great, think we got it all. Read more ›
This is the highest rated camera on Amazon and I'm not sure why. The price point is nice. The picture quality is good, but it is so slow! Read more ›
amazing zoom amazing quality of pic, i recomend this camera to everyone the price is good too, . , .. Read more ›
Got this to replace the old cannon point and shoot that my three year old go a hold of and broke. I absolutely love this camera and for the price it is great. It's like… Read more ›
I leave it in AV mode unless I'm shooting for speed. Lens stability is good (25-500mm equiv), but even with IS I get shake at over 350mm (about 60mm in camera). Having said… Read more ›
This camera/lens was PERFECT for that. Still small enough to have in my pocket, but with this crazy zoom lens that gives you 80x zoom. Read more ›
I took it on a 16 day trip to Israel and took 100-200 pictures a day. Image quality is great and the lens is outstanding. You can really get close in on things far away. Read more ›
The zoom and wide angle lens is incredible, takes beautiful pictures. Would have been nice to have wifi, but the quality out weighs that feature. Read more ›
After seeing what its amazing lens is capable of, I realize that it…The range of the lens really is unbelievable, and the depth of field almost puts it in SLR territory. Read more ›
Up close it does well and is clear. The wide-angel lens is amazing. The reason for the 4 star over a 5 star is the battery life. Read more ›
In fact I feel it is better than the video obtained with the SX40. The 20X zoom is ample, easy to use, and focus is quick and accurate. The major distraction for many… Read more ›
The…Also, the "macro zoom" focus option works pretty well to get nice close-ups from a couple of feet away, esp. if you use a tripod or the wind is not too strong outdoors. Read more ›
The focus point…The one thing that I noticed was that on highly zoomed shots of inanimate objects, the focus was much sharper and more what I expected from this camera. Read more ›
Small but not tiny. Auto focus was fast and accurate. Ordered one from Amazon at a better price. Read more ›
We used it in Boston to take pictures from Bunker Hill into Boston and the Zoom picked out features that…The auto focus was great and the picture settings are easy to use. Read more ›
I did not know about the auto tracking focus which is nice with a moving subject in this camera, but it only works in the auto mode. I mostly shoot in the program mode, as… Read more ›
My finger is always blocking it from coming up. And even though the screen is very clear, I still miss not have a view finder. Read more ›
The zoom was great. Controls and display are easy and clear. Read more ›
I'm very happy with this camera. It takes beautiful pictures, is the right size, the batteries last forever, the screen is huge, and it has some nice options. I did though… Read more ›
I was surprised that the flash "popped up" when in use. The LCD screen is great. The shutter speed for my kids is slow (this is because of all the fancy checks that… Read more ›
I like the pop-up flash. Screen is very clear, controls well placed and photos are excellent. Read more ›
The…I'm no camera expert, but all the controls are user freindly, the interface on-screen is easy to go through and the modes for shooting are worthey of some nice pictures. Read more ›
The camera works fine, the quality of the pictures is…However, although the battery is fully charged, the camera sometimes insists that the battery needs to be charged. I… Read more ›
Fits in your…The battery life is excellent, and surprisingly the video quality is very good for when you want that little movie clip to remember a place and point in time. Read more ›
All on auto setting, no manual attempt (ain't nobody got time for that!). Battery life is not good and fortunately found this out before I went. I bought two extra for the… Read more ›
With the Cannon the flash can be controlled manually and even in its automatic settings it comes on…The battery is easy to re-charge and the charge holds for a long time. Read more ›
While compact, this is not as small and light as some other compact cameras, but it will fit in a large pocket. Battery life is quite good, even with flash. The use of Av,… Read more ›
Like the GPS, I find that the satellite acquisition is pretty quick. Battery life is good, although lessens with extended GPS "on time". Buy an extra battery, good… Read more ›

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

1,726 of 1,763 people found the following review helpful By Eric T. TOP 500 REVIEWER on March 20, 2012
Color Name: Black Verified Purchase
I received my SX260 last Wednesday and have taken about 700 shots and a few quick 5 minute video. Without writing a novel, here are the high/low points of this unit. In addition to this unit, I also purchased a couple of aftermarket batteries (and after market A/C adapters for about $5.00 each) for about $5.00 each and the batteries work fine. With the battery (original and aftermarket) I was able to get over 300 shots (50% flash) with zooming and playback and the battery meter still showed about 25% charge remaining.

Zoom - very long for a subcompact camera 20x optical, total 81x combined (yes 81 times!)
Image Stabilizer - Excellent (far superior than the DSC-HX9V); Even at 81x the picture did not come out of focus, but of course not as sharp. I think it's still acceptable
Scenes - A few scenes; I think the portrait, sepia, B/W works real well (the Portrait+ suppose to blur the picture a bit, but it's not to my liking) It has a few effects (fish eye, toy, miniature) that's very effective and can be fun for creative shots.
Auto Mode - was able to pick the correct type of scene almost all the time; it has an easy mode, and smart auto. Not sure why they have an easy mode, but the smart auto works great
Size/Weight - very compact and weigh's 8.2 oz. I would have prefer if the lens was flushed with the unit, but at 20x it may not have been possible
Uniformity - the unit does not feel cheap, and beautifully curved; no sharp jagged corners
Grip - the right side of the camera has a nice plastic strip for easier grip
Controls - Dial extremely easy to use with one hand. The other buttons, if you're a previous Canon user, it's a no brainer; the menu and setup are practically the same across all their models.
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1,635 of 1,678 people found the following review helpful By K. S. Bowen on May 3, 2012
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I am an experienced amateur photographer and I've owned many cameras over the past 40 years. I've had some photos published but photography has always been strictly a hobby, though a serious one. I shoot with a Canon 7D, Rebel backup, various 'L' lenses, and I also use an Olympus E-P1 occasionally as well as a Canon S90 and Powershot 1100S (kept in my glovebox for 'emergencies'). I enjoy taking pictures.

I also enjoy traveling and have traveled around the states as well as visited many foreign countries. I'm sure I echo the frustrations of every photographer out there when I say that choosing which photo equipment to take on a vacation is the most agonizing process in planning a trip.

Let me share two experiences--one pleasant, another frustrating. In 2003, I visited New Zealand and took one of Canon's first digital Powershots. It was very small, fit in my pocket, and I could easily whip it out for quick photos. Even though the pictures were not pristine SLR quality, it was easy and fun using that camera and I still enjoy viewing those photos today. I had a pleasant and memorable trip. Second experience: a 10-day tour of China in 2007. I took a DSLR and 3 lenses as well as an HD camcorder, all in the same shoulder bag. It turned out to be total frustration. Instead of being able to enjoy the moment of seeing all that glorious ancient history and the people of China, I was overly concerned with 'getting the shot' -- all the time. Also, HD video was new in those days and I thought I could record the 'trip of a lifetime' with the latest technology. But switching between video and still photography simply added to my frustration.
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1,974 of 2,037 people found the following review helpful By Artemaria on September 27, 2012
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I couldn't decide between these three cameras (and their variants, the Sony HX30 and the Panasonic ZX20) because many of the reviews of each made the cameras sound very similar. So, I went out and bought (from merchants who accepted returns) one of each of these three cameras (I didn't need WI-FI or GPS, so that's how I settled on these less expensive variants). And then I took photos and videos in various conditions. I am not a professional photographer, and I didn't do Imatest or any other specific tests on the images (you can read C/net for that), but this is an experience of a regular person who was taking pictures and videos with these three cameras side by side, which is a comparison that you do not often see.

The bottom line is that these three cameras are very similar with a few minor differences, but those differences set them apart and may make you decide that you like one more than the other.

Generally speaking, NONE of these cameras is a DSLR replacement. Whomever writes that the pictures are as good as a DSLR is not speaking accurately. Also, none of the cameras is a replacement for a high end camcorder.


If you are taking pictures outside on a sunny day all of these cameras will take very nice pictures for small to medium enlargements (no bigger than 8 x 10). The cameras all produce nice fairly sharp images that would be well suited for that purpose. And, like most people, I don't remember ever enlarging a picture more than 8 x 10, so it is not a common problem.

What might be an issue is if you are zoomed in all the way and wanted to crop a photo (which sometimes happens), the differences in the way the cameras' photos look when you "pixel peep" might make a difference.
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