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5.0 out of 5 stars Almost perfect travel camera!, April 7, 2012
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This review is from: Canon PowerShot SX260 HS 12.1 MP CMOS Digital Camera with 20x Image Stabilized Zoom 25mm Wide-Angle Lens and 1080p Full-HD Video (Black) (OLD MODEL) (Electronics)
I purchased this camera a full month before it was released on Amazon for an upcoming trip to southeast asia. As luck would have it, it arrived the day before my flight took off. I've had good luck with Canon cameras in the past and their picture quality is among the best. The SX260 caught my interest mainly because of the 20x zoom. There are already a couple of reviews going into detail about all of the features so I won't be redundant. Just let me say that there are more features than you will probably use. I will play around with the myriad of shooting modes from time to time, but mostly I will do 99% of my shooting in P mode, tweaking settings as I desire on the fly. I love the GPS feature; I will keep it permanently on so that all of my pics are geo-tagged. The Canon imagebrowser software that comes with the camera will show you the exact location on Google earth where the pic was taken. Pretty cool! I used the movie digest feature during my trip and like it very much. The camera will record three second snippets of video before each pic is taken then stitch them all together into one video. Again, pretty cool! The battery life was a major complaint on the previous model SX230. I did not have any battery life issues with this camera, but then again, I only take about 50 to 60 pictures in a day. I spent several days exploring the Khmer temples in Cambodia, taking my 50 to 60 pictures and at the end of the day the battery level indicator was at half. If you take a lot of pics then you may want an extra battery. With my shooting style, the battery life is fine. The picture quality is excellent. The somewhat slow lens gave me a little pause when I was making a purchasing decision, but it turns out that the CMOS sensor coupled with the HS system more than makes up for it. Turns out this camera is the best low-light performer I have had. I love the zoom. 20x optical plus 4x digital means a full 80x. I took a lot of pics at 80x during my trip and was pleased with the results. Even at 80x, the image stabilization was able to give me a clear pic in full sunlight. I found that I needed to steady myself in lower light to get a clear shot which is to be expected. The camera feels sturdy and has a nice "heft" for its size. I did drop it twice onto solid concrete (not like me at all) during my trip with no ill effects, thank God. So I guess it is solidly built inside as well. My only gripe with this camera is the very annoying location of the flash. It pops up where you naturally want to put your finger. Many times, my finger was in the way when it tried to pop up and it "jammed" causing an error message that said to turn the camera off and then back on. That always corrected it but I was afraid I would eventually cause it to break. I considered downgrading the rating to four stars because of this but eventually I trained myself to place my finger behind where the flash pops up and no longer do I have any issues with this.
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Initial post: Apr 7, 2012 2:30:27 PM PDT
liusview says:
can u post some pictures (indoor or outdoor) taken under lower-light?

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 8, 2012 6:45:22 AM PDT
The 4X digital zoom you used is basically just cropping, doesn't add pixels
or have intelligent digital zoom does it?

Posted on Apr 8, 2012 7:57:03 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 8, 2012 8:54:58 AM PDT
Mike M says:
Hi Lee, I too, own this camera and it is an awesome camera with the 20x zoom! Whoa Nelly, you can read the license plates on passing cars at one block away from my house! I wish this camera has a viewfinder because when you zoom in, the camera will be more steady when held close to your body.

Posted on Nov 27, 2012 10:51:23 AM PST
Cono says:
Hi Lee, thanks for your review. Did/do you own the sx230 model too? I'm trying to find out which takes better pictures. I've read somewhere that the sx230 does.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 30, 2012 5:10:16 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 30, 2012 5:11:11 AM PST
Lee says:
No, my previous camera was a Canon S2. I have read similar things regarding chromatic aberration especially when using zoom. That is actually something you would expect on a super-zoom with a small lens. Believe me, the amount of chromatic aberration this camera produces is tiny. You have to blow up the pic and pore over the image to find it, if it is there at all. Unless you are a professional photographer, I don't think you will be disappointed. I took this camera with me to southeast Asia last year, and it will going to Spain next year to record my memories.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 30, 2012 8:31:38 AM PST
Cono says:
Ah ok. Thanks for relpying.
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