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Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

12.1-megapixel digital camera 20X optical zoom (Black)

48 Reviews

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Our take on the Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

The Canon PowerShot SX260 can take you across a river all the way up to a church spire so you can snap a close-up of a gargoyle's fierce glare, all without moving your feet. This small camera has a jaw-dropping 20X zoom lens that will get you close-ups of everything on your next trip, and never weigh you down. If you like to keep track of everything you visited, you can easily tag your photos with the built-in GPS. Then, with Canon's special map software, you can see your vacation route on your computer monitor, with the all the pictures you took along the way.


Big zoom, small camera

The Canon PowerShot SX260 can take you across a river all the way up to a church spire so you can snap a close-up of a gargoyle's fierce glare, all without moving your feet. This small camera has a jaw-dropping 20X zoom lens that will get you close-ups of everything on your next trip, and never weigh you down. If you like to keep track of everything you visited, you can easily tag your photos with the built-in GPS. Then, with Canon's special map software, you can see your vacation route on your computer monitor, with the all the pictures you took along the way.

The Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

Stunning photos — plus HD video

Optical image stabilization will help keep all your shots rock-steady, and the wide-angle lens will help you get expansive landscapes. The advanced CMOS sensor takes sharp, detailed photos even when the lights are low. And if you want to capture someone on the move, you can switch over to stunning full-resolution HD video. Connect the camera to your HDTV using an HDMI cable, and you can watch your videos when you come home from your trip.


  • 12.1-megapixel effective recording CMOS sensor
  • 3" LCD screen
  • 20X optical zoom (4X digital zoom/80x total zoom)
  • records photos and video onto optional SD, SDHC, or SDXC memory cards
  • 35mm equivalent lens focal length: 25-500mm
Special Features:
  • GPS tracker records where and when you took your photos
  • optical image stabilization
  • advanced CMOS sensor for sharp photos even in low-light
  • DIGIC 5 image processor for fast camera response and detailed photos
  • face detection automatically sets focus, exposure, flash, and white balance for better portraits
  • high-speed burst mode (up to 10.3 frames/second)
  • high-definition movie mode (up to 1080p resolution)
  • pop-up flash
Connections and Dimensions:
  • high-speed USB interface
  • mini HDMI output (HDMI cable not included)
  • 4-3/16"W x 2-7/16"H x 1-5/16"D
  • weight: 8.15 oz. (with battery and media)
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
Supplied Accessories:
  • rechargeable lithium ion battery
  • AC battery charger
  • USB cable
  • wrist strap
  • software CD-ROM

What's in the Box:

  • Digital camera (black)
  • NB-6L Lithium-Ion battery (3.7 V/1000 mA/3.5 Wh) with plastic terminal cover
  • CB-2LY battery charger (4.2 V/0.7A)
  • Wrist strap
  • 50" USB cable with in-line noise filter (cable has a USB Type A connector on one end and a mini-USB type-B connector on the other)
  • Digital Camera Solution Disk Ver.112.0
  • Canon Warranty card
  • Getting Started booklet (English)
  • Getting Started booklet (Spanish)
  • Canon Customer Support/Online Product Registration card
  • Canon Printer advertisement

Canon PowerShot SX260 HS Reviews

Average Customer Review(s):

(48 Reviews)

doesn't work for me

Deez from El Paso on 9/23/2013

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I was looking for a relatively compact camera with a powerful zoom that takes great pictures in "auto" mode with little or no effort or input. Unfortunately, this is not such a camera. It is compact enough, and the zoom is great. However, the camera renders lighting (and therefore color) completely inaccurately most of the time in auto mode- either the picture ends up looking far darker or far more brightly lit (usually the latter) than what the scene looked like to the naked eye. And we're not talking about a subtle or minor difference- the rendered scene takes on a completely different look that significantly changes the character of the scene (think sunsets, which is where I first discovered the problem). And, this is while having the flash turned off. I've worked around this somewhat by going into "live" mode and manually manipulating the dark/light slider bar, but I shouldn't have to do this. I should've returned this within the 60-day window, but I slacked off and now I'm stuck with it. And, a full day of using the camera with much zooming completely empties the battery by evening, requiring one to have a spare charged battery on hand.

Pros: great zoom

Cons: image quality/accuracy

Wonderful Camera

DonnaL from Port Neches, Texas on 7/8/2013

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Love it!



Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

Anonymous from St Louis, MO on 7/7/2013

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I've been wanting to get this camera for months, and when i saw it was finally back in stock and on sale, I jumped at the chance. It's one of the top rated cameras on CNET, and it's lived up to my expectations. I also love the megazoom.

Pros: very high zoom, works great in low light


Good camera

canon powershot sx260hs from NYC on 7/1/2013

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Great compact camera. Easy to operate. I recommend buying spare batteries.

Pros: easy to use

Cons: color highlight only seems to pick up yellow

Great service

Chuck from Wilmington,NC on 7/1/2013

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Great service



Great Camera !!

Sean G from Upland, CA on 6/28/2013

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Super nice camera w/great picture quality. Something I particularly like was the "P" default settings were great for taking indoor pics w/out a flash. I went to a big indoor stadium graduation and was zooming way in w/very little loss of light. Very impressed. I used the video today and it worked just fine - like the separate record button. I have not explored many of the features...

Pros: Great in low light zoom

Cons: pretty sensitive to movement when zoomed in

Great camera!

bthomasband from Bill Thomas on 6/28/2013

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Great pics from this camera! We just returned from two weeks in Europe and this camera captured everything with great ease. It shows great detail, and color depth. Low light shots were a breeze. The 20x zoom was awesome! The only down side was battery life. On a couple of the longer days of sightseeing, the battery couldn't keep up and died before the day was done. If you're going to shoot long days, make sure you have an extra battery.

Pros: Picture quality, size, weight, 20x optical zoom

Cons: Battery life

more than meets the eye.

Cliff from Dundee, NY on 6/27/2013

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This camera has more modes than I ever thought a camera can have. It's a bit mind blowing. So far I have only used AUTO mode and it has performed wonderfully. Most of the functions I use are easily found and used: pic, video, timer, play/view, and delete are right there! I'm sure when I'm ready, this camera will take any type of picture under any conditions. It comes with a hard copy getting started manual, but the much larger user manual (well over 200 pages) comes on the included CD.

Pros: 20X optical zoom. Powerful AUTO mode Compact Common functions are very intuitive

Cons: Printing out users manual uses a lot of ink! Have to keep clear of the pop up flash.

Canon SX260

Pat G. from Willoughby, OH on 6/25/2013

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So far the pictures I have taken are very good.


Cons: I am have trouble adjusting to the size of the camera.

great Camera

Rich R from Davis Illinois on 6/22/2013

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Used this camera to take photos of a ceremony in the Supreme Court Hearing Room in Madison Wisconsin. Its is a beautiful room and the SX260 HS took fantastic pictures the clarity is very good Also took pictures other areas in the court house using the zoom. Even with out a tripod the anti shake feature helped me get great photos. The following day I took pictues at a wedding and reception later. The photos even in low light were good.

Pros: Easy to use.

Cons: Flash is in a bad position

Cannon SX260HS

Eugene B from Port Orange, FL on 6/20/2013

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Very happy with the new camera and its operation.


Cons: Nothing negative at least at this time.

Awesome Awesome Awesome

Grad-student-usa from Amherst, MA on 6/19/2013

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I bought this camera recently to use for clicking family pictures. I am a novice user and dont want to indulge too many in settings etc. This camera works perfect even in default settings. Especially the portrait mode is amazing. We could click very fine pictures at daytime, and even in night. Picture quality was more than our expectations. I have used old models of cannon powershot but this cmos version is best I have seen till now. Its worth paying few bucks extra to get the cmos series.

Pros: - amazing picture quality - optical zoom till 20x, maintains picture quality even at maximum zoom - default settings work good enough for new users - works well in daylight as well as night-time

Cons: - Auto flash setting is very proactive, and might use flash even when not needed. You have to manually put it to off position frequently.

Canon PowereShot SX260 HS

AnnM from Charlottesville on 6/17/2013

Bought the Canon PowerShot SX260 to get pics from our son's graduation. The camera was easy to figure out for someone without a lot of prior knowledge and the pictures so far have been great.

Pros: Easy to handle and use

Cons: None so far

Good but not Great

Marianne from Davidsonville,MD on 6/17/2013

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I like the lens /zoom ion the camera. I like the manual settings and the HD recording. I haven't used the GPS yet as I have to download the manual. I do NOT like the flash. Because of this --I relegated this camera to daylight shots only. The flash is in a very awkward position. I have been shooting with canons for 8 years and all the flashes have been set in the middle. So why the left hand side? It's very hard for me to adjust to because I am left handed. The shots come out looking a little over processed. The colors are unatural looking - I really wish I still had my sx160. The camera performs fairly well but not good enough. This will probably go on eBay as I already replaced it with the sx40is.

Pros: great zoom , slim profile, light yet sturdy, nice display

Cons: over saturated color , pop up flash in left top corner, hard to hold comfortably

Good super zoom camera

Sanjay from Pleasanton, CA on 6/16/2013

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Good quality photos in general. The position of the flash is unfortunate, however. The flash pops up in the upper left corner and the first few times I obstructed it by my way of holding the camera. The camera must be held without touching the upper left corner or you can damage the flash mechanism. Strange design. Otherwise it has plenty of features and powerful zoom.

Pros: zoom, picture quality, video quality

Cons: flash position, battery life

Canon powershot sx260 hs

patti elhoff from ewing nj on 6/16/2013

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I was impressed with the price I paid for this camera here on Crutchfield. Got the camera quickly, good communication from the company-my receipt, when it shipped etc. Then I got the camera and I'm even more impressed. I take a bunch of out door pictures using the zoom. Amazing shots. Post them on Facebook and have friends ask me what kind of camera I'm using all the time. Some people tell me they have their high tech phones to take pictures. Oh yeah? Take a picture of a turtle on a log across a lake with your phone and let's compare shots. I'm loving this camera. I will say that I borrowed a friends tripod for these distance shots since it is very hard to take a steady shot when you zero in on that kind of distance.

Pros: excellent shots, great zoom, looks more like a professional camera, good weight to it, sturdy, very good price at Crutchfield.

Cons: Haven't read the manual yet and sometimes when I try to take a picture, the camera won't shoot. I know I'm a rookie-and I need to read the manual, but I'm too busy taking great pictures.

Another great Powershot

5sds from San Francisco Bay Area on 6/15/2013

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Great camera, really impressed with the clarity and focus of the camera. The flash has pretty good distance capabilities as well. With such a large zoom, I am a bit concerned about something mechanically happening, so may purchase an extended warranty. My only other concern is the holding of the camera so as not to interfere with the operation of the flash. Overall, very happy with the camera.

Pros: Great zoom, focus and clarity of photos.

Cons: Need to watch out for hand placement when using the flash.

Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

Kevin from Houston, Tx on 6/14/2013

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Love the camera and the pictures it takes..the only drawback i have with it....the flash placement. If you hold it with both hands like you are supposed to it will pop up forcing your finger to move elsewhere on the left side. Other than that...great camera!

Pros: zoom, great pics, ease of use


Good camera

JG from UK on 6/14/2013

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Good camera overall. Takes great pictures. This is about as "fancy" a camera as I ever buy so for me this camera is perfect.

Pros: 20x Optical zoom, takes pretty good low light shots

Cons: Pop-up flash location was clearly not thought through. If you forget to move your finger out of the way it'll get stuck halfway up and you'll have to power-cycle the camera to sort it out. Other than that its a great camera in this price range.

Excellent Camera

Virginia D. from Chicago, IL on 6/11/2013

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Excellent pictures, although a few are blurred if one does not have time to click half-way to focus before shooting. Also, the pop-up flash is located inconveniently, as that is the normal place to hold the camera. And, the printed instruction book is insufficient; the CD instructions are excellent, but one must either carry a print-out or a computer or other electronic gadget in order to read them online. A more extensive printed manual would be helpful to tuck into a camera case or purse. Otherwise, the camera is a great improvement over my former point-an-shoot camera which was slow and did not have the fine telescopic lens that this one has.

Pros: Small, light, great telescopic lens--excellent photos.

Cons: Pop-up flash is in inconvenient location, and printed instruction booklet could be more comprehensive.

good little SLR suppliment

Wen from Catham, NJ on 6/11/2013

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good optical zoom for its class. fast focus. this is a very good supplement to my canon t2i.

Pros: compact, good zoom, fast focus

Cons: none so far

Nice camera

Dan-O from St.Paul on 6/10/2013

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I like out door shots and this camera has been great. I generally carry my Canon D60 with my 100-400 lens for bird shots and now I have a small camera in my pocket for the scenery shots. I'm very satisfied.



met my expectation

Anonymous from Brooklyn, NYC on 6/8/2013

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I bought this camera for Yankees game. with 20x zoom, i was able to capture every player on the field as well as on the bench. My wife also got some closeup photos of the squirrels which visit our front yard every morning.

Pros: superzoom picture quality, particularly on sunny days EASY to use manual controls for advanced user

Cons: the flash light jumps out suddenly, which scares you


JimmyA from Frederick MD on 6/5/2013

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Glad I bought it

Pros: Great photos Lots of features

Cons: Does it come with instructions? Apparently on the disc only. Hard to take with you on a trip or refer to in the field. I have not figured out how to use all (most) of the features. The pop-up flash is right where I want to hold the camera. Catches me by surprise most of the time. Flash settings in AUTO mode are auto and none. Where's the fill flash? All of these cons may be operator error.

Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

Neal from Florida on 5/31/2013

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This camera has been above all my expectations.

Pros: Great product from up close to far away.Easy set up and easy to use.

Cons: None

Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

lynnbear17 from Ft. Plain, NY on 5/27/2013

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This is the first Canon I have owned and so far I am pleased with it but I haven't had the time to figure out all the different features it can do. It takes good pictures but I can't get used to the position of the flash and always have my finger where the flash is when it goes off.



Great camera

John W from Canton, ga on 5/27/2013

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Very steady camera. Have taken over 500 pictures all with great color and clarity

Pros: Takes great shots regardless of the situation. Very quick and responsive camera.

Cons: No cons on this camera!!

Canon PowerShot sx260hs

StanW from Hilo, HI on 5/25/2013

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Haven't use the camera a lot. to try the different features. So far I like it very much.

Pros: Like the 20X optical zoom.

Cons: Don't like the position of the flash.

canon powershot sx260 hs

max c from marathon,fl. on 5/24/2013

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just the right size to take on a cruise when you go on side trips off the ship.



Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

P from Chicago, IL on 5/23/2013

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I own the previous version of this camera - the SX 230HS. Was impressed with the performance and wanted to get something similar for my sister. The SX260HS is a great Point and Shoot mega-zoom camera. The pictures are crisp and the auto-focus is great. The only niggling point is its performance in low light which was better in the sony I had earlier. The battery life is ok when you consider the long zooms and the display.

Pros: Easy to carry with lot of zoom power. Great pictures.

Cons: Performance in low light

Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

Doug M from Newark, DE on 5/8/2013

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Bought this camera to take on and Island trip due to it's size and 20X zoom. It works great and I never had to charge the battery once on vacation. The only problem I have is it has no sports mode.

Pros: Works great and holds a charge.

Cons: No sports mode


walker23 from Jamul, CA on 5/6/2013

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Love this camera!. High image quality, great screen, light weight, easy to use, quality construction.



Great camera

sjwin from Blacksburg, VA on 1/18/2013

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I really like all the features of this camera, especially the 20X optical zoom, the ability to adjust bright or dark and warm or cool, the sharp videos, the way it handles low light, and the ability to take close-ups

Pros: See above comments.

Cons: The battery will only last one day of use, and, even when not used, it loses charge after only a few days. I wish it had a longer-lasting power source.

Powershot SX260 HS

Johnny H from Takes pictures compareable to $750.00 Camera I own on 1/2/2013

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A great point and shoot camera comparable to much more espensive camera and much simpler to use,

Pros: The beautiful shotss you get with simple setting nayone can use.

Cons: none

Canon Powershot SX260 HS

MikeB from Troy,PA. on 12/29/2012

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Excellent quality,clearity,very easy to operate,I'm possessed!!...taking pictures of EVERYTHING!!! It is truly the best camera I ever owned!!



Great for Pictures

Grizzly from Wilson, NC on 10/31/2012

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Bought this camera to replace the EOS300 I used to make pictures at work with. Besides its way smaller and IMHO better camera. The Zoom is excelllent and even surpasses the DSLR lense 270mm of my T3i. for a p&s camera it has quite a few options which makes this camera really rather handy. long life of the battery is a big plus. the 8GB sdhc card I am using is holding quite a few pictures. If you take pictures often, a spare card might be of advantage.

Pros: excellent pictures. long battery life. nice zoom. Built in Flash is very strong and reaches far out. GPS lets one know where the picture is taken (in case one forgets)

Cons: even though video is a nice option, the zoom can be heard in playback with no option to connect an external microphone.

Great compact camera

StewR from Hendersonville, TN on 10/5/2012

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Great little camera. Clear pictures, but I'm having to get used to a pop-up flash! Just a detail though; I love Canon's products. Real quality.

Pros: Quality of the camera and pictures.

Cons: Location of the pop-up flash.

Great Zoom for a compact camera

Jim C. from South Plainfield, NJ on 8/29/2012

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I bought this camera because of the 20x zoom in a compact camera. I attend numerous sporting events (MLB, NBA, NFL) and no longer wanted to carry around a bulky camera and lens to shoot close up pictures from a distance. This camera more than meets my expectations for a compact, especially the zoom feature. This camera has all the features needed for the everyday picture taking events. Unless you are a professional photographer, this is all the camera you will need. I'm sure a pro would be happy with the performance of this camera also

Pros: Large screen, 20x zoom, manual features. And comes in 3 different colors

Cons: Location of flash. When shooting in auto and the flash pops up be sure your finger are clear of the flash. Could cause you to drop the camera

So far, so good.

TT from Ohio on 8/9/2012

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So far this camera has taken wonderful photos with very accurate color. The color of the sky or a person's clothing looks the same in the photo as in person. I think that this color accuracy is great. So often with cameras the coloring is always off, sometimes way off. The camers sounded complicated to use when reading the manual, however, it was quite easy to learn as you go. The camera also takes excellent quality HD video. Now I know that this is basically a camera that has video capability and not a camcorder, however, my only complaint so far with this camera is how loud the sound of the zoom is when used while videotaping something. Upon playback it is quite loud, too loud for my likeing and can be a major distraction, depending on what you are recording. Also, one minor complaint is the location of the flash. My finger always seems to be in the way. I really don't know where else that it could have been placed, however, it does seem to always be in the way if a flash is needed. All in all a great little camera and if I had it to do all over again, I would still purchase it. Also, the battery life of the batteries seems to last quite awhile. I got approximately 350 shots out of the battery with alot of messing around with the controls, out of the first charge. That's alot better than I got out of my previous camera which was a Fuji.

Pros: Great pics with accurate color depiction. Light weight and easy to hold. Great battery life. Cool color

Cons: Flash gets in the way at times. Upon video playback, you can hear the zoom lens zoom in and out and it is quite loud.

Canon is the best

Easy Photos from San Diego, CA on 8/3/2012

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I upgraded to this Canon camera after owning a Powershot Canon for 5 years. Very sharp pictures, the zoom works very well. We use this camera for travel trips so the GPS feature is nice when creating MAC books of our travels. Nice small size but a little larger than the last Canon camera.



Great Camera all around!

Melissa C from Albuquerque, NM on 8/1/2012

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I have had time to play around with this camera and I am in love with it. Not only is it portable but takes beautiful pictures just like a DSLR would take. I took pictures of the moon at night and you could see the detail in the Moon, craters and all!! You don't even need to use flash all the time to take great pictures but even with flash they are perfect! I have always been a canon user and will continue to be one after this little beauty.

Pros: Easy to use, portable, good battery life only if you are not using flash constantly.

Cons: Battery life could be better when using flash, decreases it a lot.


bryon from spruce pine nc on 7/4/2012

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Great camera!

Pros: Small, light weight and a great zoom

Cons: no view finder and needs a better written manual

Canon Power Shot SX260 HS

BobP from Cheyenne. Wy on 6/16/2012

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Camera is easy to learn, takes great photos, and feels solid.

Pros: Just a great camera

Cons: No that we have found so far!

Canon Power Shot SX260 HS

Joyce M, Nantucket Real Estate Broker from Nantucket, MA on 5/17/2012

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Thank you Doug at Crutchfield for your expertise in finding me a great camera that I can carry in my purse. I am a Realtor and use and abuse my cameras on a daily basis! I am a perfectionist when it comes to taking interior photos for sales homes and this little camera does it all. I have not owned a Canon camera before and now consider this camera one of the most user friendly items I have ever owned. I am so not a techie! but with Dougs assistance, he made my selection painless! Thank you for another great experience with the experts at Crutchfield. I will be shopping again.

Pros: Real Estate agents - consider this Canon camera for your photos for your websites and for print media. A good camera which such ease of use.

Cons: This is a subjective comment - the camera is slightly larger and slightly heavier than my former pocket point and shoot Olympus - but the quality is far superior than I expected.

Cannon 260

Anita J from Falls Church on 5/13/2012

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Camera is easy to handle, feels good in the hands. Takes good pictures. I think once I get used to to, it will be one of my best purchases

Pros: IT feels like a much more expensive camera

Cons: The book of instructions is so basic. I cannot get the accompanying disk to open so I can find out more things about the camera.

Excellent Travel Camera

Marty S. from Staten Island, NY on 5/3/2012

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Great camera to take on trips. Though not really small enough to fit in a pants pocket , it will fit nicely in a belt case or outside jacket pocket. It is solidly built and easy to grip. Takes extremely sharp and colorful pictures.

Pros: Excellent Canon zoom lens with a wide range.. Has many features that can be customized. Can be used in completely auto mode or you can control shutter speed and aperture. Has many scene modes to choose from. Built in GPS to record location of pictures.

Cons: None that I found yet.

Canon SX 260 HS

Joe from Apalachin, NY on 5/2/2012

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Great camera ! Compact in size and takes great pictures, even in low light conditions. Great zoom to 20 X.

Pros: compact size, CMOS high speed processor, low light capeable, 20X zoom

Cons: Would be better if it had a viewfinder in addition to the LED screen

Canon PowerShot SX260 HS brief review

Peter Gun from Hudson River Valley area of NY on 4/27/2012

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Before I purchased this camera I spent way too many hours reading every review possible on this and all of it's competitors. Price, within reason was not a concern. I wanted a much larger zoom than my Powershot SD750 has offered me in several years of loyal service. This new camera wasn't offered at a discount but it is clearly worth the money to me. Photos are great, resolution at full zoom is amazing and it is easy to operate. I didn't require a lot of video usage and haven't fully explored that aspect yet but what I have shot has been more than satisfactory to me. The menu options take a bit to learm but become intuitive shortly with a little exploring. I am most happy with this camera and hightly recommend it.

Pros: Great zoom, easy to learn most options.

Cons: Haven't found any yet with over 1000 photos and 1 hour of video.


Hands-on research

Features and Specs

LCD Screen Size 3"
Adjustable-angle LCD No
Wi-Fi No
Touchscreen No
Waterproof No
GPS-enabled Yes
Lens 35mm Equivalent 25-500mm
Optical Zoom 20x
Digital Zoom 4x
Filter Diameter N/A
Manual Focusing Yes
Manual Exposure Yes
Built-in Flash Yes
HDMI Output Mini
Internal Memory None
Memory Media SD/SDHC/SDXC
Sensor Size 1/2.3" CMOS
Megapixels 12.1
Image Stabilization Optical
Highest Resolution 4000 x 3000
4K Video No
Video Resolution 1920 x 1080, 1280 x 720
Width (inches) 4-1/4
Height (inches) 2-1/2
Depth (inches) 1-5/16
Weight With Battery (ounces) 8.15
Parts Warranty 1 Year
Labor Warranty 1 Year

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Playback, Editing and Print Functions
Battery Information
Inputs and Outputs Notes
Supplied Software

Recording Features

LCD Monitor: The Canon PowerShot SX260 HS has a 3" TFT LCD monitor, featuring 230,000 dots with approximately 100% picture coverage. The LCD display's brightness can be adjusted to one of five levels. The LCD display also features a Night Display feature that when shooting in dark conditions, the camera automatically brightens the LCD monitor to suit the brightness of the subject, making it easier to frame the subject.

Note: There is no separate viewfinder on this camera.

Image Sensor: The camera is equipped with a 1/2.3" CMOS image sensor with 12.8-million total pixels, and 12.1-million effective pixels. Along with the new DIGIC 5 Image Processor, the SX260 HS gives you clear photos with accurate colors and less noise.

Face Detection Technology: The DIGIC 5 chip's Face Detection Technology finds and tracks the faces of moving subjects until you're ready to shoot, then delivers perfect focus. In addition, exposure, flash, and white balance are compensated, so that faces exhibit natural skin tones and backgrounds are properly exposed.

Smart Shutter: Smart Shutter technology automatically takes a picture a short time after the camera detects a specific change in the scene. There are three Smart Shutter functions:

  • Face Self-Timer: The Face Self-Timer automatically detects an increase in the number of faces, and makes the appropriate adjustments. When the Face Detection Self-Timer is set, the camera waits for the photographer's face to get on-camera before it takes the shot. The camera will shoot, two seconds after the new face is detected.
  • Smile Self-Timer: The Smile Self-Timer captures smiles by tracking your subject's face and automatically releases the shutter as smiles are detected.
  • Wink Self-Timer: The Wink Self-Timer lets you set the camera in a "shooting standby" mode after the shot is composed. When a designated person in the frame winks, the camera takes a picture, two seconds after the wink is detected.

Optics and Stabilization: The SX260 HS has a 20x optical zoom lens with a 4.5-90mm focal length (35mm equivalent is 25-500mm). The built-in lens shift-type Image Stabilizer helps control camera shake to give you clear images when you're zoomed way in. Image Stabilization can be set to Continuous, Shoot Only, or Panning.

Zoom: In addition to the 20x optical zoom, the camera features a 4x digital zoom. When used in combination, the total zoom is approximately 80x.

Digital Tele-Converter: The focal length of the lens can be increased by an equivalent of 1.5x or 2.0x through the use of the Digital Tele-Converter. The equivalent focal lengths of the lens (35mm equivalent) are 30-750mm when using the 1.5x digital tele-converter, and 40-1000mm with the 2.0x tele-converter. The digital zoom and digital tele-converter cannot be used simultaneously.

Recording Media: The camera records still images or moving images with stereo audio on SD Memory Cards (2GB or less), SDHC Memory Cards (4GB to 32GB), and SDXC Memory Cards (32GB and higher). Still images are recorded in JPEG format, and the movies are recorded in MOV format (Image data: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264, Audio data: Linear PCM (stereo)). The camera has no built-in memory, and no memory card is included with the camera.

Still Image Resolution/Compression: The SX260 HS can record still images in 4 different sizes (Large, Medium 1, Medium 2, and Small) and 4 aspect ratios (4:3, 16:9, 3:2, and 1:1). For each resolution, you can set the compression to Fine or Normal. You can choose from the following resolutions:

  4:3 16:9 3:2 1:1
Large 4000 x 3000 4000 x 2248 4000 x 2664 2992 x 2992
Medium 1 2816 x 2112 2816 x 1584 2816 x 1880 2112 x 2112
Medium 2 1600 x 1200 1920 x 1080 1600 x 1064 1200 x 1200
Small 640 x 480 640 x 360 640 x 424 480 x 480

Movies: Movies can be shot in High Definition at 1920 x 1080 at 24 fps, and 1280 x 720 at 30 fps with stereo audio. Standard definition movies can be recorded at 640 x 480 pixels, with a frame rate of 30 frames per second and stereo audio. Recording will automatically stop when either the clip file size reaches 4 GB or the recording time reaches approximately 30 minutes for HD, and 1 hour for SD. SD Speed Class 6 or higher memory cards are recommended.

Movie Modes: There are 3 Movie Modes to choose from:

  • Standard: Shoots standard movies
  • iFrame: Shoots movies that can be edited with iFrame compatible software or devices
  • Super Slow Motion: Shoots fast moving subjects and plays them back in slow motion:
    • 240 fps; 320 x 240 resolution
    • 120 fps; 640 x 480 resolution

Continuous Shooting Mode: You can use the continuous shooting mode to shoot successive frames while the shutter button is fully pressed. You can shoot continuously at approximately 2.4 images per second. In the High Speed Burst HQ mode, you can shoot up to 10 continuous shots at a maximum speed of approximately 10.3 images per second.

Global Positioning System (GPS): The camera has a built-in GPS receiver. Camera location information (latitude, longitude, and elevation) can be added to your images and movies as your shoot. This information can be used with the supplied software to see the shooting location on a map.

Focusing Range: The camera features the following focus ranges (from the end of the lens):

  • Normal: 2.0" to infinity (W), 3.3' to infinity (T)
  • Macro AF: 2.0" to 1.6' (wide)

Shooting Modes: Using the mode dial on the back panel, you can switch between the following shooting modes:

  • Auto: The camera will automatically select the best settings for the scene.
  • Program: The camera sets both the aperture value and shutter speed.
  • Aperture Priority: You can set the aperture to a value at which you want to shoot, and the camera sets the appropriate shutter speed for the aperture you set. Aperture values can be set between F3.5 to F8.0 at wide angle and F6.8 to F8.0 at telephoto.
  • Shutter Priority: You can set the shutter speed to a value at which you want to shoot, and the camera sets the appropriate aperture value for the shutter speed you set. Shutter speeds can be set between 15 and 1/3200 seconds.
  • Manual: You can manually set the shutter speed and aperture.
  • Live View Control: Image brightness, colors, and tone can be easily customized while shooting.
  • Easy Mode: On-screen instructions help you shoot. All controls except zoom and some buttons are deactivated.
  • Creative Filters: You can add various effects to images when shooting, such as Super Vivid, Poster Effect, Fish-eye Effect, Miniature Effect, Toy Camera Effect, Soft Focus,  Monochrome, Color Accent, or Color Swap.
  • Special Scene: Select from the following, according to the scene or effects desired: Portrait, Handheld Night Scene, Low Light, Underwater (required optional waterproof case), Snow, and Fireworks.
  • Discreet Mode: Lets you shoot without the flash or camera sounds.
  • Movies: Record movies in High Definition or Standard Definition in Standard Mode, iFrame Movie, and Super Slow Motion Movie modes.
  • Movie Digest: The camera automatically compiles clips captured before each shot that day into a short movie.

Metering Modes: You can select from the following metering modes:

  • Evaluative Light Metering: used for standard conditions. The area within the frame is divided into several zones and light is measured based on subject position, brightness, direct light and backlighting.
  • Center-Weighted Averaging: averages the exposure from the entire image, but places more weight on the subject at the center
  • Spot: meters the area within the spot AE point at the center of the LCD monitor or viewfinder.

Exposure Compensation: If you are shooting against a bright background or strong backlight, you may need to correct the exposure so that the subject doesn't come out too dark. You can set the adjustments from -2 to +2 in 1/3-step increments.

Locking the Exposure Setting (AE Lock): You can set the exposure and focus separately. This is effective when the contrast is too strong between the subject and background, or when a subject is backlit. Flash Exposure Lock (FE Lock), just as with the AE lock, lets you lock the exposure for shooting with the flash.

White Balance: You can choose from the following white balance settings: Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Underwater, and Custom.

Flash Modes: The PowerShot SX260 HS has a built-in pop-up flash. You can select Auto (flash fires in low light), Slow-synchro, On (flash always fires), or Off (flash doesn't fire). The built-in flash has a range of 1.6' to 11' in Wide Angle and 3.3' to 6.6' in Telephoto. In the menu, you can turn on the Red-Eye Reduction lamp for the flash, and apply Red-Eye Correction to the images that have been taken.

ISO Speed: The ISO speed can be set Automatically (ISO Auto), or manually to ISO 80, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600 or 3200. Lowering the ISO speed results in sharper images but there's a greater chance of subject or image blurring in certain shooting conditions. Raising the ISO speed results in a faster shutter speed, reducing blurred images. The images, however, will appear more coarse.

My Colors: You can choose the look and feel of the photos you take by using My Colors to add the following effects to the image you are currently recording or have already recorded: Vivid, Neutral, Sepia, B/W, Positive Film, Lighter Skin Tone, Darker Skin Tone, Vivid Blue, Vivid Green, Vivid Red, and Custom Color.

Display Overlay: You can customize the display with the following overlays:

  • Shooting Info: A wide range of information on the shooting conditions and settings will display on the viewfinder or LCD monitor.
  • Grid Lines: Displays gridlines dividing the monitor into 9 areas, allowing you to check the subject's horizontal and vertical alignment
  • Histogram: A graphic display that shows the distribution of brightness in an image horizontally.

Self-Timer: The SX260 HS utilizes a 10-second, 2-second, and a custom self-timer to allow the photographer to be included in the shot, or to avoid camera shake when using a tripod. The custom self-timer allows you to set the time delay to 1-15, 20, 25, or 30 seconds for up to 10 shots.

Playback, Editing and Print Functions

Index Display: This feature allows you to view 4, 9, 36, or 100 images at once on the LCD monitor so that you can search for an image quickly. Movies cannot be played in the index playback mode. You can view the index display by rotating the zoom lever toward wide angle while the camera is in playback mode.

Filtered Playback: When there are many images on the memory card, you can filter and display them by a specified filter. You can also protect or delete all images at once while filtered. Available filters include: Name (of registered person), Favorites, Date, Category Type, and Still Image/Movie.

Playback Displays: You can choose from the following types of displays: No Information, Simple Information, Detailed Information, and Focus Check.

Red-Eye Correction: You can correct red eyes in already recorded images. However, red eyes may not be automatically detected in some images such as faces near the screen edge, faces that appear extremely small, larger dark or bright in relation to the overall image and faces turned to the side or at a diagonal and faces with a portion hidden which prevents the Red-Eye Correction from working. You can choose to overwrite the file with the corrected image, or store the image as a new file, retaining the original image.

PictBridge/Direct Print: Using the supplied USB cable, you can connect this camera directly to a PictBridge-compatible printer of any brand, or a Canon printer that supports the Direct Print function. You can also connect the camera directly to certain Canon SELPHY compact photo printers and PIXMA inkjet photo printers. In this way, you can make prints directly from the camera without having to connect to a computer.

Battery Information

Power Requirements: The Canon PowerShot SX260 HS powered by the NB-6L Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery. The camera includes the CB-2LY battery charger, which can charge the NB-6L battery in approximately 1 hour 55 minutes. For long periods of continuous use, or when connected to a computer, it is recommended that the camera be connected to the optional ACK-DC40 AC adapter kit. A fully-charged battery will last for approximately 230 shots, 40 minutes of movie shooting time, 1 hour 10 minutes of continuous shooting, and 5 hours of playback time.

Date/Time Battery: The camera uses a built-in backup battery for maintaining the date and time data for about three weeks after the battery pack has been removed. By inserting a charged battery or connecting an AC adapter kit, the date/time battery can be charged in approximately 4 hours, even if the camera is not turned on.

Power Saving Functions: The camera is equipped with the following power saving functions:

  • Auto Power Down for Shooting Mode: The screen will turn off approximately 1 minute after the camera is last operated. You can "wake" the camera at this point by pressing the shutter button halfway to turn on the screen and continue shooting. After about 2 more minutes, if no buttons are pressed, the lens will retract and the power will turn off.
  • Auto Power Down for Playback Mode and Connection to a Printer: The camera power down approximately 5 minutes after the last control is accessed on the camera.
Note: The Power Saving Function will not activate during a Slide-Show or while the camera is connected to a computer.

Inputs and Outputs Notes

HDMI Output: The PowerShot SX260 HS is equipped with a mini-HDMI (Type C) for connecting the camera to your HDTV. An optional mini-HDMI-to-HDMI cable, such as the Canon HTC-100, is required.

A/V Output/Digital Terminal: The camera has a Mini-B Version 2.0 USB terminal to allow you to connect the camera to a compatible computer or compatible Canon printer via the supplied USB cable. This USB 2.0 Hi-Speed-compatible terminal allows you to rapidly download images to your computer or printer. Through the same USB jack, you can connect the camera to a TV or video monitor with stereo RCA audio and composite video input jacks using the optional AVC-DC400ST Stereo AV Cable. You can set the video output to NTSC or PAL.

Supplied Software

Included Software: The PowerShot SX260 HS comes supplied with the Canon Digital Camera Solution Disk Ver.112.0 CD-ROM. It contains the following programs:

  • Canon Utilities:
    • ImageBrowser EX 1.0: import images and change camera settings; manage images (view, search, organize); print and edit images
    • CameraWindow DC 8.7: transfer images to and from camera, organize images on the camera, and upload movies on the camera to web services
    • PhotoStitch 3.1 (Windows) / 3.2 (Mac): use to merge still images to make panoramas
  • User Guides: Camera User Guide, Software Guide

Compatible Operating Systems:

  • Windows 7 (SP1)
  • Windows Vista (SP2)
  • Windows XP (SP3)
  • Mac OS X (v10.6)
Note: Check Canon's website for software updates.

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