Canon PowerShot SX60 HS
16-megapixel digital camera with 65X optical zoom and Wi-Fi®
Item # 280SX60HS | MFR # 9543B001
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Our take on the Canon PowerShot SX60 HS by Crutchfield's Eric Angevine
The vari-angle LCD screen on the Canon PowerShot SX60 HS lets you frame your shot even if you're in it.
Get closer to the perfect shot
When you're sitting on the sidelines at your child's hockey game, or trying to catch a shot of the cardinal at your bird feeder, you need to be able to zoom in on your subject without physically moving closer. Framing that ideal shot is what the Canon PowerShot SX60 HS does extremely well. The camera's wide-angle lens features amazing 65X optical zoom capability, which means you can capture sharp, clear images without fear of adding the visual artifacts often produced by digital zoom. Zoom Assist Framing technology will help you locate and track a moving subject, and Smart Auto will make sure your exposure and shutter settings are optimal as well.
Keep your image steady
The camera's hand grip has been specially designed to help you operate buttons easily, so you're less likely to introduce hand tremor into the image when you're at high zoom. The SX60 HS also features intelligent image stabilization that knows how to compensate for specific types of motion. For example, when shooting stills, the camera's Macro image stabilization mode makes adjustments that keep a close-up sharp and steady, while Panning mode reduces the jumping and jittering that can accompany a wide swing of motion.
Share easily with Wi-Fi and NFC
Canon has built-in wireless technology that gives you many ways to share your masterpieces. Send photos to any NFC-compatible smartphone by touching the camera to the device. If your phone is not NFC-compatible, the SX60 HS is also equipped with Wi-Fi, ensuring that your photos and videos can go live on social media as soon as you're ready to upload them.
- tilting 3" color LCD viewscreen (922,000-dot resolution)
- 65X optical zoom
- wide-angle lens (21mm-1365mm equivalent)
- 16.8-megapixel CMOS sensor delivers photos with fine detail and brilliant color
- DIGIC 6 image processor enhances image quality and processing speed
- built-in Wi-Fi and NFC pairing for quick and easy photo sharing
- records 1080p HD video
- external microphone connector for improved movie sound
- dedicated movie button lets you start and stop recording instantly
- intelligent image stabilization analyzes camera movement and applies the best shake correction method for the shooting situation
- high-speed autofocus helps you freeze action
- Creative Shot mode analyzes scene, subject and exposure and appplies one of 46 filter options
- Zoom Framing Assist helps you to more easily locate and track a moving subject
- Smart Auto selects optimal settings to ensure the best possible image capture
- Canon HS system provides excellent tracking and imaging in low-light situations
- curved grip lets your fingers comfortably and naturally reach the shutter, minimizing potential for shake at long zoom lengths
- shooting modes provide intelligent presets with optimized settings for specific situations, including Low Light, Super Vivid, Fireworks and more
- 5"W x 3-3/4"H x 4-1/2"D
- weight: 22.9 oz.
- warranty: 1 year
- Our 60-day money-back guarantee
What's in the Box:
- Digital camera (black)
- Lens cap (with attached cord)
- NB-10L Lithium-Ion battery (7.4V 920mA 6.8Wh) with plastic terminal cover
- CB-2LC battery charger (8.4V 0.7A)
- Adjustable neck strap
- Getting Started booklet (Eng/Span)
- Canon Warranty card
- Online Product Registration info
- Important Safety Instructions (for CB-2LC)
- Info sheet on Canon printers
This camera, although new to me, has been easy to learn, and provides wonderful long range photos. This was just what I was looking for to travel with.
Mark, Minneapolis, MN
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Features and Specs
|LCD Screen Size||3"|
|Lens 35mm Equivalent||21-1365mm|
|Highest Resolution||4608 x 3456|
|Video Resolution||1920 x 1080|
|Weight With Battery (ounces)||22.93|
|Parts Warranty||1 Year|
|Labor Warranty||1 Year|
Vari-angle LCD Monitor: The Canon PowerShot SX60 HS has a 3.0" Vari-angle TFT LCD monitor, featuring 922,000 dots with approximately 100% picture coverage. The LCD flips out and swivels/rotates for shooting at difficult angles. The LCD display's brightness can be adjusted to one of five levels.
Viewfinder: In addition to the LCD monitor, the camera has an Electronic Viewfinder (EVF) with 922,000 dots. The diopter adjustment lets you adjust the viewfinder to your own personal eyesight. You can switch between the viewfinder and LCD monitor using the Display button.
Image Sensor: The camera is equipped with a 1/2.3" CMOS image sensor with 16.8-million total pixels, and 16.1-million effective pixels.
Optics and Stabilization: The SX60 HS has an incredible 65x optical zoom lens with a 3.8-247mm focal length (35mm equivalent is 21-1365mm). The built-in Optical Image Stabilizer helps control camera shake to give you clear images when you're zoomed way in. Several types of stabilization can be applied, including Normal, Panning, Hybrid, Dynamic, Powered, and Tripod IS.
Lens Filters: You can attach a lens filter to the camera to protect the lens or shoot with various effects. To attach a screw-on lens filter, you will need the optional FA-DC67A Filter Adapter. This adapter will let you use 67mm filters on the camera.
Zoom: In addition to the 65x optical zoom, the camera features a 4x digital zoom. When used in combination, the total zoom is approximately 260x. When optical and digital zoom are combined, the total focal length is 21-5460mm (35mm equivalent).
Zoom Framing Assist: The Zoom Framing Assist function helps you to locate your subject when you are zoomed way in. When you press the Zoom Framing Assist button, located on the lens barrel, the camera zooms out to a wider angle of view. Once you find your subject, you can release the button and the camera will return to the original zoom position, and keep the subject in focus. Tapping the Zoom Framing Assist button lets you select an image area and keep that area of your subject the same size in the frame, no matter how much they move.
Digital Tele-Converter: The focal length of the lens can be increased by an equivalent of 1.6x or 2.0x through the use of the Digital Tele-Converter. The equivalent focal lengths of the lens (35mm equivalent) are 33.6-2184mm when using the 1.6x digital tele-converter, and 42-2730mm 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/SDHC/SDXC. UHS-I memory cards are also supported. Still images are recorded in JPEG and RAW (CR2 Canon Original) formats, and the movies are recorded in MP4 format (Image data: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264, Audio data: AAC stereo). The camera has no built-in memory, and no memory card is included with the camera.
Still Image Resolution/Compression: The SX60 HS can record still images in 4 different sizes (Large, Medium 1, Medium 2, and Small) and 5 aspect ratios (4:3, 16:9, 3:2, 1:1 and 4:5). For each resolution, you can set the compression to Super Fine or Fine. You can choose from the following resolutions:
|4608 x 3456||4608 x 2592||4608 x 3072||3456 x 3456||2768 x 3456|
|Medium 1||3264 x 2448||3264 x 1832||3264 x 2176||2448 x 2448||1952 x 2448|
|Medium 2||2048 x 1536||1920 x 1080||2048 x 1368||1536 x 1536||1232 x 1536|
|Small||640 x 480||640 x 360||640 x 424||480 x 480||384 x 480|
Movies: Movies can be shot in Full HD at 1920 x 1080 at 60 and 30 fps, and at 1280 x 720 at 30 fps with stereo audio. Standard definition movies can be recorded at 640 x 480 pixels at 30 fps with stereo audio. Recording will automatically stop when either the clip file size reaches 4 GB or the recording time reaches approximately 30 minutes for Full HD and HD, and 1 hour for SD. SD Speed Class 6 or higher memory cards are recommended when recording movies.
Movie Modes: There are 5 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 movies at a high frame rate (120 or 240 fps) and played back at normal speed. Action plays back in slow motion.
- Miniature Effect: Shoot movies that look like scenes in miniature models. People and objects appear to move quickly during playback.
- Digest Movie: Records a short movie of 2-4 seconds each time a still image is taken.
Super Slow Motion Movies: You can shoot fast-moving subjects for playback later in slow motion. You can choose from two frame rates:
|Frame Rate||Image Quality||Playback Time |
(for a 30-sec clip)
|240 fps||320 x 240||Approx. 4 min|
|120 fps||640 x 480||Approx. 2 min|
Continuous Shooting Mode: You can use the continuous shooting mode to shoot successive frames while the shutter button is fully pressed:
- Normal: Approximately 6.4 shots/sec. (P Mode)
- AF Frame (center): Approximately 3.8 shots/sec (P Mode)
- LV (Manual Focus): Approximately 4.6 shots/sec (P Mode)
Focusing Range: The camera features the following focus ranges (from the end of the lens):
- Auto: 0" to infinity (W), 5.9' to infinity (T)
- Sports: 3.3' to infinity (W), 49' to infinity (T)
- Macro: 0" to 1.6' (W)
- Normal: 2" to infinity (W), 5.9' to infinity (T)
- Manual Focus: 0" to infinity (W), 5.9' to infinity
Shooting Modes: Using the mode dial on the top of the camera, you can switch between the following shooting modes:
- Auto: The camera will automatically select the best settings for the scene.
- Hybrid Auto: Lets you make a short movie of the day just by shooting images. The camera records 2-4 second clips of scenes before each shot, which are later combined into a digest movie.
- Sports: You can shoot continuously as the camera focuses on moving subjects.
- Scene: Select from the following, according to the scene or effects desired: Portrait, Handheld Night Scene, Low Light, Snow, and Fireworks.
- Program: The camera sets both the aperture value and shutter speed. In the P Mode, you can customize many function settings to shoot your preferred shooting style.
- 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 1/2000 seconds.
- 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 F3.4 to F8.0 (W) and F6.5 to F8.0 (T).
- Manual: You can manually set the shutter speed and aperture, giving you the most control over the exposure.
- Custom (1 & 2): Two mode dial positions (C1 and C2) allow you to save commonly used shooting modes and your configured function settings to reuse.
- Movies: Record movies in High Definition or Standard Definition in Standard Mode, iFrame Movie, Super Slow Motion, and Miniature Effect modes.
- Creative Filters: You can add various effects to images when shooting, such as Super Vivid, Poster Effect, High Dynamic Range, Artistic Effects, Fish-eye Effect, Miniature Effect, Toy Camera Effect, Soft Focus Effect, and Monochrome.
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 -3 to +3 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, Flash, and Custom.
Flash Modes: The PowerShot SX60 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 18' in Wide Angle and 5.9' to 9.8' 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 ISO 100 to ISO 3200 in 16 steps (1/3 EV). 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.
Self-Timer: The SX60 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.
Index Display: This feature allows you to view 6, 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, People, Date, Favorites, and Still Image/Movie.
Shooting Display Options: You can choose to display your photos on the LCD monitor and the viewfinder with and without shooting information. Display options include Histogram, RGB Histogram, Overexposure Warning, or no Information.
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: Using the supplied USB cable, you can connect this camera directly to a PictBridge-compatible printer of any brand. In this way, you can make prints directly from the camera without having to connect to a computer.
Wi-Fi Features: You can send and receive images and control the camera remotely by connecting the camera to another device via Wi-Fi:
- Smartphones/Tablets: With the free CameraWindow app installed on the device, you can send images to smartphones or tablets via Wi-Fi. You can also control the camera from your smart device. If your device has GPS, you can add location information (geotag) to your photos.
- Computer: Computers running Windows 8/8.1, 7 (SP1), Mac OS X 10.9, 10.8.2 or later, can connect to the camera via Wi-Fi. Using Canon software, you can save camera images to the computer wirelessly.
- Printers: You can wirelessly send images to a PictBridge-compatible printer (that supports DPS over IP) for printing.
- Web Services: After establishing an account for the Canon iMage Gateway on-line photography service, you can wirelessly send images automatically from the camera to another computer or to a web service.
- Another Camera: You can connect two cameras via Wi-Fi and send images between them. Only Canon-brand cameras equipped with the Wi-Fi function can be used.
Connecting Smartphones: The Powershot SX60 HS has a dedicated button for connecting a smartphone. You must first assign a phone to the button, and simply press the button when you're ready to connect. If you'd like to connect a different smartphone, you can connect it via the Wi-Fi menu, as you would connect a computer or another device. Multiple smartphones can be added in this manner. Android smartphones with the NFC feature (running OS version 4.0 or later) can connect to the camera by simply touching the smartphone to the camera's N-mark (on the left side).
Power Requirements: The Canon PowerShot SX60 HS powered by the NB-10L Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery. The camera includes the CB-2LC battery charger, which can charge the NB-10L battery in approximately 1 hour 50 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-DC80 AC adapter kit. The estimated battery life of the NB-10L in the SX60 HS is as follows:
|Number of Shots||Screen On||340 shots|
|Viewfinder On||340 shots|
|Eco Mode On||450 shots|
|Movie Recording Time||Screen On||1 hour|
|Viewfinder On||1 hour|
|Movie Continuous Shooting||Screen On||2 hours|
|Viewfinder On||2 hours|
|Playback Time||6 hours|
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.
HDMI Output: The PowerShot SX60 HS is equipped with a mini-HDMI (Type C) for connecting the camera to your HDTV. An optional mini-HDMI-to-HDMI cable 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. No USB cable is included. An optional USB cable must be obtained in order to load 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.
Remote Terminal: The 2.5mm sub-minijack located on the right side of the camera is provided for the RS-60E3 Remote Switch. The switch enables remote shutter button operation, including pressing the shutter button halfway or all the way down. The attached cable is 25" long.
Microphone Input: The SX60 HS has a 3.5mm input for an external microphone.
Software: The PowerShot SX60 HS does not include software. Instead, the software is available for download on the Canon website. The following programs are available:
- ImageBrowser EX: import images and change camera settings; manage images (view, search, organize); print and edit images
- CameraWindow: transfer images to and from camera, organize images on the camera, and upload movies on the camera to web services
- Digital Photo Professional 3.12: browse, process, and edit RAW images
- Camera User Guide: The 203-page Camera User Guide is available for download.
Compatible Operating Systems:
- Windows 8/8.1
- Windows 7 (SP1)
- Mac OS X (v10.9)
- Mac OS X (v10.8)
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Why did you buy this?
This camera is the best value (spec's and features) for money that meets my needs. [ George May 01, 2017 ]
This is a gift to our daughter who will be taking photos and videos of our grandchildren playing sports. I like that it has the WiFi capability so that she can send photos to her phone. [ Barbara A. Apr 29, 2017 ]
The last camera I purchased was the PowerShot SX40 HS,and it was one of the best cameras I ever owned. So the SX60 seemed like the logical choice. Crutchfield also includes accessories that sealed the deal. [ Gerald Apr 27, 2017 ]
Gift for my wife. [ Francisco E. Apr 08, 2017 ]
Excellent camera. Zoom is incredible. Very happy with Canon and this model replaced my old SX30. [ CRAIG W Mar 05, 2017 ]
GREAT AUTOFOCUS AND ZOOM RANGE [ WERNER Jan 14, 2017 ]
Needed a travel camera with viewfinder [ Debra Oct 25, 2016 ]
Great Bridge Camera for Travel. Already have a Canon 60D [ William Jul 13, 2016 ]
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Online reviews and Brand reliability [ Salvatore A. Mar 25, 2016 ]
Upgrading from my old Nikon point and shoot but did not want to commit to a DSLR. Love the outdoors, this is a nice compromise. [ Kirsten Mar 06, 2016 ]
1 question already asked
Yes it does and it works really well. It's needed at the zoom capability of this camera. [ GERRY Aug 29, 2016 ]
Yes....excellent stabilization.... [ Rich Aug 20, 2016 ]
Yes it is a must for those long ZOOM shots. But you do have to hold the button on the side of the lens . [ Richard w. Aug 19, 2016 ]
Yes. Look for the hand icon for still images, right hand arrow for telephoto movies, and a "tulip" for macro shots. [ James Aug 19, 2016 ]
Yes it does. Use this camera daily; very happy with the quality of photos. Am a hobbyist - definitely not a pro ... only thing I did after purchase was get several back-up batteries [ I will shoo 100+ shots at one place ] .. also, in addition to extra SD memory cards, get an adapter ring with set of filters. This protects the lens - my camera slid off my shoulder not long ago - cracked and broke the filter glass ... camera still runs fine. Had a spare filter that was put over the lens as soon as I got home ! Hope you enjoy 1 [ Margaret Aug 19, 2016 ]