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Canon PowerShot SX260 HS Digital Camera Review$349.99
Speed and Timing
The SX260 has some relatively advanced drive mode features for a compact camera. A typical full resolution continuous shot mode is available from the Function menu, and it quickly records data to the memory card so you won't run into capacity problems. Also, like high-end cameras, a continuous mode with autofocus is also available, which rapidly adjusts focus between individual shots. The tradeoff is slightly reduced shooting speed, but it's an impressive feature here nonetheless. For even faster shot-to-shot speed, the High Quality Burst scene mode is capable of shorter full resolution bursts, however you'll need to swap modes to access the feature.
We clocked the camera's continuous shooting speed at 2.26 frames per second for five frames, just shy of the spec sheet's claim of 2.4 frames per second. Using the appropriate scene mode, bursts of exactly 10 frames per second are possible, but only for 10 consecutive shots, and this is again short of Canon's claim of 10.3 frames per second. We didn't test continuous autofocus mode, but the manual lists this feature at 0.8 frames per second.
Three self-timer modes are available: 10 second countdown, 2 second countdown, and a very convenient custom setting, which allows you to customize both the countdown timer and the number of exposures.
The SX260 performed poorly in our new focus test, particularly in low light. On a few occasions the camera missed focus when it shouldn't have, and once even committed the cardinal sin of missing focus but falsely reporting a lock.
A dedicated macro focus mode is available from a menu hotkey, though it only works at certain focal lengths as indicated by an onscreen display. "By wire" manual focus is also available, along with some digital zoom assists. It doesn't work very well, but can be slightly useful in a pinch.