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  • Best of Year 2012
  • Editors' Choice

Canon PowerShot SX260 HS Digital Camera Review

Canon hopes secure top honors with their best travel zoom model. Were they successful?

$349.99
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7.9 score Tested by Experts
# of point & shoot cameras Product Score This graph shows the Canon PowerShot SX260 HS’s score compared to other point & shoot cameras we tested.
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Introduction

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2012 Best Travel Zoom Camera

Forgive us but this has been sort of a weak year for travel zoom cameras. It seems like most manufacturers are continuing to commit the "longer zoom equals better camera" fallacy, squeezing ever more ambitious lenses onto the same tiny bodies. Canon's most expensive travel zoom, the SX260 HS, posts one of the biggest numbers of all, with its huge 20x optical zoom ratio. But this model's CMOS image sensor tops out at only 12.1 megapixels, showing encouraging restraint on Canon's part. Could this be the camera to break the travel zoom segment's string of bad luck?

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Sections

  1. Introduction
  2. Product Tour
  3. Hardware
  4. Photo Gallery
  5. Image Quality
  6. Sharpness
  7. Color
  8. Noise Reduction
  9. Dynamic Range
  10. Low Light
  11. Distortion
  12. Video
  13. Usability
  14. Ease of Use
  15. Handling
  16. Controls
  17. Speed
  18. Features
  19. Extras
  20. Video Features
  21. Conclusion

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