Canon PowerShot SX260 HS Digital Camera (Red)

Canon PowerShot SX260 HS Digital Camera (Red)

Canon PowerShot SX260 HS Digital Camera (Red)

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Product Highlights

  • 12.1Mp CMOS Sensor
  • 25mm Wide-Angle Lens
  • 20x Optical Zoom
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1080p HD Video with Stereo Sound Capture
  • DIGIC 5 Image Processor
  • Intelligent IS
  • Improved Smart AUTO
  • GPS Tracker and Map
  • High-Speed Burst HQ
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Canon SX260 HS overview

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The Canon PowerShot SX260 HS Digital Camera is a stunningly powerful point-and-shoot with a number of useful features. To start, the SX260 has a 12.1Mp high-sensitivity CMOS sensor along with the company's DIGIC 5 Image Processor. Together, these two comprise Canon's HS SYSTEM for great looking images, even when shot in low-light. In addition to capturing quality stills, the SX260 also records full HD 1080p video with stereo sound. The camera also boasts a dedicated movie button for one-touch recording.

Helping to cull all that beautiful footage would be the 25mm wide-angle lens with optical image stabilization and 20x optical zoom. Auto features like Smart AUTO, Intelligent IS, and FACE ID all help you to get great shots without the guesswork. The built-in GPS tracker helps you to recall images by location for geo-tagging or simply for storage. Other features include Movie Digest - for a day's worth of video clips - and High-Speed Burst HD for continuous capture up to 10 frames, and Super Slow Motion for slow motion playback.

Ultra-Slim Camera with Powerful 20x Optical Zoom, Optical Image Stabilization & 25mm Wide-Angle Lens
At just over 1 1/4 inches thick, the PowerShot SX260 HS is an ultra-slim digital camera with a powerful 20x Optical Zoom. But because its lens embodies the quality and legacy of Genuine Canon Optics, its advantages go far beyond making the camera slim enough to slip in your pocket and carry anywhere. With a range of 25-500mm (35mm equivalent), the lens gives you the power to capture the full breadth of scenes, with details you've never captured before. Images are bright and vivid with spectacular clarity thanks to Optical Image Stabilization
Optical Image Stabilizer
Handheld shooting can often lead to camera shake, making photos and videos blurry. Canon's Optical Image Stabilizer is a sophisticated system that uses lens-shift technology to correct for unwanted camera movement. It makes handheld photography more practical, providing excellent image quality in many difficult shooting situations: outdoors at dusk, inside without a flash, and even at the telephoto end of the zoom range without a tripod. For photos, it enables shooting at slower shutter speeds, accommodating more low-light shooting situations than ever before without having to boost ISO sensitivity. With camera shake and vibration reduced, you get a sharper, steadier image. And because it is an optical system, there is none of the image degradation typical with electronic image stabilizers
UA Lens Technology
Pioneered by Canon, UA Lens technology makes possible compact lenses with remarkable optical performance. By using molded glass with an ultra-high refractive index in aspherical lens elements, Canon has succeeded in reducing lens size while significantly reducing image aberrations. Another stellar example of cutting-edge Canon optics, UA Lens technology helps make PowerShot digital cameras pocket-friendly and capable of astounding image quality
The Canon HS SYSTEM lets you take bright, clear photos in an even wider range of shooting situations. Beautiful low-light shots are possible with minimal noise and maximum detail in highlight and shadow areas. The system is the result of two technologies brought together in PowerShot cameras: a high-sensitivity imaging sensor, which is able to capture more light; and the DIGIC 5 Image Processor, which actively reduces noise with high-speed image processing. The 12.1 megapixel Canon CMOS sensor in the PowerShot SX260 HS incorporates advanced light reception technology that enhances sensitivity. The DIGIC 5 Image Processor provides a major boost in noise reduction, expanding the usable ISO range to an amazing high of ISO 3200. The Canon HS SYSTEM thus lets you use higher shutter speeds to capture clearer images with reduced noise and blur
Canon DIGIC 5 Image Processor
The latest-generation Canon DIGIC 5 Image Processor brings phenomenal increases in processing speed and power. Improved chip architecture and algorithms deliver greatly expanded functionality with further refinement in image quality. Improved noise reduction produces clearer images when shooting in low light at high ISO speeds. Enhanced i-Contrast performance adjusts differences between light and dark areas to achieve even more natural-looking results. The faster processing speed also results in faster continuous shooting capability while maintaining full image quality. The DIGIC 5 Image Processor also makes possible a new, highly advanced automatic white balance system. Whereas conventional white balance makes an overall adjustment based on a single type of light source, the new Canon Multi-Area White Balance analyzes several areas of the image to determine whether different adjustments are needed, for example, for the main subject and the background
Canon Full HD Video Advantage
In addition to the Canon HS SYSTEM, the combination of the advanced CMOS sensor and DIGIC 5 Image Processor in the PowerShot SX260 HS makes it possible to shoot crisp, clear high definition video. Imagine the fun and excitement of being able to shoot spectacular 1080p Full HD video with stereo sound that you can later watch on your HDTV or download to your computer to share with family and friends. In addition to being able to shoot Full HD 1080p video at 24 frames per second, the PowerShot SX260 HS can also shoot 720p HD video at 30 frames per second
Dedicated Movie Button, Wind Filter Feature and Optical Zoom for Easy Video Capture
It's never been easier to shoot videos with a PowerShot digital camera. The PowerShot SX260 HS has a dedicated movie button that lets you start and stop recording instantly. There is no need to go through layers of menus or operate switches or dials to switch to and from video recording mode. The camera is always ready to shoot stills or video whenever you want. The PowerShot SX260 HS also incorporates an electronic wind filter, which suppresses wind noise that can muffle or distort the sound. And unlike less sophisticated point-and-shoot cameras, the PowerShot SX260 HS lets you use the full range of optical zoom when you're shooting a video
HDTV Playback via HDMI Output and CEC
It's easy to enjoy and share the videos you shoot with the PowerShot SX260 HS. Simply connect its HDMI terminal to your HDTV using an HDMI cable. And because the PowerShot SX260 HS supports HDMI-CEC technology, you'll be able to control the playback of your images and videos on any CEC-enabled HDTV using the TV's remote control. (CEC - Consumer Electronic Control - is part of the HDMI specification, enabling components in a system to communicate with one another)
With the PowerShot SX260 HS, you can also shoot video in the Apple iFrame format, which is a computer-friendly standard that speeds up importing and editing of videos. It keeps file sizes small, making it more convenient to upload or e-mail high-quality videos. The iFrame format enjoys native support in compatible Mac and Windows video applications, making it unnecessary to perform time-consuming and often quality-degrading conversions
Smart AUTO
Smart AUTO for the PowerShot SX260 HS has been significantly expanded, making it easier than ever to capture the sharp, bright, colorful images - and videos - you're looking for. By assessing various factors in both the background and the subject, the system recognizes 58 predefined shooting situations and automatically selects the camera settings that will yield the best possible results. Simply frame the shot you want, and in dozens of common or challenging scenarios the camera takes care of the rest. Hard-to-capture shots such as moving subjects, night scenes, backlit subjects, and landscapes at evening or on a bright snowy day are instantly and effortlessly captured as ?keeper? shots. Smart AUTO makes the PowerShot SX260 HS ideal for capturing excellent quality still images and video on the go
Shooting Modes/Special Scene Modes
You have complete control of exposure, selecting both aperture and shutter speed manually

You set the aperture, controlling depth-of-field. The camera automatically selects the shutter speed

You select the shutter speed, and the camera automatically selects the appropriate aperture

The camera automatically and intelligently selects the aperture/shutter speed combination based on the shooting conditions

Live View Control:
Enables Brightness, Color, and Tone adjustments to your images using easy-to-understand controls

Smart AUTO:
The camera automatically selects teh best shooting settings for optimal quality based on subjects and environmental factors to provide point-and-shoot simplicity

In Easy mode, shooting is simple and relaxed. The camera handles all the settings automatically

Movie Digest in 720p HD:
Records a video clip in 720p HD before capturing a still image and then combines one day's worth of clips into a video

Brings the subject into focus while beautifully blurring the background

Smooth Skin:
Removes dullness, wrinkles, and harsh shadows for beautiful faces

Smart Shutter:
The camera automatically takes the photo when people smile, wink, or get into frame

High-Speed Burst HQ:
Captures fast-action shots at full resolution, providing continuous shooting when the shutter button is held down

Handheld Night Scene:
Take clear and steady pictures at night without the use of a tripod

Low Light:
For high quality image capture in an amazing range of dimly lit situations

Capture underwater images with reduced backscatter effect. Optional underwater case required

Shoot clear snow scenes without darkened subjects or an unnatural bluish tint

Create brilliant images of skyrocketing fireworks

Stitch Assit:
Easy-to-use guidelines simplify the shooting of aligned multiple frames that can later be combined (using bundled software) to create panoramic photos

Creative Filters:
This setting provides easy access to special filter effects and scene modes, such as Toy Camera Effect, Poster Effect, Monochrome, and more

Fisheye Effect:
Now you can get the fisheye effect - a classic photographic distortion - without a fisheye lens

Miniature Effect for Stills and Video:
Give images and video a miniature look with an effect that emphasizes perspective by blurring the top and bottom of the image

Toy Camera Effect:
Simulates photos taken with "toy" or pinhole cameras, darkening the image at the edges to create a vignette effect

Chooses from three single-tone effects. Black-and-White, Sepia, or Blue

Shooting Modes/Special Scene Modes Continued
Soft Focus:
Creates a hazy ambiance that's perfect for portraits and wedding photos

Super Vivid:
Super Vivid intensifies existing hues, saturating the scene with bright colors

Poster Effect:
Poster Effect combines several similar shades into one color, turning subtle gradations into eye-catching, scene-popping contrasts

Color Accent:
Choose to retain a single color in your image while other colors turn monochrome

Color Swap:
Select a color and replace it with a color you specify for special effects

Discreet Mode:
Disables flash, AF assist beam, and all camera sounds with one mode dial setting - so you can capture images in quiet areas

iFrame Movie:
The Apple movie format, iFrame, makes it easier and quicker to import and upload videos while retaining high image quality

Super Slow Motion Movie:
Record your clips in high speed (240 fps), and then watch your videos in slow motion

Face ID
Face ID is one of the most advanced and exciting new features of the PowerShot SX260 HS, giving you an easy way to improve every shot of the people you love. Simply take a picture of up to 12 faces you would like the camera to register, then enter names and ages. Once a person is registered, the camera will pick him or her out of a group (even against a busy background) and adjust focus and exposure to his or her face, even recognizing faces in profile. Face ID is particularly great for shots of babies and children. The system can pick your baby out of a group of children, focus on your baby when pictured with an adult, and capture her best smile by taking three successive images when the smile is detected. The flash is even disabled so as not to startle the baby and interrupt the moment. Older children in motion are tracked, with focus and exposure continually adjusted with Servo AF; with one shutter press three successive images are captured so the best shot is never missed. And because you'll identify each face you register, Face ID makes it easy to search images by name
Intelligent IS
The latest advance in Canon Optical Image Stabilization technology, Intelligent IS analyzes camera movement and applies the best shake correction method for the shooting situation. For stills, the system automatically selects among Normal, Panning, Macro (Hybrid) and Tripod IS modes. When shooting video, the system automatically selects among Dynamic, Powered, Macro and Tripod IS modes. With Intelligent IS, you can concentrate on image capture, letting the camera make the most effective IS settings to assure the steadiest possible image

Corrects for a wide range of camera movement when shooting stills

Panning motion is detected so that IS does not interfere with desired camera movement

Macro (Hybrid):
Corrects for shift-type camera shake, which typically occurs in macro shooting

Effective for video shooting at wide-angle focal lengths, eliminating the unwanted shaking that typically occurs while walking

Compensates for hand movement when shooting video at the telephoto end of the zoom range, where camera shake is magnified

When tripod use is detected, the Image Stabilizer is stopped because it is not needed

GPS Technology
The PowerShot SX260 HS digital camera is equipped with Global Positioning System (GPS)* technology. Now you can travel the world and let the camera automatically record the locations and local times of your stills and videos. The camera can also use the GPS unit to automatically set the exact time. You can maximize the usefulness of the GPS feature by using the special bundled Map Utility software that makes it fun to share the memories of your world adventures. In addition to displaying all your photos' locations on a world map, the camera's GPS system can also track your route from photo to photo - a great way to visualize each trip! You can also create and share custom maps and personal mini-travel guides with friends and family members
High-Speed Burst HQ
Utilizing the increased processing speed and power of the new Canon DIGIC 5 Image Processor, High-Speed Burst HQ makes it possible to capture fast action stills at full resolution during continuous shooting. The results are exceptionally high-quality images recorded in rapid sequence. In this mode, the PowerShot SX260 HS can capture a maximum of 10 shots in a single burst
720p Movie Digest
With the PowerShot SX260 HS digital camera, capturing trips and special occasions with a high-quality video "highlights reel" is as easy as switching on the Movie Digest feature. When activated, the feature automatically records the four seconds before each still shot as video, then auto-edits them into a short movie. Played back together, the video clips capture the mood and ambiance of special days in a way that's completely different from still images, both documenting the creation of still images and providing a unique stand-alone memory preserver. New with the PowerShot SX260 HS, the video is captured in 720p high definition so that it looks smooth and beautifully detailed when played back on your HDTV. With bundled software ImageBrowser EX, you can easily delete any scenes you don't want
30 Display Languages
English, German, French, Dutch, Danish, Finnish, Italian, Norwegian, Swedish, Spanish, Simplified/Traditional Chinese, Japanese, Russian, Portuguese, Korean, Greek, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Turkish, Thai, Arabic, Romanian, Ukrainian, Farsi, Hindi, Malaysian, Indonesian, Vietnamese
Playback Modes File
Stills and video:
Auto Rotate (Automatic vertical/horizontal detection), Image Advance (Operation Tools, Transition Effects, Scroll Display, Active Display), Rotate, Favorites, My Category, Smart Shuffle, Group Playback, Image Search, Movie Digest, Slideshow (Playback Interval, Repeat, Effect, Playlist)

Still Images:
Single, Index (6-130 thumbnails), Magnification (2-10x), Information Display, Red-eye Correction, i-Contrast, Trimming, Resize, My Colors, Focus Check, Histogram, Overexposure Warning

Normal Playback, Skip Backward, Previous Frame, Next Frame, Skip Forward

Photo Effects
My Colors Off, Vivid, Neutral, Sepia, Black & White, Positive Film, Lighter Skin Tone, Darker Skin Tone, Vivid Blue, Vivid Green, Vivid Red, Custom Color
Flash Exposure Compensation
+/-2 stops in 1/3 stop increments
Shooting Modes
M, Av, Tv, P, Live View Control, Auto, Easy, Movie Digest, SCN, Creative Filters, Discreet, Movie
Additional Specifications
Shooting capacity: Approximately 230 shots; Playback time: Approximately 5 hours; Direct connection to Canon SELPHY, PIMXA Photo Printers, and PictBridge compatible printers; NTSC/PAL video out; Erase modes: Select Image, Select Range, All Images; Image recording format: Superfine, Fine; File format: Design rule for Camera File system, DPOF (Version 1.1) compliant; Continuous shooting: Normal: Approx. 2.4 shots/sec. (in P mode) Approx. 10.3 shots/sec. (in High-speed Burst HQ mode - Max. of 10 continuous shots per burst), AF: Approx. 0.8 shots/sec. (in P mode), Approx. 0.8 shots/sec. (in Low Light mode), LV: Approx. 0.9 shots/sec. (in P mode), Approx. 0.9 shots/sec. (in Low Light mode)

Canon SX260 HS specs

Pixels Actual: 12.8 Megapixel
Effective: 12.1 Megapixel
Sensor 1/2.3" CMOS
File Formats Still Images: JPEG
Movies: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264, MOV
Audio: Linear PCM
Max Resolution 12 MP: 4000 x 3000
Aspect Ratio 1:1, 3:2, 4:3, 16:9
Image Stabilization Optical
Lens EFL: 4.5-90.0mm (35 mm equivalent: 25-500mm)
Aperture: f/3.5 (W) - 6.8 (T)
Zoom Digital: 4x
Optical: 20x
Focus Range Wide: 2.0" (0.1 m) - Infinity
Telephoto: 3.3' (1.0 m) - Infinity
Macro: 2.0" (5.1 cm) - 1.6' (48.8 cm)
Exposure Control
ISO Sensitivity Auto, 100-3200
Shutter 15 - 1/3200 Seconds 
Exposure Metering Center-weighted, Evaluative, Spot
Exposure Modes Modes: AE Lock, Manual, Program Shift, Safety Shift, i-Contrast
Compensation: -2 EV to +2 EV (in 1/3 EV Steps)
White Balance Modes Auto, Cloudy, Custom, Daylight, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Tungsten, Underwater
Buffer/Continuous Shooting Up to 10.3 fps for up to 10 Frames
Self-Timer 2 Seconds
Flash Modes Auto
Flash On
Slow Sync
Built-In Flash Yes
Maximum Effective Flash Range Wide: 1.6 - 11' (0.49 - 3.35 m)
Telephoto: 3.3 - 6.6' (1.01 - 2.01 m)
Memory Card Type SD
Video Recording Yes, NTSC/PAL
Audio Recording With Video (Stereo)
Screen 3.0" LCD Rear Screen (461,000 pixels)
Connectivity/System Requirements
Connectivity AV Output
HDMI C (Mini)
Operating/Storage Temperature 32 to 104°F (0 to 40°C)
Humidity: 10 - 90%
Battery NB-6L Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack
AC Power Adapter CA-DC10 (Optional)
Dimensions (W x H x D) 4.2 x 2.4 x 1.3" / 106.7 x 61.0 x 33.0 mm
Weight 7.34 oz / .21 kg Camera only
Packaging Info
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 6.3 x 5.5 x 2.7"

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