Canon PowerShot SX260 HS review

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Exposure was reduced slightly (by 1/3 stop) to retain a little more detail in the sky here. The Canon PowerShot SX260 HS offers +/- 2 EV of compensation in 1/3 stop increments.

Canon PowerShot SX260 HS review

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The Canon SX260 HS is capable of capturing vivid colours, with reds, blues and greens being particularly punchy. This image was shot indoors using ISO 400.

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A typical lineup of Canon creative filters are on offer, including Miniature, Monochrome, Colour Accent and Toy Camera, the latter of which is shown in action here.

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There's some obvious purple fringing evident in the branches on the right of this backlit scene, but most of the time it's less intrusive.

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The Intelligent IS system can compensate for up to 4 stops of camera shake - essential when you're using the full reach of the monster zoom, such as here. The Canon SX260 HS includes Canon's latest Intelligent IS system that automatically selects the right stabilisation mode from seven options, based on its analysis of the scene.

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The GPS function performs well when shooting outdoors but - as we found with the SX 230 HS - it does struggle when you move indoors. The GPS Logger can track your progress for around 48 hours on a single battery charge and you can review your route with the Map Utility software that comes with the camera.

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Low light performance is good - this was shot at ISO 250. There's no HDR feature, although iContrast does a decent job of revealing a little more shadow detail if you need it (although the trade-off is a little more noise).

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Having the full complement of PASM modes and quick access to both exposure and flash compensation means that photographers can take as much control over exposure as they want.

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The minimum focus distance for the Canon SX260 HS in macro mode is around 5cm at the lens's wide setting. There are lots of cameras around that can closer - even the Panasonic TZ30 can hit 3cm.

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Canon SX260 HS at 4.5mm (25mm equivalent)

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Canon SX260 HS at 90mm (500mm equivalent)