Canon PowerShot SX260 HS Digital Camera (Red)

Model #6195B001

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Screen 3.0" LCD Rear Screen (461000 pixels)


Audio recording With Video, Stereo


Video recording Yes, NTSC/PAL


Battery NB-6L Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack
Ac power adapter CA-DC10 (Optional)


Dimensions (wxhxd) 4.19 x 2.40 x 1.29" / 106.43 x 60.96 x 32.77 mm
Weight 7.34 oz / 0.21 kg Camera only


Lens EFL: 4.5-90.0 mm (35 mm equivalent: 25-500 mm)
Aperture: f/3.5 (W) - 6.8 (T)
Zoom Digital: 4x
Optical: 20x
Focus range Wide: 2.0" (0.05 m) - Infinity
Telephoto: 3.3' (1.01 m) - Infinity
Macro: 2.0" (5.08 cm) - 1.6' (48.77 cm)


Memory card type SD


Pixels Actual: 12.8 Megapixel
Effective: 12.1 Megapixel
Other resolutions 10MP: 4000 x 2248 @ 16:9
4.5MP: 2816 x 1584 @ 16:9
2MP: 1920 x 1080 @ 16:9
0.23MP: 640 x 360 @ 16:9
10.6MP: 4000 x 2664 @ 3:2
5.2MP: 2816 x 1880 @ 3:2
1.7MP: 1600 x 1064 @ 3:2
0.27MP: 640 x 424 @ 3:2
6MP: 2816 x 2112 @ 4:3
2MP: 1600 x 1200 @ 4:3
0.3MP: 640 x 480 @ 4:3
9MP: 2992 x 2992 @ 1:1
4.5MP: 2112 x 2112 @ 1:1
1.4MP: 1200 x 1200 @ 1:1
0.23MP: 480 x 480 @ 1:1
Aspect ratio 1:1, 3:2, 4:3, 16:9
Sensor 1/2.3" CMOS
Max resolution 12MP: 4000 x 3000 @ 4:3
File formats Still Images: JPEG
Movies: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264, MOV
Audio: Linear PCM
Image stabilization Optical


Built-in flash Yes
Flash modes Auto
Flash On
Slow Sync
Effective flash range Wide: 1.6 - 11' (0.49 - 3.35 m)
Telephoto: 3.3 - 6.6' (1.01 - 2.01 m)

Exposure control

Shutter 15 - 1/3200 seconds
Iso sensitivity Auto, 100-3200
Self timer 2 Seconds, 10 Seconds
Burst rate Up to 10.3 fps for up to 10 frames
White balance modes Auto, Cloudy, Custom, Daylight, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Tungsten, Underwater
Exposure modes Modes: AE Lock, Manual, Program Shift, Safety Shift, i-Contrast
Compensation: -2 EV to +2 EV (in 1/3 EV steps)
Exposure metering Center-weighted, Evaluative, Spot


Operating/storage temperature 32 to 104 °F (0 to 40 °C)
Humidity: 10 - 90%

Connectivity/system requirements

Connectivity AV Output, HDMI C (Mini)
Expert Reviews
25 May 2012

The Canon PowerShot SX260 HS' wider, longer lens, a few much-needed design tweaks, and excellent photo quality add up to one pretty great compact megazoom.

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    The Canon PowerShot SX260 HS has shooting modes for every type of photographer from casual to advanced, a useful long zoom lens with excellent image stabilization, and overall excellent photo and video quality for a compact megazoom.

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    The SX260 HS' menus and controls can take some getting used to, it's got a short battery life, and photos get noticeably softer-looking indoors or in low light.

3 April 2012

The SX260 HS fills a very small niche. Yes, it’s a point-and-shoot, but its $350 price tag means that the extras you’re paying for have to be specifically worth it to the buyer.

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    Great, Solid, Good-looking build, Easy to navigate physical and in-camera user interface, Loaded with features: filters, GPS, manual, presets, pop-up flash, etc.

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    Expensive, Image quality isn’t the best for the price

Pc magazine.32817846
26 March 2012

The Canon PowerShot SX260 HS delivers an impressive 20x zoom ratio and very good image quality in a compact package. Integrated GPS is a boon for geotaggers, but the camera's video prowess and high ISO performance aren't best in class.

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    Compact. Sharp, long zoom lens. Integrated GPS.

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    1080p video captured limited to 24fps. Loss of detail at high ISOs. Priced on the high side.

Dp review.32823956
4 June 2012

Canon's PowerShot SX260 HS is a well-designed compact travel zoom that produces photos that hold up well against the competition. It has a solid set of features for the point-and-shoot crowd, though serious photographers may find some annoyances.

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    Very good photo quality for the compact ultra zoom category, Packs a 20X, 25 - 500 mm lens into a compact and stylish body, Optical image stabilization; camera will select the appropriate IS mode for the situation, High resolution 3-inch LCD with very good outdoor and low light visibility, Built-in...

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    Very good photo quality for the compact ultra zoom category, Packs a 20X, 25 - 500 mm lens into a compact and stylish body, Optical image stabilization; camera will select the appropriate IS mode for the situation, High resolution 3-inch LCD with very good outdoor and low light visibility, Built-in...

Steve s digicams.32814386
5 June 2012

If you can swing the $300+ price point of the Canon PowerShot SX260 HS, beginning and intermediate photographers will find quite a few nice options with this camera. The 20x optical zoom lens is a great feature, and color accuracy in images is very good.

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    Good mix of easy-to-use features and manual setting options for beginners and intermediates, 20x zoom lens is great to see in such a thin camera, LCD is very bright and sharp, easily can be viewed in sunlight outdoors, Color accuracy quality is very good, Good mix of advanced features, when compared...

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    Camera's autofocus can be a little slow in low light, Overall response times can be a little sluggish, Mode dial has a few odd choices on it, Seems like there's some redundancy in the easy-to-use modes, Battery can drain quickly with GPS activated, Experienced photographers will want more control...

6 June 2017

The Canon PowerShot SX260 HS can become your next best friend. The upgrade it received in terms of looks, features, specs and performance make this compact megazoom one to keep in mind for future plans.

Digital photography interface.32823000
24 March 2012

The Canon PowerShot SX260 HS (along with its GPS-lacking twin, the PowerShot SX240) represents a sizeable change over the compact travel-zoom models that Canon had in the past.

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    Very good image quality; surprisingly good lens quality, New design is much better: popup flash only comes up when needed, standard 4:3 ratio LCD, bigger buttons, small raised bump on the front for better grip, Scroll wheel is useful for adjusting settings, built-in GPS (though it only shows...

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    Better battery life would have been nice, LCD resolution could be higher and autofocus performance is just ‘average’, Weak flash, No automatic panorama mode, no HDR or dynamic range boost option, Limited GPS usefulness; no GPS location names/landmark database, No frame rate choices in movie mode; 30...

Buy n shoot com.32822707
23 May 2012

For under $500 the Canon Powershot SX260 does more than you’d expect. It has many unique features that set it aside from other similar priced models such as GPS and iFrame Video. It has the highest build quality and the highest quality materials.

Dc resource.32818555
25 March 2012

The PowerShot SX260 HS ($349) is the latest compact travel zoom from Canon. The SX260 replaces the SX230 (one of my favorite travel zooms from last year) and its biggest feature is its wider, more powerful zoom lens.

15 August 2012

Canon hopes to secure top honors as 2012's best travel-zoom camera.

User Reviews
28 June 2017

Tho' I am having difficulty with the date and time setting that I never had with my previous Canon Power Shot 260 HS. EG - the date was set and had been working fine. And then...the date began appearing as a day EARLIER. Have reset and am waiting to see.

Dp review.33575663
31 March 2015

If you are looking towards moving your photography experience to the skies or would like to do some 3D modelling and mapping of landscapes or agricultural land, then the 3DR Robotics X8-M quadcopter is configured and built for this camera.

30 November 2013

camera takes amazing pictures. nice and clear and zooms very far! case fit perfectly for the camera. my daughter has a dslr camera but now she wants one of these to take for school. shes a photographer and she loves it. AMAZING! def would recommend

13 July 2017

Awesome camera, take excelent pictures for an amateur eye...

22 June 2017

I did not know much about better cameras than my old one. I did a bit of research before I bought the 260.. Red flag was focus was slow. Should of paid more attention to that. After 2 years it is useless for shooting a video. If you move to fast to follow something moving fast it will not focus.

21 June 2017

Purchased used. Looks and works like a new one. Very satisfied. Good price.

10 June 2017

This is by far the best point and shoot camera! Loved it! It's been 5 years since I bought this and I still use it

1 June 2017

This camera has now been in use for 6 years. It still takes amazing pictures and the zoom quality is amazing. For a compact camera, this certainly must be one of the best on the market. We blow pictures up to very large wall size and they still look great.

21 May 2017

Flash is died after 4 years.

12 May 2017

great camera, great price

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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