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Canon PowerShot SX260 HS 5900B001 Black 12.1 MP 20X Optical Zoom 25mm Wide Angle Digital Camera HDTV Output

  • 1/2.3" CMOS 12.1 MP
  • 20X Optical Zoom
  • 25mm Wide Angle
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 3.0" 461K LCD
  • 1920 x 1080
  • Approx. 230 shots
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Learn more about the Canon USA PowerShot SX260 HS


PowerShot SX Series
PowerShot SX260 HS
Dimensions (WxHxD)
4.19 x 2.40 x 1.29 in.
8.15 oz. (including the battery and memory card)
7.34 oz. (camera only)

Image Sensor

Image Sensor
1/2.3" CMOS
Gross Pixels
Approx. 12.8 MP
Effective Pixels
12.1 MP
Large: 4000 x 2248
Medium 1: 2816 x 1584
Medium 2: 1920 x 1080
Small: 640 x 360

Large: 4000 x 2664
Medium 1: 2816 x 1880
Medium 2: 1600 x 1064
Small: 640 x 424

Large: 4000 x 3000
Medium 1: 2816 x 2112
Medium 2: 1600 x 1200
Small: 640 x 480

Large: 2992 x 2992
Medium 1: 2112 x 2112
Medium 2: 1200 x 1200
Small: 480 x 480
Image Stabilization
Optical Image Stabilization


Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Wide Angle
Focal Length
4.5 (W) - 90.0 (T) mm (35mm film equivalent: 25-500mm)
f/3.5 (W) - f/6.8 (T)


Shutter Speed
1-1/3200 sec.
15-1/3200 sec. (Total shutter speed range)
Approx. 10-sec. delay/approx. 2-sec. delay/custom


Focus Type
TTL Autofocus, Manual Focus
Auto Focus
Manual Focus
Normal Focus Range
2.0 in (5cm) - infinity (W), 3.3 ft. (1m) - infinity (T)
Macro Focus Range
Macro AF: 2.0 in - 1.6 ft. (5-50cm) (W)


Flash Mode
Auto, Flash On, Slow Synchro, Flash Off
Flash Range
1.6 ft. - 11 ft. (W), 3.3 - 6.6 ft. (T) (50cm - 3.5m (W), (1.0 - 2.0m (T))


Exposure Control
Manual Exposure, i-Contrast, Program Shift, Safety Shift; AE Lock
Exposure Compensation
Still Images: +/-2 stops in 1/3-stop increments
Videos: +/-2 stops in 1/3-stop increments (not available during shooting)
Metering System
Evaluative, Center-weighted average, Spot
Auto, ISO 100/200/400/800/1600/3200 (in P mode)

White Balance

White Balance
Auto, Day Light, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Underwater, Custom

Viewfinder & Monitor

3.0" 461K


Continuous Drive
Normal: Approx. 2.4 shots/sec. (in P mode)
Approx. 10.3 shots/sec. (in High-speed Burst HQ mode)
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)
Shooting Modes
M, Av, Tv, P, Live View Control, Auto, Easy, Movie Digest, SCN, Creative Filters, Discreet, Movie
Stills & Videos: 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

Videos: Normal Playback, Skip Backward, Previous Frame, Next Frame, Skip Forward
HDTV Output

Recording System

File Formats
Storage Media


Movie Format
MOV [Image: H.264; Audio: Linear PCM (2-channel Stereo)]
Movie Recording
[iFrame Movie, Video made in Movie Digest mode]: 1280 x 720 (30 fps)
[Super Slow Motion Movie]: 640 x 480, 320 x 240
[Miniature Effect]: 1280 x 720, 640 x 480
[Other than the above]: 1920 x 1080 (24 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Max. Recording Resolution
1920 x 1080


A/V Out


Battery Pack NB-6L
Battery Life
Approx. 230 shots


A 12.1 Megapixel High-Sensitivity CMOS sensor combined with the DIGIC 5 Image Processor creates Canon's HS SYSTEM for outstanding low-light performance.

Shoot beautiful 1080p Full HD video in stereo sound with a dedicated movie button; zoom while shooting and play back videos on an HDTV via the HDMI output.

Improved Smart AUTO intelligently selects the proper camera settings based on 58 predefined shooting situations and the new Face ID function adjusts focus and exposure priority based on pre-registered faces.

Intelligent IS automatically chooses from six different modes to optimize image stabilization for the shooting condition.

Remember where you were when your pictures were taken with a GPS tracker to record your location, and a logger to view the locations on a map via Canon's software.

High-Speed Burst HQ allows for continuous capture at a maximum of 10 frames while maintaining superb image quality and Super Slow Motion movie records video at high speeds to allow playback in slow motion.

Improved Movie Digest records a short 720p HD video clip right before shooting a photo and then combines one day's worth of clips into one video.


Package Contents
PowerShot SX260HS Body
Battery Pack NB-6L
Battery Charger CB-2LY
Wrist Strap WS-DC11
USB Interface Cable IFC-400PCU
Digital Camera Solution CD-ROM

Quick Info


  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year

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  • Anonymous
  • 1/25/2013 5:51:13 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat camera!

Pros: Great camera with many features for an amazing price!

Cons: None

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  • steve h.
  • 1/7/2013 5:58:15 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

1 out of 5 eggsPoor outdoor camera

Pros: nice automatic timer

Cons: This wonderful camera has turned out to be a bust . It is not very durable and not very forgiving of common dangers of outdoor photography First I got something in between the dust cover and the lens and lens was scratched. Second, I dropped it at the air museum and it landed on the edge of the extended lens: it bent and the lens will no longer retract and the camera is no longer for taking pictures, although it is a wonderful photo viewer. To get it fixed by Canon is over 300. To buy a refurbished one is 185.. ya used and rebuilt. Another weakness of the camera is that the lenses are not sealed to moisture. So if you blow on the lens, dust and fog will lodge behind the lens. It will eventually evaporate, but the camera is useless until then. My advice, never put you camera into your pocket, get a small belt case or something along those lines, and if the weather is an issue, leave it home. This camera is not built to take average outdoor and is over priced


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  • Morris H.
  • 1/3/2013 4:10:20 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

1 out of 5 eggsPoor indoor pictures

Pros: Nice Outdoor pictures

Cons: Slow response time. Most indoor pictures in automode use high iso and no flash resulting in grainy pictures. Almost all my indoor pictures in auto are iso1600.

Other Thoughts: I own the previous model sx230 but since this is the current model I figured a review would be more helpful here. In my opinion this is the most frustrating camera I have ever owned. I took my canon camcorder hfs20 and took side by side shots and the camcorder took better indoor shots every time.

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  • Donald G.
  • 12/13/2012 2:53:29 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Camera

Pros: Good Prodct, Nice pics great for the price

Cons: A little noisy for taking photos of wildlife

Other Thoughts: I'd buy it again, great camera.

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  • Victor P.
  • 12/7/2012 11:20:37 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsReponsive and Durable

Pros: Good bang for the buck. Zoom is mega close up! Took it up to the mountains while snowboarding in Vail.

Cons: Colors are a little lackluster compared to Nikon J1. CMOS sensitivity could be better.

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  • Keith K.
  • 8/17/2012 7:59:10 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Camera, Great Package, Great Price

Pros: This camera is likely the best pocket camera on the market right now. I formerly owned a Canon SX100IS. This new unit has higher quality video, and audio (stereo). It's more compact and lighter than the older models. The wide angle (25mm) and 20x optical zoom are top-notch. This model also allows zooming while filming, although it makes noise that gets picked up by the mic in quiet environments. The image stabilization has also improved. For pictures, the color is accurate, but a bit over-saturated. There are many tools to manipulate photos, maybe too many. Burst mode is great: 10 photos in a second. Slow-mo is nice too, up to 240 fps. Separate video and photo buttons are extremely welcome enhancements. The mini-HDMI port is nice. It's a good all-around pocket camera, with good video capabilities. It will replace my video camera for basic video shooting. The included 8 GB SD card and extra warranty were nice add-ons.

Cons: There are no resolution settings between 2 and 6 Megapixel. I would like to see 3 or 4M. Battery life is shorter than most, mostly because of the smaller battery pack. It is rated at 230 pics/charge. Buy extra battery packs. Record time is limited by the battery, by time, and by files size: One hour and 4GB limits. I managed to get just over one hour total of 640x480 video clips on a fresh battery. Flash recharge time between pictures is less than impressive, probably 4-6 seconds. Using an A/C adapter (extra) means taking out the battery and installing a 'blank' battery that has a socket in the bottom to receive the DC plug, ie, no dedicated DC port. Long exposure images (over 1 sec) are locked in to ISO 100, so it's not as good as my old camera at very-low-light conditions. The GPS is not as quick to find the location as my smartphone, or dedicated GPS unit. The included software did not work on my Win XP computer.

Other Thoughts: I would buy it again, despite the cons.

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  • Benjamin M.
  • 3/30/2012 12:00:32 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggsGreat camera

Pros: -Great fast action capture in bright light.
-Good low light performance
-extreme zoom in low profile
-compact design
-easy to use
-very customizable

Cons: flash takes a little long between shots from what I've noticed. Other than that I can't find any big faults.

Other Thoughts: I'm not a camera power fact up until now I've really only kept to using the camera on my phone (htc evo) and that was good enough for me. But after a vacation I found my phone severely lacking and wanted an upgrade.

I did a lot of research on which camera to pick. I'm the buyer that likes to pick the best of the best in my price range and I research thoroughly. I was going to get the sx230, but the flash really annoyed me how it took up the whole edge of the camera and popped up every time it powered up regardless of flash on/off. I'm glad to say this new design fixes that issue. the flash pops up only when flash is needed (detected by auto, or when set to on) AND it only takes up 1/2 of the corner of the camera allowing grip placement to not be affected when it does pop up.

I can't say if this is better than those in it's price range, all I can say is I'm extremely satisfied with the performance for what I use it for.

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