Canon PowerShot SX260 HS Digital Camera Review$349.99
The SX260's lens produces some pretty bad fringing, and unfortunately the effect isn't limited to the edges of the frame. That's the price we pay for 20x zoom in such a compact body. The lens' limited geometry can't line up all the different wavelengths across such a huge focal range in such a small space, and so we get chromatic aberration. This score is far worse than the Canon S100 for example, since that model isn't weighed down by an overly ambitious lens. The same can be said for almost all travel zooms.
Barrel distortion is quickly corrected before the final image is output. Our shots fell victim to a maximum of only 0.63% distortion, less than we take off points for. Medium focal lengths are desirable for the least distortion.