Canon PowerShot SX260 HS First Impressions Review$349.99
- Modes Overview
- Auto Mode
- Movie Mode
- Drive/Burst Mode
- Custom Image Presets
- Playback Mode
- Picture Quality & Size Options
Like most travel zooms, the SX260 HS offers a good mix of automatic, manual, and preset scene modes, as well as burst shooting, full HD video, and some fun extras.
Two auto modes are available. The regular Auto mode is straightforward and hands-off enough for anyone to use, and it offers a little bit of user control over burst mode and photo size. Then there's Easy mode (the heart symbol on the mode dial), which is almost _too_easy. It completely locks out any sort of user control, and isn't really any easier to use than regular Auto mode.
The SX260 HS can shoot 1080/24p video—not as sharp as 30p or even 60i video, but it does have that nice cinematic feel that some folks prefer. Lower resolutions and a high-speed mode are available as well.
The SX260 HS can snap an impressive 10.3 shots per second at its fastest burst setting—up significantly from the 3 or so frames per second that its predecessor could achieve. We don't have specs on how long it can maintain that speed, but we'd imagine it's for about one second at most. At 2.4fps, it can shoot for longer stretches. Continuous drive with autofocus is also available, but at a greatly reduced speed.
Custom Image Presets
There are no custom image presets that we are aware of.
Playback mode is typical Canon fare. Navigation is easy thanks to the selection wheel. Playback zoom and multi-photo view are both supported. Some basic edits can be made, and shots can be organized into favorites and categories.
Picture Quality & Size Options
Resolution maxes out at about 12 megapixels in a 4:3 aspect ratio. It also shoots in 16:9, 3:2, and 1:1 ratios at several resolutions, down to about 0.2 megapixels. Two quality settings are available: Fine and Superfine. RAW capture is not supported.