Type Compact digital still camera with built-in flash, 20x Optical, 4x Digital and 80x Combined Zoom with Optical Image Stabilizer
Image Capture Device
Type 12.1 Megapixel, 1/2.3-inch CMOS
Total Pixels Approx. 12.8 Megapixels
Effective Pixels Approx. 12.1 Megapixels
Focal Length 4.5 (W) - 90.0 (T) mm (35mm film equivalent: 25-500mm)
Optical Zoom 20x
Digital Zoom 4x
Focusing Range Normal: 2.0 in (5cm) - infinity (W), 3.3 ft. (1m) - infinity (T) Auto: 2.0 in (5cm) - infinity (W), 3.3 ft. (1m) - infinity (T) Macro AF: 2.0 in - 1.6 ft. (5-50cm) (W)
Autofocus System TTL Autofocus, Manual Focus
Optical Viewfinder N/A
LCD Monitor 3.0-inch TFT Color LCD with wide viewing angle
LCD Pixels Approx. 461,000 dots
LCD Coverage Approx. 100%
Aperture and Shutter
Maximum Aperture f/3.5 (W) - f/6.8 (T)
Shutter Speed 1-1/3200 sec.
15-1/3200 sec. (Total shutter speed range)
Sensitivity Auto, ISO 100/200/400/800/1600/3200 (in P mode)
Light Metering Method Evaluative*, Center-weighted average, Spot** * Facial brightness is evaluated in Face Detection AF ** Metering frame is fixed to the center
Exposure Control Method 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)
White Balance Control Auto*, Day Light, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Underwater, Custom
* Camera automatically sets the optimal ISO speed according to shooting mode.
Built-in Flash Auto, Flash On, Slow Synchro, Flash Off
• Facial brightness is also evaluated in Face Detect.
Flash Range 1.6 ft. - 11 ft. (W), 3.3 - 6.6 ft. (T) (50cm - 3.5m (W), (1.0 - 2.0m (T))
Image brightness may diminish depending on the shooting distance
Recycling Time 10 sec. or less (battery voltage: 3.7 V)
Flash Exposure Compensation +/-2 stops in 1/3-stop increments
Shooting Modes M, Av, Tv, P, Live View Control, Auto*1, Easy, Movie Digest, SCN*2, Creative Filters*3, Discreet, Movie*4
- Shooting movies is possible with the movie button
*1 Smart Auto also available for movies
*2 Portrait, Smooth Skin, Smart Shutter*5, High-speed Burst HQ, Handheld Night Scene, Low Light, Underwater, Snow, Fireworks, Stitch Assist
*3 Fisheye Effect, Miniature Effect, Toy Camera Effect, Monochrome, Soft Focus, Super Vivid, Poster Effect, Color Accent, Color Swap
*4 Standard, iFrame Movie, Super Slow Motion Movie
*5 Smile, Wink Self-timer, Face Self-timer
Photo Effects My Colors Off, Vivid, Neutral, Sepia, Black & White, Positive Film, Lighter Skin Tone, Darker Skin Tone, Vivid Blue, Vivid Green, Vivid Red, Custom Color*
*Adjustment of contrast sharpness, saturation, red, green, blue and skin tone are available
Self Timer Approx. 10-sec. delay/approx. 2-sec. delay/custom*
*Delay time (0-15 sec. (in one-second increments), 20/25/30 sec.) and number of shots (1-10 shots (in one-shot increments)) can be specified.
Wireless Control N/A
Continuous Shooting 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)
* Max. of 10 continuous shots per burst
- Under conditions where the flash does not fire automatically.
- Differs according to zoom position.
File Format Design rule for Camera File system, DPOF (Version 1.1) compliant
Image Recording Format Superfine, Fine
JPEG Compression Mode Still Image: Exif. 2.3 (JPEG)
Video: MOV (Image: H.264; Audio: Linear PCM (2-channel Stereo))
Number of Recording Pixels Still Images:
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
[iFrame Movie, Video made in Movie Digest mode]
1280 x 720 (30 fps*1)
[Super Slow Motion Movie]
640 x 480*2, 320 x 240*3
1280 x 720*4, 640 x 480*4
[Other than the above]
1920 x 1080 (24 fps*5), 1280 x 720 (30 fps*1)
640 x 480 (30 fps*1)
*1 Actual frame rate is 29.97 fps.
*2 Shooting: 120 fps., Playback: 30 fps*1.
*3 Shooting: 240 fps., Playback: 30 fps*1.
*4 Shooting: 6 fps, 3 fps, 1.5 fps Playback: 30 fps*1
*5 Actual frame rate is 23.976 fps.
Number of Recordable Images
File Size (KB)
File Size (KB)
File Size (KB)
File Size (KB)
Note: SF=Superfine F=Fine
* When in Low Light mode.
Time of Recordable Movies
iFrame Movie & Movie Digest
Super Slow Motion Movie
HD: 1280 x 720
HD: 1280 x 720
640 x 480
640 x 480
320 x 240
Video Size (KB/sec.,)
27 min. 39 sec.
3 hr. 35 min. 27 sec.
6 hr. 49 min. 22 sec.
11 hr. 22 min. 17 sec.
7 hr. 34 min. 51 sec.
13 hr. 38 min. 45 sec.
22 hr. 44 min. 36 sec.
26 min. 24 sec.
52 min. 28 sec.
1 hr. 51 min. 37 sec.
14 hr. 29 min. 36 sec.
27 hr. 32 min. 15 sec.
45 hr. 53 min. 45 sec.
30 hr. 35 min. 50 sec.
55 hr. 04 min. 31 sec.
91 hr. 47 min. 32 sec.
1 hr. 46 min. 35 sec.
3 hr. 31 min. 49 sec.
Full HD: 1920 x 1080
HD: 1280 x 720
640 x 480
Video Size (KB/sec.,)
29 min. 39 sec.
42 min. 11 sec.
1 hr. 28 min. 59 sec.
1 hr. 59 min. 43 sec.
2 hr. 50 min. 19 sec.
5 hr. 59 min. 10 sec.
Playback Modes File 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)
Single, Index (6-130 thumbnails), Magnification (2-10x), Information Display, Red-eye Correction, i-Contrast, Trimming, Resize, My Colors, Focus Check, Histogram, Overexposure Warning
Normal Playback*1, Skip Backward*2, Previous Frame*3, Next Frame*3, Skip Forward*2
- Displays playback position and shooting time
Using the software included with the camera (ImageBrowser EX), there are 8 levels (1/8x to 1x) of playback speed for Super Slow Motion Movies possible on a computer.
*1 Audio settings available in 5 levels
*2 Approximately 4 seconds
*3 Slow motion available
Erase Modes Select Image, Select Range, All Images
- The image data in the memory cared stored with the Design rule for Camera File systems format can be erased (however, protected images cannot be erased).
- Using the Movie editing function, sections of the movie (1 sec. increments) can be deleted.
Video Out NTSC/PAL (dedicated connector (female) with unified type of digital, audio and video)
Audio Out Stereo (dedicated connector (female) with unified type of digital, audio and video)
Other SD memory card slot; direct connection to Canon SELPHY, PIXMA Photo Printers & PictBridge compatible printers
Power Source Battery Pack NB-6L, Compact Power Adapter CA-DC10 (included with AC Adapter Kit CA-DC40)
Shooting Capacity Approx. 230 shots
Playback Time Approx. 5 hours
Operating Temperature 32-104°F/0-40°C
Operating Humidity 10-90%
Dimensions (W x H x D) 4.19 x 2.40 x 1.29 in. / 106.3 x 61.0 x 32.7mm
Weight 8.15 oz. / 231g (including the battery and memory card)
7.34 oz. / 208g (camera only)
Note: 30 display languages provided (English, German, French, Dutch, Danish, Finnish, Italian, Norwegian, Swedish, Spanish, Simplified/Traditional Chinese, Japanese, Russian, Portuguese, Korean, Greek, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Turkish, Thai, Arabic, Romanian, Ukrainian, Farsi, Hindi, Malaysian, Indonesian, Vietnamese).
All data are based on Canon's Standard Test Method. Subject to change without notice.
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Not happy - on 2nd return
I purchased this 1 year ago and already sent it back under warranty because the lighting of the image in the camera went dark. Now this replacement camera has broken with the same problem and needs to be replaced. I've been a Canon user for many years and rue the day that I purchased this particular model. When it does take photos, they are of good quality.
November 24, 2013
Less Then Desirable Quality
The considerable zoom is, obviously, very nice to have in a P&S. Although it "seems" to me that it is not truly equivalent to a 500mm lens, as they claim. I could be wrong.
My primary big issue is that whites and other bright colours are easily blown out - especially hazy skies. I have not had this issue with previous Canon P&S cameras. My iPhone balances light way better than this camera does.
Also, auto-focus is very temperamental.
My other big issue is that it takes FOREVER for the GPS to lock in.
September 1, 2013
Would be great if it worked
This compact camera has many good features for easy non-commercial use. Easy to understand settings. Good zoom. Has the potential to be a good little aim and shoot, or small travel camera. However, the battery requires reseating many times with each use. Screen goes black, pics are black, and then it starts all over. Also, there is a significant shutter delay. I could do with the delay, but I can't deal with a camera that takes black pics and requires battery to be re-inserted over and over at each use. If the camera worked, I would give it a 4.5. But despite all its potential, the fact that it takes black pictures, I have to give it a zero. Do not recommend. Save your money and time and get something else.
August 31, 2013
Best vacation Powershot ever
I've been purchasing Canon Powershots for probably 10 years. This is my favorite Powershot for vacations ever.
2 primary reasons:
1) The massive zoom
It allows me to take shots that were impossible with my earlier Canons point and shoots. This, plus the size is still reasonably small enough. Smaller would always be better.
#1 would have been enough.
(#1 plus all the other features the powershots have always given me, including image stabilization with the newer ones)
2) The integrated GPS logging.
What a kick this is.
Looking at the visual logs with the integrated software helps us relive vacation and remember how we got where on which day.
I prefer the way Canon geotags vs how gmail Locations does it via my Note 2 device with location services turned on.
Other Pro's to me: Features that this camera does NOT have
a) no touch screen
I don't need a touch screen on my camera. I do NOT want the extra weight and extra battery drain that a touch screen creates.
again, don't need it
don't want the extra cost of the WiFi radio inside the camera. Taking out the card or plugging in the cable when I get back home is simple enough.
I purchased 2 of these on Black Friday, November 2012, from a big box store at a great deal, and then 6 extra NB-6L batteries from a major online retailer.
These performed great during our European Christmas market vacation in 2012.
As of August 2013, this is still best of class. From reading the online retailer reviews of the newer 280hs, that newer model still has a battery drain problem that Canon has not corrected. Even if they had, i did a side by side compare at a photo store in New York City last week of the 260hs vs 280hs. The size of the 280 is almost the same. The only reason why I'd upgrade is if they shrunk the 260hs.
However, the good news for new purchasers is maybe since a newer model came out, maybe big box stores and Canon will discount the 260hs further for Black Friday 2013.
August 24, 2013