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