"Clever camera, great pix, no noisy video"5.0 starson by O-JCole
Pros: - Great zoom
- Very crisp and clear images
- Many features and settings to assist in obtaining the best image possible
- Video recording is effortless and produces great videos
- Great size for such a feature packed point and shoot
Cons: -Seems to take some time to process after picture is taken
-The flash that riases is placed in an inconvenient spot
Summary: I did a lot of research to replace my Panasonic Lumix DMC TZ3 (screen died) and this Canon Powershot SX260 HS is simply fantastic.
The colour of the pics look natural, look good at high ISO and keeps the natural colour with the flash. There are none of those flash-bleached washed-out colours and best of all it adjusts itself to distance. I took some close up pics with flash and they still came out great. It takes a while to get used to the position of the flash (as you find your hand in the way) but I loved that it pops up automatically. I disliked that on the Nikon I had to put the flash up manually.
I have had very few blurry pics and those were, were hand held at max zoom, and as everyone would know, there are few cameras that can manage that without a tripod. However, I got many good pics too at max x20 zoom handheld too; I just had to be careful.
It is fast from start up and between pics are taken. I had no problem catching my feisty kitten running around or my gorgeous but hyper-energetic niece.
The video quality is also great. There were some negative reviews about a high-pitched noise during playback which made me apprehensive about buying this model. I am pleased to say that it was not warranted. The picture is crystal clear with great sound on the recording. I heard none of the whiny sound there had been some reviewers had noted.
Perhaps this camera seems so amazing to me because technology has moved on a lot in a few years, since my last camera purchase. However, I also tried the Sony and latest Panasonic equivalent models in store but they didn't stand up to this model. Lastly, you can check for best deal of the SX260 HS at: justbuycameras.blogspot.com/p/canon-powershot-sx260-hs.html
Overall, this is a great camera and I would highly recommend it to anyone.