Canon PowerShot SX240 HS & SX260 HS

February 7, 2012 | Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Compact Cameras | 13 Comments | |
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Canon has announced two new PowerShot SX models, including the Canon PowerShot SX240 HS and SX260 HS, both of which come with 25-500mm equivalent zoom lenses and 12.1-megapixel sensors. Other features the two cameras have in common include high-speed shooting; Full HD video recording; advanced Multi-area White Balance; Manual, Tv and Av shooting modes; a Smart Auto mode that can recognise up to 58 different scenes; Intelligent IS and a 3” PureColor II G LCD screen. The Canon PowerShot SX260 HS additionally features a built-in GPS module with included Map Utility software and GPS logger function. The SX240 HS will be available from March at a price of £299.00/€349.00. The SX260 HS is also expected to start shipping in March, priced at £329.00/€379.00/$349.99.

Canon Press Release

Relive your adventures with the powerful and versatile Canon PowerShot SX260 HS and PowerShot SX240 HS

United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, 7th February 2012– Canon today announces two new versatile and powerful PowerShot SX models – the PowerShot SX260 HS and PowerShot SX240 HS. Combining sleek, modern design with an impressive 20x optical zoom and advanced imaging technologies, these models are the ideal travel companions for recording everything, from family holidays on tropical beaches to action-packed adventures, in stunning detail and Full HD video.

Available in four (Silver, Black, Red, Green) cool colours for the PowerShot SX260 HS and three (Silver, Black, Red) for the PowerShot SX240 HS, the new models are Canon’s slimmest 20x zoom cameras and offer Canon’s signature high image quality thanks to the DIGIC 5-powered HS System and new Intelligent IS technology, in a compact, pocket-friendly body. The PowerShot SX260 HS also features integrated GPS, making it even easier to record your travels and retrace your route on a map from the comfort of your armchair when you return home.

Super zoom, super quality
Whether it’s the holiday of a lifetime or a precious family moment, the PowerShot SX260 HS and PowerShot SX240 HS are designed to bring you closer to the action than ever before thanks to the enhanced 25mm wide-angle 20x optical zoom Canon lens with 4-stop optical Image Stabilizer (IS). New ZoomPlus technology further extends the reach of the zoom to 39x by harnessing the processing power of DIGIC 5 and the high resolution sensor to produce a more accurate and detailed digital zoom.

Complementing the impressive optical zoom, Canon’s new Intelligent IS technology ensures crisp, detailed images and smooth footage in a range of shooting situations. By identifying the scene and subject to be captured, the camera selects the most appropriate IS settings from seven (Intelligent IS modes include: Normal IS, Panning IS, Macro IS, Dynamic IS, Powered IS, Dynamic & Macro IS, and Tripod Mode) modes for steady, blur-free shots. For example, Macro IS is great for capturing those crystal clear close-up shots of exotic plants or insects, whilst Powered IS makes it easier to film distant subjects with the powerful zoom – perfect for recording wildlife on safari.

The HS System, which pairs Canon’s next-generation DIGIC 5 image processor with the 12.1 Megapixel high-sensitivity CMOS sensor, has been further augmented to ensure outstanding, low-noise images in all conditions, particularly in low light. Whether on a beach in the moonlight or at a party, pictures are well-exposed with up to 75% less noise than the models’ predecessors, without the need to use a flash or tripod.

Point-and-shoot ease of use
The PowerShot SX260 HS and PowerShot SX240 HS provide total freedom, offering Canon’s acclaimed Smart Auto mode which now detects up to 58 different scenes to determine the most appropriate settings to achieve the best possible result.

Advanced Multi-area White Balance technology detects multiple light sources and corrects the colour balance for each, removing unsightly colour casts to give more natural results.

With new Face Identification (Face ID), your friends and family will always look their best in your photos, even if they are in a large group or at the edge of the frame. Simply register up to 12 faces in the camera and include their birthdays to enable some of the new age-related scenes added to Smart Auto. For example, when taking a shot of a sleeping baby, the camera will disengage the flash and audio cues in order to avoid disturbing its sleep and apply specific exposure settings to produce a similar result to the bright “high-key effect” portraits favoured by professional photographers. Similarly, in the case of a child over the age of two playing outdoors, the camera will anticipate more movement and engages servo AF to ensure focus, then shoots a short high-speed burst to increase the chances of capturing a perfect moment.  Face ID will also tag your images with the names of your subjects, allowing you to search your image library by name for swifter browsing, both on the camera and on your computer using the supplied ImageBrowser EX software (Some extra features of the supplied ImageBrowser EX software, including Face ID, may require an automatic software update using).

Explore your creative side with confidence
For maximum flexibility, the PowerShot SX260 HS and PowerShot SX240 HS both offer full manual control, allowing users to stamp their own creativity on their shots and explore the impact of individual changes to ISO, shutter speed or aperture on their images. 

The sensor and image processor combination not only provide superior image quality but also support high-speed shooting functions. Freeze fast-paced action with
High-speed Burst HQ, shooting full-resolution images at 10.3 shots/sec, or slow the pace right down with 240fps Super Slow Motion Movie. Alternatively, give your low-light photography an added boost with Handheld Night Scene which combines a high-speed sequence of shots into one image offering the least possible blur and best possible exposure.

The enhanced Creative Filters in the PowerShot SX260 HS and PowerShot SX240 HS mean you can add a new level of creative fun with eight effects (Smooth Skin, Soft Focus, Fish-eye Effect, Miniature Effect, Miniature Effect in Movie, Super Vivid, Poster Effect, Toy Camera Effect, Monochrome) to make your photos and videos stand out. Add a romantic touch with the new Soft Focus, and produce perfect portraits with the Smooth Skin setting which evens out skin tone for a more flattering effect. Alternatively, change the way you look at landscapes with Miniature Effect making the scene resemble a scale model.

Remember every step
Build a unique travel journal and relive each moment by tagging each picture with the local time and location it was taken automatically with the built-in GPS (GPS use may be restricted in certain countries or regions. Use of GPS should comply with the laws and regulations of the country and area in which it is being operated, including any restriction on the use of electronics.) in the PowerShot SX260 HS. The integrated GPS Logger function has been enhanced compared with its predecessor, logging the location of the camera at regular intervals more rapidly and offering more than 48 hours tracking on a single charge. Using the Map Utility software included, you can then view your journey on Google Maps or share it with friends and family across the world through applications such as Google Earth (Google, Google Maps and Google Earth are trademarks of Google Inc.) Both models allow you to create a ‘behind the scenes’ mini-film of the day’s images with the improved Movie Digest feature, which records the last four seconds of action before each shot is taken and combines them into a single movie - a great alternative way to tell the story behind your perfect pictures in HD (720p) quality.

The traveller’s companion
The robust metal body and compact, lightweight design ensure both the PowerShot SX260 HS and PowerShot SX240 HS are ideal for holidays and capturing important events. Switch quickly and easily between photos and filming with just one touch to record the action in Full HD (1080p) with stereo sound. Fine Detail Movie Processing technology ensures every sensor pixel is employed in Movie mode to capture incredible detail, allowing you to relive each moment on an HD screen. The huge 20x optical zoom can also be used whilst filming to get closer to the action and Intelligent IS ensures that footage shot even at the furthest extent of the telephoto zoom is smooth and shake-free.

You can continue to capture great images in religious monuments or museums without disturbing other visitors thanks to Discreet mode and with the optional waterproof case, you can also take your camera to depths down to 40m – capturing all the beautiful scenery both above and below the waves. The bright 7.5 cm (3.0”) PureColor II G LCD screen with approximately 460,000 dots of resolution and a tempered glass layer, for improved viewing and protection against the bumps and knocks of travel, also allows you to review your movies and images in rich colour and crisp detail.

Join the CANON iMAGE GATEWAY community
Owners of these new models can also join the newly updated CANON iMAGE GATEWAY, an online facility for sharing photos and video now providing up to 10 GB of personal storage capacity, perfect for storing many photos, even in full resolution. An easy interface allows users to search for images, create combined photo and movie Albums that can receive comments from friends, and to share Albums directly via email and Social Networking Sites.

PowerShot SX260 HS – key features:
20x zoom, 25mm wide-angle lens; compact body
HS System: 12.1 MP CMOS and DIGIC 5
Intelligent IS
Full HD movies
7.5 cm (3.0”) PureColor II G LCD
Smart Auto (58 scenes); Face ID
Manual, Av and Tv modes
High-speed shooting
Optional 40m Waterproof Case

PowerShot SX240 HS – key features:
20x zoom, 25mm wide-angle lens; compact body
HS System: 12.1 MP CMOS and DIGIC 5
Intelligent IS
Full HD movies
7.5 cm (3.0”) PureColor II G LCD
Smart Auto (58 scenes)
Face ID
Manual, Av and Tv modes
High-speed shooting
Optional 40m Waterproof Case

Pricing and Availability
The PowerShot SX260 HS is available from March 2012, priced at £329.00/€379.00 RRP incl. VAT.
The PowerShot SX240 HS is available from March 2012, priced at £299.00/€349.00 RRP incl. VAT.

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#1 surajit

does it feature HDR?

12:44 pm - Tuesday, February 7, 2012

#2 techfan

Nice to see the 4:3 screen being used again but that lens is too long and too slow.

1:30 pm - Tuesday, February 7, 2012

#3 webber

lens speed is right,i want the long lens,if you do not techfan,comment or buy cameras that are right for you.

8:24 pm - Tuesday, February 7, 2012

#4 techfan

Webber, if you buy this camera I wish you the best of luck in getting sharp photos at maximum zoom in anything but perfect light :D

2:36 am - Wednesday, February 8, 2012

#5 Fabio

Finally Canon realized how awfull is a wide LCD for 3:2 or 4:3 photos, I sold my SX230 for that reason, although it is great for movies. Lens are too dark but this camera uses multi burst tech to merge 3 or 4 handheld pictures into a single one , reducing noise. 25mm is great and I believe that IS will do a very good job at max zoom.
I hope that macro mode is better in this model, because it was very bad in the SX230, another concern is focus at longer zooms, Nikon S9100 with 18x zoom had a lot of problems with focus. Hope Canon managed to create a good lens in such tiny body. I will buy one.

7:46 pm - Wednesday, February 8, 2012

#6 Roberto

Bad and good news. Ergonomics have improved, sensor resolutión doesn´t jump, but....25-500 is madness. The most important aspect of any lens is, hands down, sharpness. And changing 28-392 to 25-500 in a a compact can´t deliver anything good in that respect.

Remember the problems with the transition from S95 to S100. Very good sensor, superb processing but ruined sharpness due to a too ambitious lens.

Focal length and wide coverage are the new MP.

More and more ruined compacts everyday, due to silly numbers. Stop this madness right now, please !!!!!!!!!!

This is very sad, SX220/230 were top notch travel zoom compacts.The best ever in my opinion. Unrivalled image quality, full manual controls, RAW support ( via CHDK firmware only) 1080p24 video with AF, optical zoom, stereo sound with wind noise cutting, etc etc etc

3:27 pm - Thursday, February 9, 2012

#7 Bee Jay

I get to use the Canon SX220HS, and personally I havn't found it difficult to get sharp images at full zoom. I took a couple of dozen shots at the beach on full telephoto, all bar one was pin sharp, and that was my fault. If they can make the 500mm as good as the 392mm then good on them.

I see they've ditched the looks of the previous Powershot models. I don't know the sales figueres for the SX210/220/230, but I've only seen a few, compare that to Panasonics TZ range which are everywhere.

The SX240/60 are getting close to entering the bridge zoom range. We already have the Olympus SZ30MR, but no one buys that for great image quality. I'm thinking Canon will have made a better job of it that Olympus.

Having said that, I'm not saying that I'd buy the SX240/60 over the SX220/230. It may have a bigger zoom & a few other changes, but you can pick up the SX220 for under £180. I don't think the new one is worth that much extra.

1:11 pm - Saturday, February 11, 2012

#8 cynic

"The most important aspect of any lens is, hands down, sharpness." No, the most important aspect for YOU is sharpness. Many people will be attracted to the zoom range and given that some of these people only post on Facebook sharpness will not be an issue for them.

"RAW support ( via CHDK firmware only)". Irrelevant statement. Out of the box it does not support RAW. That's like saying the Miata/MX5 produces 500hp (only with the V8 conversion).

6:34 am - Friday, February 17, 2012

#9 louis

So I got a few questions??? When it says optional waterproof case 40m does that mean you have to pay extra?, and does the m = metres because if so im totally buying one. Im a diver and that would be ideal!! Plz respond!!

9:00 am - Sunday, February 19, 2012

#10 icarus

@cynic - RAW support via CHDK is one of the reasons Canon P&S are so popular amongst certain niche groups.

@louis - If you check Canon's site, you'll see refs to the waterproof body. It's an extra cost, (typically £150 in the UK), will be good to 40 metres depth. If you're at all serious, look up the SX220/230, as then you can use the CHDK to get RAW support, which allows easy improvement to u/w images. You won't need a 20x zoom u/w, there's never enough light!

8:59 pm - Tuesday, February 21, 2012

#11 JD

Love the way the affiliate adverts always lead to a completely different product. Link baiting?

12:05 pm - Friday, April 6, 2012

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4:02 am - Monday, August 6, 2012


How do you set this camera to infinity focus.

10:14 pm - Monday, October 1, 2012