For a pocket camera to have 20x zoom is nothing great these days, but a 20x optical zoom is really out of the box. The Canon Power-shot SX260 HS sticks out from the competition with its three-tier telescopic lens which protrudes almost six inches out of the body at full zoom.
Another gimmick you might say. Well, no. This is a zoom that actually works, despite all the shake a telescopic lens brings into the picture. At full zoom it is very hard to avoid tremors, but the image stabilisation in the camera takes care of most of it, at least in good light. In low light you will need to hold your breath in and hope that your hands are steady enough for the job. Else, switch to easy mode where you get assistance from the flash. So, one way or the other, you are sure to get good pictures even at full zoom.
The camera has all the features you would expect of a point and shoot and some that you are more likely to see in DSLRS. There is an Auto mode and an Easy mode, which is like Auto mode for dummies. Then there is the Movie Digest mode which records a small clip with each snap so that at the end of the day you can put together clips taken over a period of time. It is the new Digic 5 processor that makes features like these and burst mode possible. There is also GPS for you to keep tag of where each shot is taken. The zoom works even with Full HD video recording and the record button is separate just in case you want to click a picture in between a shoot.
The SX260 is a good camera for beginners and those who want more features than what their camera phone gives them. The advanced features also make this a good camera for serious amateurs.
BAG IT OR JUNK IT? Has one of the best zooms in the market.
CANON POWERSHOT SX260 HS
Price: ` 22,995
12.1 mp CMOS; 4.5-90mm lens; f/3.5 - f/8.0; 1 - 1/3200sec; ISO 3200; Full HD video; SD, SDHC, SDXC memory cards, GPS.