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.


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.

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