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Canon PowerShot SX260 HS 12.1 MP CMOS Digital Camera with 20x Image Stabilized Zoom 25mm Wide-Angle Optical Lens... by Review Summary ,  Aug 4, 2015

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Canon PowerShot SX260 HS 12.1 MP CMOS Digital Camera with 20x Image Stabilized Zoom 25mm Wide-Angle Optical Lens...
Report Date: 12/31/2015
Based on 1451 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 4.3
Returned or considering to return: 5.4%

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Individual Feature Rating
Expectation5.0   above average
Powerful5.0   above average
Sharp5.0   above average
Versatile5.0   average
Fit4.9   average
Zoom4.8   above average
Compact4.7   average
Size4.7   above average
Travel4.7   average
Weight4.7   average
Price4.6   average
Image4.5   above average
Photo4.5   average
Quality4.5   above average
Video4.2   average
Light3.8   average
Menu3.6   average
Outdoor3.6   below average
Shutter3.6   above average
Battery3.5   average
Power3.5   above average
Screen3.5   average
Sound3.5   average
Heavy3.4   average
Memory3.4   average
Noise3.2   average
Focus3.1   average
Macro2.9   mediocre
Design2.7   below average
Flash2.2   mediocre


Quotes from the Reviews - What People Say about:

Amazon

Amazon:
"Needless to say, I am returning the camera, as Amazon has not been able to come up with a USA model in this color (green) with the single unit charger."
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"It has a lot of cool features mentioned on the Amazon board, but I was not able to easily work through it without the manual."
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"This is the second time I have placed an Amazon order and had terrible delivery times."
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"It was hard to find in our area so ordering through Amazon was a breeze, and I got the price and color I wanted."
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"I ended up choosing the Canon SX260, mainly because it felt better in my hands, its price was a bit lower and the zoom reached a tad farther than the ZS20.Now for the ugly part: Amazon has a terrible habit of pushing its prices through the roof when their inventory is low - when I was in the market for the camera, the price here was $279, and everywhere else was $229 or lower."
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"There may have been a problem with the particular camera I received as I continued to have problems with it and eventually returned it with the help of Amazon."
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"I was happy to find the exact same model on Amazon as a replacement."
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"Ultimately Amazon was able to get someone at Ritz Camera to agree to accept the return and I got my money back."
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"it is a good cameravery good resolutionit was a very good idea to buy it from Amazon, wasn't expansive"
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"Amazon was great about the replacing it (replaced in January), but the replacement camera also developed problems that progressively got worse."
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"I purchased 2 of these on Black Friday, November 2012, from Best Buy for $199, and then 6 extra NB-6L batteries from Amazon."
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Battery

Battery:
"My last camera was a Canon, but the lid that held the battery and Sim card broke and it was too expensive to fis."
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"Other reviews also warned not to use anything but the Canon battery made for the camera, and they are hard to find."
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"The battery indicator is not very precise--shows a little battery loss and very shortly after the battery is completely dead."
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"But at about three years the battery case slots messes up and you will not be able to use the camera."
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"Battery life is not good and fortunately found this out before I went."
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"Battery life is pretty strong."
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"Battery lifetime surprisingly good but it is always a good idea to have a second charged battery with you."
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"My daughter recommended getting two extra batteries, and the largest possible memory card, so I did, and was greatly appreciative of that, because during excursions or travel to interesting places, I have used more than two batteries a day."
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"This camera also have a rechargeable battery, so, it's good that you don't have to deal with AAs every time you use it, and it's bad because a replacement battery or a charger can cost you a lot."
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Button

Button:
"After a number of years and photos taken, my Canon PowerShot started to malfunction in that the button to press for opening the lens would no longer work."
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"It is very annoying to have to press the on button two or three times."
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"The only drawback (easily overcome, of course) is that the on off button is placed so that, removing the camera from a belt holster, there's a tendency to push the button (and turn the camera on) when retrieving the camera."
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"The power button is in a weird spot."
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"The push button video feature is really great."
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"Takes great pics with no shutter lag after pressing the button and is great at hand held low light photography."
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"Also the camera allows you to video with a record button so I have been able to capture surfers riding the waves."
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"I use the auto mode so I just push the button and forget it and I get great pics."
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"But that was easily solved by turning off the flash with a press of a button, or better yet shooting in discreet mode."
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Charging

Charging:
"I was not thrilled that the battery has to be placed on a charger since I am afraid that the charger wlll get misplaced or won't be available when I need it."
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"The only problem I have is the battery charger."
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"Battery holds a charge really well."
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"We got a lot of photos from each charge, but I'd always recommend a spare battery or two for particularly heavy days."
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"The battery is easy to re-charge and the charge holds for a long time."
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"However, the North American cord is only an inch in length, which is really annoying because most outlets are not going to be right against the floor or table, which means you'll have to sit the camera on top of books or something to be able to charge it."
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"The batteries have proven to hold their charge well after the first charge."
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Compact

Compact:
"It is the perfect size for me, compact but not too small with a nice size LCD screen and zoom lens."
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"I was looking for a camera that would take a zoom picture and also be compact and not cost me a great deal of money."
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"However, I was never been happy with all small compact cameras I bought."
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"At that point, I was worried that no compact camera would give me the picture quality I was seeking and accustomed to with my DSLR."
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"While this camera is not super slim, it is quite compact.2) It must have a decent zoom lens."
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"I used this for field work wildlife ID purposes so I didn't need super SLR quality but I love how compact it is and still too phenomenal photos."
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"It is very compact so packs well in my pants pocket during hikes or in my daypack."
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"I have had lots of people tell me that the picture quality is outstanding for such a compact camera."
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"It takes great pictures, is compact and convenient, and has tons of features and controls if you choose to use them."
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Design

Design:
"I fault Canon on this design flaw and the workmanship (or lack thereof) that will either result in an expensive repair or the purchase of a completely different camera (AND NOT A CANON)"
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"Took pics over the holidays and have some questions concerns - *1) bad flash location poor camera design feature: because of the camera's narrow profile, it is hard to hold the camera with the left hand when the flash pops up in the upper left hand corner of this camera, contributes to undesireable camera shaking 2) frequently the message busy came up the view finder window- what is this about?"
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"This is a fatal design flaw and I would not recommend this camera."
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"It not right in Low light...Inside shots are yellow if you put on a light....Very slow to go to the next shot....Heavy for a camera of this size.....and whom ever designed the flash was not right in life.....it's very confusing to get the right settings..You never know what you have....I've had it two weeks and if I was the type to send it back it would have went back two days after I received it....Short battery life...!"
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"The horrible photos, the frustrating focus, the draggy performance and the poor design all add to to make this the most aggrevating device that I've seen in a long time."
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"Needless to say I was shocked -- especially because the damage was the direct result of the inherently fragile design of the shutter assembly."
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"__________________________Overall, a very capable compact camera for everyday use, combining macro, zoom, and decent low-light in a very pocketable design and easy to learn interface."
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"Good thing Canon does not (re)design forks or knives."
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"Compact, nice design and very good quality of pictures thanks to its 20X optical zoom."
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"The low light pics looked decent for a camera of this size and design features."
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"My feeling is that the body design and the clear picture of sx260 are better than panasonic zs20, but above 3 things make me think about to return this year of the model and wait for the next year of the pocket 20x camera."
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Expectation

Expectation:
"The main reason for purchasing this camera was the brightness of the display and it has exceeded expectations."
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"Just took the camera on vacation, no complains, the camera meets all my expectations."
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"Obviously the technology has advanced significantly since then, but this new camera exceeded all my expectations."
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"The Canon SX260 has exceeded expectations and kept me shooting after I got my A. I can't imagine a better camera at this price point."
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"We weren't disappointed as the quality of the camera taking pictures and videos exceeded our expectations."
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Fit

Fit:
"It will fit in your pocket, but not comfortably."
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"Only criticism is that Canon did not make battery to fit in other SX charger."
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"I'd recommend it to anyone who wants a nice little camera for convenience that fits easily in a pocket and is out of the way."
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"It fits nicely in my pocket for quick shots around the ranch, or when I'm riding in interesting situations."
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"It is a great travel camera and fits easily in the pocket."
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"If you want a lightweight camera that does good double-duty as a still and video camera, and fits in your pocket, I highly recommend this camera, But make sure you get at least 3 or 4 extra batteries."
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"Fits in my back pocket easily."
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Flash

Flash:
"The other complaint is the flash location... and it's a minor complaint because there's really not much other place to put it, but it's right where you naturally put your left forefinger."
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"The flash is in a not very well thought out place."
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"Doesn't do well in dim settings without flash, but you can use Low Light mode to improve the quality slightly."
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"Flash is not in the best place; it's right where you would position your left hand to hold the camera while taking the picture, so when the flash tried to initiate, the mechanism didn't come up because my finger was always in the way, so I had to shut off the camera and restart it."
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"Only thing inconvenient for me, the way I hold the camera, the flash is always under my finger when it wants to go off."
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"The location of the pop-up flash is another negative."
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"The low-light performance means you can go into dark museums or cathedrals and take wonderful photos without needing to use the flash, so it greatly extends the usability of this camera."
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"It's quite comfortable when the flash is down but it does push your finger out of the way when it pops up and it's not as comfortable to hold then but is absolutely doable."
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"However, the flash is in an awkward spot (remember to move your left index finger), and the flash performance is difficult to get comfortable with since there is a delay in the shutter when using flash."
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"Great pics...but flash pops up on top and hinders holding the camera"
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Focus

Focus:
"I do have some problems when I zoom because it sometimes wants to focus on something other than my main subject but I am a novice at this and I am still learning how to use it."
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"The zoom is very good however and there are many settings to get a good shot, keep in mind however that some settings require time for the camera to take a clear shot (slow frame shutter) and can result in out of focus images if you take fast action."
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"Instead, here are my problems with this junker camera:- Errant auto focus (focuses not on what you're shooting at, but typically the thing behind what you're trying to shoot);- Slow shutter speed (yes, I know this is adjustable, but God help you if you try any of the auto settings);- Slow re-shoot time (even in rapid sequence or sports motion modes, you are going to experience a lag causing missed blurred shots);- Light sensor inadequate (if you are shooting anywhere near sunrise sunset where the light is dim or even indoors with flourescent lighting, you are going to get either blurry or yellow photos...or both."
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"I like that it videotaped in HD but be prepared for the videos to take a lot of space on your memory card because of that (a 5 minute video was almost 1 GB).I don't care for the pop-up flash because it can be annoying when you are trying to focus on a picture and I have to train myself o move my left index finger in case the flash decides to pop up."
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"The only negative is that is takes a long time to focus."
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"I like this camera a lot for quick and easy shots, but in this application, the zoom was not powerful enough, it took too long to focus and recycle times between shots was horrible."
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"I was looking for a small point-and-shoot camera that does a good zooming & focusing job from the distance."
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"It does a good job of focusing for you."
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"Good camera, but I felt the low light focus was lacking."
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"It normally does a very good job of exposure and focus."
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"GPS is a plus -- best of all, light weight and easy to focus for old ladies like me."
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Heavy

Heavy:
"Only negatives: a bit heavy (but solid) for its size, comared to the pricier subcompact Canon I had stolen, and the flash pops up where your finger tends to hold the camera."
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"Cons: it's a bit on the heavy side, the image stabilization isn't all that effective at high zoom settings and the auto focus *sometimes* has trouble through the windshield at moderate to high zoom settings."
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"I love my Canon DSLR (Rebel XS) but it's too heavy to lug around, and I never seem to have it with me when the perfect shot opportunity pops up."
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"It's not nearly so small and light as the less zoomy point-and-shoots--I was particularly surprised by how heavy it is--and it's just absurd how you're forced to hold the camera to avoid blocking the popup flash (fortunately for me, I don't use flash much, and just set it to off)."
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"I had a Sony and it was so heavy and confusing to me to use, I think I got talked into buying this one by my husband, he thought it would be a better camera."
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"Not a great addition to my already heavy hand-bag."
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"camera works well but is heavy and did not come with user guide"
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"We got a lot of photos from each charge, but I'd always recommend a spare battery or two for particularly heavy days."
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"It's nice when you don't want to take a heavy DSLR on business trip."
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"It's not too heavy and convenient for taking great pictures when I'm travelling."
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"this camera is heavy and a bit bulky, but it is durable and has got to have the best zoom on a point and shoot I've handled."
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Image

Image:
"It should not be seriously compared with SOA SLR's with a gazillion MB images --- this is a camera that works well but if damaged, stolen, or lost, you will not sob for days."
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"The only thing I have been disappointed with for this camera is the quality of RAW images when using the CHDK firmware (this is not even supposed to be a feature of this camera though so I won't really hold it against it)."
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"Image quality is not very good."
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"I didn't realize how good the quality of the images were until I viewed the pictures on a hi resolution Samsung Galaxy Pro 12.2 tablet with a 2550 X 1600 display."
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"There is known problem with Image Browser EX and Microsoft Silverlight that as yet I have not been able to resolve."
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"The zoom is very good however and there are many settings to get a good shot, keep in mind however that some settings require time for the camera to take a clear shot (slow frame shutter) and can result in out of focus images if you take fast action."
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"I have been asked dozens of times what camera I am using because people love the photo quality so much."
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"My other pet peeve with this camera is it is somewhat impossible to get a clear photo when the subject is in motion; that can be a huge issue if you are primarily using this to capture images of children, pets, and or animals that are on the move."
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"It should not be seriously compared with SOA SLR's with a gazillion MB images --- this is a camera that works well but if damaged, stolen, or lost, you will not sob for days."
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"Overall, the quality of images from this camera run from good to very good."
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"The focal length and image stabilization are excellent."
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Lens

Lens:
"E32 lens error that requires camera reboot!"
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"After a number of years and photos taken, my Canon PowerShot started to malfunction in that the button to press for opening the lens would no longer work."
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"Had to return the first one because strange things kept showing up in the pictures--something wrong with the lens."
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"That will damage the lens protector."
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"the lense shutter broke."
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"Terrible lens."
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"While this camera is not super slim, it is quite compact.2) It must have a decent zoom lens."
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"On windy beaches you can get sand in its lens easily, and that is a PAIN to clean."
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"I liked this camera when it worked....the quality of photos was very good and the zoom lens worked well."
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"I take it to the beach in my pocket most mornings (in a case) and haven't had any problems with sand getting into the lens and jamming it like my previous Canon digital did."
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"Terrific zoom lens, great photos!"
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Light

Light:
"Color reproduction varies based on how light hits the object, low light performance is terrible."
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"The only pictures I didn't get were of the Northern Lights and that was operator problems."
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"Focus time in low light was slow and picture quality in low light wasn't the greatest."
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"I absolutely loved everything about this camerauntil the screen went black on me I can still take and upload pictures from the memory card, but I cant use the screen to see how i need to adjust lighting settingsand the camera is NO GOOD in dark settings I will put on every light in my house during the day, and I still can't get enough light with any decent shutter speed without using icky flash but great outdoor day photos"
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"he color and clarity of the pics are amazing very good in low light, sometimes the auto enhance for light wasn't good for sunset shots so I'll have to figure that one out."
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"Some of the reviews said it wasn't good in low light, but I was able to get some spectacular pictures of the interior of Notre Dame in very low light."
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"Works well in low light like bars clubs."
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"It's light weight and the controls are easily accessible."
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"Some pros: It's easy to use, small and can fit in my jacket pocket, it is light, takes pretty shots (when the lighting is perfect)."
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"Takes great pics with no shutter lag after pressing the button and is great at hand held low light photography."
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"Light weight, great photos from close up to zoom! "
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Macro

Macro:
"As well, I was hoping to takephotos of flowers up-close and the macro capabilities didn't satisfy my needs (it can take a photo from a distance of 5cm; I'd prefer a point and shoot that can get closer than this (1cm or so)."
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"Two, the camera doesn't have a good macro mode."
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"Lets start for the negatives-yes, movies at highest resolution are slow-agree with others about the pop-up flash and your left fingers blocking it ( I set it to off)-the macro distance is not very good (I am used to my S3IS macro of ZERO!"
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"The macro is not the best, but the telephoto side is one of the best on a digital camera."
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"When outside I got good blues in the sky on most photos, and got good macro shots of food and drinks."
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"So basically this is a good camera for portraits and scenery, but forget about macro work and still life photos."
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"Also, the macro zoom focus option works pretty well to get nice close-ups from a couple of feet away, esp."
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"This is where a good compact camera outperforms ILC's and DSLRs, which cannot do macro closer than 9-10 inches, without an expensive true macro lens."
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"g. Very nice macro."
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Memory

Memory:
"Made a mistake of not ordering this with a memory card as it is pretty much useless without it."
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"It did not take rapid fire shots very well, it took a couple seconds between pictures (and I purchased a brand new memory card thinking it would fix the problem and it didn't).Turning on the camera took more than 3 seconds, so if your child was doing something picture worthy, it was done by the time the camera was ready to take the picture."
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"I didn't realize the memory card didn't come with the camera - my mistake."
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"It also has no internal memory (which was my fault for not checking before I bought it).Overall, I felt I was going backwards from the broken camera I already had."
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"First camera I've owned that REQUIRES a memory card and it is also the first camera I've owned that has given me constant memory errors."
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"Had they provided a small amount of onboard memory I would have extracted my pic 45 minutes ago instead of dealing with the annoyance of constant memory errors."
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"This camera is perfect for capturing memories in picture and video form."
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"With the 20x zoom and clarity, I was able to capture a lot of memories despite always being blocked by taller people."
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"If you take a lot of pictures or plan to travel, I recommend buying an extra battery & extra memory card."
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"I love this camera and its certainly capturing all my memories so well here!"
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"I would prefer more knobs and switches and less sub menu items but that's the way the world is geared, for young people with good memories for somewhat difficult to remember proceedures."
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Menu

Menu:
"My reservations are in the menu system (too confusing) and the GPS (too confusing and kills the battery)."
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"Note: There is no sound during video playback from the camera unless I'm missing something in a menu setting."
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"The LCD brightness is adjustable through the menu, but still can be a problem outdoors."
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"The function menu is counter-intuitive."
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"has enough features for an intermediate photographer to be useful, and menus are easy to figure out."
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"Menu system is easy, very intuitive."
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"I chose the Canon because reviews like mine emphasized that it's a great camera for a beginner but also has a very long menu of really exciting applications and special features once I get comfortable with the basics."
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"The Menu is very easy to use and the image stabilization feature is superb."
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"The context sensitive menus are easy to navigate."
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Noise

Noise:
"However, I do not yet know if my video will have the noise problem some others have encountered."
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"Unfortunately, there is a very distinct buzzing or white noise sound on the video feature."
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"The camera beeps and noises are quite annoying, so I just shut them off."
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"There were some negative reviews about a high-pitched noise during playback which made me apprehensive about buying this model."
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"Nevertheless, I was very worried about the whining noise other reviewers reported hearing during video playback."
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"The old one took great pictures, but noise or artifacts started to show up in the pictures in the form of dots here and there."
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"No Problems yet or unusual noises."
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"I also love the quiet setting, it makes no noise or flashes at all, so I can sneak up on the boys during naps and take pictures without waking them!"
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"In full optical zoom, obviously, there's noise, and I would recommend a tripod to get the full benefits of the 20x."
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"The image quality is excellent, with fairly minimal noise."
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Outdoor

Outdoor:
"This is Not a good camera to take outdoors on vacation with you."
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"The ability to manually control the settings is a huge benefit, though I've had problems figuring out some extreme situations (outdoor, moonlit seascape was a fail)."
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"We have taken some very nice pics of our kids outdoors, but the indoor pics have disappointed us."
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"The LCD brightness is adjustable through the menu, but still can be a problem outdoors."
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"Makes it a little hard to take shots outdoors in bright light and know what you're framing."
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"The GPS receiver on the SX260 HS is so weak or whimpy that it surely doesn't pick up a signal indoors, and even outdoors it often fails."
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"It has an easy mode, which works fine outdoors only (or maybe if you mostly take family portraits).Of the 20 people that have used our 5 cameras, we have found the pictures of indoor settings to be terribly fuzzy way, WAY too often."
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"But overall it's good, particularly for outdoor shots in plenty of light."
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"I wanted an inexpensive camera I can fit in my pocket to capture all the fun we have roaming around the great outdoors of Montana."
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"This camera does an excellent job with both indoor and outdoor photos."
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"I love this camera for taking shots of things that are in the outdoors and even at night."
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Packaging

Packaging:
"The only problem was the package a Little scratched."
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"Be sure to order the card in the RETAIL (original) packaging, rather than in the 'Frustration Free' packaging."
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"Even though my daughter uses better cameras, her Canon SX is something she still regularly uses, along with the hacks that you can install on the memory card to increase the functionality of this camera with CHDK (Canon Hack Developer Kit).Costco had this same model in black with a nice accessory package, but I like the color of this one so much that I got it from Amazon."
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"This item arrived promptly in the original packaging, which was in excellent condition."
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"The delivery was quick and package was unruffled and in good shape."
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"The zoom is impressive, the clarity is great, and the HD video is fantastic yet all this comes in a delightfully small package."
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"The case and memory recommended for it arrived in the same package and are perfect."
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Performance

Performance:
"Color reproduction varies based on how light hits the object, low light performance is terrible."
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"The images are very clear, the controls easy to use and the performance is usually fast (some caveats in low light, flash photography especially with a battery that needs charging)."
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"best price performance ratio the only drawback of the camera is the battery."
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"The horrible photos, the frustrating focus, the draggy performance and the poor design all add to to make this the most aggrevating device that I've seen in a long time."
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"It performed admirably with the only drawback being my lack of practice in everything it has to offer."
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"But the real drawback is that it does not perform well in low light."
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"However, the flash is in an awkward spot (remember to move your left index finger), and the flash performance is difficult to get comfortable with since there is a delay in the shutter when using flash."
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"I am pleased with how it has performed."
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"Based on my need for a compact camera with a long zoom, to be used primarily while fishing, I found this camera to offer very good performance at a very good value."
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"I am very disappointed that it could not take the drop on the ground; however, I am very pleased with its performance."
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"These performed great during our European Christmas market vacation in 2012.As of August 2013, this is still best of class."
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Photo

Photo:
"NOT 5 STARS for 3 reasons: 1. not good w motion photos 2."
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"Cons:-Photo quality is not good, especially in motion."
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"I do have a problem with the color reproduction in many photos however."
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"After a number of years and photos taken, my Canon PowerShot started to malfunction in that the button to press for opening the lens would no longer work."
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"The only drawback to this camera is that the mode wheel moves occasionally when you put into or take it out of a pocket or bag and you then take photos in the wrong mode or not at all."
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"Doesn't matter how much you change the camera settings);- Flash (Terrible position on camera body, slow to function due to awful light sensor, has a yellow tint to it on most photos, and when it does work correctly, it still only creates okay photos vice great);We took this camera to an indoor birthday party for our 7 year old son and ALL of the photos of that memorable day are HORRIBLE!"
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"It takes great photos and It's very easy to use."
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"I have gotten fabulous photos of animals but they were still when I captured the moment."
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"I have had the second camera I purchased for two years now and I estimate that I have taken well over 30,000 photos with the camera and it is holding up great this time (so far)."
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"The photos come out beautiful and I have gotten so many compliments on the photos I have taken with this camera."
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Photography

Photography:
"I am an avid point-and-click photographer, I love love love documenting the human experience but have yet to take a lesson or get serious about photography (meaning I am too broke to afford an SLR and don't want to tote it around anyway)."
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"The images are very clear, the controls easy to use and the performance is usually fast (some caveats in low light, flash photography especially with a battery that needs charging)."
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"May not be good for portraits and night photography."
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"Color capture is sub-par at best, and probably unacceptable to most with any experience in photography, digital or otherwise."
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"But switching between video and still photography simply added to my frustration."
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"Takes great pics with no shutter lag after pressing the button and is great at hand held low light photography."
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"I had used an ELPH 300HS for years and was always amazed at how great the pictures were considering how little I know about photography and how much I simply relied on the Auto settings."
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"I also like the mode where it takes multiple shots every second because this is great for sports photography."
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"I love the long zoom for nature and sports photography."
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"I don't know anything about photography but I do enjoy capturing memories and this camera does that every time."
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Power

Power:
"After using G2 and Power Shot Elph, this camera is a disappointment."
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"And the zoom is a lot of fun, but at the highest power, stability is a problem when being hand-held."
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"However, after less than two years, the camera powers off after a few minutes and I get an error message."
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"Although the pictures are not that great but still loves it because of zooming power and portability when iam travelling"
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"The power button is in a weird spot."
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"Couple of times, I had my left index finger on the flash and the camera gave some flash error message and had to power off and power on the camera to reset the flash."
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"And the zoom is a lot of fun, but at the highest power, stability is a problem when being hand-held."
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"I have had the Canon Power Shot SX260 HS for a couple of years and have really liked it."
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"Everything looks great except my camera came with a power cord for the charger that belongs in the UK."
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"A few months after purchasing the battery does not hold power well."
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"I had another Canon Power Shot before and was happy with it."
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Powerful

Powerful:
"The main advantage of this camera is the zoom, IT IS POWERFUL!"
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"Has a very powerful zoom, and the discret feature works very well for taking photos during presentations, speeches, and religious ceremonies."
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"I was about to leave for Europe for six months, and I wanted something equally as powerful with a good optical zoom but small enough to drop in my purse."
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"First, the zoom is amazing, and far more powerful than I would ever have expected, with complete clarity."
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"Canon PowerShot SX260 HS is a very nice versatile camera (w really powerful zoom! )"
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Price

Price:
"A little frustrating, but a small price to pay for an otherwise fabulous camera! "
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"believe it or not, as far as I know, that is only damage, enough to make me sick, and my purchase price more or less down the drain."
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"best price performance ratio the only drawback of the camera is the battery."
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"It does have a small sensor, so most pictures, even at low ISO settings show some grain and movie mode is mediocre compared to other cams in the same price range."
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"I was looking for a camera that would take a zoom picture and also be compact and not cost me a great deal of money."
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"I ended up choosing the Canon SX260, mainly because it felt better in my hands, its price was a bit lower and the zoom reached a tad farther than the ZS20.Now for the ugly part: Amazon has a terrible habit of pushing its prices through the roof when their inventory is low - when I was in the market for the camera, the price here was $279, and everywhere else was $229 or lower."
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"Great camera especially for the price that you can easily take anywhere."
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"If that doesn't matter then it is buy far the best camera for the price we love it..quick shutter speed and great pics"
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"This camera for Normal user and its good to go ......U can get decent pictures and vids from this Camera....definitely a Budget friendly camera...Worth the Money"
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"A little frustrating, but a small price to pay for an otherwise fabulous camera! "
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"with it had a few more functions, but for the price, its a great deal."
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Quality

Quality:
"Cons:-Photo quality is not good, especially in motion."
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"The only thing I have been disappointed with for this camera is the quality of RAW images when using the CHDK firmware (this is not even supposed to be a feature of this camera though so I won't really hold it against it)."
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"Image quality is not very good."
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"I didn't realize how good the quality of the images were until I viewed the pictures on a hi resolution Samsung Galaxy Pro 12.2 tablet with a 2550 X 1600 display."
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"Focus time in low light was slow and picture quality in low light wasn't the greatest."
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"The quality of the pictures was not good."
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"BUT the excellent quality of my pictures make me want to repeat my choice."
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"I have been asked dozens of times what camera I am using because people love the photo quality so much."
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"-Camera is very lightweight and easy to carry-This camera has fantastic quality of video capturing, even in the night."
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"Overall, the quality of images from this camera run from good to very good."
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"The video quality is very good as well."
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Screen

Screen:
"I was extremely disappointed to be encountered with a black screen."
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"However, I have had it since last August, we'll it was a gift for my wife, and she hasn't used it much but I broke it out the other day and noticed a black spot on the screen which is obviously coming from a lens defect."
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"I was wiping off fingerprints, water & suntan lotion constantly & I am sure these screens helped protect the LCD from scratches & damage."
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"The dropped camera still works, takes nice sharp pictures but the touch screen doesn't work very well."
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"There is something wrong with the screen -- like there are lines across it -- so I can't tell if I have a good picture or not."
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"I have had two previous Canon PowerShot Elph cameras, and ordered this one because I finally dropped my 100HS too many times after 7 years and broke the screen on the back."
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"Works great except for the start screen."
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"Filters, screen settings and many other features are easy to use and works like a charm I m very impressed with this camera."
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"It is a little larger than (comfortable) pocket-size for me, but well-made, nice-sized screen, nice features."
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"And even though the screen is very clear, I still miss not have a view finder."
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"It takes beautiful pictures, is the right size, the batteries last forever, the screen is huge, and it has some nice options."
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Sharp

Sharp:
"Here's the good news: the camera is super easy to use, fits easily in a pocket and takes sharp, clear pictures."
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"I like it because it fits easily in shirt pocket, has good zoom range, and pictures are sharp with good definition."
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"Right away, when she started using the new camera, she noticed that it took great, sharp pictures."
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"With 12.1 MP and a 20x zoom this camera take sharp clear shots."
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"Photos themselves are sharp and colors are great."
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Shutter

Shutter:
"I have actually had to order two of these in the last 3 years, because the shutter broke on the first one."
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"The first camera lasted one year before the shutter broke."
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"The zoom is very good however and there are many settings to get a good shot, keep in mind however that some settings require time for the camera to take a clear shot (slow frame shutter) and can result in out of focus images if you take fast action."
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"the lense shutter broke."
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"You can take manual control (in which you set aperture and shutter speed independently--and I do that on an unfortunately regular basis because of the lack of an exposure control), but it would be really, really nice to have."
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"Canon cameras have two weaknesses, in my opinion-- longer shutter lag and a little bit worse battery life than some competitors."
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"However, the flash is in an awkward spot (remember to move your left index finger), and the flash performance is difficult to get comfortable with since there is a delay in the shutter when using flash."
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"If that doesn't matter then it is buy far the best camera for the price we love it..quick shutter speed and great pics"
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"Takes great pics with no shutter lag after pressing the button and is great at hand held low light photography."
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"The zoom is very good however and there are many settings to get a good shot, keep in mind however that some settings require time for the camera to take a clear shot (slow frame shutter) and can result in out of focus images if you take fast action."
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"-It has a slow shutter speedPositives:- it takes nice pictures with good color- it is very portable- I bought 2 batteries because others had noted their short life, but I haven't found that to be a problem"
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Size

Size:
"A little frustrating, but a small price to pay for an otherwise fabulous camera! "
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"I think it's hard to use, crazy small LCD screen, not easy to make selections or programming."
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"Only negatives: a bit heavy (but solid) for its size, comared to the pricier subcompact Canon I had stolen, and the flash pops up where your finger tends to hold the camera."
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"It is the perfect size for me, compact but not too small with a nice size LCD screen and zoom lens."
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"For the size of this camera, the zoom on this camera is quite impressive.3) The camera must allow me to take RAW photos."
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"Some pros: It's easy to use, small and can fit in my jacket pocket, it is light, takes pretty shots (when the lighting is perfect)."
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"Great size for travel"
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"A little frustrating, but a small price to pay for an otherwise fabulous camera! "
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"I was about to leave for Europe for six months, and I wanted something equally as powerful with a good optical zoom but small enough to drop in my purse."
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Sound

Sound:
"A big problem is the sound distortion from video."
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"But, the problem is the camera - you go over a certain threshold and your sound will be muffled and your video will be useless."
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"video recording has a problem when sound its too loud (like show or some one screaming), it saturates and adds a noice to the recording."
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"Note: There is no sound during video playback from the camera unless I'm missing something in a menu setting."
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"Unfortunately, there is a very distinct buzzing or white noise sound on the video feature."
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"Off course there are limitations; especially in sound recording, but built-in sound is not very good on any camera."
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"Videos were clear and sound was better than I'd expected."
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"the sx260 is a great point-and-shoot camera, pic quality is terrific and so is the battery life, I recommend it to everyoneI've also been using the video and that is good too (visually and sound wise)"
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"I have lost so many good concert videos because of this camera...The sound was so messed up whenever the music got loud."
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"The sound and resolution quality is great!"
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"This is a good little camera and we have made some great movies with excellent sound recording."
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Travel

Travel:
"Of course I googled the reviews and immediately bought it as a birthday gift for my daughter who travels a lot and was always complaining about her messed-up pics."
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"I am hoping that Canon gives corrects the problem because as a travel camera, having this much zoom and quality of video in a pocket-size package is great."
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"It is a great travel camera and fits easily in the pocket."
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"Great size for travel"
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"An ideal travel mate that fits easily in your pocket or bag."
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"If you take a lot of pictures or plan to travel, I recommend buying an extra battery & extra memory card."
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"Mine broke today after about a year of owning it, and it looks like this is still by-far the best rated travel zoom camera out there."
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Value

Value:
"Based on my need for a compact camera with a long zoom, to be used primarily while fishing, I found this camera to offer very good performance at a very good value."
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"Very good value."
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"We bought this camera to celebrate our first grandchild and have loved how easy it is to use---great quality and value ! "
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"*Full HD allows you to record top quality videos (make sure you have a big SD card though)*Fully Manual or Fully Automatic allows you to either let the camera do the work, or have fine control over all camera settings (aperture, shutter speed, focus, exposure, etc)*One of the best VALUED cameras (best features for lowest cost)If you want amazing quality pictures with a huge zoom lens that offers the best value, this is the one to get."
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"All in all great value for the money and a great option for me when I don't want to take my full blown SLR and lenses with me as this takes fantastic shots."
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Versatile

Versatile:
"Very versatile, wonderful zoom and nit pictures."
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"Excellent, versatile camera with more features than I've had the opportunity to explore."
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"Canon PowerShot SX260 HS is a very nice versatile camera (w really powerful zoom! )"
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"Very good camera with versatile features...had the best vacation and the photos I took with the camera are fantastic for a point and shoot!"
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"Small and light with very good versatile lens."
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Video

Video:
"Great camera but video has some problems"
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"A big problem is the sound distortion from video."
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"This is irritating enough for me not to want to use the video, unless I really have to."
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"Though I didn't like that I wasn't able to snap stills while video was in motion."
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"Con: i cannot seem to replay audio from video i make, something broke as it now only plays in slideshow easy mode."
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"The only complaint I have of the video is that when I'm taking videos of group singing, I can't sing because it'll pick up my voice too well."
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"Excellent video & stills w long zoom!"
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"-Camera is very lightweight and easy to carry-This camera has fantastic quality of video capturing, even in the night."
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"This camera is perfect for capturing memories in picture and video form."
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"The video quality is very good as well."
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"The best thing about it is the optical zoom while shooting video."
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Weight

Weight:
"Bought this as a gift for my partner and though it has an amazing zoom, good quality and size weight - the pop-up flash feature is annoying as the flash is located directly where most people place their index finger."
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"Also, the CANON is somewhere in weight between the SONY and the PANASONIC, but has the worst grip of the three."
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"-Camera is very lightweight and easy to carry-This camera has fantastic quality of video capturing, even in the night."
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"If you want a lightweight camera that does good double-duty as a still and video camera, and fits in your pocket, I highly recommend this camera, But make sure you get at least 3 or 4 extra batteries."
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"It's light weight and the controls are easily accessible."
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"Too bad because the camer is great except that I was looking for a much lighter weight with GPS."
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"Light weight, great photos from close up to zoom! "
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Zoom

Zoom:
"I do have some problems when I zoom because it sometimes wants to focus on something other than my main subject but I am a novice at this and I am still learning how to use it."
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"I just assumed that since the ELPH 300 was so good, spending more on another Canon would be even better and the 20X zoom was 4 times that of the previous 300HS, how could I go wrong."
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"I had to buy a new one because the zoom on my last one broke."
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"The zoom is just not good on my iPhone and this camera makes up for that ten fold."
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"I've seen others complain that it is blurry, but that is if you go past the 20x optical into the digital zoom, which is of course going to blur."
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"I'm disappointed with the micro zoom."
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"Excellent video & stills w long zoom!"
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"I have been capturing concerts in the big hall from almost the last row and zoomed up the actor to maximum zoom, and the result was fantastic."
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"I love this camera.. the zoom is amazing."
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"I especially love love love the zoom."
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