The Canon HS SYSTEM lets you take bright, clear photos in an even wider range of shooting situations. Beautiful low-light shots are possible with minimal noise and maximum detail in highlight and shadow areas. The system is the result of two technologies brought together in PowerShot cameras: a high-sensitivity imaging sensor, which is able to capture more light; and the DIGIC 5 Image Processor, which actively reduces noise with high-speed image processing. The 12.1 Megapixel Canon CMOS sensor in the PowerShot SX260 HS incorporates advanced light reception technology that enhances sensitivity. The DIGIC 5 Image Processor provides a major boost in noise reduction, expanding the usable ISO range to an amazing high of ISO 3200. The Canon HS SYSTEM thus lets you use higher shutter speeds to capture clearer images with reduced noise and blur.
Canon DIGIC 5 Image Processor
The latest-generation Canon DIGIC 5 Image Processor brings phenomenal increases in processing speed and power. Improved chip architecture and algorithms deliver greatly expanded functionality with further refinement in image quality. Improved noise reduction produces clearer images when shooting in low light at high ISO speeds. Enhanced i-Contrast performance adjusts differences between light and dark areas to achieve even more natural-looking results. The faster processing speed also results in faster continuous shooting capability while maintaining full image quality. The DIGIC 5 Image Processor also makes possible a new, highly advanced automatic white balance system. Whereas conventional white balance makes an overall adjustment based on a single type of light source, the new Canon Multi-Area White Balance analyzes several areas of the image to determine whether different adjustments are needed, for example, for the main subject and the background.
Big performance in a small package. does everything the big cameras do but a lot smaller in size.
December 8, 2013
Not happy - on 2nd return
I purchased this 1 year ago and already sent it back under warranty because the lighting of the image in the camera went dark. Now this replacement camera has broken with the same problem and needs to be replaced. I've been a Canon user for many years and rue the day that I purchased this particular model. When it does take photos, they are of good quality.
November 24, 2013
Less Then Desirable Quality
The considerable zoom is, obviously, very nice to have in a P&S. Although it "seems" to me that it is not truly equivalent to a 500mm lens, as they claim. I could be wrong.
My primary big issue is that whites and other bright colours are easily blown out - especially hazy skies. I have not had this issue with previous Canon P&S cameras. My iPhone balances light way better than this camera does.
Also, auto-focus is very temperamental.
My other big issue is that it takes FOREVER for the GPS to lock in.
September 1, 2013
Would be great if it worked
This compact camera has many good features for easy non-commercial use. Easy to understand settings. Good zoom. Has the potential to be a good little aim and shoot, or small travel camera. However, the battery requires reseating many times with each use. Screen goes black, pics are black, and then it starts all over. Also, there is a significant shutter delay. I could do with the delay, but I can't deal with a camera that takes black pics and requires battery to be re-inserted over and over at each use. If the camera worked, I would give it a 4.5. But despite all its potential, the fact that it takes black pictures, I have to give it a zero. Do not recommend. Save your money and time and get something else.
August 31, 2013