Canon PowerShot SX260 HS and SX240 20x zoom compacts launched

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canon-powershot-sx260-hs-top.pngCanon have launched a pair of new super-slim long zoom compacts. The PowerShot SX260 HS and PowerShot SX240, look to be the perfect companion for travellers not looking to get too close to the action.

Both share practically the same specs.Each has a 20x optical zoom, 25mm wide-angle lens, and each has a 12.1 MP CMOS sensor powered by the DIGIC 5 HS System. Again, each uses Canon’s Intelligent IS (Image Stabilisation) tech.

As well as the 20x optical zoom, you can pop a digital zoom on top too, pushing that zoom range to 39x.

3-inch PureColor II G LCD screens sit on the rear of the cameras, with Face ID facial recognition. It’s a smart system that can learn up to 12 individual faces, and details about each person, tagging their names and applying age-related set ups to their snaps. For instance, a recognised baby would see the camera turn off its flash so as not to startle the baby. Both amazing and creepy, no?

Both cameras have Full HD video recording, and an interesting feature called Movie Digest, which, while not only cribbing the mighty Tech Digest’s name, also records the four seconds of action prior to your photo being taken, editing them altogether at the end of the day into a mini film.

So what’s the difference between the two cameras? GPS; you’ll only find geo-tagging in the Canon PowerShot SX260 HS.

In shops from from March, the SX260 will cost £329 and come in four colours (silver, black, red and green), while the SX240 will be £299 and come in three; silver, black and red.

Gerald Lynch