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Monday, October 27, 2014

Canon PowerShot SX60 Camera Review

The Canon PowerShot SX60 was announced on September 15. It is the successor to the high acclaimed SX50 camera. Below is an excerpt of the review from CameraLab. To read the whole article, click here.  

Canon SX60 HS review by CameraLabs

The Canon PowerShot SX60 HS is the latest bridge super-zoom in the SX series. Launched in September 2014 it replaces the now two year-old (and enormously popular) SX50 HS. With an eye-watering 65x zoom, Canon has once again exceeded expectations and pushed the boundaries of super-zoom range - indeed you have to wonder how long it'll be before we have to start calling these mega-zooms.

The SX60 HS extends the SX50's 50x range at both ends, with a 35mm equivalent range of 21-1365mm. This isn't an incremental step up, it's a significant increase that will make a real difference to your picture taking, especially at the wide angle end of the scale.

The lens isn't all that's new. The SX60 HS has an updated electronic viewfinder with a resolution of 922k dots, up from the more pedestrian and, for its day, typical 202k EVF of its predecessor. The LCD screen shares the same 922k dot resolution and is again an improvement on the earlier model's 460k dot screen. As before the screen is hinged at the side so can be adjusted to pretty much any angle. At the heart of the PowerShot SX60 HS is Canon's 16.1 Megapixel back-illuminated CMOS sensor, also used in other compacts with the HS suffix. It's paired with Canon's latest Digic 6 processor which endows the new model with, among other things, fast 6.4fps continuous shooting and 1080p60 HD video. The new model retains the Speedlite compatible hot shoe and adds built-in Wifi with NFC so all you need do is tap the SX60 HS with a compatible smartphone to initiate a Wifi connection. It also includes all the usual Canon compact features like Hybrid Auto, Creative shot mode and Creative effects filters as well as Super Slow Motion video.

The SX50 HS and SX40 HS before it were both hugely successful for Canon and they'll be hoping that the SX60 HS is equally popular, but there's plenty of competition in the long range super-zoom market. Though it's now over a year old, the Panasonic FZ70 / FZ72 remains a strong competitor with a 60x range that actually outdoes the SX60 HS with a 20mm equivalent wide angle. Then there's the recently introduced Nikon P600 which also sports a 60x zoom with an equivalent range of 24-1440mm. I've compared the PowerShot SX60 HS against both these popular models. Read on to discover which of them is the best of the long range bridge super-zooms.

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