Canon PowerShot SX60 HS Review

Review posted 12/16/2014

Quick Take
  • 65x zoom lens is unmatched on market currently
  • A bit more wide angle capabilities (21 mm) than expected in large zoom camera lens
  • LCD is sharp and is articulated
  • EVF is also very sharp and easy to use
  • Camera's performance speeds are better than expected for a large-zoom camera
  • Up to 6.4 frames per second performance
  • Image quality is better than expected versus cameras with similarly sized image sensors
  • Both JPEG and RAW shooting formats available
  • Command dial is well positioned
  • Both Wi-Fi and NFC wireless connectivity available
  • Full set of manual control options
  • Hot shoe available
  • Camera's external look and feel is similar to a DSLR
  • Price is high
  • Would expect a little better image quality in this price range
  • ISO range is limited to 3200
  • Electronic viewfinder doesn't turn on automatically when you lift camera to your eye
  • Extremely large and heavy camera body
  • No touch screen LCD
  • Four-way button on back of camera is very poorly designed; too small and too tightly set to camera body
Bottom Line
The Canon Powershot SX60 HS is an impressive ultra-zoom camera, offering a huge 65x optical zoom range. Unlike many big zoom cameras, the SX60 performs pretty quickly and it creates images that are of a surprisingly good quality. There's plenty of nice add-on features here too, with an articulated LCD, a high-quality electronic viewfinder, numerous special effect options, and built-in Wi-Fi and NFC wireless connectivity. The camera's starting price is a little high at $549, and its image quality suffers a bit in tricky shooting situations, but this is a strong camera versus similar models that must be on your list if you're looking for a camera with a large zoom lens. Read more in our Full Conclusion.
Currently Canon's latest high-power zoom SX-series camera (as of 12/2014), the PowerShot SX60 HS offers an impressive 65x optical zoom lens, with a 21mm - 1365mm equivalent zoom range. Intelligent IS (Image Stabilization) is a must at full telephoto, while the 16.1-megapixel CMOS image sensor is good for Full 1080/60p HD video recording and RAW or JPEG still image capture.

The DIGIC 6 image processor is fast and efficient, offering up more features like 6.4fps continuous shooting, Tracking AF (AutoFocus), Face Detection, Zoom Framing Assist, Creative Shot Mode, and Smart AUTO, which automatically chooses one of 58 pre-selected still image, or 21 video, settings options for your current shooting conditions.

Lastly, the SX60 HS has built-in Wi-Fi and NFC wireless connectivity features to sync the camera with a smartphone or tablet. From there it's easy to back up files, share images and videos on social networking sites, or even send your photos directly to compatible Canon printers.

Canon PowerShot SX60 HS Features:
  • 16.1MP CMOS image sensor
  • DIGIC 6 image processor
  • 65x optical zoom
    • 21-1365mm equivalent
  • Zoom Framing Assist
    • Whole Body
    • Upper Body
    • Face
  • Zoom Memory
  • Intelligent IS (Image Stabilization)
  • 3.0" vari-angle LCD display
  • Full 1080/60p HD Video
  • Face Detection
  • Tracking AF (AutoFocus)
  • 6.4 fps Continuous Shooting (with Tracking AF off)
  • Creative Shot Mode
    • Retro
    • Monochrome
    • Special
    • Natural
  • Smart AUTO
    • 58 pre-defined still scenes; 21 video
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    • Mobile Device Connect Button
    • Canon iMAGE GATEWAY
  • NFC
  • RAW + JPEG recording formats

The Canon PowerShot SX60 HS is available in black with a suggested retail price of $549.99. See our best price box at the top right of this page to see the most current online pricing.

What's in the box?:
  • PowerShot SX60 HS Digital Camera
  • Lens Cap (with Strap)
  • Battery Pack NB-10L
  • Battery Charger CB-2LC
  • Neck Strap NS-DC11

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