Canon Powershot SX60 16.1MP Digital Camera 65x Optical Zoom Lens 3-inch LCD Tilt Screen (Black)
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With Canon's Power Shot SX60 HS digital camera, you will zoom like never before to see craters on the moon, wildlife from afar and your child's face on a crowded school stage. The Power Shot SX60 HS gives you the reach to capture it all. The camera's astonishing 65x optical zoom (21mm-1365mm) wide-angle lens with Optical Image Stabilizer combine tremendous flexibility with portable ease. A 16.1 megapixel high-sensitivity CMOS sensor and Canon's latest DIGIC 6 image processor together create the Canon HS System for excellent low-light performance. Advanced technology including Zoom Framing Assist and Intelligent IS help you track and capture clear, steady long shots. Shoot realistic 1080p full HD video recorded at 60p. USM and VCM technology help ensure fast, silent zooming and focus during recording, and, in a first for a Power Shot model, you can attach an optional external microphone. Quickly share everything you capture. The Power Shot SX60 HS is Wi-Fi and NFC enabled with an easy Mobile Device Connect button.
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Craters on the moon, wildlife from afar, your child's face on a crowded school stageâ€¦ the PowerShot SX60 HS camera gives you the reach to capture it all. The camera's astonishing 65x Optical Zoom (21mm–1365mm) Wide-Angle Lens with Optical Image Stabilizer combines tremendous flexibility with portable ease. Capture close-ups, wide shots and everything in between with beautiful quality thanks to a 16.1 Megapixel* High-Sensitivity CMOS Sensor and Canon's latest DIGIC 6 Image Processor that together create the Canon HS SYSTEM for excellent low-light performance. Advanced technology including Zoom Framing Assist and Intelligent IS help you track and capture clear, steady long shots. Shoot realistic 1080p Full HD video recorded at 60p. USM and VCM technology help ensure fast, silent zooming and focus during recording, and, in a first for a PowerShot model, you can attach an optional external microphone. And quickly share everything you capture: the PowerShot SX60 HS is Wi-Fi®**- and NFC-enabled*** with an easy Mobile Device Connect button.
* Image processing may cause a decrease in the number of pixels.
** Compatible with iOS versions 6.0/6.1/7.0/7.1, Android smartphone versions 2.3.3/4.0/4.1/4.2/4.3/4.4 and Android tablet versions 4.0/4.1/4.2/4.3/4.4. Data charges may apply.
*** Compatible with Android devices version 4.0 or later
Imagine having the power to capture animals in the wild from a safe distance, shoot architectural details atop a skyscraper, and see the expression on an athlete's face from up in the stands – all from a compact camera with a built-in lens. Lightweight with superb controllability, the 65x Optical Zoom lens on the PowerShot SX60 HS camera is a marvel of optical engineering; but it's also a Genuine Canon Lens, which means that the images you capture with it will be beautifully natural and true to life – whether you're shooting at the wide angle or extreme telephoto end.
The PowerShot SX60 HS camera employs a 16.1 Megapixel CMOS sensor. Utilizing a sophisticated light-capturing design, it provides high sensitivity for improved high ISO capture with reduced noise. It is also a high-speed design, capable of rapidly capturing and moving image data to the processor, enabling faster continuous shooting and faster autofocus.
* Image processing may cause a decrease in the number of pixels.
The PowerShot SX60 HS camera is equipped with the very latest Canon proprietary processor, the DIGIC 6 Image Processor, which makes several important advancements to image quality both in stills and video. Improved light sensitivity allows for higher resolution with less noise when shooting in dark conditions, and Dynamic IS now detects and compensates for tilt and parallel movement (shift blur) to create video that's exceptionally free of distortion. The DIGIC 6 Image Processor also enhances the performance capabilities of the PowerShot SX60 HS, powering full resolution high-speed continuous stills shooting. And video recording is better than ever, as the DIGIC 6 Image Processor enables Full HD at 60p, as well as MP4 recording. Highly compressed MP4 video not only preserves space on your memory card but also improves playback on mobile devices.
The PowerShot SX60 HS camera gives you the power to create images with spectacular depth, detail and emotional resonance. The 16.1 Megapixel High-Sensitivity CMOS sensor works in concert with Canon's latest-generation DIGIC 6 Image Processor to create the Canon HS SYSTEM. With the Canon HS SYSTEM, you'll experience excellent tracking performance even in low light, and achieve gorgeous still image quality even at high ISO speeds all the way up to ISO 3200; beautiful low-light shots are possible with minimal noise and maximum detail in highlight and shadow areas. The Canon HS SYSTEM lets you use higher shutter speeds to capture clearer images with reduced noise and blur in a variety of situations for incredible photos, even when shooting video.
The PowerShot SX60 HS lets you shoot in RAW mode, which records all the information captured by the sensor, giving you outstanding flexibility and complete creative control when editing your images with Canon's powerful software. The camera also allows you to record in RAW and JPEG formats simultaneously. Now, in RAW mode, you can even select among several aspect ratios, including 16:9, 3:2, 4:3, 1:1 and 4:5.
With the PowerShot SX60 HS camera, you'll preserve memories and creative film clips in beautifully realistic 1080p Full HD Video at 60 frames per second. The quality is especially apparent when you play back your video on a large-screen HDTV via the camera's HDMI output. Simply press the dedicated Movie button to begin recording. And now for the first time on a PowerShot model, a new input allows you to attach an optional external microphone (âŒ€3.5mm) for serious audio recording to match the high-quality video you'll capture. The camera's powerful zoom is equipped with Canon's precision-engineered Ultrasonic Motor (USM) and Voice Coil Motor (VCM) for fast, silent zooming and focus that won't interfere with audio capture. Advanced videographers will appreciate the camera's Manual movie mode that lets you adjust aperture and shutter speeds, and ISO speed either before or during video capture for enhanced creative control.
The PowerShot SX60 HS also records video in the Apple iFrame® format, a computer-friendly standard that speeds up importing and editing of videos. It keeps file sizes small, so uploading and emailing high-quality video is quick and easy. The iFrame format enjoys native support in compatible Mac and Windows video applications, so you won't have to make time-consuming conversions that can degrade quality.
The PowerShot SX60 HS camera supports NFC (Near Field Communication) technology, eliminating the need to manually find and open the Canon CameraWindow app* on your mobile device. Simply touch the NFC icon on your camera to your compatible Android™ device**, and the CameraWindow app will launch automatically for quick, easy sharing of your images. Built-in NFC technology also makes it simpler to install the app. If the app hasn't been installed yet, once you touch the devices together for the first time, the download screen will display automatically.
The PowerShot SX60 HS camera is equipped with built-in Wi-Fi® technology for on-the-go convenience when you want to share your photos and videos with friends, family and the whole world. Easily post your images to social networking and media sites – Facebook®, Twitter®, YouTube™, Flickr®, and Google Drive™ – through CANON iMAGE GATEWAY# directly from your PowerShot camera, or save them to the online photo album to share anytime, anywhere. The camera can also connect directly to both iOS® and Android™ devices##, and upload images via the free Canon CameraWindow app without a computer. You can control the destination of your uploads to share with everyone or to selected groups, and even add comments. Sharing video is also easy with the PowerShot SX60 HS, which records video using the easy-to-share MP4 format. Enhanced Wi-Fi® makes posting in real time possible, so you can keep everyone up to date with photos and video even as events unfold. The built-in Wi-Fi® technology on the PowerShot SX60 HS also allows you to transfer images to other Wi-Fi® equipped PowerShot cameras or print your photos directly to a PictBridge (Wireless LAN) certified printer.
With the built-in Wi-Fi® on the PowerShot SX60 HS, you can use your smartphone or tablet## to remotely control the camera. Simply connect wirelessly to your device and access the free Canon CameraWindow app*. Your device will show a live image of the camera's capture for easy composition – perfect for wildlife and nighttime shots, group photos and all kinds of situations. The camera's versatile zoom, flash, self-timer and shutter are all under your control, with images being saved to your camera as usual.
One-touch connection to your mobile device or computer is made possible on the PowerShot SX60 HS with the camera's dedicated Mobile Device Connect Button. You can choose to transfer images to your smartphone or tablet for immediate sharing with the CameraWindow app, or to your computer on the same network with Image Sync to make saving and organizing your images easier. When the camera finds a linked computer on the same wireless network, images are sent directly to it. Otherwise, images are temporarily stored on CANON iMAGE GATEWAY then transferred once a connection is made, eliminating the need for cables.
* This software enables you to upload images to social network services. Before uploading images, please be aware that image files may contain privacy related information such as people and places. If necessary, please delete such information. Canon does not obtain, collect or use such images or any information included in such images through this software.
** Compatible with Android devices version 4.0 or later.
# One-time registration is required on CANON iMAGE GATEWAY online photo album.
## Compatible with iOS versions 6.0/6.1/7.0/7.1, Android smartphone versions 2.3.3/4.0/4.1/4.2/4.3/4.4 and Android tablet versions 4.0/4.1/4.2/4.3/4.4. Data charges may apply.
It's easy to capture clear, steady images with the PowerShot SX60 HS camera, even in low light without using a tripod. That's because the camera is equipped with Canon's innovative Intelligent IS. The system automatically analyzes camera movement and applies the best shake correction method for the shooting situation – allowing you to focus on framing and capturing your shot. For stills, the system selects from Normal IS, Panning IS, Macro (Hybrid) IS and Tripod modes. When shooting video, the system selects from Dynamic IS, Powered IS, Macro (Hybrid) IS and Active Tripod IS modes. New icons clearly mark the image stabilization mode, whether you're shooting still images or video.
|Normal IS||Corrects for a wide range of camera movement when shooting stills.|
|Panning IS||Panning motion is detected so that IS does not interfere with desired camera movement.|
|Macro (Hybrid) IS||Corrects for shift-type camera shake, which typically occurs in macro (close-up) shooting.|
|Tripod||When tripod use is detected, the Image Stabilizer is stopped because it is not needed.|
|Dynamic IS||Effective for video shooting at wide-angle focal lengths, eliminating the unwanted shaking that typically occurs while walking.|
|Powered IS||Compensates for hand movement when shooting video at the telephoto end of the zoom range, where camera shake is magnified.|
|Macro (Hybrid) IS||Corrects for motion blur that is likely to occur when shooting video while walking. Also compensates for the shift-type camera shake common in macro shooting.|
|Active Tripod IS||When shooting video while using a tripod, the image stabilization is active to compensate for slight camera shake.|
Its 65x Optical Zoom lens gives the PowerShot SX60 HS camera the ability to capture subjects at great distances, but because it can be challenging to track a moving subject at maximum telephoto, the camera includes sophisticated technology to help you get the most from the camera's powerful zoom while simply enjoying shooting. When you press and hold the Zoom Framing Assist button, the camera will zoom out to include a wider angle of view, enabling you to more easily locate your moving subject. Once you find it, releasing the button will cause the lens to return to its original zoom position, intelligently keeping the subject in focus until you're ready to shoot and capture the perfect close-up moment. You can even make zoom adjustments while the button is pressed, with an animated assist frame that makes viewing easy. When the button is released, the lens will return to the adjusted zoom position. Zoom Framing Assist also lets you select an image area (Face/Upper Body/Whole Body/Manual), then keeps that area of your subject the same size in your frame no matter how the subject moves. For instance, you can tap the Zoom Framing Assist button to detect your subject's face. As your subject retreats and advances the camera automatically zooms in and out so their face remains the same size. It's especially useful for capturing the expressions of fast-moving children, and for letting a friend take a picture after you've composed the shot. And, for even more convenience, the Zoom Framing Assist function is also available when shooting video.
A new Zoom Memory function lets you save the zoom position and return to it immediately when you power the camera on. You can also save a Manual Focus position. This is especially convenient at times when you want to power off during short breaks while remaining ready to shoot immediately, for instance if you're waiting for clouds to pass by, or changing the camera's SD card or battery.
The PowerShot SX60 HS camera is equipped with Canon's remarkably responsive High Speed AF. This High Speed AF technology achieves an increase in speed for quicker start up and a shooting experience that's spontaneous and natural. And a speedier AF means it's possible to photograph fast-moving subjects, which complements the PowerShot SX60 HS's High-Speed Burst HQ mode. You'll capture great shots as they happen – frame by frame – with reduced lag time.
The PowerShot SX60 HS camera gives you lots of ways to frame a great shot. The bright 3.0-inch Vari-angle LCD has excellent resolution (approximately 922,000 dots), and flips out and swivels/rotates for shooting at unusual angles, even letting you capture perfectly framed self-portraits. The camera also has an Electronic Viewfinder (approximately 922,000 dots) to easily see subjects when using the camera in very bright sunlight, or preventing camera shake by holding it steadily.
The carefully designed grip on the PowerShot SX60 HS camera was specifically developed to make high-magnification shooting easy and accurate. Substantially sized and tall enough for your whole hand to hold securely, the grip is very comfortable and adds a distinctive professional style. The camera's design allows easy access to controls (like access to a convenient front dial), and maximizes camera angle flexibility with the Vari-angle LCD screen to allow you to handle the camera like you would an SLR for optimal control.
Experience the PowerShot SX60 HS camera's full potential using accessories that are normally used with EOS DSLR cameras. The PowerShot SX60 HS is compatible with Canon Speedlites, transmitters, and select filter adapters and lens hoods to help maximize the camera's versatility photographers need to achieve their creative vision.
Shooting in high-contrast environments can often result in photos with overexposed and underexposed sections. To tackle this problem, Canon developed the High Dynamic Range shooting mode to make shooting even more intuitive. Under High Dynamic Range, the camera will shoot three different exposures in a succession (underexposed, overexposed and normal) and then merge them into a single image. Underexposed areas are combined with the overexposed and vice versa, resulting in an evenly detailed image with flattering shadows and highlights. With the PowerShot SX60 HS camera, a tripod is not always necessary, plus the camera features artistic sub-modes Art Standard, Art Vivid, Art Bold, Art Embossed and Natural, which add dynamic, creative effects depending on the ambience you want to convey.
Rather than randomly applying filters, Creative Shot mode takes advantage of advanced Canon technologies to analyze the individual scene, subject and exposure to apply any of 46 filter options. In addition to the original shot, the camera automatically produces and saves five additional variations of the composition. Filter choices are grouped into Retro, Monochrome, Special and Natural categories to make exploring the world of artistic photography fun and easy, or simply select Auto to access the full range of effects. With Creative Shot mode, the result is stunning artistic photos that are perfect for sharing.
Smart AUTO for the PowerShot SX60 HS camera makes it easier than ever to capture the sharp, bright, colorful images and videos you're looking for. By assessing various factors in both the background and the subject, the system recognizes 58* predefined shooting situations and automatically selects the camera settings that will yield the best possible results. Simply frame the shot you want, and in dozens of common or challenging scenarios the camera takes care of the rest. Hard-to-capture shots such as moving subjects, night scenes, backlit subjects and landscapes in the evening or on a bright, snowy day are instantly and effortlessly captured as "keeper" shots. Smart AUTO makes the PowerShot SX60 HS ideal for capturing excellent quality still images and video on the go.
* 58 predefined shooting situations for still images, and 21 predefined shooting situations for video.
Capture the essence of special days – vacations, important occasions or any time you're shooting many shots in a day – using Hybrid Auto on the PowerShot SX60 HS camera. Hybrid Auto records up to four seconds of video every time you shoot a still image, then automatically joins the day's clips and pictures* into a video. The feature also makes sure the "highlight reel" is stunningly beautiful by automatically recognizing the scene and optimizing camera settings to capture the highest possible image quality. The resulting 720p HD video is properly exposed, crisp and steady.
* Pictures can be withheld from the resulting video via menu settings.
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103 of 104 people found the following review helpful.
Canon sx60 vs Nikon p900, my introduction to superzoom cameras
By M. Terrell
I enjoy photographing birds and wildlife, and have a dslr with a medium range (70-300) lens. I was going to rent a longer lens (the new canon 100-400) for an excursion when I saw my rental company had the new Nikon P900 for rent so I decided to try it out. I had great fun with it, and was impressed with the quality of the photos and the zoom reach though I found as others have reported that at the far end the Nikon has trouble acquiring focus and even when it does it is difficult to hold the camera steady enough to avoid blurry images. It seemed the usable range on the Nikon zoom was only about 65x (except when focusing on bright objects that are far away, like the moon), so when I went looking for a superzoom to purchase I settled on the Canon SX 60 hs. I wanted a superzoom that allowed me to shoot in Raw, had a hot shoe, and most importantly, was cheaper than the Nikon. I also liked the fact that the Canon is considerably smaller and lighter than the Nikon P900 (only 22 ounces or 650 grams compared to 33 ounces and 916 grams). However, the added heft made the Nikon a little easier to hold steady when zoomed out to the max.
Having used both cameras, I have found that what is said about the two brand's dslrs also holds true with these bridge cameras: the Nikon has the better sensor, and hence better image quality, while the Canon seems to have the edge with autofocus. The Nikon shots were sharper, but the Canon seems much less likely to hunt for focus and re-acqquires it quickly with the frame assist button so you get more shots. The additional zoom is not really an advantage for the Nikon, for reasons mentioned earlier. Also, to my surprise, Canon's 1.6x digital zoom is not as bad as you would expect for digital zoom and rivals the Nikon's shots at 85x zoom on those rare occasions when the Nikon can acquire focus at that length.
Some of the shots I posted ate from a recent excursion where I happened to run into a man who had the Canon 100-400 lens on a Canon 7d. We talked about the fact that there weren't a lot of birds out that day, and when I mentioned the grebes and the plover he said that those were "too far" for his long lens (that costs more than 2k, btw, which is why I only ever can hope to rent it from time to time). We bemoaned the fact that my superzoom wouldn't yield shots of the same quality, but the point is, I DID get shots of the Beebe and plover. The shots do not rival a dslr and a long lens, but my used canon sx60 cost a small fraction of what a long lens would cost, is easy to carry and handhold, and is great for seeing birds and other wildlife at a great distance, though I found with both the Nikon P900 and the Canon SX60 that the sweet spot for great photos is more like 50-35 feet or less. The superzoom allows you to see and capture blurry images at a great distance, but it allows you to fill the frame with subjects that are closer. Both cameras have Wi-fi, which is nice and I was able to get the Canon wi-fi to work by first getting out of range of my own home wi-fi (my phone would automatically disconnect form the camera access point for the stronger and preferred signal from my home router). Below I list some of the pros and cons I have observed in comparing the two cameras:
Pros of the Canon SX 60 (vs. Nikon P900)
Cost and availability
Lighter weight (though this is also a con, see below)
Frame assist and decent auto-focus
Hot shoe for external flash
External mike jack for video (haven't used this)
Plug for remote shutter release
Lens markings to show how far out it is zoomed
Cons (vs. Nikon P900)
Image quality (Nikon's sensor is backside illuminated, as was the Canon SX 50, and that may explain its sharper images)
Lighter weight means harder to hold steady when zoomed out
No eye sensor (it is so easy with the Nikon to go from using the viewfinder to the LCD screen though occasionally a stray thumb will trip the sensor. On the Canon, you have to hit the display button twice to switch)
The LCD screen seems noisier than the Nikon
For now, I am okay with the Canon. If I had an unlimited budget, I might be willing to forgo shooting raw for the Nikon but with either I am able to get some shots I was not able to get with my dslr. I am trying to learn the camera to optimize what I can get from the Canon, and I'll update as I go.
297 of 308 people found the following review helpful.
First look, pretty good
By Vince L.
I just got mine, and have been playing with it (and my SX-50) for a couple of hours, particularly indoors without the flash. I had seen some very negative reviews on Amazon, and other places, so I practically didn't even take it out of the box.
One site posted some nice pictures that were noisy as all get-out. Their specs with the pictures showed very low ISOs. I took some indoor pictures with low ISOs, and thought, "there you go", when I saw the noise. Oddly enough, I tried the camera on auto, and it picked an ISO of 1600. When I looked at the pictures, they had far less noise (almost zero). Even the RAW pictures were practically noise-free. I would say to try other ISO settings than you normally use. It's weird, but this camera seems to take the high ISO settings without skipping a beat. On other cameras, like my SX-40, the pictures would have been all noise, particularly the RAWs, done with the CHDK add-on.
The reviews mentioned the lack of an ISO button on the back. When I hit the Function button, it pops me right into the ISO menu, although I may use it less often, considering what I've found.
Other comments had lack of sharpness. For SX-50 users, I tried the same settings on my SX-50, and the SX-60 is noticeably sharper. I've been going with auto focus, but manual is next.
A comment on Amazon said that the zoom motor is loud with movies. Compared to my SX-50, I can barely hear it, so that may have been their camera. I've found that the buttons take a really light touch to zoom in and out. Otherwise,I can hear my finger clunks when I move the lever, but no motor sounds, just my big fingers. I know that I can use my phone to control the zoom, so that's something to try.
All in all, the camera's been a good experience, so far. Enough that I'm going to keep it and put it through its paces.
I'll keep trying this thing, but my initial impression is very good.
194 of 203 people found the following review helpful.
SX60 ... Great Zoom for the Outdoor Photographer
By Richard Hoeg
I upgraded about one month ago from a Canon SX40 to the SX60. Overall I am happy with my purchase which suits my primary interests of bird and landscape photography. Here are my positives and negatives:
1) Incredible zoom at 65x optical. Purchasing a DSLR lens with this kind of reach would costs thousands of dollars. I always use a monopod or tripod when fully zoomed in. One needs to stabilize the photo opp.
2) The camera takes very quick bursts. I am amazed at how I never miss anything with the continuous mode. When a duck dives I get
pictures documented the entire process!
3) RAW format. I use this for landscapes and it really helps me bring out the zing in photos.
4) The LCD panel has a much greater resolution than my SX40. Now I know before taking a photo if the subject is in focus.
5) Really like the ability to limit what menu items display when I press the Function button. I only display ISO, White Balance, Bracketing, Timer and Format (jpg or raw)
1) Canon ... remove the artificial 100 ISO limit for exposures greater than one second. I use CHDK with my SX40, but given the new software on the SX60 it will be some time before that hack is available for the SX60
2) Wish the Aperture on the SX60 opened to 2.7 like my SX40. Max on the SX60 is 3.4.
3) Given #2, low light performance has taken a hit.
As stated earlier, I really like this camera, but it is not perfect. Incredible reach, but good light is necessary for best results. I am happy with the few movies I have taken, but I do not consider myself real knowledgeable in this area.
Update to Review on December 10, 2014: After even more time spent with the SX60, I have become even happier with my purchase. Please remember that the primary photos I take with this camera are of birds and landscapes. One thing I found that made a huge difference in my end result photos was using Canon's Digital Photo Professional (DSP) (free with purchase, but actually downloading and licensing is convoluted). After I started using DSP even for jpg images and taking two actions, my final photos became much sharper. The first action is to scale up the sharpness of bird photos almost to the max (often a bit less for landscapes). In addition, I increase the luminance noise reduction to a value of about "13". The end results are now fantastic.
If you would like to see these final photos, Google my last name plus "365 photo project". Look at the photos from about Thanksgiving to present.