LCD and Viewfinder
Canon SX260 HS has a Fixed Type 3″ LCD screen with a resolution of 461k dots. Both the screen size and the screen resolution is up to the standards of this class.
SX260 HS doesn't have a viewfinder and no option for external viewfinder. Lack of a viewfinder can be problematic especially under strong light where visibility of LCD screens goes down dramatically. If you need a Compact camera with a built-in viewfinder in a similar price range, consider Fujifilm X30 (Compare) or Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS70 (Lumix DC-TZ90) (Compare). If the price is not an issue, take a look at our Top Rated Cameras with Viewfinders.
Max Shutter speed
Canon SX260 HS can shoot continuously at max speed of 2 fps and has max shutter speed of 1/3200 sec.
SX260 HS has a built-in flash, and it also has a flash shoe to mount your external flashes too.
Canon SX260 HS features a Contrast Detection autofocusing system. The AF system has 9 points to choose from.
Canon SX260 HS also features Face detection AF
where it intelligently detects the faces in the frame and locks the focus automatically.
With Canon SX260 HS, you can record your videos at a highest resolution of 1920 x 1080 at 24 fps and save in and H.264 formats. Full HD resolution of Canon SX260 HS will be adequate in most of the situations. But if you are after the highest resolution videos available, see our list of Top Cameras with 4K (Ultra-HD) Video.
SX260 HS also a high speed mode where it captures videos at 240 fps for ultra slow motion videos. SX260 HS has a built-in Stereo microphone and a Mono speaker.
Canon SX260 HS doesn't have any connections for external microphones and headphones. If you need a Compact camera with external microphone connectivity, consider Fujifilm X30 or Olympus XZ-2 iHS in a similar price range.
Connectivity and Storage
You can connect SX260 HS to compatible devices via its HDMI port or USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) port.
Battery Canon SX260 HS is powered by battery which provides a shooting life of 230 according to CIPA standards.
Considering that the average battery life of Compact type cameras is 255 shots, its battery life is about average in its class but it would still be wise to invest in some spare batteries for long photo trips.
Battery Life Comparison in Small Sensor Superzoom Cameras
Fujifilm HS35EXR with its 600shots is the model with longest battery life among Small Sensor Superzoom cameras. Check the comparison of Canon SX260 HS vs Fujifilm HS35EXR or take a look at Longest Battery Life Compact cameras list.
Canon SX260 HS Features Compared to Main Competitors