Gone are the days when 30x zoom lenses seemed ridiculous, as advancements in technology have allowed fixed-lens digital cameras to offer 40x, 50x, and even 60x zooms.
Digital imaging solutions industry leader Canon has taken the discussion about zoom ranges even further when it unveiled the PowerShot SX60 HS. The company’s newest ultra-zoom bridge camera boasts of a massive 65x optical zoom lens and a broad focal length range equivalent to 21-1365mm, making it one of the most powerful digital cameras in the market today.
The Canon PowerShot SX60 HS comes fully loaded with features such as Optical Image Stabilization, which allows users to zoom in and take high quality shots even from long distances. The camera’s 65x zoom lens is also supported by Canon’s innovative Intelligent IS System, which provides users with an unparalleled eight-mode camera shake correction feature.
It makes use of a high-sensitivity HS System that is built around a 16.1MP CMOS image sensor and Canon’s proprietary DIGIC 6 processor in enhancing the quality of photos taken under low light. The SX60 HS also features a Face Detection and Tracking AF system, as well as full resolution continuous shooting up to 6.4 frames per second.
Filmmaking enthusiasts will appreciate the SX60 HS’s enhanced audio and video capabilities. Compared to the Canon PowerShot SX50 HS, which was announced late in 2012, the SX60 HS offers more video editing capabilities because of its faster frame rate.
Unlike its predecessor, which offers full HD video recording at a rate of 24fps, the SX60 HS is capable of recording 1080/60p full HD video at a rate of 60fps. The camera is also equipped with a built-in stereo microphone as well as a port for an optional external stereo microphone that can be used for recording high quality audio and enhancing sound fidelity.
Long Distance Image Capture
Taking pictures from long distances is made easy with the Zoom Framing Assist function, which remembers the user’s current zoom position before zooming out to locate the subject, after which it zooms right back into the saved position when the button is released.
The SX60 HS’s Zoom Framing Assist function also has the ability to remember a preset composition in order to help enhance image quality. Once the feature is enabled, the camera automatically zooms in or out in order to maintain the desired composition even if the subject moves towards or away from the camera.
Sharing photos and videos taken with the camera online is easy with the SX60 HS’s Wi-Fi and NFC, or near field communication, capabilities. Users can connect a compatible mobile device such as a smartphone or a tablet in order to upload photos and videos to the internet, share them with friends by simply pressing the Mobile Device Connect button. Pairing the camera with a compatible device over NFC also allows the user to control the camera remotely.
Versatile Back Panel LCD Screen
Aside from having a fairly decent EVF, or electronic viewfinder, the SX60 HS also has a highly versatile LCD screen on its back panel. The screen can pivot to the side and rotate to face forward in order to take group photos and self-portraits. It is also very useful taking tough overhead shots, as well as other angles that put users in an awkward position.
As with most digital ultra-zoom cameras, compensating for shake is often easier said than done. Even with all the sophisticated stabilization features built into Canon’s newest ultra-zoom camera, a simple nudge or a slight slip of the finger while preparing to take a shot can result in very blurry photos.
Despite its flaws, the PowerShot SX60 HS is still poised to help Canon maintain its reputation as a leading manufacturer and distributor of digital ultra-zoom cameras.