Canon PowerShot SX60 HS Review

The enormous 65X optical zoom lens of the PowerShot SX60 HS is comparable to a focal length range of 21-1365mm (naturally, it has image stabilization). Continuous shooting at 6.4 frames per second, 1080/60p video recording, and a maximum ISO setting of 3200 are all made possible because to its 16.1 CMOS sensor and Canon’s most recent DIGIC 6 image processor (at full resolution).

Key Specs

  • 16MP – 1/2.3″ BSI-CMOS Sensor
  • ISO 100 – 6400 21-1365 mm F3.4-6.5 Zoom Lens
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • Fully Articulated Screen Size of 3.00 Inches and 922,000 Pixels a digital or electronic viewer
  • Continuous filming at 6.4 frames per second
  • Full HD – 1920 x 1080 video resolution
  • Integrated Wireless Weight: 650g 128 x 93 x 114 mm

Canon PowerShot SX50 HS Has Been Replaced It also includes an electronic viewfinder in addition to its fully articulating 3″ LCD screen. In order for photographers to “back out” and find their subject before zooming back in, the Zoom Framing Assist tool is quite helpful. This function also enables the user to lock onto the subject’s face, upper body, or complete body, and then automatically shift the lens back (in the direction of wide-angle) as the subject travels closer or further away from the camera. Built-in Wi-Fi and the ability to share photos through Canon’s Image Gateway service are both standard features on the most recent PowerShot models.

Features And Design

The resolution of the SX60 HS has been increased by 4 megapixels, bringing it up to 16 megapixels. Additionally, the camera’s 1/2.3-inch backside-illuminated CMOS sensor has been combined with a more recent Digic 6 image processor, resulting in enhanced performance in low light as well as overall. JPEG, raw, or a combination of both formats can be used to capture photographs (its 12-bit CR2 raw format is supported by Adobe Camera Raw 8.7).

The quality of the videos that may be seen has been improved. You have the choice of shooting in automatic or manually controlling the exposure, and an external stereo mic connection is available as an accessory for the camera. The maximum resolution that the camera is capable of capturing is 1080p at 60 frames per second.

Vari-angle display

The resolution of the variable-angle display is 922K dots and it has a greater screen size of 3 inches. The same excellent resolution may be seen in the electronic viewfinder as well (but remains the same rather small size).

A hot shoe may be found on top of the viewfinder, and it is compatible with Speedlites from the Canon EX series. In terms of add-ons, the front of the lens has a threaded mount for 67mm filters, and it also has a connection for connecting a wired remote release (model RS-60E3).

When initially considered

Although at first glance the design appears to be identical to that of the SX50, a closer inspection reveals that Canon shifted things about and improved the usability. For instance, the SX60 HS includes a separate dial for setting the shutter speed and aperture that is situated right beneath the shutter release, whereas the SX50 did not have this feature at all.

It is accompanied by a programmed shortcut button that has been moved from the other side of the camera. This makes it much simpler to make speedy adjustments to the settings without having to glance at the controls, such as changing the light metering or the white-balance settings.


Focus mode, continuous shooting options, focus mode (macro, normal, and manual), and display controls are all located on a directional pad on the back of the camera. Separate buttons that are easily accessible with your thumb are located for exposure compensation and focus area on the back of the camera. In the middle of the pad is a button labeled Function/Set that provides quick access to additional critical settings. Canon gives you the freedom to select whatever you want from that menu.

By pressing the Display button, you may switch between the electronic viewfinder (EVF) and the 3-inch rotatable LCD that is used for framing photographs. The EVF is much smaller than the LCD. That would be OK if you didn’t have to go through a bunch of different display settings every time you wanted to switch between the two options:

low-info LCD, detailed LCD, low-info EVF, and detailed EVF are all available display options. The situation is made worse by the fact that certain shooting modes allow users to access supplementary features by pressing the Display button. If you are using one of these modes and wish to switch from the LCD or EVF, you must first exit the shooting mode in which you are now working.

Flipping the screen so that it is facing away from you will automatically activate the EVF, and flipping the screen so that it is facing toward you will automatically activate the LCD. Both of these actions may be performed simultaneously. Regardless, it is ultimately a very frustrating design choice, and Canon should have used an LCD/EVF button placed next to the EVF like every other manufacturer does and/or a proximity sensor that triggers the switch when you bring the EVF to your eye. Both of these options would have been preferable.

A menu button, a one-touch video record button, and Canon’s Mobile Device Connect button round out the controls on the back panel of the camera. The Mobile Device Connect button allows you to select a computer or smartphone in advance, and then connect the camera to it with the push of a button.

If you press it, it will switch on the camera’s Wi-Fi, at which time you will need to enter the wifi settings on your mobile device and choose the camera as the connection type. The procedure is finished when the Camera Connect app (available for iOS and Android devices) is opened.

You may use Wi-Fi to transfer photographs and movies straight to mobile devices for viewing, editing, and uploading. Additionally, you can use the Wi-Fi to sync the GPS on your mobile device to geotag your photos, which is convenient given that this camera does not have a GPS that is built in. You also have the option of wirelessly sending photographs directly to a photo printer or backing them up on a personal computer that is linked to the same network as the camera.

Last but not least, the application may function as a remote viewfinder as well as a shutter release. It only has a zoom, self-timer, shutter release, and flash (provided you have the pop-up flash attached), but it is useful for taking pictures of wildlife and large groups of people. However, it cannot be used to begin or terminate the playback of a video.

Although Canon included NFC in the SX60 HS so that it may be used with Android devices, very few people actually make advantage of it. If you haven’t already downloaded the Camera Connect app, you may open the Google Play store on your smartphone by tapping it toward the camera. This will allow you to get the software and install it on your device. After then, it can only be used to start the application. You will still need to activate the Wi-Fi on the camera and connect your device to it by choosing the camera from the list of available wireless networks on your smartphone.

Other cameras from Sony, Panasonic, and Samsung that include NFC will automatically start the app and manage the connection procedure. This will make shooting and sharing photos and videos far simpler. They also make use of NFC so that you can easily transmit individual photographs to your phone by just tapping the camera and the device together.

Using Wi-Fi will, as you probably have guessed, significantly decrease the amount of time your battery will last. When taking ordinary photos, the battery life is excellent and online with that of the other models in its class. However, utilizing Wi-Fi, taking a lot of video or bursts of photographs, turning the screen brightness all the way up, and regularly zooming in and out will all reduce the battery life.

When you head toward the lens barrel, you’ll discover the Zoom Framing Assist and Framing Assist Lock buttons that are included with your Canon camera. The first one enables you to draw the lens back, which helps you reposition a subject that may have moved out of the frame and then zooms back in when the button is pressed.

Composition presets are available for either the entire body, the upper body, or the face on the SX60. When you pick one of these, the camera will automatically adjust the zoom to maintain the desired composition. As long as your subject isn’t moving really quickly or isn’t too near to you, this technique may be quite effective.

When you are attempting to compose images with the lens zoomed in, using the Framing Assist Lock button will increase the operation of the optical image stabilization. Because the image stabilization of the camera is so superb in general, it was difficult for me to determine whether or not it was functioning properly, which is a feature that should be praised in any case.

Regarding the shooting choices, there is a great deal of them; thus, I strongly advise obtaining the camera handbook and going over it thoroughly. If you want to give this camera to your family, there will be options for everyone who uses it, from those who prefer to rely on the camera’s Smart Auto setting to those who want complete manual control over every aspect of the photograph.

Performance in the shooting

Although I didn’t see a significant change in performance, the SX60 HS did seem to have faster-focusing rates when I used it at the telephoto end in strong illumination with high-contrast scenes. The camera was manufactured by Canon. However, like the majority of cameras in the category, it can be slow when the lighting is poor or the subject has low contrast. Again, this is something that is typical for cameras with such long lenses, and the Canon isn’t nearly as hard to use as the Nikon P600 can be.

Shutter lag

When shooting in bright light, the time it takes from pushing the shutter release to capturing the image without prefocusing is a very respectable 0.3 seconds, however, in low light, it increases to 0.5 seconds. When shooting in JPEG, the amount of time spent waiting between shots is an average of 0.8 seconds, whereas the time spent shooting in raw is a tolerable 1.1 seconds.

Additionally, Canon has enhanced the SX50’s capacity for shooting in a continuous fashion. It is able to reach 6.4 frames per second at full quality and does not have a buffer limit, which means that it will continue shooting for as long as the shutter release button is held down.

It takes the first photo to determine the focus and exposure settings, which is typical for modes like this. In my tests, the continuous shooting mode with autofocus ran at about 3.4 frames per second, which is pretty good, and at least it’s an option — many cameras in this class don’t even offer it. There is also a setting for continuous shooting without autofocus, which ran at about 3.5 frames per second.

Image Quality

My standard caveat, which I provide in almost all of my reviews of bridge cameras, is as follows: Don’t anticipate digital single-lens reflex camera (DSLR) photo quality just because this camera appears like a DSLR. It is necessary for camera manufacturers to utilize sensors that are a fraction of the size of those found in digital single-lens reflex cameras and even higher-end compact cameras in order to achieve the goal of fitting a lens with this zoom range into a body that is both tiny and lightweight.

Will the photographs taken with the SX60 HS look fine even when printed at higher sizes or shown at smaller sizes on the screen? Absolutely. However, if you pixel peeps or magnifies the shot to have a closer look at the minute features of a bird that you photographed from a great distance, you will most likely be underwhelmed by what you see.

When taking into account the length of the lens on this camera, the majority of people will be very satisfied with the images it produces up to ISO 400 when seen at bigger sizes on screen and in printouts. Subjects do get softer and noisier at ISO 400 and even more so at ISO 800, but the images may still be used at tiny sizes with just some cropping or enlargement needed.

You also have the ability to edit the photographs yourself if you wish to thanks to the raw image capture that Canon integrated into this model. If you don’t mind a bit more noise, you can salvage some of the detail that was lost. Another advantage is that the ISO sensitivity may be adjusted in one-third steps, such as ISO 250, ISO 320, ISO 400, and so on. These increments give you a little bit more control over the situation.

At ISO 1600 and 3200, the colors lose part of their saturation, the subjects appear quite soft, and there is a reduction in detail. If you intend to use this camera for shooting indoors or in low light, you will want to be wary of using sensitivities that are higher than ISO 800. The SX60 HS is, in general, best suited for use outside in broad daylight. If you plan to use this camera for shooting outdoors, however, you should be fine using lower sensitivities.

The color reproduction is quite accurate, and the resulting images are vibrant and brilliant. However, if the ISO setting is increased, the colors become less saturated. The exposure is fairly excellent overall, however, the highlights frequently become overexposed. In order to assist with this matter, Canon developed an option called Dynamic Range Correction that reduces the intensity of the highlights by around 200 or 400 percent.

The use of the function results in a somewhat more restricted ISO range, namely ISO 200-1600 for the 200 percent setting and ISO 400-1600 for the 400 percent setting. However, it operates well and has the potential to save a significant amount of detail that would otherwise be lost.

Video Quality

The video quality is typically extremely good and is acceptable for use even on a large HDTV; nevertheless, it is optimal for use on smaller screens and for sharing on the web. Even though rotating the camera will cause judder and there is apparent trailing on moving things, the 1080p video may be seen even if it records at 30 or 60 frames per second.

The graininess of the low-light video is to be expected, but it performs at least as well as the high-ISO photography capabilities of this camera. The zoom lens continues to function even when the recording is being done; however, it travels very slowly, which is expected to prevent the movement from being picked up by the stereo mics on top, and new motors keep it very quiet.


Body typeSLR-like (bridge)
Max resolution4608 x 3072
Other resolutions4608 x 3456, 4608 x 2592, 3456 x 3456, 2768 x 3456, 3264 x 2448, 3264 x 2176, 3264 x 1832, 2448 x 2448, 1952 x 2448, 2048 x 1536, 2048 x 1368, 1920 x 1080, 1536 x 1536, 1232 x 1536
Image ratio w:h1:1, 5:4, 4:3, 3:2, 16:9
Effective pixels16 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors17 megapixels
Sensor size1/2.3″ (6.17 x 4.55 mm)
Sensor typeBSI-CMOS
ProcessorDIGIC 6
ISOAuto, 100-3200 (6400 in low light mode at low resolution)
White balance presets7
Custom white balanceYes (2 slots)
Image stabilizationOptical
Uncompressed formatRAW
JPEG quality levelsSuper fine, fine
Focal length (equiv.)21–1365 mm
Optical zoom65×
Maximum apertureF3.4–6.5
AutofocusContrast Detect (sensor)Multi-areaSelective single-pointTrackingSingleContinuousFace DetectionLive View
Digital zoomYes (4x)
Manual focusYes
Normal focus range0 cm (0″)
Macro focus range0 cm (0″)
Number of focus points9
Articulated LCDFully articulated
Screen size3″
Screen dots922,000
Touch screenNo
Live viewYes
Viewfinder typeElectronic
Viewfinder coverage100%
Viewfinder resolution922,000
Minimum shutter speed15 sec
Maximum shutter speed1/2000 sec
Aperture priorityYes
Shutter priorityYes
Manual exposure modeYes
Subject / scene modesYes
Built-in flashYes
Flash range5.50 m
External flashYes (Hot-shoe)
Flash modesAuto, on, slow synchro, off
Continuous drive6.4 fps
Self-timerYes (2 or 10 sec, Custom)
Metering modesMultiCenter-weightedSpot
Exposure compensation±3 (at 1/3 EV steps)
Resolutions1920 x 1080 (60p, 30p), 1280 x 720 (30p), 640 x 480 (30p)
FormatMPEG-4, H.264
Videography notesAlso offers Super Slow Motion, Miniature Effect, Digest Movie
Storage typesSD/SDHC/SDXC
USBUSB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMIYes (mini-HDMI)
Microphone portNo
Headphone portNo
Wireless notesimage sharing via Canon Image Gateway
Remote controlNo (Wired)
Environmentally sealedNo
BatteryBattery Pack
Battery descriptionLithium-Ion NB-10L rechargeable battery & charger
Battery Life (CIPA)340
Weight (inc. batteries)650 g (1.43 lb / 22.93 oz)
Dimensions128 x 93 x 114 mm (5.04 x 3.66 x 4.49″)
Orientation sensorYes
Timelapse recordingNo


The Canon PowerShot SX60 HS is currently one of the best bridge cameras on the market. This is due to a number of factors, including its excellent still images and high-quality video for its price range, as well as its really wide and really long lens. In addition, the design of the camera has been improved, and it now has a number of features that are large and useful for both novice and advanced users.

Pros & Cons

  • continuous shooting at 6.3 frames per second.
  • Coverage using a wide-angle lens of 21 mm.
  • Sharp vari-angle LCD.
  • Built-in electronic viewfinder with hot shoe.
  • 65x zoom lens.
  • Pricey.
  • Lacks EVF eye sensor.

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