Canon PowerShot SX60 HS Review - With a 65x optical zoom, the SX60 HS stands out from the superzoom crowd as one of the best specified compacts on the market. Audley Jarvis gets his hands on the SX60 HS to find out how it performs.

Product Overview

Overall rating:


Canon PowerShot SX60 HS

Image Quality:84%


  • Flexible focal range; Good handling; Manual control and Raw capture; EVF is much improved


  • Slow autofocus; Lens also slow; LCD display lacks touchscreen control; Image quality at high ISO settings; Launch price makes it expensive


Canon PowerShot SX60 HS Review

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Canon PowerShot SX60 HS Review – Design

Canon PowerShot SX60 HS Review - top down

Canon PowerShot SX60 HS top down

In keeping with most superzooms the SX60 HS is styled a bit like an entry-level DSLR, with a similar size and weight to match. The body is predominantly plastic, however the front section of the lens barrel does get treated to an aluminium finish. While the camera feels robust enough to cope with minor knocks, there’s little that screams ‘premium’, which is a little disappointing given the price.

The SX60 HS does sits nicely in the hand though, thanks to its ergonomically moulded handgrip. Those with average sized hands should comfortably be able to wrap three fingers around the camera. A moulded ridge on the back of the camera, meanwhile, gives you something to brace your thumb against.

Canon PowerShot SX60 HS Review - rear

Canon PowerShot SX60 HS button layout

Button Layout

The SX60 HS is adorned with a decent selection of buttons covering things like Drive mode, Flash control, Exposure Compensation and the like. They’re relatively well spaced too, which should reduce the chance of accidental presses for those with sausage-like digits.

Our only minor niggle is that the d-pad is quite small and sits flush to the body, which can make it a bit fiddly to operate when using the camera at eye-level. While it is possible to navigate through the menu options using the EVF and the d-pad, the camera would undoubtedly benefit from the addition of an eye sensor.

  1. 1. Canon PowerShot SX60 HS Review - Features
  2. 2. Canon PowerShot SX60 HS Review - Design
  3. 3. Canon PowerShot SX60 HS Review - Performance
  4. 4. Canon PowerShot SX60 HS Review - Image Quality
  5. 5. Canon PowerShot SX60 HS Review - Verdict
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