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 – Verdict

Canon PowerShot SX60 HS Review - front view

Canon PowerShot SX60 HS

With its expansive focal range, vari-angle LCD display and improved EVF the SX60 HS offers plenty of flexibility. On top of this handling is decent, and in the right conditions it’s also capable of good image quality.

That said, the SX60 HS – like the vast majority of small-sensor superzooms – does have its limitations, especially in terms of overall image quality when faced with tricky high-contrast and low-light situations. Autofocus performance isn’t particularly speedy either. And while having the equivalent of 1365mm at your fingertips might sound impressive on paper, in reality most people will struggle to keep the camera steady without the assistance of a tripod.

As regards value for money, the current street price of around £449 makes the SX60 HS somewhat expensive compared to its chief rivals. As is usually the case, we’d expect to see the price fall in coming months, after which it will become a much better proposition value wise. For this reason, anyone with their heart set on the SX60 HS may want to consider holding back for a month or two.

While the SX60 HS does currently have the edge over its rivals in terms of telephoto reach, there are a number of features found on rival models that are notable by their absence here – an automatic eye sensor and touchscreen control being two notable examples. Ultimately, while the SX60 HS might currently boast the biggest optical zoom, it’s not quite enough to make it the best superzoom on the market.


White Balance:Auto, 7 preset, Custom
Memory Card:SD, SDHC, SDXC
LCD:3in, 922k-dot vari-angle LCD screen
Video:1920 x 1080 @ 60 / 30fps
Sensor:16MP, 1/2.3in BSI CMOS sensor
Metering System:Evaluative, Center-weighted, Spot
Exposure Modes:PASM, Smart Auto, Scene, Movie
Connectivity:Wi-fi, NFC, USB 2
Flash Modes:Auto, Manual On/Off, Slow Sync
ISO Range:100-3200
Lens:65x optical zoom, 21-1365mm in equivalent terms,
Power:Rechargable NB-10L, approx 340 shots
Shutter Speeds:15-1/2000 sec
Weight:Approx. 650g
Dimensions:127.6 x 92.6 x 114.3mm
File Formats:JPEG, Raw, MPEG-4 / H.264
  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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