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Canon PowerShot SX60 HS review

Audley Jarvis



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Canon PowerShot SX60 HS
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  • Canon PowerShot SX60 HS


Our Score:


User Score:


  • Massive zoom range
  • Decent handling
  • Robust build


  • Slow lens
  • No EVF proximity sensor
  • Limited image quality

Key Features

  • 16MP 1/2.3-inch sensor
  • 922k dot EVF
  • 921k dot 3-inch LCD
  • 65x optical zoom
  • Manufacturer: Canon
  • Review Price: £449.00

What is the Canon PowerShot SX60 HS?

The Canon SX60 HS is a superzoom with an immense zoom range. The 65x zoom will make you feel as though you can spot life on other planets.

Looking at the numbers it’s hard not to be a little impressed. However, superzooms often care a bit too much about length, and not enough about quality and handling.

We do see a little bit of that neglect in the PowerShot SX60 HS. You could argue it’s common among traditional superzoom cameras, but the Canon's £449 price is higher than much of the competition, which makes the shortcomings harder to swallow.

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Canon PowerShot SX60 HS – Design and Handling

Like its predecessors, the Canon SX60 HS has a moulded plastic body that’s not too far off an entry-level DSLR in terms of style and frame. It’s large, but then a chunky body is required to offset the sheer size of the zoom lens when fully extended.

It feels robust, but not exactly expensive or high-end. For £449, the Canon SX60 HS is a rather basic-feeling camera. Canon's tried to inject a slight sense of quality, though, by using aluminium for the outer part of the lens barrel. This is welcome, as this area will often be held or rested on something for a bit of extra stability.

Handling-wise the Canon SX60 HS is pretty good. The grip is large and we found it easy enough to wrap a good three fingers around it, giving you a firm hold of the camera. It’s arguably far more necessary than it is for most entry-level DSLR shooters, who are unlikely to need to deal with as extended a zoom range as offered here.

Canon PowerShot SX60 HS – Lens

So how much zoom do you get here? It’s a 65x lens, with focal range equivalent to 21-1365mm in the 35mm standard.

That’s a fairly dramatic increase compared to last year’s SX50, which offered the equivalent of 24-1200mm. You get more in each direction here: wider when fully retracted, and more zoom, too.

A 65x zoom is likely to make a few jaws drop, and rightly so given that it’s lengthier than most of the competition including the 60x Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ72 and the 50x Fujifilm X-S1.

The Canon SX60 HS offers a pretty intense stabilisation designed to let you shoot through most of the zoom range handheld. Canon says it offers the equivalent of 3.5 stops of shutter speed.

However, we found that at 1365mm – or anything close – you really need to use a tripod or monopod, or at least have somewhere to rest the camera for extra stability. Even if a fast shutter speed and the OIS are enough to keep photos sharp, it’s tricky just to keep your subject in the frame when shooting handheld.

Also, the maximum aperture of the Canon SX60 HS is just f/3.5-6.5. It’s quite slow, and both the cheaper Panasonic and Fujifilm rivals are faster, with f/2.8 maximum apertures. We’ll get onto the focusing and image quality effects of this later. But in short: don’t judge a lens simply by its magnification.

joe foley

August 21, 2015, 3:36 pm

I bought one yesterday and my view is that the controls are ridiculously complicated.This is NOT a user friendly camera. Still trying to understand how : I can find the self timer ? how I can underexpose easily? how I can go into macro in Automatic? or is macro automatic in Automatic ? it doesn't seem to be. How can I change the ASA? This is not the first digital super zoom that I have owned but it is definitely the most difficult to operate and the manual
is probably comprehensible if you have a degree in computer science. I dont and I am struggling. I think that people who buy this sort of camera want something that is easy to operate I dont want to be scrolling through menus when I am trying to photograph
a butterfly

Harvison Maldonado

November 6, 2015, 9:31 pm

Got this camera on a sale, 350 dolars, man was i impressed, the controls are a bit difficult, but for a hobby photographer this camera puts me on a sweet position, all my pics are awesome, i get to catch details other people just dream about, and i get to save a lot of walking, its 3 blocks away.. just zoom it , now its 2 steps. THIS IS THE CAMERA, i undestand the zoom is not everything, but for the regular eye this is 11/10.

My vacations got to a whole new level thanks to the canon SX60 HS.

Erwin Effinger

November 7, 2015, 4:55 am

You do not read manuals?

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Erwin Effinger

November 7, 2015, 5:01 am

Love my SX60!
and my DSLR!
from super macro
- 0 cm distance - to the moon
the bridge-camera can do!
low light scenery
is not the best.
but HDR and handheld night-shot or fireworks help a lot.
in camera tool DRC
dynamic range correction is
in most tests not tested, but great!

George Gabriel

December 9, 2015, 6:17 pm

Interesting review. I wonder what the criteria for rating is. Remember, this is primarily a point and shoot camera with a huge reach. Not a full frame DSLR with a Canon L Lens, or even a cropped DSLR with a Super Zoom lens. In every other review I have read about this camera, it is rated over the competition.
For a full evaluation I would suggest the review by PC MAG. done in November 2014.

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