New Canon PowerShot SX Models Boast 20x Zoom

Touting them as the perfect travel companions, Canon’s new PowerShot SX260 HS and PowerShot SX240 HS models will ensure that no matter how far away those animals are when you are on safari, you should still be able to snap them as both models feature 20x optical zoom.

The cameras themselves are very similar in terms of specifications. Both feature the new 25mm wide-angle 20x zoom lens, a 12.1 megapixel CMOS sensor, the DIGIC 5 processing engine and Canon’s proprietary Intelligent IS (image Stabilisation) technology.

Like the new IXUS models also announced today, the SX260 and SX240 feature Face ID, which can detect up to a dozen stored faces of family and friends which it will automatically detect, tag and apply various settings depending on who you are shooting.

On the rear of both cameras will is a 3in PureColour II LCD screen with a 460k dot resolution, however unlike the new IXUS models, this is not a touchscreen.

Both models also come with the capability of shooting Full HD video with stereo sound and the 20x zoom can also be utilised while shooting video, along with the Intelligent IS.

Speaking of zoom, the 20x optical zoom can be extended thanks to Canon’s ZoomPlus technology which will boost it to 39x.

The main difference between the two models is that the SX260 comes with inbuilt GPS to let you geo-tag your pictures while you’re away.

The Canon PowerShot SX260 HS will be available in silver, black, red and green from March (along with an optional 40m waterproof case) for £329.

The Canon PowerShot SX240 HS will also be available next month in silver, black or red costing £299.

Source: Canon

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