Canon has revealed the sought-after PowerShot SX60 HS, a bridge camera with 65x optical zoom that replaces its 2-year-old predecessor, the SX50 HS.
It has been an eventful day at Photokina 2014 with numerous launches. Canon has revealed its third camera after the 7D Mark II and G7 X. This time it is not a DSLR, nor a compact, as now we are facing the introduction of the PowerShot SX60HS superzoom bridge shooter.
This model replaces the PowerShot SX50 HS, which was unveiled back in October 2012. It was expected to hit last fall or earlier this year with a 100x optical zoom lens, but this new model will offer “only” a 65x zoom lens.
Canon introduces PowerShot SX60 HS bridge camera with 65x optical zoom lens
Canon PowerShot SX60 HS is joining the SX-series of superzoom cameras. It has been designed for travel photographers, who will benefit from a 65x optical zoom lens providing a 35mm focal length equivalent from 21mm to 1365mm.
This is one of the most powerful bridge cameras on the market and has plenty of other tricks up its sleeve. The list includes a 16.1-megapixel 1/2.3-inch-type CMOS image sensor and a maximum aperture of f/3.4-6.5, depending on the selected focal length.
The SX60 HS is powered by a DIGIC 6 processor, allowing the shooter to capture up to 6.4fps in burst mode, when Tracking AF is turned off.
The Canon PowerShot SX60 HS really wants to make sure that the composition is done properly
Since this is a bridge camera, it comes packed with a built-in viewfinder. Its VF is an electronic model with a resolution of about 922K-dots.
Additionally, a 3-inch tilting 922K-dot LCD screen sits on the back of the Canon PowerShot SX60 HS, so that photographers can use their camera in Live View mode.
Image stabilization is not so important when using wide-angle focal lengths. However, things change towards the telephoto end. This is why the company has added built-in optical image stabilization in order to prevent blur from appearing into the shots.
Another cool feature of the SX60 HS is called Zoom Framing Assist. This tool will remember the selected zoom level, but it will zoom out in order to help users locate their subject. Once it is done, it will zoom back into the selected zoom level.
WiFi is now a “must-have” feature in the fixed-lens camera world
The Canon PowerShot SX60HS will offer a shutter speed between 1/2000th of a second and 15 seconds, whereas the ISO sensitivity will range between 100 and 6400.
This bridge camera features a built-in flash and the ability to record videos at 1920 x 1080 resolution and 60fps frame rate. However, the more important addition is the WiFi, which allows users to transfer files to a smartphone or tablet.
The camera’s release date has been scheduled for October 2014, while its price stands at $549.99. Canon’s new SX60 HS has also been released for pre-order at Amazon.