Canon PowerShot SX60 HS’ rumored specs and launch date

A few specs and details regarding the Canon PowerShot SX60 HS, a bridge camera that might replace the Canon PowerShot SX50 HS, have been leaked on the web.

One of the most popular series of bridge cameras consists of the Canon PowerShot SX models. The latest device in this category is the SX50 HS, which has become official back in September 2012.

This camera has been pushed to the market one month later in October 2012. Usually, the replacement pattern lasts one year, but the Japanese manufacturer has missed last year’s cycle, meaning that a successor is long overdue.

Canon to replace PowerShot SX50 HS bridge camera with the PowerShot SX60 HS before summer

Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

Canon PowerShot SX50 HS may be replaced by the Canon PowerShot SX60 HS by summer 2014.

According to inside sources, the so-called Canon PowerShot SX60 HS is indeed in the works and it is on its way. Its product launch event will take place ahead of the summer, therefore we can expect to see it in person by the end of May 2014.

The Canon PowerShot SX50 HS replacement will most likely go on sale shortly after launch. Nevertheless, the source does not mention any exact release date, so do not place your bets for the time being.

Canon PowerShot SX60 HS specs to include improved sensor, 60x optical zoom, and brighter aperture

A scarce specifications list has been provided, too. It seems like the Canon PowerShot SX60 HS will feature a 15-megapixel 1/2.3-inch-type image sensor, an improvement over the 12.1-megapixel sensor found in its predecessor.

Its zooming capabilities will be extended as well. The 35mm equivalent will be 20-1200mm, consisting of 60x optical zoom, up from the 50x optical zoom provided by the 35mm equivalent of 24-1200mm found in the Canon PowerShot SX50 HS.

The aperture is now brighter, too, reaching a maximum of f/2.8, which is faster than the f/3.4 offered by the SX60’s forerunner. Another confirmed improvement is the autofocus system, which will be quicker than that of the SX50 HS.

Other features to expect from the Canon PowerShot SX50 HS replacement

Canon PowerShot SX50 HS is powered by the DIGIC 5 image processor, so in order for the SX60 HS to be quicker it will need DIGIC 6 engine’s power.

A 2.8-inch articulated LCD screen sits on the bridge camera’s back and consumers might want a bigger display. It is up to the Japan-based company to provide it.

There is no reason to suspect that the electronic viewfinder and the optical image stabilization system will be missing from the Canon PowerShot SX60 HS, therefore we can expect similar models to be there again.

Amazon is currently selling the Canon PowerShot SX50 HS for less than $350, which is a good price for a versatile bridge camera.


  1. Ganga Ghale says:

    Dear sir,
    i don’t know that when is your sx60 hs will ome in the market? i want to buy sx60hs for my holyday to europe but i still no see it but you are look very busy for sx50hs now, so please tel me know that very honestly when it will come in the market if not i want to buy Nikon for my holyday, i have been waiting sx60hs since long time.

    Nepal guide
    Ganga ghale

    • Dragos Pirvu says:

      Hello, I regret to inform you that Canon still has not announced the PowerShot SX60 camera. As explained in other comments, the camera may not be released at all this summer. We have reasons to believe that this is the case. We can assume that the Canon SX60 will not be released before September or October 2014. If it does come sooner, then we will be pleasantly surprised.

      We are sorry to give you these bad news, but if you cannot wait for the SX60, then you should take a look at other cameras.

    • I suggest you look for other cameras( since it looks like you can’t wait anymore).
      If you want a great superzoom bridge camera you can get the Sony HX400 or Nikon P600.
      But if you want supreme image quality opt for either Panasonic Lumix Fz1000 or the Sony Rx10 however the downsides of those two cameras are their relatively high prices and their much less zoom.
      If you prefer image quality and advanced features go for the Fz1000 or the Rx10 unless your price conscious and zoom hungry (if that’s the case go for either the HX400 or the P600)

  2. Karl W. Schwab says:

    I have looked at the Canon 50x Optical Zoom camera and I have one suggestion to make. Canon would do better to put their new 60x camera into a larger camera body, not the small one that the 50x is currently is in. The larger camera body helps steady the camera, especially where senior citizens are concerned. I understand that it may cost a few dollars more but come on, you should be able to do it for no more than $25.00 per camera. Matter of fact, why not offer two sizes in the camera body, the larger format costing a little more than the smaller one. This way you can have a pick.

    Karl W. Schwab

    • Matt F. says:

      Karl, while I tend to agree with you that a larger camera body (hence a better grip) could help at the tele end (many PROs have always preferred bulkier and heavier cameras), those bridge cameras are marketed, IMHO, more towards trips/holidays usage. And there, every ounce/gram is counting, because everybody wants to travel light.

      Also, they can’t make the camera larger/heavier, because then they would enter into another market segment size-wise (such as entry-level DSLRs or mainstream mirrorless systems).

      Let’s see:
      – Canon SX50 HS IS – 595 grams
      – Canon 100D (DSLR) – 407 grams and the kit-lens 18-55/3.5-5.6 IS II 200 grams, for a total of 607 grams
      Pretty close, right? Of course, those are different cameras, for different purposes, but the weight is almost even. How much could Canon go with a bridge camera? All the models in the SX-series (from SX10 IS to SX50 HS) have between 560-600 grams.

  3. María López says:

    I prefer less weight for the sx60’s every gram count.
    Yo prefiero menos peso para la SX60 cada gramo cuenta.

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