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
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.