Canon SX60 HS

 
Canon PowerShot SX60 HS front
 
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fully Articulated Screen
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 21-1365mm (F3.4-6.5) lens
  • 650g - 128 x 93 x 114mm
  • Announced September 2014
  • Succeeded the Canon SX50 HS
  • Read full specs
  • Alternatives
Portability
61
Imaging
42
Features
67
Overall
52

Canon SX60 HS summary

Canon SX60 HS is Canon's Small Sensor Superzoom digital camera initially released on September of 2014. The camera has a 16MP, BSI-CMOS 1/2.3" sized sensor and has a max resolution of 4608 x 3072.

Canon brought out this model in order to update the earlier Canon SX50 HS (Read Full Comparison)

The SX60 HS is ranked #16 out of 243 in Small Sensor Superzoom cameras & over-all #373 out of 1422 for digital cameras in our database. You should try out our Advanced camera finder to get camera results based on your personalized criteria.

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Canon SX60 HS history

The Canon SX60 HS has a history of related digital cameras. Below, you can see all earlier and most recent models as well as key features.

ModelVisualizeLensResolutionSensor SizeReleased
Canon-PowerShot-SX70-HS front thumbnailCanon SX70 HS
SX60 HS vs SX70 HS
21-1365mm
F3.4-6.5
20MP1/2.3"2018
Canon-PowerShot-SX740-HS front thumbnailCanon SX740 HS
SX60 HS vs SX740 HS
24-960mm
F3.3-6.9
21MP1/2.3"2018
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Canon-PowerShot-SX730-HS front thumbnailCanon SX730 HS
SX60 HS vs SX730 HS
24-960mm
F3.3-6.9
20.3MP1/2.3"2017
Canon-PowerShot-SX620-HS front thumbnailCanon SX620 HS
SX60 HS vs SX620 HS
25-625mm
F3.2-6.6
20MP1/2.3"2016
Canon-PowerShot-SX720-HS front thumbnailCanon SX720 HS
SX60 HS vs SX720 HS
24-960mm
F3.3-6.9
20.3MP1/2.3"2016
Canon-PowerShot-SX540-HS front thumbnailCanon SX540 HS
SX60 HS vs SX540 HS
24-1200mm
F3.4-6.5
20MP1/2.3"2016
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Canon-PowerShot-SX420-IS front thumbnailCanon SX420 IS
SX60 HS vs SX420 IS
24-1008mm
F3.5-6.6
20MP1/2.3"2016
Canon-PowerShot-SX410-IS front thumbnailCanon SX410 IS
SX60 HS vs SX410 IS
24-960mm
F3.5-5.6
20MP1/2.3"2015
Canon-PowerShot-SX610-HS front thumbnailCanon SX610 HS
SX60 HS vs SX610 HS
25-450mm
F3.8-6.9
20MP1/2.3"2015
Canon-PowerShot-SX530-HS front thumbnailCanon SX530 HS
SX60 HS vs SX530 HS
24-1200mm
F3.4-6.5
16MP1/2.3"2015
Canon-PowerShot-SX710-HS front thumbnailCanon SX710 HS
SX60 HS vs SX710 HS
25-750mm
F3.2-6.9
20MP1/2.3"2015
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Canon-PowerShot-SX60-HS front thumbnailCanon SX60 HS21-1365mm
F3.4-6.5
16MP1/2.3"2014
Canon-PowerShot-SX400-IS front thumbnailCanon SX400 IS
SX60 HS vs SX400 IS
24-720mm
F3.4-5.8
16MP1/2.3"2014
Canon-PowerShot-SX520-HS front thumbnailCanon SX520 HS
SX60 HS vs SX520 HS
24-1008mm
F3.4-6.0
16MP1/2.3"2014
Canon-PowerShot-SX700-HS front thumbnailCanon SX700 HS
SX60 HS vs SX700 HS
25-750mm
F3.2-6.9
16MP1/2.3"2014
Canon-PowerShot-SX600-HS front thumbnailCanon SX600 HS
SX60 HS vs SX600 HS
25-450mm
F3.8-6.9
16MP1/2.3"2014
Canon-PowerShot-SX510-HS front thumbnailCanon SX510 HS
SX60 HS vs SX510 HS
24-720mm
F3.4-5.8
12MP1/2.3"2013
Canon-PowerShot-SX170-IS front thumbnailCanon SX170 IS
SX60 HS vs SX170 IS
28-448mm
F3.5-5.9
16MP1/2.3"2013
Canon-PowerShot-SX160-IS front thumbnailCanon SX160 IS
SX60 HS vs SX160 IS
28-448mm
F3.5-5.9
16MP1/2.3"2013
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Canon-PowerShot-SX280-HS front thumbnailCanon SX280 HS
SX60 HS vs SX280 HS
25-500mm
F3.5-6.8
12MP1/2.3"2013
Canon-PowerShot-SX270-HS front thumbnailCanon SX270 HS
SX60 HS vs SX270 HS
25-500mm
F3.5-6.8
12MP1/2.3"2013
Canon-PowerShot-SX50-HS front thumbnailCanon SX50 HS
SX60 HS vs SX50 HS
24-1200mm
F3.4-6.5
12MP1/2.3"2013
Canon-PowerShot-SX500-IS front thumbnailCanon SX500 IS
SX60 HS vs SX500 IS
24-720mm
F3.4-5.8
16MP1/2.3"2012
Canon-PowerShot-SX260-HS front thumbnailCanon SX260 HS
SX60 HS vs SX260 HS
25-500mm
F3.5-6.8
12MP1/2.3"2012
Canon-PowerShot-SX150-IS front thumbnailCanon SX150 IS
SX60 HS vs SX150 IS
28-336mm
F3.4-5.6
14MP1/2.3"2012
Canon-PowerShot-SX240-HS front thumbnailCanon SX240 HS
SX60 HS vs SX240 HS
25-500mm
F3.5-6.8
12MP1/2.3"2012
Canon-PowerShot-SX40-HS front thumbnailCanon SX40 HS
SX60 HS vs SX40 HS
24-840mm
F2.7-5.8
12MP1/2.3"2011
Canon-PowerShot-SX230-HS front thumbnailCanon SX230 HS
SX60 HS vs SX230 HS
28-392mm
F3.1-5.9
12MP1/2.3"2011
Canon-SX220-HS front thumbnailCanon SX220 HS
SX60 HS vs SX220 HS
28-392mm
F3.1-5.9
12MP1/2.3"2011
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Canon-PowerShot-SX30-IS front thumbnailCanon SX30 IS
SX60 HS vs SX30 IS
24-840mm
F2.7-5.8
14MP1/2.3"2010
Canon-PowerShot-SX130-IS front thumbnailCanon SX130 IS
SX60 HS vs SX130 IS
28-336mm
F3.4-5.6
12MP1/2.3"2010
Canon-PowerShot-SX20-IS front thumbnailCanon SX20 IS
SX60 HS vs SX20 IS
28-560mm
F2.8-5.7
12MP1/2.3"2010
Canon-PowerShot-SX210-IS front thumbnailCanon SX210 IS
SX60 HS vs SX210 IS
28-392mm
F3.1-5.9
14MP1/2.3"2010
Canon-PowerShot-SX200-IS front thumbnailCanon SX200 IS
SX60 HS vs SX200 IS
28-336mm
F3.4-5.3
12MP1/2.3"2009
Canon-PowerShot-SX1-IS front thumbnailCanon SX1 IS
SX60 HS vs SX1 IS
28-560mm
F2.8-5.7
10MP1/2.3"2009
Canon-PowerShot-SX10-IS front thumbnailCanon SX10 IS
SX60 HS vs SX10 IS
28-560mm
F2.8-5.7
10MP1/2.3"2009

Canon SX60 HS Pros and Cons

Below is a shortlist of advantages and disadvantages of the Canon SX60 HS based on aspects which are generally considered useful in a digital camera.

above average minimum ISO (100)
built-in flash
excellent zoom range (21-1365mm 65.0 x zoom)
has face detect focus
has HDMI socket
has mic socket
has tracking focus
high resolution screen (922 k dots)
image stabilization (Optical)
long zoom (1365mm)
NFC connectivity
nice screen size (3 inch)
reasonably wide (21mm)
screen articulates fully
selfie friendly screen
sensor resolution is decent (16 megapixels)
supports RAW files
video resolution high (1920 x 1080 resolution)
you can focus manually
cannot switch lenses (fixed lens mount)
does not have headphone socket
does not have phase detect auto focus
does not have Time Lapse function
heavier than others in class (650 grams)
max zoom aperture not good (f6.5)
sensor is small (1/2.3")
slow maximum aperture (f3.4)
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Canon SX60 HS Sensor specifications

The Canon SX60 HS is powered by the DIGIC 6 processor chip. The size of the sensor in the Canon SX60 HS is 6.17mm x 4.55mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor has the capability to capture 4608 x 3072 pixels and aspect ratios of 1:1, 5:4, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9. The camera features Image Stabilization (Optical). Sensor stabilization is more effective than digital stabilization as the latter can lead to cropping.

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The BSI-CMOS sensor has 16 megapixels and has a standard ISO range of 100 - 6400. RAW photos are saved which means that the user has wider room to maneuver in post.

The graphic underneath displays the SX60 HS's sensor dimensions in comparison to other popular sizes. The SX60 HS sensor has a crop factor of 5.8 and is shown in green.

Canon PowerShot SX60 HS sensor size 400 Megapixel mode coming to Fujifilm GFX 100

To get a sense of different aspect ratios, you can refer to the graphic below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Canon SX60 HS dimensions

Canon SX60 HS weighs in at 1.43 lb (650 gr or 22.93 ounces) & the measurement of the camera is 128mm x 93mm x 114mm (5.0" x 3.7" x 4.5"). The weight of typical Small Sensor Superzoom camera is 387 gr so the Canon SX60 HS is more heavy when compared to various rivals.

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Here is a picture of the Canon SX60 HS beside a soda so you're able to get a sense of its scale.

Canon PowerShot SX60 HS dimensions scale

The top view underneath will show you the button design on the SX60 HS.

Canon PowerShot SX60 HS topview buttons dials

Canon SX60 HS Lens specifications

The SX60 HS features a built in lens featuring a focal range of 21-1365mm giving it a 65.0 x zoom which is amazing and would enable you to zoom all the way in.

At the widest 21mm, the lens features an aperture of f3.4 and that's somewhat slow and not good for low light occasions and you will likely find it difficult to get a shallow depth of field. You could also need to boost the ISO causing noisy photos. For the tele end, 1365mm is amazing zoom and comes to f6.5 which is pretty slow and you might need to choose slower shutter speeds.

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Canon SX60 HS Connectivity

The SX60 HS has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • Wireless Yes
  • NFC Yes
  • HDMI Yes

Digital cameras that incorporate NFC or Bluetooth connectivity can easily be controlled wirelessly via smartphones. You will be able to transfer files and sometimes adjust camera settings with no need to connect directly to the camera.

A few applications even stream a Liveview and hit the shutter whenever you are not near the camera. If the camera has a HDMI port, it could be hooked up to an external screen. The majority of cameras enable you to recharge the battery pack using the USB port.

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Canon SX60 HS Video specifications

The max video quality in the Canon SX60 HS is 1920 x 1080 and you can shoot in MPEG-4 and H.264 file format. 1080p quality gives you an excellent balance for video quality and file sizes but 1080p isn't going to give you any room to crop. Although the camera offers a mic jack, it is unfortunately missing a headphone jack which means that you won't be able to monitor your audio levels.

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Canon SX60 HS Weather Sealing

Canon SX60 HS does not include environment sealing so rainy conditions might damage the camera.

Canon SX60 HS Screen and Viewfinder

The Canon SX60 HS has a 3" fully articulated screen supporting a resolution of 922k dots.

The screen is selfie friendly to take self portraits and group shots when needed. Unfortunately the screen isn't a touch screen.

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The ViewFinder details for Canon SX60 HS are the following:

  • ViewFinder Electronic
  • ViewFinder Resolution 922k dots
  • ViewFinder Coverage 100 percent

For sunny outdoor conditions which make the camera displays washed out and tricky to see, viewfinders are quite useful.

Canon SX60 HS Shutter specifications

Canon SX60 HS has the capability to shoot continuously at 6.4 frames/s. The highest shutter speed is 1/2000s.

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Canon SX60 HS Flash and Hot shoe specifications

Canon SX60 HS features both inbuilt flash as well as external flash support.

Canon SX60 HS Autofocus specifications

Canon SX60 HS features just Contrast Detect Autofocus & is missing Phase Detect Autofocus. Phase Detection focusing is a lot more faster and accurate when compared to Contrast Detect focusing. The camera has Face detection which is helpful for people photography.

The Sensor has 9 focus points to pick from. It also has Tracking Autofocus for moving things. Canon SX60 HS can use manual focus if needed for low light or you want to have more accurate focus control.

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Canon SX60 HS Battery life

The battery pack (NB-10L) for the Canon SX60 HS is made to last for 340 photographs as per the CIPA requirements which is about the same as it's competitors. The usual Small Sensor Superzoom camera battery life is 316. Fujifilm HS35EXR has the maximum (600) battery life for this type of cameras.

Below is a listing of Small Sensor Superzoom cameras that have the best battery life:

Canon SX60 HS for specific types of photography

The following graph displays a outline of the Canon SX60 HS for specific types of photography. To learn more, check out the specific section underneath.

Portrait photography with Canon SX60 HS

The Canon SX60 HS gets a score of 57 which is reasonable, meaning that it is fairly suitable for portraits. Taking portrait images favors heavily to sensor size, support for RAW files & potential to work with external flash.

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you can focus manually
decent megapixels (16MP)
includes face detection focusing
saves RAW files
very small sensor size (1/2.3")

Canon SX60 HS Street photography factors

Having a average score of 56, the Canon SX60 HS is relatively acceptable for street photography. A decent street photography camera provides a perfect balance of image quality and portability.

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screen articulates
image stabilization (Optical)
saves RAW files
small sensor (1/2.3")
heavier than competition in class (650g)

Sports photography with Canon SX60 HS

A modest sports photography points total of 54 suggests the Canon SX60 HS is fairly acceptable for shooting sports. A camera needs to have great autofocus plus fast continuous shooting for sports photography.

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great zoom range (21-1365mm 65.0 x zoom)
has image stabilization (Optical)
good MP (16MP)
includes tracking autofocus
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
has no phase detect auto focus

Travel photography with Canon SX60 HS

Weight is extremely important in choosing a travel camera. On the whole, the Canon SX60 HS gets a decent 57 for a travelling camera which makes it fairly appropriate to take with you on your vacations.

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good megapixels (16 megapixels)
has built in flash
selfie friendly screen
relatively wide (21mm)
great zoom (1365mm)
no Timelapse mode
more heavy than others (650g)
sluggish max aperture (f3.4)

Canon SX60 HS Landscape photography highlights

When you're planning to pick a camera for landscape pictures, the biggest aspect will no doubt be image quality. The Canon SX60 HS and it's reasonable rating of 52 for a landscape camera is somewhat appropriate amongst its competition.

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has manual focus
fairly wide (21mm)
screen is a good size (3 inch)
has image stabilization (Optical)
resolution is good (16 megapixels)
saves RAW formats
can't switch lens (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.4)
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
doesn't have Timelapse recording

Canon SX60 HS Vlogging highlights

A camera for vlogging really should have a moving display screen, mic port and if possible IBIS. Considering all the details, the Canon SX60 HS is a very decent choice for vlogging as it receives a very good rating of 62.

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reasonably wide (21mm)
selfie friendly screen
image stabilization (Optical)
supports face detect focusing
high res video (1920 x 1080 resolution)
comes with microphone port
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.4)
more heavy than competition in class (650 grams)

Canon SX60 HS Alternatives

If you are searching for alternatives to the SX60 HS, here is a selection of the highest scored cameras which fall into the category of Small Sensor Superzoom.

The chart down below shows you a bird's eye view of the SX60 HS versus it's highest ranked rivals mentioned earlier.

There are a bunch of cameras you might take into account as alternate options. To browse through a detailed comparison, go to the "compare" link.

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Specifications

General Information
Make
Canon
Model
Canon PowerShot SX60 HS
Class
Small Sensor Superzoom
Announced
2014-09-16
Physical type
SLR-like (bridge)
Sensor Information
Sensor type
BSI-CMOS
Processor Chip
DIGIC 6
Sensor size
1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions
6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor area
28.1mm²
Sensor resolution
16MP
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio
1:1, 5:4, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Peak resolution
4608 x 3072
RAW photos
Highest native ISO
6400
Lowest native ISO
100
Autofocusing
Manual focus
Touch to focus
Autofocus continuous
Single autofocus
Autofocus tracking
Selective autofocus
Autofocus center weighted
Multi area autofocus
Autofocus live view
Face detection focus
Contract detection focus
Phase detection focus
Number of focus points
9
Lens
Lens mounting type
fixed lens
Lens focal range
21-1365mm (65.0x)
Maximum aperture
f/3.4-6.5
Macro focus distance
0cm
Crop factor
5.8
Screen
Screen type
Fully Articulated
Screen sizing
3 inch
Screen resolution
922k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch functionality
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type
Electronic
Viewfinder resolution
922k dots
Viewfinder coverage
100 percent
DXO scores
DXO Overall score
39
DXO Color Depth score
19.2
DXO Dynamic range score
10.1
DXO Low light score
127
Features
Min shutter speed
15 seconds
Max shutter speed
1/2000 seconds
Continuous shutter rate
6.4 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Exposure compensation
Yes
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range
5.50 m
Flash options
Auto, on, slow synchro, off
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Video resolutions
1920 x 1080 (60p, 30p), 1280 x 720 (30p), 640 x 480 (30p)
Highest video resolution
1920x1080
Video file format
MPEG-4, H.264
Mic port
Headphone port
Connectivity
Wireless
Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS
None
Physical
Environment sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight
650 grams (1.43 lbs)
Dimensions
128 x 93 x 114mm (5.0" x 3.7" x 4.5")
Other
Battery life
340 images
Battery type
Battery Pack
Battery model
NB-10L
Self timer
Yes (2 or 10 sec, Custom)
Time lapse shooting
Type of storage
SD/SDHC/SDXC
Card slots
One
Launch pricing
$549