For a pocket camera to have 20x zoom is nothing great these days, but a 20x optical zoom is really out of the box.
The Canon Powershot SX260 HS sticks out from the competition with its three-tier telescopic lens which protrudes almost six inches out of the body at full zoom.
Another gimmick you might say. Well, no. This is a zoom that actually works, despite all the shake a telescopic lens brings into the picture. At full zoom it is very hard to avoid tremors, but the image stabilization in the camera takes care of most of it, at least in good light. In low light you will need to hold your breath in and hope that your hands are steady enough for the job. Else, switch to easy mode where you get assistance from the flash. So, one way or the other, you are sure to get good pictures even at full zoom. Read the rest of this entry »