Canon PowerShot SX60 HS – Full HD 65x Optical Zoom Camera

Canon PowerShot SX60 HS

Canon PowerShot SX60 HS - Full HD 65x Optical Zoom CameraProfessional Images and Fast Performance in one camera.

  • Built-in Wi-Fi connectivity with NFC allows wireless transferring of images and video
  • 16.1 megapixel 1/2.3-inch high-sensitivity CMOS sensor combined with DIGIC 6 image processor (Canon HS SYSTEM)
  • 65x optical zoom, 4x digital zoom and 260x combined zoom with Optical Image Stabilizer
  • Bright 3-inch vari-angle LCD plus an electronic viewfinder
  • Capture stunning 1080p HD video in MP4 format with a dedicated movie button and zoom while shooting
65X zoom lens with ‘Intelligent IS’
As of June 2015, the SX60 has the second longest zoom on the market, with a range of 21-1365mm equivalent. The lens is quite a bit wider than on most superzooms, which typically start at 24mm.

Fully articulating 3" LCD

Fully articulating 3″ LCD
The camera’s 3″ LCD can flip to the side and rotate a total of 270 degrees – handy for both video and overhead shots. The resolution of the display is 922k dots, which is the best you’ll find in this class.

Electronic viewfinder

Electronic viewfinder
The SX60 has a small 0.2″ electronic viewfinder with 922k dots. While the resolution is very good, the ‘field sequential’ technology it uses can cause ‘rainbow color tearing’ which some people may find unappealing.

Hot shoe

Hot shoe
A rare feature on consumer superzooms, the hot shoe can add a more powerful flash that can also be used to wirelessly control off-camera Speedlites.

Canon PowerShot SX60 HS - Full HD 65x Optical Zoom CameraThe PowerShot SX60 HS camera employs a 16.1 Megapixel CMOS sensor. Utilizing a sophisticated light-capturing design, it provides high sensitivity for improved high ISO capture with reduced noise. It is also a high-speed design, capable of rapidly capturing and moving image data to the processor, enabling faster continuous shooting and faster autofocus. The camera is equipped with the DIGIC 6 Image Processor, which makes several important advancements to image quality both in stills and video. Improved light sensitivity allows for higher resolution with less noise when shooting in dark conditions, and Dynamic IS now detects and compensates for tilt and parallel movement (shift blur) to create video that’s exceptionally free of distortion. The DIGIC 6 Image Processor also enhances the performance capabilities, powering full resolution high-speed continuous stills shooting.

Canon PowerShot SX60 HS - Full HD 65x Optical Zoom CameraWith the Canon HS SYSTEM, you’ll experience excellent tracking performance even in low light, and achieve gorgeous still image quality even at high ISO speeds all the way up to ISO 3200; beautiful low-light shots are possible with minimal noise and maximum detail in highlight and shadow areas. The Canon HS SYSTEM lets you use higher shutter speeds to capture clearer images with reduced noise and blur in a variety of situations for incredible photos, even when shooting video.

The camera’s astonishing 65x Optical Zoom (21mm-1365mm) Wide-Angle Lens with Optical Image Stabilizer combines tremendous flexibility with portable ease. Capture close-ups, wide shots and everything in between with beautiful quality thanks to a 16.1 Megapixel* High-Sensitivity CMOS Sensor and Canon’s latest DIGIC 6 Image Processor that together create the Canon HS SYSTEM for excellent low-light performance.

Canon PowerShot SX60 HS - Full HD 65x Optical Zoom CameraAdvanced technology including Zoom Framing Assist and Intelligent IS help you track and capture clear, steady long shots. Shoot realistic 1080p Full HD video recorded at 60p. USM and VCM technology help ensure fast, silent zooming and focus during recording, and, in a first for a PowerShot model, you can attach an optional external microphone. And quickly share everything you capture: the PowerShot SX60 HS is Wi-Fi®**- and NFC-enabled*** with an easy Mobile Device Connect button.

Serious Video and Audio Capability.

With the PowerShot SX60 HS camera, you’ll preserve memories and creative film clips in beautifully realistic 1080p Full HD Video at 60 frames per second. Simply press the dedicated Movie button to begin recording. And now for the first time on a PowerShot model, a new input allows you to attach an optional external microphone (3.5mm diameter) for serious audio recording to match the high-quality video you’ll capture.

The camera’s powerful zoom is equipped with Canon’s precision-engineered Ultrasonic Motor (USM) and Voice Coil Motor (VCM) for fast, silent zooming and focus that won’t interfere with audio capture.

Simply Tap to Connect.

Record HD video in MP4The PowerShot SX60 HS camera supports NFC (Near Field Communication) technology, eliminating the need to manually find and open the Canon CameraWindow app# on your mobile device.

Simply touch the NFC icon on your camera to your compatible Android™ device##, and the CameraWindow app will launch automatically for quick, easy sharing of your images.

Built-in NFC technology also makes it simpler to install the app.

Optimal Image Stabilization in Any Situation.

The PowerShot SX60 HS camera is equipped with Canon’s innovative Intelligent IS

Compact digital still camera with built-in flash, 65x Optical, 4x Digital and 260x Combined Zoom with Optical Image Stabilizer

Compact digital still camera with built-in flash, 65x Optical, 4x Digital and 260x Combined Zoom with Optical Image Stabilizer

. The system automatically analyzes camera movement and applies the best shake correction method for the shooting situation allowing you to focus on framing and capturing your shot. For stills, the system selects from Normal IS, Panning IS, Macro (Hybrid) IS and Tripod modes. When shooting video, the system selects from Dynamic IS, Powered IS, Macro (Hybrid) IS and Active Tripod IS modes.


Compact digital still camera with built-in flash, 65x Optical, 4x Digital and 260x Combined Zoom with Optical Image Stabilizer

The Canon PowerShot SX60 HS is the ‘safe bet’ in the superzoom category. It offers good image quality, a fully articulating LCD, more than enough zoom power, and a solid feature set that includes Raw support, advanced video functionality, and a hot shoe.

What’s Included?

PowerShot SX60 HS Kit Contents

  • PowerShot SX60 HS Digital Camera
  • Lens Cap (with Strap)
  • Battery Pack NB-10L
  • Battery Charger CB-2LC
  • Neck Strap NS-DC11

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Image Capture Device


16.0 Megapixel*, 1/2.3-inch CMOS

*Image processing may cause a decrease in the number of pixels

Total Pixels

Approx. 16.8 Megapixels

Effective Pixels

Approx. 16.1 Megapixels


Focal Length

3.8 (W) – 247.0 (T) mm (35mm film equivalent: 21-1365mm)

Digital Zoom


Focusing Range

0.0 in (0 cm) – infinity (W), 5.9 ft. (1.8 m) – infinity (T)

Macro 0.0 in. (0 cm) – 1.6 ft. (50 cm) (W)

Autofocus System

TTL Autofocus (Continuous, Servo AF), Manual Focus


Optical Viewfinder

Electronic Viewfinder (Approx. 922,000 dots)

LCD Monitor

3.0-inch Color Vari-angle LCD with wide viewing angle

LCD Pixels

Approx. 922,000 dots

LCD Coverage

Approx. 100%

Aperture and Shutter

Maximum Aperture

f/3.4 (W), f/6.5 (T)

Shutter Speed

1-1/2000 sec.

15-1/2000 sec. (in Tv and M modes)

Exposure Control


Auto*, ISO 100/125/160/200/250/320/400/500/640/800/1000/1250/1600/2000/2500/3200

(When in P mode)/6400 (When in Low Light mode)

*Optimal ISO speed is automatically set depending on the shooting mode

Light Metering Method

Evaluative*, Center-weighted average, Spot**

*1 Facial brightness is evaluated (Face Detect AE) in Face Detect.

*2 Fixed to Center, linked to AF frame

Exposure Control Method

Manual Exposure, Program Shift, Safety Shift, AE Lock

Exposure Compensation

Still Images: ±3 stops in 1/3-stop increments

Videos: ±2 stops in 1/3-stop increments (not available during shooting)

White Balance

White Balance Control

Auto*, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Flash, Custom 1, Custom 2, Multi-area White Balance, White Balance Correction


Built-in Flash

Auto, Flash On, Slow Synchro, Flash Off

  • Facial brightness is also evaluated in Face Detect.

Flash Range

1.6 ft. (50 cm) – 18 ft. (5.5 m) (W), 5.9 ft. (1.8 m) – 9.8 ft. (3.0 m) (T)

Recycling Time

10 sec. or less (Battery voltage: 3.7 V)

Flash Exposure Compensation

±2 stops in 1/3-stop increments

Shooting Specifications

Shooting Modes

C1, C2, M, Av, Tv, P, Hybrid Auto, Auto, Creative Shot, Sports, SCN*1, Creative Filters*2, Movie*3

*1 Portrait, Smart Shutter*4, Handheld Night Scene, Low Light, Snow, Fireworks

*2 High Dynamic Range, Fish-eye Effect, Miniature Effect, Toy Camera Effect, Soft Focus, Monochrome, Super Vivid, Poster Effect

*3 Standard, Manual (Movie), iFrame Movie, Super Slow Motion Movie

*4 Smile, Wink Self-timer, Face Self-timer

Photo Effects

My Colors Off, Vivid, Neutral, Sepia, Black & White, Positive Film, Lighter Skin Tone, Darker Skin Tone, Vivid Blue, Vivid Green, Vivid Red, Custom Color *

*Adjustment of contrast sharpness, saturation, red, green, blue and skin tone are available

Self Timer

Approx. 10-sec. delay/approx. 2-sec. delay/custom*

*Delay time (0-15 sec. (in one-second increments), 20/25/30 sec.) and number of shots (1-10 shots (in one-shot increments)) can be specified.

Wireless Control

Not Available

Continuous Shooting

  1. Normal: Approx. 6.4* shots/sec. (in AUTO & P mode)
  2. AF: Approx. 3.8* shots/sec. (in P mode)
  3. LV: Approx. 4.6* shots/sec. (in P mode)
  • Under conditions where the flash does not fire automatically.
  • Differs depending on the zoom position.

*Using an 8 GB, UHS-I compatible memory card that meets Canon’s testing standards. The number of shots changes depending on subjects, brands of memory cards, etc. Shooting in RAW (including RAW+JPEG) is excluded.

Image Storage

Storage Media

SD/SDHC/SDXC and UHS-I Memory Cards

File Format

Design rule for Camera File system, DPOF (Version 1.1) compliant

Image Recording Format

Superfine / Fine

JPEG Compression Mode

Still Image: Exif. 2.3 (JPEG), RAW (12 bit, CR2 (Canon Original))

Video: MP4 (Image: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264; Audio: MPEG-4 AAC-LC (Stereo))

Number of Recording Pixels

Still Images:

1) 16:9 – Large: 4608 x 2592; Medium 1: 3264 x 1832; Medium 2: 1920 x 1080; Small: 640 x 360

2) 3:2 – Large: 4608 x 3072; Medium 1: 3264 x 2176; Medium 2: 2048 x 1368; Small: 640 x 424

3) 4:3 – Large: 4608 x 3456; Medium 1: 3264 x 2448; Medium 2: 2048 x 1536; Small: 640 x 480

4) 1:1 – Large: 3456 x 3456; Medium 1: 2448 x 2448; Medium 2: 1536 x 1536; Small: 480 x 480

5) 4:5 – Large: 2768 x 3456; Medium 1: 1952 x 2448; Medium 2: 1232 x 1536; Small: 384 x 480


Full HD 1920 x 1080: 60 fps*3 / 30 fps*2

Full HD iFrame Movie HD 1920 x 1080: 30 fps*2

HD 1280 x 720: 30 fps*2

640 x 480: 30 fps*2

Super Slow Motion Movie 640 x 480: 120 fps*1

Super Slow Motion Movie 320 x 240: 240 fps*1

Miniature Effect for Movie 1280 x 720: 6 fps*1 / 3 fps*1 / 1.5 fps*1

Miniature Effect for Movie: 640 x 480: 6 fps*1  / 3 fps*1 / 1.5 fps*1

Digest Movie: 1280 x 720: 30fps*2

*1 Playback frame rate is 30 fps*2.

*2 Actual frame rate is 29.97 fps.

*3 Actual frame rate is 59.94 fps.

Number of Recordable Images

Image data

16:9 3:2
File Size (KB) 8 GB 32 GB File Size (KB) 8 GB 32 GB
Large (L) SF 5,788 1,349 5,446 6,654 1,174 4,742
F 3,673 2,116 8,545 4,148 1,874 7,567
Medium 1 (M1) SF 3,199 2,431 9,814 3,593 2,154 8,695
F 2,141 3,611 14,578 2,335 3,318 13,396
Medium 2 (M2) SF 1,095 6,822 27,537 1,440 5,339 21,550
F 604 12,280 49,567 793 9,446 38,128
Small (S) SF 188 35,089 141,622 221 30,703 123,919
F 113 49,125 198,271 133 40,937 165,225
Medium* (M) F NA NA NA NA NA NA
RAW RAW 24,764 316 1,278 24,670 317 1,283
4:3 1:1
File Size (KB) 8 GB 32 GB File Size (KB) 8 GB 32 GB
Large (L) SF 7,365 1,058 4,272 5,524 1,411 5,696
F 4,546 1,705 6,883 3,409 2,273 9,178
Medium 1 (M1) SF 3,889 1,996 8,059 2,941 2,640 10,659
F 2,513 3,069 12,391 1,880 4,093 16,522
Medium 2 (M2) SF 1,602 4,723 19,064 1,213 6,297 25,418
F 893 8,469 34,184 668 11,164 45,061
Small (S) SF 249 27,291 110,150 188 35,089 141,622
F 150 40,937 165,225 113 49,125 198,271
Medium* (M) F 1,597 4,815 19,437 NA NA NA
RAW RAW 24,613 317 1,284 24,500 319 1,291
File Size (KB) 8 GB 32 GB
Large (L) SF 4,424 1,753 7,080
F 2,730 2,822 11,394
Medium 1 (M1) SF 2,346 3,274 13,217
F 1,500 5,116 20,652
Medium 2 (M2) SF 973 7,675 30,979
F 536 13,645 55,074
Small (S) SF 150 40,937 165,225
F 90 61,406 247,838
Medium* (M) F NA NA NA
RAW RAW 24,432 320 1,295

Note: SF=Superfine F=Fine

*When in Low Light.

• The approximate number of images recordable on memory cards other than the above can be calculated by using the above figures as a reference and extrapolating accordingly.


Time of Recordable Movies

Movie data

  iFrame Movie Miniature Effect Super Slow Motion Movie
HD: 1920 x 1080 HD: 1280 x 720 640 x 480 640 x 480 320 x 240
30 fps*2 5x 10x 20x 5x 10x 20x 120 fps*1 240 fps*1
6 fps*1 3 fps*1 1.5 fps*1 6 fps*1 3 fps*1 1.5*1 fps
Movie Size (KB/sec.) 4,898 195 98 49 73 37 18 1,465 976
8GB 26 min. 22 sec. 10 hrs. 42 min. 58 sec. 20 hrs. 34 min. 24 sec. 38 hrs. 15 min. 35 sec. 26 hrs. 45 min. 37 sec. 48 hrs. 27 min. 58 sec. 82 hrs. 18 min. 04 sec. 1 hr. 27 min. 00 sec. 2 hr. 07 min. 47 sec.
32GB 1 hr. 46 min. 33 sec. 43 hrs. 17 min. 23 sec. 83 hrs. 06 min. 30 sec. 154 hrs. 33 min. 09 sec. 108 hrs. 05 min. 38 sec. 195 hrs. 46 min. 14 sec. 332 hrs. 26 min. 26 sec. 5 hr. 51 min. 26 sec. 8 hr. 36 min. 11 sec.


Full HD: 1920 x 1080 HD: 1280 x 720 640 x 480
60 fps*3 30 fps*2 30 fps*2 30 fps*2
Movie size (KB/sec.) 4,288 2,945 992 382
8GB 30 min. 03 sec. 43 min. 29 sec. 2 hrs. 03 min. 55 sec. 5 hrs. 14 min. 34 sec.
32GB 2 hrs. 01 min. 27 sec. 2 hrs. 55 min. 43 sec. 8 hrs. 20 min. 32 sec. 21 hrs. 10 min. 38 sec.

*1 Playback frame rate is 30 fps*2.

*2 Actual frame rate is 29.97 fps.

*3 Actual frame rate is 59.94 fps.


Playback Specifications

Playback Modes File

Stills & Videos:

Auto Rotate (Automatic vertical/horizontal detection), Index Continuous Display, Image Advance (Operation Tools, Transition Effects, Scroll Display), Rotate, Favorites, My Category, Smart Shuffle, Group Playback, Movie Digest, Slideshow (Playback Interval, Repeat, Effect, Playlist)

Still Images:

Single, Index, Magnification (2-10x), Switch to other images while zoomed, Information Display, Red-eye Correction, Photobook Setup, Cropping, Resize, My Colors, Face ID info, Histogram, RGB Histogram, Location Information, Overexposure Warning


Normal Playback*1, Pause, Slow Motion, Skip Backward*2, Previous Frame*3, Next Frame*3, Skip Forward*2, Erase chapters, Editing, Movie Transcoding

Using the software included with the camera (ImageBrowser EX), there are 8 levels (1/8x to 1x) of playback speed for Super Slow Motion Movies possible on a computer.

Erasing Specifications

Erase Modes

Select Image, Select Range, Select All Images

  • The image data in the memory card stored with the Design rule for Camera File systems format can be erased (however, protected images cannot be erased).
  • Using the Movie editing function, sections of the movie can be deleted.
  • RAW+JPEG images can be erased individually.


Video Out

Analog: NTSC or PAL, Digital: HDMI (HDMI™ mini connector)

Audio Out



SD memory card slot; direct connection to Canon SELPHY, PIXMA Photo Printers & PictBridge compatible printers.

External Microphone input terminal (φ3.5mm stereo mini jack)

Power Source

Battery Pack NB-10L, AC Adapter Kit ACK-DC80

Shooting Capacity

Approx. 340 shots when using LCD monitor

Approx. 450 shots when using ECO mode

Playback Time

Approx. 6 hours

Physical Specifications

Operating Temperature


Operating Humidity


Dimensions (W x H x D)

5.02 x 3.65 x 4.50 in. / 127.6 x 92.6 x 114.3 mm


1.43 lb. / 650 g (CIPA standard)

1.34 lb. / 607 g (camera only)

Note: 30 display languages provided (English, German, French, Dutch, Danish, Finnish, Italian, Norwegian, Swedish, Spanish, Simplified/Traditional Chinese, Japanese, Russian, Portuguese, Korean, Greek, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Turkish, Thai, Arabic, Romanian, Ukrainian, Farsi, Hindi, Malaysian, Indonesian, Vietnamese). All data are based on Canon’s Standard Test Method. Subject to change without notice. Canon, DIGIC, ELPH, PIXMA, and PowerShot and SELPHY are registered trademarks of Canon Inc. in the United States and may also be registered trademarks or trademarks in other countries. Microsoft, Windows and Windows Vista are trademarks or registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and/or other countries. Mac is a trademark of Apple, Inc., registered in the United States and other countries. All other products and brand names are registered trademarks, trademarks or service marks of their respective owners in the United States and/or other countries.