Shooting With The Canon Canon PowerShot SX 260 HS Compact Camera

Published On January 1, 2013 | By Mike Carroll | Cinematography

I love the freedom and ease of keeping a little digital compact camera in my pocket for spur-of-the-moment snap shots. I’ve had a very small Nikon CoolPix for a year or so, but I discovered that one of the internal lenses had gotten cracked, so I’ve been on the hunt for a new one.

I’d love to get a Canon PowerShot G15 for all of it’s easy manual settings and 1080 24p video. That runs $450-$499, however, and that’s a little steep for my quick snapshot needs.

Then I saw that BestBuy was offering this little camera, the Canon PowerShot SX 260 HS, which normally retails for $299, and they had an end-of-2012 special for only $199.

I read some reviews and found that the SX 260 shoots the same pixel size as the G15 at 12-Megapixels and also shoots 1080 HD 24p.

So I picked one up. Here is a little video taken while out walking the dogs right after taking the camera out of the box.

Then this morning, New Year’s Day 2013, I got into work and, because we only have a few reporters and a full cadre of photographers, and it’s a paid holiday, I was offered the opportunity to have the day off. I thought about it for two seconds, then grabbed my pack and headed out the door.

I shot this video as I was putting a news camera battery on the charger for when I get back to work tomorrow and headed out the newsroom and to my car. This was shot as an experiment to see what this little thing can do & edited on Adobe Premiere.

What a great little camera. What a great day. I think I shall be trying to incorporate video from this camera into news stories for some different perspectives.

I often find that some of the most interesting and unexpected shots are grabbed by little cameras that you can hold or use in unusual places – and which you don’t look through the viewfinder of and just hold out and grab.

Thanks for the day off & Happy New Year!

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Mike Carroll joined the digital revolution in 1999 with a Sony TRV900 camcorder and Final Cut Pro, when it was only Final Cut Pro and not version 2, 4 or a Suite.

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