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Canon PowerShot S60
Canon PowerShot S60

Canon PowerShot S60

We've given the S60 a grade of D.

Editor's Review

The slick Canon PowerShot S60 offers both point & shoot simplicity and a full range of manual controls. Despite its name, the S60 offers the same 5-megapixel resolution as its predecessor, the PowerShot S50. The similarities end there, however: Among other improvements, the S60 offers a smaller body, a wider-angle lens, and a higher capacity battery than the S50. Scuba divers and snorkelers should also note that the S60 offers an new underwater white balance setting (waterproof case sold separately).


  • 5.0 megapixels (effective)
  • 3.6x optical zoom/4.1x digital zoom
  • auto and manual focus
  • program and manual exposure
  • JPEG and RAW file formats
  • ISO range 50-400
  • proprietary Lithium-Ion battery
  • movie mode with sound
  • Part Number: POWERSHOT S60
  • UPC: 013803041620
  • Release Date: Aug 16, 2004

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Canon PowerShot S60 Reviews

Canon PowerShot S60 Reviews by Digital Camera-HQ Users

  • 5.0 out of 5
Best Compact on the Market. (Derek Rigg — 03/02/2007)

This camera replaced a Sony P72 and is quite simply amazing. In auto mode it will capture virtually any daylight scene with uncanny accuracy. I am amazed at how well it handles 'into the sun' exposures and always manages to accurately adjust contrast and colour. A trick I often use is to place my sunglasses over the lens for a warm effect. The Canon easily copes with this and produces sensational results. Only niggle is the lens cover which is susceptible to even the slightest touch which will retract the lens when you least expect it. Otherwise, I cannot fault this camera and I have had several digital and SLR's. Buying this camera will change your life.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Excellent Quality and Functionality (Steven — 02/20/2007)

The S60 is a great camera for the novice to the experienced photographer. It has just enough settings that you don't need to upgrade to a Digital SLR and costs half of the price tag of a good SLR.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Little irritations (Bill Monsma — 08/14/2006)

While I liked the camera at first I have come to be more and more frustrated. When sliding the cover back to take pictures many times it will not stay in the right position and close the lens without any movement on my part. It is like the cover seems to jump off a track or something and simply closes on its own. I also don't think the flash pictures are very good and are often too dark. I have been very di ssapointed with this type of photo and spend a lot of time using my Print Shop Pro to fix problems that I shouldn't have in the first place. Start up is a little slow but the battery life is very good. Picture quality is ok, not great. I have used friends cameras that are much lighter and made me more aware that this camera is no light weight. I wouldn't buy it again and am in the process of trying to find a lighter weight camera that is excellent in taking flash shots. Must also fix the other problems that I have indicated.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Easy to use (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

This camera replace a Nikon Coolpix - actually cost me less and does much more. Great focus even when using telephoto or macro (unlike the auto focus on the Nikon which half the time had blurred images) I really love it. Picture quality is un believable in the fine mode and with a 512 card I can shoot over 200 pictures. And the ability to have manual controls is like almost like using a good SLR 35 mm. A lot of bang for the buck. I love it!

  • 2.0 out of 5
The camera only lasts for 18 months with error code E18 (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I bought this camera based on my past experience with two Canon cameras. This Powershot S60 camera was costed $450, works o.k., and took many pictures until the lens was stuck out with error message E18 and black out display last week.
This error code E18 is common to the other Canon digital camera models commented from the other websites.
There is no luck to me doing the "quick fix" as someone posted in .
The S60 takes more than 5 seconds from taking one picture to the next picture. Also, I feel it too heavy in my pocket. It is neither portable nor professional. None of my seven cameras have been broken down except this S60.

  • 2.0 out of 5
not worth (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I spend AED 1400 for this camera, really is not worth. Its manual cameara mode is not focusing properly. Pictures are not sharp. I am not satisfied with this camera. I am trying to sell this camera. If the company takes back this camera with half of the price i am happy.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Disappointed (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I bought this camera based on past ratings and friends opinions of the S50 and figured that the S60 would be even better. I was quite disappointed at the picture quality - very pix ilated. Also, after less than a year a screw had come loose on the inside and shorted out the electronics. I was impressed by the battery life and I thought the features were good. I had bought a Sony in the past and was very pleased. I will be buying Sony again.

  • 3.0 out of 5
Not very exciting (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

A small improvement from PowerShot S50. Areas of improvement include the user interface and control of tele/zoom, wide angle, macro mode. The power cycle is still very slow (>2 seconds before the camera is ready to take picture from power up). While to body is solid (metal body), the camera's weight may make it an uncomfortable item in your pocket. The battery that comes with the camera has a better life than that of S50 but still pretty disappointing. Canon seems to do this purposely for marketing reason: they want to sell frustrated customers with more expensive batteries that offer better life span. S60 real value should be around $250. If you pay any more than that, you've overpaid.