The first thing you’ll notice about the SX260 HS is that its slightly bigger and considerably heavier than your average point-and-shoot. Of course, its GPS function means it’s not your average point-and-shoot, but slim seekers will probably want to steer clear of the genre altogether (for the time being at least — these things are only going to get smaller and smaller). Still, for what it is, the SX260 HS won’t strain wrists or have any issues fitting in even bags on the small side. Will you be sliding it into any pockets? No.
Aside from its heft, it’s a nice looking camera with a high-quality feel and appearance. The face plate has a small grip, but it’s mostly dominated by the big, 20x optical zoom lens. Long zoom lenses sometimes feel generally loose, with too much wiggle room between the chassis and lens. It’s a trap for dust and dirt and can result in lens scratches or even constantly blurred photos. Luckily, you won’t have to worry about that with this model: The lens is completely protected and connected to the body.