As well as being compared against other travel zooms, the Canon PowerShot SX260 HS is also often compared to pro digicams, entry-level DSLRs and super zooms. The Canon PowerShot SX260 HS's top rivals come from Canon (such as the PowerShot SX710 HS and the PowerShot SX280 HS) and Nikon (such as the Coolpix S7000 and the Coolpix S9900)

compared toTravel zoom competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon SX260 HS compared to other travel zoom competitors include: it has a built-in GPS, records even higher-speed movies (240 fps vs none), records movies in 24p and creates panoramas in-camera.

However, on average it lacks a built-in HDR feature, doesn't take 3D photos, lacks and external mic jack and is older (february 2012 vs february 2014).

Canon PowerShot SX710 HS

Canon PowerShot SX710 HS
2 years newer
$265 - $299

Significant advantages of the SX710 HS (vs the SX260 HS)

  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 922k dots vs 461k dots

Significant disadvantages of the SX710 HS (vs the SX260 HS)

  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 240 fps
  • No built-in GPS
  • No 24p support

common strengths of the SX710 HS and SX260 HS

  • Better sensor types: CMOS vs CMOS
  • Fast max shutter speeds: 1/3200 of a second vs 1/3200 of a second

Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

Canon PowerShot SX280 HS
1 year newer
$265

Significant advantages of the SX280 HS (vs the SX260 HS)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the SX280 HS (vs the SX260 HS)

  • No 24p support
  • Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching

common strengths of the SX280 HS and SX260 HS

  • Built-in GPS
  • Extremely high speed movies: 240 fps vs 240 fps
  • Better sensor types: CMOS vs CMOS

Canon PowerShot SX240 HS

Canon PowerShot SX240 HS
similar age
$269

Significant advantages of the SX240 HS (vs the SX260 HS)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the SX240 HS (vs the SX260 HS)

  • No built-in GPS

common strengths of the SX240 HS and SX260 HS

  • Extremely high speed movies: 240 fps vs 240 fps
  • Both support 24p, which is uncommon in cameras similar to these
  • In-camera panoramas

Nikon Coolpix S7000

Nikon Coolpix S7000
3 years newer
$197

Significant advantages of the S7000 (vs the SX260 HS)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the S7000 (vs the SX260 HS)

  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 240 fps
  • No built-in GPS
  • No 24p support

common strengths of the S7000 and SX260 HS

  • Better sensor types: CMOS vs CMOS
  • Fast max shutter speeds: 1/4000 of a second vs 1/3200 of a second

Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

Canon PowerShot SX700 HS
2 years newer
$300

Significant advantages of the SX700 HS (vs the SX260 HS)

  • Has an external mic jack
  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 922k dots vs 461k dots
  • Significantly longer battery life: 360 shots vs 210 shots

Significant disadvantages of the SX700 HS (vs the SX260 HS)

  • No built-in GPS
  • No 24p support
  • Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching

common strengths of the SX700 HS and SX260 HS

  • Extremely high speed movies: 240 fps vs 240 fps
  • Better sensor types: CMOS vs CMOS
  • Fast max shutter speeds: 1/3200 of a second vs 1/3200 of a second

Panasonic Lumix ZS20

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20
similar age
$565

Significant advantages of the ZS20 (vs the SX260 HS)

  • Takes 3D photos
  • Has a touch screen
  • Has in-camera HDR

Significant disadvantages of the ZS20 (vs the SX260 HS)

  • No 24p support
  • Slower max shutter speed: 1/2000 of a second vs 1/3200 of a second

common strengths of the ZS20 and SX260 HS

  • Built-in GPS
  • Extremely high speed movies: 220 fps vs 240 fps
  • In-camera panoramas

compared toPro digicam competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon SX260 HS compared to pro digicam competitors include: it has significantly more zoom (20x vs 3.8x), records even higher-speed movies (240 fps vs 120 fps), records movies in 24p, creates panoramas in-camera and has a built-in GPS.

However, on average it has a slightly smaller sensor (1/2.3" 6.17x4.55mm vs nikon CX 13.2x8.8mm), doesn't shoot RAW, has a much narrower aperture (f/3.5 vs f/1.8), has a slightly lower resolution screen (461k dots vs 921k dots) and is slightly larger (compact (106×61×33 mm) vs compact (100×58×31 mm)).

Canon Powershot S100

Canon Powershot S100
4 months older
$272

Significant advantages of the S100 (vs the SX260 HS)

  • Much wider aperture: f/2 vs f/3.5
  • Shoots RAW
  • Smaller: Compact (99×60×28 mm) vs Compact (106×61×33 mm)

Significant disadvantages of the S100 (vs the SX260 HS)

  • Significantly less zoom: 5x vs 20x
  • Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
  • Slower max shutter speed: 1/2000 of a second vs 1/3200 of a second

common strengths of the S100 and SX260 HS

  • Fairly small: Compact (99×60×28 mm) vs Compact (106×61×33 mm)
  • Extremely high speed movies: 240 fps vs 240 fps
  • Both support 24p, which is uncommon in cameras similar to these

Canon PowerShot S120

Canon PowerShot S120
1 year newer
$329 - $349

Significant advantages of the S120 (vs the SX260 HS)

  • Much wider aperture: f/1.8 vs f/3.5
  • Shoots RAW
  • Has a touch screen

Significant disadvantages of the S120 (vs the SX260 HS)

  • Significantly less zoom: 5x vs 20x
  • No 24p support
  • Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching

common strengths of the S120 and SX260 HS

  • Fairly small: Compact (100×59×29 mm) vs Compact (106×61×33 mm)
  • Extremely high speed movies: 240 fps vs 240 fps
  • Thin: 1.1" vs 1.3"

Canon PowerShot S90

Canon PowerShot S90
2 years older
$565

Significant advantages of the S90 (vs the SX260 HS)

  • Much wider aperture: f/2 vs f/3.5
  • Shoots RAW
  • Has in-camera HDR

Significant disadvantages of the S90 (vs the SX260 HS)

  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 240 fps
  • Significantly less zoom: 3.8x vs 20x
  • No 24p support

common strengths of the S90 and SX260 HS

  • Fairly small: Compact (100×58×31 mm) vs Compact (106×61×33 mm)
  • Light weight: 198 g vs 231 g
  • Thin: 1.2" vs 1.3"

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III
2 years newer
$798

Significant advantages of the DSC-RX100 III (vs the SX260 HS)

  • Much larger sensor: Nikon CX 13.2x8.8mm vs 1/2.3" 6.17x4.55mm
  • Much wider aperture: f/1.8 vs f/3.5
  • Shoots RAW

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-RX100 III (vs the SX260 HS)

  • Lower speed movies: 120 fps vs 240 fps
  • Significantly less zoom: 2.9x vs 20x
  • No built-in GPS

common strengths of the DSC-RX100 III and SX260 HS

  • Extremely high speed movies: 120 fps vs 240 fps
  • Both support 24p, which is uncommon in cameras similar to these
  • In-camera panoramas

Nikon Coolpix P330

Nikon Coolpix P330
1 year newer
$244

Significant advantages of the P330 (vs the SX260 HS)

  • Much wider aperture: f/1.8 vs f/3.5
  • Shoots RAW
  • Takes 3D photos

Significant disadvantages of the P330 (vs the SX260 HS)

  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 240 fps
  • Significantly less zoom: 5x vs 20x
  • No 24p support

common strengths of the P330 and SX260 HS

  • Fairly small: Compact (103×58×32 mm) vs Compact (106×61×33 mm)
  • In-camera panoramas
  • Built-in GPS

compared toEntry-level DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon SX260 HS compared to entry-level DSLR competitors include: it records high-speed movies (240 fps vs none), has image stabilization (lens vs none), creates panoramas in-camera, is much smaller (compact (106×61×33 mm) vs professional size (130×100×78 mm)) and has a built-in GPS.

However, on average it records higher quality movies (1080p @ 24fps vs 1080p @ 60fps), has a significantly lower resolution screen (461k dots vs 921k dots), takes much lower resolution photos (9.7 MP vs 24.2 MP), doesn't shoot as fast continuously (3.2 fps vs 5 fps) and has a much smaller sensor (1/2.3" 6.17x4.55mm vs APS-C 23.5x15.6mm).

Canon EOS Rebel T5

Canon EOS Rebel T5
2 years newer
$399 (body only)
$325 - $399 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the Rebel T5 (vs the SX260 HS)

  • Has a viewfinder: Pentamirror vs None
  • Faster autofocus: Phase detection vs Contrast detection
  • Much higher true resolution: 18 MP vs 9.7 MP

Significant disadvantages of the Rebel T5 (vs the SX260 HS)

  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 240 fps
  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Lens
  • Much larger: Professional size (130×100×78 mm) vs Compact (106×61×33 mm)

common strengths of the Rebel T5 and SX260 HS

  • Light weight: 480 g vs 231 g
  • Inexpensive: $324.95 vs $280.44

Nikon D3300

Nikon D3300
1 year newer
$294 (body only)
$400 - $447 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D3300 (vs the SX260 HS)

  • Has a viewfinder: Pentamirror vs None
  • Higher frame rate movies: 1080p @ 60fps vs 1080p @ 24fps
  • Much higher resolution screen: 921k dots vs 461k dots

Significant disadvantages of the D3300 (vs the SX260 HS)

  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 240 fps
  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Lens
  • Much larger: Prosumer size (124×98×76 mm) vs Compact (106×61×33 mm)

common strengths of the D3300 and SX260 HS

  • Both have in-camera panoramic stitching, many cameras like these don't
  • Light weight: 430 g vs 231 g
  • Inexpensive: $294.00 vs $280.44

compared toSuper zoom competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon SX260 HS compared to super zoom competitors include: it is significantly smaller (compact (106×61×33 mm) vs professional size (123×92×108 mm)), records even higher-speed movies (240 fps vs none), records movies in 24p, has a CMOS-family sensor (CMOS vs CCD) and creates panoramas in-camera.

However, on average it has significantly less zoom (20x vs 65x), doesn't have a screen which flips out, lacks and external mic jack, has slightly more shutter lag (510 ms vs 350 ms) and has a slightly shorter battery life (210 shots vs 340 shots).

Canon Powershot SX40

Canon Powershot SX40
4 months older
$368

Significant advantages of the SX40 (vs the SX260 HS)

  • Significantly wider aperture: f/2.7 vs f/3.5
  • Much better macro capability: 0.0 cm vs 5.0 cm
  • Has a flip-out screen

Significant disadvantages of the SX40 (vs the SX260 HS)

  • Much larger: Professional size (123×92×108 mm) vs Compact (106×61×33 mm)
  • Significantly smaller screen: 2.7" vs 3"
  • Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching

common strengths of the SX40 and SX260 HS

  • Extremely high speed movies: 240 fps vs 240 fps
  • Both support 24p, which is uncommon in cameras similar to these
  • Better sensor types: CMOS vs CMOS

Canon PowerShot SX400 IS

Canon PowerShot SX400 IS
2 years newer
$109 - $165

Significant advantages of the SX400 IS (vs the SX260 HS)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the SX400 IS (vs the SX260 HS)

  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 240 fps
  • No 24p support
  • Has a CCD-family sensor: CCD vs CMOS

common strengths of the SX400 IS and SX260 HS

  • Fairly small: Standard size (104×69×80 mm) vs Compact (106×61×33 mm)
  • Light weight: 313 g vs 231 g
  • Thin: 3.1" vs 1.3"

Canon PowerShot SX60 HS

Canon PowerShot SX60 HS
2 years newer
$383 - $449

Significant advantages of the SX60 HS (vs the SX260 HS)

  • Much more zoom: 65x vs 20x
  • Has an external mic jack
  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 922k dots vs 461k dots

Significant disadvantages of the SX60 HS (vs the SX260 HS)

  • Much larger: Large (128×93×114 mm) vs Compact (106×61×33 mm)
  • No 24p support
  • No built-in GPS

common strengths of the SX60 HS and SX260 HS

  • Extremely high speed movies: 240 fps vs 240 fps
  • Better sensor types: CMOS vs CMOS

Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

Canon PowerShot SX510 HS
1 year newer
$229

Significant advantages of the SX510 HS (vs the SX260 HS)

  • Much better macro capability: 0.0 cm vs 5.0 cm

Significant disadvantages of the SX510 HS (vs the SX260 HS)

  • Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
  • No built-in GPS
  • Significantly thicker: 3.1" vs 1.3"

common strengths of the SX510 HS and SX260 HS

  • Fairly small: Standard size (104×70×80 mm) vs Compact (106×61×33 mm)
  • Extremely high speed movies: 240 fps vs 240 fps
  • Both support 24p, which is uncommon in cameras similar to these