As well as being compared against other travel zooms, the Canon PowerShot SX260 HS is also often compared to pro digicams, entry-level DSLRs, super zooms and compacts. The Canon PowerShot SX260 HS's top rivals come from Canon (such as the PowerShot SX280 HS and the PowerShot SX700 HS) and Panasonic (such as the Lumix ZS20 and the Lumix DMC-F3)

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 movies in 24p and creates panoramas in-camera.

However, on average it doesn't take 3D photos, lacks and external mic jack, has a slightly shorter battery life (210 shots vs 260 shots), is older (february, 2012 vs march, 2013) and is slightly more expensive ($324.99 vs $229.99).

Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

Canon PowerShot SX280 HS
1 year newer
$274

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

Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

Canon PowerShot SX700 HS
2 years newer
$279 - $280

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

  • Very 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
$300

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
  • Significantly 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
  • Very high speed movies: 220 fps vs 240 fps
  • In-camera panoramas

Canon PowerShot SX240 HS

Canon PowerShot SX240 HS
similar age
$183 - $359

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

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

Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

Canon PowerShot SX600 HS
1 year newer
$145 - $180

Significant advantages of the SX600 HS (vs the SX260 HS)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the SX600 HS (vs the SX260 HS)

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

common strengths of the SX600 HS and SX260 HS

  • Better sensor types: CMOS vs CMOS

Canon PowerShot SX230 HS

Canon PowerShot SX230 HS
1 year older
$230

Significant advantages of the SX230 HS (vs the SX260 HS)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the SX230 HS (vs the SX260 HS)

  • None found

common strengths of the SX230 HS and SX260 HS

  • Built-in GPS
  • Very high speed movies: 240 fps vs 240 fps
  • Both support 24p, which is uncommon in cameras similar to these

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 3.6x), records even higher-speed movies (240 fps vs none), records movies in 24p, creates panoramas in-camera and has a built-in GPS.

However, on average it has a significantly smaller sensor (1/2.3" 6.2x4.6mm vs 1" 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 922k dots) and is slightly larger (compact 106x61x33 mm vs compact 100x59x29 mm).

Canon Powershot S100

Canon Powershot S100
4 months older
$212

Significant advantages of the S100 (vs the SX260 HS)

  • Shoots RAW
  • Much wider aperture: f/2.0 vs f/3.5
  • Much less shutter lag: 250 ms vs 510 ms

Significant disadvantages of the S100 (vs the SX260 HS)

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

common strengths of the S100 and SX260 HS

  • Very small: Compact 99x60x28 mm vs Compact 106x61x33 mm
  • Good image stabilization: Lens vs Lens
  • Both support 24p, which is uncommon in cameras similar to these

Canon PowerShot S120

Canon PowerShot S120
1 year newer
$399 - $449

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

  • Very small: Compact 100x59x29 mm vs Compact 106x61x33 mm
  • Good image stabilization: Lens vs Lens
  • Light weight: 217 g vs 231 g

Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100
3 months newer
$498

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

  • Much larger sensor: 1" 13.2x8.8mm vs 1/2.3" 6.2x4.6mm
  • Much wider aperture: f/1.8 vs f/3.5
  • Shoots RAW

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

  • Significantly less zoom: 3.6x vs 20x
  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 240 fps
  • Significantly worse wide angle: 28 mm vs 25 mm

common strengths of the DSC-RX100 and SX260 HS

  • Very small: Compact 101x58x35 mm vs Compact 106x61x33 mm
  • Good image stabilization: Lens vs Lens
  • In-camera panoramas

Canon PowerShot S110

Canon PowerShot S110
7 months newer
$209 - $235

Significant advantages of the S110 (vs the SX260 HS)

  • Shoots RAW
  • Much wider aperture: f/2.0 vs f/3.5
  • Has a touch screen

Significant disadvantages of the S110 (vs the SX260 HS)

  • Significantly less zoom: 5x vs 20x
  • Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
  • No built-in GPS

common strengths of the S110 and SX260 HS

  • Very small: Compact 99x59x27 mm vs Compact 106x61x33 mm
  • Good image stabilization: Lens vs Lens
  • Both support 24p, which is uncommon in cameras similar to these

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 106x61x33 mm vs prosumer size 129x98x78 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 MP), doesn't have a touch screen and doesn't shoot as fast continuously (3.2 fps vs 5 fps).

Nikon D5200

Nikon D5200
8 months newer
$497 - $547 (body only)
$499 - $599 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D5200 (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 D5200 (vs the SX260 HS)

  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 240 fps
  • No image stabilization: None vs Lens
  • Much larger: Prosumer size 129x98x78 mm vs Compact 106x61x33 mm

common strengths of the D5200 and SX260 HS

  • Inexpensive: $496.95 vs $324.99

Nikon D3100

Nikon D3100
1 year older
$222 (body only)
$355 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D3100 (vs the SX260 HS)

  • Has a viewfinder: Pentamirror vs None
  • Faster autofocus: Phase detection vs Contrast detection
  • Much less shutter lag: 279 ms vs 510 ms

Significant disadvantages of the D3100 (vs the SX260 HS)

  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 240 fps
  • No image stabilization: None vs Lens
  • Much larger: Prosumer size 124x96x73 mm vs Compact 106x61x33 mm

common strengths of the D3100 and SX260 HS

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size 124x96x73 mm vs Compact 106x61x33 mm
  • Light weight: 505 g vs 231 g
  • Inexpensive: $221.86 vs $324.99

Canon Rebel T5i

Canon Rebel T5i
1 year newer
$649 - $650 (body only)
$620 - $700 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the T5i (vs the SX260 HS)

  • Has a viewfinder: Pentamirror vs None
  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,040k dots vs 461k dots
  • Faster autofocus: Phase detection vs Contrast detection

Significant disadvantages of the T5i (vs the SX260 HS)

  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 240 fps
  • Much larger: Professional size 133x100x79 mm vs Compact 106x61x33 mm
  • No image stabilization: None vs Lens

common strengths of the T5i and SX260 HS

  • None found

compared toSuper zoom competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon SX260 HS compared to super zoom competitors include: it records higher quality movies (1080p @ 24fps vs 720p @ 25fps), is slightly smaller (compact 106x61x33 mm vs prosumer size 111x75x91 mm), records even higher-speed movies (240 fps vs none), records movies in 24p and has a CMOS-family sensor (CMOS vs CCD).

However, on average it has a slightly narrower aperture (f/3.5 vs f/3.0), has slightly less zoom (20x vs 34.8x), has a slightly narrower wide angle lens (25 mm vs 22 mm), lacks a built-in HDR feature and has a slightly shorter battery life (210 shots vs 390 shots).

Nikon Coolpix L830

Nikon Coolpix L830
1 year newer
$179 - $207

Significant advantages of the L830 (vs the SX260 HS)

  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 921k dots vs 461k dots
  • Much longer battery life: 390 shots vs 210 shots
  • Has in-camera HDR

Significant disadvantages of the L830 (vs the SX260 HS)

  • No 24p support
  • Significantly larger: Prosumer size 111x75x91 mm vs Compact 106x61x33 mm
  • No built-in GPS

common strengths of the L830 and SX260 HS

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size 111x75x91 mm vs Compact 106x61x33 mm
  • Very high speed movies: 240 fps vs 240 fps
  • Better sensor types: CMOS vs CMOS

Canon PowerShot SX400 IS

Canon PowerShot SX400 IS
2 years newer
$149 - $286

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

  • None found

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

  • No 24p support
  • Lower resolution movies: 720p @ 25fps vs 1080p @ 24fps
  • Has a CCD-family sensor: CCD vs CMOS

common strengths of the PowerShot SX400 IS and SX260 HS

  • Fairly small: Standard size 104x69x80 mm vs Compact 106x61x33 mm
  • Light weight: 313 g vs 231 g
  • Thin: 3.1" vs 1.3"

compared toCompact competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon SX260 HS compared to compact competitors include: it has significantly more zoom (20x vs 4x), records higher quality movies (1080p @ 24fps vs 720p @ 30fps), has a slightly wider wide angle lens (25 mm vs 28 mm), has a slightly larger screen (3.0" vs 2.7") and has a slightly higher resolution screen (461k dots vs 230k dots).

However, on average it has a significantly narrower aperture (f/3.5 vs f/2.7), is significantly larger (compact 106x61x33 mm vs super compact 96x54x22 mm), has significantly more shutter lag (510 ms vs 360 ms), slightly worse macro focusing (5 cm vs 3 cm) and is thicker (1.3" vs 0.9").

Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS

Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS
similar age
$220

Significant advantages of the ELPH 110 HS (vs the SX260 HS)

  • Significantly wider aperture: f/2.7 vs f/3.5
  • Much smaller: Super compact 93x57x20 mm vs Compact 106x61x33 mm
  • Much thinner: 0.8" vs 1.3"

Significant disadvantages of the ELPH 110 HS (vs the SX260 HS)

  • Significantly less zoom: 5x vs 20x
  • Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
  • No built-in GPS

common strengths of the ELPH 110 HS and SX260 HS

  • Both shoot high resolution HD movies: 1080p @ 24fps vs 1080p @ 24fps
  • Extremely high speed movies: 240 fps vs 240 fps
  • Good image stabilization: Lens vs Lens

Panasonic Lumix DMC-F3

Panasonic Lumix DMC-F3
2 years older
$150

Significant advantages of the DMC-F3 (vs the SX260 HS)

  • Significantly wider aperture: f/2.8 vs f/3.5
  • Much smaller: Super compact 96x54x22 mm vs Compact 106x61x33 mm
  • Much lighter: 130 g vs 231 g

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-F3 (vs the SX260 HS)

  • Lower resolution movies: 720p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 24fps
  • Significantly less zoom: 4x vs 20x
  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 240 fps

common strengths of the DMC-F3 and SX260 HS

  • None found

Canon ELPH 300 HS

Canon ELPH 300 HS
1 year older
$175

Significant advantages of the 300 HS (vs the SX260 HS)

  • Significantly wider aperture: f/2.7 vs f/3.5
  • Much smaller: Super compact 92x55x19 mm vs Compact 106x61x33 mm
  • Significantly less shutter lag: 360 ms vs 510 ms

Significant disadvantages of the 300 HS (vs the SX260 HS)

  • Significantly less zoom: 5x vs 20x
  • Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
  • Smaller screen: 2.7" vs 3.0"

common strengths of the 300 HS and SX260 HS

  • Both shoot high resolution HD movies: 1080p @ 24fps vs 1080p @ 24fps
  • Extremely high speed movies: 240 fps vs 240 fps
  • Good image stabilization: Lens vs Lens

Canon PowerShot A810

Canon PowerShot A810
similar age
$160

Significant advantages of the A810 (vs the SX260 HS)

  • Significantly lighter: 171 g vs 231 g

Significant disadvantages of the A810 (vs the SX260 HS)

  • Lower resolution movies: 720p @ 25fps vs 1080p @ 24fps
  • Significantly less zoom: 5x vs 20x
  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 240 fps

common strengths of the A810 and SX260 HS

  • None found