As well as being compared against other travel zooms, the Canon PowerShot SX260 HS is also often compared to pro digicams, 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 ZS15)

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 have a touch screen, doesn't shoot as fast continuously (3.2 fps vs 8.5 fps), doesn't take 3D photos, lacks and external mic jack and has a slightly shorter battery life (210 shots vs 260 shots).

Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

Canon PowerShot SX280 HS
1 year newer
$231 - $236

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

Canon PowerShot SX240 HS

Canon PowerShot SX240 HS
similar age
$237 - $251

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

Panasonic Lumix ZS20

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20
similar age
$362

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

Canon PowerShot SX270 HS

Canon PowerShot SX270 HS
1 year newer
$219 - $405

Significant advantages of the SX270 HS (vs the SX260 HS)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the SX270 HS (vs the SX260 HS)

  • No built-in GPS
  • No 24p support

common strengths of the SX270 HS and SX260 HS

  • Very high speed movies: 240 fps vs 240 fps
  • In-camera panoramas
  • Better sensor types: CMOS vs CMOS

Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

Canon PowerShot SX600 HS
1 year newer
$179 - $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
  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 240 fps

common strengths of the SX600 HS and SX260 HS

  • Better sensor types: CMOS vs CMOS

compared toPro digicam competitors

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

However, on average it has a marginally smaller sensor (1/2.3" 6.17x4.55mm vs 1/1.7" 7.6x5.7mm), doesn't shoot RAW, has a much narrower aperture (f/3.5 vs f/2), takes slightly lower resolution photos (9.7 MP vs 12 MP) and slightly lower maximum light sensitivity (3,200 ISO vs 12,800 ISO).

Canon Powershot S100

Canon Powershot S100
4 months older
$319

Significant advantages of the S100 (vs the SX260 HS)

  • Shoots RAW
  • Much wider aperture: f/2 vs f/3.5
  • Much less shutter lag: 250 ms vs 510 ms

Significant disadvantages of the S100 (vs the SX260 HS)

  • 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

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

Canon PowerShot S120

Canon PowerShot S120
1 year newer
$349

Significant advantages of the S120 (vs the SX260 HS)

  • Much wider aperture: f/1.8 vs f/3.5
  • Shoots RAW
  • Much less shutter lag: 173 ms vs 510 ms

Significant disadvantages of the S120 (vs the SX260 HS)

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

common strengths of the S120 and SX260 HS

  • Very high speed movies: 240 fps vs 240 fps

Canon PowerShot S200

Canon PowerShot S200
2 years newer
$233

Significant advantages of the S200 (vs the SX260 HS)

  • Much wider aperture: f/1.8 vs f/3.5
  • Has in-camera HDR

Significant disadvantages of the S200 (vs the SX260 HS)

  • Lower resolution movies: 720p @ 24fps vs 1080p @ 24fps
  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 240 fps
  • Has a CCD-family sensor: CCD vs CMOS

common strengths of the S200 and SX260 HS

  • Both support 24p, which is uncommon in cameras similar to these
  • Inexpensive: $232.97 vs $281.99

Canon PowerShot S110

Canon PowerShot S110
7 months newer
$250

Significant advantages of the S110 (vs the SX260 HS)

  • Shoots RAW
  • Much wider aperture: f/2 vs f/3.5
  • Has a touch screen

Significant disadvantages of the S110 (vs the SX260 HS)

  • Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
  • No built-in GPS
  • Slower max shutter speed: 1/2000 of a second vs 1/3200 of a second

common strengths of the S110 and SX260 HS

  • Very high speed movies: 240 fps vs 240 fps
  • Both support 24p, which is uncommon in cameras similar to these
  • Inexpensive: $249.99 vs $281.99

Canon PowerShot G12

Canon PowerShot G12
1 year older
$987

Significant advantages of the G12 (vs the SX260 HS)

  • Shoots RAW
  • Significantly wider aperture: f/2.8 vs f/3.5
  • Much less shutter lag: 380 ms vs 510 ms

Significant disadvantages of the G12 (vs the SX260 HS)

  • Lower resolution movies: 720p @ 24fps vs 1080p @ 24fps
  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 240 fps
  • Has a CCD-family sensor: CCD vs CMOS

common strengths of the G12 and SX260 HS

  • Both support 24p, which is uncommon in cameras similar to these
  • Fast max shutter speeds: 1/4000 of a second vs 1/3200 of a second

Canon PowerShot G16

Canon PowerShot G16
1 year newer
$399

Significant advantages of the G16 (vs the SX260 HS)

  • Much wider aperture: f/1.8 vs f/3.5
  • Shoots RAW
  • Much less shutter lag: 314 ms vs 510 ms

Significant disadvantages of the G16 (vs the SX260 HS)

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

common strengths of the G16 and SX260 HS

  • Very high speed movies: 240 fps vs 240 fps
  • Fast max shutter speeds: 1/4000 of a second vs 1/3200 of a second

compared toSuper zoom competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon SX260 HS compared to super zoom competitors include: it is slightly smaller (compact (106×61×33 mm) vs prosumer size (111×76×91 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 lacks a built-in HDR feature, has a slightly shorter battery life (210 shots vs 390 shots), much worse macro focusing (5.0 cm vs 0.0 cm), is older (february 2012 vs august 2013) and is less popular.

Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

Canon PowerShot SX510 HS
1 year newer
$239

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

Nikon Coolpix L830

Nikon Coolpix L830
1 year newer
$159

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
  • Larger: Prosumer size (111×76×91 mm) vs Compact (106×61×33 mm)
  • No built-in GPS

common strengths of the L830 and SX260 HS

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size (111×76×91 mm) vs Compact (106×61×33 mm)
  • Very high speed movies: 240 fps vs 240 fps
  • Better sensor types: CMOS vs CMOS

Canon PowerShot SX500 IS

Canon PowerShot SX500 IS
6 months newer
$210

Significant advantages of the SX500 IS (vs the SX260 HS)

  • Significantly better macro capability: 1.0 cm vs 5.0 cm

Significant disadvantages of the SX500 IS (vs the SX260 HS)

  • No 24p support
  • Lower resolution movies: 720p @ 25fps vs 1080p @ 24fps
  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 240 fps

common strengths of the SX500 IS and SX260 HS

  • Fairly small: Standard size (104×70×80 mm) vs Compact (106×61×33 mm)
  • Light weight: 341 g vs 231 g
  • Thin: 3.2" 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 5x), has a slightly larger screen (3" vs 2.7"), creates panoramas in-camera, has a slightly longer battery life (210 shots vs 170 shots) and is newer (february 2012 vs february 2011).

However, on average it has a significantly narrower aperture (f/3.5 vs f/2.7), has a slightly narrower wide angle lens (25 mm vs 24 mm), is much larger (compact (106×61×33 mm) vs super compact (92×56×20 mm)), slightly worse macro focusing (5.0 cm vs 3.0 cm) and is thicker (1.3" vs 0.8").

Canon ELPH 300 HS

Canon ELPH 300 HS
1 year older
$236

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

  • Much smaller: Super compact (92×56×20 mm) vs Compact (106×61×33 mm)
  • Significantly wider aperture: f/2.7 vs f/3.5
  • Much thinner: 0.8" vs 1.3"

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

  • Significantly less zoom: 5x vs 20x
  • Significantly smaller screen: 2.7" vs 3"
  • Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching

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:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Lens

Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS

Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS
similar age
$250

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 (93×57×20 mm) vs Compact (106×61×33 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
  • Larger than average screens: 3" vs 3"
  • Extremely high speed movies: 240 fps vs 240 fps