As well as being compared against other travel zooms, the Canon PowerShot SX260 HS is also often compared to pro digicams, super zooms, entry-level DSLRs and compacts. The Canon PowerShot SX260 HS's top rivals come from Canon (such as the PowerShot SX280 HS and the PowerShot SX240 HS) and Panasonic (such as the Lumix ZS20 and the Lumix DMC-TZ60)

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
$328

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 SX240 HS

Canon PowerShot SX240 HS
similar age
$175 - $376

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
$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 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

Canon PowerShot SX230 HS

Canon PowerShot SX230 HS
1 year older
$205

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

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

compared toPro digicam competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon SX260 HS compared to pro digicam competitors include: it records movies in 24p, has a CMOS-family sensor (CMOS vs CCD), creates panoramas in-camera, has a built-in GPS and is slightly less expensive ($324.99 vs $990.67).

However, on average it has a marginally smaller sensor (1/2.3" 6.2x4.6mm vs 1/1.7" 7.6x5.7mm), doesn't shoot RAW, has a much narrower aperture (f/3.5 vs f/2.0), takes slightly lower resolution photos (9.7 MP vs 12 MP) and significantly lower maximum light sensitivity (3,200 ISO vs 12,800 ISO).

Canon Powershot S100

Canon Powershot S100
4 months older
$218

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)

  • 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 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 S110

Canon PowerShot S110
7 months newer
$249

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)

  • Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
  • No built-in GPS
  • Significantly 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

Canon PowerShot G12

Canon PowerShot G12
1 year older
$991

Significant advantages of the G12 (vs the SX260 HS)

  • Shoots RAW
  • Significantly wider aperture: f/2.8 vs f/3.5
  • Has a flip-out screen

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

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 106x61x33 mm vs prosumer size 124x82x92 mm), records even higher-speed movies (240 fps vs none), records movies in 24p, creates panoramas in-camera and is thinner (1.3" vs 4.2").

However, on average it has a slightly narrower aperture (f/3.5 vs f/3.1), has slightly less zoom (20x vs 34.8x), doesn't shoot as fast continuously (3.2 fps vs 6.7 fps), doesn't have a screen which flips out and lacks a built-in HDR feature.

Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

Canon PowerShot SX50 HS
7 months newer
$329 - $430

Significant advantages of the PowerShot SX50 HS (vs the SX260 HS)

  • Significantly more zoom: 50x vs 20x
  • Has a flip-out screen
  • Has in-camera HDR

Significant disadvantages of the PowerShot SX50 HS (vs the SX260 HS)

  • Much larger: Professional size 123x87x106 mm vs Compact 106x61x33 mm
  • Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
  • No built-in GPS

common strengths of the PowerShot SX50 HS and SX260 HS

  • Very 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
$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
  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 240 fps

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"

Nikon Coolpix L830

Nikon Coolpix L830
1 year newer
$159 - $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

Pentax X-5

Pentax X-5
6 months newer
$178

Significant advantages of the X-5 (vs the SX260 HS)

  • Has a flip-out screen
  • Significantly better macro capability: 1 cm vs 5 cm
  • Shoots significantly faster: 10 fps vs 3.2 fps

Significant disadvantages of the X-5 (vs the SX260 HS)

  • No 24p support
  • Significantly larger: Professional size 119x86x106 mm vs Compact 106x61x33 mm
  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 240 fps

common strengths of the X-5 and SX260 HS

  • Better sensor types: CMOS vs CMOS

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150
5 months older
$354

Significant advantages of the DMC-FZ150 (vs the SX260 HS)

  • Significantly wider aperture: f/2.8 vs f/3.5
  • Takes 3D photos
  • Has an external mic jack

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-FZ150 (vs the SX260 HS)

  • No 24p support
  • Significantly larger: Prosumer size 124x82x92 mm vs Compact 106x61x33 mm
  • No built-in GPS

common strengths of the DMC-FZ150 and SX260 HS

  • Very high speed movies: 220 fps vs 240 fps
  • Better sensor types: CMOS vs CMOS

compared toEntry-level DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon SX260 HS compared to entry-level DSLR competitors include: it records higher quality movies (1080p @ 24fps vs none), has a slightly higher resolution screen (461k dots vs 230k dots), records high-speed movies (240 fps vs none), has image stabilization (lens vs none) and creates panoramas in-camera.

However, on average it takes slightly lower resolution photos (9.7 MP vs 14.2 MP), has a much smaller sensor (1/2.3" 6.2x4.6mm vs APS-C 23.1x15.4mm), doesn't have a viewfinder (none vs pentamirror), has much more shutter lag (510 ms vs 160 ms) and has a significantly shorter battery life (210 shots vs 550 shots).

Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi

Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi
4 years older
$899 (body only)
$749 18-55mm lens

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

  • Has a viewfinder: Pentamirror vs None
  • Much less shutter lag: 160 ms vs 510 ms
  • Faster autofocus: Phase detection vs Contrast detection

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

  • Does not take movies: None vs 1080p @ 24fps
  • No image stabilization: None vs Lens
  • Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching

common strengths of the Rebel XSi and SX260 HS

  • Very small: Prosumer size 129x98x62 mm vs Compact 106x61x33 mm
  • Very thin: 2.4" vs 1.3"

Nikon D3100

Nikon D3100
1 year older
$259 (body only)
$408 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: $259.00 vs $324.99

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), records higher quality movies (1080p @ 24fps vs 720p @ 25fps), 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 significantly narrower aperture (f/3.5 vs f/2.7), is much larger (compact 106x61x33 mm vs super compact 95x54x20 mm), doesn't have a touch screen, has significantly more shutter lag (510 ms vs 360 ms) and slightly worse macro focusing (5 cm vs 3 cm).

Canon ELPH 300 HS

Canon ELPH 300 HS
1 year older
$220

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 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 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

Canon PowerShot A2300 IS

Canon PowerShot A2300 IS
similar age
$155

Significant advantages of the A2300 IS (vs the SX260 HS)

  • Much smaller: Super compact 95x54x20 mm vs Compact 106x61x33 mm
  • Significantly wider aperture: f/2.8 vs f/3.5
  • Much lighter: 125 g vs 231 g

Significant disadvantages of the A2300 IS (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 A2300 IS and SX260 HS

  • None found

Canon ELPH 320 HS

Canon PowerShot ELPH 320 HS
similar age
$223

Significant advantages of the 320 HS (vs the SX260 HS)

  • Significantly wider aperture: f/2.7 vs f/3.5
  • Much smaller: Super compact 94x57x21 mm vs Compact 106x61x33 mm
  • Has a touch screen

Significant disadvantages of the 320 HS (vs the SX260 HS)

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

common strengths of the 320 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