As well as being compared against other travel zooms, the Canon PowerShot SX260 HS is also often compared to mirrorless, pro digicams, entry-level DSLRs and super zooms. The Canon PowerShot SX260 HS's top rivals come from Canon (such as the PowerShot SX720 HS and the PowerShot SX280 HS) and Sony (such as the Cyber-shot DSC-HX90V and the Cyber-shot DSC-WX80)

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) and records movies in 24p.

However, on average it is older (february 2012 vs january 2015) and is less popular.

Canon PowerShot SX720 HS

Canon PowerShot SX720 HS
4 years newer
$250 - $329

Significant advantages of the PowerShot SX720 HS (vs the SX260 HS)

  • Significantly more zoom: 40x vs 20x
  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 922k dots vs 461k dots

Significant disadvantages of the PowerShot SX720 HS (vs the SX260 HS)

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

common strengths of the PowerShot SX720 HS and SX260 HS

  • Larger than average screens: 3" vs 3"
  • 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
$300

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

common strengths of the SX280 HS and SX260 HS

  • Built-in GPS
  • Larger than average screens: 3" vs 3"
  • Extremely high speed movies: 240 fps vs 240 fps

Canon PowerShot SX610 HS

Canon PowerShot SX610 HS
2 years newer
$199 - $229

Significant advantages of the SX610 HS (vs the SX260 HS)

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

Significant disadvantages of the SX610 HS (vs the SX260 HS)

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

common strengths of the SX610 HS and SX260 HS

  • Larger than average screens: 3" vs 3"
  • Better sensor types: CMOS vs CMOS

Canon PowerShot SX270 HS

Canon PowerShot SX270 HS
1 year newer
$230

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

  • Larger than average screens: 3" vs 3"
  • Extremely high speed movies: 240 fps vs 240 fps
  • Better sensor types: CMOS vs CMOS

Canon PowerShot SX230 HS

Canon PowerShot SX230 HS
1 year older
$292

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

  • None found

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

  • Significantly worse wide angle: 28 mm vs 25 mm

common strengths of the SX230 HS and SX260 HS

  • Built-in GPS
  • Larger than average screens: 3" vs 3"
  • Extremely high speed movies: 240 fps vs 240 fps

Canon PowerShot SX240 HS

Canon PowerShot SX240 HS
similar age
$170

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

  • Larger than average screens: 3" vs 3"
  • Extremely high speed movies: 240 fps vs 240 fps
  • Both support 24p, which is uncommon in cameras similar to these

compared toMirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon SX260 HS compared to mirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors include: it records high-speed movies (240 fps vs none), has better image stabilization (lens vs none), records movies in 24p, has a built-in GPS and has a CMOS-family sensor (CMOS vs LIVEMOS).

However, on average it has a much lower resolution screen (461k dots vs 1,040k dots), doesn't have a viewfinder (none vs digital), takes slightly lower resolution photos (9.7 MP vs 16.3 MP), doesn't have a touch screen and doesn't have a screen which flips out.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1
1 year newer
$348 (body only)
$400 12-32mm lens

Significant advantages of the DMC-GM1 (vs the SX260 HS)

  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,036k dots vs 461k dots
  • Has interchangeable lenses
  • Has a touch screen

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-GM1 (vs the SX260 HS)

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Lens
  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 240 fps
  • No built-in GPS

common strengths of the DMC-GM1 and SX260 HS

  • 24p support
  • Fairly small: Compact (99×55×30 mm) vs Compact (106×61×33 mm)
  • Very light: 204 g vs 231 g

Fujifilm X-T1

Fujifilm X-T1
2 years newer
$750 - $899 (body only)
$1,299 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the X-T1 (vs the SX260 HS)

  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,040k dots vs 461k dots
  • Has a viewfinder: Digital vs None
  • Has interchangeable lenses

Significant disadvantages of the X-T1 (vs the SX260 HS)

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Lens
  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 240 fps
  • No 24p support

common strengths of the X-T1 and SX260 HS

  • None found

Olympus PEN-F

Olympus PEN-F
4 years newer
$441 - $1,199 (body only)
$411 14-150mm lens

Significant advantages of the PEN-F (vs the SX260 HS)

  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,037k dots vs 461k dots
  • Has a viewfinder: Digital vs None
  • Has interchangeable lenses

Significant disadvantages of the PEN-F (vs the SX260 HS)

  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 240 fps
  • Worse image stabilization:
    1. Sensor shift
    vs
    1. Lens
  • No built-in GPS

common strengths of the PEN-F and SX260 HS

  • 24p support
  • Fairly small: Mid size (125×72×37 mm) vs Compact (106×61×33 mm)
  • Thin: 1.5" vs 1.3"

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 4.2x), records even higher-speed movies (240 fps vs 120 fps), records movies in 24p, is newer (february 2012 vs september 2011) and has a built-in GPS.

However, on average it has a marginally smaller sensor (1/2.3" 6.17x4.55mm vs 1" 13.2x8.8mm), has a much narrower aperture (f/3.5 vs f/1.8), has a slightly lower resolution screen (461k dots vs 921k dots), takes slightly lower resolution photos (9.7 MP vs 20 MP) and doesn't shoot as fast continuously (3.2 fps vs 9.6 fps).

Canon Powershot S100

Canon Powershot S100
4 months older
$399

Significant advantages of the S100 (vs the SX260 HS)

  • Much wider aperture: f/2 vs f/3.5

Significant disadvantages of the S100 (vs the SX260 HS)

  • Significantly less zoom: 5x vs 20x
  • Significantly slower max shutter speed: 1/2000 of a second vs 1/3200 of a second

common strengths of the S100 and SX260 HS

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Fairly small: Compact (99×60×28 mm) vs Compact (106×61×33 mm)
  • Extremely high speed movies: 240 fps vs 240 fps

Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100
3 months newer
$398

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

  • Much wider aperture: f/1.8 vs f/3.5
  • Much larger sensor: 1" 13.2x8.8mm vs 1/2.3" 6.17x4.55mm
  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 1,229k dots vs 461k dots

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

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

common strengths of the DSC-RX100 and SX260 HS

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Fairly small: Compact (102×58×36 mm) vs Compact (106×61×33 mm)
  • Light weight: 213 g vs 231 g

Nikon Coolpix P300

Nikon Coolpix P300
1 year older
$482

Significant advantages of the P300 (vs the SX260 HS)

  • Much wider aperture: f/1.8 vs f/3.5
  • Higher resolution screen: 921k dots vs 461k dots

Significant disadvantages of the P300 (vs the SX260 HS)

  • Lower speed movies: 120 fps vs 240 fps
  • Significantly less zoom: 4.2x vs 20x
  • No 24p support

common strengths of the P300 and SX260 HS

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Fairly small: Compact (103×58×32 mm) vs Compact (106×61×33 mm)
  • Extremely high speed movies: 120 fps vs 240 fps

compared toEntry-level DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon SX260 HS compared to entry-level DSLR competitors include: it has a significantly larger screen (3" vs 2.6"), records high-speed movies (240 fps vs none), has better image stabilization (lens vs none), creates panoramas in-camera and is much smaller (compact (106×61×33 mm) vs professional size (130×100×78 mm)).

However, on average it has a slightly lower resolution screen (461k dots vs 920k dots), takes much lower resolution photos (9.7 MP vs 17.9 MP), doesn't shoot as fast continuously (3.2 fps vs 7 fps), doesn't have a screen which flips out and has a much smaller sensor (1/2.3" 6.17x4.55mm vs APS-C 23.4x15.6mm).

Canon EOS Rebel T6

Canon EOS Rebel T6
4 years newer
$290 - $749 (body only)
$309 - $449 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the Rebel T6 (vs the SX260 HS)

  • Has a viewfinder: Pentamirror vs None
  • Much higher resolution screen: 920k dots vs 461k dots
  • Faster autofocus: Phase detection vs Contrast detection

Significant disadvantages of the Rebel T6 (vs the SX260 HS)

  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 240 fps
  • Much larger: Professional size (129×101×78 mm) vs Compact (106×61×33 mm)
  • Much thicker: 3.1" vs 1.3"

common strengths of the Rebel T6 and SX260 HS

  • Light weight: 485 g vs 231 g
  • Inexpensive: $290.00 vs $323.00

Canon EOS Rebel T5

Canon EOS Rebel T5
2 years newer
$310 (body only)
$277 - $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
  • Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Lens

common strengths of the Rebel T5 and SX260 HS

  • Light weight: 480 g vs 231 g
  • Inexpensive: $277.00 vs $323.00

Sony SLT A37

Sony SLT A37
similar age
$567 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the SLT A37 (vs the SX260 HS)

  • Has a viewfinder: Digital vs None
  • Much less shutter lag: 109 ms vs 510 ms
  • Has in-camera HDR

Significant disadvantages of the SLT A37 (vs the SX260 HS)

  • Much smaller screen: 2.6" vs 3"
  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 240 fps
  • Much lower resolution screen: 230k dots vs 461k dots

common strengths of the SLT A37 and SX260 HS

  • Both have in-camera panoramic stitching, many cameras like these don't
  • Light weight: 506 g vs 231 g

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 (125×87×110 mm)), records movies in 24p, creates panoramas in-camera, is thinner (1.3" vs 4.3") and is slightly lighter (231 g vs 588 g).

However, on average it has a slightly narrower aperture (f/3.5 vs f/2.8), doesn't have a screen which flips out, lacks a built-in HDR feature, doesn't take 3D photos and lacks and external mic jack.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200
5 months newer
$391

Significant advantages of the DMC-FZ200 (vs the SX260 HS)

  • Much longer battery life: 540 shots vs 210 shots
  • Wider aperture: f/2.8 vs f/3.5
  • Has an external mic jack

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-FZ200 (vs the SX260 HS)

  • Significantly larger: Professional size (125×87×110 mm) vs Compact (106×61×33 mm)
  • No built-in GPS
  • No 24p support

common strengths of the DMC-FZ200 and SX260 HS

  • Extremely high speed movies: 240 fps vs 240 fps
  • Inexpensive: $391.28 vs $323.00

Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

Canon PowerShot SX510 HS
1 year newer
$220

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

  • None found

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

  • No built-in GPS
  • Significantly thicker: 3.1" vs 1.3"
  • Much slower max shutter speed: 1/1600 of a second vs 1/3200 of a second

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