As well as being compared against other travel zooms, the Canon PowerShot SX260 HS is also often compared to pro digicams, super zooms, mirrorless and compacts. The Canon PowerShot SX260 HS's top rivals come from Canon (such as the PowerShot SX720 HS and the PowerShot SX620 HS) and Panasonic (such as the Lumix ZS20 and the Lumix DMC-ZS50)

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 has a slightly lower resolution screen (461k dots vs 922k dots), is older (february 2012 vs january 2015) and is less popular.

Canon PowerShot SX720 HS

Canon PowerShot SX720 HS
4 years newer
$290 - $379

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

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

Significant disadvantages of the PowerShot SX720 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 PowerShot SX720 HS and SX260 HS

  • Fast max shutter speeds: 1/3200 of a second vs 1/3200 of a second

Canon PowerShot SX620 HS

Canon PowerShot SX620 HS
4 years newer
$279

Significant advantages of the PowerShot SX620 HS (vs the SX260 HS)

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

Significant disadvantages of the PowerShot SX620 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 PowerShot SX620 HS and SX260 HS

  • None found

Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

Canon PowerShot SX280 HS
1 year newer
$246

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
  • Fast max shutter speeds: 1/3200 of a second vs 1/3200 of a second

Canon PowerShot SX710 HS

Canon PowerShot SX710 HS
2 years newer
$293 - $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

  • Fast max shutter speeds: 1/3200 of a second vs 1/3200 of a second

Canon PowerShot SX610 HS

Canon PowerShot SX610 HS
2 years newer
$198 - $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)

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

common strengths of the SX610 HS and SX260 HS

  • None found

Canon PowerShot SX270 HS

Canon PowerShot SX270 HS
1 year newer
$179

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

  • Extremely high speed movies: 240 fps vs 240 fps
  • In-camera panoramas
  • 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 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 slightly smaller sensor (1/2.3" 6.17x4.55mm 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 (106×61×33 mm) vs compact (100×59×29 mm)).

Canon PowerShot S110

Canon PowerShot S110
7 months newer
$403

Significant advantages of the S110 (vs the SX260 HS)

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

Significant disadvantages of the S110 (vs the SX260 HS)

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

common strengths of the S110 and SX260 HS

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Fairly small: Compact (99×59×27 mm) vs Compact (106×61×33 mm)
  • Extremely high speed movies: 240 fps vs 240 fps

Canon Powershot S100

Canon Powershot S100
4 months older
$325

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)

  • 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

  • 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

Canon PowerShot S120

Canon PowerShot S120
1 year newer
$449 - $535

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)

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

common strengths of the S120 and SX260 HS

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Fairly small: Compact (100×59×29 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
$498

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

  • Much larger sensor: 1" 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 (vs the SX260 HS)

  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 240 fps
  • 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)
  • In-camera panoramas

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 prosumer size (123×77×105 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 slightly less zoom (20x vs 50x), has a slightly lower resolution screen (461k dots vs 1,620k dots), takes slightly lower resolution photos (9.7 MP vs 20 MP), slightly lower maximum light sensitivity (3,200 ISO vs 25,600 ISO) and doesn't have a touch screen.

Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

Canon PowerShot SX50 HS
7 months newer
$338

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

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

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

  • Much smaller screen: 2.8" vs 3"
  • Significantly larger: Professional size (123×87×106 mm) vs Compact (106×61×33 mm)
  • Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching

common strengths of the SX50 HS and SX260 HS

  • Extremely high speed movies: 240 fps vs 240 fps
  • Good image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Lens
  • Both support 24p, which is uncommon in cameras similar to these

Canon PowerShot SX500 IS

Canon PowerShot SX500 IS
6 months newer
$232

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

  • Much better macro capability: 1.0 cm vs 5.0 cm

Significant disadvantages of the SX500 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 SX500 IS and SX260 HS

  • Fairly small: Standard size (104×70×80 mm) vs Compact (106×61×33 mm)
  • Good image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Lens
  • Light weight: 341 g vs 231 g

Canon PowerShot G3 X

Canon PowerShot G3 X
3 years newer
$772 - $899

Significant advantages of the G3 X (vs the SX260 HS)

  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,620k dots vs 461k dots
  • Wider aperture: f/2.8 vs f/3.5
  • Much larger screen: 3.2" vs 3"

Significant disadvantages of the G3 X (vs the SX260 HS)

  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 240 fps
  • Significantly larger: Prosumer size (123×77×105 mm) vs Compact (106×61×33 mm)
  • No 24p support

common strengths of the G3 X and SX260 HS

  • Good image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Lens
  • Better sensor types: CMOS vs CMOS

Canon PowerShot SX400 IS

Canon PowerShot SX400 IS
2 years newer
$195

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)
  • Good image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Lens
  • Light weight: 313 g vs 231 g

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 a built-in GPS and is thinner (1.3" vs 1.8").

However, on average it has a significantly lower resolution screen (461k dots vs 1,040k dots), doesn't have a viewfinder (none vs digital), takes much lower resolution photos (9.7 MP vs 24 MP), doesn't have a touch screen and doesn't have a screen which flips out.

Canon EOS M3

Canon EOS M3
3 years newer
$399 - $479 (body only)
$549 - $599 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the M3 (vs the SX260 HS)

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

Significant disadvantages of the M3 (vs the SX260 HS)

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

common strengths of the M3 and SX260 HS

  • Fairly small: Mid size (111×68×44 mm) vs Compact (106×61×33 mm)
  • Inexpensive: $399.00 vs $300.00
  • Each has a built-in flash

Sony Alpha A6000

Sony Alpha A6000
2 years newer
$548 (body only)
$698 16-50mm lens

Significant advantages of the A6000 (vs the SX260 HS)

  • Has in-camera HDR
  • Has a viewfinder: Digital vs None
  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 921k dots vs 461k dots

Significant disadvantages of the A6000 (vs the SX260 HS)

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

common strengths of the A6000 and SX260 HS

  • Good image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Lens
  • Light weight: 285 g vs 231 g
  • Inexpensive: $548.00 vs $300.00

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), is much larger (compact (106×61×33 mm) vs super compact (92×56×20 mm)), significantly worse macro focusing (5.0 cm vs 3.0 cm), is thicker (1.3" vs 0.8") and is significantly heavier (231 g vs 135 g).

Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS

Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS
similar age
$229

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

  • Much smaller: Super compact (93×57×20 mm) vs Compact (106×61×33 mm)
  • Significantly wider aperture: f/2.7 vs f/3.5
  • Significantly better macro capability: 3.0 cm vs 5.0 cm

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

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

common strengths of the ELPH 110 HS and SX260 HS

  • Larger than average screens: 3" vs 3"
  • Extremely high speed movies: 240 fps vs 240 fps
  • Good image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Lens

Canon ELPH 300 HS

Canon ELPH 300 HS
1 year older
$275

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
  • Significantly better macro capability: 3.0 cm vs 5.0 cm

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

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

common strengths of the 300 HS and SX260 HS

  • Extremely high speed movies: 240 fps vs 240 fps
  • Good image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Lens
  • Both support 24p, which is uncommon in cameras similar to these