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, mirrorless and compacts. The Canon PowerShot SX260 HS's top rivals come from Canon (such as the PowerShot SX610 HS and the PowerShot SX620 HS) and Panasonic (such as the Lumix ZS20 and the Lumix DMC-ZS10)

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 has a faster max shutter speed (1/3200 of a second vs 1/2000 of a second).

However, on average it has a slightly lower resolution screen (461k dots vs 922k dots), lacks and external mic jack, has a slightly shorter battery life (210 shots vs 270 shots), is older (february 2012 vs january 2015) and is slightly more expensive ($499.95 vs $259.00).

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)

  • 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 SX620 HS

Canon PowerShot SX620 HS
4 years newer
$229

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)

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

common strengths of the PowerShot SX620 HS and SX260 HS

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

Canon PowerShot SX710 HS

Canon PowerShot SX710 HS
2 years newer
$259 - $349

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)

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

common strengths of the SX710 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
$325

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 SX240 HS

Canon PowerShot SX240 HS
similar age

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

Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

Canon PowerShot SX700 HS
2 years newer
$350

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

common strengths of the SX700 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

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), is newer (february 2012 vs september 2010) 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/2), has a slightly lower resolution screen (461k dots vs 922k dots), takes slightly lower resolution photos (9.7 MP vs 20 MP) and has a slightly shorter battery life (210 shots vs 330 shots).

Canon PowerShot G12

Canon PowerShot G12
1 year older
$644

Significant advantages of the G12 (vs the SX260 HS)

  • Wider aperture: f/2.8 vs f/3.5
  • Has a flip-out screen
  • Significantly longer battery life: 350 shots vs 210 shots

Significant disadvantages of the G12 (vs the SX260 HS)

  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 240 fps
  • Significantly smaller screen: 2.8" vs 3"
  • Significantly worse wide angle: 28 mm vs 25 mm

common strengths of the G12 and SX260 HS

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • 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 S95

Canon PowerShot S95
1 year older
$224

Significant advantages of the S95 (vs the SX260 HS)

  • Much wider aperture: f/2 vs f/3.5

Significant disadvantages of the S95 (vs the SX260 HS)

  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 240 fps
  • Significantly worse wide angle: 28 mm vs 25 mm
  • No built-in GPS

common strengths of the S95 and SX260 HS

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Both support 24p, which is uncommon in cameras similar to these
  • Inexpensive: $224.27 vs $499.95

Canon PowerShot S120

Canon PowerShot S120
1 year newer
$555

Significant advantages of the S120 (vs the SX260 HS)

  • Much wider aperture: f/1.8 vs f/3.5
  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 922k dots vs 461k dots
  • Has a touch screen

Significant disadvantages of the S120 (vs the SX260 HS)

  • No 24p support
  • No built-in GPS
  • Significantly slower max shutter speed: 1/2000 of a second vs 1/3200 of a second

common strengths of the S120 and SX260 HS

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Extremely high speed movies: 240 fps vs 240 fps
  • Inexpensive: $554.99 vs $499.95

Fujifilm XF1

Fujifilm XF1
6 months newer
$215

Significant advantages of the XF1 (vs the SX260 HS)

  • Much wider aperture: f/1.8 vs f/3.5

Significant disadvantages of the XF1 (vs the SX260 HS)

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

common strengths of the XF1 and SX260 HS

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Inexpensive: $215.00 vs $499.95
  • Fast max shutter speeds: 1/4000 of a second vs 1/3200 of a second

Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100
3 months newer
$435 - $448

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
  • Much 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
  • No 24p support
  • Significantly worse wide angle: 28 mm vs 25 mm

common strengths of the DSC-RX100 and SX260 HS

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Inexpensive: $434.69 vs $499.95

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3
3 years older
$341

Significant advantages of the DMC-LX3 (vs the SX260 HS)

  • Much wider aperture: f/2 vs f/3.5
  • Significantly longer battery life: 380 shots vs 210 shots
  • Supports an external flash

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-LX3 (vs the SX260 HS)

  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 240 fps
  • No built-in GPS
  • Has a CCD-family sensor: CCD vs CMOS

common strengths of the DMC-LX3 and SX260 HS

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Both support 24p, which is uncommon in cameras similar to these
  • Inexpensive: $340.85 vs $499.95

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 much larger screen (3" vs 2.5"), records high-speed movies (240 fps vs none), has image stabilization (lens vs none) and creates panoramas in-camera.

However, on average it has a significantly lower resolution screen (461k dots vs 1,040k dots), takes much lower resolution photos (9.7 MP vs 17.9 MP), doesn't have a touch screen, doesn't shoot as fast continuously (3.2 fps vs 5 fps) and doesn't have a screen which flips out.

Canon Rebel T4i

Canon Rebel T4i
3 months newer
$699 (body only)
$669 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the T4i (vs the SX260 HS)

  • Has a viewfinder: Pentamirror vs None
  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,040k dots vs 461k dots
  • Much less shutter lag: 269 ms vs 510 ms

Significant disadvantages of the T4i (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 T4i and SX260 HS

  • None found

Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi

Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi
5 years older
$399 18-55mm lens

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

  • Has a viewfinder: Pentamirror vs None
  • Much less shutter lag: 200 ms vs 510 ms
  • Shoots RAW

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

  • Does not take movies: None vs 1080p @ 24fps
  • Much smaller screen: 2.5" vs 3"
  • Much lower resolution screen: 230k dots vs 461k dots

common strengths of the Rebel XTi and SX260 HS

  • Very small: Prosumer size (127×94×65 mm) vs Compact (106×61×33 mm)
  • Very thin: 2.6" vs 1.3"
  • Inexpensive: $399.00 vs $499.95

compared toSuper zoom competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon SX260 HS compared to super zoom competitors include: it has a slightly larger screen (3" vs 2.7"), is significantly smaller (compact (106×61×33 mm) vs professional size (120×83×102 mm)), records even higher-speed movies (240 fps vs none), has better image stabilization (lens vs none) and records movies in 24p.

However, on average it has a slightly narrower aperture (f/3.5 vs f/2.7), has slightly less zoom (20x vs 35x), has a much narrower wide angle lens (25 mm vs 4 mm), has a much shorter battery life (210 shots vs 960 shots) and is older (february 2012 vs february 2015).

Canon Powershot SX40

Canon Powershot SX40
4 months older
$395

Significant advantages of the SX40 (vs the SX260 HS)

  • Significantly wider aperture: f/2.7 vs f/3.5
  • Has a flip-out screen
  • Significantly longer battery life: 380 shots vs 210 shots

Significant disadvantages of the SX40 (vs the SX260 HS)

  • Much smaller screen: 2.7" vs 3"
  • Significantly larger: Professional size (123×92×108 mm) vs Compact (106×61×33 mm)
  • No built-in GPS

common strengths of the SX40 and SX260 HS

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

Nikon Coolpix L340

Nikon Coolpix L340
3 years newer
$120 - $177

Significant advantages of the L340 (vs the SX260 HS)

  • Much better wide angle: 4 mm vs 25 mm
  • Much longer battery life: 960 shots vs 210 shots

Significant disadvantages of the L340 (vs the SX260 HS)

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

common strengths of the L340 and SX260 HS

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size (111×76×83 mm) vs Compact (106×61×33 mm)
  • Thin: 3.3" vs 1.3"
  • Light weight: 430 g vs 231 g

Nikon Coolpix P510

Nikon Coolpix P510
similar age
$320

Significant advantages of the P510 (vs the SX260 HS)

  • Significantly more zoom: 41.7x vs 20x
  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 921k dots vs 461k dots
  • Has a viewfinder: Digital vs None

Significant disadvantages of the P510 (vs the SX260 HS)

  • Lower speed movies: 120 fps vs 240 fps
  • No 24p support
  • Significantly larger: Professional size (120×83×102 mm) vs Compact (106×61×33 mm)

common strengths of the P510 and SX260 HS

  • Extremely high speed movies: 120 fps vs 240 fps
  • Built-in GPS

Nikon Coolpix L330

Nikon Coolpix L330
3 years newer
$170

Significant advantages of the L330 (vs the SX260 HS)

  • Much better wide angle: 4 mm vs 25 mm
  • Significantly longer battery life: 370 shots vs 210 shots

Significant disadvantages of the L330 (vs the SX260 HS)

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

common strengths of the L330 and SX260 HS

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size (111×76×83 mm) vs Compact (106×61×33 mm)
  • Thin: 3.3" vs 1.3"
  • Light weight: 430 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 image stabilization (lens vs none), has a built-in GPS, is slightly lighter (231 g vs 366 g) and has a built-in flash.

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 significantly 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
$417 - $429 (body only)
$549 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the M3 (vs the SX260 HS)

  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,040k dots vs 461k dots
  • Has a viewfinder: Digital vs None
  • Much higher true resolution: 24 MP vs 9.7 MP

Significant disadvantages of the M3 (vs the SX260 HS)

  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 240 fps
  • No built-in GPS
  • Heavier: 366 g vs 231 g

common strengths of the M3 and SX260 HS

  • 24p support
  • Fairly small: Mid size (111×68×44 mm) vs Compact (106×61×33 mm)
  • Light weight: 366 g vs 231 g

Canon EOS M

Canon EOS M
5 months newer
$375 - $779 (body only)
$549 - $899 15-45mm lens

Significant advantages of the EOS M (vs the SX260 HS)

  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,040k dots vs 461k dots
  • Has interchangeable lenses
  • Has a touch screen

Significant disadvantages of the EOS M (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 EOS M and SX260 HS

  • 24p support
  • Fairly small: Compact (109×66×32 mm) vs Compact (106×61×33 mm)
  • Light weight: 298 g vs 231 g

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 @ 30fps), has a slightly wider wide angle lens (25 mm vs 28 mm), has a slightly larger screen (3" vs 2.7") and records even higher-speed movies (240 fps vs none).

However, on average it has a slightly narrower aperture (f/3.5 vs f/2.8), is significantly larger (compact (106×61×33 mm) vs super compact (93×55×23 mm)), is thicker (1.3" vs 0.8"), is significantly heavier (231 g vs 135 g) and is significantly more expensive ($499.95 vs $159.99).

Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS

Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS
similar age
$280

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
  • Much thinner: 0.8" vs 1.3"

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

  • Significantly less zoom: 5x vs 20x
  • No built-in GPS
  • Much slower max shutter speed: 1/2000 of a second vs 1/3200 of a second

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

Canon PowerShot A3300 IS

Canon PowerShot A3300 IS
1 year older
$100

Significant advantages of the A3300 IS (vs the SX260 HS)

  • Wider aperture: f/2.8 vs f/3.5
  • Significantly smaller: Compact (95×57×24 mm) vs Compact (106×61×33 mm)
  • Significantly lighter: 149 g vs 231 g

Significant disadvantages of the A3300 IS (vs the SX260 HS)

  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 240 fps
  • Lower resolution movies: 720p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 24fps
  • Significantly less zoom: 5x vs 20x

common strengths of the A3300 IS and SX260 HS

  • Larger than average screens: 3" vs 3"
  • Good image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Lens

Fujifilm FinePix JX200

Fujifilm FinePix JX200
2 years older
$160

Significant advantages of the JX200 (vs the SX260 HS)

  • Much smaller: Super compact (93×55×23 mm) vs Compact (106×61×33 mm)
  • Significantly lighter: 130 g vs 231 g
  • Significantly thinner: 0.9" vs 1.3"

Significant disadvantages of the JX200 (vs the SX260 HS)

  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 240 fps
  • Lower resolution movies: 720p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 24fps
  • Significantly less zoom: 5x vs 20x

common strengths of the JX200 and SX260 HS

  • None found