Updated (March, 2013): Compare the Canon PowerShot ELPH 320 HS vs Canon PowerShot SX270 HS

Canon ELPH 320 HS vs Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

Winner
Canon PowerShot ELPH 320 HS

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Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

40

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Canon ELPH 320 HS

Wide aperture
Aperture
f/2.7
Wide angle lens
Wide angle
24 mm
Large screen
Screen size
3.2"
Really small
Size
Super compact (94×57×21 mm)
 

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
GPS
Built-in GPS
Great for travel
Fastest shutter speed
Fast shutter speed
1/3200 of a second
Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look

galleries

Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Canon PowerShot SX260 HS.

differences

Advantages of the Canon 320 HS

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Aperture
Significantly wider aperture
f/2.7 vs f/3.5
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At its widest zoom, the 320 HS's lens captures slightly more light (0.7 f-stops)
Touch screen
Has a touch screen
Yes vs No
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Fewer buttons to worry about and direct interaction with camera menus
Size
Much smaller
94×57×21 mm vs 106×61×33 mm
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Around 50% smaller
Screen size
Significantly larger screen
3.2" vs 3"
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Around 10% larger screen
Wide angle
Better wide angle
24 mm vs 25 mm
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Almost the same
Macro focus
Better macro capability
3.0 cm vs 5.0 cm
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Focus on subjects 40% closer to the lens
Thickness
Significantly thinner
0.8" vs 1.3"
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Around 40% thinner
Weight
Significantly lighter
145 g vs 231 g
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Around 40% lighter
Lowest price
Cheaper
$219.99 vs $281.08
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The best price we've seen is $61 cheaper (more than 20% less)
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Advantages of the Canon SX260 HS

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Zoom
Significantly more zoom
20x vs 5x
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16x more zoom
Panorama
Can create panoramas in-camera
Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
GPS
Has a GPS
Yes vs No
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Automatically geotags your photos when traveling
Battery life
Longer battery life
210 shots vs 170 shots
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More than 20% more shots per battery charge
Continuous shooting
Shoots slightly faster
3.2 fps vs 2 fps
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More than 60% faster continuous shooting
Fastest shutter speed
Faster max shutter speed
1/3200s vs 1/2000s
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Around 40% faster max shutter speed
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Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent compacts, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent compacts

              Common Strengths
              High-speed framerate Extremely high speed movies Help
              240 fps
              Supports 24p Both support 24p, which is uncommon in cameras similar to these Help
              For that film look
              Movie format Both shoot high resolution HD movies Help
              1080p @ 24fps
              Screen size Larger than average screens Help
              320 HS3.2"
              SX260 HS3"
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              1. Lens
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              Common Weaknesses
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              Battery life Few shots per battery charge Help
              320 HS170 shots
              SX260 HS210 shots
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              320 HS2 fps
              SX260 HS3.2 fps
              Focus points Few focus points Help
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              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              3,200 ISO

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX240 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX240 HS

              Travel zoom

              $237 - $251

              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

              Travel zoom

              $169 - $179

              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Macro focus Slightly closer macro focusing
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Supports 24p Doesn't record movies in 24p
              Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS

              Compact

              $250

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

              Travel zoom

              $179 - $180

              Battery life Has a significantly longer battery life
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon ELPH 310 HS

              Canon ELPH 310 HS

              Travel zoom

              $295

              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Macro focus Slightly closer macro focusing
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Wide angle Has a much narrower wide angle lens
              Canon PowerShot SX230 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX230 HS

              Travel zoom

              $230

              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Canon Powershot S100

              Canon Powershot S100

              Pro digicam

              $325

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 320 HS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 350 HS (IXUS 275 HS)

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 350 HS (IXUS 275 HS)

              Travel zoom

              GPS Has a GPS
              Zoom More zoom
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Canon IXUS 255 HS

              Canon IXUS 255 HS

              Travel zoom

              $585

              Continuous shooting Shoots faster
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen
              Nikon Coolpix S7000

              Nikon Coolpix S7000

              Travel zoom

              $177 - $197

              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              Continuous shooting Shoots significantly faster
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Canon ELPH 300 HS

              Canon ELPH 300 HS

              Compact

              $295

              Size Slightly smaller
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster
              Screen size Much smaller screen
              Touch screen No touch screen

              Canon PowerShot SX260 HS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

              Travel zoom

              $230 - $240

              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Lowest price Cheaper
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20

              Panasonic Lumix ZS20

              Travel zoom

              $362

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              3D Takes 3D photos
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              High-speed framerate Lower speed movies
              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Travel zoom

              $279 - $280

              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Canon PowerShot SX270 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX270 HS

              Travel zoom

              $218 - $410

              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Lowest price Cheaper
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              GPS No built-in GPS

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