Updated (August, 2013): Compare the Canon PowerShot SX170 IS vs Canon PowerShot SX270 HS

Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

Winner
Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

70

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Canon PowerShot SX160 IS

52

Canon PowerShot SX160 IS

Runner-up
     

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

Built-in GPS
GPS
Great for travel
24p movies
Supports 24p
For that film look
In-camera panoramas
Panorama
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
 

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot SX160 IS

Battery life
Great battery life
380 shots
Macro focus
Great macro
1 cm
 

differences

Advantages of the Canon SX160 IS

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Battery life
Significantly longer battery life
380 shots vs 210 shots
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More than 80% more shots per battery charge
Macro focus
Significantly better macro capability
1 cm vs 5 cm
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Focus on subjects 5x closer to the lens
Lowest price
Cheaper
$147.00 vs $279.95
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The best price we've seen is $133 cheaper (around 50% less)
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Advantages of the Canon SX260 HS

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GPS
Has a GPS
Yes vs No
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Automatically geotags your photos when traveling
Supports 24p
Supports 24p
Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
Movie format
Higher resolution movies
1080p @ 24fps vs 720p @ 25fps
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video but at a lower frame rate
Wide angle
Better wide angle
25 mm vs 28 mm
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More than 10% better wide angle
Sensor type
Has a CMOS-family sensor
CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Panorama
Can create panoramas in-camera
Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
High-speed framerate
Records high-speed movies
240 fps vs None
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Capture events too fast for the naked eye and play them back in super-slow motion
Screen resolution
Higher resolution screen
461k dots vs 230k dots
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More than 2x higher resolution screen
Size
Smaller
106x61x33 mm vs 111x72x44 mm
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Around 40% smaller
Zoom
Slightly more zoom
20x vs 16x
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Around 60% more zoom
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
3,200 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The SX260 HS's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
3.2 fps vs 0.8 fps
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More than 4x faster continuous shooting
Thickness
Thinner
1.3" vs 1.7"
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Around 30% thinner
Weight
Lighter
231 g vs 291 g
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More than 20% lighter
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Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent travel zooms, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent digicams

              Common Strengths

              Snapsort is not aware of any interesting strengths shared by these two products.

              Common Weaknesses
              Viewfinder No viewfinders Help
              Can only preview photos on the screen
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              SX160 IS:0.8 fps
              SX260 HS:3.2 fps
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Aperture Very narrow widest aperture size Help
              f/3.5

              Compared to recent travel zooms

              Common Strengths

              Snapsort is not aware of any interesting strengths shared by these two products.

              Common Weaknesses
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

              Travel zoom

              $270 - $360

              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro focusing
              Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

              Travel zoom

              $179 - $180

              Macro focus Significantly worse macro focusing
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
              Canon PowerShot SX270 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX270 HS

              Travel zoom

              $372

              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro focusing
              Canon Powershot S100

              Canon Powershot S100

              Pro digicam

              $244 - $400

              Aperture Has a much wider aperture
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              Canon ELPH 530 HS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 530 HS

              Ultra compact

              $179 - $289

              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Wide angle Has a slightly narrower wide angle lens
              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Super zoom

              $207 - $250

              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon PowerShot S110

              Canon PowerShot S110

              Pro digicam

              $179 - $249

              Aperture Has a much wider aperture
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing

              Canon PowerShot SX160 IS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX170 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX170 IS

              Travel zoom

              $135 - $164

              Weight Slightly lighter
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Canon PowerShot SX150 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX150 IS

              Travel zoom

              $191

              Aperture Slightly wider aperture
              Battery life Much shorter battery life
              Lowest price Slightly more expensive
              Nikon Coolpix L320

              Nikon Coolpix L320

              Super zoom

              $249

              Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
              Aperture Wider aperture
              Size Larger
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Nikon Coolpix L610

              Nikon Coolpix L610

              Travel zoom

              $140

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Battery life Much shorter battery life

              Canon PowerShot SX260 HS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Travel zoom

              $279 - $368

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20

              Panasonic Lumix ZS20

              Travel zoom

              $300 - $399

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              High-speed framerate Lower speed movies
              Canon PowerShot SX240 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX240 HS

              Travel zoom

              $269

              Battery life Slightly longer battery life
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Continuous shooting Shoots slightly slower

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