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

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Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

GPS
Built-in GPS
Great for travel
Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
Sensor type
CMOS Sensor
Better in low light
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
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
 
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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 $117.00 vs $224.82
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The best price we've seen is $108 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
Wide angle Better wide angle 25 mm vs 28 mm
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More than 10% better wide angle
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
Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
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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recommendations

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 Common Weaknesses

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

              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
              Aperture Very narrow widest aperture size Help
              f/3.5

              Compared to recent travel zooms

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses

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

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

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

              Travel zoom

              $279

              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro focusing
              Canon PowerShot SX170 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX170 IS

              Travel zoom

              $145 - $180

              Wide angle Has a slightly narrower wide angle lens
              Canon PowerShot SX270 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX270 HS

              Travel zoom

              $213

              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

              $229 - $252

              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro focusing
              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Super zoom

              $194 - $230

              Zoom Has slightly more zoom
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Super zoom

              $399 - $400

              Zoom Has way more more zoom
              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker

              Canon PowerShot SX160 IS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix L610

              Nikon Coolpix L610

              Travel zoom

              $93

              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Battery life Much shorter battery life
              Canon PowerShot SX150 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX150 IS

              Travel zoom

              $103 - $250

              Aperture Slightly wider aperture
              Battery life Much shorter battery life
              Zoom Slightly less zoom
              Nikon Coolpix L320

              Nikon Coolpix L320

              Super zoom

              $192

              Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
              Aperture Wider aperture
              Size Larger
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Nikon Coolpix L620

              Nikon Coolpix L620

              Travel zoom

              $140 - $167

              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Lowest price Slightly more expensive

              Canon PowerShot SX260 HS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20

              Panasonic Lumix ZS20

              Travel zoom

              $229 - $399

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              3D Takes 3D photos
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Travel zoom

              $329 - $354

              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Canon PowerShot SX240 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX240 HS

              Travel zoom

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

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