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

Canon PowerShot SX260 HS vs Canon PowerShot SX160 IS

Winner
Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

70

Canon PowerShot SX160 IS

51

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
1.0 cm

galleries

Explore our gallery of 47 sample photos taken by the Canon PowerShot SX160 IS.
Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Canon PowerShot SX260 HS.

differences

Advantages of the Canon SX160 IS

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Macro focus
Much better macro capability
1.0 cm vs 5.0 cm
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Focus on subjects 5x closer to the lens
Battery life
Much longer battery life
380 shots vs 210 shots
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More than 80% more shots per battery charge
Lowest price
Cheaper
$231.00 vs $443.56
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The best price we've seen is $213 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
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
Sensor type
Has a CMOS-family sensor
CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
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
Screen resolution
Higher resolution screen
461k dots vs 230k dots
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More than 2x higher resolution screen
Size
Smaller
106×61×33 mm vs 111×73×44 mm
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Around 40% smaller
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
3.2 fps vs 0.8 fps
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More than 4x faster continuous shooting
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 2 f-stops better
Thickness
Thinner
1.3" vs 1.7"
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Around 30% thinner
Weight
Slightly 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
              Fastest shutter speed Fast max shutter speeds Help
              1/3200 of a second
              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
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              SX160 IS0.8 fps
              SX260 HS3.2 fps
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              SX160 IS1,600 ISO
              SX260 HS3,200 ISO
              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
              3D Neither camera can take 3D photos Help
              No 3d support

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Travel zoom

              $279

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Macro focus Much worse macro focusing
              Canon Powershot S100

              Canon Powershot S100

              Pro digicam

              $330

              Aperture Has a much wider aperture
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              Canon PowerShot SX230 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX230 HS

              Travel zoom

              $230

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Macro focus Much worse macro focusing
              Wide angle Has a slightly narrower wide angle lens
              Canon PowerShot S120

              Canon PowerShot S120

              Pro digicam

              $314 - $349

              Aperture Has a much wider aperture
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              Canon ELPH 300 HS

              Canon ELPH 300 HS

              Compact

              $295

              Aperture Has a significantly wider aperture
              Shutter lag Has much less shutter lag
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Super zoom

              $239

              Macro focus Slightly closer macro focusing
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker

              Canon PowerShot SX160 IS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX170 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX170 IS

              Travel zoom

              $120

              Weight Slightly lighter
              Lowest price Cheaper
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Nikon Coolpix L610

              Nikon Coolpix L610

              Travel zoom

              $105

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Battery life Much shorter battery life
              Canon PowerShot SX400 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX400 IS

              Super zoom

              $149 - $156

              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Zoom More zoom
              Battery life Much shorter battery life
              Size Larger
              Canon PowerShot ELPH 150 IS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 150 IS

              Travel zoom

              $109 - $352

              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Aperture Wider aperture
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen
              Battery life Significantly shorter battery life
              Nikon Coolpix L810

              Nikon Coolpix L810

              Super zoom

              $297

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
              Size Larger
              Battery life Shorter battery life

              Canon PowerShot SX260 HS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

              Travel zoom

              $229

              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Lowest price Cheaper
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Canon PowerShot SX270 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX270 HS

              Travel zoom

              $352

              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Lowest price Slightly cheaper
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20

              Panasonic Lumix ZS20

              Travel zoom

              $362

              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
              Lowest price Cheaper
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Continuous shooting Shoots slightly slower

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